Alcorn State University today announced its withdrawal from the annual Capital City Classic game with in-state rival Jackson State University. Citing a consensus from ASU athletic leadership and alumni support, the Braves will exercise their option to play JSU in Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium on Nov. 17.
“I have reviewed all the contracts going back through President Bristow. The dissolution of the independent Capital City Classic Committee poisoned the event, and we have been on life-support ever since. The time has come to pull the plug,” said Alcorn President M. Christopher Brown in a release. ” This is Alcorn’s home game and we will play it at home.” “I have wrestled with the Capital City Classic – Soul Bowl issue since being named in 2010. As president, I have a fiscal and leadership responsibility to Alcorn State University and this decision is in our best long-term interest. It makes this most sense at this point in our history. All contracts for this Classic have expired and there is no viable offer on the table that makes sense for me to sign.”