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Morgan State and Towson renew Baltimore football rivalry

8/18/2017, 6 a.m.
Representatives from Towson University and Morgan State University announced the “Battle for Greater Baltimore,” a renewal of the sports rivalry ...
(Left to right) Tim Leonard, Towson Athletic Director; Rob Ambrose, Towson Head Coach; Fred T. Farrier, Morgan State Head Coach; and Ed Scott, Morgan State Athletic Director at a press conference held last month in Towson, Md. Courtesy Photo/Morgan State University

— Representatives from Towson University and Morgan State University announced the “Battle for Greater Baltimore,” a renewal of the sports rivalry between the Baltimore area’s only two local universities with a college football program at a joint press conference recently atop the Greene Turtle in Towson, Md.,

The competition for local bragging rights begins on Saturday, September 2, 2017, when the Bears take a short trip over to Johnny Unitas® Stadium to take on the Tigers.

Courtesy Photo/Morgan State University

“Both programs have a rich history of playing outstanding football and this rivalry is something that our students, fans, and alumni can look forward to each year,” said Edward Scott, director of intercollegiate athletics for Morgan. “Our goal is to create an event that is more than just a football game; we see this as an opportunity to rally the Greater Baltimore community.”

“We are excited to renew the rivalry with Morgan State,” said Towson University Director of Athletics Tim Leonard. “The series is not only good for both Universities, but it is also very beneficial to the Greater Baltimore community. Both myself, and (Morgan State AD) Ed (Scott) are committed to playing this game as often as the schedule permits.”

The teams are scheduled to play the home-and-home series in 2017 and 2018. During the press conference, both athletic directors noted that they are working out the details of extending the series through 2020.

Saturday, September 2, will mark the 24th meeting in the series between both university football programs that began with a 34-7 Morgan State win on September 1, 1979, at Towson. The Tigers hold a 17-6 advantage in the all-time series and will be playing Morgan for the first time since 2011. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The game will be broadcasted by WEAA, 88.9FM.