Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina has signed a nonconference road football game with the Liberty Flames as a part of the 2020 schedule. Liberty officially made the announcement on Thursday afternoon as it released its future schedules for both the 2020 and 2021 as its football program makes the transition to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) as an independent.
Liberty marks the first game announced on the Catamounts' 2020 football schedule -- and the fourth upcoming FBS foe announced by WCU. The Catamounts play the back-end of a two-year agreement with North Carolina in Chapel Hill next fall in 2018, with two games in Raleigh against North Carolina State signed for the 2019 and 2024 seasons.
WCU and Liberty have met six times combined on the football gridiron dating back to 1996, most recently in the 2008 season. The 2020 meeting marks the series rubber match as it currently sits at 3-3 overall head-to-head, though the Flames have won two-straight in both 2006 and 2008. The Catamounts are 2-1 on their three previous trips to Lynchburg, Va.
WCU is one of two NCAA FCS programs on the Flames' 2020 schedule at Williams Stadium as North Carolina A&T heads to Lynchburg on Sept. 12, with Campbell opening the 2021 Liberty schedule. WCU's Nov. 14, 2020 date is sandwiched between ACC road games for Liberty as the Flames visit Virginia on Nov. 7 and N.C. State on Nov. 21.
Friday (Dec. 22) concludes the inaugural Early National Signing Period for football, which opened on Wednesday, Dec. 20 with Western Carolina signing four high school student-athletes to National Letters of Intent (NLIs). After Friday, the next signing day comes at its traditional first Wednesday date, this year on February 7, 2018.
Preparations for the 2018 season for head coach Mark Speir and the Catamount football team are expected to begin with spring drills in Cullowhee in mid-to-late February.
Western Carolina's Upcoming FBS Opponents:
2018: at North Carolina (Nov. 17, 2018)
2019: at North Carolina State (Sept. 7, 2019)
2020: at Liberty (Nov. 14, 2020)
2024: at North Carolina State (Aug. 31, 2024)