Alcorn remains in Classic for now

Published 11:23 pm Friday, October 14, 2011

The return of the Soul Bowl might have to wait.

Alcorn State and Jackson State are bound contractually to keep this year’s meeting in Jackson, which is scheduled for Nov. 19. The two teams have been on a year-to-year contract for the game for the past three years.

This year’s matchup is a home game for Jackson State and would be played at Memorial Stadium anyway.

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Alcorn wants the series to revert to a home-and-home, bringing its archrival to Jack Spinks Stadium in Lorman for the first time since 1992.

Last year’s game drew more than 27,000 fans to Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Although the 60,000-seat stadium is Jackson State’s home field, the teams split revenues for the game equally. Jack Spinks Stadium seats 22,500.

Alcorn president Dr. Christopher M. Brown said the school will continue to study the issue and make a decision for the 2012 game and beyond.

Brown said in a school release that he plans to share results of the study at a national alumni meeting in December.

“I remain hopeful of an eventual return of the Soul Bowl, but Alcorn will need more time and a lot more data to make certain any transition is successful,” Brown said in the release.