JSU notebook: Gamcock officials still searching for 12th game
by Al Muskewitz
amuskewitz@annistonstar.com
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JACKSONVILLE — As the Jacksonville State football staff continues to pursue prospects for the upcoming signing class, JSU athletics department officials continue to search for an elusive 12th game to fill the 2014 schedule.

The preference is to find an FCS home game for the available Sept. 13 date rather than a second big-money guarantee because, athletics director Warren Koegel said Wednesday, to open the season with three straight road games “is not in the best interest of this football program.”

The Gamecocks’ non-conference schedule currently includes games at Michigan State, at Chattanooga and at home against Division II West Alabama.

Speaking of future games, the Gamecocks moved the date of the spring game to April 11. The April 18 date announced in a release on their website earlier this week is Good Friday.

HOOP SCOOP: The JSU men’s basketball team (7-11, 1-2) looks to extend its recent success against the OVC West tonight while hosting SIU-Edwardsville (4-11, 1-1). The Gamecocks are 7-0 against the West since the league split into divisions last season and have won 13 straight against teams from the opposite division.

The JSU women, meanwhile, will be looking for their first OVC win of coach Rick Pietri’s tenure Saturday against Eastern Illinois.

The women (4-13, 0-4) have lost four of their last five and 10 of their last 12 since back-to-back wins over Kennesaw State and New Orleans. EIU (7-7, 2-1) has won four of its last five.

“Every game we play in this league we’ll be the underdog, so if we’re able to generate a win anytime it’ll be an upset,” Pietri said Wednesday. “Our goal right now is just to try to get better and try to be a team that doesn’t drag the OVC down, but tries to be a competitive component to the league that helps it in terms of its status nationally.”

VOLLEYBALL SEARCH: The process for finding Jacksonville State’s next volleyball coach is underway and officials hope to hire a replacement for Joseph Goodson before the team opens spring practice in mid-February.

JSU announced in mid-December Goodson would not return after three seasons as the successor to Rick Nold.

Koegel said the opening has generated “plenty” of applicants and the pool remains open. Koegel and other members of his staff are serving as the search committee.
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