Running back Demetre Baker is asking for his release from South Alabama according to his Social Media accounts and WNSP.
Coach Jones told WNSP that Baker had over 20 rules infractions against team rules. He missed games last season due to breaking team rules as well. Jones also said that, after a meeting and a vote of the seniors on the team, they voted to kick him off the football team.
Baker has taken to Social Media and said that all he wants is his transfer papers, but that post has since been taken down.
He participated in spring drills and practices after being named ineligible after failing two classes in the fall. According to Baker’s interview with SunBeltInsider.com, he has been banned from “…offices and campus facilities” which I assume means sports offices and facilities and not academic facilities.
When more information comes out about this situation, we will cover it. But as of now, all we know is that Baker has been dismissed from the team and is looking to get his release to transfer to another school.
B.J. Scott is heading to Chicago. While he was not selected in the NFL Draft last weekend, he has been asked to attend the Chicago Bears’ rookie minicamp on May 10-12.
Scott, a 5’11” 205-pound defensive back, ranked third on the team with 84 tackles, 49 of them solo, with six tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, three pass breakups, two quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles. He was also selected as an honorable mention selection to last season’s All-Sun Belt Conference team.
Prior to landing at South Alabama, Scott played for Vigor High School before signing with the University of Alabama. He spent three years in Tuscaloosa with one of them being a redshirt season. He was part of the team for the 2009 BCS National Championship and a record of 36-5.
After an ankle injury and being tried out at different positions, Scott transferred to South Alabama. He started the first seven games of the 2011 season before a knee injury sufferred against Georgia State forced him to miss the remaining games of the season. But he still finished fifth in tackles with 48 and a team-high four passes defended.
Prior to the injury, he set a single-game school record with 180 yards in kick returns against Georgia State, including a 71-yard return on the game’s opening play. The Jags would eventually lose the game in overtime unfortunately.
He was a late addition to the South team’s roster for the Senior Bowl in January.
The University of South Alabama baseball team returned to the Baseball American and Collegiate Baseball rankings on Monday after a weekend sweep of ULM to extend the Jags winning streak to seven games.
The Jags are ranked 20th by Baseball America and are ranked 25th by Collegiate Baseball and are the only Sun Belt schools to be ranked in either poll. They are also on top of the Sun Belt standings.
They do not have any midweek games between now and the end of the regular season so they can rest up for postseason play. The Jags next series will be this weekend when they host Middle Tennessee State for a three-game SBC series at Eddie Stanky Field.
The South Alabama Jaguar baseball team extended their winning streak with a sweep of Louisiana-Monroe on the road over the weekend.
On Friday, Jarron City allowed five runs on nine hits while striking out eight with only two walks in seven innings to earn the win over the ULM Warhawks, 10-8. Dylan Stamey struck out four and allowed two runs on three hits with two walks in 1 2/3 innings to earn his third save of the season.
Jordan Patterson went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and an RBI while scoring one run to lead the Jaguars at the plate. Jeff DeBlieux went 2-for-4 with a homerun, two RBI and two runs scored. Dustin Dalken also hit a homer for the Jaguars.
On Saturday Hunter Soleymani pitched 6 2/3 innings of relief and only allowed one run on two hits to lead the Jaguars to the 9-6 win. He struck out three and only walked two batters to earn his first career win as a Jaguar.
With the Warhawks leading 5-3, the Jags exploded for six runs in teh fifth inning to take a 9-5 lead. The Warhawks would only manage one run the rest of the way.
Then on Sunday, Jacob Noble allowed one earned run on five hits with two strikeouts and three walks in five innings of work to get his fifth win of the season as the Jags won 7-2.
Jordan Patterson threw two shutout innings and allowed only two hits while striking out three with two walks to earn his second save of the season. Cole Billingsley, a freshman, pitched two shutout innings and allowed only one hit with a walk and a strikeout in his first appearance on the mound as a Jaguar.
Eight of the Jaguar starters recorded hits in the final game of the series with Zaharion going 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, a walk and two runs scored. Patterson also finished the game going 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a walk and three runs.
After this weekends series the Jags improved their record to 34-12 on the season and 15-6 in Sun Belt play. The Jags will return to the field this weekend when they host Middle Tennessee State for a three game SBC series at Eddie Stanky Field. Game one is scheduled for 2pm on Friday.
The weekend series extends the Jaguar winning streak to seven games as they extend their lead in the Sun Belt standings to two full games. Western Kentucky was swept by Arkansas-Little Rock over the weekend and fell from second place to a tie for fifth place. The Jags (15-6 SBC) holds a two game edge on Troy (13-8 SBC) with three Conference series left in the season, including a three game regular season finale against Troy which could decide the regular season title and the #1 seed for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
The 2013 edition of the Rumble in the Jungle is set for Monday, April 29th at 7pm in Jaguar Gym. Admission is free! Come out and support your Jaguars as they perform feats of strength as they continue their offseason strength and conditioning program in preparation for their first season as a full FBS member and their first time being eligible for a conference championship and a bowl berth.
