Military Classic of the South to Return in 2011
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LEXINGTON, Va. The Citadel and Virginia Military Institute athletics departments have agreed to bring back the “Military Classic of the South,” as released Tuesday by both schools. The agreement is for the teams to meet on the gridiron for six years, three in Charleston and three in Lexington, alternating seasons with the first at Johnson Hagood Stadium in 2011.

The series between the two schools dates back to 1920 and they have met every year since 1946 with the exception of 1956, 2004 and 2008.The Bulldogs lead the series 34-30-2 with 21 of those wins in Charleston, where they have played on 31 occasions. They have met in Lexington for 26 games and at neutral sites for nine competitions.

“I am very happy that VMI and The Citadel will resume the great football rivalry,” said VMI Athletics Director Donny White. “I know that we look forward with great anticipation to The Military Classic of the South in 2011.”

The series was coined, “Military Classic of the South” in 1976 by Citadel President Lt. General George M. Seignious. The 1976 game was held in Charleston and VMI graduate Bobby Ross was the head coach for The Citadel. The Keydets of VMI claimed the first victory, 30-14, and returned to Lexington with “The Silver Shako,” the official trophy of the classic. The Citadel first gained possession of The Silver Shako in 1978 with a 14-3 win in Charleston and the prized trophy has changed hands many times since. Currently the Bulldogs maintain possession after a victory in Lexington in 2007.

The Military Classic of the South has also received national attention throughout its history and has been televised to a national audience four times throughout the series. The first in 1983 on TBS, then in 1989 on Family Net, 1994 on Prime Network (forerunner of Fox Sports Net) and most recently in 2007 on CSTV (now CBS College Sports).

“I am excited about renewing the series between The Citadel and VMI,” said The Citadel Athletics Director Larry Leckonby. “I know the rivalry has been a significant part of the football tradition here and we look forward to bringing it back in 2011.”