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Jag Football Adds Games Against Kent State and Mississippi State
MOBILE, Ala. – Although the University of South Alabama football team has yet to play a game, it has already lined up multiple contests with Southeastern Conference schools and has home games against a pair of Bowl Championship Series (BCS) members with the announcement of two more future opponents.
USA Director of Athletics Joe Gottfried released Thursday details of three-game contracts with Mississippi State and Kent State.
The Jaguars will play at Mississippi State on Sept. 12, 2012, and Sept. 10, 2016, while the Bulldogs will come to Mobile for a contest on Sept. 13, 2014.
“To be able to bring Mississippi State to Mobile is a great plus for our program. These two-for-one contracts are very important early on as we continue to build for the future,” Jaguar head coach Joey Jones said. “I’ll never forget when Missouri visited Troy a few years ago, that was a big deal when they went down there. Any time you can do that you’re advancing your program, and that’s where we’re going.”
“With the contractual agreement with Mississippi State to play in Mobile, we are clearly sending a message to the community that we are committed to football and to provide our fans an opportunity to see the Jags play teams like MSU, North Carolina State, Navy and others,” added Gottfried.
The Jaguars will face Kent State on three occasions as well, with the first contest scheduled to take place in USA’s third season. The series will begin in Ohio on Sept. 1, 2011 — the Jags will also visit the Golden Flashes on Sept. 6, 2014 — with a matchup between the two teams on the Jags’ home field on Oct. 19, 2013.
The 2013 season will be USA’s first as an NCAA Division I-A (Football Bowl Subdivision) school, and the first fall that the Jaguars will compete in the Sun Belt Conference and be eligible for a bowl game.
USA previously announced that it will play Tennessee in Knoxville during the 2013 campaign, a three-game contract with North Carolina State that includes a 2015 contest in Mobile, and a four-game, home-and-home series with Navy that will begin in Annapolis in 2013.
The Jags will play their first-ever game on Saturday, Sept. 5, against Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
For more information about South Alabama athletics, check back with www.usajaguars.com. Season tickets for all Jaguar athletic events can be purchased by calling (251) 461-1USA (1872).
South Alabama Media Relations