The 2020 Southern Heritage Classic (SHC) has been canceled due to complications due to the coronavirus. The decision to cancel all events was made after SHC’s management reviewed a copy of the Shelby County Health Department’s Health Directive No. 6 detailing emergency management relief efforts put in place to address COVID-19, specifically those regarding recreational or athletic activities.
The game between Tennessee State and Jackson State was scheduled for Sept. 12.
“I know this is a great disappointment to many who consider SHC one of the major highlights of the year. The health and safety of our attendees along with that of our staff, sponsors, and others is a top priority. I encourage everyone to keep practicing recommended safety and social distancing measures so that we can return to our usual activities as soon as possible,” said Fred Jones, Founder of the Southern Heritage Classic.
The cancellation of the 2020 Southern Heritage Classic is the second in three years in the annual contest between TSU and JSU. The 2018 matchup was called due to inclement weather.
“We are grateful to Jackson State University and Tennessee State University, the fans, our sponsors, and the SHC ambassadors, who have supported us throughout the years,” Jones added. “We look forward to your continued support. This isn’t the first challenge we’ve faced, and we will overcome this one as we have the others.”