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"It's a good schedule," head coach Connell Maynor, who is entering his third season, said. "We get an FBS program to start in Old Dominion and that will be tough, but we look forward to the challenge. It's a tough conference schedule; we won five MEAC games last year, so we're gonna see if we can get those five again this year and then pick up the other three."
The season will open on the road, as the Pirates head to Norfolk, Va. to take on FBS foe Old Dominion on Sept. 3. Hampton will then have their home opener on Sept. 10, taking on William & Mary at Armstrong Stadium at 6 p.m.
Three straight on the road follow, starting with the Nation's Football Classic against rival Howard on Sept. 17. The Pirates will then have their bye week, before heading to Greensboro, N.C. on Oct. 1 to take on North Carolina A&T.
The road trip will wrap up in Dover, Del. on Oct. 8 against Delaware State.
Hampton's Homecoming will be on Oct. 15 against Morgan State at 2 p.m., before the Pirates hit the road again on Oct. 22, traveling to Tallahassee, Fla. to take on Florida A&M.
Three straight home games will follow, starting with a tilt against South Carolina State on Oct. 29. The Pirates will then play host to Savannah State on Nov. 12, before celebrating Senior Day on Nov. 19 with the Battle of the Bay against Norfolk State.
All three of those games are set to kick off at 1 p.m.
The Pirates will close out the regular season on Nov. 26 at Coastal Carolina, which is in the process of transitioning from FCS to FBS.
"It's a tough way to start the year, and a tough way to end it," Maynor said. "But we look forward to the challenge."
Dates and times are subject to change.
For more information on Hampton University football, please call the Office of Sports Information at (757) 727-5811, or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
2016 Hampton University football schedule
|Old Dominion||Norfolk, Va.||TBA|
|William & Mary||Hampton, Va.||6 p.m.|
|Nation’s Football Classic/Battle of the REAL HU|
|*||North Carolina A&T||Greensboro, N.C.||TBA|
|*||Delaware State||Dover, Del.||2 p.m.|
|*||Morgan State||Hampton, Va.||2 p.m.|
|*||Florida A&M||Tallahassee, Fla.||3 p.m.|
|*||South Carolina State||Hampton, Va.||1 p.m.|
|*||Savannah State||Hampton, Va.||1 p.m.|
|Battle of the Bay|
|*||Norfolk State||Hampton, Va.||1 p.m.|
|Coastal Carolina||Conway, S.C.||TBA|
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