HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton University football team has released its 2016 schedule, a slate that includes five home games.
“It’s a good schedule,” head coach Connell Maynor, who is entering his third season, said. “We get an FBS program to start in Old Dominion and that will be tough, but we look forward to the challenge. It’s a tough conference schedule; we won five MEAC games last year, so we’re gonna see if we can get those five again this year and then pick up the other three.”
The season will open on the road, as the Pirates head to Norfolk, Va. to take on FBS foe Old Dominion on Sept. 3. Hampton will then have their home opener on Sept. 10, taking on William & Mary at Armstrong Stadium at 6 p.m.
Three straight on the road follow, starting with the Nation’s Football Classic against rival Howard on Sept. 17. The Pirates will then have their bye week, before heading to Greensboro, N.C. on Oct. 1 to take on North Carolina A&T. [easyazon_infoblock align=”right” identifier=”B011DSK912″ locale=”US” tag=”hbcusports-20″]
The road trip will wrap up in Dover, Del. on Oct. 8 against Delaware State.
Hampton’s Homecoming will be on Oct. 15 against Morgan State at 2 p.m., before the Pirates hit the road again on Oct. 22, traveling to Tallahassee, Fla. to take on Florida A&M.
Three straight home games will follow, starting with a tilt against South Carolina State on Oct. 29. The Pirates will then play host to Savannah State on Nov. 12, before celebrating Senior Day on Nov. 19 with the Battle of the Bay against Norfolk State.
All three of those games are set to kick off at 1 p.m.
The Pirates will close out the regular season on Nov. 26 at Coastal Carolina, which is in the process of transitioning from FCS to FBS.
“It’s a tough way to start the year, and a tough way to end it,” Maynor said. “But we look forward to the challenge.”
Dates and times are subject to change.
HAMPTON UNIVERSITY 2016 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
|September 3||Old Dominion||Norfolk, VA||TBA|
|September 10||William & Mary||Hampton, VA||6:00 pm|
Nation’s Football Classic
|Washington, DC [RFK Stadium]||TBA|
|October 1||North Carolina A&T*||Greensboro, NC||TBA|
|October 8||Delaware State*||Dover, DE||2:00 pm|
|October 15||Morgan State*
|Hampton, VA||2:00 pm|
|October 22||Florida A&M*||Tallahassee, FL||3:00 pm|
|October 29||South Carolina State*||Hampton. VA||1:00 pm|
|November 12||Savannah State*||Hampton, VA||1:00 pm|
|November 19||Norfolk State*
Battle of the Bay
|Hampton, VA||1:00 pm|
|November 26||Coastal Carolina||Conway, SC||TBA|
*Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference games.
Courtesy: Hampton Athletics
This is a tough schedule. Hampton may improve and have a worse record. Looks like Coastal is playing two MEAC teams: FAMU and Hampton. CCU has played NCAT and SCSU is the past, but I am surprised they scheduled two MEAC teams in the same season.