Thursday Night College Football - SoCon Coaches' Philosophy

Thursday, August 28, 2014

For some college football coaches, an opening season Thursday night game is a good way to get the students out on a week night, for others it disrupts the usual game week routine.

Fewer games on the national docket (compared to a Saturday schedule) and an upset win can bring good national coverage.

During Tuesday’s Conference Call, a few of the coaches gave their Thursday Game Philosophy

Tonight, Chattanooga is at Central Michigan and Mercer hosts Reinhardt.

Samford will host Stillman College Thursday Sept. 11 after an open week.

Mike Houston – The Citadel

Opening Game: Saturday, 6 p.m.: Coastal Carolina at home

“We do not have any Thursday night games scheduled in the future at this point, but I like the idea.

“I would be in favor of playing a Thursday game to open the season … it gives you two extra days of practice during pre-season camp and also gives you two extra days to prepare for your next opponent.”

Bruce Fowler – Furman

Opening Game: Sat. 7 p.m. – Gardner Webb at home

“In the past, I have not had any problems with Thursday night games … as a coach, you have to change some of your normal Saturday routine, but the students go to class, have our pre-game meal and get ready for the game.

“A Thursday night game does bring a lot of excitement to campus and creates a festive atmosphere … and playing on Thursday gives you a nine day window for the next game.”

Bobby Lamb – Mercer

Opening Game: Thursday, 7 p.m. – Reinhardt at home

“The main reason we are playing on Thursday this year is to stay away from the South Carolina-Georgia game in Athens at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday … But having a Thursday game this year is good for us as it gets our fans here and I think it fires up middle Georgia about Mercer football.”

Bill D’Ottavio  (def. coordinator) -  Samford

Opening Game: Sat. 7 p.m. – at TCU

 “I have been involved with Thursday night games in the past and you do have to make some adjustments compared to a Saturday game … Ths year Samford plays Stillman College the second game, but we have an off week between TCU and Stillman so that is a big help …. If it was a Thursday after a Saturday that would be different.”

Russ Huesman – UTC

Opening Game: Thursday, 7 p.m. at Central Michigan

“Playing a Thursday night game on the road is not much different than playing a Saturday road game, except for there not as many games being played. But I don’t like Thursday games at home, because the athletes are in class most of the day and the schedule for the day is too choppy.

"When you wake up on Saturday it’s all football all day.”

Mike Ayers – Wofford

Opening Game: Sat. 12:30 p.m. – at Georgia Tech

“I am a creature of habit and I like Saturday afternoon football … you get in a rhythm and a schedule when playing Saturday games … Thursday games are a novelty and the students probably like them and I believe we have one scheduled on a couple of years, but again on Saturday everything is mapped out … I might consider playing a Thursday game after an open date.


PHOTOS: Dalton Swimmers Slip Past Stuart Heights

UTC Athletics Finish 61st In Capital One Cup Standings

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s 2014-15 athletic season continues to stack up well against the rest of the nation, according to the recent release of the final Capital One Cup standings.  The Mocs men’s programs placed a collective 61st in all of NCAA Division I, outpacing 26 schools from the so-called ‘Power Five’ conferences.  The Capital One Cup is ... (click for more)

Bradley County Commission Rejects 10-Cent Tax Rise For Lake Forest MS; Firefighters Get $3,000 Raise

With a small crowd of demonstrators sitting in the back of the room with signs that read, “Vote no on property tax increase,” the Bradley County Commission on Monday night finally rejected a proposed 10-cent property tax increase that would have added funds to the construction of a new academic building at Lake Forest Middle School.   Funding for renovations at ... (click for more)

11 Attorneys Apply In 2nd Round For Replacing Judge Stern

Eleven attorneys have applied in the second round of applications to replace Rebecca Stern as judge of Criminal Court's Division II. The applicants are: Christian J. Coder Chattanooga Tracy Cox Signal Mountain Amanda B. Dunn Chattanooga Ardena Juanita Garth Chattanooga Thomas Clifton Greenholtz Ooltewah Andrea DeFay Hayduk ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Hay Fields Of July

Oh my goodness, July has just arrived and during my formative years, it was the most hated month of the year. When I was 12 years old, my wonderful grandfather decreed the days of begging for money to go to the picture show and burgers at the Krystal were over, that I was on the payroll for a dollar an hour and, in our family, folks worked for what they spent. Now my grandfather, ... (click for more)