JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville State football coach John Grass said an early start to a video that prompted the Marching Southerners to take the field led to the band and team becoming intermingled on the field before JSU’s 20-17 loss to North Carolina A&T on Saturday.
Camellia Bowl staff directed pregame activities for the second FCS Kickoff game Saturday, and Grass said the team was “unaware” they would start the band’s pregame video when they did.
“The video starts, and everything is synchronized,” Grass said. “Once it starts, you can’t stop.
“It was one of those deals where we were about 45 seconds from being done. We’d run the last play, and we had a PAT (extra point) and punt to do.”
Grass called it “kind of a nightmare scenario” but out of the team’s and band’s control.
“It wasn’t a problem last year,” Grass said, referring to JSU’s appearance in the FCS Kickoff in 2017. “We stayed with the same script, so I don’t know. I guess they moved the script up, and we were unaware of it.”