Tuskegee changes 2017 homecoming date, opponent
One of the most heavily attended homecoming games in HBCU football has a new date.
If you are one of the 20,000 plus Tuskegee students, alumni or supporters planning on attending homecoming 2017, this is very important news.
Tuskegee’s 2017 homecoming game has been moved from Nov. 4 against Miles to October 28th vs. Central State, the school announced on Saturday. This will represent a “homecoming” in the true sense of the word for the football team, who will spend the previous five games on the road.
“By late October, our players and coaches will be looking forward to returning to Abbott Memorial Alumni Stadium and the full support of the Tuskegee fan base,” head coach Willie Slater said.
“Aligning homecoming with our game against Central State will give our student-athletes an exciting week to return to after five weeks on the road,” he continued. “In addition, it will help ensure our program offers a quality experience for our loyal and faithful fans, and that our team puts on a great showing. That momentum promises to carry us through the remainder of the season.”
Nearly 26,000 fans made it to last season’s homecoming game, which resulted in a stunning 10-9 loss to Kentucky State that ended ‘Skgee’s hopes for back-to-back SIAC titles. ‘Skegee went on to finish 9-3 with another trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs.
The move prompted some ribbing from Miles, whose season-ending game rivalry game with ‘Skegee is always highly competitive.
— Miles Golden Bears (@GoldenBearsofMC) June 24, 2017
But ‘Skegee came back with a clapback of its own.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Let's see <br>Tuskegee: 30 SIAC Championships<br>Miles: 6 SIAC Championships <a href=”https://t.co/BKlNRUJpzk”>pic.twitter.com/BKlNRUJpzk</a></p>— Tuskegee Athletics (@MyTUAthletics) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MyTUAthletics/status/878638142546468867″>June 24, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Moments like that make the longing for college football’s return even more urgent.