GREENSBORO, North Carolina — Once upon a time, two short years ago, this was the ultimate goal.
N.C. A&T would start the season on a quest to get to the FCS playoffs and compete in a 24-team football tournament to win a national title.
The Aggies made it. They’re back in the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. No. 17 A&T (9-2) will play at No. 12 Richmond (8-3) at 2 p.m. today in the first round of the NCAA Division I Football Championships.
It’s the Aggies fifth appearance in the FCS playoffs and their first at-large berth.
And yet, somehow it feels like getting socks for Christmas. You appreciate the gift, but it’s not what you really wanted.
The Celebration Bowl became a priority. It’s the priority in black college football.
“Our goal going into this season was definitely the Celebration Bowl,” A&T coach Rod Broadway said. “But this is not a bad consolation prize. It’s a great honor for this team at this time.”