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ESPN’s expanded relationship with the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) will feature 22 football games this fall aired exclusively across ESPN platforms including, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN+ in an announcement by the league office.

Every Saturday from September 4th through November 13th will feature a SIAC matchup.

Savannah State will appear in four of those games on ESPN+.

The Tigers games will have two home games aired on September 25 when they face Morehouse and on October 16 when they host Clark Atlanta for Homecoming. SSU games will also he shown on Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 when they travel to Albany State and Fort Valley State respectively.

The season will conclude with the SIAC Football Championship game on November 13th, which will be streamed live on ESPN3 and re-aired on ESPNU the following Sunday.

Brown Promoted at Southeastern Conference


Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey announced several staff changes in the SEC office on August 25. Among those receiving a promotion was Savannah native Misty Knight Brown.

The 1997 Beach High product has been promoted to Assistant Commissioner for Competition and Student-Athlete Engagement from Director of Student Athlete Engagement.

Brown joined the SEC office in November 2015 when she filled a newly created position in the SEC Office as Director of Student-Athlete Engagement. A former women’s basketball student-athlete at the University of Florida, she formerly worked in development at Central Florida before transitioning to athletics event and program development at Georgia State. Brown serves as liaison to the SEC’s student-athlete advisory committees, coordinates the SEC Career Tour and is the sport administrator for men’s tennis. In her new role, she will add volleyball and gymnastics to her sport administration responsibilities.

Misty Knight Brown
Misty Knight Brown

Nesbitt Lands Preseason Honor

Avila University running back Malik Nesbitt has been named to the College Football America Yearbook’s 2021 NAIA Preseason Starting Lineup.

The rising senior from Savannah, Georgia was simply dominant in the 2020-21 season, racking up numerous honors and anchoring the offense of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference co-champion Eagles. Among his many accolades, Nesbitt was thrice the KCAC Offensive Player of the Week and twice the NAIA Offensive Player of the Week – the first Eagle football player to ever earn that honor – and after the season was named Second Team NAIA All-American, First Team All-KCAC, and the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year.

A contender for KCAC Player of the Year, the Savannah High alum led the league in both rushing yards and rushing yards per game (128.4); led the league in all-purpose yards and all-purpose yards per game (157.4) even though everyone else in the top ten in average returned at least one kick or punt; and led the league in total touchdowns and points per game (12.7). His all-purpose yards average and total touchdown count (19) were both single season program records.

Malik Nesbitt
Malik Nesbitt

Defiance Names Wilson Interim Head Coach

Former Savannah State University head football coach Earnest Wilson III has been promoted to interim head football coach at Defiance College. Wilson has served as associate head coach and superbacks coach at Defiance since 2018.

The Yellow Jackets season got off to a rough start, losing their 2021 opener to Capital, 41-7 on September 2.

Wilson’s resume includes coaching stops on the college and professional level.

Prior to arriving at Defiance, Wilson served as head football coach at Elizabeth City State University from 2015-18. In 2016, he was named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year after leading the Vikings to the conference playoffs. Wilson was the head coach at Savannah State from 2013-15 as well as the Dayton Skyhawks from the Indoor Football League for one season (1999).

Earnest Wilson III
Earnest Wilson III

Before landing at SSU, Wilson spent time on the college level as an assistant coach at Hampton (2012-13), Jackson State (2010-12), New Mexico State (2005-09), Benedict (2003-04), Oberlin (1998- 99), Elizabeth City State (1996-98), Alabama A&M (1994-96), Maine (1992) and Allegheny (1990-92). He also served as an offensive grad assistant at Penn State (1993-94).

Wilson also has coaching experience with professional teams. He was an assistant coach with the Jacksonville Tomcats (1999- 2001) and Carolina Rhinos (2001-02) in the Arena 2 Football League.

Defiance is a Division III program located in Ohio that competes in the Heartland Conference.

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