The UNC Pembroke football team's home game on Thursday, September 5, 2013, against Winston-Salem State University will be televised by CBS Sports Network.
It is the first game of the season for both teams and the first-ever national television appearance for a UNCP team. Powerhouse Winston-Salem was the runner-up in the NCAA Division II National Championship game in 2012 and they defeated the Braves during the regular season.
Athletic Director Dick Christy and head football coach Pete Shinnick, applauded the televised game.
"We are very excited that the NCAA chose to kick-off the Division II college football season here at UNC Pembroke, Christy said. "It is a testament to the program that coach Shinnick has built here, the support of our local community and the strength of our budding regional rivalry with Winston-Salem State."
"What a great opportunity for UNCP and Braves football," Shinnick said. "Everyone associated with our program is looking forward to this game.
'Thanks to the CBS Sports Network, we have an opportunity to display our university and football program on national television," Shinnick said. "It is going to be a great night for UNCP. Go Braves!"
The contest in Grace P. Johnson Stadium is one of six in a regular season football games in a Thursday night television package put together by NCAA Division II and the CBS Sports Network. It may be viewed locally on Time Warner Cable channel 537 and DirecTV channel 613.
To accommodate the television broadcast, the game will begin at 8 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. as originally scheduled.
The six-game Thursday night slate features seven teams from last year's championship field, including two national semifinalists. Teams appearing in this year's television package combined for a 102-30 (.773) overall record last season.
"This year's package of games offers a tremendous representation of Division II football," said Frank Condino, chair of the Division II Football Committee and athletics director at Indiana (Pa.).
Here is the entire 2013 Division II Football Thursday Night Football package:
For more information about UNCP football or UNCP athletics, please go online to: http://www.uncpbraves.com.
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