Bulldogs Just One Week From Kickoff

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - For Alabama A&M Head Coach James Spady, the season opener will be a reunion of sorts.

The Bulldogs will meet North Carolina A&T in the 10th annual MEAC-SWAC Challenge in Orlando on Aug. 31. The game will be televised on ESPN with a 10:45 a.m. CST kickoff.

It will be Spady’s third time as a coach in the contest between the two HBCU conferences.

“I was on the staff at South Carolina State and we played Alabama State in Birmingham (the event was played at Legion Field for the first three years),” he said in a teleconference. “I was at Grambling with Coach (Ron) Broadway and his staff (in Orlando in 2009) …”

And his memory of the game?

“I can’t even describe the heat …,” Spady said. “It was just incredibly hot. That is the biggest memory I have.”

Spady has had a hard time preparing the team for the heat. It has been unseasonable cool in Huntsville the last few weeks.

“I was kind of disappointed. I thought it was going to be hot and humid,” he said. “And we’ve had some cool days.

“We practice in the heat of the day here but Huntsville, Alabama hot doesn’t seem to be Orlando hot.”

The game next weekend will be a reunion for Spady and Broadway, who enters his third year as coach of North Carolina A&T.  And that hasn’t escaped the Bulldogs’ first-year head coach.

“There is a ton of significance (coaching against Broadway),” Spady said. “I look at Coach Broadway as a mentor. I look at Coach Broadway as somebody who I’ve learned from and I’ve tried to emulate to a certain extent.

“You know, that in itself carries quite a bit of emotion.”


Courtesy: AAMU media relations