South Carolina's first two football games of the 2009 season will be in prime time on national television, it was announced today.
The Gamecocks open the season at N.C. State - a Thursday night contest at 7 on ESPN. Its USC's in Raleigh since the 1999 season and just the school's second trip to Carter-Finley Stadium since 1990.
USC will then open Southeastern Conference play the following week on Sept. 12 at Georgia. That game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.
A time for South Carolina's home opener with Florida Atlantic on Sept. 19 has not yet been set.
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The Gamecocks appeared on ESPN or ESPN2 six times during the 2008 season.
NOTABLE DATES OF INTEREST:
-- Friday, July 24 – South Carolina at SEC Media Days in Birmingham
-- Thursday, July 30 – Coaches/Media Golf Outing
-- Monday, August 3 – Players Report for fall camp
-- Tuesday, August 4 – First Practice
-- Sunday, August 9 – Media Day
-- Sunday, August 16 – Fan Appreciation Day
-- Thursday, August 20 – Fall Semester Begins
-- Thursday, September 3 – Season Opener at NC State, 7 p.m., ESPN
-- Saturday, September 12 – SEC Opener at Georgia, 7 p.m., ESPN2
-- Saturday, September 19 – Home Opener vs. Florida Atlantic, Game time TBA