July 1, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina's 2013 football season opener against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on Thursday, Aug. 29 has been set for a 6:30 pm CT / 7:30 pm ET kickoff time at Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium / Horace Jones Field.
WCU opens its 2013 season with the first of back-to-back games against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams when it travels to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to face Middle Tennessee, rekindling the series after a 32-year hiatus. The pre-Labor day, Thursday night meeting is the first between the two since 1981 - and will be the first game for MTSU under the Conference USA banner.
The Catamounts and Blue Raiders have met four times previously on the gridiron, all coming between 1973 and 1981 during a transitional time for WCU. The series is tied between the two at 2-2 with both Catamount victories coming on the road.
Western Carolina opens preparations for the 2013 season as the squad officially reports for fall camp on Thursday, Aug. 1. The following day (Aug. 2), the Catamounts will hold the first of two helmets-only practices before hitting the turf in full pads on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Important Catamount Football Dates to Remember:
Mon., July 1 - Season Ticket renewal deadline
Fri., July 12 - The Great Smokies Invitational golf tournament; The Ridges Golf Club in Hayesville, N.C.
Thurs., August 1 - 2013 Catamount football student-athletes report for camp
Fri., August 2 - First scheduled football practice of the 2013 preseason
Tues., August 6 - First scheduled football practice in full pads
Wed., August 7 - The Western Open golf tournament; Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa in Waynesville, N.C.
Fri., August 9 - Catamount 101 - Ladies Love Football event, Cullowhee
Sat., August 10 - Catamount Tailgate Kickoff (Catamount Club members)
Mon., August 19 - First day of fall classes at WCU
Mon., August 19 - Football single-game tickets go on sale
Thurs., August 29 - 2013 Catamount Football season-opener at Middle Tennessee; Murfreesboro, Tenn. (6:30 pm CT / 7:30 pm ET)
Fri., September 13 - The Bob Waters Memorial golf tournament; High Vista Country Club in Mills River, N.C.
Sat., September 14 - 2013 Catamount Football home opener vs. The Citadel (3:30 pm)