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SWAC will drop football title game after upcoming season

14 Juin 2017

The Southwestern Athletic Conference has chose to end its annual football championship game following the 2017 season.

SWAC officials said the champion would earn an invitation to play in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on December 16, 2017.

Under the current format, the victor of the SWAC championship game represented the conference in the Celebration Bowl, which is used to determine a Black College Football National Champion.

"With the creation of the Celebration Bowl as a national showcase for HBCU football, the Council of Presidents and Chancellors chose to suspend the championship game format after the 2017 season", said commissioner Duer Sharp in a news release.

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The SWAC now has a seven-game conference schedule and split divisions but in switching to the new format, there could be some clamoring for a nine-game conference schedule so each team plays each other.

Originally introduced in 1999, the SWAC championship game was played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., for 14 years before moving to Houston in 2013.

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SWAC will drop football title game after upcoming season