Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina enters its bye week this weekend coming off a much-needed 20-17 victory over an upset-minded side from North Greenville on a weather-delayed Saturday evening last weekend at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.


“I do feel that this open week comes at a great time. We are going to use this week to get healthy and to get The Cats' better – and we're going work the dog on special teams,” said Speir both following the game and Monday night in the live-on-location Catamount Football Weekly coaches show held at BC Outdoors Cullowhee Taproom. “This isn't going to be a week where we're simply focused our next opponent, Chattanooga. It's a week where we are going to be focused on getting The Cats better.”


Speir added, “Sometimes, especially with the youth we have in some areas like we do up front along the offensive line, sometimes when you've got an open date, it's like a reset to preseason. So, we're going to work on us, a lot of fundamentals and a lot of technique work.”

On Monday night, Speir indicated that redshirt senior QB Tyrie Adams had rejoined the team for its Sunday evening workout having served a two-game team suspension for a violation of team rules.

WCU returns to action Sept. 28 in its first Southern Conference road test of the season, visiting Chattanooga at Finley Stadium. The Mocs (1-2) continue a difficult early-season schedule this weekend by hosting No. 2 James Madison on Saturday afternoon with a 4:00 pm kickoff.

Speir reflects on the first victory of the 2019 season over North Greenville – a win that gives him 30 career wins in Cullowhee and makes him one of only five head coaches in program history to eclipse the 30-win plateau. He also talked about the bye week in the latest installment of “Catamount Football Weekly,” originally recorded live-on-location this past Monday night at BC Outdoors Cullowhee Taproom located on campus at Noble Hall in Cullowhee.

Please note that with the bye week, there will not be a show next Monday, returning to the regular schedule on Monday, Sept. 30.