Getting to Know Our Opponents - Alcorn State
|Alcorn State - Sept. 6, Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium|
Location: Lorman, Miss.|
President: Dr. Alfred Rankins, Jr.
Colors: Purple and Gold
Athletics Website: www.AlcornSports.com
Institution Website: www.alcorn.edu
About Alcorn State:
Alcorn is situated in Claiborne County, seven miles west of Lorman, 80 miles south of the capital city of Jackson, 45 miles south of Vicksburg, and 40 miles north of Natchez. The site was originally occupied by Oakland College, a school established by Presbyterians in 1828; the state of Mississippi purchased the Oakland campus for $40,000 and named it Alcorn University. Hiram R. Revels resigned his seat as a United States senator to become the University's first president. The state legislature provided $50,000 cash annually for the University's first 10 years to support its establishment and overall operation. Additionally, 30 acres of land were sold for $188,928; Alcorn received three-fifths of the proceeds, or $113,400. This funding was used for Alcorn's agricultural and mechanical components.
Something You May Not Know about Alcorn State:
In 1878, Alcorn University became Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College. The college was exclusively for males at first, but eventually women were admitted. A dormitory for women was built in 1902. Over time, facilities increased from three historic buildings to more than 80 structures. The original purchase of 225 acres of land grew to a campus of more than 1,700 acres.
The Head Coach: Jay Hopson|
is in his third season as head coach at Alcorn, compiling a 13-10 record. is Previously, he was an assistant coach at Tulane, Delta State, LSU, Florida, Marshall, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Michigan, and Memphis. Hopson is the first white head football coach in the history of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, an organization made up entirely of historically black colleges and universities. Hopson served two stints as an assistant coach with the Golden Eagles from 2001-03 and again from 2005-07. Hopson played college football at Ole Miss, earning four letters as a defensive back at Ole Miss from 1988-91.