The 2012 Howard University Bison football season opener is slated for Saturday, Sept. 1 when Howard University takes on Morehouse College in the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic at 3:30 p.m. in RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

The Classic renews the college football rivalry between the two teams dates back to 1923 when Howard defeated Morehouse 10-0. Students, alumni and supporters of HBCUs from around the country will gather in the nation’s capital to celebrate the pride, pageantry and tradition attached to the game.

The Howard University football program is undergoing a major turnaround under Head Football Coach Gary Harrell. The new coach has insisted on player accountability and worked to instill team discipline. The hard work is paying off. Last year, Bison football won five games, eclipsing the total of three victories from the team’s previous three seasons. In addition, Bison football won the important “statement games,” including match-ups against Hampton University, Florida A&M University and Morehouse College. Howard also won its homecoming game last year, something the team had not accomplished in several years.

Coach Harrell is making it known that he is happy, but not satisfied with the progress so far and is looking for greater improvement in 2012. To that end, he has updated the team motto for the new season, calling it “Road to Redemption: No Roadblocks. No Shortcuts. No Excuses.”

“Howard has a strong legacy of achievement,” Coach Harrell said. “Every member of Howard University Football accepts the responsibility of representing the program with dignity and pride on and off the field.” read more…