JSU to host North Alabama in Sept.
by Al Muskewitz
Jan 03, 2013 | 2823 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville State has filled one of the two openings on new football coach Bill Clark’s first schedule by locking up a home game with Division II North Alabama on Sept. 14, JSU athletics director Warren Koegel confirmed Wednesday.

The opening was created when Auburn had to pull out of its previously contracted game with the Gamecocks due to a conflict with next year’s Southeastern Conference schedule. The Gamecocks still received the $500,000 guarantee.

The Gamecocks certainly hope this meeting goes better than the last time the teams played.

JSU and UNA were longtime conference rivals during the Gamecocks’ Division II days. They’ve played only once since JSU moved up to Division I — 2003, with the Lions posting a 28-16 upset at Paul Snow Stadium behind four touchdown passes by Harlon Hill Trophy-winner Will Hall, reportedly a finalist for the JSU coaching job that ultimately went to Clark.

The Gamecocks are still in the market for a 12th game, which Koegel said may become a little easier to get with the recent and continued upheaval in conference alignments.

“Now we’re getting people who say they can play us, but the dates don’t line up,” Koegel said. “We’re going to have somebody, I’m not sure which way we’re going to go.

“With all the changes happening in leagues and people jumping there will be some contracts being broken and we might be able to get in there with a game.”

The Star has previously reported the Gamecocks’ 2012 non-conference games with Jacksonville (Fla.) University at JSU Stadium and at Georgia State.

SEEKING HELP: The search for a new head football coach wasn’t the first time in 2012 Jacksonville State sought the services of CarrSports Consulting LLC.

According to JSU records, the university paid $5,573.99 to the Florida-based firm on Nov. 8 for what athletics director Warren Koegel called “a consultant job.” He did not elaborate.

Koegel did say it was “not related” to the firing of former football coach Jack Crowe.

The university fired Crowe on Nov. 30 and contracted with CarrSports Dec. 5 for $20,000 to help find a new coach. The school wrote a $10,000 check for that obligation Dec. 17, records show.

The records show the Nov. 8 check listed under the category of “legal,” while the December payment was for “contractual services.”

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