Southern Jaguars and Lady Jaguars

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Southern Jaguars and Lady Jaguars
University Southern University
Conference SWAC
NCAA Division I FCS
Athletic director Dr. William Broussard
Location Baton Rouge, LA
Football stadium Ace W. Mumford Stadium
Basketball arena F. G. Clark Center
Baseball stadium Lee-Hines Field
Mascot LaCumba
Nickname Jaguars
     Columbia Blue       Gold

The Southern Jaguars and Lady Jaguars represent Southern University in NCAA intercollegiate athletics.

Sports Overview[edit]

Southern University's 13 athletic teams participate in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) which is a part of the NCAA Division I. Football participates in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). Southern University's colors are columbia blue and gold and their nickname is the Jaguars. Southern's strong fanbase is traditionally referred to as the "Jaguar Nation".[1]



Bayou Classic[edit]

Every Thanksgiving weekend, Southern plays archrival Grambling State University in the Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The game is a national primetime telecast on NBC. Due to Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 game was moved to Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Jackson State Rivalry[edit]

The Southern Jaguars maintains a very popular and heated football rivalry with SWAC East foe Jackson State University. The Jackson State–Southern University rivalry game is one of the highest attended and most anticipated games for both schools every year.

Notable alumni[edit]

Mel Blount played running back and cornerback for Southern from 1967–69 before enjoying a 14-year career as a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Starring on the Steel Curtain defense, he helped the franchise win four Super Bowl championships in six years. Blount was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

Men's basketball[edit]

In 1993, the Southern University men's basketball team defeated the fourth-seeded Georgia Tech Yellowjackets, 93–78, during the NCAA Tournament. In the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Jaguars lost to Duke University, 70–54. In his first season at SU, head coach Rob Spivery was named 2005–06 SWAC Coach of the Year after winning both the SWAC regular season and tournament titles. On December 30, 2013, Southern defeated Champion Baptist College, 116-12 after starting the game off on a 44-0 run, which broke the record held by Seton Hall in 1997 for the most consecutive points to start off a game.[citation needed]

GSU basketball rivalry[edit]

The basketball game against the Grambling State Tigers at the F.G. Clark Activity Center is annually the highest attended and one of the most anticipated games of the season.

TSU basketball rivalry[edit]

Since 2009, Southern and Texas Southern have traditionally been the favorites to compete for the SWAC Championship every season. The games have become very competitive and highly anticipated by both universities.

Notable alumni[edit]

Avery Johnson, former NBA star who won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs, is a 1988 graduate of Southern. Johnson was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2006 after leading the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals.

Bob Love, known as "Butterbean" while at Southern, is the second leading scorer in Chicago Bulls history behind Michael Jordan. Love starred at Southern University between 1962-1965.


The university's baseball team has won more regular season championships than any other SWAC member.[2] They play their home games at Lee-Hines Field.

Notable alumni[edit]

Rickie Weeks was the first college player selected in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft when the Milwaukee Brewers made him their No. 1 pick, the highest a second baseman has ever been drafted in MLB Draft history. Weeks won the Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Trophy, and Baseball America College Player of the Year honors as the nation's top collegiate player during the 2003 season.

Hall of Famer Lou Brock played baseball at Southern University from 1958–1960.

Women's basketball[edit]

The 2005–2006 women's basketball team won a share of the SWAC regular season title and won the SWAC women's basketball tournament. This was Coach Sandy Pugh's third appearance in the NCAA tournament with the university.

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