Mississippi Bowl coming back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs athletic director Ladd Taylor says the State junior college champion will battle another highly nationally ranked team at Biloxi Indian Stadium.

"We are truly excited to be hosting the Mississippi Bowl again in 2010," Taylor explained.  "The overwhelming success of the first two games is a testament to the excellent teams we've had play and the outstanding work by our Mississippi Bowl Committee and our game day staff."

All revenues from the Mississippi Bowl are for the benefit of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Foundation.  The payout for each team participating in the Mississippi Bowl is $10,000, compared to the $7,500 per-team payout from other bowl organizations.

Taylor said, "The foundation has been laid.  Teams recognize what we bring to the table as a Mississippi Bowl Committee and they know that it's top notch.  So I think year after year we'll continue to have teams aiming for competing in the Mississippi Bowl."

The Mississippi Bowl is a three-day event featuring off-the-field activities.  Participating teams spent time with local children at two Boys and Girls club locations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2008 and '09.

"We learned plenty during the first two games, "Taylor explained.  "It's been a huge success and I expect this year to be even better.  The quality of the teams that we've had plus the hospitality of the Mississippi Gulf Coast has made this a marquee event in the NJCAA bowl season."

The first-even Mississippi Bowl was played on December 7, 2008.  On that sunny day, 7th ranked Gulf Coast clocked Number 3 Georgia Military College 41 to 7 before 5,00 fans at Biloxi Indian Stadium.  Last year Number 6 East Mississippi beat Number 5 Arizona Western 27 to 24.

South Mississippi automobile/RV dealers Barry Harper and Dub Herring are serving as co-title sponsors for the event.

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