Posted by Joey Mullins on 2012-07-02

Samford's 2012 football season-opener against Furman will be televised live on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) at 3 p.m. (CT) on Sept. 1 at Seibert Stadium.

"We are always excited when we have the opportunity to showcase our program and our campus for a television audience," Samford Director of Athletics Martin Newton said. "We look forward to hosting this broadcast, and we know this game will be entertaining for the fans of both institutions."

The game will mark the 15th all-time meeting between Samford and Furman, with the Paladins holding an 8-6 advantage in the series. Last season, the teams met in Greenville, S.C., with Samford earning a 26-21 victory over Furman.

"It will be exciting for us to kick off our season with a home Southern Conference game," Samford Head Coach Pat Sullivan said. "This game will be a big challenge for us, and I know it is something our players will be excited about."

Since Samford joined the Southern Conference prior to the 2008 season, the games between Samford and Furman have been particularly close, with three of the four meetings being decided by five points or less.

This marks the second-straight season Samford has opened the season with a home Southern Conference contest. Last season, the Bulldogs played host to third-ranked Georgia Southern to open the season.

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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.