TIGERVILLE, SC--North Greenville University athletic director Jan McDonald and head football coach Mike Taylor announced the Crusaders' 2008 football schedule today.
The ten-game 2008 campaign will feature four home games and six away games. North Greenville will face three NCAA Division I opponents, five Division II teams, and two schools from the NAIA ranks.
The Crusaders will play five schools they played in 2007.
NGU will play two Thursday night games, both against nationally-ranked teams. One Thursday night showdown will be on the road at Newberry and the other at home against North Alabama.
"We have a challenging schedule playing three Division I teams and two teams that will probably be nationally-ranked when we play them," said Taylor. "This is the most difficult schedule we have faced since I have been here."
The Crusaders will try to rebound from a 5-6 season in 2007.
The Crusaders open the season August 30, 2008 in Lynchburg, VA as they take on Liberty University. This will be the first matchup between the two schools.
One week later, September 6, North Greenville plays its first home game, a 7:00 kickoff against Wingate University. NGU last played Wingate in 2005.
Again this season, the third game of the year is a Thursday night Showdown with Taylor's alma mater, Newberry College. The September 11 game will kickoff at 7:00 p.m.
The Crusaders return home September 20 to play Kentucky Wesleyan. The two teams last met at KWU in 2006.
The next two Saturdays, North Greenville takes a tour of two of South Carolina's Division I-FCS institutions. On September 27, the Crusaders have their annual date with rival Charleston Southern. The game will be played at CSU at 1:30 p.m. The very next week, October 4, North Greenville travels for the second consecutive year to Presbyterian College.
The second Thursday night game will come October 9 at home against Division II national power North Alabama University. The Lions are a perennial nationally-ranked team.
NGU, then, will play two teams from the NAIA ranks. First, the Crusaders travel to Rome, GA to face Shorter College at 1:30 p.m. on October 18. Then, Edward Waters visits Younts Stadium on October 25. This will the the third consecutive year the Crusaders and Tigers have met.
North Greenville will finish out the regular season on the road November 8 at UNC-Pembroke.
DATE OPPONENT TIME Aug 30 @ Liberty TBA Sep 6 Wingate 7:00 Sep 11 @Newberry 7:00 Sep 20 Kentucky Wesleyan TBA Sep 27 1:30 Oct 4 @Presbyterian TBA Oct 9 North Alabama 7:00 Oct 18 @ Shorter 1:30 Oct 25 Edward Waters TBA Nov 8 @ UNC-Pembroke TBA