The Sun Belt Conference announced today the addition of the Sept. 25 football game between Troy University and Arkansas State to the league’s television schedule as the Sun Belt Game of the Week.
The game, which was originally set for 6 p.m., will now kickoff at 2:30 p.m. from Veterans Memorial Stadium.
“I am excited that we are going to be on our league’s prime regional television network for the game against Arkansas State,” Troy University Director of Athletics Steve Dennis said. “It is a testament to our program and the hard work of our coaches and student-athletes to have this game chosen to be televised as the premier game of the week.”
The Sun Belt Game of the Week is televised regionally across 13 states on outlets such as CSS, Cox Sports Television and, often, on ESPN GamePlan as well as other regional affiliates.
The Trojans are also scheduled to appear in the Sun Belt Game of the Week on October 30 when they face the Warhawks of ULM in Monroe, La. That game is also set for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.
Troy’s November games against North Texas (11/6), FIU (11/13) and Western Kentucky (11/27) could also be chosen as “wildcard” picks for the league game of the week.
“This is the showcase game of the week in the Sun Belt and we are proud to have this opportunity,” Dennis said.
Veteran broadcasters Joe Block, Cole Cubelic and Sandra Golden will respectively handle play-by-play, analyst and sideline duties for the Sun Belt Network's 12 game football slate this fall.
No stranger to the Sun Belt Conference, Joe Block has called football, basketball and baseball for the league over the past several seasons. In addition to his Sun Belt telecasts, Block has worked as the radio studio host for the New Orleans Hornets since 2007. He hosts "Hornets OT," a live, post-game call-in show aired on the multi-state Hornets Radio Network.
Block has also called minor league baseball play-by-play on radio for nine seasons, filled in on Montreal Expos broadcasts from 2003-04 and has offered his call on CST since 2008 and on CSS since 2002.
Cole Cubelic enters his first season on the Sun Belt airwaves, but is not new to broadcasting and the game of football. Cubelic, a former standout at Auburn, broke into sports broadcasting on various radio shows in Alabama - including the Auburn pre-game radio show which he hosted from 2002 through 2009.
Sandra Golden has 17 years experience in news and sports broadcasting beginning her career in Tallahassee, Fla., after graduating from Florida State University. During her time on television she has been part of the sports and news teams for Fox Sports Net, WSB-TV, Comcast Sports and Sports Radio 790.
Golden has spent the last 13 years of her career in Atlanta where she works nightly on CSS Sportsnite – an hour long live sports show that airs throughout the southeast. She has won four Associate Press awards for reporting and two southern regional Emmy awards for sports reporting.