ROCK HILL - The South Atlantic Conference announced the 2015-18 conference football schedule Friday, which includes a new scheduling alliance with Limestone College. Newberry College and Limestone have also agreed to a contract to play in the 2014 season.
The Division II squads will extend a rivalry which already exists in multiple sports to football when Limestone begins its inaugural season in 2014. The scheduling of the 2014 game completes the schedule for Newberry's 101st season of intercollegiate football against a school in its first season of competition. Newberry will have five of its 11 games at home in 2014.
"We welcome Limestone to the Division II football family in 2014, and we're glad one of their first games will be here in Newberry," said Newberry College director of athletics Matt Finley said. "A great football tradition already exists in Gaffney and we hope the Saints bring plenty of fans to our first home game of the 2014 season."
From 2015-18, the SAC schedule will remain a true round-robin format, with each school playing seven conference games. Every SAC team will also face Limestone each year from 2015-18, alternating home and away. Those games, however, will not count towards the conference standings.
The 2015 and 2016 schedules have formally been approved by the league's athletic directors, while the 2017 and 2018 schedules have been tentatively approved.
“With the release of the 2015-18 schedule, our schools, their alumni and fans can start making plans and looking towards an exciting future of SAC football,” said SAC commissioner Patrick Britz.
“We are also pleased to have reached a scheduling agreement with Limestone College for these four years,” Britz added. “SAC teams struggle to find in-region, non-conference opponents, and this guarantees them at least one every year.”
2014 Newberry College Football Schedule
at Charleston Southern
at Mars Hill *
Mars Hill, N.C.
at Tusculum *
at UNC Pembroke
at Brevard *
at North Greenville