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Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media
JSU visits Natchez Alumni Chapter
Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media  
Release: 07/20/2013
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NATCHEZ, Mississippi – Jackson State University Director of Athletics Dr. Vivian L. Fuller, head football coach Rick Comegy and other members of the JSU Division of Athletics traveled to Natchez, Mississippi and met with members of the Natchez alumni chapter Saturday afternoon.

Approximately 60 JSU football fans showed up for the meeting. During the event the fans and alumni had the opportunity to purchase football tickets, new JSU athletic apparel and to talk with the head coach and director of athletics. The meeting was the first leg of a three week tour to alumni groups prior to the kick-off of the football season.

“It is only right that JSU starts its tour here in Natchez, since this is where Jackson State’s roots were founded,” said Fuller.

Jackson State was founded as the Natchez Seminary in 1877, prior to the institution moving to its current location in Jackson.

“We are glad to have the group from Jackson State here today,” said chapter president William Blowe. “It has been a long time since a group this large has come to visit us.”

During her speech to the group, Dr. Fuller gave an update on the state of the Division of Athletics.

“This is the first time in the history of APR no JSU team is under penalty,” she said. “Excellence is what we will be known for in the class room and on the field. We have a very strong athletic history at Jackson State and we will continue to build upon it.”

Comegy addressed the crowd and told of how important the city has been form him as head coach at JSU.

“This place has been really good to me, sending talented people like Rico Richardson (now with the Kansas City Chiefs) and Travis Woods (a senior defensive back),” Comegy said.

Next, JSU will travel to Vicksburg, Mississippi to meet with the local alumni chapter in that area on Saturday, July 27.

Other Notes:

-Academic excellence is the primary mission of the JSU Division of Athletics.

-The JSU Division of Athletics has been tabbed as a model program by the NCAA.

-The young son of an alumnus even got the chance to talk to his hometown hero, Rico Richardson, on the phone during the event.

-The Natchez Alumni Chapter requested that the Division of Athletics return to the next chapter meeting and asked that the basketball coaches come as well. Dr. Fuller agreed to return with the coaches.

-JSU signee Derrian Johnson (6-0, 180, QB/RB from Natchez HS) and his family were in attendance. Johnson signed on to be a Tiger on Feb. 6.

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