Monday, October 10, 2016

'This is a major deal' Southern to play Texas Southern in 2018-19 Texas State Fair Classic

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Southern University has reached an agreement with the city of Dallas and the Texas State Fair to play against Texas Southern in the Texas State Fair Classic for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

The Jaguars are slated to play in the third week of the state fair, which was already holding Grambling-Prairie View and Texas-Oklahoma football games in the Cotton Bowl as part of the three-week extravaganza.

“We think it will generate a lot of excitement for our fans, and we think it will create a lot of excitement for Dallas,” SU interim athletic director Roman Banks said. “For our fans, Dallas is a place that is fan-friendly. Travel is pretty easy with a major airport.

“This is a major deal to be selected to play in the Cotton Bowl. We are fortunate the state fair and the city of Dallas reached out to us.”

Banks said the agreement was finished last weekend, around the same time Grambling beat Prairie View 36-16 in front of more than 50,000 people at the Cotton Bowl.


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