The 2011 season tickets have been mailed. I received mine today and this is what they look like.
South Alabama Head Coach Head Coach Joey Jones is to be interviewed on the Tim Brando Show on the Sporting News Network this morning (July 27, 2011). Hear it on WNSP, 105.5 FM at 10:13am.
Multiple places are reporting that the New York Jets has signed former wide receiver Courtney Smith. Details of the contract are not known at this time.
The first reports of Courtney’s signing came on his Facebook page but now multiple websites also report the was signed by the Jets. The website NYJetsDraft.com wrote,
“Smith is a super rangy player with absolutely massive upside at the next level. He has good hands and the athletic ability to stretch the field. Smith is a bit of a project, but he could pay off in a big way down the road.”
Many friends and family have posted congratulations on his Facebook wall throughout the day.
The New York Jets was one game away from the Super Bowl last season, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-19 in Pittsburgh. Also former University of Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy was drafted by the Jets in the NFL Draft. McElroy worked with Smith at the Senior Bowl and made light that he enjoyed throwing to a big target.
Smith also participated in the University of Alabama Pro Day but only participated in agility drills and none of the receiver drills. However he did have a Pro Day at the University of South Alabama which showcased his receiver skills for pro scouts.
I’m quite sure that there will be several South Alabama fans who will be watching the Jets season closely with an eye on Courtney.
According to multiple sites including Yahoo! Sports, former Jaguar wide-out Courtney Smith will be making an official visit to the New York Jets on Tuesday.
The Players Association and the Owners have accepted an agreement that will have the NFL season starting on time. Teams can now begin signing their own free-agents and begin negotiating with other free-agents, however they cannot sign unrestricted free-agents until noon ET on Tuesday. Any contract would not take effect until Tuesday, August 2nd however.
The University of South Alabama had section in the Sun Belt Conference Media Guide for the 2011 season. It mentioned that South Alabama will be playing a full SBC schedule in 2012 and would be eligible for postseason play in 2013.
In the 180 page media guide it had an extensive write-up about the history of the conference starting with it’s inception in 1976 and the six schools who started the conference in four sports as well as it’s success early with a team in the final four, how the conference introduced the shot clock to basketball and the time line of other schools joining the conference. It also covered the conference championships teams from the previous season. It then transitioned over when it hit 2001 to football, which was the first year the conference sponsored football.
Currently the conference has 12 member institutions after New Orleans voted to drop to a lower division and pending the move of Denver to another conference it will fall to 11. However, only nine schools are participating in football currently, with South Alabama becoming the 10th when they become a full member in 2013.
FIU was picked to finish 1st in the conference with Troy chosen second in the annual Sun Belt coaches’ poll. Troy has won or shared the SBC title for the last six seasons and for several seasons now, Troy has been the #1 or #2 choice in the league, this season continues that run. Meanwhile, bleacherreport.com has the their predictions in for 2011 and they are: 1 Troy, 2 Florida International, 3 Arkansas State, 4 UL Monroe, 5 Middle Tennessee, 6 North Texas, 7 Western Kentucky, 8 UL Lafayette and 9 Florida Atlantic.
Last year SBC commissioner Wright Waters spoke during media days about how he has watched schools like Boise State, TCU, Hawaii and Utah play their way into BCS Bowl games. The SBC being one of 11 BCS conferences, but if is one of the five conferences that don’t have automatic bids to BCS bowl games. However they can play their way in. The SBC Conference champion will earn an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game if that team is ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS standings or if that team is ranked in the top 16 of the final BCS standings and its ranking is higher than that of a champion of a conference that has an annual automatic berth in one of the BCS bowls.
Waters challenged Sun Belt teams to set their sights on being a BCS bowl team. “If Hawaii and Boise and Utah and TCU can accomplish that, in my mind I don’t know of any reason why our schools can’t do it also,” he said.
This year, commissioner Waters said that the league was thriving in reputation over the last few years. “We are not in survival mode like we were seven, eight years ago,” he said. He also mentioned that the conference is in enhancement mode and that people know about it. “Sun Belt football is here and not going away,” he said.
[Release from Coach Darwin]
The tournament was between mixed competition of 5 men’s teams and 5 collegiate teams. It was hosted at Spanish Park High School in Hoover AL. The Jaguars were in pool A with B’ham 1 (Gold), Montgomery, & UNA. Getting to a medal meant placing 1st or 2nd in our pool. We easily did that, and in the end only lost to the Gold and Silver medal winners.
USA 24 v Montgomery 0 – “Great opening match. Our boys came out strong, jumped on the much bigger men’s team and never let up. A real confidence builder.”
USA 7 v B’ham One 14 – “Birmingham 1 had the home field advantage, they are a large physical men’s team and I thought we looked sharp at times against them. They were definitely the better tea at the end of the day.”
USA 10 v UNA 0 – “The University of North Alabama let us get back into our rhythm, in the heat of the day. Beating them meant extending into a medal round and it helped refuel the Jaguars.”
Semi Final #1
USA 5 v Ship 24 – “Battleship of Mobile was a somewhat familiar foe and we knew it was going to be a tough match-up. We prepared for them like any other club but the boys had to play their entire bench to finish the match.”
Bronze Medal Game
USA 12 v Bama 0 - “Bronze medal match, and the Jaguars weren’t coming away empty handed. The young jags had played out of their skin all day and got some sweet payback on a team the bested them late last Spring.”
Away game tickets went on sale yesterday for three of the four Jaguar away games.
Currently they are only available to Jaguar Athletic Fund members renewed for 2011 season only as a “pre-sale” through July 15th. On July 18th they will then be available to non-donor season ticket holders and the general public.
Ticket prices are:
North Carolina State (Sep. 17) = $39
Kent State (Sep. 24) = $10
UTSA (Oct. 8) = $17
Ticket pricing/allotment for the October 22, 2011 road game vs. Georgia State has not been finalized. Please check www.usajaguars.com for updated information as it becomes available.
Seating assignments/preference of location of tickets for road games are based upon the priority point system of the Jaguar Athletic Fund.
Also available for Jaguar away games this fall are “Runnin’ with the Jags” travel packages through Springdale Travel! For more information on how you can join the Jags on the road through Springdale Travel, please contact Debra Smith at (251) 414-4663 or go online at www.SpringdaleTravel.com/JAGS.
To purchase your 2011 Away Game Tickets, please call the USA Ticket Office at (251) 461-1USA (1872).