For over a century, Tuskegee University and Morehouse College have met on the gridiron in the longest-running football rivalry in black college history. At 2 p.m. Saturday, the two teams will renew the rivalry for the 76th time at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium in the annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic.
Since 1936, the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee and the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse, two of the founding members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, have met in Columbus in what is considered the “Granddaddy” of all classics. Saturday’s meeting will be the 101st meeting between the two teams.
But, this is not just any football game — it’s a weeklong event featuring a golf tournament, entertainment, parade and two days worth of tailgating.
If you’re in it for tailgating, the two-day festivities begin at 9 a.m. Friday in designated areas outside the stadium.
For those who enjoy a round of golf, kick off the weekend Friday with the 12th Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Golf Classic at Bull Creek Golf Course. Tee time is 12:30 p.m., and although the registration deadline has passed, late registration is being accepted for $85 per golfer. Format for the tournament is a two-man scramble with prizes awarded for first, second and third place.
Also on Friday, in what is being billed as the biggest comedy show in Columbus, Rickey Smiley and Friends will be performing at 8 p.m. at the Columbus Civic Center. Smiley headlines the event with performances by Special K, Big Sean and the Common Folks Band. General admission is $30 in advance and $35 on Friday. Tickets are available at the Columbus Civic Center box office. For ticket information, call 706-653-4460.
On Saturday, game day kicks off with a parade, which begins at the intersection of Broad Street and Dillingham Street in Phenix City and ends on Broadway in Columbus.
At 2 p.m. the Golden Tigers and the Maroon Tigers face off on the gridiron for their annual battle in Columbus. Last year, Tuskegee took a 31-15 victory, propelling the Golden Tigers to a 7-2-conference record.
While both teams are coming off victories last week, Morehouse may have the edge this year on breaking its seven-game losing streak against Tuskegee. Morehouse defeated Clark Atlanta University 30-2 last week to move its record to 4-1. Tuskegee, which posted an 18-15 win last week over Fort Valley State University, is 1-3 on the season and will be looking for its eighth consecutive win in Columbus over Morehouse.
Over the past seven years, Tuskegee has been unbeatable in the classic and leads the series 66-27-7 all-time and 51-19-5 in the classic. Morehouse hasn’t beaten Tuskegee since an overtime win in 2003.
FRIDAY Tailgate Party — must be in your tailgate spot by 9 a.m. Friday. For more information about reserving a spot, go to www.tuskegee-morehouse.com/tailgating _dis.shtml, or call Carl Hamilton at 706-577-0210 or Don McCarthy at 706-326-4888.
12th Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Charity Golf Classic is Friday at Bull Creek Golf Course, East 7333 Lynch Road, Columbus. Entry fee is $85. Lunch is 11 a.m., tee time at 12:30 p.m. Format is two-player scramble. Prizes for top three teams. For more information, contact tournament director Franklin Douglas at 706-575-2115 or Pino Wells Davis at 706-577-0709.
Rickey Smiley and Friends the biggest comedy show in Columbus featuring Rickey Smiley, Special K, Big Sean and the Common Folks Band at 8 p.m. Friday at the Columbus Civic Center. Advance general admission ticket is $30 and $35 on the day of the event. Tickets are available at the Columbus Civic Center box office. For ticket information, call 706-653-4460.
GAME DAY 76th annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic Parade, 9 a.m. Saturday. Parade begins on Colin Powell Parkway in Phenix City and ends on Broadway in Columbus. Lineup for the parade starts at 8 a.m.
Football game kickoff, 2 p.m. Saturday, A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium.
Tickets Advanced Tickets — $20 Game Day Tickets — $25 Children Under 12 — $12.50