Marching 100 part of FAMU contract with SEC school

How much in demand is the Florida A&M Marching 100? Well, one school made sure it booked the famed marching band nearly a decade early.

A contract for the University of Georgia hosting Florida A&M shows that FAMU will be paid $650,000, according to OnlineAthens. The game is set to take place on Sept. 9, 2028.

Part of the contract stipulates that Florida A&M’s marching band, the Marching 100, agrees to perform at halftime of the game. Florida A&M is also required to let Georgia know how many band members will be attending the game.

Georgia has made it a practice to have visiting HBCUs bring their bands to the guarantee games (also known as “Money Games”). Southern University brought the Human Jukebox with it when it came to Athens in 2015 for a guarantee game.

Despite not having played at a football game since 2019, the Marching 100 remains a hot commodity. Earlier this year it was one of several HBCU marching bands to perform for the inauguration of President Joe Biden. It also performed at the NBA All-Star Game.

The Marching 100 is set to make its return to the football field on Sept. 5 when FAMU takes on Jackson State in the revival of the Orange Blossom Classic. 

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SWAC Softball pairings set

Courtesy: SWAC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced the 2021 SWAC Softball Tournament field, with Texas Southern and Jackson State heading into the postseason with respective number one seeds.

Texas Southern (13-5 SWAC) clinched its eleventh-straight Western Division championship. Prairie View A&M earned the #2 seed with a 12-6 record in conference play. Rounding out the field for the SWAC Western Division is #3 seed Grambling State (10-8) and #4 Southern (9-9).

In the Eastern Division, Jackson State comes in as the top seed with a 12-6 record in SWAC competition. Alabama State (10-8) earned the #2 seed and looks for its sixth-straight trip to the championship game, having won the tournament in 2019.

Alabama A&M (8-10) is the #3 seed, and Alcorn State (8-7) is the East’s #4 seed in the tournament field.
Alabama A&M and Alcorn State finished the season tied in wins (8) but AAMU claimed the #3 seed by virtue of owning the head-to-head tiebreaker over Alcorn State. 

The 2021 SWAC Softball Tournament is scheduled to run from May 11-14 at the Gulfport Sportsplex in Gulfport, Miss with May 15 serving as an “if necessary” date to determine this year’s champion. The opening-round matchups are as follows:

Tuesday, May 11
East #2 Alabama State vs. West #3 Grambling State, 9:00 a.m.
West #2 Prairie View A&M vs. East #3 Alabama A&M, 12:00 p.m.
West #1 Texas Southern vs. East #4 Alcorn State, 3:00 p.m.
East #1 Jackson State vs. West #4 Southern, 6:00 p.m.

Be sure to check for all updates and information in relation to the tournament as it is made available. The complete tournament bracket can be accessed by clicking the link above. 

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