The Southwestern Athletic Conference is comprised of teams in the southern portion of the United States. The SWAC is generally considered to be the elite conference for HBCU schools and leads the way for historically black colleges regarding past alumni who make it to the NFL. The conference is talent-laden and has thrilled fans of the SWAC since its inception 100 years ago. Alcorn State is the current SWAC football champion after defeating Southern University 37–28 in the 2018 conference championship game. Alcorn State also won conference championships in 2014 and 2015. Grambling State was able to wrestle away the two championships Alcorn State did not win over the last five years and was crowned champion itself in 2016 and 2017. An added treat for fans of the SWAC is the end-of-the-year game that pits the SWAC champion against the champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in the Celebration Bowl. Lovers of football who enjoy the pageantry surrounding the HBCU football experience might enjoy the SWAC. Get your SWAC football tickets at StubHub.
Where can I purchase SWAC football tickets?
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What can I expect from the SWAC football experience?
Both sides of the ball will be stacked with high-caliber athletes for both teams. The crowd is festive, and the experience will be enhanced by the band performances that can only be witnessed at HBCUs. Top venues in the conference include Blackshear Stadium and Eddie Robinson Stadium.
What players will I see when I attend a SWAC football game?
The SWAC is filled with an abundance of great athletes that are spread amongst all 10 teams in the conference. The conference recently released the names of players included on its preseason first and second teams, and fans can expect some exciting game play for the 2019 football season. One player to watch is quarterback Noah Johnson of Alcorn State. Johnson has been named the preseason offensive player of the year following a season in which he threw for 2,207 yards and 15 touchdowns. He added 1,080 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the way to leading Alcorn State to the SWAC Championship. Soloman Muhammad is the player receiving the top player honor on the defensive side of the football.
What former SWAC players are considered all-time greats?
The SWAC has produced a number of football players who went on to enjoy Hall of Fame careers in the NFL. Walter Payton rushed for more than 3,500 yards while playing four years at Jackson State. Payton went on to star in the NFL and finished his professional career as the all-time rushing yards leader for the league. Grambling State alumnus Doug Williams enjoyed his greatest day as an NFL quarterback by leading his Washington Redskins to a victory in Super Bowl XXII. Shannon Sharpe and Jerry Rice are two other NFL Hall of Famers who entertained crowds in the SWAC before embarking on professional careers.
Who are the great coaches in SWAC football history?
The list of field generals that have led SWAC football teams into battle is as impressive as the players who took the field. The most accomplished of them own is Eddie Robinson, who took over as head coach of Grambling State in 1941 when he was only 22 years old. By the time Robinson retired in 1998, 200 of his former players had played some form of professional football, and he had led the Tigers to 45 winning seasons. Marino Casem has been applauded for winning seven SWAC championships at Alcorn State, and Bill Hayes won more than 200 college football games in 27 years.Back to Top
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