Tuskegee University has announced that the university's 2017 homecoming game has been rescheduled from November 4 to October 28 when the Golden Tigers host the Central State Marauders. The change in the date for homecoming will not affect the 1 p.m. scheduled kickoff time on October 28.
Head Football Coach Willie Slater explained the change results primarily from a lengthy road schedule, which includes five off-campus games during the weekends preceding homecoming weekend.
"By late October, our players and coaches will be looking forward to returning to Abbott Memorial Alumni Stadium and the full support of the Tuskegee fan base," said Slater.
"Aligning homecoming with our game against Central State will give our student-athletes an exciting week to return to after five weeks on the road," he continued. "In addition, it will help ensure our program offers a quality experience for our loyal and faithful fans, and that our team puts on a great showing. That momentum promises to carry us through the remainder of the season."
The change in the date for homecoming does offer some additional economic benefits by placing a greater focus on the Central State game, while at the same time reducing the strain the logistics of hosting a widely popular, in-state rivalry game against Miles College coupled with all the festivities that are associated with homecoming.