By Curtis Heyen
GRAMBLING, LA (KSLA) -
Grambling State University’s fall headcount has surpassed 5,000 for the first time in four years, school officials says. Total enrollment now stands at 5,188, meaning an increase of 7 percent over fall 2016. A factor in the increase is 926 new freshmen, a 6.68 percent year-over-year increase. And the number of continuing students increased by 9.5 percent this fall, school officials say.
“I am ecstatic and thrilled with these numbers,” said Rick Gallot, who completed his first year as Grambling State’s president Aug. 1.
Those numbers are a testament to how hard the school’s admissions, recruitment and enrollment teams worked the past year to help prospective students clear get enrolled, he added. The improvement in fall enrollment at Grambling State comes on the heels of a 5.7 percent year-over-year increase in enrollment this spring. The spring term began with 4,596 students on campus, up from a spring 2016 enrollment of 4,349. The last time Grambling State had an enrollment of more than 5,000 was 2013, when the student population totaled 5,071.
“We aim to get every interested student and their parent or guardian the information they need to consider our school. And we work to give them good reasons to choose to become a Tiger,” said Patricia Hutcherson, Grambling State’s executive director of enrollment management.
“I’m happy to say that the hard work and long hours have paid off. Now we turn our attention to retention and recruiting for the spring and fall 2018 semesters.”
Earlier this year, Gallot said that the school had seen 2 percent increases in spring enrollment each year since 2014 and that he was confident Grambling State’s enrollment could come closer to 5,000 students by this fall. This fall’s headcount surpassed that mark. “These numbers prove that GSU is a viable college option,” Grambling State’s president said. “And we have to continue to build on the successes we’ve had for decades.”
In the spring, Gallot also said that he is aiming for enrollment to again hit the 6,000 mark and that he knows his school can do it. The most recent time Grambling State’s enrollment topped 6,000 was in 1996, when there were 6,701 students enrolled. The school’s headcount peaked at nearly near 8,000 in the 1990s then fell by 3,133 over the course of five years.
Courtesy: Southern U. Athletic Media Relations
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Southern University held Southern Miss to 10 points in the second half but was unable to overcome the Golden Eagles’ 35-point first half in a lopsided 45-0 loss at M.M. Ross Stadium Saturday night.
Southern Miss offense produced 477 yards on 74 plays from scrimmage and relied on a senior ladened defense to hold Southern to 140 total yards while forcing two turnovers.
With three-year starter Austin Howard out due to injury, Southern offense struggled against the Golden Eagle defense as true freshman Glendon McDaniel made his first career start. It was the first time a Jaguar player other than Howard started for SU since Deonte Shorts replaced Howard during his freshman campaign on Oct. 25, 2014 against Jackson State.
McDaniel completed 5-for16 pass attempts for 22 yards with two interceptions. Redshirt freshman Marquez Lee entered the game in the second half and generated some offense going 5-for-10 for 56 yards. Devon Benn led the Jaguars with 42 rushing yards on eight carries while freshman Jamar Washington hauled in three receptions for 36 yards.
Five of the Jaguars first six drives ended after Southern failed to convert on third down. As a team, Southern average third down yards to gain was 12.3 yards in the first half. Southern converted its initial first down with 9:46 in the second quarter on Herb Edwards 13-yard rush.
Southern Miss struck first after SU punter Taylor Merritt mishandled the snap on fourth down and Southern Miss cornerback Rachuan Mitchell recovered the fumble in the Jaguars end zone to give the Golden Eagles a 7-0 lead.
Southern watched as the Golden Eagles reeled off three more touchdowns on drives of 69, 12 and 50 to take a commanding 28-0 first quarter lead. Kwadra Griggs completed a 26-yard pass to Quez Watkins with 5:53 left before halftime to push the Golden Eagles lead to 35-0.
Three plays into the third quarter, McDaniels errant pass found Southern Miss cornerback Cornell Armstrong who raced 46-yard untouched into the end zone. The Golden Eagles final points came on a Parker Shaunfied 28-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter.