After taking two of three from Western Kentucky and sweeping Jacksonville State, the Jags head to Monroe, Louisiana to take on ULM in a three game Sun Belt series.
Jarron Cito is set to take the mound for the Jags tonight with first pitch scheduled for 6pm. Saturday’s game is scheduled for 3pm and will be broadcast on the Sun Belt Network and can be seen on ESPN3.com or WatchESPN.com.
South Alabama enters the weekend with a 31-19 record overall and a 12-6 record in Sun Belt play. They enter the weekend in first place in the conference after winning two of the three games against Western Kentucky last weekend. The Jags have a five game winning streak coming into their game against ULM and winning their last three SBC series.
ULM enters the weekend with a 16-26 record overall and 5-13 in Sun Belt play which is tied for last place in the Sun Belt. They also rank last in the conference in team batting average and ERA.
All three games can be heard on WNSP 105.5FM in Mobile and wnsp.com worldwide. Game video will be streamed online at ULMWarhawks.com for a fee.
South Alabama’s Farish Beard struck out 10 of the 17 batters she faced on Wednesday with only two walks to toss her first career no-hitter as the #18 Jaguars defeated Troy at Jaguar field for her 20th win of the season.
Eight Jaguar batters recorded hits on the way to South Alabama’s 9-0 mercy-rule victory over Troy. Beard recorded her 169th strikeout of the season, currently fifth most in Jaguar single-season history.
South Alabama finishes the regular season home schedule with a 17-3 record.
Beard is holding opponent batters to a .148 average with an ERA of 1.89 on the season. She is holding opposing batters to a .109 average with two outs and runners in scoring position with 1/3 of them striking out against her.
The Lady Jaguars will travel to Troy on May 4th for a series-deciding doubleheader ahead of the Sun Belt Conference tournament being hosted at the Troy Softball Complex.
The Jags continue to hold onto first place in the Conference with a 17-3 league record ahead of 15-3 record of Western Kentucky. The Jags overall record this season is 41-7 with two games to go before the conference tournament.
South Alabama swept two games from Jacksonville State on Tuesday and Wednesday at Eddie Stanky Field.
The Jags trailed in the first game on Tuesday 6-2 through 5 1/2 innings before the Jags began their comeback. In the bottom half of the inning they cut the lead in half, then in the bottom of the seventh the Jags plated five runs to take the lead by a score of 8-6.
In the bottom of the eighth inning the Jags scored an insurance run for the final score of 9-6.
Jaime Dennis threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings with only two hits and a pair of strikeouts to get his first win of the season. Kyle Bartsch got the final two outs in the game to earn his 11th save of the season.
Jeff DeBlieux went 4-for-6 with a double, an RBI and a run scored to lead the Jags at the plate.
On Wednesday the Jags defeated the Gamecocks again by a score of 6-5 to sweep the two game series.
South Alabama used a six-run first inning to take the early lead, then held on for the win.
In the top of the second inning, JSU scored two runs to cut the Jaguar lead to 6-2. They added another run in the top of the third inning on a Sac fly to cut the lead in half.
JSU would push two more runs across in the top of the fourth inning but the Jags fought hard to preserve the one run victory.
Tripp Cecil threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief and allowed only three hits while striking out three and issuing one walk.
We covered the controversy last year when EA Sports failed to include South Alabama in the 2013 edition of their yearly NCAA Football franchise. Many Jaguar fans were annoyed and mad about being overlooked and they took to social media and email to let EA know about their displeasure.
EA responded with an initial, “oops, sorry we’ll get you next time.” But that was not enough for the fans. They continued to contact EA and they finally relented and gave the school their “first class treatment.”
Last season EA sent a crew to do detailed stadium scans, fan and tailgating photos and audio recordings to be included in the 2014 edition. They spent the week leading up to the game to collect data on the stadium and information about the team’s playbook. They also experienced gameday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and have been using it to digitially recreate it “in the game,” as they say. This oversight may have worked out in South Alabama’s favor after all.
This was posted by EA Sports on their website previewing the 2014 game. “This year, South Alabama makes its long-awaited debut in NCAA Football along with Old Dominion and Georgia State. The Jaguars stadium has been accurately recreated, as has Texas State’s. That’s right, Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium will be in the game. Both big and small schools received attention, with TCU’s stadium updated to reflect their recent renovations. Horned Frogs fans should feel right at home.”
You can read the entire EA article here.
Our previous articles covering this topic can be viewed below:
South Alabama’s Haley Fagan was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week on Monday. Fagan, the first freshman to earn a weekly conference honor, went 8-for-11 over the weekend against Louisiana-Monroe with six RBI and two home runs in game two of the doubleheader on Saturday. She ended the weekend with a slugging percentage of 1.273 with an on-base percentage of .727.
The two home runs in game two tied the program record for home runs in a single game by a Jaguar student-athlete. She is also two home runs away from tying the school’s single-season record as well.
Also, Fagan is eight RBI away from the all-time single-season record for the program. She currently has 44.
She joins Farish Beard, Julie Moss and Brittany Fowler as Jaguars who have been selected for Player of the Week honors. Moss has been chosen twice.