The rumors have been swirling for the past 10 days… but now it's official. Georgia Southern athletics director Tom Kleinlein has signed on the dotted line committing the GSU Eagles football team to play at West Virginia University in 2015 and a home-and-away series with Kent State University starting in 2018.
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Eagles' Non-Conference Football Games
Set for 2015
Georgia Southern agrees to home-and-home series with Kent State
STATESBORO, Ga. – Georgia Southern has obligations for
four non-conference football games for the 2015 season with games at Georgia
and West Virginia and home contests vs. The Citadel and Western Michigan,
Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein announced today. Kleinlein also scheduled
Kent State for a home-and-home series for 2018 and 2019 in the construction of
the Eagles' future non-conference schedules.
“As we plan for our future, we continue to review and determine the best
scheduling scenarios for our program,” Kleinlein said. “More opportunities are
available to Georgia Southern and we're involved in more conversations now that
we have the advantage of an expanded network and our new league affiliation.”
In 2015, the Eagles open at West Virginia on September 5th in the program's
first-ever matchup against a Big 12 opponent. The Eagles welcome to Paulson
Stadium their first FBS non-conference opponent, Western Michigan, on September
12th. The third week of the season, Georgia Southern plays host to The Citadel
on September 19th. Moving the 2016 game a year earlier, the Eagles will travel
to Athens to meet Georgia at Sanford Stadium on November 21, 2015.
Kleinlein, who served as the deputy
athletic director at Kent State prior to his appointment at Georgia Southern,
began discussions to bring the Golden Flashes to Statesboro after the
University accepted the invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference last March.
A September 22, 2018 date is set for the Eagles-Golden Flashes meeting at Dix
Stadium, just an hour's drive from Canton, Ohio, the home of the Pro Football
Hall of Fame, a popular destination for football fans. The Golden Flashes
return the trip to Statesboro on September 21, 2019.
Georgia Southern plays its first season in FBS and the Sun Belt this
year, opening its 2014 slate at N.C. State on August 30th.