Memphis, Tenn. - Tennessee State University and Jackson State have reached an agreement to continue playing in the Southern Heritage Classic until 2019.
With the Southern Heritage Classic heading into its 23rd year, founder Fred Jones announced that TSU and Jackson State agreed to reserve the second Saturday in September for each other at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium through the 2019 season.
"We are extremely excited and pleased to be continuing our affiliation with the Southern Heritage Classic. It is one of our premier football games every year that allows us opportunities to play one of historical rivals at a great neutral venue in the Liberty Bowl. We are looking for great games, competition and exposure for both universities for these next seven years."
Tennessee State has appeared in every Southern Heritage Classic since the event's inception in 1990. Jackson State has been on the opposing sideline in 20 of the 22 matchups, and the two have played each other in Memphis every year since 1994.
"I talked to the schools and we were able to clear both conferences' long-term schedule and make sure that these dates were in place going forward. We've been talking about it for a while, but both teams, both (athletic directors) and both presidents are in agreement," Jones said.
The prior agreement between the two schools was set to expire after the 2014 season.
"The Southern Heritage Classic has been a tremendous event for our football program," said TSU Athletics Director Teresa Phillips. "We are excited to continue this partnership for the next seven years and look forward to playing at the Liberty Bowl in September."
The 23rd Annual Southern Heritage Classic kicks off at 6pm on Sept. 8 at the Liberty Bowl. Fans can purchase tickets for the classic by calling the TSU Ticket Office at 615-963-5841.
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