BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Samford Athletics Director Martin Newton says the Bulldogs football schedule all depends on what the SEC, ACC and other Power 5 teams decide.
As of today, Newton says Samford, a member of the Southern Conference, is moving forward to play a full football schedule. The football team is scheduled to report to campus on July 24th for fall camp, but Newton says they won’t know what their season will look like until the Power 5 conferences make a decision at the end of July. Samford, like many schools, rely on the guarantee payout from playing FBS schools during the season. The Bulldogs play Florida State their second game of the season, and if the ACC moves to an all-conference schedule, Newton says it will have a huge impact on how Samford moves forward with their schedule.
“Its tremendous, I mean they’re budget makers, without those payouts it’s very difficult to balance the budget because we don’t have the large multimedia rights what the Power 5 Conferences do so those game guarantees are so important when it comes to offsetting our budgets,” Newton said.
Newton says the SoCon has discussed playing a conference-only schedule, but again it all depends on how the Power 5 Conferences move forward.