The AT&T Nation’s Football Classic will continue at RFK Stadium with the “Battle for the Real HU” on Friday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m. This year the game will pit storied rivals Howard University and Hampton University against each other.
“As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic, we wanted to refresh the event and bring back a classic rivalry, as we did in 2011 with Morehouse and Howard,” says Erik Moses, senior vice president and managing director of Events DC, Sports and Entertainment Division, “The battles between Hampton and Howard in RFK Stadium during the early 90’s were instant classics. Giving this type of rivalry a rebirth is what we had in mind when conceptualizing this event.”
The rivalry between Howard University and Hampton University dates all the way back to 1908. The Pirates enjoyed a run of 14 straight wins from 1997-2010. But after two nail biting finishes the Bison are currently riding a four-game winning streak. Hampton leads the overall series 47-43.
The AT&T Nation’s Football Classic was created to celebrate the passion and tradition of the college football experience at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
“The Classic has become a signature event for our nation’s capital and is the only one of its kind within the city limits,” said Greg O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “It’s more than just a game, it’s an overall experience that attracts fans from around the country who continue to come back.”
After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.
Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.
Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing. At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.
Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.
Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.
Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.
Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.
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The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.
On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.
From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.
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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).
NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.
Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson
Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.
It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.
On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.