The same day Southern announced the signing of 27 football recruits on National Signing Day, the school learned it will not be able to hold spring practice sessions because of NCAA sanctions.

According to Athletic Director William Broussard, the team will not be allowed to participate in practices because of penalties stemming from its APR faults.


Broussard told the Advocate that Southern had requested relief from the NCAA sanction that was issued in 2012.

“It was issued in 2012,” Broussard said, “but we completed all of the other sanctions over those two years and phased this one in.”

Southern athletics has been ruled ineligible for postseason play since December because of poor reporting of Academic Progress Rates. Last April, the NCAA met with the school to evaluate the overhaul Southern underwent in response to the sanctions.

Kendrick Marshall
Editor for HBCU Sports, award-winning journalist, and a graduate of Jackson State University.

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