COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech football team returns
to prime time this fall with a couple of Thursday night home games,
hosts five in Tucker Stadium, opens on the road against two FBS
opponents, and faces a challenging eight-game Ohio Valley
Those are some of the highlights in the 11-game schedule
awaiting Golden Eagle head coach Watson Brown and his squad in
Director of Athletics Mark Wilson announced the schedule this
While the end of the regular season features two major hurdles
toward winning an OVC championship, Brown said the early portion of
the slate could be the key to success.
“We’re going to have to be good early in the season
to have a shot at playing for the championship late in the
season,” Brown said.
“We have four goals at the start of the season,” he
said. “One is to have a winning record, two is to win all our
home games, three is to win the state championship for the York
Trophy, and four is to win the OVC.
“If we do those four things, we reach the playoffs. Last
year we reached three of the four goals, so our window for
improvement is very small,” he said. “The only way this
team can improve this year is to repeat those three and win the OVC
Tech will host five games in Tucker Stadium, including two
Thursday night contests early in the year. Four of the five home
games are against OVC opponents, all of which have been among the
league’s powers this decade.
After kicking off the campaign with road games at Arkansas and
TCU, the Golden Eagles open in Tucker Stadium on Thursday night,
Sept. 16, by hosting Lane College from Jackson, Tenn., in a
“It’s our first home game and our kids always
get excited about that,” Brown said. “It’s a
non-conference game, and we’ve been successful opening with
non-conference opponents. We need to be ready to do that again, but
it won’t be easy. It’s just four days after playing at
TCU, so it will be a tough week for us. A tough week, but it will
In week four, Tech opens OVC play with a road game at Southeast
Missouri (Sept. 25).
“We’ve got to get through those early non-conference
games and have our team ready to go when we get on the bus to
SEMO,” Brown said.
The Golden Eagles are back on Overall Field for their second
Thursday night battle on Sept. 30, this time with UT Martin in an
After two home games in September, Tech plays one at home in
October before wrapping up with a pair of tough home games in
November. Eastern Illinois visits for a game on Saturday, Oct. 16.
Come November, the Golden Eagles could be lining up for an OVC
title run when they host Eastern Kentucky and Jacksonville State
for the final two regular season games. Defending league champ EKU
visits on Saturday, Nov. 13, while Jacksonville State invades on
Saturday, Nov. 20.
“If we’re not good early in the season, it will be
real hard for us to be competing for the championship late,”
Brown said. “We hope we have a lot at stake when those two
teams come to town.”
Homecoming will be Saturday, Nov. 13, against
Brown’s fourth season at the helm gets underway with a
couple of tough tests as the Golden Eagles play at Arkansas (Sept.
4) and TCU (Sept. 11).
“Talk about a challenge, we open the season with games at
Arkansas and TCU, but we’re excited about this opportunity
for our young men to play these types of opponents,” Brown
said. “It’s a learning experience for our young men
every time we play against that level of competition. It gives our
players a chance to face the very best competition we can.”
Wilson said that games against FBS opponents are special events
that the team and Tech fans have been excited about in past years.
“Playing up a level has become a tradition for Golden
Eagle football and we’re excited about another opportunity to
add to that tradition,” Wilson said.
The balance of the 2010 schedule finds Tech playing OVC road
games at Austin Peay (Oct. 9), Tennessee State (Oct. 23) and Murray
State (Nov. 6). The Golden Eagles have an open date on Oct. 30.
Tech will also bid to defend its hold on the Sgt. York Trophy in
2010, after sweeping to victories against all three Tennessee OVC
schools last season. In this year’s chase for the Sgt. York
Trophy, Tech plays one game at home (UT Martin) and two on the road
(Austin Peay and Tennessee State).
“The York trophy is a neat thing, and I think it’s
growing in competitiveness each year,” Brown said. “We
know how important it is to us, and how proud we are to have won
it. We know those other three are waiting to see us this year, and
I think it’s tougher on us this year because of what we
accomplished last year.”
The Golden Eagles closed the 2009 season with a 6-5 overall
record and claimed second place in the Ohio Valley Conference with
a 5-3 league record.
Season tickets are on sale for the five-game 2010 home schedule.
Tickets can be ordered at the Athletic Ticket Office in Eblen
Center or by calling (931) 372-3940.
2010 Golden Eagle Football Schedule
Sept. 4 at Arkansas
Sept. 11 at TCU Sept. 16 Lane College (Thursday)
Sept. 25 at Southeast Missouri * Sept. 30 UT Martin * (Thursday)
Oct. 9 at Austin Peay * Oct. 16 Eastern Illinois *
Oct. 23 at Tennessee State *
Oct. 30 Open Date
Nov. 6 at Murray State * Nov. 13 Eastern Kentucky (HOMECOMING) * Nov. 20 Jacksonville State *