JSU-Grambling 2014: This time its for real - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

JSU-Grambling 2014: This time its for real

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

As the Capital City gets ready for Saturday's Jackson State game against Grambling State, fans are just hoping the team shows up this year. Grambling was a no-show last year for JSU's homecoming, which ended up being a costly decision.  

That no-show ended up costing JSU anywhere from a quarter-million to half a million dollars, according to various reports. Many fans say it puts a blemish on what was once one of the university's storied rivalry games.  

"When Grambling came to town, we put on the best show we could," Jackson resident Shelton Liddell said. "We knew that we were playing the best of the SWAC. The SWAC was what it was all about back in the day."  

That rivalry was tested last year when a boycott from the football team turned into a no-show for JSU's homecoming game. What followed was a fine of $50,000 from the SWAC and a guarantee that Grambling would make the trip to Jackson for the next three years, helping JSU reclaim the losses from last year's game.  

There was even talk of a lawsuit, but JSU executive director of communications Eric Stringfellow said that's not the case now.  

"No litigation has been filed," said Stringfellow. "We're in ongoing discussions with the conference taking the lead, and again, we're encouraged by those talks. We think all of this will be resolved without any litigation."  

While JSU officials want to put last year's incident behind them, fans haven't forgotten.  

"I've never seen a situation like that, where a team just doesn't show up," said JSU student Immanuel Pierre. "No matter what problems you have, you can't not show up to a game. Now, every time Jackson State plays Grambling, you're gonna wonder if Grambling's coming."  

Liddell said he believes it'll have lasting effects for years to come.  

"I think it's gonna hurt us significantly," Liddell said. "I think that we don't look forward to the game as we once did."  

Kickoff for the JSU/Grambling matchup is set for 6 p.m.

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