In the weeks after it was announced the SWAC and MEAC would play in a postseason bowl game, there has been a constant stream of divided opinions from far and wide.
Recently, former Grambling State and NFL quarterback, Doug Williams chimed in with his support of the Celebration Bowl.
“I certainly think the game is good for black colleges as a whole, from an athletic side [and a] publicity side, and to give historically black colleges something to hold onto,” Williams told ESPN about the bowl game.
Williams said the game — which will pit the SWAC and MEAC champions against each other at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 19 — has the potential to be “one of the best things to happen to black colleges.”
Robert Porcher, who played his college football at South Carolina State, said the nationally televised bowl game will increase the profile of HBCU football.
“It’s good to see the conferences playing again for the championship,” Porcher said. “I think any time you have two very well established and historic conferences like the MEAC and the SWAC play each other, you’re going to have a lot of viewers.”