Savannah-It’s been almost four weeks since Savannah State coach Steve Davenport suspended eight players. Only one has returned to the roster. But since the date of the suspensions, whether a coincidence or not, the Tigers have been playing their best football.
Savannah State gets another chance to test its recent improvement when it meets Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference-leading Bethune-Cookman at T.A. Wright Stadium today at 5 p.m.
It’s the last home game of the season for the Tigers. SSU (1-8, 0-6 MEAC) will finish the season on the road in Orangeburg, S.C., against South Carolina State on Nov. 17.
Bethune-Cookman (7-2, 6-0 MEAC), ranked 22nd in the FCS Coaches top 25 poll, can clinch the MEAC’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs with a win today.
Davenport would like to see the day when the Tigers are in a similar position as the Wildcats, but right now he had to clear up some fundamental issues.
“I think we all had to take a step back and recognize this (SSU football program) is something to be respected,” Davenport said. “It’s a blessing for me to be the head coach, for my staff to be coaches here and the players to be players here.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.