MEMPHIS , Tenn. â€“ Beginning this year, the Southern Heritage Classic presented by FedEx football game will air on the American Forces NetworkÂ® (AFN). For the nineteenth year, the Southern Heritage Classic (SHC) matches two of the midsouthâ€™s top university football teams in an annual heated match that frequently runs into overtime. This yearâ€™s game, on Sept. 13, 2008, features rivals Jackson State University and Tennessee State University .
American Forces Network (AFN) broadcasts to overseas U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) affiliates, outlets, and cable and satellite systems in 176 countries, U.S. territories and U.S. Navy ships at sea. The programming is determined by popularity and by the interests of its DoD military audience. The game also will air, for the second year in a row, on SportSouth, a regional Fox sports network.
SHC founder Fred Jones Jr. said, â€œIf I could think of any audience that weâ€™d most want to provide convenient access to watch the Southern Heritage Classic, it is the men and women who serve in our military. Making it possible for them to experience the Classic from almost anywhere in the world is an exciting development. Thanks to SportSouth for facilitating getting the Southern Heritage Classic added to the AFN programming schedule and to Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) for his assistance, too.â€