July 17, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina will have three additional football games televised as a part of the 2014 Southern Conference football package that was announced on Wednesday. In all, eight league games will appear on ESPN3 while an additional six games will be available on the newly formed American Sports Network (ASN), an initiative launched by the Sinclair Broadcast Group (www.sbgi.net).
WCU's broadcasts as a part of the league package begin on Sat., Sept. 27 with the conference meeting between the Catamounts and the Furman Paladins in Greenville, S.C., on the American Sports Network. WCU will host the Wofford Terriers in Cullowhee on Sat., Oct. 11 on ESPN3 with a 3:30 pm kickoff, with the Nov. 8 meeting at Samford to air on the ASN.
Kickoff time for WCU's game at Furman was also bumped to 3:30 pm to accommodate the ESPN3 broadcast.
To date, WCU will be featured on broadcasts four times this fall with the trio of games in the conference's package added to the season-opening broadcast at USF on ESPN3 which was announced back in mid-June.
The overall TV package begins with the first conference game of the season on Sept. 6 when Furman travels to face Mercer. That game will be Mercer's first contest as a SoCon program. The broadcast schedule runs for 10-consecutive weeks beginning Sept. 20 with WCU a part of the first double-header Saturday on Sept. 27 at Furman and again on Nov. 8 at Samford.
The final weekend of the regular season on Nov. 22 also features two games, including the "Military Classic of the South," when The Citadel visits VMI - the 70th meeting between the two schools. That game will air on ESPN3 while Chattanooga visits Furman in a game that can be seen on the Sinclair affiliates. The Mocs and Paladins were Southern Conference tri-champions with Samford in 2013.
"This is the most robust TV package Southern Conference football has enjoyed in quite some time," said Commissioner John Iamarino. "We'll have at least one game broadcast in 11 of the 12 weeks during the season, and several dates will feature two games. We're very pleased to continue our relationship with ESPN and launch a new one with the American Sports Network."
In addition to the league's partnership with ESPN3, the conference has reached an agreement for a diverse broadcast package with ASN. As part of the agreement, a minimum of 18 Southern Conference events are tentatively scheduled to be shown on broadcast television affiliates throughout the southeast, including six football games during the upcoming season. Sinclair's broadcast stations will carry the games as part of their primary program lineup on affiliates throughout the conference's footprint.
Darren Goldwater returns to handle primary play-by-play duties for the league's broadcasts. The 2014-15 year will mark Goldwater's fourth year on the conference package after three years as director of broadcasting and play-by-play announcer for The Citadel. Former NFL linebacker Corey Miller will handle the color commentary duties. Miller, who currently serves as sports anchor and host with WACH-TV in Columbia, S.C., played collegiately at the University of South Carolina before spending nine years with the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings.
ESPN3 is available in approximately 75 million homes to fans who receive their Internet connection from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel. ESPN3 programming is also available to subscribers through Xbox LIVE and through the free WatchESPN app available on Smartphones and tablets. The WatchESPN app is also available through Apple TV and Roku video players.
The American Sport Network consists of commercial TV stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group and reaches close to 40 percent of all TV households in the United States with 167 stations in 77 markets. A full list of ASN affiliates and a complete list of broadcasts will be finalized as the season draws nearer.
2014 Southern Conference Football Broadcast Schedule
Date, Game, Time, Outlet
Sept. 6, Furman at Mercer, 6:00 p.m., ESPN3
Sept. 20, VMI at Samford, 3:00 p.m., ESPN3
Sept. 27, Western Carolina at Furman, 3:30 p.m., ASN
Sept. 27, Samford at Chattanooga, 7:00 p.m., ASN
Oct. 4, The Citadel at Wofford, 1:30 p.m., ESPN3
Oct. 11, Wofford at Western Carolina, 3:30 p.m., ESPN3
Oct. 18, Chattanooga at The Citadel, 1:00 p.m., ASN
Oct. 25, Mercer at Chattanooga, Noon, ASN
Nov. 1, Furman at VMI, 1:30 p.m., ESPN3
Nov. 8, Wofford at Chattanooga, 1:00 p.m., ESPN3
Nov. 8, Western Carolina at Samford, 3:00 p.m., ASN
Nov. 15, Wofford at Furman, Noon, ESPN3
Nov. 22, The Citadel at VMI, 1:30 p.m., ESPN3
Nov. 22, Chattanooga at Furman, 3:30 p.m., ASN
Preparations for the 2014 season ramp up next week as the Southern Conference holds its annual Media Day event in Spartanburg, S.C., on Wednesday, July 23. The official preseason all-conference teams and preseason polls will be released at that time. WCU's football student-athletes officially report for fall camp the following week - on Thursday, July 31 - with the first helmet-only practice scheduled for the next day on Friday, August. 1. The Catamounts open the 2014 season on Saturday, August 30 at USF in Tampa, Fla.
Season tickets for all six of WCU's home games in 2014 are on-sale through the Catamount Athletic Ticket Office and online at CatamountSports.com. 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 calling (828) 227-2401 or toll free at (800) 34-GOWCU, or via E-mail at email@example.com.
Important Upcoming Dates to Remember:
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
Fri., August 29 - Catamount cross country hosts the Western Carolina Invitational, 6:30 pm
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.