Despite the final score, Southern played a number of young players while resting several veterans including Herb Edward and Danny Johnson in the second half.
Southern will return to Baton Rouge to regroup before venturing west of the Mississippi River to challenge another Football Bowl Subdivision opponent in the UT-San Antonio Roadrunners in the Alamodome.
Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.
University hosts first home football game in Robinson Memorial Stadium with field,
sound, digital board upgrades
By MINIYA SHABAZZ/GSU Media Bureau
Grambling State University faces Northwestern State University in GSU’s first home football game of the season, and alumni, students and fans are excited. There will be an official ribbon cutting at the Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium, taking note of more than $2 million in stadium upgrades.
There are big plans for the pre-game and half-time shows.
“We’re expecting an especially good crowd because we’re playing Northwestern, a sister school in the University of Louisiana System,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “We’re honoring all branches of our military with a military appreciation, and we have a tremendous football team anxious to show their stuff on our new turf.”
When fans go to the 6 p.m. game, they should go early, according to Gallot, noting that Louisiana Tech University also has a Saturday (Sept. 9) football game starting 30 minutes later than the GSU 6 p.m. kickoff and a big crowd is expected from Northwestern’s home turf in Natchitoches, Louisiana, just 90 minutes away. “There will be heavier than normal traffic on I-20 and nearby streets and roads,” he said. “We want our fans to get in without delays so they can enjoy what we have to offer.”
GSU fans will see a lot of changes, including a top-quality football field turf, installed by Hellas Construction of Austin, Texas, the same company that installed turf in the Dallas Cowboys home stadium. There’s a new, 47.18’ x 22.5’ digital scoreboard that will show some live game action, key replays, in-game promotions and sponsorship spots. Installed by NEVCO of Greenville, Illinois, the board will be an important part of enhancing the fan game day experience. In addition, fans will see four-foot-high brick retaining walls covered with padding to make the end zones safe for players, expanded game day parking an increased security presence. The new field was completed in August and this will be the first time the G-Men will play on it.
“The tailgating area will be an enhancement that the fans will experience that will be something they haven’t experienced in a while,” said GSU Athletics Director Paul Bryant. “We’re going to be doing more interactive activities with our fans with the (digital scoreboard).We’re going to have a dance cam, a smile cam, and a kiss cam, and that’s going to enhance the game day experience.”
Bryant said there will be a kids zone available for two hours before the game.
Pre-game activities will start about 5:40 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and a performance by the World Famed Tiger Marching Band, including the playing of the national anthem. Fans will be in for a special treat as a U.S. Air Force flyover takes place before three World War II veterans give the game ball to the game officials and a Wounded Warrior Project representative serves as an honorary captain for the coin flip. The game against the NCAA Division I Northwestern Demons will start at 6 p.m.
Korean War veterans will be recognized, and each of the five branches of the armed forces – Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force and Navy — will be recognized during game time outs. These include Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force, and Navy. At halftime, the Spirit of Northwestern marching band will perform and then the World Famed will play.
There will be a special tribute to the recently deceased Lamore J. Carter, a former Grambling State provost and vice president responsible for many of modern-day GSU academic strengths, during half time.
Gallot said he’s excited about the first home game with so many big improvements, and he’s looking forward to giving his wife, First Lady Christy Gallot, a big kiss on the kiss cam.
“Plus, we want people to see what it means to invest in Grambling State University,” he said. “We have beautiful stadium upgrades, fans will enjoy what they see and we want help paying the cost as we continue to compete as a first class higher education institution.”
Fans can follow game updates at @GSU_Tigers (Twitter) or visit the official home of Grambling State Athletics at gsutigers.com, and check the @GramblingStateUniversity Facebook page for game-related updates
NEW ORLEANS – Viceland will air its 3rd episode of its new series, Vice: World of Sports featuring the momentous Bayou Classic on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. The docu-series takes an in-depth look into the legacy of the Bayou Classic, the Historic clash between two of the Top HBCU Marching Bands in the Country and the road to an electric New Orleans, Louisiana during Thanksgiving weekend for this larger-than-life Battle to the finish.
