NORFOLK (WAVY) — Last season was a trying season for Norfolk State football coach Latrell Scott. Ten points separated a 4-7 season from a 7-4 year, something the Spartans hope to turn around.
Coach Scott and Norfolk State open the season with 16 returning starters, an experienced quarterback and wide receiver, a better defense and a brand new artificial turf field.
The Spartans open with two straight home games, including an entire weeks of festivities leading up to the opener against Virginia State in the Labor Day Classic.
“Obviously we’ve got a traditional rivalry with Virginia State that should bring out a ton of people,” Scott said. “Then we get the opportunity to bring in the national champion runners-up James Madison into town. James Madison has one of the greatest fan bases that I’ve ever been associated with in FCS football. Hopefully they will travel down here to Norfolk. It’s a great opportunity for us to play two home game vs. in-state football teams.”