Friday, June 18, 2010
MVSU football to play home games at GWHS
GREENVILLE – The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football team will be playing in town on three occasions this upcoming season.
The Delta Devils, led by new head coach Karl Morgan, will play at Greenville-Weston High Oct. 2, Oct. 23 and Nov. 13.
The Greenville Public School Board approved the games at Thursday’s open budget meeting.
The games will be played at Greenville-Weston’s Charles R. Kerg Field due to the renovations planned for Rice-Totten Stadium — the home field for the Delta Devils.
“It is an interesting state of circumstances that has brought about the changes to the schedule,” said interim director of athletics Donald Sims on the school’s website. “After speaking with university administration and other professional personnel, the stadium is in the process of undergoing renovations. We hoped to have the entire process completed by November, however, we have been notified that that will not be the case. However, do we look forward to the opportunity of keeping Delta Devil football in the Mississippi Delta.”
The games will bring much needed revenue to a cash-strapped school district, which was forced to cut six high school sports Thursday during an open budget meeting due to a lack of funding.
Thursday’s news was especially exciting for Greenville school board member and MVSU alum Dr. Loretta Shannon.
“Think about the hotel rooms, food places, all the things that will benefit people coming here for the weekend,” said Shannon during the meeting.
The three games played in Greenville will be be considered the Delta Devils’ only homes games. They will host Prairie View A&M Oct. 2 for homecoming, Grambling State on Oct. 23 and Alabama A&M on Nov. 13.
MVSU will open their 2010 football schedule Sept. 4 at Alabama State. Next, they will travel to South Carolina State on Sept. 11 and play Alcorn State in Chicago at Soldier Field Sept. 18.
The much-anticipated matchup against Jackson State will be Sept. 25.