JONESBORO, Ar - Arkansas State Director of Athletics Dr. Dean Lee announced Friday that several adjustments to the 2009 football schedule have been made in order to accommodate a national television broadcast of the Red Wolves' Sun Belt Conference game at UL - Monroe, which has been moved to Tuesday, Oct. 13.
ASU's game versus UL - Monroe will be televised by ESPN2, marking the Red Wolves' first appearance on national television since their New Orleans Bowl game against Southern Miss was aired by ESPN2 as well.
"We're extremely excited about the opportunity to appear on national television," said ASU Head Coach Steve Roberts. "This gives us a chance to showcase our team in front of a national viewing audience and we obviously welcome the exposure our football program, Arkansas State University and the Sun Belt Conference will receive from the broadcast."
"We feel like our 2009 football schedule was already very appealing to our fans, but the addition of national television makes it even more attractive," said Lee. "Anytime we have the opportunity to appear on national television, we certainly look forward to it as it clearly presents us with a tremendous avenue to have a great impact on not only our football program, but the entire University."
The Red Wolves game against the Warhawks was originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10, but was moved to Tuesday when ESPN2 picked up the game. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 7:00 p.m. Central Time.
ASU's scheduled dates for its home games against Mississippi Valley State (Sept. 5), Troy (Sept. 26) and North Texas (Nov. 28) remain the same, while its home games against Florida International and UL - Lafayette have been moved to Oct. 24 and Nov. 7, respectively.
The season opener against Mississippi Valley State will still be featured as the Hall of Honor game, and the annual Paint the Town Red tradition will also be held. MVSU's band will also be in attendance at the Red Wolves' home opener. Additionally, the weekend has been selected to recognize and honor former ASU Head Coach Bennie Ellender and the players, coaches, trainers, cheerleaders and others that were a part of ASU football from 1962-70.
ASU's Senior Day remains set for Nov. 28 when North Texas visits ASU Stadium, while its Homecoming game has now been moved to Oct. 24 when the Red Wolves host Florida International.
In addition to the Florida International, UL - Lafayette and UL - Monroe games, the other ASU games effected in the schedule change are Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky. The Red Wolves' game at Middle Tennessee will now be played Nov. 21, and its game at Western Kentucky has been moved to Dec. 3.
The Red Wolves will also have an additional open date Oct. 17, the Saturday following the UL - Monroe contest.