Troy Univ. Announces Fall 2012 Football Schedule


By Jessica Gertler

From the CBS 8 Troy Newsroom-- Troy University has announced its football schedule for next fall. Fans can look forward to six home games including visits from the United States Naval Academy and for the first time an SEC school, Mississippi State.

Not only has the upcoming football schedule created a big buzz around campus, but area businesses like Courtyard Marriott Hotel can't wait for the revenue to roll in.

Troy University will host six home games this fall including United States Naval Academy on November 10 and Mississippi State on September 15.

Coach Larry Blakeney says this will be a fist-ever visit from an SEC team.

"Part of the agreement was they would come here in 2012, and we're looking forward to it," he says."We are excited for that opportunity to play an SEC program in our stadium."

The fall line up has players like defensive tackle Cedric Lenoard ready to hit the field.

"It's a big incentive to go out and play them to the best of our ability," he Leonard says.

And has the Trojan Nation circling the home games on their calendars.

"It's great that we have an SEC school coming to Troy, especially a team like Mississippi State. It gives our university a great national recognition," says student Mitchell Spoon.

"It's absolutely exciting, because it's an SEC team that is coming to our home turf, and I don't thin that's ever really happened before!" says student Chelsea Tomaino.

Area businesses are also sharing the excitement. Courtyard Marriott Hotel Manager Dawn Railey says within hours of the schedule being announced, she's taken dozens of reservations for Navy and Mississippi State weekends.

"That means a lot of revenue coming in for the city of Troy for all hotels and restaurants. It makes a big difference, because we can put more housekeepers to work. We can have more people work in our restaurant here. Everybody gets more hours and money."

Troy University hasn't announced when homecoming will be, but Railey says that will also bring in the big bucks.

The 2012 Troy University Football Schedule:

Sept. 1          at UAB
Sept. 8          Louisiana-Lafayette
Sept. 15        Mississippi State
Sept. 22        at North Texas
Sept. 29        at South Alabama
Oct. 11          Western Kentucky (ESPNU)
Oct. 20          FIU
Oct. 27         at Florida Atlantic
Nov. 3          at Tennessee
Nov. 10        Navy
Nov. 17        Arkansas State
Nov. 24        at Middle Tennessee



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