There is nothing better than a good college football rivalry and good BBQ. So, why not combine the two for an incredible and tasty new tradition? Well, two schools had that very same idea.
Gardner-Webb University announced on Friday that they will start competing this year with Campbell University with a little something extra on the line. The two football programs will battle it out for the North Carolina East/West BBQ Trophy. The first matchup will take place on Wednesday, October 9.
Now, Gardner-Webb University is located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, which is in the western part of the state. On the other hand, Campbell University is located in Buies Creek, North Carolina. That is closer to the Atlantic coast. So, the two schools and regions have their own respective styles when it comes to BBQ.
According to the university, “the winner of the game each year will hoist and host the well-built, hefty trophy — topped with a decorative hog and adorned with a placard to engrave each year’s winning team and score.”
In addition, North Carolina BBQ expert Bob Garner will be on hand to present the trophy. For those who don’t know, Garner has written three different books on the state’s love for BBQ and he has made appearances on the Food Network, ABC’s Good Morning America, and the Travel Channel’s Road Trip. He also produces his own specials for PBS North Carolina. So, if anyone is qualified enough to present the Annual BBQ Trophy, it is Garner.
Gardner-Webb President ‘Apologizes in Advance’ for Beating Fellow North Carolina School
Gardner-Webb University President Dr. William Downs made the exciting announcement on Friday about the North Carolina East/West BBQ Trophy. It will no doubt add some extra juice to the players, the coaches, the fans, and just about everyone else involved in the rivalry. Dr. Downs explained as much in a recent statement.
“A good, spirited cross-state rivalry in football can add tons of energy to the college game,” he said. “I grew up in ACC country, so I know full well how fans look forward to Rivalry Week each year. I also love good BBQ, and North Carolina is home to some seriously heated competition between western-style and eastern-style.”
Before signing, though, Dr. Downs made sure to let the Fighting Camels of Campbell University know that his team already had this one in the bag.
“I’m grateful to Campbell’s President, Dr. Creed, for agreeing to combine two things we all love — sports and eating — into this annual pigskin battle. And just to get the rivalry off on the right foot, I apologize in advance to Camel Nation for GWU’s victory on October 9.”
We’re sure that the players and coaches for Campbell will have something to say about that.