SPORTS SHORTS – THURS 07/24/14

Written by Glenn Edwards. Posted in Local Sports, Sports

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Published on July 24, 2014 by Glenn Edwards

THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE PRE-SEASON COACHES POLL AS TO WHICH TEAM IS THE FAVORITE TO WIN THE CONFERENCE TITLE WAS RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY DURING MEDIA DAY, AND THE SHSU BEARKATS WERE SELECTED TO FINISH THIRD IN THE CONFERENCE. DEFENDING CHAMPION SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA WAS TABBED AS THE FAVORITE TO WIN THE 2014 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TITLE, WHILE McNEESE STATE WAS SELECTED TO COME IN SECOND.  ALL THREE TEAMS EARNED NCAA DIVISION I PLAYOFF SPOTS LAST YEAR, AND SAM HOUSTON IS ONE OF ONLY THREE PROGRAMS THAT HAVE EARNED PLAYOFF INVITATIONS EACH OF THE PAST THREE SEASONS. THE KATS WON THE SOUTHLAND TITLE IN BOTH 2011 AND 2012.

FROM THE N-F-L THIS MORNING, HUNTSVILLE’S JUSTON GILBERT SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH THE CLEVELAND BROWNS ON WEDNESDAY – THE DEAL IS WORTH $12.8 MILLION GUARANTEED, INCLUDING A SIGNING BONUS OF $7.6 MILLION. THE CONTRACT IS FOR 4-YEARS WITH AN OPTIONAL 5TH YEAR. JUSTIN, SELECTED 8TH IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THIS YEARS NFL DRAFT, IS THE FIRST 1ST-ROUND NFL DRAFT PICK IN HUNTSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY.

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