Jacksonville State notebook: Gamecocks looking for games in 2014, 2015
by Al Muskewitz
amuskewitz@annistonstar.com
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JACKSONVILLE -- Jacksonville State is in the market for two guarantee games in the next two years as two BCS opponents have either requested a move or dropped the Gamecocks completely.

JSU athletics director Warren Koegel on Saturday confirmed a New Orleans Times-Picayune report that LSU has moved the Sept. 5, 2015, game with the Gamecocks to 2016.

That move paves the way for LSU to renew its rivalry with Tulane on that date, but it leaves the Gamecocks looking.

Koegel said the Gamecocks will receive an additional $100,000 for moving the LSU game. The bump raises its guarantee for that game to a record payday

$606,500 -- slightly more than $600,000 it will get from Michigan State in

2014.

Koegel also revealed Saturday that Central Florida has dropped next season’s game with JSU, without compensation.

That was done in January. Koegel said Saturday he was expecting a formal letter from UCF but has not received one.

The Gamecocks already were looking for a game to complete their 2014 schedule, then UCF dropped them to accommodate a two-game series with Penn State. The 2014 UCF-Penn State game will be played in Ireland.

JSU stood to make $332,500 for the game, but a clause in the contract ‹ signed in 2010 ¬ relating to the potential of UCF changing conferences allows the Golden Knights to escape without penalty. UCF has gone from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference, the BCS-football-playing schools of the old Big East.

Koegel said he was finalizing a replacement for 2015 but declined to identify it beyond a "good football school" because he said it hadn't been released by the other school.

INJURY UPDATE: Senior tight end Jerry Slota and sophomore running back Miles Jones both were seen wearing boots to protect lower left leg injuries.

Both are expected to be return this season, but the injuries are seen as a setback in their quest to move up the depth chart. Fortunately for the Gamecocks, they are deep at both positions.

Slota is a versatile athlete, a weapon as a runner and receiver, running with senior Gavin Ellis and sophomore Luke Smith. Jones was seen as a nice complement to Damarcus James and Troymaine Pope.

FAN DAY: Bill Clark wouldn’t speculate on how big a crowd will be there today, but he is looking forward to his first Fan Day as JSU’s head football coach. The players will be positioned at six stations on the field ‹ cooled by two giant fans procured by associate athletics director Ed Lett ‹ and the autograph line begins at 2 p.m.

“It’ll be a chance to be around a bunch of JSU folks, and I think that’s great,” Clark said. “It’s a chance to see our players, see how hard they’ve been working, that’s going to be fun, however many it is.”
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