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Turkey Day Classic

The Turkey Day Classic is a college football game, traditionally held annually on Thanksgiving Day.[1] It is played between Alabama State University and Tuskegee University, two historically black colleges and universities.[2] The game is usually played in Montgomery, Alabama's Cramton Bowl, but it is scheduled to relocate to Alabama State's new Hornet Stadium in 2012.[3][4] ESPNU holds broadcast rights to the game. The game is one of two black college football classics to be associated with Thanksgiving weekend; the other is the younger, but more widely known, Bayou Classic, held two days later.

The game falls in a category of classics that feature two rival teams playing each year.[5] The activities surrounding the game take place over several weeks in the downtown of Montgomery, and include parades, parties, and such like.[6] Many classics feature activities and events like golfing, pageants, and tailgaiting.[5] Alabama State hosts a parade and combines its homecoming with the Turkey Day Classic.[7]

History

The 1924 game was the first in the series played in 1924, and it is considered the first black college football classic.[8] Tuskegee has refused tournament slots for the NCAA Division II National Football Championship because the Division II playoffs conflict with the Turkey Day Classic; the Golden Tigers program has done this even in successful seasons where it has qualified and earned high playoff seeding. [9] Similarly, Alabama State and other Southwestern Athletic Conference members opt out of contention for the NCAA Division I Football Championship; this accommodates the Turkey Day Classic, the SWAC Championship Game and the Bayou Classic in New Orleans.

The game will not be held in 2013. Alabama State will instead face Stillman College in the Turkey Day Classic time slot that year.

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