Game Times, Television, Set For Season
2002 Marshall Football Schedule
In an effort to make Marshall University football games more available for families, Director of Athletics Bob Marcum announced today that game times for Herd home football games have been pushed back to 4:30 p.m.
?We understand that there is a large number of Marshall football fans who work on Saturday, but we also want to make our home games more easily accessible for families with children,? Marcum said. ?We think that the 4:30 kickoff time strikes a good balance for working fans as well as families.?
The change affects only three games on the 2002 Herd schedule. The Buffalo game (Oct. 12) and Ball State game (Nov. 30) were both originally set for 7 p.m. The Troy State game (Oct. 19) which will be Homecoming was originally set for 4 p.m.
?This is going to be a very exciting season for Marshall football and we want to make the games available for as many Herd fans as possible,? Coach Bob Pruett said. ?We hope that the earlier start time will encourage more families to come out and participate in the excitement on game day at Marshall Stadium.?
The other non-ESPN home game, against Appalachian State on August 31, will remain a 7 p.m. start in order to avoid some of the early season heat. Home game times for Central Florida (Sept. 20, 7 p.m.) and Miami (Nov. 12, 8 p.m.), which will be televised by ESPN2 and ESPN respectively, are still tentative.
In addition to three appearances on ESPN/ESPN2, Marshall will have four games televised by WSAZ-TV in Huntington as a part of the ISP Sports TV package. As many as two other games may be selected to be televised as part of the Mid-American Conference TV package, but those games will not be selected until 21 days in advance.
Marshall will also have a variety of special events in conjunction with home games this season. The Appalachian State game will be ?Magnet Schedule Night? with the first 5,000 fans receiving 2002 magnet schedules.
The Buffalo game has been designated ?NASCAR Day? with the cars of Bill Elliott (Dodge), Steve Park (Pennzoil), Jimmie Johnson (Lowe?s) and Ricky Hendricks (GMAC) already committed to appear. That is also ?Parents? Weekend? at Marshall.
The Troy State game will be Homecoming and the Ball State game will be Youth Day. Several other events in conjunction with home games are also in the works for this season and will be announced at a later date.