ESPN’s 2014 college football season will start at its earliest time in 11 years. Sam Houston State University will be taking on Eastern Washington at 2:30 PM on Saturday, August 23rd, in the “FCS Kickoff.”
ESPN’s Director of Programming for NCAA championships, Brent Colborne, said, “Right before Labor Day, people are starving for college football.”
This is the earliest kickoff for the college football season since 2003 when San Jose State won out over Grambling and Kansas State beat Cal on August 23rd that year.
Commissioners Tom Burnett of the Southland Conference and Doug Fullerton from the Big Sky Conference asked for a waiver from the NCAA to start the season early that was agreed to by the commissioners of every other FBS league, except Ivy. The waiver being granted, SHSU and Eastern Washington will be able to begin practice earlier than other teams because practice start dates are decided based on the day scheduled for a team’s first game.
This year the Bearkat team heads to the ESPN game with a new talented and experienced coach, K. C. Keeler, formerly coach of the Delaware fightin’ Blue Hens.