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Western Carolina - USF to Kickoff 2014 at 7 pm on ESPN3

Western Carolina opens its third football season under head coach Mark Speir by visiting USF on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7:00 pm in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN3. (Photo by Mark Haskett)

June 19, 2014

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina's 2014 season-opening football game against the University of South Florida at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., will kick off at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast live on ESPN3 it was announced by the American Athletic Conference and USF on Thursday afternoon.

The August 30 meeting is the first-ever between USF and the Catamounts on the football gridiron. WCU fans can purchase tickets for the game in Tampa through the WCU Athletic Ticket office for just $26. Catamount Club members are eligible to travel with WCU Athletics for the game in Tampa with lodging at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island. Contact Julie Miller with the Catamount Club at (828) 227-3084 or for more information.

The season-opening game at South Florida marks the Catamounts' fifth trip to the state of Florida since joining the SoCon in 1976. Other opponents include three games at Florida State (1981, 1985, 2008) and a 2006 visit to "the Swamp" and the University of Florida.

Amidst the changing landscape of college athletic conference alignments, WCU has only faced two of the 11 institutions that will comprise the American Conference in 2014-15. The Catamounts visited Cincinnati in 2005, and holds a 13-17 overall record against league newcomer - and directional rival - East Carolina, last facing the Pirates in 1981.

A part of the ESPN family, ESPN3 is a live multi-screen digital network that provides thousands of live events annually, as well as replays of recent ESPN events.

Season tickets for all six of WCU's home games in 2014 are on-sale through the Catamount Athletic Ticket Office and online at Returning season ticket holders have the first opportunity to renew their same seats for the 2014 season before the entire stadium will be released to the general public. The rapidly approaching season ticket renewal deadline is June 30.



Purchasing season tickets also allows fans to secure tickets before single-game sales begin on August 25.

With Western Carolina University celebrating its 125th anniversary, fans can purchase a reserved adult season ticket for all six home games for just $125 with youth reserved starting at $65.

For more information or to purchase 2014 Catamount football season tickets, contact Director of Ticket Operations Michael Lee by E-mail at or by calling (828) 227-2401 or toll free at (800) 34-GOWCU.

Important Upcoming Dates to Remember:
Mon., June 30 - Catamount Football Season Ticket renewal deadline
Mon., June 30 - Renew your membership or Join the Catamount Club!
Mon., July 7 - 2nd session of summer school begins
Friday, July 11 - The Great Smokies Invitational golf tournament; The Ridges Golf Club in Hayesville, N.C.
Wed., July 23 - Southern Conference Football Media Day in Spartanburg, S.C.
Thurs., July 31 - 2014 Catamount football student-athletes report for camp
Fri., August 1 - First scheduled football practice of the 2014 preseason (helmet only)
Tues., August 5 - First scheduled football practice in full pads
Wed., August 6 - First scheduled two-a-day practice sessions
Sat., August 9 - Catamount Football Intrasquad scrimmage
Sat., August 9 - Catamount Tailgate Kickoff (Catamount Club members)
Wed., August 13 - Catamount women's soccer vs. Winthrop (exhibition), 6 pm
Fri., August 15 - Catamount women's soccer vs. UNC Asheville (exhibition), 7 pm
Sat., August 16 - Catamount Football Intrasquad scrimmage
Mon., August 18 - First day of fall classes at WCU
Fri., August 22 - Catamount women's soccer vs. Eastern Kentucky (2014 home opener), 7 pm
Sun., August 24 - Catamount women's soccer vs. East Carolina, 2 pm
Mon., August 25 - Catamount Football single-game tickets go on sale
Sat., August 30 - 2014 Catamount Football season opener at USF in Tampa, Fla.
Fri., Sept. 5 - 10th Annual Bob Waters Memorial golf tournament; Maggie Valley Club, Maggie Valley, N.C.
Sat., Sept. 6 - 2014 Catamount Football home opener vs. Brevard in Cullowhee
Fri., Sept. 26 - The Upstate Classic golf tournament; The Preserve at Verdae in Greenville, S.C.