Head Coach Rodney Hennon is prepared to lead his team into their final Southern Conference season before moving to the Sun Belt Conference in 2015. The Eagles open on the road for the first time since 2007 at Georgia before returning home to face Georgia Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.
“We go to Athens this year to start the season,” said Hennon. “We also have a lot of the same traditional mid-week teams on our schedule. Georgia Tech will be coming here early, and we will return a trip to Atlanta later on in the spring. Clemson comes back to Statesboro for the first time since 2003 and as always, we have a very competitive schedule and once again it is going to be competitive within the league.”
Coach Hennon’s squad will remain at home on the weekend and will play four games against Maryland Eastern Shore on Feb. 21-23. The Eagles return to the road at NCAA Participant Mercer on Feb. 26 before hosting Ohio and Southern Illinois Edwardsville that weekend. The Eagles will also face College of Charleston on March 5 and Holy Cross March 7-9 before opening SoCon play at Elon.
The Eagles return home from their first conference series to play Clemson in a two-game mid-week series. GSU will stay at home that weekend and will face Appalachian State in a three-game set before traveling to North Florida on March 25 and Davidson March 28-30.
After a weekend series in Charleston, S.C. against The Citadel, the Eagles return the trip to Atlanta and square off with Georgia Tech on April 8. After the contest with the Yellow Jackets, GSU returns home for an eight-game homestand against UNCG, Mercer, College of Charleston and Samford.
After the homestand, the Eagles hit the road for eight games and will face Bethune-Cookman, Wofford, Kennesaw State and Furman. GSU’s final conference series will be at home against Western Carolina on May 9-11. The Eagles will wrap up the regular season two days later at Jacksonville on May 13 and will have a week off before heading to the SoCon Tournament on May 20.
The Eagles will open fall practice on Sept. 19, but the team has been putting in numerous hours of work over the summer getting ready for the fall.
“We are allowed to do our skill work in groups of four right now and can also use our strength and conditioning program,” said Hennon. “In this phase of practice what we are trying to do is really build the foundation before fall practice starts. Right now our guys are working really hard, and I have been really pleased with the effort I am seeing so far from our returners and our newcomers.”