ULM completes game schedule

With the addition of a home game against the University of Texas at El Paso and the rescheduling of the Sun Belt Conference opener, ULM has completed the 2020 football schedule.

The game against UTEP will be on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. It is  the first game of a home-and-home series against UTEP. However, the date of the game in El Paso, Texas has yet to be decided.

Originally, ULM was supposed to play at Georgia on Sept. 26, but the athletics department had to change its plans after the Southeastern Conferenced announced that its members will only play a 10-game, league-only season due to coronavirus.

Scott McDonald, ULM’s athletics director, found the silver lining in the change of plans.

“Given the unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, I couldn’t be happier with the way our final schedule came together,” McDonald said. “The challenges provided new opportunities.”

McDonald was hoping to open the season with a conference game at Troy but the coronavirus outbreak among football players prevented that from happening. Instead, the game was rescheduled to Dec. 5 to put student-athlete safety first.

Both McDonald and Matt Viator, ULM football coach, said that they prioritize the health of their players over everything else.

Revisions to the football schedule may still occur.