Officials optimistic on Gulf Coast Classic future

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Officials with Alabama State and Southern University say they are optimistic about the future of the annual Gulf Coast Classic after game officials paid off 75 percent of the debt it owed the two schools.

The annual game between the Southwest Athletic Conference teams kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile.

The game's future had been in doubt because of almost $200,000 in debt owed the schools following poor attendance on a cold night at last year's game. The Mobile City Council also reduced its funding for the game.

But game officials say thanks to corporate sponsors the game was able to pay much of what it owed the schools.


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