Board OKs contracts for four SU coaches _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK Dawson Odums calls a play during Southern's final scrimmage last week.

The Southern Board of Supervisors approved contracts for four Jaguars coaches at its monthly meeting Friday.

The board OK’d a four-year deal for men’s basketball coach Roman Banks ($165,000 average salary) and a three-year deal for women’s coach Sandy Pugh ($100,800 average salary), both of whom were named Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after leading Southern to aregular-season championships last season. Baseball coach Roger Cador’s two-year deal ($106,250) also was approved.

For the first time, the university gave a multi-year deal to its tennis coach as Jeff Conyers’ three-year contract ($47,000 average salary) was approved. Southern has won five consecutive SWAC women’s tournament titles under Conyers.

The board also approved the athletic budget for 2014-15 and a new parking plan for football games this season.

“We’re trying to streamline the parking,” Athletic Director William Broussard said. “We’ll have a reserved parking use one entrance and our gameday parking use another to make it a lot more standard.”

Broussard said the Jaguars will provide details of the new plan on the school’s website and through social media next week.

Southern’s first home game is Sept. 6 against Central Methodist.

QB Kanneh leaves team

The Francis Kanneh saga is over.

Coach Dawson Odums said after practice Friday that Kennah, who finished last in the four-player competition at quarterback, is no longer on the team.

“He made his decision that he’s going to pursue other options,” Odums said.

Kanneh, a redshirt freshman from Brooklyn Center, Miss., met with Odums on Tuesday to express displeasure with his role on the team, then wasn’t at practice later in the day. He returned to practice Wednesday and said he had asked for his release, then was not at practice Thursday.

Broussard said Southern denied Kanneh’s request for a release, meaning he will have to sit out a year at whatever school he might transfer to.

Saturday workout closed

The Jaguars will hold a dry run for next week’s opener when it practices for about 60 plays Saturday afternoon in A.W. Mumford Stadium. The workout is closed to the public and the media.

“We’ll got through some of the rituals of gameday,” Odums said. “At the end of the day it’s not different from high school to college. We’re going to have an itinerary and our guys are going to follow it. We’ll run it like a game.”

Southern will be off Sunday before beginning its first game-week Monday. The Jaguars’ opener is Aug. 30 at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Odums TV show to debut

The start of the first game week includes the first edition of the Jaguar Football Show with Coach Dawson Odums. It will be taped at 7 p.m. each Monday during the season at The End Zone Daiquiri Bar and Grill at 6224 Plank Road at Airline Highway.

The show will air on Cox 4 at 9 p.m. on Mondays and 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

It will also be shown on Pelican Sports (Cox 113) at 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and at 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The show can also be streamed at Pelican during the Pelican Sports air times.

It is tentatively scheduled to air on CST(Cox 37) at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday and can also be viewed on the Alpha Media YouTube channel.

New kicker getting ready

Odums said it’s unclear if kicker Matt Hill’s hip injury will be well enough for him to participate in the opener. Starting kicker Greg Pittman will miss at the least the first few games because of recent surgery on his kicking knee.

Newly arrived Kyle Yonke impressed the coaches by making 9-of-10 kicks in a scrimmage last Saturday, less than 48 hours after arriving on campus. Yonke, who was a student but not a member of the football team at Colorado State, is a redshirt sophomore and former soccer player at Castle View High School in Castle Rock, Colo.

“He’s kicking pretty good and we’re working him,” Odums said. “We’ve still got another week. We’ll sort it out next week.”

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