Southern head football coach Dawson Odums joined Baton Rouge journalists for a Zoom style news conference on Tuesday, July 21, to respond to the SWAC’s decision to move the football season from the fall to the spring.
Less than a month after announcing the addition of Florida A&M to the conference, the SWAC now says Bethune-Cookman is also joining. Officials said Bethune-Cookman will be added as a full member effective with the 2021-22 academic year.
While many college football fans are getting excited about Florida A&M joining the SWAC in 2021, a report by the New York Times has cast large doubt on the Rattlers visiting Mumford Stadium on September 12.
According to Southern University Athletic Director Roman Banks the Bayou Classic will not be played in New Orleans this year, and possibly will not be played in 2021. However, organizers called the statement "premature."
LSU executive deputy athletic director Verge Ausberry and Southern athletic director Roman Banks both spoke with WAFB-TV this week, saying the Tigers and Jaguars finally playing each other in football is great for both the community and the state.
LSU announced Monday, June 1, it has added Southern and Grambling to its future football schedules. The move marks the first time the Tigers will face the two historic in-state opponents, according to athletic director Scott Woodward.
The Southern Jags will face the Alcorn State Braves in the SWAC championship game one week after defeating the Grambling State Tigers 30-28 in the Bayou Classic in New Orleans to claim the SWAC West title.
Ladarius Skelton passed for two touchdowns and Southern blocked a field goal with 5 seconds left to clinch the Southwest Athletic Conference West Division title with a 30-28 win over Grambling in the Bayou Classic