Saturday, September 3, 2016

Prairie View, TSU kick off season amid new surroundings

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas -- Prairie View A&M is breaking in a beautiful new stadium at 5 p.m. Sunday. At exactly the same time Texas Southern will be breaking in a mostly new roster and staff.

“We have 94 players on our roster,” first-year Tigers coach Michael Haywood said. “Out of those 94, we have over 50 new players.”

Newness, then, will abound when PVAMU and TSU fans converge on the Panthers’ $61 million stadium for a nationally televised game on ESPNU.

“The first thing this stadium does is bring more exposure to this amazing university that we share and love,” second-year PVAMU coach Willie Simmons said. “This stadium is going to be the window to the rest of Prairie View A&M. The first time my wife and I stepped foot on campus, we marveled at how beautiful this campus is, at how new the buildings are, and all the things that are taking place here.

“Now we have an athletics facility that matches the rest of the university.”


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