Southern coach Dawson Odums took the “Ice Bucket Challenge” after Wednesday’s practice to support research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

“It’s a great cause and I’m happy to be a part of it,” Odums said. “We understand that a lot of stuff goes on that we can’t control and I try to the best I can with the things I can (control) and pray for those I can’t.”

Odums was nominated by longtime Southern baseball coach Roger Cador and responded by nominating a few of his friends and his high school football coach.

Odums said he and several other coaches have participated in the challenge and plan to pool money to donate to a charity. Odums said he doesn’t know which charity they’ll choose but it will most likely be a national one.

The “Ice Bucket Challenge” has gone viral through sites like Facebook and Twitter and has generated more than $40 million to various ALS charities.

Kanneh missing

Just a day after being announced as the fourth quarterback on the depth chart and saying he would contemplate requesting a release from the team, freshman Francis Kanneh was absent from practice Thursday.

Before practice, Odums said he spoke to Kanneh that morning and expected him to be there.

“He’ll be out here throwing with the scout team,” Odums said. “If he’s not, we’ll deal with it accordingly.”

Sports information director Chris Jones couldn’t confirm where Kanneh was, citing class as a possible excuse, but did say the Minnesota native had not requested a release from the team.

Let there be lights

A.W. Mumford Stadium is getting an upgrade to its scoreboard for the upcoming season.

Representatives from Daktronics have been working to replace the old fluorescent lights on the scoreboard with a state-of-the-art LED panel. The renovation is expected to be complete by the team’s season home opener against Central Methodist on Sept. 6.

Jones said plans are also in place to fully replace the video board as well, but no target date has been released.

The wheels on the bus

Several fan groups will host bus trips for the Jaguars’ upcoming matchup against Louisiana-Lafayette on Aug. 30.

The SU Quarterback Club offers packages for the season opener against the Ragin’ Cajuns for $70 and includes a ticket to the game.

The group also has trips planned to five other road games this season, including Prairie View ($185 single/$260 double), Alcorn State ($80), Alabama A&M ($210 single/$285 double), Jackson State ($100) and the Bayou Classic ($40 and does not include ticket).

For information, visit, or call Jonathan Dearbone (225-572-5878), Reginald Jarvis (225-939-6722) or Robert Brown (225-287-8385).

The Blue & Gold fan club is also sponsoring a trip for the matchup with Louisiana-Lafayette for $75 and includes a reserved seating ticket and a reserved tailgate spot near the stadium with food and refreshments.

For more information about the Blue & Gold fan club trip contact Craig Pierre at 225-324-7234.