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Here’s how Mercer revised Homecoming plans due to COVID-19

Mercer runs out to face East Tennessee for their homecoming game during the 2018 season.

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

September 30, 2020

When the Southern Conference canceled all fall conference sports competitions Aug. 13, including the Homecoming game, Mercer had to choose a new date and an out-of-conference opponent, according to Jill Kinsella, associate vice president for the Office of Alumni Services and executive director of the Alumni Association.

The season ahead for Mercer football

The season ahead for Mercer football

Samantha Homcy, Contributing Writer

September 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many collegiate sports being put on pause, and Mercer’s athletic conference, the Southern Conference, has canceled in-conference games this fall. However, Mercer Football fans are in luck because the team will still be playing games this fall. The Bears will be playing against Jacksonville State University on Oct. 10 and will face West Point on Oct. 24. Both games will be played on the road.

Why college football might not happen in 2020, and what it could mean for the future of the sport

Why college football might not happen in 2020, and what it could mean for the future of the sport

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor

August 22, 2020

While some players are in vocal support of playing, the threat of COVID-19 remains as important as ever when tackling this difficult season. Beyond the immediate concerns of 2020, however, the virus’ impact brings to light even more questions about the sport’s long-term future in a variety of ways.

BREAKING: Mercer fall athletics delayed by Southern Conference decision

BREAKING: Mercer fall athletics delayed by Southern Conference decision

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor

August 13, 2020

The Southern Conference canceled all fall conference sports competitions Thursday, according to a press release by Mercer University.

Falcons upset New Orleans Saints in stunner

Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Redskins in 2017

Micah Johnston, Contributing Writer

November 24, 2019

The Falcons, who have been abysmal on defense during their 2019 campaign, stepped up against one of the best offenses in the NFL, holding New Orleans to just 310 total yards from scrimmage.

Mercer linebacker remains humble after breaking history

Otiwu plays in a game.

Ivia Rollins, Contributing Writer

November 23, 2019

This season, Otiwu made history for the entire Mercer football team for 21 tackles in a single game, the largest total amount of tackles in a game. He played in 11 games this season and has 31 solo tackles.

Bears fall to Wofford in Homecoming game

Bears fall to Wofford in Homecoming game

Jen Jones, Sports Editor

November 22, 2019

With a stadium full of people and a temperature of 45 degrees, the team came out with energy, ready to play in front of the 10,729 people who were in attendance.

The Dolphins are tanking this season: What does it mean?

The Dolphins are tanking this season: What does it mean?

Micah Johnston, Contributing Writer

November 6, 2019

Regardless of the average fan’s opinion on them, the Miami Dolphins are an awful team, and it seems that they like it that way.

The ultimate Mercer home game survival guide

The ultimate Mercer home game survival guide

Jonathan Morey, Contributing Writer

October 14, 2019

There’s a dominant religion in the southern United States, and it’s not what you think. It’s college football. Saturdays are the most important Sabbath in the land from September to December, and no Saturdays are bigger than home games. Mercer’s campus truly comes to life whenever the Bear...

Marching Bears provide music community to Mercer students

Mercer's marching band plays at a game.

Lars Lonnroth, Contributing Writer

October 10, 2019

As a current sophomore in the Mercer marching band program, Willow Stuckey found a support system that helped her adjust to college and get through the issues she was having at home.

Graduate football player has high goals for the season

Defensive Line Dorian Kithcart gets ready for the next play.

Jonathan Morey, Contributing Writer

September 27, 2019

As a senior, even more is expected of Kithcart, but these expectations are part of what attracted him to Mercer in the first place.

Football concert series: Mercer’s bold new plan to increase football game attendance

Ethan Payne performs at the concert series.

Conner Hendricks, Contributing Writer

September 27, 2019

Partnering with the Ford Motor Company, Mercer Athletics announced that the university would hold a concert on Black Field before every home game. The series will feature well-known local talents.

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