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Southeastern, UT-Martin Set To Resume Gridiron Series In 2010
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Athletics and head football coach Mike Lucas announced Thursday that it has signed a home-and-home agreement to play the University of Tennessee at Martin beginning in the 2010 season.
Southeastern and UTM, which were rivals in the Gulf South Conference from 1974-76, will open the series on Sept. 11, 2010 in Strawberry Stadium. The Lions will return the trip to UTM, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, in a Sept. 3, 2011 contest at Hardy M. Graham Stadium.
“Anytime you can get a non-conference series against a quality Division I opponent, it’s good for both schools,” Lucas said. “UT-Martin has been one of the top teams in the Ohio Valley Conference the past few years and we look forward to playing them here at Strawberry Stadium and the following year in Martin.”
Southeastern and UTM last faced each other in football in 1981 with the Lions claiming a 13-10 homecoming victory. Southeastern, which leads the series 3-1, claimed a pair of wins in Hammond in 1974 and 1976 under former coach Billy Brewer while UTM claimed a 23-7 victory in 1975 – the only game played in Martin.
The addition of UTM will give Southeastern five games on its 2010 home schedule. The Lions will also face first-year program Lamar (Sept. 18) in another FCS non-conference game before hosting Southland Conference rivals Texas State (Oct. 2), McNeese State (Oct. 16) and Northwestern State (Oct. 30).
SLU Media Relations