UWA, Stillman see rivalry opportunity

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 20, 2007

LIVINGSTON &8212; The athletics directors at the University of West Alabama and Stillman College in Tuscaloosa are both interested in the prospect of a rivalry series between the two school&8217;s football programs.

Athletics Director E.J. Brophy at UWA said, with the short distance between the two schools and the friendly relationship they have built over the years playing each other in various sports, a rivalry game between the two schools would be the logical next step. Brophy said he has been working towards rekindling the match up between the two schools that took place in 2000-2003 since he took his position in Livingston.

The two school are located only an hours drive from one another, around 50 miles, and both are division two schools, though UWA is in the Gulf South Conference and Stillman is in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. When the two teams faced one another for the three-game contract in early 2000 the Tigers took the series, 3-0.

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Stillman, whose program is relatively new after a 50-year hiatus with its football program, just recently reformed its team in 1999 and is working toward building a solid program. The building process was apparent during the two team&8217;s earlier match ups as Stillman stepped up its play each year it fell to Livingston, 35-0 in 2000, 45-33 in 2001 and 24-17 in 2003.

Brophy however said he would like to set up a series between the teams as quickly as possible. He said an opening season game that switched locations each year would be good both for Stillman alums living in area and UWA alums living in Tuscaloosa.