New SWAC Policy for 2021 Football Season


If you thought we were done with ‘The 2020 Year,’ more information has been announced that will make you upset. The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced a new band policy for 2021 Football Season. 

The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is considered one of the premier HBCU conferences in the country and currently ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of HBCU alumni playing with professional sports teams. 

“As we began to make final preparations related to the kickoff of the Spring 2021 football season, it became imperative for us to make comprehensive decisions that take into full account where we are with the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said SWAC Commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland. 

“During the process of making those decisions, it became abundantly clear that the elimination of all travel for SWAC member institutions’ bands was a significant step toward ensuring an optimal health and safety environment for the upcoming Spring 2021 football season. The health, safety, and welfare of our students and student-athletes will continue to be the driving force behind all of our decisions related to athletic activities and events held within the Southwestern Athletic Conference during this global pandemic.”  
The revised band policy is currently only in effect for the Spring 2021 football season.

This season the conference will only permit the attendance of home team bands during football contests held at the designated home facility of league member institutions. Visiting team bands will not be permitted to travel to regular season contests. Those games designated as classics (Bayou Classic)along with games identified as neutral site contests will be played with no bands in attendance from either team.

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