NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State University honored the 1998 Ohio Valley Conference Championship Team during Saturday’s football game.
The day began with a tailgate party in the Indoor Practice Facility where former players and coaches gathered to fellowship and share memories. The Tiger coaches, AD Teresa Philips, former AD Vivian Fuller and team captains spoke during a short program.
After the tailgate, everyone made their way over to the football game. At halftime, former players and coaches were presented with a commemorative plaque before going to midfield to be honored for their achievements.
This season marks the 20th anniversary of the 1998 championship, TSU’s first OVC title. The team also earned an FCS playoff berth.
Posting a 9-3 overall record including a 6-1 mark in OVC games, the 1998 team was guided by OVC Coach of the Year L.C. Cole. The team’s high-powered offensive attack led by quarterback Leon Murray, the OVC Offensive Player of the Year, posted 30 or more points in eight of the 12 games.
In a season with a dominant stretch that helped the Tigers reel off eight-consecutive victories, Murray, as well as wide receiver Tyrone Butterfield and offensive tackle Bennie Anderson took home First Team All-OVC accolades on the offensive side of the ball. Linebacker Lamar Carter and defensive back Jarrick Hillery were First Team All-OVC selections for the defense.
Earning Second Team All-Conference honors was running back DeJuan Marshall, wide receiver Corey Sullivan, return specialist Avion Black and defensive back Darrell Hinton.
Nearly 40 members of the 1998 championship team and staff returned to campus for today's festivities.