Tennessee State University football game canceled due to coronavirus

The game between Tennessee State University and Jackson State University was scheduled for Sept. 12 at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis
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Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 8:34 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -The 31st Southern Heritage Classic has been canceled due to complications arising from the coronavirus.

The game between Tennessee State and Jackson State was scheduled for Sept. 12 at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.

The decision to cancel all events was made after the Classic’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.

”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 is the second in three years in the annual contest between TSU and Jackson State. The 2018 matchup was called due to inclement weather.

”For years, Fred Jones has been a great ambassador for HBCU football and an outstanding partner to Tennessee State Athletics,” stated TSU Director of Athletics, Dr. Mikki Allen.

“The Southern Heritage Classic is not only an opportunity for our student-athletes to showcase their athletic abilities but it’s an event that Big Blue alumni, fans and supporters look forward to every year. It was very disappointing to find out that the Southern Heritage Classic would be cancelling for the 2020 season due COVID-19 related circumstances but the health and safety of our student-athletes, staff, fans and supporters is our first priority.

Those who have purchased tickets for the football game can receive refunds at the point of purchase.

For more information, contact the Southern Heritage Classic Headquarters at 901.398.6655, 1.800.332.1991, or

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