SWAC to drop football conference championship game after 2017 season

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SWAC to drop football conference championship game after 2017 season

Postby dbackjon » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:29 am

The Southwestern Athletic Conference made a surprise announcement Tuesday morning that it was dropping its football conference championship game after the 2017 season.

"With the creation of the Celebration Bowl as a national showcase for HBCU football, the Council of Presidents and Chancellors decided to suspend the championship game format after the 2017 season," said commissioner Duer Sharp in a news release. "By focusing on the Celebration Bowl, we can continue to grow (the game) as an HBCU classic for the teams and fans of both conferences, and for HBCU football nationally."

Under the current format, the winner of the SWAC championship game represented the conference in the Celebration Bowl, which is used to determine a Black College Football National Champion. Grambling won the Celebration Bowl last season after defeating Alcorn State in the SWAC championship game.

Beginning in 2018, the SWAC representative will be determined by the team with the best regular season record.

The 2017 season also marks the first year of a new SWAC scheduling format. Previously, each of the 10 teams in the league played each other in the regular season, allowing for definite head-to-head tiebreakers.

Under the new schedule, SWAC teams will play seven conference games instead of nine, meaning its possible the SWAC champion could not be decided by head-to-head records in the event of a tie.
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Re: SWAC to drop football conference championship game after 2017 season

Postby 89Hen » Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:28 pm

Too bad, it was such a huge event.

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Re: SWAC to drop football conference championship game after 2017 season

Postby JohnStOnge » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:09 pm

The Celebration Bowl is also astoundingly well attended. Here are four screen shots I took as the video of it rotated around the stadium at opening kickoff:
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