Posted by Joey Mullins on 2010-07-08

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Samford's home football game against Furman on Oct. 16 will be televised live on SportSouth, the Southern Conference announced, in conjunction with SportSouth, on Thursday.


The Samford-Furman game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (CT) kickoff from Seibert Stadium. The game is part of SportSouth's SoCon Saturdays series, which will include eight conference games throughout the season.


This marks the second televised game of the season for Samford. The Bulldogs' season-opener at Florida State on Sept. 4 will be televised live on ESPNU.


SoCon Saturdays will kick off on Sept. 4 with Appalachian State playing at Chattanooga. On Sept. 25, the series will resume with the Elon at Georgia Southern game. The next matchup in the series will be Elon at Appalachian State on Oct. 9.


Furman at Samford on Oct. 16 will be followed by Appalachian State at Western Carolina on Oct. 23 and The Citadel at Wofford on Oct. 30. The final two games in the series, scheduled for Nov. 13 and Nov. 20, will be selected jointly by the conference and SportSouth to choose games that figure to have the greatest impact on the league race.


"The concept of two wild card weekends is something we've discussed in the past and are excited to finally put in place," Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino said. "This will assure our viewers of seeing meaningful conference games down the stretch in November."


This marks the third year in a row Samford has hosted a SoCon Saturdays contest. Samford's 2008 home game against Furman and last season's home contest against Chattanooga were also a part of the series. Samford joined the SoCon prior to the 2008 season.


The full SoCon Saturdays schedule is listed below.


2010 Southern Conference Football Telecast Schedule on SportSouth
Sept. 4, Appalachian State at Chattanooga, 2 p.m.
Sept. 25, Elon at Georgia Southern, 5 p.m.
Oct. 9, Elon at Appalachian State, 2 p.m.
Oct. 16, Furman at Samford, 1 p.m.
Oct. 23, Appalachian State at Western Carolina, 2 p.m.
Oct. 30, The Citadel at Wofford, 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 13, TBA
Nov. 20, TBA

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.