The Gulf Coast Challenge Powered by the Mobile Sports Authority Announces its Teams for a Unique Spring 2021 Matchup

15 Jan, 2021

Historically Black College and University (HBCU) football is coming back to the Mobile area even earlier in 2021! The Gulf Coast Challenge will present the Ultimate HBCU Experience, taking place at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 4:00 pm, featuring the Savannah State University Tigers vs. the University of West Alabama Tigers. Due to cancelation of the fall 2020 game because of the pandemic, this is the first time a game of this caliber has been held during the spring season.

This highly anticipated clash of the Tigers is welcomed by both universities' head coaches. "We're ecstatic to have the opportunity to play in the Gulf Coast Challenge against an elite opponent in West Alabama," Savannah State Head Football Coach Shawn Quinn said. "The Gulf South Conference is the premier league in NCAA Division II football, and we're excited to test our squad against such a formidable opponent in the wonderful city of Mobile. We're excited for Tiger Nation to be able to come and be part of this awesome bowl-like atmosphere."

Likewise, the Head Football Coach of the University of West Alabama, Brett Gilliland, said, "We are very excited as a program to be invited to play in the Gulf Coast Challenge. It will be a great opportunity to showcase our university in the city of Mobile and beyond. Most of all, we look forward to playing the game against a high-quality opponent."

With this being the Gulf Coast Challenge's third annual event, Executive Director Timothy Hale Jr. remains steadfast on its mission. He said, "We are committed to providing quality football to the city of Mobile and surrounding communities while emphasizing the importance of achieving higher education through esteemed historically black colleges and universities."

Mobile Sports Authority Executive Director Danny Corte added, "As we safely move forward with our 2021 calendar, we're excited to be hosting this unique event in Mobile - a regular season spring college football game. In 2016, the Mobile Sports Authority helped to bring HBCU football back to Mobile after a seven-year absence. So, hosting this spring GCC game after the fall game was postponed continues that mission. The Savannah State/West Alabama matchup is intriguing since this will be the first time these two teams have met on the gridiron."

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About the Gulf Coast Challenge: As the mission of the GCC, it is vital that the lives of people be enriched by providing cultural events and entertainment in a way that will promote engagement, education, and unity within our communities. The Gulf Coast Challenge, through various sports activities, aims to present opportunities for people to participate in sports activities beyond a local level, which will instill pride and appreciation for our communities, while promoting respect for other communities. 

A portion of the proceeds will be donated for various scholarships.

About the Mobile Sports Authority:  The Mobile Sports Authority (MSA) is a non-profit sports commission formed in 2008 by the Mobile County Commission. 

The main mission is to create a positive economic and public relations impact for Mobile County, the City of Mobile, and the region through attracting, hosting, managing, and supporting sporting events. MSA is the main point of contact for sports and sports-related activities for the Mobile County area. For more information on MSA, please visit  


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