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Bruno/Pogue: I-20 Classic Good for Both Schools

University of Louisiana at Monroe President Nick Bruno and Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue agree that their I-20 competition should continue.
(Kimberly Monroe/GSU Media Bureau)-- University of Louisiana at Monroe President Nick Bruno and Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue agree that their I-20 competition should continue.

ULM bested GSU by 48-10 in Saturday’s matchup at Malone Stadium, and both presidents said it’s more than just a game. “It’s important to bring both regions together, said Bruno. “It’s fun to see I-20 come together to enjoy the game, have fun and tailgate.”

An estimated 23,600 people attended the Saturday game. When the schools played the first game in 2007, about 30,101 people filled the stadium. ULM won the 2007 game, too, but only by 28-14.

In 2011, the Warhawk- Tiger matchup produced the largest on-campus collegiate football crowd in north Louisiana history, according to school athletic officials.

Saturday’s game was the second of two in a two-year agreement. No additional games are scheduled between the two competitors, but the presidents, who are friends, intend to make it happen again.

“Everyone enjoys it,” said Pogue as the game came to a close. “They love the band, because after halftime majority of the crowd left.”

Pogue also said the game is more than about a win or lost; it’s more of an economic concern for the competition to continue.

“The foreseeable future anticipates further budget cuts,” added Pogue. “We are in a financial emergency. Athletics brings in the largest deficit, therefore we should drive a little over 30 miles because the income is real.”

Bruno agreed. “This is a great collegiate football experience for both teams,” he said. “Although both schools have different missions, we can have a lot of fun together.”
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