Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic kicks off this weekend

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - One of the biggest football rivalries in the region is set to take place this weekend.

The Golden Tigers of Tuskegee will take on the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College at the 79th Annual Tuskegee Morehouse Classic on Saturday, Oct. 11 at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

Dr. Courtney Griffin, executive director of enrollment management at Tuskegee University, said it's known as the granddaddy of historic black college football rivalries and is important for Tuskegee and the entire Columbus community.

"Even though it's been played 105 years, it's actually been in Columbus for 79 years," Griffin said. "So it's important to the economic development and growth of the Columbus area, and it gives us the opportunity to provide some insight into the offerings of programs and activities that Tuskegee University has to offer its perspective students."

This event also presents an opportunity for recruiting new or potential students, said Griffin, and they have visited schools in the Columbus area every day throughout the week.

"On Tuesday night we participated in the Tuskegee Morehouse college fair recruitment event and we were able to give some students that might not have otherwise gone to the game free complimentary tickets to the game," Griffin explained. "So they can actually see the Golden Tigers take on the Maroon Tigers, to see some of our student life, some of the activities we provide for our students."

Organizers held a news conference at the Columbus Civic Center on Wednesday, Oct. 8 and discussed the game that brings together Tuskegee University and Morehouse college teams for a battle of titles.

"It's going to be a good matchup," said Rich Freeman, head football coach at Morehouse College. "I'm glad that we come in the game with a little [more] momentum than we did last season."

"Hopefully it's going to be a good matchup," added Willie Slater, head football coach at Tuskegee University. "We started out the season kind of deficient especially on offensive line. We had our left tackle out and our right tackle out."

The game kicks off at 5 p.m. Eastern, and the post-game party starts at 10 p.m. Call (706) 256-0070 for more information.

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