AU Hoping to Finish Football Schedule Soon

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs says that he hopes the Tigers will be able to announce the 2007 football schedule by Feb. 1st.

The Tigers have two unfilled dates for the coming season, including the opener. Jacobs notes that associate athletic director Mark Richards has contacted 90 Division I-A programs about playing a game.

In addition to conference games vs. SEC West opponents LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama and Arkansas, the Tigers will play SEC East opponents Georgia, Florida and Vanderbilt. The Tigers will play non-conference opponents South Florida of the Big East Conference and pass-happy New Mexico State of the WAC. It will be the first-ever meeting in football between the Tigers and the South Florida Bulls.

"One of the remaining spots will be filled by a I-A team for sure," says Jacobs, who adds that Auburn hopes to fill the other opening with a Division I-A team, but notes there is a possibility of a I-AA opponent being on the home schedule. He points out that the last two national champions from the SEC, Florida and LSU, had victories over I-AA opponents on the way to their BCS titles and says that didn't prove to be an issue for either one because of the strength of schedule SEC teams play.

Jay Jacobs

Jacobs says to expect that the opening game this season will be televised nationally by ESPN, but points out an opponent has not been lined up yet. AU officials have been talking to officials from the television network about playing a home game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2007 vs. the Kansas State Wildcats. If the game takes place, Auburn could make a return trip to play KSU in 2010.

The opener is expected to be a night game and the athletic director says the plan is to have all of the 2007 September home games be 6 p.m. kickoffs for the comfort of fans.

Jacobs says Auburn is currently working on scheduling games with non-conference opponents as far in advance as the 2013 season.

The athletic director also notes the Tigers plan to continue to do updates to the football complex that started in 2006 with upgrades to the auditorium, locker rooms and other facilities.

Quentin Groves will be a senior for the 2007 Auburn defense. The end will be challenging AU's all-time QB sack record.

Tiger football fans who have suggestions on ways to improve the program are invited to a forum from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Letterman's Lounge at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Free parking will be available in the new parking deck next to the student section entrance at the stadium.

Tim Jackson, executive associate athletic director, says, "We are always looking for ways to improve the game day experence for our fans. We held a similar forum before a basketball game last year and turnout was excellent. Our fans have been great at helping us fine-tune our strategy for Saturdays in the fall." The Tigers will play a basketball game that day at 8 p.m. vs. Alabama.

The university's Game Day Committee will be at the meeting Tuesday evening.

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