Winter 2017-2018 Celebration Bowl FROM PAGE 1

for the Tigers to join us in this historic match-up against the North Carolina A&T Aggies and see which team will win their second Celebration Bowl in the past three years!”

For three years straight, Grambling has faced Alcorn State in the SWAC’s title game, and for the second year in a row, the Tigers won the conference title and all bragging rights. Grambling has won 11 straight after a season opening loss at FBS Tulane, rising to #12 in final FCS coaches poll in the process. Looking back further, the Tigers have won 21 straight games vs. FCS opponents, including

the 2016 Celebration

Bowl vs. North Carolina Central. North Carolina A&T comes into the game undefeated

with an

11-game win streak, which earned the Aggies a #7 ranking in the final FCS poll.

The Aggies dominated

the MEAC all season, earning 12 of 25 spots on the all-conference first teams.

Establishing itself as the

first bowl game of the season, the Celebration Bowl is a postseason football game owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. The game features the MEAC and SWAC champions and will be televised on ABC. ESPN Events collaborates with 100 Black Men of Atlanta to organize the game’s ancillary events which include

a youth symposium,

robotics showcase, gospel night, fan experience and more. North Carolina A&T defeated


State 41-34 in the inaugural game in 2015. In last year’s game, Grambling State

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tackles and a team-leading 14.0 tackles for lost yardage and six sacks. He tallied 10.5 TFLs during Big 12 play alone to lead the conference.

Prunty, who joined the Red

Raiders in 2010 from Hargrave Military Academy, put his mark on the TTU football program almost immediately aſter playing an integral part in signing the highest-rated recruiting class in school history in 2011. In addition to, he was honored by as the Big 12 Conference’s top-rated recruiter.

His player evaluation and

relationship cultivation skills produced Texas Tech’s second-highest rated class in school history in 2012 and his

Carolina Central 10-9. The two

games have had more than 66,000 combined fans cheering their teams and conferences on.

Fans can purchase tickets to the

Celebration Bowl online at thecel- or ticketmaster. com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Prices range from $50 to $175 including taxes and fees.

A full list of events

surrounding the game is available on the event’s website.

Fans interested in ticket and hospitality

the Celebration Bowl can also purchase


packages for and resell

tickets through PRIMESPORT, the Official Ticket Exchange and Gameday Experience Provider of the 2017 Celebration Bowl. As the Official Ticket Exchange and Gameday

Experience Provider,

PRIMESPORT offers packages for the ultimate game day experience. For more information, please visit

For MEAC fans, a special rate of $106/night is being offered at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, and is available for December 15-16. Please visit the Celebration Bowl website for more details.

For SWAC fans, a special rate

of $97/night is being offered at the Hilton Atlanta, and is available for December 15-16. Please visit the Celebration Bowl website for more details.

Additional hotel rooms are

available at the Westin Peachtree Plaza for $99/night and the Holiday Inn Express and Suites


Downtown for $101/night. Please visit the Celebration Bowl website for more details.

efforts were saluted by both and Fox Sports.

From 2002 to 2009, Prunty

served as head football coach at Hargrave Military Academy where 27 of his players went on to the National Football League - two as first-round draſt choices.

Prior to his tenure at Hargrave,

Prunty led a resurgence at Gretna (Va.) High School, redirecting a program that lost 44 consecutive games between 1991 and 1995 into an 11-1 product during his final season in 2001. Gretna went on to become a powerhouse, winning multiple state championships.

Prunty is a Chatham, Va., native

and a 1983 Hargrave Military Academy graduate. Prunity split his collegiate career between Hampton University and Alabama A&M, where he graduated in 1988.

Big South FROM PAGE 1

moving forward, and the timing is right for a new venture,” he said. “Our President, Dr. William R. Harvey, says to ‘Dream No Small Dreams,” and this is a great time to dream big."

Big South Commissioner Kyle

Kallander couldn’t be more pleased for the conference and for Hampton University.

“This is a big day for the

Big South! We have always been impressed by Hampton’s academics and

under President Harvey’s visionary leadership,”

athletics accomplishments Kallander

said. “We

appreciate his interest and support of the Big South and look forward to working with him and the rest of Hampton’s leadership to support our student-athletes.

The Big South is

a better conference with Hampton – athletically, academically, and in providing

outstanding opportunities for our student-athletes.”

Marshall said that Hampton’s association with its Mid-Eastern Athletic

Conference rivals will

continue. “We are thankful to the

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for 22 years of great athletic competition and tremendous support,” Marshall said. “We hope to retain long-time rivalries by playing MEAC schools. We are not leaving our fellow HBCUs (Historically

Black Colleges and

Universities). We are expanding our reach.”

Joining the Big South is not just

about athletics. Marshall echoed Dr. Harvey’s most important reason for joining the Big South.

“This move enables us to better

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manage class time, reducing lost class time for our athletes, with the goal of high academic achievement at the forefront of HU Athletics,” Marshall said.

Kallander said that the vote

to admit Hampton University was unanimous, and was based on excellent academic and athletic achievement.

“The Big South’s goal is to win,” Kallander said. “We expect them to win and to compete for championships their first season in the conference. We have admitted Hampton University due their integrity and character.”

Hampton’s athletics history dates back to the mid-1970s and includes memorable NCAA moments

Tournament in 2001 when the No.

15-seeded Pirates upset No. 2-seeded Iowa State, as well as in 2014-15 making

consecutive NCAA Men’s

Basketball Tournament appearances. The women’s basketball team has won five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships in a row and six in the last eight years.

On the football field, the Pirates

have made five FCS Championship postseason appearances, as well as making five trips to post-season play as a NCAA Division II member.

With the addition of Hampton, the Big South Conference will now have four members based in Virginia (Hampton, Liberty, Longwood, Radford), South Carolina (Charleston Southern, Presbyterian College, USC Upstate, Winthrop), and in North Carolina

High Point, UNC Asheville). conference

membership upcoming 2018-19 season. will formats

(Campbell, Gardner-Webb, The

exploring different scheduling models and championship


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