SU officials react to SWAC decision to postpone fall football season
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Officials at Southern University, including the director of the Human Jukebox, are reacting to Monday’s SWAC decision to postpone the fall football season.
WAFB spoke with the director of the Southern University Alumni Federation, the chair of the Board of Supervisors, and the director of bands, who tell us they were not shocked by SWAC’s decision, but believe it was the best decision given the current circumstances.
“Never in my lifetime. We’ve had hurricanes and things like that that may set us off for maybe a week or two, but we’ve never had to sit out a whole season,” said Kedric Taylor, director of bands at Southern University.
Normally, just a few weeks from now, Taylor would be welcoming back members of The Human Jukebox, along with incoming freshmen and the Fabulous Dancing Dolls before the start of the fall football season.
“That’s the one thing about The Human Jukebox, you know, we adapt. That’s why we got the name The Human Jukebox. You stick a chord in it, we can play anything. So we’re looking at playing some different things and doing some different things to still keep everyone engaged in this time,” said Taylor.
Given social distancing requirements, the more than 300 members of the band, plus the Dolls, will now have to practice in much smaller groups, with most of their attention focusing on virtual programs instead of in the stands cheering on the Jags this fall.
“The art of feeling is music. Music is the art of feeling. Anything that you’re going through in life, you can always express it through music, so as long as we have music, I think we’ll be fine. It’s a different thing for everyone. We just have to make adjustments,” said Taylor.
Officials with the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) announced Monday, July 20 they’re postponing the fall sports schedule until the spring.
It’s a sad announcement for alumni of the school, who go to the sports games to connect with fellow classmates and relive the good times.
“They [SWAC] made the best decision in support of our students, because really, they are our priority. They are our priority, and so their health and their safety, not just of the students, but of the coaches, the athletes, of our alums who might be coming to those games, is a priority, and so we support them 100 percent in that decision,” said Derrick Warren, executive director of The Southern University Alumni Federation.
It’s a sentiment the chair of the Board of Supervisors echoes, that while there may be some disappointment in the decision now, it’s still the right call.
“I think that the correct decision was made where we give priority to our student athletes. This is not a total cancellation, but a postponement. So look at the glass as half full, that we’ll get an opportunity to experience history by playing football in the spring,” said Domoine D. Rutledge, chair of the Southern University Board of Supervisors.
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