2024 Allstate HBCU Legacy Bowl Head Coaches Announced

December 19, 2023 (New Orleans, LA) – The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) announced the Head Coaches for the 2024 Allstate HBCU Legacy Bowl. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) each be represented by their championship coaching staffs. Both teams will have two co-head coaches.

Players from the CIAA and the MEAC will make up TEAM GAITHER. The team is named after legendary Florida A&M University football coach Jake Gaither. The head coaches are Larry Scott (Howard University) and Alvin Parker (Virginia Union University).

Players from the SIAC and the SWAC will make up TEAM ROBINSON. The team is named after legendary Grambling State University football coach Eddie Robinson. The head coaches are Chennis Berry (Benedict College) and Bubba McDowell (Prairie View A&M University).

“Each of these coaches embody the winning and competitive spirit of the Allstate HBCU Legacy Bowl, we are proud to have these great men who exemplify the spirit, leadership and tradition of HBCU Football,” said NFL QB legend and Black College Football Hall of Fame Co-Founder James “Shack” Harris.

“The Allstate HBCU Legacy Bowl is a first-class experience for all those involved, and I know that both coaching staffs are extremely excited to be a part of the week of festivities as well as getting to coach the top senior draft-eligible prospects in HBCU football,” said two-time Allstate HBCU Legacy Bowl Coach, Chennis Berry.

The 2024 Allstate HBCU Legacy Bowl will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Tulane University’s Yulman Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana.


The Allstate HBCU Legacy Bowl, presented by the Black College Football Hall of Fame is a postseason all-star game that showcases the top 100 NFL draft-eligible football players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The game will be played on the Saturday, February 24, 2024, in New Orleans, Louisiana at Tulane University, and broadcast live on NFL Network. More than a football game, the week-long celebration of Black culture and history will provide invaluable exposure for HBCU students. HBCU Legacy Bowl Founding Partners include Allstate, National Football Leagueadidas, 2x NFL & Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and his 15 and the Mahomies FoundationCoca-ColaCoors Light, Bank of America, New Orleans Saints, State of Louisiana, Riddell, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Zebra Technologies, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Follow the HBCU Legacy Bowl on social media (X, IG & FB) via @HBCULegacyBowl or visit www.HBCULegacyBowl.com for more information.


The Black College Football Hall of Fame was founded in 2009 by African-American pioneers, quarterbacks James Harris and Doug Williams to preserve the history and honor the greatest football players, coaches and contributors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). There have been over 100 Inductees since inception, including Mel Blount, James Harris, Willie Lanier, Art Shell and Doug Williams, who serve as Trustees.

The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) soon will have a permanent home at the Pro Football Hall of Fame (PFHOF) to tell the story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).