November 7, 2007
Albany - This year's Albany State Valdosta State football game in Valdosta was the last in a four year contract between the two schools.
Valdosta State athletic director Herb Reinhard sent Albany State athletic director Joshua Murfree a contract proposal several months ago.
Albany State though has not made any official statement on whether they will sign that contract and continue a very successful regional rivalry that has been played every year for the last decade.
Dr. Murfree told WALB News Ten Sports on Wednesday he would not comment about the Valdosta State schedule issue until after this season.
While Albany State has no official comment on the VSU game, several reliable sources indicate the Rams are likely not going to play the Blazers next year.
Reinhard says the Valdosta State wants to continue the rivalry that he says is good financially and competitively for both schools.
The two teams have played since 1998 with an average attendance of more than 10,000 fans. The average attendance for games played in Albany is 11500.
The game also helps both teams in the NCAA which wants Division II teams to play non-conference games against DII members in their region.
Valdosta State has dominated the regular season series with nine wins in ten games but several of those games were close.
The Blazers won this year 41-3 in Valdosta.
Reinhard says VSU has just one opening left on their schedule and that he cannot wait much longer for an answer from Albany State.