The first home game follows a week in which FAMU filed court papers saying that it cannot be blamed for the death of the 26-year-old Champion. The university says Champion knew the dangers of hazing - and even witnessed fellow band members getting hazed - but agreed to participate anyway.

For Pam Champion, the first home game without The Marching 100 is a bittersweet reminder that her son is dead.

"Unfortunately, my son is not going to be there with the band. Otherwise I would be at the game," Pam Champion said at a news conference this week in Atlanta.

"In the midst of all the history of that school, with the conduct that has been going on in that band, here's a moment to reflect that the whole thing is about the safety of the students, and until they address that, there is no reason that the band should be there."