SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference announced today (June 24) the league’s eight-game football package with ESPN3. The 2013 season will mark the third consecutive year the SoCon has partnered with ESPN3 to telecast league games.
The package begins with the first conference game of the season on September 7, when Wofford visits The Citadel. The Bulldogs hold a 40-24-1 edge in the all-time series between the Palmetto State rivals, but the Terriers have won the last 14 meetings.
The schedule runs seven consecutive weekends beginning October 5, when Elon travels to face Furman. The Paladins snapped Elon’s four-game winning streak in the series with a 31-17 victory last season. Furman visits Chattanooga on October 12 in a series in which the road team has won each of the last four meetings.
The Terriers visit Western Carolina on October 19, while Georgia Southern travels to Appalachian State on October 26.
Samford visits The Citadel on November 2. Samford has won the last two meetings to pull even in the all-time series (3-3).
Chattanooga will look to snap its two-game losing skid to Wofford when the Terriers visit November 9. Wofford held on for a 28-27 win in 2011 and earned a 16-13 overtime victory over the Mocs last year. Chattanooga will then travel to Samford the following week (Nov. 16). The Mocs have won four straight over the Bulldogs, including the last two meetings in Birmingham, Ala.
Specific game times will be set by the host schools.
Darren Goldwater returns to handle the play-by-play duties for the league’s telecasts. The 2013-14 year will mark Goldwater’s third year on the conference package after three years as director of broadcasting and play-by-play announcer for The Citadel.
Veteran broadcaster Paul Maguire will handle the color commentary duties. Maguire, who has called games at both the professional and collegiate levels, has more than 35 years of experience on air. He has worked for ABC, NBC, ESPN and HDNet calling games for the NFL, CFL, USFL, UFL and college football.
ESPN3 is available in approximately 75 million homes to fans who receive their Internet connection from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel. ESPN3 programming is also available to subscribers through Xbox LIVE and through the free WatchESPN app available on smartphones and tablets. The WatchESPN app is now available through Apple TV.
2013 Southern Conference Football Telecast Schedule on ESPN3
Sept. 7 Wofford at The Citadel
Oct. 5 Elon at Furman
Oct. 12 Furman at Chattanooga
Oct. 19 Wofford at Western Carolina
Oct. 26 Georgia Southern at Appalachian State
Nov. 2 Samford at The Citadel
Nov. 9 Wofford at Chattanooga
Nov. 16 Chattanooga at Samford