Southern’s Stump Mitchell: ‘I don’t care where we play Jackson State’

Much has been made about the fact that Southern played a “home” game at Jackson State. Don’t ask first-year Jaguars coach Stump Mitchell to echo those complaints.

“I wish there was some way we could sell it out at home, at an early point in time,” Mitchell told Perryn Keys of The (Baton Rouge, La.) Advocate. “But what people have to understand (is), I don’t care where we play Jackson State. The simple fact is, we match up well with Jackson State. I would love to play Jackson State here in Baton Rouge, La. But financially, it’s a no-brainer to me. And I know we travel well (and) we’ll get a certain percentage of the gate.”

Last year, leaving Southern’s game at Veterans Memorial in Jackson, Miss., meant $600,000 for a program that, like many in Louisiana, is facing drastic cuts.

“In times that we are in right now?” Mitchell asked, rhetorically. “Doing the right thing is getting all the money that we can possibly get to help this university.”

[TDR REWIND: The Jackson State game hasn’t sold out the last five times it’s been played in Baton Rouge.]

Some fans have suggested a larger, neutral site — like the Louisiana Superdome. Mitchell is open to suggestions, but is insistent on doing what’s right financially to support Southern.

“I think we’ll look for sites that are conducive for us to get our fans there,” he said. “If there are places that are closer that (are) available, I think we’ll try to do that. If not … it eliminates one home game that we have. Financially, we need the help. We’re being cut all across the board. Our budget this year was sliced $600,000. So we have to do what we have to do.”

Message of fans: Keep your bags packed. This show is staying on the road.

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