“In college football, tradition is everything, and the battle between the historically black colleges Southern and Grambling State is a ritual unlike any other. Especially at the halftime show” – VICE.
Wednesday, May 11th
11:00PM ET – “Bayou Classic” (30min. Premiere)
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehIUcvqiw6c
For more information, visit: [must have local cable subscription to view]
ABOUT THE BAYOU CLASSIC:
Bayou Classic is the historic gridiron rivalry between Grambling State University and Southern University, encompassing a weeklong series of entertaining and socially enriching events from November 22-26 in New Orleans, LA. The famed Classic embodies a family friendly atmosphere and fosters an economic impact of $50 million to the greater city of New Orleans. With record-breaking attendance in 2015 since the Classic returned to New Orleans following Katrina in 2006 after a one-year hiatus in Houston, the Battle of the Bands & Greek Show boosted its attendance numbers to 29,652 and 62,907 for the 42nd Annual Bayou Classic game.
The legendary game between Grambling State University and Southern University approaches its 43rd year this November and with viewership over 5.5 million in 2015 on the NBC Sports Network, the Bayou Classic has proven to be a steadfast beacon of legacy and tradition that extends beyond the HBCU community. Over 200,000 fans from across the nation journey to New Orleans during Thanksgiving weekend to witness the electrifying football game between Grambling State and Southern, while eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated halftime show featuring two of the greatest marching bands in the nation. Proceeds from the Bayou Classic events provide support to the campuses’ athletic programs and fund scholarships through the GSU Foundation and the SU System Foundation. Tickets go on sale June 1st for the 2016 Bayou Classic.
VICE World of Sports gets on the field and into the ring through a series of compelling stories at the fringe of culture and politics, across a range of places and people through the one lens that connects them all: sport. Our Executive Producer and host Selema Masekela has traveled to places such as Ghana, Cuba, and Kenya, among many others, to bring you stories you won’t see anywhere else, and that will be told through VICE’s unique point of view.
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December 9, 2015
Thanksgiving Weekend was Busy in New Orleans
Reports for attendance for the 42nd Annual Bayou Classic show increase in attendance – the largest crowd to attend the Bayou Classic since the Classic returned to New Orleans following Katrina in 2006
NEW ORLEANS –Again this year the 42nd Annual Bayou Classic brought several business-focused and family-friendly events to New Orleans for the thousands of visitors to the city of New Orleans for Thanksgiving week/weekend.
The Bayou Classic is the annual extravaganza bringing the fans and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University to New Orleans each November for a celebration of football, family and the traditions and pageantry surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities. With an estimated economic impact of $50 million, the Bayou Classic is an important event for the City of New Orleans.
The attendance at this year’s Bayou Classic was 29,652 for Battle of the Bands and Greek Show and 62,907 for the 42nd Annual Bayou Classic game.
Once again this year, the Bayou Classic saw an increase in attendance and the largest crowd to attend the Bayou Classic since the Classic returned to New Orleans following Katrina in 2006 after a one-year hiatus in Houston.
And as reported by one of Louisiana’s leading independent sports websites, SportsNOLA.com, “…the oxygen is back in the building and in the (Bayou) Classic…clearly, the game is trending upward as attendance has increased every year since…”
Highlights of the 42nd Annual Bayou Classic include:
- With the Grambling Tigers winning the Bayou Classic with a score of 34-23 against the Southern Jaguars, the series returns to a tied with both schools holding 21 wins each in the faceoff.
- With the win, the Grambling Tigers move onto the SWAC Championship this year to be held in Houston on Saturday, December 5, 2015.
- The iconic Bayou Classic trophy was retired to this last year’s winner – the Southern Jaguars. After being housed on the Southern campus, it was donated to the Smithsonian Institute to become a permanent display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture set to open next year. The new 45-pound iconic Bayou Classic trophy, created by Bennet Awards, was presented for the first time to the Grambling Tigers. The new trophy is hand-polished Silver Plated Pewter. (Visuals/photos available upon request.)
