Southern Heritage Classic Canceled for 2020

The Southern Heritage Classic between Jackson State and Tennessee State has been canceled for 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic. The game was scheduled for Saturday, September 12.

The two teams had met annually since 1990 in Memphis, Tennessee with three exceptions: 1991, 1993, and 2018. Jackson State did play the game in 1991 and 1993 while the 2018 game due to inclement weather.

Tennessee State holds a 17-10 lead in the series. Jackson State won last season’s Southern Heritage Classic 49-44.

The cancellation of the Southern Heritage Classic means both teams are down to 10 games for the season though it could be 9 for Jackson State. They are also scheduled against an NAIA opponent in the first week of the season on Saturday, September 5 but the NAIA recently decided to begin its season on Saturday, September 12.

Tennessee State opens the season on Saturday, September 5 against Southern in Detroit. Jackson State has not announced a replacement for its season opener against the NAIA Langston Lions.

Photo courtesy of Southern Heritage Classic.

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