Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Delaware and Delaware State will open their 2016 football seasons with a Thursday, Sept. 1., showdown in Newark

NEWARK, Delaware -- Considering the high hopes it harbors, Delaware will be anxious to begin its 2016 football season.

The Blue Hens won’t have to wait very long.

In a joint announcement Wednesday, UD and Delaware State said their season opener at Delaware Stadium will be Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.

When Delaware’s 2016 schedule was announced in the fall, the game was listed as Sept. 2 or 3. But Delaware officials have often preferred playing that opener on Thursday night, thereby pulling it away from the upcoming Labor Day weekend when some have travel plans. Delaware State obliged.

Both will be anxious to show immediate signs of improvement. Delaware State needed a victory over Howard in its season finale to avoid a winless campaign and finish 1-10 under first-year coach Kenny Carter.


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