Football Prepares For Huge Regular Season Finale Saturday Afternoon At Alabama A&M

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• Texas Southern closes out the 2022 regular season Saturday afternoon at Alabama A&M for a 1 p.m. kickoff in Huntsville, Ala.

• At stake is a winning season for the Tigers which hasn’t happened here since 2000. Also at stake is an outside shot at a share of the SWAC West Championship if Prairie View A&M loses to Mississippi Valley State and TSU wins, the Tigers will clinch a share of the SWAC West Title and a berth to the SWAC Championship Game based on several tiebreaker scenarios happening.

• Saturday’s contest will feature live audio on KTSU 90.9 FM and will be shown live on HBCUGo.

• TSU hasn’t defeated AAMU since 2016 and has not won in Huntsville since 2013. TSU has not played in Huntsville, Ala. since a 35-28 OT contest in 2019.

• Led by fifth-year head coach Connell Maynor, AAMU has struggled this season as they dropped four straight to open the season. All of its wins have been nailbiters as the largest margin of victory this season has been eight points.

• AAMU has a four-game winning streak over TSU dating back to 2017. • Both teams are nearly even statistically as AAMU ranks sixth and TSU eighth in total offense. Defensively, AAMU ranks seventh and TSU eighth. • The Tigers feature fourth-year head coach Clarence McKinney. A Houston native, McKinney attended high school across the street at Jack Yates High School and played collegiately at Montana State and the University of Mary. He also served as head coach at Yates before joining the staffs at Houston, Texas A&M and Arizona.

• Clarence McKinney is the 17th head coach in the history of Texas Southern Football. McKinney has a task ahead as the program has only had 28 winning seasons in 76 years of existence and hasn’t recorded a winning season since 2000.

• McKinney won as a student at Yates High School and helped the University of Mary post three winning seasons as a student-athlete in college which made school history. As head coach at Yates, McKinney posted a mark of 30-8 over three years before moving on to the collegiate ranks as an assistant. As an assistant at Houston, Texas A&M and Arizona, McKinney has only experienced three losing seasons in his 11 years of collegiate coaching.

Courtesy: TSUSports.com

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