Active Bloggers

Reggie Culpepper Reggie Culpepper
Clark Atlanta University class of 1998
Kennedy Williams Kennedy Williams
Spelman College class of 2020
HBCU CONNECT HBCU CONNECT
Central State University class of 1995
Elynor Moss Elynor Moss
North Carolina Central University class of 2003
Kamal Imani Kamal Imani
New York Inst of Tech class of 1997
Dixie Somers Dixie Somers
Other College... class of 2004
Nicole Rankine Nicole Rankine
University of Georgia class of 2000
Will Moss Will Moss
Hampton University class of 1995

Tuskegee, Alabama A&M meet in 25th Annual Circle City Classic

Tuskegee, Alabama A&M meet in 25th Annual Circle City Classic
Posted By: on August 06, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS-Indiana Black Expo Inc. and Indiana Sports Corporation recently announced that Lucas **** Stadium will host the 25th anniversary of the Circle City Classic as the Alabama A&M University Bulldogs and the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers will collide on the gridiron.

The game, scheduled to be played at 4 p.m., Oct. 4, promises to be a classic between heated rivals who will be meeting for the first time since 1999. The Bulldogs and Golden Tigers have met on the gridiron 45 times in their history with Alabama A&M holding a slight advantage with a 22-19-4 record.

"The 25th anniversary of the Circle City Classic will truly be a celebration as we move into the state-of-the-art Lucas **** Stadium," Susan Williams, president of Indiana Sports Corporation, said. "Our longstanding partnership with Indiana Black Expo continues to be a success as we enhance the city of Indianapolis through sport and culture."

Since 1984, Circle City Classic fans have witnessed some of football's best athletes, including Alabama A&M alum Robert Mathis, perform on one of football's greatest stages. Mathis, now an Indianapolis Colts defensive end, had four sacks for the Bulldogs as they defeated Southern University, 27- 11, in the 2002 Classic.

Jerry Rice, the NFL's all-time leading pass receiver and MVP of Super Bowl XXIII, caught eight passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns as his Mississippi Valley State team won the inaugural Circle City Classic over Grambling State, 48-36, in 1984.

Former NFL All-Pro quarterback Steve McNair passed for 433 yards and three scores when he played for Alcorn State in the Scalping Braves' 46-27 win over Howard in the 1991 Classic.

"The 25th anniversary of the Circle City Classic is going to be an outstanding and large event in the new Lucas **** Stadium," said William Mays, co-chairman, Circle City Classic, "and I am looking forward to seeing 50,000 fans in the state-of-the-art stadium for the Classic."

"This brainchild of Indiana Black Expo icon Charles Williams has survived economic challenges and social change," Tanya Bell, president and CEO of Indiana Black Expo Inc., said, "because it is the kind of important, enduring event that everyone embraces- whether or not they attended a historically black college or university. Circle City Classic is a 'feel good' event with a purpose."

Alabama A&M returns to Indianapolis for its third Classic appearance after splitting two prior Classic games. The Bulldogs most recently played in the 2002 Classic when they defeated Southern University 27-11. Alabama A&M's only other trip to the Classic came in 1990 when they lost, 27-20, to Grambling State. In addition to Mathis, Alabama A&M boasts a NFL Hall of Famer, John Stall-worth.



As a Bulldog, Stallworth was an All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference receiver in 1972 and 1973, before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1974. He was named to four Pro Bowls and won four Super Bowl championships. Mathis plays defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He led the Colts with 10 sacks during Indianapolis' Super Bowl championship season in 2006.

The 2008 Bulldogs are led on defense by NCAA Division I-AA First Team All-American defensive back Al Donaldson. Donaldson was tied for first in interceptions in NCAA Division IAA in 2007 with nine, and led the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in pass breakups. The Alabama A&M offense will be led by tailback Ulysses Banks, who was named to the 2007 SWAC All- Conference Team. Banks led the Bulldogs with 164 carries for 887 rushing yards and 11 total touchdowns in 2007.

In his sixth season at the helm of Alabama A&M's football program, Anthony Jones has led the school to its first SWAC championship (2006) and set the school record for most victories in a season (nine), twice. The 2006 SWAC Coach of the Year holds the highest winning percentage in school history (.700) after going 49-21 in his first six years.

Tuskegee University is making its first appearance in the Classic. The Golden Tigers' football program is the "Winningest Program Among Historically Black Colleges and Universities" (HBCU) with a 601-334-51 overall record. Founded by Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee is the 2007 Black College defending national champion.

The Golden Tigers have seven defensive starters back from last year's national championship team and six returning starters on offense, led by quarterback Jacary Atkinson. Atkinson, the 2007 Alabama Sports Writers Association Small College Athlete of the Year, led the Tuskegee offense to a 12-0 finish as he compiled a schoolrecord 2,979 passing yards and 34 touchdowns. He also ran for 584 yards and seven scores.

