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Jacksonville State to play Arkansas, Florida

Jacksonville, AL (Sports Network) - Jacksonville State's Jack Crowe still keeps his ties to the SEC.

The dean of Ohio Valley Conference head football coaches will lead his Gamecocks program into not one, but two games against SEC opponents in 2012. The two match-ups are part of their 11-game schedule announced Thursday.

Jacksonville State will open the season on Sept. 1 at Arkansas, where Crowe coached for more than three seasons from 1989-92, including a 9-15 mark as head coach.

Crowe, who also was the offensive coordinator at Auburn from 1982-85, will lead the Gamecocks to Florida for their regular-season finale on Nov. 17.

The Gamecocks have played an SEC team in each of the past two seasons, beating Ole Miss in double overtime to open the 2010 campaign.

Jacksonville State's other non-conference game will be at home against Chattanooga on Sept. 8. The series dates back to 1904 and the Gamecocks dedicated Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium two years ago with a 21-17, come- from-behind win over the Mocs.

The Gamecocks earned a share of the 2011 OVC title and will open conference play at Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 22.

They will then host Southeast Missouri State on Sept. 29. Their other home conference games will be against Tennessee State (Oct. 20), Murray State on Homecoming (Oct. 27) and Austin Peay (Nov. 10).

Their other road conference games will be against Tennessee Tech (Oct. 6), Eastern Illinois (Oct. 13) and UT Martin (Nov. 3).


All Times ET

Sept. 1, at Arkansas, Fayettville, Ark., TBA

Sept. 8, Chattanooga, Jacksonville, Ala., 7 p.m.

Sept. 22, at Eastern Kentucky*, Richmond, Ky., TBA

Sept. 29, Southeast Missouri State*, Jacksonville, Ala., 4 p.m.

Oct. 6, at Tennessee Tech*, Cookeville, Tenn., TBA

Oct. 13, at Eastern Illinois*, Charleston, Ill., TBA

Oct. 20, Tennessee State*, Jacksonville, Ala., 4 p.m.

Oct. 27, Murray State* (Homecoming), Jacksonville, Ala., 4 p.m.

Nov. 3, at UT Martin*, Martin, Tenn., TBA

Nov. 10, Austin Peay*, Jacksonville, Ala., 4 p.m.

Nov. 17, at Florida, Gainesville, Fla., TBA

* - Ohio Valley Conference game

01/19 16:22:15 ET

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