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Florida A&M President: We Do Not Support Legacy Bowl Preventing National Title Pursuit
The below memorandum was sent to College Sporting News by a member of the Florida A&M community via university president James H. Ammons, pertaining to the Legacy Bowl.
The Legacy Bowl, as reported by the Jaguar Journal in Baton Rouge, would pit the champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in a post-season bowl game in which the conferences would split an estimated $3M from ESPN.
In the memorandum, Ammons states that he and representatives from the athletic department agree with the fans of the program in not being interested in participating in the Legacy Bowl, if it comes in the way of their pursuit of a national championship.
MEMORANDUM RECEIVED FROM PRESIDENT AMMONS
TO: President Tommy Mitchell, FAMU Alumni Association
FROM: President James H. Ammons
RE: Legacy Bowl
Please know that the University continues to keep your family and you in our thoughts and prayers during this hour of bereavement; however, we know that a mother’s love is everlasting and we pray that warm memories will brigthen these dark days.
Recently, I have heard from several alumni regarding the proposed “Legacy Bowl” that is being discusssed by MEAC Commissioner, Dennis Thomas. While this topic was discussed at the Council of Chief Executive Officers meeting in March, no decision has been made.
I have spoken with Interim Athletic Director Michael Smith and Coach Joe Taylor. We agree that this not a good decision for FAMU. I have spoken with Commissioner Thomas and expressd that FAMU does not support the notion of a “Legacy Bowl” that would prevent FAMU From competing for a national title.
Please share this information with FAMU Alumni Chapters and know that we all agree with the sentiments that have been expressed recently by the alumni.
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