ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) – For the fourth consecutive season, South Atlantic Conference football will be featured as part of the NCAA Division II Football Showcase. The November 2, match-up between preseason nationally ranked No. 24 Wingate and No. 8 Lenoir-Rhyne will be broadcast nationally on the ESPN3, including being streamed live on ESPN app as a part of the 2019 NCAA Division II Football Showcase.
The first 18 games of the football showcase are predetermined games, 16 of which are conference matchups. An additional four flex games — intended to highlight crucial matchups — will be finalized later in the season and played in November.
Now in its second year, the division's media agreement features two distribution models for football and basketball. For football, 11 games will be streamed on ESPN3, available on the ESPN App. Eleven additional football games are part of the hybrid model, and they have the flexibility to be distributed on TV and online. The division will work with the TV partners of the participating conferences and schools on the opportunity to air games on TV. These games also will be distributed online through NCAA social media accounts — specifically, Division II Facebook (facebook.com/ncaadivisionii) and Twitter (@NCAADII) — and through conference and school digital networks.
"We are honored the NCAA once again chose to feature the South Atlantic Conference," said South Atlantic Conference Commissioner Patrick Britz. "We are very excited to see a rematch of last year's second round play-off game, as well as, showcase our student-athletes, coaches, fans and our entire conference to a national audience."
The game will feature a rematch of last season's NCAA Division II Football Championship second round game between the Bulldogs and Bears. Lenoir-Rhyne won that game 21-17. The Bears also won their regular season meeting between the two teams, 31-24 on Sept. 22, 2018.
The 2019 regular season game between Wingate and Lenoir-Rhyne will take place at Lenoir-Rhyne's Moretz Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2:05 p.m.
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