Tusculum, Limestone SAC opener to be part of NCAA II Football Showcase on ESPN3

Tusculum, Limestone SAC opener to be part of NCAA II Football Showcase on ESPN3

INDIANAPOLIS --- Tusculum's South Atlantic Conference football opener at Limestone College on Sept. 16 will be featured as part of the NCAA Division II Football Showcase.

The league lid-lifter between the Pioneers and the Saints will kick off at 7 p.m. in Gaffney, South Carolina and will be streamed on ESPN3, which is available on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.  It will be one of 18 games which will be featured this fall.

"The collaboration with ESPN provides a continued opportunity to showcase Division II's balanced student-athlete experience," said Terri Steeb Gronau, vice president of Division II. "The student-athletes who will be featured in these games have made incredible achievements on and off the field, and we're excited to share their abilities with a broad national audience on ESPN3."

Limestone is beginning its first season as an associate member of the South Atlantic Conference and will be eligible for football championships and awards starting this year.  The Saints are coming off a 5-6 season, including a 34-13 loss at Tusculum last October.  TC leads the all-time series 2-0 against the Saints.

ESPN3 is ESPN's live multiscreen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through the ESPN app. The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

The Pioneers will kick off their 2017 campaign on Thursday, Aug. 31 at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina.  TC will play its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 9 against Shorter University at Pioneer Field.

2017 NCAA Division II Football Showcase
Sept. 2 — Notre Dame (Ohio) at Shepherd
Sept. 2 — East Central at Oklahoma Baptist
Sept. 9 — Bowie State at Winston-Salem State
Sept. 9 — Albany State at Tuskegee
Sept. 16 — Tusculum at Limestone
Sept. 16 — Grand Valley State at Michigan Tech
Sept. 23 — Mars Hill at Catawba
Sept. 23 — Ferris State at Ashland
Sept. 30 — West Florida at Florida Tech
Sept. 30 — Colorado Mesa at Colorado State-Pueblo
Oct. 7 — Southwest Baptist at Truman
Oct. 7 — California (Pa.) at Indiana (Pa.)
Oct. 14 — Findlay at Hillsdale
Oct. 14 — Indiana (Pa.) at Slippery Rock
Oct. 21 — Grand Valley State at Ferris State
Oct. 21 — Tarleton State at Texas A&M-Kingsville
Oct. 28 — Southern Arkansas at Henderson State
Oct. 28 — Azusa Pacific at Central Washington
Nov. 4 — To be determined
Nov. 11 — To be determined