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Eastern Kentucky football reschedules home opener to avoid Derby conflict

Another Kentucky football team is readjusting its own schedule for the rescheduled Kentucky Derby. The Eastern Kentucky football team has announced the Colonels will now play their first game of the season against Western Carolina at home on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. The game was originally slated for the following Saturday (Sept. 5), also known as the same day as the also-rescheduled Derby.

EKU joins UK football and UofL football in its decision to avoid a conflict with the running of the roses. Kentucky will play Eastern Michigan on Thursday, Sept. 3, while Louisville will play NC State one day earlier to avoid a conflict with Derby and “Thurby.”

Unlike the Wildcats, the Eastern Kentucky Colonels are fairly used to a Thursday night kickoff. This year will mark the third straight season (and the fifth time in the last eight years) Eastern will open its campaign at home on a Thursday night. Meanwhile, the Kentucky football team hasn’t played a home opener on a Thursday since the Cats defeated Western Kentucky in Nashville to start the 2011 season. Otherwise, the Cats have a pretty-horrendous track record with Thursday night ball.

Assuming the season actually begins as currently expected, this news simply means there will be even more football to watch throughout Labor Day weekend. That’s something to smile about, right?

[EKU Sports]

Article written by Maggie Davis

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