Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s first football game is 79 days away, but you can get an up-close-and-personal taste of it in less than one day.
Yes, there is a qualifier.
To start Friday morning you must be upcoming first- through eighth-graders and enroll in the Southeastern Football Camps.
That’s camps, plural, because Saturday, June 21, there will be a camp for upcoming ninth- through 12th-graders.
Both camps will be held at Southeastern’s Paul Laird Field and both will feature head coach Bo Atterberry and his staff, joined by some of the top high school and college coaches in the area.
SE Director of Athletics Keith Baxter said, “We’re excited about the upcoming football season. We have a great opportunity this year on national television to showcase Southeastern football.
“We are also excited about our first football camps with coach Atterberry. We’re inviting all parents and fans to attend the camps. We think this will be a way we can reach out and involve our community and the surrounding area.”
Camps each day will begin with check-in from 8:30-9 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Camp fee is $40 and includes a T-shirt, lunch and instruction.
Campers should bring athletic shorts and shoes. Additional cleats are suggested.
The camps are non-contact with heavy emphasis on individual instruction.
Coach Atterberry said, “We’re looking forward to the camps. Response has been excellent and we could have more than 100 in the two camps. Registrations are still coming in and we’re anxious to motivate and develop the young players. It gives us a chance to teach football and that’s why we’re here.”
Campers may register online at www.abcsportscamps.com/sefootball or just show up and register on the morning of the camps.
SAVAGE STORM football will have two games under its belt before the school’s first appearance on national television.
The 2014 season kicks off with a trip to Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia. That means the team from the Campus of A Thousand Magnolias will travel to play a team from a town named Magnolia.
Southern Arkansas was 6-4 a year ago and fourth in the Great American Conference.
The Storm will host the University of Arkansas-Monticello in the second game of the season. Arkansas-Monticello was 5-6 last season.
Southeastern will have two weeks of game competition before traveling to Arkadelphia to take on Henderson State on CBS Sports Network with a prime-time kickoff slated for 7 p.m.
While it’s nice to be on national television for the first time, some might think going against the two-time defending-champion Reddies might not be all that good a deal.
Coach Atterberry doesn’t see it that way at all.
“We’re looking at it as a great opportunity to compete against an outstanding football program,” Atterberry said.
“The Great American Conference is strong and it won’t be easy any week. We just need to make sure we prepare and embrace the process and be ready regardless of TV cameras.”
OVER THE NINE years of NCAA Division II’s partnership with CBS Sports Network, more than 40 percent of the football-playing schools have appeared in nationally televised games.
Southeastern is in on the ground floor of the first year of the nationally televised Division II Football Game of the Week.
Storm fans will also have an opportunity to see other D-II teams around the nation on the Thursday Night Football Schedule.
Sept. 4 – Grand Valley State at Azusa Pacific
Sept. 18 – Southeastern at Henderson State
Sept. 25 – Missouri Western at Lindenwood
Oct. 2 – Benedict at Miles
Oct. 9 – Minnesota State at Winona State
Oct. 16 – Colorado School of Mines at Fort Lewis
Oct. 30 – Saint Joseph’s (IN) at the University of Indianapolis
Note: Grand Valley State at Azusa Pacific will kick off at 9 p.m. ET. All other games will kick off at 8 p.m. ET.