- Hotel occupancy for Bayou Classic’s week of events was more than 90% occupied citywide with Friday night’s occupancy being 95% citywide.
- The Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day had an increased attendance of more than 80,000 attendees.
- Bayou Classic Fan Fest, presented by Cox Louisiana with entertainment by Clear Channel New Orleans, had an attendance of more than 10,000 attendees
- More than 250 students gathered information from more than 30 colleges and businesses during the Bayou Classic Career & College Fair
- VH1 “Hollywood Exes” Celebrity & Destiny Moscato Entrepreneur Nicole Murphy, Rap Music Artist and Businessman Lil’ Wayne and brother and sister recording artists Brandy and Ray J all attended Bayou Classic events this year.
- Epic Records recording artist, signed to Timbaland, from the hit TV show Empire, V Bozeman sang the national anthem for this year’s Bayou Classic.
- In addition to the performances of Southern and Grambling’s historic marching bands at halftime of the Bayou Classic game, this year there was a special halftime presentation in celebration of NBC’s live production of The Wiz and blues singer TK Soul joined the Grambling University Marching Band to close out halftime.
- The Bayou Classic was named one of the 40 most significant events of the past 40 years by SMG in celebration of Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s 40th anniversary.
“It is exciting to witness increase in attendance and guests for our events again this year – and bringing attendance back to over 60,000 again, said Dottie Belletto, President and CEO of New Orleans Convention Company, Inc. (NOCCI), the management firm of the Bayou Classic. “The Bayou Classic has always been about football and our efforts to broaden the Bayou Classic into the ‘Super Bowl of all Classics” is coming to fruition with more business happening during the week, continued growth in visitors to New Orleans, increasing attendance to all of our events – including game day – and more dollars going to support these two universities, our local and regional small businesses and HBCUs nationwide.”
About The Bayou Classic
The Bayou Classic ( www.mybayouclassic.com ) features one of America’s greatest college sports rivalries, bringing the fans and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University to New Orleans for a celebration of football, family and the traditions and pageantry surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Proceeds from the annual series of Bayou Classic events provide support to the campuses’ athletic programs and fund scholarships through the SU System Foundation and the GSU Foundation.
The 42nd Annual Bayou Classic is supported by the following organizations – The Louisiana Office of Tourism, Louisiana Office of Culture Recreation & Tourism and Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne; MillerCoors; BP Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund; SHEEN Magazine; Destiny Moscato; Toyota Green Initiative; The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation; The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau; Cox Louisiana; US Marine Corps; UBER; Hyatt Regency New Orleans; Tom Joyner Foundation; AllState; The Coca-Cola Company; Parish of Caddo – Shreveport, Louisiana; The Wiz Live/NBC; US Coast Guard; Essence; Bennett Awards; Metro PCS; The Mercedes-Benz Superdome; SMG; The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living; Visit Baton Rouge; US Navy; McDonalds; Acadian Ambulance; Amtrak; Entergy; The French Market Corporation; Doc Griggs; Louisiana Highway Safety Commission; Downtown Development District; Eyes Open with Tony Brown; The Advocate, The Acadian Advocate & The New Orleans Advocate; Dianne Andrews Black & White; INFORM Media; Press Box to Press Row; I Heart Radio & Q93; WBOK 1230 AM; Cumulus New Orleans/Baton Rouge.
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Bayou Classic and NBC work together to promote the importance of HBCU traditions
NEW ORLEANS – The Bayou Classic team announced today that the 42nd Annual Bayou Classic will once again be broadcast on NBC, but this year will move to the broadcast company’s cable network – NBC Sports Network. The agreement between The Bayou Classic and NBC Sports Group extends the broadcast of the Bayou Classic on NBC Sports Network for another year.
NBC Sports Group has been the home of The Bayou Classic since 1991.
