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UTSA Announces Future Scheduling, Minus A Rival

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The [url=]2011 schedule for UTSA is set[/url].

The Roadrunners, who [url=]plan to bypass the Southland Conference for Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) status[/url] as an independent, will take the field for the first time on Sept. 3, 2011 against Northeastern State. The Oklahoma school is the alma mater of head coach Larry Coker.

The rest of the schedule contains several sub-Division I games, but most notably has three contests against SLC institutions. Sam Houston State (Oct. 1), Northwestern State (Oct. 22) and McNeese State (Nov. 12) will all host the Roadrunners in 2011, before traveling to the Alamodome in 2012.

The significance of the game against the SLC schools is that UTSA is filling the void of the schools, who will have to deal with a bye when the league expands to nine teams in 2011 with the addition of Lamar. Presumably, the 2012 contests will also fill the late bye weeks that the SLC member institutions are dealt.

Other games against Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) competition are road trips to Southern Utah and UC-Davis with home games against Georgia State and South Alabama. Each of the four schools will complete their home-and-home with UTSA in 2012.

Do you notice a school missing from the UTSA schedule? Any guess? Yes, you got it - Texas State.

According to sources, UTSA athletic director Lynn Hickey turned down an offer from TXST athletic director Larry Teis. The game, which makes sense for both schools, particularly in this financial climate, was turned down by the Roadrunners' brass.

Though we do not expect either school to confirm the reports, Teis apparently was willing to part with some money in order to make the home-and-home series happen.

The whole situation between UTSA and TXST is relatively intriguing, since they could very well be in a [url=]battle[/url] for perception and notoriety as they both look for new conferences to call home.

Will the two rivals be part of a package deal? Or could one school get in what is considered a more prestigious conference than the other? We are not privy to such behind the scenes chatter, but the next few years across the SLC will be fun to discuss!

In one last tidbit of UTSA scheduling news, the [url=]San Antonio Express-News[/url] is reporting that the school is in talks with Baylor for a possible 2-for-1 series.

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