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Exclamation No Southern Heritage Classic this year
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RE: No Southern Heritage Classic this year
Not a good sign at all.
06-17-2020 09:11 AM
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Here's more info:
https://wreg.com/sports/southern-heritag...-concerns/
Quote:MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Organizers of the 31st Southern Heritage Classic announced the event has been canceled.

“I know this is a great disappointment to many who consider the SHC one of the major highlights of the year. The health and safety of our attendees along with that of our staff, sponsors, and others is a top priority. I encourage everyone to keep practicing recommended safety and social distancing measures so that we can return to our usual activities as soon as possible,” said Fred Jones, Founder of the Southern Heritage Classic.

The event was originally scheduled for September 10 through 12, and would have drawn over 75,000 fans from Jackson State University and Tennessee State University to the Bluff City for the game alone. Other events such as the tailgate at Tiger Lane and the annual parade through Orange Mound are also major attractions for locals and fans alike.

Organizers said refunds will be given for those who purchased tickets to the football game.
06-17-2020 09:15 AM
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Not a good sign to cancel the classic. Hopefully, they'll still allow both Jackson State and Tennessee State play at the Liberty Bowl on that day, but just cancel the events. Sounds double standardish to play the Arkansas State game, but cancel the SHC.
06-17-2020 09:36 AM
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(06-17-2020 09:36 AM)GoDownSwinging Wrote:  Not a good sign to cancel the classic. Hopefully, they'll still allow both Jackson State and Tennessee State play at the Liberty Bowl on that day, but just cancel the events. Sounds double standardish to play the Arkansas State game, but cancel the SHC.


I would think the issue has more to do with the other events, like the parade through the community. Also, the games are super packed. It was a decision by the SHC, not Memphis.
06-17-2020 09:56 AM
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RE: No Southern Heritage Classic this year
(06-17-2020 09:36 AM)GoDownSwinging Wrote:  Not a good sign to cancel the classic. Hopefully, they'll still allow both Jackson State and Tennessee State play at the Liberty Bowl on that day, but just cancel the events. Sounds double standardish to play the Arkansas State game, but cancel the SHC.

No double-standard at all. The SHC cancelled the game. The Un of Memphis is still "wait and see" on the season.
06-17-2020 11:12 AM
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(06-17-2020 09:36 AM)GoDownSwinging Wrote:  Not a good sign to cancel the classic. Hopefully, they'll still allow both Jackson State and Tennessee State play at the Liberty Bowl on that day, but just cancel the events. Sounds double standardish to play the Arkansas State game, but cancel the SHC.

i highly doubt the arkansas state game is played at all
06-17-2020 12:10 PM
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I really hope the football season isn't canceled but it most likely will be with players testing positive at other schools.
06-17-2020 12:18 PM
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(06-17-2020 12:18 PM)Crazier Wrote:  I really hope the football season isn't canceled but it most likely will be with players testing positive at other schools.

I believe they canceled because they will loose a bunch of money.
06-17-2020 12:27 PM
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The number of people who usually travel into town for the SHC probably had more to do with that than anything.
06-17-2020 12:58 PM
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Look on the bright side though.

No chicken wings to complain about.
06-17-2020 01:00 PM
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If attendance is limited to 12-15k and not every event is doable, they had no choice but to cancel. If the Liberty Bowl is facing similar restrictions, I don’t see that happening either.
06-17-2020 01:20 PM
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(06-17-2020 12:27 PM)2tigers Wrote:  
(06-17-2020 12:18 PM)Crazier Wrote:  I really hope the football season isn't canceled but it most likely will be with players testing positive at other schools.

I believe they canceled because they will loose a bunch of money.

Without question. There is no TV revenue from this and the non-football game activities would probably violate social distancing protocols.

The issue with D-1 football is the TV revenue. That's going to be very, very difficult to pass up.

The TV ratings for South Korean baseball were quite high because people wanted a change of pace/something to watch that they couldn't in person.
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RE: No Southern Heritage Classic this year
My speculation is that if football happens, it is a conference season only. No OOC games.

All D1 schools would need to agree to push all OOC games 1 year, or to just wipe out OOC contracts for this year penalty free.
06-17-2020 06:02 PM
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(06-17-2020 06:02 PM)U_of_Elvis Wrote:  My speculation is that if football happens, it is a conference season only. No OOC games.

All D1 schools would need to agree to push all OOC games 1 year, or to just wipe out OOC contracts for this year penalty free.


What is magical about the conference that doesn’t transmit COVID? And why doesn’t it apply to OOC?
06-17-2020 06:03 PM
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(06-17-2020 06:02 PM)U_of_Elvis Wrote:  My speculation is that if football happens, it is a conference season only. No OOC games.

All D1 schools would need to agree to push all OOC games 1 year, or to just wipe out OOC contracts for this year penalty free.

As of right now games will happen. But I still think its more tentative than most people believe. I still think there is a scenario where we start the season and then have to shut it down in October or November. I hope I am wrong.
06-17-2020 08:18 PM
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Right now the active cases rate is as follows Tennessee 33.3%, Arkansas 31.8% and Mississippi 21.2%. Those number should fall significantly in the next 10+ weeks
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(06-17-2020 06:03 PM)aardWolf Wrote:  
(06-17-2020 06:02 PM)U_of_Elvis Wrote:  My speculation is that if football happens, it is a conference season only. No OOC games.

All D1 schools would need to agree to push all OOC games 1 year, or to just wipe out OOC contracts for this year penalty free.


What is magical about the conference that doesn’t transmit COVID? And why doesn’t it apply to OOC?

The best way to magically shorten a season by a few games is to eliminate OOC games.
06-18-2020 06:01 AM
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(06-17-2020 08:51 PM)ncrdbl1 Wrote:  Right now the active cases rate is as follows Tennessee 33.3%, Arkansas 31.8% and Mississippi 21.2%. Those number should fall significantly in the next 10+ weeks

33.3% of what?
06-18-2020 07:41 AM
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I think it was Jason Smith yesterday that said a one off game like the SHC would be almost impossible to pull off during the COVID restrictions. Just the logistics of who gets tickets vs who gets left out would be a terrible ordeal. Also, the tailgate, the parades, the bands, the pre and post game festivities are as important as the game, and those would all be cancelled or limited with current restrictions.
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