Southern kicked off its first game week of the football season with a two-hour practice Sunday afternoon at the Louisiana Leadership Institute.
But the Jaguars will become night owls for most of their on-field preparation for the season opener at Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
After taking off Monday, Southern will practice at 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Coach Dawson Odums and his staff instituted the unusual practice time starting last week to accommodate players class schedules.
Late-afternoon practices had featured several players arriving late and others leaving early because of class.
“It’s a little late,” Odums said. “You wish you could go a little earlier, but that’s the hand you’re dealt. It’s all about the attitude and whether you embrace it. Whether it’s 9 a.m. or 9 at night, at the end of the day we’re going to kick it off next Saturday. We’ve got to get a football tem prepared to do our best.
“It has some pros and cons. The good thing is you get your guys at practice. It’s hard to play this game when you’re not practicing it. To miss practice and go out and play in a game, that’s going to be hard. So to get all your guys to practice and have an opportunity to work on game plans helps improve the execution and that’s a good thing.”
Odums said the practice schedule is a work in progress. Nothing is set beyond this week.
“We do the best we can with it we try to manage it, try to make sure that they have a good understanding of what they’re doing, try to make sure that they’re getting up in the morning, going to class and doing the right things, but it’s a tough schedule,” Odums said. “It’s tough to execute that all season long and think as a football player and as a student-athlete that your body’s not going to wear down.”
Odums TV show returning
The Jaguars Football Show with Coach Dawson Odums will be shot at Shucks on the Levee at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino each Monday night for 15 weeks. Taping will begin at 7 p.m.
The show will air five times per week: Monday at 9 p.m. on Cox 4, Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Pelican Sports/Cox 117, Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. on CST – Channel 37, Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on Pelican Sports/Cox 117 and Saturday at 5 p.m. on Cox 4.
The show will be streamed on www.PelicanSports.com on Tuesday at 9 p.m. and Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
It can also be seen on The Jaguars Football Show Facebook page and on YouTube.
On the road again
The Southern University Quarterback Club will make bus trips to all seven of the Jaguars away games.
For the trips to Louisiana Tech (Sept. 5), Mississippi Valley State (Sept. 10) and to New Orleans for the Bayou Classic against Grambling (Nov. 28) the busses will leave the morning of the game and return after the game.
The games at Georgia (Sept. 26), Alabama State (Oct. 10), Texas Southern (Oct. 24) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 7) will include one-night hotel stays.
For information, contact Jonathan Dearbone (email@example.com or Reginald Jarvis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Dawson Odums Radio Show will be broadcast live from Boil & Roux restaurant at Sherwood Forest and Coursey at 7 p.m. every Thursday during the season. The first broadcast will be this Thursday.
New parking plan
There will be no parking allowed on the Southern campus for home games this season without either a season parking pass or a general admission parking pass.
The Jaguars made the change in attempt to alleviate parking congestion immediately before and after home games.
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