📷: Fans gathered at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio for the Black College Hall of Fame Classic in 2019. Photo courtesy of HCF Media Relations / Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour.

CANTON, OH – Morehouse College will take on Virginia Union University in the 2023 Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic presented by AEP Ohio on Sunday, Sept. 3 during Labor Day weekend.

The Matchup was announced on Thursday (Jan. 12) by James “Shack” Harris and Doug Williams, co-founders of the Black College Football Hall of Fame, at the Greater Canton Martin Luther King Jr. Commission’s 30th annual Mayors Breakfast. Dr. King was a 1948 graduate of Morehouse.

“Now in its fourth year, the Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic quickly is growing into a premier showcase for the excellence of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Northeast Ohio is thrilled to host the administration and staff, students and alumni of these two great institutions,” said Adrian Allison, Chief Relationship Officer at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

📷: Central State University Marauders defeated the Winston-Salem State University Rams with a 41-21 victory in the 2022 Black College Hall of Fame Classic in Canton, Ohio. Photo courtesy of HCF Media Relations / Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour.

The Virginia Union Panthers will be looking to duplicate the 2022 season success, which include finishing 9-1 led by returning All-American running back Jada Byers. Morehouse expects to improve on its 2022 campaign and avenge its close loss in the inaugural Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic in 2019.

Fans can purchase tickets to see the game and the halftime band show featuring the Morehouse House of Funk and the VUU Ambassadors of Sound at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Tickets, starting at $25, are available here.


The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) has tentatively added the Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic to its Seventh Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour line-up. Other events during the Classic Weekend – Aug. 31 through Sept. 3 – will have something fun for all ages and will be announced later.

Get more information about the Classic and the Black College Hall of Fame here.

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Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will send its football team to Canton, Ohio next labor day weekend for the third Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame and WSSU jointly announced the Rams’ participation in the Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic 2022 on Friday.The Rams’ athletics administration also announced that nine-year NFL veteran Robert Massey had been promoted from the position of interim head coach to head coach that same day.

The 2022 Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic tentatively is scheduled for Sept. 4 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) has tentatively added the Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic to its 2022 Sixth Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour line-up.

WSSU’s opponent, along with ticket information and other details about the 2022 Black College Hall of Fame Classic weekend, will be announced in the comings weeks.

“We are thrilled to host Winston-Salem State University in the third Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic,” said Adrian Allison, Chief Relationship Officer at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “Fans of the Classic can expect Coach Massey to bring an energetic team ready to kick off its season in the shadow of the shrine of football. Additionally, the school’s ‘Red Sea of Sound’ band will continue the tradition of having fans experience one of the best halftimes in sports.”

Robert Massey, head football coach at Winston-Salem State University.

Last season, the Rams finished in third place in the Southern Division of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association with Massey serving under the title of interim head coach.

Massey has played nine season in the National Football League following his collegiate career at North Carolina Central University, where he was a standout defensive back who earned All-CIAA honors twice and All-American honors as a senior. He ended his playing days third on the team’s career interception list.

Selected in the second round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, Massey was named to the 1989 NFL All-Rookie Team after starting all 16 games and contributing five inceptions on a team that finished with a 9-7 record. He also played for the Cardinals Lions, Jaguars and Giants.

Another NFL Legend, Eddie George, made his college coaching debut in Canton this year with Tennessee State. His Tiger fell to the Grambling State Tigers 16-10 in the second Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic.

In the inaugural Classic in 2019, Alabama A&M topped Morehouse 35-30 on a last-second touchdown pass.

The game in 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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