It's been a rough three years for the Texas Southern Tigers.
After having to vacate the SWAC title they won in 2010 because of NCAA violations, TSU has only won 8 games since.
But they have now come in compliance with the NCAA and several sanctions are starting to go away. Now the program can focus on getting back to their championship form.
The first good thing the Tigers have going for them is experience. Because the program put so much emphasis on recruiting freshman instead of bring in transfers, the team returns 17 starters and 50 players overall to the 2014 team.
Head coach Darrell Asberry called last season's 2-9 campaign one of the worst he's ever gone through but he's anxious to see what his guys do now that the weight of sanctions is starting to come off.
Offensively, quarterback Homer Causey will have to continue to grow in the Tigers scheme. Last year, he did most of the damage rushing for a net total of 653 yards and throwing for 1459 with a combined 11 touchdowns.
He is very happy to have senior Fred Plummer back to throw touchdowns too.
On the other side of the ball, Amir Bloom is the team's best player. The All-SWAC defensive tackle will be tough to handle for the opposition as he tries to replicate his 8 sack performance from 2013.
Last year, TSU rose up the defensive standings in the SWAC and overall, the team hopes this year is the start of a new era of Tiger football.
The Tigers open up the year with the Prairie View Panthers in the Labor Day Classic on August 31st.
Texas Southern's 2014 Schedule
08/31 vs. Prairie View A&M (NRG Stadium)*
09/04 vs. Texas College
09/13 vs. Central State (Ohio) (Nassau, Bahamas)
09/20 vs. Alabama A&M*
09/27 at Alabama State*
10/04 vs. Mississippi Valley State*
10/18 at Alcorn State*
10/25 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Homecoming)*
11/01 vs. Grambling State*
11/08 at Southern*
11/15 vs. Jackson State*