Nov 16, 2022

Florida Classic Consortium, Florida Citrus Sports Extend Partnership

ORLANDO, Florida — Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M University have reached an agreement to keep the Florida Blue Florida Classic in Orlando through the 2026 season. The renewal between the Florida Classic Consortium, made up of leadership from both universities, and Orlando-based Florida Citrus Sports was announced Wednesday by Bethune-Cookman University Interim President Dr. Lawrence Drake II and Florida A&M University President Dr. Larry Robinson. This year’s FAMU/B-CU rivalry game, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 19, marks […]

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Aug 31, 2021

Florida Blue Florida Classic Tickets On Sale

Tickets On Sale Now for Florida Blue Florida Classic Rivalry Featuring Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman HBCU rivals meet on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 3:30 p.m. ET; Game to be broadcast on ESPN3 College football’s preeminent HBCU rivalry returns this fall when Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman University square off for the 41st time in Florida Blue Florida Classic history and the first time as members of the Southwest Athletic Conference. The 2021 Florida Blue Florida Classic will kick off at […]

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Nov 23, 2019

Bethune-Cookman tops Florida A&M 31-27 in 40th Florida Blue Florida Classic

Bethune-Cookman won its ninth straight game over arch-rival Florida A&M Saturday afternoon, holding off the 13th-ranked Rattlers 31-27 in front of a crowd of 55,730 at Camping World Stadium in the 40th edition of the Florida Blue Florida Classic. With the win, the Wildcats improved to 7-4 on the year, including a 5-3 mark in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play. The loss marked the Rattlers’ only defeat in MEAC play this season and dropped FAMU to 9-2 overall on the year. […]

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Sep 06, 2018

Tickets for the 2018 Florida Blue Florida Classic On Sale Now

Tickets for the 39th annual Florida Blue Florida Classic are now on sale to the general public. Tickets may be purchased at, any Ticketmaster outlet, at the Amway Center Box office or by phone (800-745-3000). Tickets start as low as $20. This year’s Florida Blue Florida Classic featuring the Florida A&M University Rattlers and Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats will be played on Saturday, November 17. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN Classic […]

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Nov 11, 2016

FAMU, B-CU Meet In 37th Annual Florida Blue Florida Classic Saturday

ORLANDO – The Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats and Florida A&M University Rattlers will do battle in the Florida Blue Florida Classic Nov. 19 at Camping World Stadium. B-CU will enter the game with a 3-5 record, while FAMU is currently 4-6 after defeating Morgan State over the weekend ahead of traveling to Orlando for the Florida Classic. But the records don’t matter. Winning the late-season contest between these two will mean bragging rights until next year. And those are some bragging rights. The Florida […]

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Jan 28, 2015

A Year To Remember for Florida Citrus Sports

The 2014-15 bowl season was the culmination of one of the most important and challenging years in the history of Florida Citrus Sports. Together as a staff and a team of community leaders and volunteers, we were tasked with operating our events – including three signature football games – in the midst of a near-complete reconstruction of the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. The first year of the new College Football Playoff era presented new and unique changes across all of […]

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Nov 22, 2014

Bethune-Cookman Wins First Florida Blue Florida Classic In New Citrus Bowl Stadium

Story by Alvin Hollins (special to Florida Citrus Sports) Bethune-Cookman quarterback Larry Brihm ran in a two-point conversion in overtime to lead his Wildcats to a razor-thin 18-17 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football victory over rival Florida A&M in the 35th Florida Blue Florida Classic in the newly refurbished Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium  in Orlando Saturday evening. With Florida A&M leading 17-10 on Damien Fleming’s 13-yard scoring strike to Kareem Smith on their first overtime possession, and the Wildcat facing a […]

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Nov 21, 2013

Whitley Writes: Historic Moment For Morgan State Highlights Orlando’s HBCU History

When players came to Orlando’s bowls last year, they got watches and a $420 shopping spree at Best Buy. In 1966, they got a tangerine. It wasn’t just a piece of fruit to Morgan State’s players. That was because when West Chester’s players arrived in Orlando, they got the same thing. They also attended the same party. They ate the same meals. They dressed at the same stadium. And contrary to the fears of many, the city did not crumble […]

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Apr 15, 2013

Vonn Howard Named 2013 Volunteer Of The Year

Vonn Howard of Mercury Marine was named the 2013 Volunteer of the Year for his tremendous service with collegiate and high school bands across a number of Florida Citrus Sport events. The award was presented at the 2013 Member Celebration presented by BMO Harris Bank and Florida Hospital. A member since 2008, Howard serves on the Pageantry & Presentation Committee as a team-band liaison for both the Russell Athletic Bowl and Capital One Bowl, attending every band practice once the […]

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Nov 17, 2012

Bethune-Cookman Holds Off Florida A&M In Florida Blue Florida Classic, 21-16

The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats overcame a resilient Florida A&M team 21-16 after forcing a fumble in the waning moments of the Florida Blue Florida Classic at the Florida Citrus Bowl. With the win, the Wildcats ended conference play undefeated, going 8-0 in the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference and ending the regular season 9-2 overall. Wildcat running back Isidore Jackson received the B-CU MVP award, finishing with 77 yards rushing and a touchdown on 13 carries and 41 yards receiving. Jackson was […]

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