SWAC spring football begins

SWAC football is back after taking a back seat to the pandemic during the fall due to Covid.   

The spring season officially kicked off Feb. 21 in a nationally televised out of conference game with Jackson State pummeling Edward Waters 53-0. Notably, the contest was NFL Hall of Famer Deoin Sanders’ first game as head coach of JSU. 

Grambling is set to take on Jackson State and Sanders on March 6. 

As a result of sharing the spring season with other FCS conferences with limited schedules, SWAC teams, like the Grambling State Tigers, will have a TV showcase. All games are set to be broadcast this season on ESPN 3. 

The G-Men’s first appearance on the field since 2019 was scheduled for a Feb. 27 home-opener versus Prairie View A&M in the annual Cotton Bowl rivalry. 

That game has been delayed to Saturday, March 13 due to the impact the stadium endured during winter storm Uri, last week.  

SWAC officials said they feel prepared to start the season despite Covid.

“COVID-19 is going to dictate what we do,” said SWAC commissioner Charles McClelland, according to

Grambling is currently only booked to play six games for the spring season. 

Grambling 2021 Football Schedule 

Feb. 27 (postponed to March 13 due to weather) 
3 p.m.  
vs. Prairie View A&M
Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas 

March 6 
vs. Jackson State University 
Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium in Grambling 

March 20 
vs. University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff 
Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium in Grambling

March 27 
At Alabama A&M University 
Louis Crews Stadium in Huntsville, Ala. 

April 3 
At Texas Southern University 
Houston, Texas 

April 17 
1:30 p.m. 
vs. Southern University 
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La. 

May 1
SWAC Championship