ST. CHARLES, MO. — With the time dwindling down until it officially becomes as a full-fledged member of NCAA Division II, the Lindenwood University athletics department announced today that it had finalized its 2012 football schedule, by adding a home non-conference game against Glenville State College on September 21.
The special Friday night contest will be played at Harlen C. Hunter Stadium, and is scheduled for kickoff that evening at 7 p.m.
Glenville State, a small public college in Glenville, W. Va., competes in the West Virginina Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and is coming off a 5-6 season last year.
The Pioneers were a respectable 5-3 in WVIAC games last year, and expect to bring back three all-conference players this season, in 1000-yard rusher Joe Mesadieu, offensive lineman Mark Jackson, and defensive lineman James Washington.
Lindenwood will begin its first NCAA Division II college football season — also the Lions’ first in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) — three weeks earlier, on Saturday, September 1, with a road game in Jefferson City, against Lincoln University.
The Glenville State game will be the third of four straight home games in September for Lindenwood.
The 2012 Lions home opener is slated for Saturday, September 8, when Lindenwood will host Southwest Baptist University at Hunter Stadium, at 6 p.m.
The following Saturday, September 15, Lindenwood will host Central Missouri in another 6 p.m. matchup at Hunter Stadium.
Then the week after the Glenville State game, the Lions will host Nebraska-Kearney, in their first home day game of the season, on Saturday, September 29, with the opening kickoff set for 1:30 p.m.
In October, Lindenwood will play two road games in Kansas (October 6 at Fort Hays State and October 13 at Emporia State), and two home games at Hunter Stadium (October 20 against Washburn and October 27 against Missouri Southern).
The game against Washburn will serve as Lindenwood’s 2012 Homecoming Game, while the matchup against Missouri Southern is slated to be the MIAA Game of the Week, and will be broadcast live throughout Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma on the MIAA Television Network.
The Lions will close the season with a pair of road games in November, including a November 3 trip to Pittsburg, Kan., to take on defending national champ Pittsburg State, and a trip to Kirksville, Mo., to face Truman State in its final game as a member of the MIAA.
The Bulldogs are moving to the Great Lakes Valley Conference in 2013.