By Edythe Bradley
Two of the biggest rivals in black college football history, the Albany State University Golden Rams and the Fort Valley State University Wildcats, will go to war in the biggest black college football game of the year. The Golden Rams and Wildcats will play for the SIAC championship title during the 21st Annual Fountain City Classic (FCC) on Saturday, Nov. 6. Set to kickoff at 2 p.m. at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ga., the FCC is touted as one best black college football classics in the nation. The undefeated Golden Rams enter the game with perfect 9-0 overall and 8-0 SIAC records after a 44-5 victory over the Stillman College Tigers last weekend. The Wildcats, who beat Lane College 31-18 last weekend, are 8-1 overall and 7-1 in SIAC play.
This year’s game is the 64th meeting of the ASU Golden Rams and the FVSU Wildcats since 1945, and the 21th meeting of the two teams in the FCC. FVSU eads the series 32-28-3 and ASU leads the FCC series 15-5. The first meeting of the two schools was in 1945, when the FVSU Wildcats beat the ASU Golden Rams, 27-21. The two schools did not play each other in 1946 and 1947. Last year, the Wildcats won 35-13.
The 2010 FCC is an important game for both schools and ASU fans are excited about this year’s event, say Albany State athletic officials.
“The Golden Ram nation is ready. Our fans are so excited about this year’s event because this game determines the winner of the SIAC title and both teams are hungry for the championship crown,” said Dr. Richard H. Williams, ASU athletics director. “Albany State is undefeated this season and we look forward to taking a 10-0 record and the SIAC championship to the NCAA playoffs. It is going to be a great game.”
While the rivalry between the two teams spans more than half a century, FCC officials moved the game to Columbus in 1990, a regional center, to attract more corporate support, recruit more students and make it a weekend event full of classic activities, said State Rep. Calvin Smyre, chairman of the FCC, Inc.
“It makes great business sense to bring this gathering and game to Columbus. There are a lot of alumni located in and around Columbus and they are loyal football fans,” Smyre said. “With proceeds going to the schools, more funds can be generated from a larger crowd in attendance at a larger facility. It’s a win-win situation for the city of Columbus and both universities. Hotels and restaurants are full and people are having a great weekend.”
FCC activities kicked off Saturday, Oct. 30, with the Second Annual FCC Health Fair, where hundreds of people received screenings for high blood pressure and diabetes, and the First Annual FCC Couture Fashion Show at the Columbus Trade Center. The FCC Worship Service was held Sunday at the New Providence Baptist Church in Columbus.
The Media Luncheon and Press Conference will kick off Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Columbus Trade Center. In addition to athletic administrators from both campuses, Golden Rams’ head coach Mike White, Wildcats’ head coach Donald Pittman and several players from both schools will be in attendance.
One of the biggest of the classic events is the Steve Harvey Comedy Tour Concert on Saturday at the Columbus Civic Center. The $35 and $45 tickets are on sale at the Civic Center Box Office and Ticketmaster. Other FCC activities include recruitment fairs, golf tournament, parties and a parade.
Tickets for the FCC game are now on sale. Tickets are $20 in advance for adults and $12 for children and all students with a valid ID card. At-the-gate prices are $25 for adults and $15 for all students. Tickets are on sale on campus at the ASU Business Office Cashier’s Window in the ACAD Building, and Odyssey Records, June Bug’s Grocery Store and the Radium Springs Petro Store.
“We are encouraging people who are interested in attending the game to purchase tickets early,” Williams said. “We anticipate a sellout crowd and tickets are selling quickly. We want our fans to purchase advance tickets so they can avoid long lines and have guaranteed entrance.”
For more information, call the ASU Athletics Department or Sports Information Office at 430-4754 or 30-4673.
FCC SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, November 4, 2010
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. University Recruitment Fair.
ASU & FVSU officials will meet with prospective students – Columbus Trade Center, Sycamore Room & Room 211.
7:30 P.M. – 12:30 A.M. – 3rd Annual Cuff Links and Pearls Networking Mixer hosted by Leaders of Today & Tomorrow (LOTT) & Special guest Melyssa Ford.
The “Event” for networking & building professional, political & entrepreneurial relationships. Performers & Live Acoustic Entertainment. The Rankin, 21 10th Street, Corner of 10th & 1st Ave. Refreshments & Cash Bar.
Friday, November 5, 2010
6:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. –“D.J. Chip in the Morning Show” Live Broadcast.
In front of the Box Office @ A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium. Prizes & radio giveaways.
11:00 A.M. – 17th Annual FCC Golf Classic Lunch/Registration
Follow Me Golf Course.
12:00 P.M. – FCC Golf Classic Shotgun Start
$75.00 Entry Fee.
Contact Robert Anderson (706) 324-4080
5:00 P.M. – 1:00 A.M. –Vendor Fair Village Opens: Shop Till You Drop – Trade Center Foyer in front of Ball Rms. A,B&C. Fri. & Sat.
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. -Live Remote with Foxie 105 Michael Soul & K-92.7 Kris Green.
The Median @ the Marriott Hotel & Trade Center. Prizes & radio giveaways.
7:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. – FCC Chairman’s Reception honoring FVSU President Larry E. Rivers & ASU President Everett Freeman and A Classic Salute to Miss FVSU & Miss ASU Courts & SGA Officials. Columbus Trade Center, 801 Front Avenue, Ballroom “C”. Invitation Only.
10:00 P.M. – 1:00 A.M. –Club Fountain City – It’s Party Time!
Ole School Jam featuring Foxie 105 Air Personality DJ Double-O-Kee. Ballroom “C” – Columbus Trade Center. Free Admission – Cash Bar.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
10:00 A.M. – 4th Annual FCC Parade.
Starting @ Colin Powell & Broadway (Phenix City) over 13th St. Bridge & down Broadway to 9th Street (Columbus).
10:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. – FCC Tailgate Village Party with Foxie 105 air personality Michael Soul.
Lot “G” of the Columbus Civic Center. It’s festive party time. Parking – $5. Tailgating/Small Tents – $25/Large Tents – $50/RV’s & Trucks – $75. Early Bird Special $75 (Thursday after 9 p.m.) NO Golf Carts allowed in Tailgate area.
2:00 P.M. – “Classic” Football – A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium: ASU Golden Rams vs. FVSU Wildcats (Advance tickets):
Adults $20.00. Children/Students $12.00. (At gate): Adults $25.00, Children/Students $15.00 with I.D. A Dynamic Halftime Show featuring the ASU “Marching Rams Show Band” & FVSU “Marching Blue Machine”
7:00 P.M. – FCC Presents Steve Harvey Comedy Tour Concert.
Columbus Civic Center/400 Veterans Parkway, Cols. GA. Tickets on sale @ Civic Center Box Office & Ticketmaster. $35 and $45.
10:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. – The Official Steve Harvey After Party with WAGH 101.3 Radio Personality Edgar Champagne
Columbus Trade Center Ballrooms “B&C” Admission $15.00 @ the door or see below.
*FCC registration desk in lobby of Marriott Hotel will be selling advance game tickets, Steve Harvey After Party tickets and souvenir books. Friday, 11/05/10 3:00–8:00 P.M. Saturday, 11/06/10 – 8:00 A.M. – NOON.