OUR VIEW - Blue Hose Football needs a rivalry

This season is too early, but there is still a window for negotiations. In 3 years, Newberry’s Setzler Field will celebrate its 100th anniversary. There would be no better opponent for the Wolves to play in the first game of the Field Centennial season than Presbyterian. Newberry AD Ralph Patterson has had experience at Erskine and Lander - so he understands the history of what used to be called 'The Little Four'."

 

EDITORIAL: Bring Back the Derby

 

Now that Presbyterian College is going to hire a new athletics director, it’s time to have serious discussions about the Blue Hose playing football against the Newberry College Wolves.

This coming season would have been ideal - Newberry is at North Greenville Sept. 5 (Thursday) and Presbyterian has an OPEN date Sept. 7 (Saturday). Blue Hose football could have dropped this game: Nov. 23 St. Andrews.

This season is too early, but there is still a window for negotiations. In 3 years, Newberry’s Setzler Field will celebrate its 100th anniversary. There would be no better opponent for the Wolves to play in the first game of the Field Centennial season than Presbyterian. Newberry AD Ralph Patterson has had experience at Erskine and Lander - so he understands the history of what used to be called “The Little Four”.

Head coach Todd Knight has released Newberry's 2019 football schedule, which features 11 games against Division II foes, a new South Atlantic Conference opponent, and six games at historic Setzler Field in the facility's 97th season. The slate includes three games against teams that advanced to the 2018 NCAA Division II Football Championship. WKDK-AM 1240 will return for its 74th season of Newberry football coverage, led by 38th-year play-by-play voice Jimmie Coggins. All home games will be streamed on newberrywolves.tv.

Under Tommy Spangler, PC Football has one more year’s obligation to the Big South Conference, then will play an independent schedule, then will become a member of the Pioneer Football League. Before the Blue Hose embark on a football journey to San Diego and Indianapolis (Butler), it needs to play just 20 miles from its home. 

It would re-ignite the fan base. It would be great pictures - players hoisting The Bronze Derby. It would defy the rivalry-busting trend, such as Kansas and Missouri not playing, and would fall in line as a small college equivalent of Alabama-Auburn and Yale-Harvard.

With the right PR firm, Newberry and Presbyterian would make ESPN The Magazine, even as it’s not going to be in print anymore (on-line only). College Game Day won’t come here, but who needs them, as long as we have our modern-day version of “Turkey Day.”

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