“The landscape of television sports is changing and it is important to us that the Bayou Classic continue to be an integral part of that landscape,” said Dottie Belletto, President of New Orleans Convention Company, Inc. (NOCCI), the management firm of the 42nd Annual Bayou Classic. “Coming off one of Bayou Classic’s best and most dramatic seasons in decades, we could not be more proud to extend this historic partnership and are excited that this extension offers enhanced opportunities that allow us to bring Bayou Classic to fans on more platforms than ever before.”
Also new for 2015, the kickoff time for the Annual Bayou Classic has been moved from its traditional 1:30 pm CST to a new kickoff time of 4:00 pm CST. This is also a change from earlier dissemination of a 2:00 pm CST kickoff.
“This later kickoff time makes this the first time the Bayou Classic will see a prime-time matchup both in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and on broadcast,” added Belletto. “While our relationship with NBC Sports is longstanding, this new relationship opens up additional avenues to expand the breadth of Bayou Classic-related sports programming both in the game broadcast and in advance promotions and marketing efforts.”
About The Bayou Classic
The Bayou Classic ( www.mybayouclassic.com ) features one of America’s greatest college sports rivalries, bringing the fans and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University to New Orleans for a celebration of football, family and the traditions and pageantry surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Proceeds from the annual series of Bayou Classic events provide support to the campuses’ athletic programs and fund scholarships through the SU System Foundation and the GSU Foundation. The 42nd Annual Bayou Classic will be played on Saturday, November 28, 2015.
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Event management firm, New Orleans Convention Company, Inc. (NOCCI), has once again been selected for the 42nd Annual Bayou Classic. NOCCI has been the event management firm for the series of events for the last four year. NOCCI will once again be the management company for the planning, marketing and execution for all Bayou Classic events held in New Orleans the week of Thanksgiving.
“We are eagerly planning the 42nd Annual Bayou Classic and are extremely proud to be chosen again as the management firm for this game and its events,” said Dottie Belletto, President and CEO of NOCCI. “We will build upon last year’s accomplishments, including remarks that the 41st Annual Bayou Classic re-energized the event.”
Great affordable seats available on every seating level of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Tickets for the 42nd Annual Bayou Classic are on sale.
The Bayou Classic is the iconic collegiate gridiron matchup between Grambling State University and Southern University, which will take place on Saturday, November 28, 2015 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Bayou Classic fans may also purchase tickets for the ever-popular Battle of the Bands & Greek Show to be held on Friday, November 27, 2015 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Tickets, which will be available on every seating level of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, can be purchased at:
- The My Bayou Classic website (www.MyBayouClassic.com)
- Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com)
- New Orleans Arena Box Office (1501 Girod Street, New Orleans)
- The Grambling State University Ticket Office
- The Southern University Ticket Office (F.G. Clark Activity Center, 801 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge)
Ticket prices for the 41st Annual Bayou Classic (Saturday, November 28) are:
- Premium Seats Plaza and Loge sidelines: $50
- Plaza and Loge End Zones and all 500 level seats: $28
- All terrace level seats: $18
Tickets for the Battle of the Bands and Greek Show (Friday, November 27) are:
- Advanced Sale: $20.00
- Day of event: $25.00
(All tickets sold for the Battle of the Bands and Greek Show are general admission)
An iconic piece of Bayou Classic will find a permanent home in a prestigious national museum.
The Bayou Classic trophy was handed to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture last Friday. The trophy was given to the winner of the Southern versus Grambling State football game annually and was retired after the 41st Annual rivalry game in November.
“The Bayou Classic has become the pre-eminent sporting event within HBCU events,” says Smithsonian sports curator Damion Thomas. “It’s an honor to have this iconic trophy be a part of the museum’s collection.”
The trophy will be among the first exhibitions to open in the new 400,000 square foot space set to open next year in Washington D.C.
New Orleans Convention Company, Inc. ( NOCCI), the event management company for the Bayou Classic, and its Owner/President Dottie Belletto were instrumental in developing this opportunity with the Smithsonian and securing a permanent location to showcase this iconic symbol of the Bayou Classic and HBCU history.