Memphis gears up for annual Southern Heritage Classic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Preparations are underway for the Southern Heritage Classic this weekend in Memphis.

The football game between Jackson State and Tennessee State University is happening Saturday at the Liberty Bowl.

The annual game kicks off at 6 p.m., but the excitement has already begun.

People began preparing for tailgating yesterday at Tiger Lane, and all tailgate spots are sold out.

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Fans say this year’s game will be one to remember because two NFL Hall-of-Fame members are coaching - Eddie George for Tennessee State and Deion Sanders for Jackson State.

ESPN’S ‘First Take’ was previously scheduled to appear at the festival on Friday but canceled all live road shows amid the ongoing pandemic.

TSU President Glenda Glover and JSU President Thomas Hudson both said the weekend is about more than football; it’s also about showing potential students the awesome opportunities that await them at both schools.

“It’s a great time to be a Tiger,” Glover said. “Plus, we’re giving away $1 million in scholarships to students in the Memphis area.”

Hudson said there’s “enough to go around” for potential students.

“We’re in the area this week going to high schools, recruiting students, talking about our great institutions,” he said.

Cortez Bryant, music mogul and president of Young Money Entertainment, a JSU alum, said people can learn about the rich histories of the schools this weekend and their connection to Memphis.

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