Arkansas State AD announces four-year extension of Memphis series

By Kevin Kelley -

The Arkansas State Red Wolves and the Memphis Tigers are scheduled to begin a four-game, home-and-home football series this season. The series, which is slated to run through 2023, was scheduled back in April of 2016.

The series will kick off at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis on Sept. 5, 2020 and will return there on Sept. 3, 2022. Arkansas State will host Memphis at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro on Sept. 11, 2021 and again on Sept. 9, 2023.

On Wednesday during a radio interview on Workday Redzone on 95.3 The Ticket, Arkansas State athletics director Terry Mohajir announced that they have signed another four-year series with Memphis.

“We just signed a new deal with them, too,” Mohajir said. “Football, yeah. It’s whatever that next…we skip a year (2024) and then start the new series.

“That’s a good game to have. That’s a good game for them (Memphis). Their new A.D., he realizes that’s a good game. It gave us an opportunity, they needed to move one of our games in the first series, and it gave me an opportunity to say ‘look we’re going to do that for you and let’s go ahead and start a new one (series). And he agreed.”

Specific dates for the new series were not announced. We’ll report that information as soon as it revealed.

Arkansas State and Memphis have met a total of 59 times on the gridiron since 1914. The Tigers lead the overall series 30-24-5 and won the most recent meeting 31-7 at home in 2013.

UPDATE (9:15pm ET)

Mohajir apparently misspoke about when the series would begin. He said there would be a one year break, but it appears there will be a two-year break (2024-25) based on the dates released by A-State Nation.

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Comments (2)

❤️💙 I am definitely interested in this (rivalry?) with no rooting interest! 💙❤️

These two schools are just 76 miles from each other; they should be playing more season than not.