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 ‘Inside Mississippi Juco Football,’ spotlighting the state’s 14 Juco football programs.
‘Inside Mississippi Juco Football’ will televise 12 half-hour programs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. beginning Sept. 4 and concluding Dec. 4.
“To team with MPB provides a tremendous opportunity, as it allows access to a statewide audience,” said jucoweekly.org president Mike Frazer. “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.
“The MACJC has a rich reputation and tradition both throughout the magnolia state and across the country and our new program 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.”
In addition, Frazer added, “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’s community and junior colleges are affordable, 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 says.
MACJC Director of Athletics & 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.”
‘Inside Mississippi Juco Football’ in studio host will be Travis Recek of both FOX 40 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, the weekly program will also be linked to the jucoweekly.org website for viewing.
The 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 jucoweekly.org.
Here is the program schedule:
Sept. 4: No. 8 East Mississippi @ Pearl River
Sept. 11: East Central @ No. 8 East Mississippi
Sept. 18: Pearl River @ Jones County
Sept. 25: Jones County @ No. 1 Mississippi Gulf Coast
Oct. 2: Northwest Mississippi @ No. 16 Itawamba
Oct. 9: Coahoma @ Northeast Mississippi
Oct. 16: Mississippi Delta @ East Central
Oct. 22: Holmes @ No. 15 Hinds
Oct. 30: Southwest Mississippi @ No. 9 Copiah Lincoln
Nov. 6: MACJC post-season playoffs edition
Nov. 13: MACJC state championship game edition
Dec. 4: MACJC All-Star game and Mississippi Bowl special edition