Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina today released its 2018 football broadcast schedule for 10 of the 11 regular season games that include an array of outlets on which to catch the Catamounts this season. Eight of WCU’s football games – four at home and four on the road – will be broadcast on ESPN+ with two games – one at home, one on the road – earmarked for ESPN3.

All told, a total of 124 Southern Conference home sporting events, including all 46 home football games, will appear on ESPN3 (free with internet or television subscription) or ESPN+ (subscription fee), with one football game each week on ESPN3 and the remaining contests appearing on ESPN+, the league announced on Friday.

Western Carolina’s home opener against Newberry (Sept. 1) and home tilts with league-foes VMI (Sept. 22), Chattanooga (Oct. 13), and The Citadel (Nov. 3) can be seen on ESPN+. Four road games including the nonconference meeting with Gardner-Webb (Sept. 15) and SoCon trips to Furman (Sept. 29), Mercer (Oct. 20), and the “Battle of the Blue Ridge” rivalry game at ETSU (Oct. 27) will likewise be on the subscription-based ESPN+.

Fans in the viewing area of WYCW CW62 (channel 62) out of Greenville, S.C., which includes western North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina, can additionally catch the annual “Battle for Purple Supremacy” with Furman over linear television with Furman’s production.

The Catamounts will have two games – at Samford (Oct. 6) and in Cullowhee against Wofford (Nov. 10) shown on ESPN3. The lone date remaining is the Nov. 17 regular-season finale at ACC-foe, North Carolina, that has yet to announce both kickoff time and broadcast information.

In addition, every Western Carolina football game can be heard LIVE on the Catamount Sports Network (CSN) with the radio broadcast over seven affiliates including WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee; 105.7 FM & 540 AM WRGC in Sylva; 104.9 FM & 1050 AM WFSC in Franklin; and WISE Sports Radio 102.9 FM & 1310 AM in Asheville. Fans can also follow live CSN streaming audio through Stretch Internet free-of-charge online at


Each week, the CSN pregame tailgate show starts 60 minutes prior to the scheduled kickoff time and includes comments from head coach Mark Speir, in-game scoreboard updates, as well as other special features.

Concluding its sixth preseason practice on Friday morning in shells, the WCU football team returns to the practice field for its first scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 11 beginning at Noon. All of WCU’s preseason football practices are open to the public. It is respectfully requested, though, that spectators observe from the stadium seating area and avoid being either on the field or the sidelines for safety. Also, all practice times are subject to change.

Both season and single-game tickets for all five home dates in 2018 are on-sale now through the WCU Athletics Ticket Office located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center or by phone at (800)34-GOWCU or (828) 227-2401. Fans can also purchase tickets online by visiting 


Western Carolina 2018 Catamount Football Schedule:

Sept. 1 – Newberry (Home Opener / Fireworks Night) – 6:00 pm (ESPN+)

Sept. 8 – OPEN

Sept. 15 – at Gardner-Webb – 6:00 pm (ESPN+)

Sept. 22 – VMI * (WCU Family Weekend) – 3:30 pm (ESPN+)

Sept. 29 – at Furman * - 2:00 pm (CW62 / ESPN+)

Oct. 6 – at Samford * - 1:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

Oct. 13 – Chattanooga * (Hall of Fame Weekend) - 3:30 pm (ESPN+)

Oct. 20 – at Mercer * - 4:00 pm (ESPN+)

Oct. 27 – at East Tennessee State * - 3:30 pm (ESPN+)

Nov. 3 – The Citadel * (2018 Homecoming) – 3:30 pm (ESPN+)

Nov. 10 – Wofford * - (Senior Day) 3:30 pm (ESPN3)

Nov. 17 – at North Carolina – TBA (TBA)

Nov. 24 – NCAA FCS Playoffs, First Round (TBA)

* - denotes Southern Conference game

Subject to change


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