Tennessee State has seemingly had a lot of issues over the last few years but the one constant has been that the team continues to fight and play hard. But will a depleted roster, second-year coach John Cooper admits that everything from practice to winning games has been a major struggle. Check out some of the things the
The Tigers ranks were thinned again when one of the top returnees, sophomore guard Jacquan Nobles, left the team before a Nov. 29 home game with crosstown rival Belmont.
Tennessee State opens December with eight available players, and that includes two walk-ons. TSU coach John Cooper says Nobles simply left the team.
“Nobles has taken a leave of absence from the basketball team,” Cooper said in a post-game press conference after an 87-72 loss to Belmont. “I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know if Nobles is going to be a member of this program anymore.
TSU coach John Cooper’s team finished November with eight players available, making it difficult even to practice. “It’s hard to duplicate in practice what you’re gonna face in a game,” Cooper said. “You have to decide how you’re going to get your team ready and still be sure have you have the energy to play the game. It’s an adjustment, for the staff and the players, how you’re gonna guard, how you’re gonna substitute. We’ve got to figure it out.”