FRISCO, Texas – With a win Thursday night, Nicholls can claim a share of the Southland Conference championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA FCS playoffs. They’ll have to get past rival Southeastern Louisiana in the River Bell Classic, televised to a regional audience on Cox Sports Television. Outside Cox’s territory, streaming coverage will be available via ESPN3.At the same time, Eleven Sports will showcase Northwestern State vs. Stephen F. Austin to a national television audience. The Southland Digital Network will simulcast the broadcast. Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls, Thursday, 6 p.m. CTRegional Television:Cox Sports TVCharter 324 or 815Cox 37 or 1037Channel finderOnline (Subject to blackout in Cox territory):ESPN3https://tinyurl.com/RiverBellClassicESPN appsTalent:Jeff Palermo, play-by-playGary Reasons, analystCarley McCord, reporter Northwestern State at Stephen F. Austin, Thursday, 6 p.m. CTNational Television:Eleven SportsDirecTV 623AT&T U-verse 1665Suddenlink 455Channel finderOnline:Southland Digital Networkhttp://Southland.org/liveSouthland Conference appsTalent:David Saltzman, play-by-playJohn Harris, analyst FB: Automatic bid to the @NCAA_FCS tournament will be decided Thursday. @Nicholls_FB wins vs. SLU, Colonels are in. @SLUFootball wins, AQ goes to @UIWFootball.River Bell Classic. 6 pm CT Thursday on @CoxSportsTV. Streaming on ESPN3 outside Cox territory. ?? pic.twitter.com/06sNraOeCq— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 13, 2018
And in a passionate statement, former Liverpool, Tottenham and Fulham midfielder Murphy has given his damning verdict on the PFA and the organisation’s many failures towards current and former players.“This is not a crusade against Gordon Taylor,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White on Monday, “this is about an independent review into the organisation because it’s not doing enough to help players and especially ex-players.“The PFA’s responsibility to footballers is huge, but it’s not being fulfilled.“This is an organisation that has the capacity to help hundreds of people who are in desperate need and they’re not doing enough.“The money they receive is huge and it doesn’t compare with what they give back. FA Cup winner Vinnie Jones has also slammed PFA chief Gordon Taylor 4 4 Ben Purkiss, pictured playing for Port Vale in 2016, is currently chairman of the PFA 4 Danny Murphy made over 700 club appearances in a career spanning almost 20 years in English football Taylor has been in the role for 37 years A group of around 300 influential current and former players are said to be calling for Taylor to stand down from his role.The 73-year-old has been in charge of the PFA for 37-years, but he has been urged to end his long reign in order to ‘allow the PFA to modernise and evolve’.Reports claim players feel under-represented by the organisation, while the PFA have also come under fire for Taylor’s reported annual salary of around £2.2million.LISTEN: ‘Gordon Taylor is a DINOSAUR – he’s got to go’ – Vinnie Jones joins calls for PFA chief’s resignation 4 “There are so many areas of problems former players are facing that aren’t being addressed, and we are going to see more and more ex-players in real dire straits because of the inability of the PFA to help.“There are a lot of aspects to this… but the election process is probably the biggest subject – there’s never been one!“I’ve been a footballer for nearly 20 years but I’ve never been part of an election process, it’s never happened and it can’t be right.“Why has it not happened? Gordon Taylor has blocked the evolution of the PFA for years, and what Ben Purkiss has done is he’s asked for the independent review to try and evolve the organisation and make it beneficial for those players who are struggling.“Purkiss is a super brave lad, because he’s tried to bring forward this independent review but he’s being blocked and he’s being discredited. The reason is, I think, quite honestly and simply is they are trying to cover up things in the organisation, the skeletons in the closet, and that’s not right.” 🗣 “The @PFA are trying to cover up things going on in the organisation!”😡 “I personally know players struggling and they don’t help. That is WRONG!”Passionate rant from Danny Murphy 👏 pic.twitter.com/aDaXIbe3ty— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 19, 2018 Asked if he would stand to replace Taylor, Murphy replied: “Yeah, why not?“I would, of course I would.“I think I could do that job better, I know I could.“Transparency is the key and all everybody wants, and this is including any man on the street with any union, is for it to be transparent and for it to be helping its members.” Danny Murphy has said he would stand to replace under-fire Gordon Taylor as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, telling talkSPORT: ‘I know I’d do a better job.’The former Premier League star says the PFA is ‘not fulfilling its responsibility’ to players and is ‘not doing enough’ to support them after they retire from the game.