Red Wolves Football Adds “High-Level AQ” Opponent

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JONESBORO — Arkansas State University Red Wolves athletic director Terry Mohajir said it was no surprise last week when the word became official that Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic will leave the Sun Belt Conference in June, a year earlier than some had expected.

The two schools will pay a penalty for early departure and the remaining eight teams in the Sun Belt will move on and play a seven-game conference schedule.

Mohajir, who arrived on the job in late September, figured there would be seven conference games next year. There were already four non-conference games on the books and one would be added.

“Now all the conference team go out and get another game, which we have all been working on,” he said. “I have been working on this a while.”

Mohajir said he has signed a contract for the 12th game for 2013, which will be played on the road, and a return game, which could be as early as 2014 but more likely 2015. The other school had not signed but they have an agreement, but Mohajir said it is an opponent who will open eyes.

“I have signed an agreement and I need the other AD to sign it then we will make an announcement.” he said. “We play here, possible ’14 or ’15 depending up on their schedule and our schedule.

“I was actually talking with three schools from AQ conferences,” he said. “And we had offers from two of them.”

Here is what we know. There will be six home games next season, and all the games will be in Jonesboro. Since ASU has six home games, that means they conference breakdown will be four home and three away.

Red Wolves Recruting GuideWho could the non-conference game be with?

“What we have is a high-level AQ school,” he said.

One likely possibility is Missouri. The Tigers, now members of the SEC, are close by and will travel very well to Jonesboro, especially since part of the fanbase is less than hour from the ASU campus. On the school’s website, the 2013 schedule lists 11 games with an open date on Sept. 14 or Sept. 28.

Red Wolves football opens the season on Aug. 31 at home with Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Red Wolves play at Auburn on Sept. 7 and at Memphis on Sept. 21. The Idaho game is Oct. 12. The conference schedule has not been released.

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  • ASUFanRules

    Missouri makes sense, though not as much sense as playing the AQ team located within our own state.

  • Apache

    Mohajir has an excellent philosophy on scheduling that will really pay dividends as he begins to fill up the ASU’s schedules for 2014 and beyond. I expect to see him try to find both quality “mid major” and “AQ” home and home games as well as some road “AQ” games that can be winnable. Mohajir is what ASU needs as an AD – a grinder!

  • Nathan

    I’d be excited to see a home and home with NIU or Kent State even. Those guys were fun and competitive. Mizzou would be great, especially for them to come to Jonesboro. Have we ever had an SEC team in Jonesboro? Ole Miss would be fun too, really because of the story line. What about Iowa State or Ohio?

    It’s fun talking about teams that we can compete with and teams that would be fun to play. Is it weird to still be in shock that this is MY school? MY ASU that 10 years ago was struggling to get a winning season much less back to back conference titles?

    It’s a good time to be a Red Wolf. It’s a good time to support ASU!

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