Recently there has been some uproar about an HBCU classic that has been canceled this season. In a world where HBCUs are being statistically targeted, this could be just the beginning of a downfall for these prestigious institutions.
The New York Urban League Classic that was scheduled for this upcoming 2015 football season has been cancelled. Officials for The New York Urban League contacted Athletic Director of Morgan State University, Floyd Kerr, and conveyed the message via a two-paragraph letter. This matchup was set to have the Howard University Bisons face off against the Morgan State University Bears in the 43rd edition of this game, and was set to raise over $20 million dollars for incoming college students. Sadly, for the people of the New York and New Jersey area September 26 will be nothing but another Saturday. This year’s classic was supposed to a rematch of last year’s epic battle where Morgan edged out a 38-35 victory over the Bison of Howard University.
The football clubs and high powered marching bands of HU and MSU would have brought an incredible HBCU atmosphere infused with southern flavor, up to the Big Apple. In years past, the MSU Bears have been the victor over the HU Bison. HU and MSU supporters alike, had strongly anticipated the rematch. This extraordinary occasion permits the Universities to showcase their football programs, marching bands, and particularly the expansive gathering of HBCU alums from the New York metropolitan range. The magnitude of playing one of Howard Universities fiercest opponents in Morgan State University makes the amusement significantly more uncommon. According to the letter sent by Arva R. Rice, President and CEO of the New York Urban League, there will be no NYUL Classic played this season but the NYUL is looking forward to playing the game in 2016.