Posted: Jan 9, 2013 5:50 PM
Updated: Jan 9, 2013 5:50 PM
Source: Southeastern Louisiana Athletics Dept.
HAMMOND - Officials at Southeastern Louisiana University and Southeast Missouri State University announced Wednesday, Jan. 9 that the schools will play a home-and-home football series beginning in the 2013 season.
The two-year series, announced by Southeastern Athletic Director Bart Bellairs and SEMO Athletic Director Mark Alnutt, will begin with a Thursday night contest in Hammond on Aug. 29 before concluding in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Sept. 20, 2014. The games will mark the first-ever meetings on the gridiron between the schools who are each members of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
"Opening the (2013) season with Southeast Missouri is great for both schools," Bellairs said. "We've had some great rivalries with schools that are currently in the Ohio Valley Conference and we look forward to establishing more non-conference series against the OVC membership.
"The series with Southeast Missouri will also be good in that both games are within driving distance, allowing fans of both schools to follow and support the teams."
Southeast Missouri, which finished 3-8 overall and 2-6 in OVC play, produced the top rushing attack in the OVC in 2012 (262.4) while finishing second in pass defense (244.8). The Redhawks, under head coach Tony Samuel, claimed the 2010 OVC title with a 9-3 record after being picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll.
"We are in the process of finalizing our 2013 football schedule and wanted to take advantage of playing 12 games next year," said Alnutt. "This allows us to schedule a quality non-conference opponent from another competitive FCS league such as the Southland."
The Southeast Missouri series will be Southeastern's fifth against the current membership of the OVC with the Lions having faced Jacksonville State, UT Martin, Eastern Kentucky and Murray State in its history dating back to the 1939 season.
2013 (at Hammond)
Southeast Missouri at Southeastern - Thursday, Aug. 29, TBA
2014 (at Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Southeastern at Southeast Missouri - Saturday, Sept. 20, TBA