Conference USA has announced the 2011 television schedule for football, which includes eight nationally televised appearances for the Thundering Herd.
The 2011 football season marks the beginning of a new long-term agreement between Conference USA and Fox Sports Media Group for national television rights to a variety of marquee Conference USA events, including a minimum of 20 regular-season football games.
Through two dozen owned and affiliated networks, FOX Sports Networks (FSN) programming reaches more than 85 million homes across the country. Conference USA joins Fox’s impressive roster of other conference partners that includes the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, ACC, and SEC.
CBS Sports Network is the original 24-hour sports channel dedicated to covering college sports. Available to 95 million homes nationwide, CBS Sports Network provides comprehensive college sports coverage, including 25 men’s and women’s sports, hundreds of live games annually, as well as in-depth studio and original programming.
Conference USA enters its seventh year on CBS Sports Network, which will feature a minimum of 20 C-USA football games in 2011. For more information, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
On September 4, Marshall’s season opener at West Virginia will be carried at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN. It will mark the sixth annual Friends of Coal Bowl, all of which have been televised at some level.
A week later on September 10, the Herd will play host to the Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi on CSS. The kickoff time has yet to be determined for that game. Virginia Tech comes to Huntington on the 24th for a 3:30 p.m. game, which will be carried by the CBS Sports Network.
Bright House Sports Network will carry the Herd’s October 8th visit to UCF, which will begin at 4 p.m. while the following C-USA road game for MU at Houston will be carried by CSS. A start time for that contest will be announced at a later date.
CSS will televise a third game for Marshall on October 29 when UAB comes to Joan C. Edwards Stadium. That game will begin at Noon.
Fox Sports Net will cover its first games for the Herd in November, beginning on the 12th when the team travels to Tulsa. Just five days later, FSN will broadcast a Thursday night matchup at Memphis, which is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start.
Other games not currently scheduled to be televised may be picked up by various networks at a later date.