"Building the AT&T Nation's Football Classic has been a labor of love," Event DC's Erik Moses said in a statement. "The pageantry, camaraderie and competition we've seen each year has been everything we've expected and more. It has been a pleasure to kick off this classic with two schools that feature a shared narrative and passionate rivalry on and off the field."
"[Harrell has] seen success and experienced success in college football as a player and also as a coach, so I think he knows it's possible and how it can be done," said Erik Moses, managing director of the Events DC sports and entertainment division. "I think infusing that belief in what is possible and what is achievable is the first step in turning around a program that's been struggling like Howard's football team has been."