JACKSONVILLE– Head coach Steve Bailey knew his Men’s Tennis team would be good one day–just not this fast. To be fair, the other coaches in the Ohio Valley Conference felt the same way when they voted Jacksonville State to finish fifth. And, they had good reason to considering JSU starts five newcomers and four freshmen. Even … Continue reading
Five years ago today, Gamecock Illustrated was founded by Jacksonville State alumni Bill Nash and Greg Harley. Since that time, we have published 1,459 posts and grown to a following of over 1,500. Thank you to everyone who made this a reality.
JACKSONVILLE — LeCresha Horton is preparing for her senior day, just not in the way she pictured when she came to Jacksonville State four years ago. That’s because this year she traded in the track spikes she wore for three years for a pair of basketball shoes. “It is different,” said Horton, a 5-foot-8 guard, “because … Continue reading
Gamecock Illustrated walked the campus to capture some photos of JSU covered in snow today. In case you were away from campus, here is what you missed.
JACKSONVILLE– The worst kept secret in college football became a reality for Jacksonville State Tuesday. Head coach Bill Clark informed JSU he was resigning after just one season and accepting the same position at UAB on Tuesday afternoon. The announcement came after a week of heavy speculation that Clark was the leading candidate. His departure … Continue reading
The landscape of collegiate athletics is unstable. Football is to blame. Conferences have lost members, gained members, rebranded themselves and ceased to exist because of it. Despite having other sports, football remains the driving force behind the conferences. But, for universities looking to transition their programs from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision, … Continue reading
What if Jack Crowe never got fired? What if Bill Clark turned down Jacksonville State’s offer and stayed at South Alabama? What if John Grass turned down JSU and stayed at Oxford High School? What if Coty Blanchard chose one more season of college football instead of professional baseball? What if Eli Jenkins remained on … Continue reading
When Jacksonville State head coach Bill Clark made the football team’s motto “Win The Day,” he began looking for anything to help them do so. Switching to the new Adidas TechFit uniforms was his first move. “One of the things I say is nonnegotiable is us dressing good,” Clark said. “It’s an important part of … Continue reading
Walk-on…backup…starter. Those are just a few of the titles senior kicker Griffin Thomas has earned at Jacksonville State. There’s one title he has never earned: nervous. “I try to stay pretty even-keeled,” Thomas said, “and not get worried about the misses and not getting too excited about the makes.” A native of Snellville, Ga., Thomas’ calm … Continue reading
In most cases, the player with the best statistics has the best story to tell. Mike Bradford does not have the statistics, but his journey as a member of Jacksonville State’s football team is unforgettable. “Mike has been here as long as I’ve been here,” head coach Bill Clark said. “Just to see him come … Continue reading
Wide receivers make a living using their hands. Jacksonville State wide receiver Josh Barge has made a name for himself using his heart. “The thing that stands out to me and our whole staff is – just what a competitor he is,” said head coach Bill Clark. ” He is one of those guys that … Continue reading
Having good hands is a job requirement for a wide receiver. When Dalton Screws is not catching a football, he is having one kicked out of his hands as the holder for Jacksonville State on field goals. It is what he does with his hands off the gridiron that makes them special. The Anniston native … Continue reading
Jacksonville State’s began the season overlooking sophomore running back Miles Jones. Fortunately for the Gamecocks, their opponents have made the same mistake. “We came out of the spring and for whatever reason we just didn’t feel like Miles, from a confidence level, was doing the things we thought he could do,” said head coach Bill … Continue reading
Seniors often have mixed emotions about their final first game. Senior offensive lineman Taylor Johnstone only has one: excitement. Johnstone has been trying to break into the starting lineup for the last two seasons. This year he succeeded. On August 27, the NCAA informed Johnstone that he as ineligible through the first four games of … Continue reading