Cullowhee, N.C. – As college football prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary this season, the nation's fifth-oldest athletic conference readies for the return of its highly-anticipated football media event, back after a year hiatus. The Southern Conference will host its 2019 Football Media Day on Monday, July 22, at the Spartanburg (S.C.) Marriott.
All nine league head coaches and select student-athletes from each school will be on hand to meet the media and preview the upcoming season. In addition to eighth-year head coach Mark Speir, Western Carolina will be represented by redshirt senior QB Tyrie Adams and senior DB Devarius Cortner.
The afternoon media session will be streamed live through the Southern Conference Digital Network (SoConDN.com), with Pete Yanity serving as moderator (schedule listed below). Newly appointed Southern Conference Commissioner Jim Schaus will be interviewed on the stream to wrap up the day's activities. The full session will be archived on the SoCon website and on the digital network.
The conference's preseason all-conference teams and polls will also be unveiled at the event.
Fans are invited to keep tabs on SoCon Media Day through WCU's social media outlets with various portions available through Facebook (fb.com/catamountsports; fb.com/catamountsportsnetwork); join in on the conversation through Twitter (@catamounts, @WCU_FB) and Instagram (wcu_catamounts) using the hashtag #SoConFB and #CatamountCountry.
SoCon live stream schedule:
1:15 pm – VMI: Head coach Scott Wachenheim, QB Reece Udinski and DB A.J. Smith
1:25 pm – Samford: Head coach Chris Hatcher, OL Nick Nixon and DB Nick Barton
1:35 pm – Chattanooga: Head coach Rusty Wright, QB Nick Tiano and DB Jerrell Lawson
1:45 pm – Mercer: Head coach Bobby Lamb, QB Robert Riddle and LB Will Coneway
1:55 pm – The Citadel: Head coach Brent Thompson, QB Brandon Rainey and DL Joseph Randolph II
2:05 pm – ETSU: Head coach Randy Sanders, OL Ben Blackmon and DL Nasir Player
2:25 pm – Furman: Head coach Clay Hendrix, OT Bo Layton and LB Elijah McKoy
2:35 pm – Wofford: Head coach Josh Conklin, QB Joe Newman and LB Jireh Wilson
2:45 pm – SoCon Commissioner Jim Schaus
Season tickets for Western Carolina's 2019 home schedule are on sale now through the Catamount Athletics ticket office, located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center, by phone at (800) 34-GOWCU, and online at CatamountSports.com. Three different seat types – reserved chair back, bench back reserved, and traditional stadium bleacher – options are available for the six home dates at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field with season ticket prices beginning at $90 for an adult general admission and $55 for a youth bleacher seat.
Poised with the top recruiting class in the Southern Conference and a veteran returning core, Western Carolina's football student-athletes officially report for fall camp on Thursday, August 1 with preseason drills opening with the first of two helmet-only practices on Friday, August 2. The 2019 season opens with a Labor Day weekend meeting with SoCon-foe, the Mercer Bears, on Saturday, August 31 in Cullowhee with postgame fireworks to again illuminate the western North Carolina sky following the opener. All fans are encouraged to wear purple for the season-opening “Purple Out” at Whitmire Stadium. WCU's postgame fireworks extravaganza is presented by Ingles and iHeartRadio partners, 99.9 FM Kiss Country and Star 104.3.
Important Upcoming Dates in Catamount Athletics / Catamount Football:
Friday, July 26 – The Catamount Shootout Golf Tournament (rescheduled) at the Marion Lake Club
Thursday, August 1 – Catamount Football Student-Athletes Report for fall camp
Friday, August 2 – First scheduled practice of 2019 preseason (helmet only)
Wednesday, August 7 – Catamount football single-game tickets go on-sale
Friday, August 16 – Western Carolina University Freshman Move-In Day
Monday, August 19 – First day of classes for the fall semester
Friday, August 30 – the 15th Annual Bob Waters Memorial golf tournament at the Waynesville Inn – Golf Resort & Spa
Saturday, August 31 – 2019 Catamount Football season and home-opener vs. Mercer; postgame fireworks