FOX13 asks Fred Jones about the future of the Southern Heritage Classic

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The 33rd edition of the Southern Heritage Classic will happen Saturday night at the Simmons Bank Liberty Bowl.

The big question: Will it be the final Southern Heritage Classic between Tennessee State and Jackson State universities?

It’s a Memphis tradition that’s grown into a regional family reunion, but the future of the Classic is still up in the air.

“The official answer to that is ‘No comment.’ We are just concentrating on this year.” Fred Jones, the founder of the Southern Heritage Classic, said.

The Classic is more than Jackson State and Tennessee State playing a game. It’s become an opportunity to bring the Mid-South together.

Late last year, Jackson State announced it planned to move on from the Classic, replacing the game on its schedule.

The decision raised many questions about the future of the Classic.

“That’s why there is no comment. Because we know how important it is. I know how important this year is that we come back strong,” said Jones.

It’s still unknown when the final decision will come.

Jones said the hope is to continue the Classic for years to come.

“Whatever else, we will deal with it at another time,” he said.

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