Friday, June 22, 2007
Reprinted from The Times & Democrat
Given his choice, head football coach Oliver “Buddy” Pough would rather have all of South Carolina State's games aired by the ESPN Family.
The Bulldogs are a perfect 12-0 in games aired nationally on cable television during Pough’s tenure with five of the victories taking place on ESPNU. One of those contests was last year's 13-6 victory over Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Hampton.
This season, Pough will have just one opportunity to extend his undefeated streak. The newly-released MEAC six-game football television schedule for ESPNU has the Bulldogs’ lone national television appearance set for Oct. 13 against Florida A&M at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.
While the game will take place at 2 p.m., it's yet to be determined whether it will air live or on tape delay.
Despite the lack of television time, Pough still sees the contest as an opportunity to promote the university and its facilities. Along with satellite dish owners of DirecTV (Channel 609) and Dish Network (Channel 148), digital Time Warner Cable subscribers will have an opportunity statewide the watch the game as ESPNU will be available on Channel 160 starting July 19.
This the second time in four years the SC State/FAMU contest will be aired on television from Orangeburg. The Bulldogs won the 2003 meeting 27-15 and are 4-0 against the Rattlers during Pough's tenure.
The 2007 MEAC television schedule with the ESPN family includes three Thursday night games and five Saturday games. Defending MEAC Champions Hampton is one of four teams who will appear twice, facing North Carolina A&T (Sept. 15) and Morgan State (Sept. 20).
The other two are North Carolina A&T, Norfolk State and Bethune-Cookman. In addition to the Oct. 13 game against SC State, FAMU will make two appearances on ESPN Classic (Channel 161 on digital Time Warner Cable). The Rattlers will open the season Sept. 1 in the MEAC-SWAC Challenge against Southern University to be televised by ESPN Classic and close the regular-season Nov. 17 against archrival Bethune-Cookman.
“We are very pleased with the football television schedule for the 2007 season,” said MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas. “From all indications this will be an exciting season with the championship being contested down to the final regular-season game. We encourage our fans to attend the games and tune in to our exciting television schedule.”
MEAC 2007 TELEVISION FOOTBALL SCHEDULE & AIRTIMES
Sept. 1 -- Florida A&M vs. Southern 2 p.m. (ESPN Classic)
Sept. 15 -- Hampton at North Carolina A&T 6 p.m. (ESPNU/tape delay)
Sept. 20 -- Morgan State at Hampton 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Sept. 27 -- Norfolk State at North Carolina A&T 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Oct. 4 -- Bethune-Cookman at Delaware State 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Oct. 13 -- Florida A&M at South Carolina State TBD (ESPNU)
Oct. 27 -- Howard at Norfolk State TBD (ESPNU)
Nov. 17 -- Bethune-Cookman v. Florida A&M 3:15 p.m. (ESPN Classic)