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Southern optimistic bans could come to end soon

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Posted: Jul 29, 2014 8:49 PM by Brian Holland
Updated: Jul 29, 2014 8:49 PM
Source: WBRZ Sports 2

  Rating: 5.0 (1 vote)

Topics: Southern, football, basketball, NCAA, baseball, postseason, ban, APR

BATON ROUGE - Southern fans have endured a roller coaster year with their sports teams.

While the Jaguars won five SWAC titles, they also had the NCAA hammer brought on them by banning them from postseason play.

"We've been working on this now for 15 months, so optimism isn't necessarily what drives you," said Athletics Director Dr. William Broussard. "I don't mean to say we're not optimistic, but it's about whether you have the tools or not to get the work done."

Southern believes they now have the tools: 1) being able to track data, 2) putting new policies in place, & 3) hiring a Director of Institutional Complaince.

"Getting the unusable data ban lifted so we have postseason eligibility restored at large is the first hurdle," Broussard told Sports 2. "Then, going team by team and ensuring every team has postseason eligibility will require some follow up."

"Having a Director of Institutional Compliance to report directly to a campus executive and be able to say 'here's what I need or here's what I'm not getting from this area,' is a lot more successful organizational approach than having the stand-alone associate compliance officer that works in the athletics department."

For more on the Jaguars, keep it on Sports 2 and click on the video provided.

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