Football adds tougher, more prestigious teams to future schedule
August 08, 2008 | 09:41 AM
Stony Brook University's football team will make history in 2010 when they play in their first-ever game against a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent. The Seawolves will play two more contests against FBS institutions (formerly known as Division IA).
In 2010, the Seawolves will travel to Tampa, Florida to play Big East Conference member the University of South Florida Bulls. In addition to South Florida, the Seawolves will play at University of Buffalo in 2011 and Army in 2012.
"Playing these types of games was a part of our original five-year strategic plan when we started here," said third-year head coach Chuck Priore. "These games will give us an opportunity to continue to raise the level of our recruiting efforts while also challenging our student-athletes and staff. Competing against these institutions will help transition the Stony Brook football program to the next level of competition and prestige."
Stony Brook and South Florida will square off on September 4, 2010 in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Bulls have quickly grown into one of the top programs in the Big East. In only 11 seasons, South Florida has gone from not sponsoring a football program to one that has been ranked among the top 25 in each of the last two seasons and has played in three consecutive Bowl games.
Stony Brook and Buffalo will square off on Sept. 10, 2011 at U.B. Stadium in the first football meeting between the two largest schools in the SUNY system. Last season the Bulls had their highest win total in the Division I history of the program and won a share of the Mid-American Conference East Division title.
On Sept. 29, 2012, Stony Brook will travel up the Hudson River to take on one of the most storied college football programs in the nation when it plays Army. Similar to the other two FBS opponents that were announced, this game will be the first-ever football meeting between the Seawolves and the Black Knights.
Stony Brook will kick off the 2008 season at home on Aug. 30 when it hosts Colgate University in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium at 6 pm.
"We are very excited about adding these programs to Stony Brook's future football schedules," Stony Brook Director of Athletics Jim Fiore said. "The opportunity to play football programs of this caliber is the next logical step forward for our athletic program. These contests will be events that the entire Stony Brook University community, student-athletes, alumni and fans will look forward to with great excitement and passion."