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Mayor Mac Woodward and Jacksonville, Alabama Mayor Johnny L. Smith today agreed to a friendly wager on Saturday's NCAA FCS semi-final playoff game between the Jacksonville State University Gamecocks and the Sam Houston State University Bearkats.
Mayors Woodward and Smith agreed that the winning City's mayor will supply the losing City's mayor with a jersey to be worn during the first City Council meeting in January. If Jacksonville State University wins, Mayor Woodward will don the Gamecocks’ red and white. If Sam Houston State University wins, Mayor Smith will sport the orange and white of the Bearkats. (Mayor Woodward noted that the City of Huntsville will have a new Mayor by that time, current Councilmember and Mayor Elect Andy Brauninger, who is also thinking positively about an SHSU win, but will wear the Gamecocks’ jersey if need be.)
"The City of Jacksonville and the entire JSU family are so proud of our Gamecock student-athletes, Coach Grass, and his coaching staff," said Mayor Smith. "It's been a great year, winning our second straight OVC title, earning the #1 overall seed in the FCS playoffs, and hosting this Saturday's semi-final game. Let's pack the stadium and cheer our Gamecocks on to victory over the Bearkats. Go, Gamecocks!"
"We are all very proud of our players and the job Coach Keeler and his staff have done this year," said Mayor Woodward. "This will be our fourth trip to the semi-final game in the last five seasons. We're looking forward to Saturday and returning from Jacksonville with another victory, just like last year. Eat 'em up, Kats!"
The NCAA FCS Playoff semi-final game between the Jacksonville State University Gamecocks and the Sam Houston State University Bearkats will be played Saturday, December 19, at 3:00 p.m., at Burgess-Snow Field in Jacksonville, Alabama. The game will be carried live by ESPNU. For ticket information, visit jsugamecocksports.com, or call the JSU ticket office at (256) 782-8499.