Proposed deal would move SWAC Classic between downstate Jackson and Alabama in 2023-24 | From South

Southern University and Jackson State are working with the Southwestern Athletic Conference and the city of Birmingham, Alabama, on an arrangement to play their annual rivalry game as a non-conference game in 2023 and 2024, the Jaguars athletic director confirmed Wednesday. , Roman Banks.

The proposed three-game SWAC Classic would be played at Legion Field in Birmingham and begin with Jackson State playing Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2022. Southern and JSU would meet over the next two seasons if the deal is finalized.

With the 12-team conference with two six-team divisions, Jackson State and Southern are expected to split from each other’s permanent schedule after 2022. SWAC Classic games will not count in the SWAC standings.

“We’re working on it, but we don’t have a signed contract,” Banks said. “We’re moving away from each other’s schedules and trying to keep the rivalry going. We all agree, we couldn’t see ourselves not playing this rivalry. It’s one of HBCU’s greatest. We must continue.

“We have strong endorsement from the conference and the City of Birmingham.”

Southern holds a 37-30 lead in the series dating back to 1929. Last season, the schools played to the largest crowd in recent memory – 25,379 – at AW Mumford Stadium on November 13, a game won by Jackson State 21-17. Southern is expected to play at Jackson State on a date to be determined during the 2022 season.

“The Southwestern Athletic Conference is extremely pleased to partner with the City of Birmingham in hosting several marquee football games at historic Legion Field beginning this coming football season,” the SWAC commissioner said. , Charles McClelland. “These matchups will be highlighted by games that are not part of our league’s conference slate of games, but will feature conference opponents that have traditionally come off the schedule of each respective program as part of our 10-year programming model.”

Birmingham will provide in-kind incentives and services to SWAC in an amount not to exceed $200,000 in the first year and $300,000 in the second and third years of the agreement in which the game is played at Legion Field.

“The city is ready to open its doors to the thousands of SWAC fans who will come over the next few years,” Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said. “We plan to roll out the red carpet and show them why Birmingham is a special place.”

Jaguars lose one, win three

Southern football made three more commitments, two from the transfer portal, and lost one transfer commitment ahead of the final week of recruitment ahead of national signing day on Wednesday.

The Jaguars received promises from defensive backs Kolby Phillips (6-1, 175) from Tulane, Keylin Roach (6-1, 185) from Marshall and Joshua Short (6-0, 185) from East Mississippi Community College. Originally short was signed by the State of Mississippi.

Arkansas transfer Devin Bush originally committed to Southern but has now moved to Grambling.

Southern has 12 commitments and nine other incoming players who signed in the class in early December.

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