Third-year coach Willie J. Slater leads the Golden Tigers into the 25th Annual Circle City Classic. Slater, who has been named NCAA Division II Assistant Coach of the Year five times, has won five NCAA Division II national championships in his 29 years of coaching.

The game highlights the American Family Insurance Classic Weekend and includes the alwaysspectacular Caterpillar Battle of the Bands.

Tickets for the Circle City Classic can be purchased by calling (317) 237-5222 or visiting www.circlecityclassic.com. Prices range from $10-$45.

For more information, visit www.circlecityclassic.com or www.indianasportscorp.com.


If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!
Comments
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
CRABBY OLD MAN
FVSU receives $198,404 Grant From the Dept of Defense's HBCU/Minority Institutions
Get Prepared For College & Beyond With Dwayne Ashley
AKAs Celebrate 100 Years of Sisterhood and Service
"HBCUs Are Just As Important Today As They Were 100 Years Ago"
Grambling State University Holds Media Day
Latest News
Alabama State University Vice President Wins National HBCU Advancement Leadership Award

Alabama State University Vice President Wins National HBCU Advancement Leadership Award

By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU Alabama State University's vice president for the division of Marketing and Strategic Communications - Lois Russell - brought home a top award and accolades from the 2022 HB ...more
Reggie Culpepper • 58 Views • August 11th, 2022
Dr. Ashton Cleveland Announced as New Vice President for Student Affairs at Shaw University

Dr. Ashton Cleveland Announced as New Vice President for Student Affairs at Shaw University

Shaw University announced Dr. Ashton Cleveland as its new Vice President for Student Affairs. Cleveland is originally from Miami, Florida, and holds an M.Ed. from UCLA, a J.D. from the University of F ...more
Kennedy Williams • 173 Views • August 11th, 2022
SAU to Launch First HBCU Ultimate Team in the Country

SAU to Launch First HBCU Ultimate Team in the Country

Saint Augustine­’s University (SAU) will field the first HBCU Ultimate team in the country in the Fall of 2022. Dr. Mark Janas, a professor in the Accreditation Council for Schools and Business Progra ...more
Kennedy Williams • 78 Views • August 11th, 2022
Stillman Named Champions of Character Five-Star Institution

Stillman Named Champions of Character Five-Star Institution

Stillman College has been named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Silver Award winner for 2021-2022, the national office announced July 28. It is Stilman's second Champions of Character Five-S ...more
Kennedy Williams • 77 Views • August 11th, 2022
Talladega College names Dr. Barbara J. Johnson Executive Vice President

Talladega College names Dr. Barbara J. Johnson Executive Vice President

Talladega College President Dr. Gregory Vincent has appointed Dr. Barbara J. Johnson as the institution’s executive vice president and provost effective July 19, 2022. Dr. Johnson will also hold the ...more
Kennedy Williams • 81 Views • August 11th, 2022
Popular News
Louisiana Upholds Life Sentence to Black Man For Stealing Hedge Trimmers in 1997

Louisiana Upholds Life Sentence to Black Man For Stealing Hedge Trimmers in 1997

While this may not be HBCU related news, as an AFrican American male, I had to share this appalling decision by the Louisiana court system to keep a man in jail with a life sentence for such a petty c ...more
Will Moss • 386,800 Views • August 6th, 2020
Apple to Invest over $40 Million Dollars into HBCUs - Time to major in Computer Science!!!

Apple to Invest over $40 Million Dollars into HBCUs - Time to major in Computer Science!!!

On Tuesday Johnny C. Taylor, President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund stopped by “NewsOne Now” to make a major announcement that could literally change the lives of thousands of HBCU st ...more
Will Moss • 118,678 Views • March 11th, 2015
Blonde Instagram Model Goes Viral for Graduating from HBCU and Pledging Delta Sigma Theta!

Blonde Instagram Model Goes Viral for Graduating from HBCU and Pledging Delta Sigma Theta!

A blonde woman is going viral this morning, for graduating from A Historically Black College while pledging a Black sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. @Blonde_HBCU The woman, an IG ...more
Will Moss • 111,496 Views • November 30th, 2020
Kamala Harris Promises to Forgive Student Loan Debt for HBCU Graduates

Kamala Harris Promises to Forgive Student Loan Debt for HBCU Graduates

Harris promises to offer free tuition for low-income students at public and historically Black colleges Democratic VP candidate also pledges to forgive student-loan debt for HBCU graduates who earn ...more
Will Moss • 72,427 Views • September 10th, 2020
Black Billionaire Robert F. Smith to  Donate $50 Million to Support STEM Students at HBCUs

Black Billionaire Robert F. Smith to Donate $50 Million to Support STEM Students at HBCUs

The Student Freedom Initiative announced today a $50 million personal gift from Robert F. Smith, philanthropist and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. This gift matches the initial fu ...more
Will Moss • 72,244 Views • October 22nd, 2020
Please Give Us a Like on Facebook!