2014 Southern Heritage Classic Presented by FedEx
Jackson State University and Tennessee State University
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN
September 13, 2014 – 6 p.m. CDT
- Tennessee State University won the inaugural Southern Heritage Classic in 1990 defeating Jackson State, 23-14.
- After the 2014 Classic, Jackson State University and Tennessee State University – collectively – will have earned more than $9.8 million since the Classic’s inception in 1990.
- In 2013, the Southern Heritage Classic generated over $21 million to the local Memphis economy.
- Six members of the Tennessee State University football team and two members of the Jackson State University football team were named to the 2013 BOXTOROW HBCU All-American team – as voted on by top media members nationally who cover HBCU sports.
- Tennessee State University head coach Rod Reed was selected 2013 BOXTOROW Coach of the Year.
- Last year, the Classic ranked 4th in attendance among historically black college and university (HBCU) classic football games in the country.
- Gladys Knight headlines the 2014 Classic Concert at the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday, September 11.
- Jackson State University and Tennessee State University have agreed to a five-year contract extension through 2019.
- TSU has had three former players participate in the past two Super Bowl games: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Anthony Levine and Lamar Divens.
- The Southern Heritage Classic football game is played on the second Saturday in September.
- The Classic Parade on Saturday, September 13 runs along Park Avenue from Haynes to Airways and features area high school marching bands.
- Charlie Wilson, Gap Band and The O’Jays have played the most performances during the history of the Southern Heritage Classic.
- Jerry Butler and The Williams Brothers were the first featured concert headliners during the inaugural Southern Heritage Classic in 1990.
- Ed “Too Tall” Jones played basketball before turning to football at TSU and was the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 1974.