Students react to Mitchell's reassignment

Stump Mitchell
Stump Mitchell

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Stump Mitchell and his fellow football faculty are not commenting on the sudden football reassignment, but the Jaguar Nation is sounding off about the sudden shuffle on the sideline.

The home opener was the talk of the town. The Southern University Jaguars were headed to battle against the Mississippi Valley Delta Devils. The game was televised on ESPNU. The Jaguars showed up, but failed to put anything on the board. Students who attended the game walked away, once again, disappointed.

"That's embarrassing your team keeps losing every game, literally," Kyra Townsend said.

"I thought it was going to be a blowout," Damonte Beamon said.

So did most who attended. But in the end, the Delta Devils were the only ones celebrating the final score, 0-6.

Not even 24 hours later, Southern University Athletic Director William Broussard announced the man who had been calling the shots, Stump Mitchell, was being reassigned and replaced by defensive coordinator Dawson Odums.

"I left at halftime. Let's get a new coach," Mikel Marish said.

Students 9News spoke with said they believe the move was long overdue.

"It does matter, because I think they might do better because they got a new coach. The old coach wasn't really showing that he could win games," Kyron Mason said.

They said it is important to them and to rebuilding the team.

"I think the football team is used to losing. It's nothing new. It's like we just lost another game. Hopefully, the new coach can make a turnaround and we can get back to winning some games," Townsend said.

"I'm just glad to see new blood on the field, see what he's going to do, get his feet wet, and if he does a better job then I think we'll make a victory this semester," Cenea Taylor said.

The Jaguars' next game will be on Saturday, September 22, when they travel to Mississippi to take on Jackson State.

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