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.
Football Stadium: Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium
is a 22,500-seat multi-purpose stadium. The stadium is surrounded by the campus, the Davey Whitley Complex, and numerous trees to the far east from the home side. Opened in 1992, the stadium replaced Henderson Stadium. Its original name is derived from former Alcorn State Braves football player Jack Spinks and then added long-time head coach Marino Casem to the name just prior to the 2011 season.
Just The Second Meeting Between The Two:
The Golden Eagles and Braves have met once on the gridiron with the Golden Eagles taking a 52-0 decision in that contest. The meeting opened the 2009 campaign in front of a Carlisle-Faulkner Field and Roberts Stadium record crowd of 36,232.