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December 20, 2014

Jacksonville State

JSU basketball: Lady Gamecocks snap skid in dominant fashion

WILMINGTON, NC. — Since leaving the friendly confines of Pete Mathews Coliseum last weekend, the Jacksonville State women’s basketball team has uncharacteristically dropped two straight games.

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Thursday 12/18/2014
JSU taps Seitz as interim AD once again
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 10:28 pm

JACKSONVILLE --- Jacksonville State University president Dr. William Meehan will once again lean on Greg Seitz during a transition in the school’s athletics department.

Meehan named Seitz as interim athletics director, the school announced Thursday. Seitz has served in that capacity twice in the past four years.

Seitz will take over for the retiring Warren Koegel and run the athletics department until a permanent replacement is named by the next president. 

Seitz said he agrees “one hundred percent” with the soon-to-retire Meehan’s decision to allow the next president to name a permanent AD. A new president could be named as early as April and is expected to start in July. Meehan's retirement becomes effective in June.

Seitz is widely considered one of the candidates to replace Koegel permanently. So are Ed Lett, the associate AD for external affairs, and Greg Bonds, the associate AD for internal affairs.

“I’ll serve in this (interim) role until a new president his hired and then get an opportunity to meet with he or she and decide what we want to do once that’s done,” Seitz said. “I’ll be running the day-to-day operations until a new president is hired in the summer.”

He said he anticipates no changes in the athletics department in the interim period.

“I want to thank Dr. Meehan and our board of trustees for the opportunity to serve during this transition period,” Seitz said in a statement released by the school Thursday night. “We have so many good things going on in our athletic department right now, and I just want to continue to keep the athletic department running smoothly until a permanent athletic director is named.”

Seitz has worked in JSU athletics since 1993, when he started as assistant sports information director. He was promoted to sports information director in 1999 then associate athletic director in 2002.

He elevated to senior associate athletic director in 2011 and handles game day operations for football, basketball and baseball.

Seitz, who has served on the NCAA men’s Final Four media coordinator team for the past six years, also has worked numerous NCAA championships and Alabama High School Athletic Association events. In 2002, he became the first SID elected as president of the Alabama Sports Writers Association and serves as the organizations secretary and treasurer.

Koegel announced his retirement this past fall but stayed on through football season, which ended with a second-round playoff loss to Sam Houston State on Dec. 6.

“We are certainly going to miss Coach Koegel,” Seitz said. “I have learned so much from working under his leadership, and I would like to wish coach and Elaine (Koegel’s wife) the best in their retirement.”

Wednesday 12/17/2014
Joe Medley: A belated salute to our great centers
Posted: December 17, 2014

Here’s a long-overdue salute to a well-manned position in the Alabama-Auburn-Jacksonville State football universe.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
JSU women's basketball: Strain's 18 points not enough as Gamecocks fall at SCSU
Posted: December 16, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC. — After winning six in a row, the Jacksonville State women’s basketball team dropped its second in a row as the Gamecocks fell to South Carolina State 55-52.

College basketball: Gamecocks clamp down on nation’s leading scorer
Posted: December 16, 2014

JACKSONVILLE — For 37 straight games, UNC Asheville’s Andrew Rowsey has been terrorizing opponents. Heading into Tuesday night’s matchup against Jacksonville State, he was tied for the national lead in scoring at 24.4 points a game.

JSU’s Holcombe first-team Walter Camp All-American
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 5:21 pm

JACKSONVILLE --- Jacksonville State senior center Max Holcombe was named to the Walter Camp's 2014 Football Championship Subdivision All-America team on Tuesday.

Sunday 12/14/2014
JSU basketball: Rackley reaches milestone with timely 3-pointer
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 6:30 pm

It may have looked like a simple basket during the game, but Darion Rackley’s 3-pointer  with 5:12 to play was more than that.

Saturday 12/13/2014
JSU women's basketball: OT loss ends Gamecocks' win streak at six
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 4:19 pm

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Jacksonville State women's basketball team saw its win streak end at six with Saturday's 67-65 overtime loss at Kennesaw State.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
JSU basketball: Strain named OVC co-newcomer of week
Updated: December 09, 2014 - 8:15 pm

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — For the second straight week a member of the Jacksonville State women’s basketball team has been honored by the Ohio Valley Conference for her efforts in JSU’s two wins last week.

JSU basketball: Gamecocks find a gem in walk-on Jeremy Watson
Updated: December 09, 2014 - 12:03 am

JACKSONVILLE — The old saying “nothing worth having comes easily” means plenty to Jacksonville State forward Jeremy Watson, who has put in lots of work to get to where he is with the Gamecocks.

Sunday 12/07/2014
Joe Medley: Very good playoff matchup for Alabama
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 10:31 pm

Alabama got the best possible matchup for its College Football Playoff semifinal.

Saturday 12/06/2014
Game analysis: Sam Houston State 37, Jacksonville State 26
Updated: December 06, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Postgame analysis of Jacksonville State's loss to Sam Houston State in the FCS playoffs.

JSU football: Endress leaves it all on field in final performance
Updated: December 06, 2014 - 8:18 pm

JACKSONVILLE — It has been a long college career for senior linebacker Ben Endress and did not end the way he or his Gamecocks wanted in a 37-26 FCS playoff loss to Sam Houston State.

Sam Houston State at JSU
Posted: December 06, 2014
JSU notebook: Holcombe's final game, replay official, Gamecock injuries
Updated: December 06, 2014 - 9:46 pm

After serving as one of the faces of the Jacksonville State football program for much of his career, Max Holcombe struggled to hold back his emotions after Saturday’s 37-26 loss to Sam Houston State in the FCS playoffs.

JSU football: Underdog Sam Houston State put Gamecocks out of playoffs
Updated: December 06, 2014 - 8:57 pm

It was a sight that JSU Stadium hasn't seen all year and wasn't expecting Saturday: The opposing team, lined up in a victory formation, running the last seconds off the clock to secure a win.

Auburn hoops commit Trayvon Reed pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault
Updated: December 06, 2014 - 1:40 pm

AUBURN -- Trayvon Reed, the 7-foot-1 Auburn commit, pleaded guilty to second-degree misdemeanor assault on Friday for charges stemming from his July arrest in Maryland.

Friday 12/05/2014
JSU basketball: Pieces coming together as Gamecocks win sixth in a row
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 10:00 pm

JACKSONVILLE — Before a masterpiece is complete, the artist tweaks the little things until the finished product is flawless.

Joe Medley: Endress’ heartfelt promise
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 5:27 pm

Jacksonville State’s chase of an FCS championship just took on a personal dimension for at least one player from our area.

Thursday 12/04/2014
Mark Edwards: Saturday should belong to Tide, JSU
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Could a two-loss team make it into the first College Football Playoff?

JSU football: Loads of injuries haven't kept Gamecocks down
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 9:45 pm

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville State coach John Grass has given his team the motto, “Next Man Up,” but with all the injuries the Gamecocks have endured this season, it’s more like, “Next Man Up … and the next, and the next, and the next.”

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