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B-CU Looks for 5th Straight Win at Florida Blue Florida Classic

The Highly-Anticipated Rivalry Game Against Florida A & M University Expects to  Welcome More Than 40,000 Guests at the Florida Citrus Bowl on Saturday

Orlando, Fla. – The Fighting Wildcats will meet their in-state rival, the FAMU Rattlers, at the upcoming Florida Blue Florida Classic Game this Saturday.  The team looks to continue its historic Florida Classic winning streak and make this the fifth win in a row.  The annual family-affair will welcome more than 40,000 at the game and thousands more for surrounding weekend events.  The B-CU football team has a MEAC Conference record of 6-1 and overall season record of 8-2.  A win for B-CU will put them in line to possibly be MEAC co-champions.  Bethune-Cookman University’s Florida Classic experience is sponsored by Attorney Greg Francis and his wife, Keisha Berry Francis. Kick-off is at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 21st at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

The Florida Blue Florida Classic is not just about football; it is a time to gather with old friends and make new ones.  It offers an opportunity for family-fun and a friendly competition between two of the country’s top HBCUs.  This year B-CU will host the “B-CU Top 40 Under 40” rooftop reception.  The event will recognize outstanding, young alumni who are doing well within their professions and communities.  The reception will start at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 20th at the ONE80 Lounge at the Amway.  Other events include the “Florida Blue Florida Consortium Kick-off Luncheon”and “The Florida Blue Battle of the Bands”.

“This is going to be a great weekend for everyone.  We look forward to adding this weekend’s success to the others we’ve experienced this year at Bethune-Cookman University,” says President Edison Jackson.  Bethune-Cookman University has experienced growth in many areas over the last year.  College Choice ranked B-CU #3 for students seeking an HBCU experience. The White House Initiative on HBCUs ranked B-CU #10 for applicants in the nation and B-CU has risen to #23 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings for best HBCUs from the prior year's ranking of #31. B-CU has become a recognized trendsetter in online college education and recently earned the State of Florida's first and only certification from the United States Distance Learning Association.  In addition, B-CU is maintaining healthy enrollment with nearly 4,000 students currently enrolled.   As of a result of proven leadership, President Jackson’s contract was recently extended through 2018 by the university’s Board of Trustees. 

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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