Greene County News
INDIANAPOLIS — Central State University and Kentucky State University will continue their longstanding rivalry at the 33rd Circle City Classic, which kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 in Lucas Oil Stadium.
“It is truly an honor to be playing in one of the premier HBCU Football Classics. This will be our third year playing on this stage and we can’t wait for another opportunity to showcase our talent,” CSU head coach Cedric Pearl said. “We continue to show our appreciation to the Indiana Black Expo and the city of Indianapolis for allowing Central State to continue to be a part of this great event.”
Saturday will be the third straight year the Circle City Classic plays host to the CSU-KSU rivalry, which dates back to 1947. CSU currently owns a 35-20-1 advantage in the all-time series with the only tie coming in 1957. KSU has found recent success in the series, including last year’s 21-17 win. With CSU joining the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2013, the game also holds significant implications in the SIAC West Division standings. SIAC Commissioner Greg Moore considers it an honor for two SIAC schools to be afforded the opportunity to showcase their talents in a premier sporting event.
“The SIAC is very proud to once again have two of our member institutions participating in the Circle City Classic — a game I consider to be one of the premier events of its kind in the country,” SIAC Commissioner Greg Moore said. “Last year, the Circle City Classic was one of the top attended NCAA Division II football games and was a great experience for our student-athletes, fans, SIAC member institutions and the conference.”
The Marauders have a long history competing in the Circle City Classic dating back to 1986. CSU has a 3-3 all-time record in the Classic with wins coming in 86’, 87’ and 92’.
The Circle City Classic is a joint collaboration between Indiana Black Expo, Inc. and the Indiana Sports Corporation. The net proceeds from the Classic help support youth initiatives for each organization. Additionally, each year the Classic’s educational partner, the Indianapolis Black Alumni Council, hosts an educational college fair that exposes over 2,500 youth to colleges and universities throughout the country.
In addition to playing in a great venue, ESPN and the NCAA have announced that fans can watch the Circle City Classic on ESPN 3. Fans can also follow the game on Central State’s Live Stats page (http://www.sidearmstats.com/centralstate/football/).