The Southern Conference announced its 14-game football package for the 2014 season today. The Mocs appear five times in the league listings, giving Chattanooga at least seven games scheduled for full broadcast in the upcoming season.
Chattanooga will appear on ESPN3 once in the SoCon schedule, while an additional four games are available on the newly formed American Sports Network (ASN), an initiative launched by the Sinclair Broadcast Group.
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 complete slate of broadcasts will be finalized as the season draws nearer.
As previously announced, the Mocs open the season on ESPN3 at Central Michigan on August 28. UTC also travels to Knoxville to face the Vols on the SEC Network on Oct. 11. The first televised SoCon game to feature the Mocs is September 27 against Samford. That contest is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m., kickoff at Finley Stadium on ASN.
Other Mocs games on ASN are at The Citadel on Oct. 18 (1:00 p.m.), home against Mercer on Oct. 25 (Noon) and the season finale at Furman on Nov. 22 (3:30 p.m.). The home game against Wofford will be on ESPN3 on Nov. 8 (1:00 p.m.).
“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.”
The overall TV package begins with the first conference game of the season on September 6 as Furman travels to face Mercer. That game is Mercer’s first contest as a league member.
Darren Goldwater returns to handle primary play-by-play duties for the league’s broadcasts. The 2014-15 year marks his 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 handles 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.
2014 Southern Conference Football Broadcast Schedule
|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 Fuman||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||12:00 p.m.||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 Fuman||12:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Nov. 22||The Citadel at VMI||1:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Nov. 22||Chattanooga at Furman||3:30 p.m.||ASN|
ABOUT THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE
The Southern Conference, entering its 94th season of intercollegiate competition, is a national leader in emphasizing the development of the student-athlete and helping build lifelong leaders and role models. The conference has been on the forefront of innovation and originality in developing creative solutions to address issues facing intercollegiate athletics. From establishing the first conference basketball tournament (1921), to tackling the issues of freshman eligibility (1922), to developing women’s championships (1984) to becoming the first conference to install the 3-point goal in basketball (1980), the Southern Conference has been a pioneer. The Southern Conference is the nation’s fifth-oldest NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association. The conference currently consists of 10 members in six states throughout the southeast and sponsors 20 varsity sports and championships that produce participants for NCAA Division I Championships.
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