BIRMINGHAM, Al. – The SWAC will embark on a daunting challenge this fall: playing two football seasons in one calendar year. Well, most of the conference will. Three schools in the conference did not play a spring schedule: FAMU, Bethune Cookman and Alcorn.
The Rattlers and Wildcats were in the MEAC during the previous sports year, and their former conference did not hold a spring football season.
However, Alcorn will be the only returning SWAC school to not play a fall schedule, and during SWAC Media Day, coaches gave mixed opinions about the possible impact the extra time off will have on the Braves.
“Alcorn chose not to play. The advantages I think they could have is they was able to lift heavy,” Alabama A&M head football coach Connell Maynor said.
“You never know. You could come in rusty, and not sharp and having to take some time to get back used to playing the game, or it could be a situation where you’re well rested, and hungry and ready to go,” Grambling head football coach Broderick Fobbs added.
“I think it’s going be a positive. I think anytime you can rest your body and get your body trained back and ready to play for another season is a positive for us,” Alcorn head football coach Fred McNair said.
The Braves’ last game was the Celebration Bowl in 2019.
Click the video for more on the story.