Southern Jaguars and Lady Jaguars

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Southern Jaguars and Lady Jaguars
UniversitySouthern University
NCAADivision I (FCS)
Athletic directorRoman Banks
LocationBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Football stadiumA. W. Mumford Stadium
Basketball arenaF. G. Clark Center
Baseball stadiumLee–Hines Field
Softball stadiumLady Jaguar Field
Soccer stadiumJaguar Park
Other venuesClifford Seymour Gymnasium
SU Tennis Courts
West Feliciana Sports Park
NicknameJaguars and Lady Jaguars
ColorsColumbia blue and gold[1]

The Southern Jaguars and Lady Jaguars represent Southern University in NCAA intercollegiate athletics. Southern University's 13 athletic teams participate in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) which is a part of the NCAA Division I. Football participates in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA).


Southern University's sports teams nickname is the Jaguars.

Sports sponsored[edit]

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Bowling
Cross country Cross country
Football Soccer
Track and field Softball
Track and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.


The university's baseball team has won more regular season championships than any other SWAC member.[2] They play their home games at Lee-Hines Field.

Notable players[edit]

Men's basketball[edit]

GSU basketball rivalry[edit]

The basketball game against in-state rival Grambling State Tigers at the F.G. Clark Activity Center is annually the highest attended and one of the most anticipated games of the season.

TSU basketball rivalry[edit]

Since 2008, Southern and Texas Southern have traditionally been the favorites to compete for the SWAC Championship every season. The games have become very competitive and highly anticipated by both universities.

Notable players[edit]

Avery Johnson, former NBA star who won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs, is a 1988 graduate of Southern. Johnson was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2006 after leading the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals. Bob Love, known as "Butterbean" while at Southern, is the second leading scorer in Chicago Bulls history behind Michael Jordan. Love starred at Southern University between 1962 and 1965.

Women's basketball[edit]

The 2005–2006 women's basketball team won a share of the SWAC regular season title and won the SWAC women's basketball tournament. This was Coach Sandy Pugh's third appearance in the NCAA tournament with the university.


Bayou Classic[edit]

Every Thanksgiving weekend, Southern plays in-state archrival Grambling State University in the Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The game is a national primetime telecast on NBC. Due to Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 game was moved to Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.


The homecoming football game is always a sold-out game of 25,000+ against a SWAC opponent. The football game is annually the last major event of homecoming week.[3][4]

Jackson State Rivalry[edit]

The Southern Jaguars maintains a very popular and heated football rivalry with SWAC East foe Jackson State University. The Jackson State–Southern University rivalry game is one of the highest attended and most anticipated games for both schools every year.

Notable players[edit]

Mel Blount played running back and cornerback for Southern from 1967 to 1969 before enjoying a 14-year career as a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Starring on the Steel Curtain defense, he helped the franchise win four Super Bowl championships in six years. Blount was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989. Aeneas Demetrius Williams (/əˈniːəs/; (born January 29, 1968) is a former American football player, who played with the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Southern University and was drafted in the third round (59th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft.[1] Williams was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. Aeneas started out as a cornerback then switched to free safety later in his career. Harold Carmichael also attended Southern University as a tri-sport athlete. He used his 6'8" height to play on the basketball team as a center, and threw the javelin and discus for the track and field team. In football, he shifted to playing wide receiver, where his performance was so outstanding he was inducted into the SWAC Hall of Fame in 2012.[2] He was drafted by the Eagles in the 7th round of the 1971 NFL Draft.[3]

Women's Soccer[edit]

The Southern Lady Jaguars soccer team competes in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The team plays its home games at Jaguar Park.


The Southern Lady Jaguars softball team competes in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The team plays its home games at Lady Jaguar Field.


Southern University's colors are Columbia blue and gold and their fanbase is traditionally referred to as the "Jaguar Nation."[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Southern University Style Guide (PDF). Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  2. ^ SWAC Baseball
  3. ^ "Su Homecoming". Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  4. ^[dead link]
  5. ^ "Report: Louisiana Tech expecting near-sellout crowd Saturday, including healthy showing from Southern fans | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana". Retrieved 2015-12-26.

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