Kennesaw State to play at East Tennessee State in first football game

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Owls to play Home-And-Home series with Buccaneers in 2015 and 2016 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 14,…

Georgia (Nov 14, 2013)Owls to play Home-And-Home series with Buccaneers in 2015 and 2016

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 14, 2013) — Kennesaw State has found an opponent for its first football game. The Owls will open at East Tennessee State on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at Kermit Tipton Stadium, Steve Spurrier Field, located on the campus of Science Hill High School. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. (EDT).

Officials from both universities made the announcement during a joint press conference that included Kennesaw State Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams, KSU head coach Brian Bohannon, ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Richard Sander and Buccaneers head coach Carl Torbush, and was held inside the Millennium Center’s ballroom in Johnson City.

The game will mark the culmination of a long process to bring football to Kennesaw State that initially began in 1999, gained momentum when legendary football coach Vince Dooley was named chair of a 30-person exploratory committee in 2009, made additional progress after the Kennesaw State University student body approved a student fee increase in November 2010, and a KSU Student Fee Committee voted in favor of the fee increase on Oct. 10, 2012, setting the stage for the University’s request to begin playing football in 2015 receiving approval from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents on Feb. 13, 2013.

One day later, on Feb. 14, before an enthusiastic crowd of more than 1,000 people assembled inside the KSU Convocation Center, University President Daniel S. Papp officially announced that Kennesaw State would add football to its intercollegiate athletics program and begin playing at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level in 2015.

“Today is another momentous occasion for the Kennesaw State University community and all of Owl Nation,” Williams said. “We have continued to make great strides throughout the process of building a football program that will enhance the student experience and continue to build upon the sense of community that exists throughout the campus and surrounding areas.

“This day would not have come without the great support of our students, the Board of Regents, President Dan Papp and the entire faculty and staff who all have played integral roles in getting us here today,” Williams added. “East Tennessee State is a great opponent for Kennesaw State to play in its inaugural game, and I would like to thank the ETSU administration, Dr. Richard Sander and head coach Carl Torbush for their willingness to schedule this home-and-home series.”

The 2015 game will mark several firsts for both programs as Kennesaw State will be playing its inaugural game and East Tennessee State will be returning to the gridiron for the first time since the University eliminated its football program following the 2003 season.

“We’re real excited to have this first football game scheduled,” Bohannon said. “Since the day I was hired, I have been focusing on preparing for that opening game and now I know who the opponent will be.

“I know it will be a great game with two new programs meeting for the first time and the excitement on both campuses is going to continue to build between now and kickoff. The game atmosphere is going to be unbelievable,” Bohannon added. “I know Coach Torbush will have his team ready to play, and our players and coaches will come out with great enthusiasm, intensity and passion.”

The two-year series will shift to Kennesaw State’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium the following year when the Owls host the Buccaneers on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016.

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For more information about Kennesaw State’s football program, please contact:

Al Barba

Director of Athletics Communications

Office:(770) 794-7837 Cell: (818) 414-5528


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