Faulkner head football coach Jim Nichols, transitioning his team into the Mid-South Conference after spending the inaugural season as an NAIA independent, has released the Eagles full schedule for the 2008 season.
In addition to the Capital City Showdown with Huntingdon on Sept. 13 at Cramton Bowl, which opens Faulkner's season, the Eagles will play a complete MSC schedule that includes games with traditional NAIA programs such as Lambuth (Tenn.), Bethel (Tenn.) and Virginia-Wise. Shorter, who like Faulkner is only a football member of the MSC, is also on the 2008 schedule, as is Kentucky Christian. Faulkner and KCu compete annually for the Stone-Campbell Cup.
"Being affiliated with the new conference has certainly made scheduling a lot easier," head coach Jim Nichols said. "Huntingdon and Kentucky Christian will be our only non-conference opponents. Both of those games are important to us because of the relationships we have built with those schools."
The MSC is home to some of the nation's top football programs. Bethel, Virginia-Wise, Cumberlands (Ky.) and Georgetown (Ky.) all finished the 2007 season in the Top 25.
Nichols was pleased that Faulkner and Huntingdon were able to work out scheduling conflicts so the budding rivalry between the two local small schools could continue without interruption. Huntingdon hosted the first Showdown and won 30-12. It was first thought that the two teams wouldn't meet again until 2009, but Nichols and Hawks head coach Mike Turk worked out the details for the 2008 matchup, which will have a 7 p.m. kickoff.
"Our off week is the first week of the season, so we're looking forward to beginning our season against Huntingdon," Nichols said. "Both of us wanted to move the game to earlier in the season to give the players and city something to look forward to at the start of the year." Faulkner will kick off its season against the Hawks at Cramton Bowl on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.
Faulkner University's 2008 Football Schedule
Sept. 6 OPEN
Sept. 13 HUNTINGDON HOME 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 UNION HOME 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 SHORTER AWAY TBA
Oct. 4 BELHAVEN AWAY TBA
Oct. 11 CUMBERLAND HOME 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 LAMBUTH AWAY TBA
Oct. 25 KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN AWAY TBA
Nov. 1 WEST VIRGINA TECH HOME 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 8 BETHEL HOME TBA