Tennessee State University wants to celebrate its centenary by bringing football back to campus.
Interim university president Portia Shields told the Metropolitan Sports Authority Monday that TSU would like to play two games during the 2012 season at Hale Stadium — affectionately known as "The Hole."
"There's a lot of history there, but it's an eyesore," Shields said. " … Richard Dent played there, Too Tall [Jones] played there. It doesn't look the way it was then; it looks terrible. We want to fix it up. We are getting ready to refurbish, to make it attractive."
TSU has a 30-year agreement to play home games at LP Field. That agreement does include provisions to move games back to Hale Stadium, pending approval by the Sports Authority.
Shields did not ask for formal action by the board — the games and dates for the return to campus have to be finalized first — but the authority appeared open to the proposal.
One member, in particular — legendary TSU track coach Ed Temple — was especially fond of the idea.
Temple said he trained his teams, which included several Olympians, on the cinder track rounding the field.
"I have a lot of blood, sweat and tears in ‘The Hole.’ I think I spent more time there than the football team," he said.