Fifth Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney to Air on ESPN2 HD and ESPN360.com on Sept. 6 at 2 p.m.
First Time Game Will be Televised in High Definition
ESPN Regional Television (ERT) announced today that the fifth annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney will air on ESPN2/ESPN2 HD and ESPN360.com on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 2 p.m. ET. This will mark the first time the game will be offered in high definition and on ESPN’s broadband digital sports television network. This year’s event will pit MEAC defending champion South Carolina State University against 2008 SWAC title winner Grambling State University for the first time since 1994. The yearly event, which features teams from two prominent HBCU (Historically Black College/University) leagues, will return to Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
South Carolina State and Grambling have previously met 14 times. The Grambling Tigers lead the series 10-4. However, the Bulldogs won the last meeting 31-27 in the 1994 Heritage Bowl. Both teams have also participated in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge before this year’s scheduled appearance. South Carolina State played in the inaugural game in 2005 vs. Alabama State and Grambling in 2006 against Hampton.
Each year, the game is played at a neutral site within the footprint of one of the conferences. The inaugural MEAC/SWAC Challenge in 2005 showcased the MEAC’s South Carolina State vs. Alabama State of the SWAC, with South Carolina State prevailing, 27-14. In 2006, the contest went into overtime with the MEAC’s Hampton University defeating the SWAC’s Grambling State, 27-26. The SWAC earned its first MEAC/SWAC Challenge trophy in 2007 as Southern defeated Florida A&M, 33-27. Last year, the event moved from Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., to Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, where the MEAC reclaimed the MEAC/SWAC Challenge crown, as Hampton defeated Jackson State 17-13. The MEAC leads the series 3-1. Teams for future games are determined on an annual basis.
For more information about the MEAC-SWAC Challenge and for access to its Facebook page, please visit www.meacswacchallenge.com.
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