UAPB Football Competes in National Championship for First Time Since 2012

The Golden Lions will face the Alabama A&M Bulldogs in the title game.

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It’s been nearly a decade since the Golden Lions have played in the SWAC Football Championship Game. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff last won the division championship and SWAC Championship in 2012 and history could repeat itself this weekend. UAPB is wishing the team good luck by organizing a send-off celebration Friday morning.

The SWAC Western Division Champion Golden Lions (4-0 overall, 4-0 SWAC) will meet the Eastern Division Champion Alabama A&M Bulldogs (4-0, 3-0) in the title game Saturday. Both teams are undefeated and this is the Bulldogs’ first trip back to the championship since 2011. COVID-19 issues among opponents prompted last weekend’s matchups to be cancelled, so both UAPB and Alabama A&M have had extra time to focus on Saturday’s title game.

UAPB is being led by Doc Gamble who joined the staff as assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach in the spring of 2018 before becoming head coach last year. In his first season leading the Golden Lions, Gamble has been named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award for FCS National Coach of the Year. Gamble is one of 16 finalists for the award, which will be announced May 4. 

Fans who want to wish the team good luck are invited to line the sidewalks along University Drive at 8:30 a.m. Apr. 30 as players roll out of town. Supporters are asked to wear masks and bring their pom poms, signs and other celebratory gear.

The Golden Lions will play in the Cricket Wireless SWAC Football Championship Game presented by Pepsi Zero May 1 against Alabama A&M. The game begins at 2 p.m. at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss. Information about tickets and parking is available here. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. 

The UAPB Sports Radio Network broadcast begins at 1 p.m. on 99.3 FM The Beat in Pine Bluff, 920 AM The Sports Animal in Little Rock, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, on the Open Mic Broadcast Network and on the free UAPB Athletics App.