BATON ROUGE, LA – Southern University athletics held an news conference for the announcement of the inaugural Pete Richardson Classic that is set to take place on September 15 when the Jaguars host Langston for the home opener. Beginning this season, all future Southern football home openers will take part in the classic game.
According to an article by The Advocate, Southern’s athletic director Roman Banks said “In the honor of it almost a year in the making since I first proposed it – it is long overdue for a man of Richardson’s stature.”
From 1993-2009, Richardson won five Southwestern Athletic Conference titles, and his team was built on discipline, fundamentals and toughness – were routinely among the best in black college football, with four national championships to show for it.
Richardson is named the second-winningest coach in program history with a record of 134-62.
“It’s the right thing to do,” Banks said. “From an athletics standpoint, I promised I want to do more to recognize those legends for Southern University. It just happens to be a legend that’s personally close to me, but our fans more than anything, this is something they’ve wanted to see for a long period of time.”
SU will also honor Richardson’s 1998 national championship team at halftime, along with other former Southern players of his in attendance.
The school previously announced it is in the process of naming the field at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Richardson’s honor, but will likely wait until future classics as it works through approval.
Richardson’s former players can also purchase special packages for the classic. For a $100 donation, past Jaguars receive two tickets to the Jaguar Den end-zone suite, a parking pass, two drink tickets and food. Players will also be included in an on-field ceremony at halftime.
“Most times we speak about his overall record,” President Raymond Belton said. “But coach Richardson was more than just a coach to Southern University. He’s a shaper of men. His motto has been adopted by other coaches. He’s a humble leader, but one that really defines and epitomizes Southern University.”
Tickets for the Pete Richardson Classic will go on sale September 4 at the Southern University Box Office and online on Ticketmaster.com. Fans are asked to call 225-771-3171 for more details. The SU ticket office is located in the service entrance of FG Clark Activity Center.