Southern closes practice to public because of heat _lowres

Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Southern defensive tackle Gabe Echols run through drills during Wednesday's practice at Louisiana Leadership Institute.

Southern has indefinitely closed preseason football practice to the public because of excessive heat that is forecast for the next few days.

Temperatures are forecast to reach at least 100 degrees daily into early next week.

The Jaguars will conduct the first of three two-a-day practices, but won’t scrimmage as originally planned Saturday at Louisiana Leadership Institute.

Preseason camp continues through Aug. 15 and classes begin two days later.

Fall Fan Fest is Aug. 15

Southern will hold its annual Fall Fan Fest on Aug. 15 in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The festivities will begin with a tailgate party before the team’s arrival at 1:45 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. after the team’s final preseason scrimmage, which begins at 9:15 a.m.

Entrance into the Clark Activity Center will be through the service entrance.

General admission tickets for the Sept. 5 opener at Louisiana Tech, along with SU season books, will be available for purchase during Fan Fest at the SU Ticket Office, which is located inside the service entrance of the Clark Activity Center.

Coaches and players from the soccer and volleyball programs will also be available to autograph posters and take pictures during Fan Fest.

Southern football coach Dawson Odums will address attendees at the free event, which will include live performances by the SU Human Jukebox Pep Band and varsity cheerleaders.

Free Coca-Cola will be available to fans as well as the 2015 football and fall sports posters while supplies last.

Cumulus home for SU athletics

Southern and Cumulus Media have agreed to a two-year contract to broadcast more than 20 Jaguars sporting events on the SU Sports Radio Network during the 2015-16 season, beginning with the football opener at Louisiana Tech.

Cumulus Radio Baton Rouge will provide full broadcast coverage of all Southern football games on KQXL-FM 106.5 in Baton Rouge.

Six home Southwestern Athletic Conference men’s basketball games, four women’s home conference basketball games and four home SWAC baseball games will air live on WXOK-AM 1460, which will also serve as the home of the SU Coaches Radio show.

Two Jaguars in NFL camps

Former Southern TE Rashaun Allen is participating in training camp with the two-time NFC champion Seattle Seahawks and former Jaguars DE Arthur Miley is competing for a position with the Carolina Panthers.

McCain on staff as GA

Brian McCain has joined the Southern coaching staff as a graduate assistant while he works on his master’s degree. McCain was a team captain and played linebacker and fullback last season.