Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Athletics Struggling At Savannah State

The athletics department at Savannah State University is in the midst of a momentous, historic run. Unfortunately, not in a good way. The men's basketball team is 0-24 this season, trying to avoid becoming the second Division I team in the last 50 years to go winless. And that's just the beginning of the problems. The school made the jump up from Division II in 2002, and it hasn't been easy. Among their other problems...

  • Last year the Savannah State women's basketball team set an NCAA record for fewest points in a half, scoring three in the first half of a 107-28 loss to Florida State.
  • The softball team was winless, and was outscored 166-0 in its last 20 games.
  • Baseball coach Jamie Rigdon, whose 279 victories are the most in school history, has sued three school administrators, including the president, for racial discrimination. (Rigdon is Caucasian; the defendants in the suit are African-American.)
You always want to root for the underdog. These guys appear to be the biggest underdogs on the block.