published Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Southern Conference announces football broadcast schedule

The Southern Conference released the broadcast schedule for the 2012 football season today and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Oct. 13 game at Furman will be shown on

That is the Mocs' only scheduled SoCon game on ESPN3, but the league has left open the Nov. 10 and 17 dates so that it can broadcast the best late-season matchups.

UTC will also be on ESPN3 in its season opener at South Florida.

The SoCon's eight-game schedule starts on Sept. 8, with a premier non-conference Football Championship Subdivision matchup between national powers Appalachian State and Montana in Boone, N.C.

Another marquee matchup will be App State at Georgia Southern on Nov. 3.

All eight SoCon games will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN3.

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John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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compspeed said...

Ummmm..."broadcast"? Broadcast implies a TV or radio transmission. ESPN3 is an online service. The fact that the SouCon wasn't savvy enough to pull off a true TV package this year seems to say a lot about their front office. Unable to complete a TV deal for what is arguably the best FCS conference? The spin by the parties for the SouCon listed in the article from June 27th, which attempts to paint a pretty picture of why the ESPN3 deal is a "good" thing, is just sad.

July 11, 2012 at 4:53 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

The SoCon is NOT, nor will ever will be, the SEC, Big 12, Big East, or Pac10. I am forever loyal to the Mocs but ESPN cares nothing but the bottom line. They're going to get more viewers (both die-hards and fair weather fans) to watch Ohio State vs. ? than Georgia Southern vs. App State (which 99% of the college football diehards don't even know exist). I know a spin (regarding the 06/27 article) when I read it but the fact is at least the coverage will be professionally done for at least two games this year. Yeah, I would love to watch Chattanooga vs. App. State on ESPN or the Duece but the SoCon offices do not have that kind of money or pull when competing with these other conferences and their gazillonaire boosters. Be thankful for this package and the coverage provided by That's all I got to say.

July 11, 2012 at 7 p.m.
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