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Jones, Cole Make Peace
Before Anthony Jones completely turned his attention toward Southern University, he made the peace with last week’s opponent.
Jones, the ninth-year coach at Alabama A&M and the longest-tenured football coach in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, said he had a clear-the-air session with Texas Southern coach Johnnie Cole after the two coaches exchanged words at the end of their game Saturday in Houston.
“We did speak in person after the game, and it’s a done deal as far as I’m concerned,” Jones said.
As reported by the Huntsville Times, minutes after the Tigers finished off their 32-9 victory over A&M, Jones took offense to some of Cole’s actions late in the fourth quarter, when TSU kept throwing the ball with a 23-point lead.
The two coaches had to be separated, according to the Times.
Cole said Monday that he probably “used some bad judgment,” adding that the two coaches met in person after they cooled down.
“Coach Jones is a great coach and one that I looked up to,” Cole said. “We just had a misunderstanding. We sat down and talked about (the argument) after the game and kind of squashed it.”
Jones and the Bulldogs (1-2, 0-1) host Southern (1-1, 0-0) at 6 p.m. Saturday in Normal, Ala.
It is the SWAC opener for Stump Mitchell, the Jaguars’ first-year coach.
McGinty still the man
For the record, Mitchell confirmed Monday that sophomore Jeremiah McGinty, as expected, remains his starting quarterback.
“We’ve played two quarterbacks the first two games — not that we wanted to, but because of injury. Not severe injury. We don’t necessarily want to play two quarterbacks. That’s not our system. But you have to do what you have to do.”
McGinty started each of SU’s first two games but didn’t play in the second half of either, giving way to freshman Dray Joseph.
McGinty had severe cramps in the season opener against Delaware State, then sustained a minor shoulder injury in the second quarter against Arkansas-Monticello.
McGinty is 11-of-29 for 109 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions this season.
Joseph is 21 of 42 for 266 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
“I think both of them are kind of similar,” Mitchell said. “I think Jeremiah probably has more leadership in the huddle at this point in time, and Jeremiah’s been through spring ball, so he has a little more knowledge.”
Freshman moves to CB
Virgil Williams, signed as an “athlete” from Evangel Christian in Shreveport, has moved from tailback to cornerback — and defensive coordinator O’Neill Gilbert said it won’t be long until Williams starts to play.
“I’ve really liked what I’ve seen from him thus far. He’s got cat-quick feet. His hands are extremely good,” Gilbert said. “He’s a little guy, but he’s very aggressive and he can run. We’ve been looking for a Virgil-type guy — a guy that’s confident, a guy that we can put on the island and let him cover so we can do what we do, which is put pressure on them.”
Williams, listed at 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, practiced with the running backs throughout preseason camp and the first two weeks of the season, but has not played. He has also worked as a punt returner in practice.
“His redshirt will be burned. He will play,” Gilbert said. “There’s no if, and or but about that.”
By Perryn Keys, The Advocate