Ravens owner Art Modell threw his full support yesterday behind the Morgan State and University of Maryland football teams in their future scheduling of games at the new Ravens stadium at Camden Yards.
"I want Morgan State here for a game every year and I want Maryland here every year," Modell said moments after playing a major part in a news conference inside the stadium that announced Morgan would be meeting Delaware State on Oct. 24 in a homecoming game.
Morgan will be the first collegiate team to play in the stadium, with Maryland taking on Georgia Tech one week later.
Modell beamed yesterday as he talked about the rich history of Morgan State football and posed for several photographs with Morgan officials, including president Earl S. Richardson, former Morgan great and NFL Hall of Famer Willie Lanier, chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority John Moag and the school's cheerleaders.
Modell said: "Thirty-four years ago in the spring of 1964, I got a call from Buddy Young, who was working in commissioner Pete Rozelle's office, and he said, 'Do me a favor and yourself a favor and draft a young man from Morgan State' who turned out to be Leroy Kelly."
The running back was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame after a career with the Cleveland Browns.
With the stadium scoreboard operating in the background and construction workers scurrying around to complete the stadium before the Sept. 6 Ravens opener, Modell went on to extol the virtues of small schools such as Morgan. "They are more important to the NFL than the larger schools because they are the feeder system that makes us tick," he said.
The 1998 Morgan homecoming weekend at the Ravens stadium is being billed as "The Game, The History and the Entertainment."
It will begin with a Morgan Hall of Fame Gala on the upper level of the stadium Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. and include a homecoming parade from Eutaw Street to the Ravens stadium the day of the game.
NOTE: Single-game tickets for 1998 Navy games, including Navy's allotment for its Nov. 14 game against Notre Dame at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, have gone on sale. They are available at the academy ticket office in Ricketts Hall or by calling 1-800-US4NAVY.
Pub Date: 5/05/98