JACKSON – The Mississippi Association of Colleges and Junior Colleges (MACJC) and Stockyard Productions, LLC (www.jucoweekly.org) have partnered with Mississippi Public Broadcasting to televise a 30-minute weekly football program titled "Inside Mississippi JUCO Football," spotlighting Mississippi Community and Junior College Football.
"Inside Mississippi JUCO Football will televise 12 30-minute programs on Wednesday evenings at 10 p.m. beginning Sept. 4 and concluding Dec. 4.
The Jones County Junior College Bobcats will be featured twice in the Game of the Week.
The Pearl River at JCJC game on Sept. 14 and the JCJC at Mississippi Gulf Coast contest on Sept.19 are slated to air in the weekly "Inside Mississippi JUCO Football" segment.
‘To team with Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) provides a tremendous opportunity, as it allows access to a statewide audience. MPB has built an impeccable reputation with the public and the corporate community over its many years of service and we are very excited about this partnership," said www.jucoweekly.org president Mike Frazer.
"The MACJC has a rich reputation and tradition both throughout the Magnolia State and across the country. Inside Mississippi JUCO Football will showcase the MACJC'S talented athletes, renowned coaches (past and present) and each of the distinguished institutions that have proven to be recognition-worthy over the many years," Frazer added.
Frazer also said, "The impact the MACJC has on senior colleges and universities and professional sports is well documented and has left an indelible mark. "Inside Mississippi JUCO Football," is designed to spotlight the MACJC'S athletic superiority, the league's academic prowess, and highlight the MACJC'S profound economic impact to Mississippi."
The show will be taped primarily on the community and junior college campuses across the state. The show will feature game of the week highlights in which each college will be featured at least once complete with player and coaches interviews, a league-wide scoreboard, standings, player and team statistics and rankings, league headlines, game action photos from around the MACJC, and recruiting reports on current MACJC student athletes.
Another feature on the show will be the "Community College Spotlight" which will focus on the many educational and professional job training courses that each of the community and junior colleges provide for students.
"Mississippi community and junior colleges are affordable, they are close to home wherever a person lives, and they teach job skills. That's one of the important messages we want to continue to make aware to the public. People can attend any one of the 15 community and junior colleges in the state to improve their job skill set and make themselves more valuable to the Mississippi market" Frazer said.
MACJC Director of Athletics and Activities Jim Southward is pleased to see the MACJC make the move to television.
"We hope that people across the state of Mississippi will tune in and see how outstanding and competitive Mississippi community and junior college football is and what tremendous programs our colleges offer in the academic fields, technical programs, in workforce training, and vocational programs," he said.
Inside Mississippi JUCO Football in studio host will be Travis Recek of both FOX40 Sports in Jackson and WLBT Sports in Jackson. Recek has reported on multiple MACJC athletic stories and MACJC student-athletes during his work in the Mississippi market.
The show will also feature a "Where Did They Go" segment showcasing former MACJC student athletes that have moved onto playing at senior colleges and universities and professional sports.
"Mississippi's community and junior colleges have produced some of the state's most talented athletes," said MPB Executive Director Ronnie Agnew. "We are proud to be able to showcase the talented young people who play at this level."
In addition to viewing the program on your local MPB station, Inside Mississippi JUCO Football will also be linked to the www.jucoweekly.org website for viewing.
The www.jucoweekly.org website is entering its fourth season at providing in depth coverage of Mississippi junior and community college athletics.
To view live in game football scores, game stats, headline news, videos, game action photos, team schedules, team rosters and more in MACJC sanctioned athletics visit www.jucoweekly.org - Your One Source for Mississippi community and junior college scores, stats, & news.
Inside Mississippi JUCO Football 2013 Television Schedule: Each show to air on Wednesday's at 10 p.m. central standard time.*
Episode One: #8 East MS CC @ Pearl River CC........... September 4th
Episode Two: East Central CC@ #8 East MS CC........... September 11th
Episode Three: Pearl River CC @ Jones County JC........... September 18th
Episode Four: Jones County JC @ #1 MS Gulf Coast CC........... September 25th
Episode Five: Northwest MS CC @ #16 Itawamba CC........... October 2nd
Episode Six: Coahoma CC @ Northeast MS CC........... October 9th
Episode Seven: MS Delta CC @ East Central CC........... October 16th
Episode Eight: Holmes CC @ #15 Hinds CC........... October 23rd
Episode Nine: Southwest MS CC @ #9 Copiah Lincoln CC........... October 30th
Episode Ten: Playoffs Edition........... November 6th
Episode Eleven: State Championship Game Edition........... November 13th
Episode Twelve: MACJC All-star game and
Mississippi Bowl Special Edition........... December 4th
Rankings Source: National Junior College Athletic Association national preseason football poll released August 13.
*The MACJC Sports Information Directors determined episode team matchups during the June 2013 SID Conference held in Jackson.