Tuskegee, Morehouse still working on site for 2014 game

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 23, 2013 

A tentative 2014 football schedule for Morehouse College has its annual showdown with rival Tuskegee University set to be played in Atlanta on its own campus, but school athletic director Andre Pattillo cautioned not to draw any conclusions.

"It's a tentative schedule," Pattillo stressed on Tuesday.

"That's all it is at this time."

Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic committee officials confirmed to the Ledger-Enquirer earlier this month that no new agreement had been reached to keep the game at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium, where it has been played for 78 years.

Howard Willis, chairman of the committee, acknowledged there were other potential locations for the game, such as Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City or the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, if no new agreement could be reached.

The committee cited a downward trend in sponsorships due to insufficient accommodations, among other things, as a reason for exploring other options.

Willis also noted that the game could potentially be played as a traditional home-and-home, alternating between each school's home stadium.

If that were the case, 2014 would be Morehouse's turn to host and '15 Tuskegee's.

Willis restated in an email on Monday that all of those possibilities are still on the table.

"All those issues are still on the table and are being discussed," he wrote.

"Tentative plans are being made to (accommodate) various scenarios, (and) most are focused on keeping the game here.

"(The) board will decide in late January after we have had an opportunity to meet with all major stakeholders."

Pattillo said the school had no deadline for the committee to reach an agreement at this time, and stated his hope that the game would remain in Columbus going forward.

"We've played there for a long time," he said, "so we're still hoping we can get this settled."

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