Big South Conference announces 2015 league schedule
Kennesaw State hosts Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, Monmouth in inaugural season…
Georgia (Jan 7, 2014) —
Kennesaw State hosts Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, Monmouth in inaugural season
KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 7, 2014) –The reality that football is coming to Kennesaw State University took a big step forward Tuesday when the Big South Conference announced the 2015 conference schedule. The Owls will host Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb and Monmouth, with their first league game Oct. 17 versus Gardner-Webb at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
Kennesaw State also will host Monmouth on Oct. 31 and entertain Charleston Southern on Nov. 7. The Owls will play their first Big South road game at Liberty on Oct. 24 and will close out conference play at Coastal Carolina (Nov. 14) and Presbyterian (Nov. 21).
"We're excited about it. The Big South, what a great year they had this year, and we're excited about getting started in 2015," Kennesaw State head coach Brian Bohannon said. "We've got six (conference) games slated for the '15 season, and it's good to know our league schedule.
"It's getting closer to playing football here, and I think that's the exciting part for our staff, and with Signing Day around the corner, I think everything is coming into place," Bohannon added.
Led by co-champion Coastal Carolina, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs, the Big South Conference went 18-10 against non-conference FCS opponents during the regular-season, defeated five nationally ranked foes for the first time, and had three members nationally ranked in the Top 25 during the season. The Chanticleers became the first Big South program to reach the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.
"They're all quality opponents, and we'll have our work cut out for us with each one of them," Bohannon said. "This year has probably been the best year the Big South has had in years as far as Charleston Southern having a great year, and Gardner-Webb had a great year. There have been a lot of good things happening in the Big South. It'll be great to have some teams come to our place for the first time in the conference, and that will be exciting for our fans."
Kennesaw State will play its inaugural game on the road against non-conference foe East Tennessee State at Kermit Tipton Stadium, Steve Spurrier Field on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. (ET). The remaining non-conference schedule will be announced as games are finalized.
Prior to any home opponent being announced, Kennesaw State has already surpassed 2,000 season ticket deposits, representing nearly 60 percent of available tickets at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. While the stadium has a seating capacity of 8,300, only 3,600 tickets will be sold to the public and only available through season ticket purchases.
"This is an exciting time. We're talking about the conference schedule and having a chance to bring teams in here to play," Bohannon said. "It's a great time, and if you want a season ticket, you need to get one now. They're going fast. Fifth Third Bank Stadium is going to be a great place, a great venue to watch college football."
2015 Big South Conference Schedule
Sat., Oct. 17 GARDNER-WEBB
Sat., Oct. 24 at Liberty
Sat., Oct. 31 MONMOUTH
Sat., Nov. 7 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
Sat., Nov. 14 at Coastal Carolina
Sat., Nov. 21 at Presbyterian
Home games will be played at Fifth Third Bank Stadium and are indicated in bold capital letters. Dates are tentative and subject to change. Times are to be determined.
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries. KSU Athletics attained NCAA Division I status in 2006, and its 16 sports (seven men’s, nine women’s) compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.