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Robert Covington by Sam Jordan

Robert Covington by Sam Jordan

Kudos to Covington

Former Tennessee State forward Robert Covington has signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. The Rockets finished 45-37 last year, earning the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

“[I] may not have been drafted, but [I’ve been] given a different route to pursue my dreams,” Covington said. “I’m blessed for this opportunity. God still works even in different ways.”

Last season, Covington started 22 games for the Tigers, missing 10 due to a knee injury. He still made the Second-Team All OVC Team after averaging 17 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest. Covington was also second on the squad with 16 steals, and left TSU as the seventh leading scorer (1,749 career points) and rebounder (876) in school history.

The last Tiger to play in an NBA game was Anthony Mason of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2006. The last Tiger drafted by the NBA was Carlos Rogers in 1994.

Football news

2013 Tennessee State University football season tickets go on sale Monday, July 8. The Tigers open the season against Bethune Cookman in the 15th annual John Merritt Classic at 7 pm on Sunday, September 1—that’s right, it’s a special Sunday game during the Labor Day weekend. Later on in the season, the Tigers will return to Hale Stadium to face Austin Peay State University. TSU went 8-3 during the 2012 season, including a perfect 5-0 at home.

“Here at TSU, we have a very rich tradition,” athletics director Teresa Phillips said. “Having games back at Hale last year was great for the fans, alumni and players. We look to continue the tradition and make more memories at Hale.”

The Hale Stadium game against Austin Peay on November 9 will be only $5 cash the day of the game. This is the second year in a row that TSU will play at Hale after a 13-year absence.

“The fact that it is Austin Peay is exciting,” said Phillips. “We were very happy with the turn out last year in the Hole, especially against Austin Peay. Hopefully the fans come out again this year to see another great game.”

This year’s season package will include five home games. The TSU Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the Gentry Center on the main campus. For more information call 615-963-5841.

Season tickets are $85; faculty/staff price, $75; kids 12 and under, $75 (parents must specify at time of purchase, no refunds will be given after purchase);  and season parking passes are $40. The season parking package will include all four contests at LP Field.

Single game tickets for all five games will go on sale Monday, July 22. All tickets will increase by $5 on game day. Single game tickets at LP Field range from $15-35.

The Tennessee State University Athletics Department has introduced the Young Alumni Season Ticket Package, which allows recent TSU graduates the opportunity to purchase season tickets at a reduced rate. Big Blue Alumni who earned a degree from TSU in or after May, 2008 are eligible. The discounted price for season tickets is $50. Limit one package per person.

2013 TSU football schedule with known game times:
Date Opponent Time (CT)
1 BETHUNE COOKMAN1    15TH Annual John Merritt Classic, LP Field     7 pm
7 at Florida A&M                     FAMU’s Bragg Stadium, Tallahassee Fla.         1 pm
14 vs. Jackson State3                  24TH Annual Southern Heritage Classic 1         6 pm
21 at Tennessee Tech*                   Cookeville, Tenn.                 7 pm
28 vs. Central State, OH                St. Louis Gateway Classic22             2 pm

12 at Jacksonville State*             Jacksonville, Ala.                 3 pm
19 at UT Martin*                             Martin, Tenn.                     1 pm
26 EASTERN ILLINOIS*1             TSU Homecoming; LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.     TBA

2 at Eastern Kentucky*                Richmond, Ky.                     12 pm
9 AUSTIN PEAY*2                  Hale Stadium, TSU Campus, Nashville, Tenn.     TBA
16 MURRAY STATE*1              LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.             TBA
* Denotes Ohio Valley Conference Game
Home games (BOLD CAPS)
Neutral Site games at:  1 – Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (61,008) – Memphis, Tenn.
2 – Edward Jones Dome (66,000) – St. Louis, Mo.