Cats and Roadrunners Sign Future FB Pact
April 13, 2010
Arizona and the University of Texas-San Antonio have agreed to a three-game football series beginning in 2013, the schools announced today.
The two teams will meet in Tucson on Sept. 14, 2013, play at the Alamodome on Sept. 6, 2014, and again at Arizona Stadium on Sept. 5, 2015.
UTSA has been actively scheduling since officially adding a football program in 2008. Head coach Larry Coker has inked deals with Baylor, Arizona State and Arizona of the Football Bowl Subdivision.
UTSA will play as an independent in 2011 and 2012 in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and notify the NCAA in 2013 of its intent to join the FBS. The school will comply with FBS standards in 2013 and 2014 and hen seek full FBS membership and bowl eligibility for the 2015 season.
The match is good for Arizona, which recruits Texas heavily, and which will have San Antonio as a potential bowl destination -- the Alamo Bowl -- as a Pac-10 member beginning with the 2010 bowl season.
'Larry Coker is a good coach and they'll be a quality opponent in 2013 and beyond,' UA coach Mike Stoops said. 'Any time you play a team from Texas you'll be playing Texas football players and we know what that's all about,' he said.
UTSA signed home-and-home deals with ASU for 2016 in the Alamodome and 2018 in Tempe, and a three-game series with Baylor (Waco in 2017 and 2019, and in San Antonio in 2018.
'What an exciting time for UTSA football,' Coker said. 'We feel like we are putting together some challenging future schedules for our program, and to be able to bring teams like Baylor, Arizona and Arizona State into the Alamodome is something our fans can really enjoy. Arizona is a top-flight program and Mike Stoops has done a great job with that program over the past few years. It will be a tremendous challenge to play a team of that caliber, but it will only make us better.'
The University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously approved UTSA's Athletics Initiative Business Plan on Dec. 18, 2008, which granted the university permission to add a football program. On March 6, 2009, Coker was introduced as the program's first-ever head coach.
UTSA signed its first recruiting class in February and will redshirt all incoming players during the 2010-11 school year. The first practices will be held this fall and the first game will be against Northeastern (Okla.) State on Sept. 3, 2011, at the Alamodome.
As with most future football schedules, playing dates are subject to change
Courtesy UTSA for portions of this release.