Alcorn shifts football game with Alabama State

Published 9:16 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

Alcorn State’s football team will once again get the primetime treatment this season.

Alcorn announced Friday that its game at Alabama State has been moved to a Thursday night, Oct. 5, and will be televised live on ESPNU as part of the network’s Southwestern Athletic Conference package. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7, and was not on the national TV schedule.
It’s the second year in a row that the Braves and Hornets will play a game televised on an ESPN Network.

“Anytime you get a chance to play a nationally televised game it is great, not only the football program, but also for publicity of Alcorn State University. It’s great exposure for both schools and the conference,” Alcorn head coach Fred McNair said in a school release.

Alcorn has beaten Alabama State three years in a row after losing 10 of the previous 11 games in the series. Alcorn has not won four in a row against the Hornets since the 1999-2002 seasons. One of those wins was a forfeit that Alabama State won on the field.

Alcorn State finished 5-6 last season but still won its third consecutive SWAC East Division championship. It will open the season at home on Sept. 2 against Miles College.

A road game at Florida International follows before the Braves return home to host McNeese State and Southern University. The Alabama State game is the second half of a two-game road swing that also includes a trip to Houston to face Texas Southern on Friday, Sept. 29.

The Texas Southern game is not scheduled to be televised.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured sports reporters in the paper's 137-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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