SWAC issues statement Grambling State - Jackson State game
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference has issued an official statement in correlation to the Grambling State - Jackson State football game scheduled for Saturday, October 18.
Per league rules, the game has been ruled a forfeit. The ruling was made following Grambling State's failure to participate in the scheduled match up.
"It's unfortunate that the game (Grambling State vs. Jackson State) will not be played, but in accordance with the Southwestern Athletic Conference bylaws, the game will be ruled a forfeit charging Grambling State the loss and awarding Jackson State with a win," said SWAC commissioner Duer Sharp. "For Grambling State's failure to compete in a conference contest and in addition to forfeiting the game, they (Grambling State) are subject to a monetary penalty."
According to the current record book, it is the first time a member school within the conference has forfeited a game during the regular season.
Southwestern Athletic Conference
The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), established in 1920, is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., which is comprised of historically black universities in the Southern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I for its 18 sports and the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).