Former Jaguar volleyball standout, Olivia Mohler has reportedly been offered several opportunities as she approaches graduation. She has reportedly has offers from Ocean springs and St. Martin High Schools to take over their varsity Volleyball programs as head coach.
With one year of college eligibility remaining and not playing competitive basketball since high school, she has also reportedly received offers from the South Alabama Jaguar women’s basketball team to spend her final year of eligibility as a member of the team.
However, Mohler is continuing her dream to play volleyball and will travel to Maribor, Slovenia to participate in the Firesale and Exposure Camp at Maridor’s DRAS Center. She and other aspring professionals will compete in matches with numerous coaches and teams from across Eurpoe to showcase their talent.
Of the 28 players who attended last year, 22 of them were offered professional contracts.
She will leave on August 7 for camp and, if she gets a contract, it would mean she would be spending 7 to 9 months a year in Europe.
Mohler, a 6’2″ senior, seriously considered the offer to play collegiate basketball at South Alabama, but said that her heart is in volleyball.
Jaguar Nation will be supporting her all the way. Go get’em Olivia!!
The Sun Belt Network has added some conference games to it’s lineup, including games involving the Jags.
The Jaguars game at Troy’s Veterans Memorial Stadium on October 5 is set for a noon kickoff on the Sun Belt Network. They also added the Jags home game against Louisiana-Monroe on November 23 and set a 6:30pm kickoff.
Kickoff times for three other games have already been announced. The Jags season opener against Southern Utah is set for 6:30pm on August 29, Jags and Tulane will kick off at 2:30pm in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on September 7 and the Jaguars conference opener against Western Kentucky at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on September 14 is set to kickoff at 6:30pm as well.
Head coach Joey Jones and the South Alabama football staff is seeking early eligibility for University of Alabama transfer Danny Woodson Jr. Currently, Daniel McCarthy, assistant director of athletics for compliance and student services at South Alabama, told AL.com that they have not received any information about their request on his eligibility status for this season.
Woodson is a former standout at LeFlore High School and transferred to South Alabama recently. USA, on his behalf, made a request to the NCAA for immediate eligibility for him. The NCAA allows schools to apply for a waiver of the rule that forces a player who transfers from one FBS school to another to sit out a season before being eligibile to play for that school. USA did not disclose the circumstances under which the application was made for Woodson, but apparently the Jaguar program believes that Woodson’s reason for transfer has just cause to waive the rule.
There is no timetable for a decision to the rendered by the NCAA, but the program hopes to get word prior to the Jaguars opening day of preseason camp on August 1. The NCAA could also require additional information about the waiver request, which would delay the decision further.
After only being on the job less than five months, head basketball coach Matthew Graves is already searching to fill an empty position on his staff.
Assistant coach Ronald Nored announced that he has accepted a position with the Boston Celtics with former Butler University head coach Brad Stevens. Nored accepted the job with the Celtics’ Maine Red Claws D-League franchise.
Nored came to USA after spending one season as the head coach at Brownsburg Indiana High School. He was a four-year letterwinner at Butler from 2008-2012.
Graves was Brad Stevens’ top assistant at Butler before accepting the head coaching position at South Alabama.
The University of South Alabama has some new helmets for the 2013 season. Previously photos surfaced of a new red jersey for the 2013 season. We don’t know if these will be the new gameday jersey’s or if these are alternate home jersey’s to be used for certain games.
What do you think of the new lids?
More photos were posted of the new South Alabama Red Jersey’s. Also a photo shows a possible new helmet. What do you think?
South Alabama will have new red home jersey’s this season. What do you think about the new design?
South Alabama placed three student-athletes on the preseason All-Sun Belt Conference team that was announced on Monday during the annual Football Media Day. Also, during Media Day the head coaches took part in a preseason poll which selected the Jaguars to finish seventh out of the eight football teams this season.
Wes Saxton was selected to the All-Sun Belt team at tight end. Alex Page was also selected on the defensive line with Tyrell Pearson selected in the secondary. All three where selected by the SBC head coaches and selected members of the media.
Page was also selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. He was a second-team All-Conference selection last season after totalling 64 tackles with 11.5 of them for loss. His six sacks set a school record.
Pearson ranked in the top five in the SBC in both passes defended and interceptions. He led the Jags with four interceptions and 11 passes broken up in his first season with the team. He was credited with 40 tackles with three of them for loss. He had a career best six tackles in the Jags first road game of the season last year at North Carolina State.
Saxton finished his first season on the team with 26 catches for 336 yards and a touchdown. He was one of the top five on the team in both catches and receiving yards. Seventeen of his catches came in conference games with seven of them against Louisiana-Lafayette for 83 yards in the conference schedule finale. He led the team in receiving yards against FIU with 92 yards on six catches, against N.C. State with 72 yards on four catches. His first and only touchdown of the season came in the season finale at Hawaii.
The Jags were selected to finish seventh in the conference behind Texas State and ahead of Georgia State, all three newcomers to the conference. Louisiana-Lafayette and Lousiana-Monroe tied for first place with 57 points, ULL had four first place votes while ULM had two.
3. Arkansas State
6. Texas State
7. South Alabama
8. Georgia State
Sun Belt Conference Media Day will be held today in New Orleans. ESPN3 and the SBC has partnered together for the second consecutive year to bring the SBC Media Day live to viewers.
Media Day will begin at 1pm CST and will include interviews from all eight conference coaches and an interview with SBC Commissioner Karl Benson. Also, there will be interviews with four future SBC head coaches that are expected to enter the conference on July 1, 2014. Paul Petrino of Idaho, Doug Martin of New Mexico State, Jeff Monken of Georgia Southern and Scott Satterfield of Appalachian State will be representing the future SBC members.
Cole Wright will serve as the host for the event and Sun Belt Network football commentator Cole Cubelic will be the shows analyst.
Four teams have left the conference this season while two new schools have joined the conference. This season will see South Alabama, Arkansas State, Georgia State, Troy, UL-Monroe, UL-Lafayette, Texas State and Western Kentucky competing in the new Sun Belt.
The interview schedule is as follows:
- 1:00pm – SBC Commissioner Karl Benson
- 1:10pm – ULL Head Coach Mark Hudspeth
- 1:20pm – South Alabama head coach Joey Jones
- 1:28pm – Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino
- 1:38pm – Idaho head coach Paul Petrino
- 1:45pm – New Mexico State head coach Doug Martin
- 1:52pm – Georgia State head coach Trent Miles
- 2:00pm – ULL head coach Todd Berry
- 2:10pm – Arkansas State head coach Bryan Harsin
- 2:20pm – Troy Head Coach Larry Blakeney
- 2:30pm – Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione
- 2:40pm – Georgia Southern head coach Jeff Monken
- 2:47pm – Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield
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Today marks the 237th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. This holiday is celebrated on July 4th to honor the date when the delegates agreed, after two days of debate, on the wording of Thomas Jefferson’s text.
The Declaration was signed by a majority of the 56 delegates a month later on August 2, 1776.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” the final edition of the Declaration read.
Those poetic words were enough to spark a riot in New York. When the future George Washington read the words from a copy of the Declaration that had it to the city on July 9, the cheering crowd at City Hall would proceed to dismantle a statue of King George III. The metal from it would later be used to make about 42,000 musket balls for the Continental Army.
Happy Independence Day America. May we forever be the land of the free and the home of the brave. Have a happy and safe 4th of July Jaguar Nation.