Lions#039; mouths closed

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 12, 2003

Officials involved in the attempt to bring the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic to Troy were tight-lipped following the Lions Club meeting Friday.

The Lions Club, who owns the rights to the Blue-Gray game, met behind closed doors Friday to discuss the game. The Messenger reported Friday the meeting was to discuss a possible move of the game to Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium.

"The meeting went good," said Lions Club president Taylor Jernigan. "But I can't say much more than that. There should be a release soon, so I don't think I can say much about it right now."

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Troy State assistant athletics director Scott Farmer, reached at home Saturday, said he had no idea what the result of Friday's discussion was. Athletics director Johnny Williams was out of town and could not be reached for comment.

"No one has contacted us about anything," Farmer said. "In fact, the three parties have not even met. I would think before any announcement is made everyone would meet. That has not happened yet."

However, Farmer said he would not be surprised if information became available sometime within the next week.

"As you know, there is a third party," Farmer said. "I would guess they're waiting on that third party before they're saying anything."

The Messenger reported Friday that Movie Gallery was going to sponsor the game, replacing Kelly Tires, whose sponsorship deflated after the 2001 game. No Blue-Gray game was played in 2002, but it had been played every year previous to that since 1938.

Movie Gallery has been interested in being the title sponsor of the game, and since Movie Gallery has its name on the former Memorial Stadium, the move would be logical.

The game would be televised by ESPN and would kick off at 2 p.m. Christmas Day.