PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – The Prairie View A&M University Department of Athletics announced its 2011 football schedule today which features a nationally televised opener one of the ESPN family of networks, four football classics in three different states and six games inside the state of Texas.
First-year head coach Heish Northern will make his head coaching debut live on national television (ESPN Family of Networks) as the Panthers open up the season on Sunday, Sept. 4 versus defending MEAC Champion Bethune-Cookman in the seventh annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Orlando, Fla. at the Citrus Bowl. In addition to Northern’s debut, the contest promises to be an exciting one as new Prairie View A&M Offensive Coordinator Mark Orlando served in the same capacity on Bethune Cookman’s staff in 2010.
To accommodate the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, the 27th edition of the State Farm Labor Day Classic versus SWAC rival Texas Southern will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 in Houston. On Sept. 17, the Panthers will begin a string of consecutive home games at Blackshear Field as they take on Arkansas-Pine Bluff followed by Mississippi Valley State on Saturday, Sept. 24.
After a series of home games in September, the Panthers will live out of their suitcases in the month of October with four games on the road. The annual Southwest State Fair Classic will open the month as the Panthers will take on Grambling State at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas on Oct. 1. This year’s classic should live up to the billing as Northern served as an assistant under new Grambling State head coach Doug Williams for a total of seven years, including six at Grambling State.
On Oct. 8, Northern once again walks onto familiar territory as the Panthers travel to his hometown of Baton Rouge, La. and alma mater for a huge matchup versus Southern University. While the matchup will be extra special for Northern, several of his staff members will be fired up for the contest as they also have ties to both Southern and the city of Baton Rouge.
Following the Southern contest, Prairie View A&M travels to Montgomery, Ala. to square off against Alabama State on Oct. 15 and will have its first open weekend on Oct. 22. The second annual Shreveport Classic will close out the month as the Panthers will meet Jackson State in this year’s edition on Oct. 29 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La.
For the first time since 1976, Prairie View A&M will face off against Texas State at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas on Nov. 5. The following weekend on Nov. 12, Prairie View A&M travels to Alcorn State, Miss. for a matchup at Alcorn State which recently hired Melvin Spears as its new coach. Northern and Spears both worked together at Grambling State from 1998 to 2004.
The 2011 regular season campaign concludes on Saturday, Nov. 19 as the university will hold its annual homecoming game versus Alabama A&M at Blackshear Field.
2011 PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
TENTATIVE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION STADIUM TIME
Sept. 4 vs. Bethune-Cookman Orlando, Fla. Citrus Bowl TBA
2011 MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented By Disney
Sept. 10 *vs. Texas Southern Houston, Texas TBA TBA
27th State Farm Labor Day Classic
Sept. 17 *ARKANSAS-PB PRAIRIE VIEW Blackshear TBA
Sept. 25 *MISSISSIPPI VALLEY PRAIRIE VIEW Blackshear TBA
Oct. 1 *vs. Grambling State Dallas, Texas Cotton Bowl 6 p.m.
2010 State Fair Classic
Oct. 8 *at Southern Baton Rouge, La. A.W. Mumford TBA
Oct. 15 *at Alabama State Montgomery, Ala. Cramton Bowl TBA
Oct. 29 *vs. Jackson State Shreveport, La. Independence Stadium TBA
Nov. 5 at Texas State San Marcos, Texas Bobcat Stadium TBA
Nov. 12 *at Alcorn State Alcorn State, Miss. Jack Spinks TBA
Nov. 19 *ALABAMA A&M PRAIRIE VIEW Blackshear TBA
*Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) games
Times listed are local times in host cities. For more information call (936) 261-9100 or log on to www.pvpanthers.com.