NCAA Give BYU Approval to Host Tulane in BCA Classic

PROVO -- The NCAA today announced BYU has been granted permission to host the 2001 Black Coaches Association Classic. The fifth-annual BCA Classic will be held Saturday, Aug. 25 at LaVell Edwards Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (MDT). The 1998 Liberty Bowl re-match with Tulane will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

"We are pleased the NCAA has given BYU permission to host the BCA Classic. We have already begun preparing in earnest for this early season matchup with Tulane," said BYU athletic director Val Hale. "Our fans can now finalize plans to be in LaVell Edwards Stadium on August 25 as we kick off the Gary Crowton era."

Under NCAA regulations a university may only participate in one preseason game every four seasons. Although the BCA game was announced on June 26, BYU was required to seek an NCAA exemption because the Cougars participated last season in the Pigskin Classic vs. Florida State.

"We are excited to receive the NCAA exemption and have the opportunity to host Tulane," said BYU head Coach Gary Crowton. "This game will give our fans an extra home game and provide our team an early test as we open the 2001 college football season."

BYU and Tulane last met at the conclusion of the 1998 season in Memphis, Tenn., at the Liberty Bowl. The Green Wave, led by current NFL star Shaun King, guided Tulane to a 41-27 victory over the Cougars, preserving its undefeated season.

Tickets for the BCA Classic are already on sale. Current season-ticket holders and students have until Wednesday, July 18, to take advantage of a special season-ticket-holder discount. Season-ticket holders can purchase sideline chair-back seats for $35, sideline bench seats for $22 and endzone seating for $14 until July 18th.

General ticket prices range from $40 for sideline chair-back seats to $17 for endzone seating. To purchase tickets for the BCA Classic or to obtain additional information, please contact the BYU Marriott Center Ticket Office at 801-378-BYU1 or 800-322-BYU1. Football ticket information is also available on line at http://www.byutickets.com.

The Black Coaches Association was created in 1987 to address significant issues pertaining to minorities in sports and seek satisfactory resolution to issues of educational and employment inequities. The BCA's mandate is to create a positive, enlightened environment of common ground where issues can be examined closely, debated sincerely, and resolved honestly. For more information on the BCA, visit their website at http://www.bcaclassic.com.