POSTED: Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 7:04pm
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — The Southern University Jaguars football team has nine games left to put the 2012-2013 season in the win column.
"What I would like to see is a win first," said student Justin Bilbo. "It's about that time for us to have a good football season. We haven't had a good football season in a good six years."
This week the Jags will take the field for the first time without Stump Mitchell, but with the shakeup at head coach many students say it might be next year before the team turns things around.
"We still have the same coaching staff," said student David Lee. "It's not like we you know cleared house and everything is brand new. I do hope we can move forward and do better."
"You know we got some athletes," said student Bernell Alexander. "I think it's always possible. It's always possible. As long as we win the Bayou Classic I'm okay with it."
A man with an offensive plan tops the list as the Jaguar nation looks forward to the chance of new coach coming to the bluff next season.
"Would definitely want to see a more offensive explosion," said Lee. "Get points on the board. Get the school excited about going to the football games and everything. "
"I want to see a more pass oriented team that can actually convert first downs or pass the ball," said Alexander.
But students say the next coach has to also clique with the team.
"They got to have chemistry," said Bilbo. "They have got to be able to communicate with the players. It's just not the players at all the coaching plays a big part."
Now all Jag's fans can do is watch and wait to see if their team tackles the challenge of starting over.
"I just wish the best for the football team at the end of the day," said Alexander. "I just hope we can have a winning season."
Fans sticking by their team's side every saturday night.
"The team brings the school together gets everybody something to do on a Saturday night," said Lee. "Go out and support your school."
Southern's Athletic Director Dr. William Broussard said the search for a permanent head coach wont officially begin until the end of this season.