Tuskegee University football coach optimistic about game against Morehouse
COLUMBUS, Ga. (October 7, 2011) — Tuskegee University football coach Willie Slater struck a positive note during the press conference for the 76th Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic held Wednesday at the Columbus Civic Center in Columbus, Ga. Although the Golden Tigers are 1-3 this season and are working to overcome the loss of several senior players, Slater focused on the team’s strengths.
“We’re a growing team that’s getting better every week,” Slater said. “The players have been working hard and hopefully we can give (the spectators) a good game.”
This year marks the 101st meeting of the Tuskegee and Morehouse teams. Morehouse coach Rich Freeman said he's looking forward to the match-up and this year’s Tigers are a “tough Tuskegee team.” He remarked on the steep tradition of excellence of the Golden Tigers team. He said that tradition is a mental hurdle for his players and they must work hard to overcome it.
“We will always be the underdogs when it comes to Tuskegee and we have our work cut out for us,” Freeman said.
The 76th Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic will be played 2 p.m. EST on Saturday at the A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Several events are scheduled to precede the game, including a comedy show featuring Rickey Smiley tonight and a parade on Saturday. For more information, go to www.tuskegee-morehouse.com.
Tuskegee University football coach Willie Slater answers questions from media. Seated is Tuskegee athletics director Alvin Jackson.
Slater and Morehouse coach Rich Freeman.