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Practice Has Begun; Blue Raider Fan Day Set for Aug. 10

The 2014 college football season begins this month, and Middle Tennessee Head Coach Rick Stockstill invites all Blue Raider fans to attend practice this August. The Blue Raider football team officially reported to camp on Sunday, Aug. 3, and fans are welcome to attend some of the team’s pre-season practices before the season opens at home against Savannah State on Aug. 30.

Practices open to the public include:
Aug. 4: 4:20–6:30 p.m.
Aug. 5: 4:20–6:35 p.m.
Aug. 6: 4:20–6:30 p.m.
Aug. 7: 4:20–6:30 p.m.
Aug. 8: 4:05–6:10 p.m.
Aug. 9: 4:20–6:30 p.m.
Aug. 12: 10:50 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Aug. 14: 4–6:05 p.m.
Aug. 19: 7:45–9 p.m.

Fan Day
The Blue Raiders will also host their annual Fan Day on Sunday, Aug. 10.

The team will unveil its new uniforms at the event, held from 2-4 p.m. on Faulkinberry Drive near Alumni Memorial Gym.

The location is new in 2014 in order to introduce the new Fish Family Fun Zone that will take place prior to each home game. A free concert by About a Mile will highlight the Fan Day event, along with free hot dogs and drinks.

Player and coach autographs, inflatables, a photo booth, balloon animals and loads of fun will be on hand for all members of the Blue Raider family. Bring your kids and friends to get them ready for the 2014 football season. Pick up free posters and schedule cards as the Blue Raiders embark on their second year in Conference USA. Shirts, tickets and Blue Raider gear will be available for purchase.

MTSU, Duke Announce Home-and-Home Series
Middle Tennessee Director of Athletics Chris Massaro recently announced a two-game series between the Blue Raiders and the Blue Devils of Duke University.

Duke will travel to Murfreesboro in 2019, and MTSU will travel to Duke in 2020.

“This should be an exciting series for our fans as we continue to bring quality non-conference opponents to Murfreesboro,” said Massaro.

While fans will have to wait a few years for that series to kick off, the Blue Raider organization also reminded Tennessee football fans of the looming three-game series with Vanderbilt; the Commodores will come into Floyd Stadium in 2015 and 2017, with MTSU heading up to Nashville for a 2016 contest.

TV Schedule Announced
Most of the Blue Raiders’ 2014 games will be broadcast on television. The Sept. 13 contest vs. Western Kentucky will be available locally on a yet-to-be-announced Nashville channel.

2014 MTSU Football Schedule
Sat., Aug. 30, Savannah State (6 p.m.)
Sat., Sept. 6 @ Minnesota (2:30 p.m., Big Ten Network)
Sat., Sept. 13, WKU
Sat., Sept. 20 @ Memphis
Fri., Sept. 26 @ Old Dominion (7 p.m., Fox Sports 1)
Sat., Oct. 4, Southern Miss (11 a.m., All Sports Network)
Sat., Oct. 11 @ Marshall (Fox Sports 1)
Sat., Oct. 18, UAB (2:30 p.m.)
Sat., Nov. 1, BYU (2:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network)
Sat., Nov. 15 @ Florida International (2:30 p.m., All Sports Network)
Sat., Nov. 22, Florida Atlantic (6 p.m., All Sports Network)
Sat., Nov. 29 @ UTEP (6 p.m., All Sports Network)

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Bracken, a 2003 graduate of MTSU’s journalism program, is the founder and publisher of The Murfreesboro Pulse. He lives in Murfreesboro with his wife, graphic artist and business partner, Sarah, and son, Bracken Jr. Bracken enjoys playing the piano, sushi, Tool, football, chess, jogging, spending time in his backyard with his chickens, hippie music, climbing at The Ascent, bowling, swimming, soup, tennis, sunshine, revolution, defiance and anarchy. He can cook a mean grilled cheese, and can fry just about anything.

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