INDIANAPOLIS, Indianapolis – Arkansas Tech University will have its non-conference road game on Sept. 9 at Delta State broadcast live on national television as part of the CBS College Sports Television Division II Football Game of the Week package that was announced on Tuesday.
"We consider it an honor here at Tech to be one of the 12 schools that has been selected by the NCAA and CBS College Sports Network to have one of our games broadcast in front of national television audience," Tech Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Steve Mullins said Tuesday.
The Division II Game of the Week package is in its fifth year with the CBS College Sports Network and the partnership was developed to provide Division II schools live national television exposure for their football and basketball programs.
This season's six-game football package for the 2010 season will feature four outstanding conference match-ups and two top non-conference games to start the season.
All six of this year's games are on Thursdays and they will kick off at 7 p.m. Central time.
"Our partnership with CBS College Sports Network has provided a national platform to help us tell the Division II story," said Division II Vice President Mike Racy in a release from the NCAA. "During the past four years, we have brought the national TV spotlight to more than 50 Division II campuses, for more than 100 Division II colleges and universities, to showcase regular-season competition to a national audience. In this spirit we have packaged another compelling schedule this fall that will showcase Division II football from seven different conferences and feature teams from all four of our football regions."
The 2010 national television package will open on Thursday, Sept. 2, with West Texas A&M visiting Grand Valley State, the 2009 D-II National runners-up. Last year, West Texas A&M won its last six games, including a 31-25 win over Nebraska-Omaha in the Lower Kanza Bowl in Topeka, Kan., while Grand Valley State fell 30-23 in last season's D-II title game to Northwest Missouri State. The Lakers have won two national titles since 2005 and reached the national semifinals in 2007.
The Sept. 9 game will feature Tech traveling to its Gulf South Conference rival, Delta State in a non-conference match-up in Cleveland, Miss. Tech finished with a 9-3 record last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA D-II Playoffs for the second time in school history, while the Statesmen finished with a 5-5 record in 2009 and suffered a 35-23 loss to the Wonder Boys in Russellville.
On Sept. 23, Southern Connecticut State will host American International in a Northeast-10 Conference game and the fourth game in this season's package will feature a scoring outburst when Fairmont State hosts West Liberty State on Sept. 30 in a battle of West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rivals. West Liberty scored 119 points in two Division II playoffs games last year, including an 84-63 first-round win over Edinboro [PA].
The fifth game of the package is scheduled for Oct. 7 when Shippensburg, a playoff team in 2009, will travel to West Chester in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference game. This year's television package will conclude on Oct. 14 when Elizabeth City State visits Virginia State in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association match-up.
Division II and CBS College Sports Network will also televise an annual package of men's and women's basketball games. The 2010-11 basketball package will be announced later.
Tech will open its 96th season of intercollegiate football on Thursday, Sept. 2 when the Wonder Boys play host to Lambuth [TN] University in a 7 p.m. non-conference contest in Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field. Lambuth finished with a 12-1 record last season and advanced to the second round of the NAIA National Playoffs.