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JSU and fans react to Grambling cancellation

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

"It's everything. We look forward to it. It's like a family reunion for everybody," said Jackson State University alum Evelyn Alexander Bishop about homecoming.

Some 50,000 Jackson State University Tiger fans and alumni are back in the Capital City for homecoming weekend, but will be with out a game.  

Grambling State University notified JSU late Friday afternoon the school would not be participating in Saturday's football game scheduled at Veteran's Stadium. 
Grambling players were scheduled to leave from the school Friday afternoon but never arrived to load the waiting charter buses. They players have boycotted going to practice all week because of a disagreement with the university's administration.  

"I think what's happening hurts the (SWAC) conference. It clearly hurts Grambling. In this case it's hurting Jackson State, and really I think it hurts college football," said Jackson State University Executive Director for University Communications Eric Stringfellow.

JSU administrators quickly came up with a plan to continue homecoming activities, beginning with the parade. It is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Then there will be a Blue and White scrimmage and the homecoming queen will be crowned. The Sonic Boom of the South will also perform for 30 minutes.  
There will also be a concert at Veteran's Memorial Stadium beginning at 4 p.m. All of the activities are free to the public.

"Our fans know this is not something that Jackson State did. I know that they're gonna continue to support the university," said Stringfellow.

Alumni who traveled to the Capital City say this weekend is bigger than a football game.  

"It will have a damper on the ones that actually have paid for the tickets to get in the game, but as far as the students...it won't change a thing. Alumni? It won't change a thing. We still gone show up," said JSU alumni Marilyn Anderson.

"Just not having the game is not gone be the end of the whole thing. It's just the spirit, the comradery of things like this. The alumni will make it where the people will enjoy what they are having and just enjoy the privilege of just being together. I think it's gone be just fine. I don't think the game is going to dampen any of that," said Columbia, Mississippi resident and JSU alumni Mary Porter. 

Most fans feel the game should go on.

"You got to do first things first and then deal with the rest of it when you get home. Keep you business at home, handle that," said Roswell, Georgia resident and JSU fan James Pattman.

JSU says refunds will be available but the university is still working out the details on how and when that will happen.

"This is kind of uncharted waters for a situation like this. So, we've got to work the details of that out, but anybody that wants a refund...they will be given a refund," said Stringfellow.

Jackson State says there are financial damages because of the game cancellation, but wouldn't speculate if legal action would be taken in the future.

The game is considered a forfeiture by Grambling State University.

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