Alumni and fan excitement builds ahead of ETSU-Samford game


It’s been five years since The East Tennessee State University brought back it’s football program and this Saturday the Buccaneers have an opportunity to bring a football title to Johnson City, something that hasn’t been seen in almost half a century.

“Tomorrow is a big day for us,” said Dr. Brian Nolan, President of ETSU. “Coach Sanders and his team take the field against Samford in hopes of bringing home the first, uncontested conference championship since 1969.”

The ETSU Bucaneers are sitting at the top of the Southern Conference Division as they gear up to face Samford at home for their final game of the season.

ETSU has already clinched a share of the Southern Conference Championship, but a win would secure the uncontested title.

A win against Samford would also lead the Bucs to the FCS playoffs for the first time since 1996.

To some current students on campus, this football team has introduced a new level of excitement.

“I’ve been to all the home games here and just winning most of them everything has been really crazy I loved it all so if we win it all, I’m going to be pretty psyched,” said Jaylin Jackson, ETSU student.

Alumni that have seen the team progress throughout the years see this as a stepping stone for ETSU Football.

“I hope they do their best, said Rob Martindale, ETSU Alumni. “If they do their best they should win. I’ve been going to games since I was a student here. So when they dropped the program it was a let down, but when they brought it back nothing phased me.”

ETSU is going into Saturday’s match up with an 8-2 record and Samford is going into the game with a 5-5 record.

Kickoff is at 1pm.

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