McNeese to host UAPB in football


Although Arkansas-Pine Bluff hasn’t yet released its 2013 football schedule, it’s known when and where the Golden Lions will play their first two games of the season.

McNeese State announced Thursday it will open its home football schedule against the defending SWAC champions on Sept. 7 in Lake Charles, La. The matchup of Football Championship Subdivision teams will come one week after UAPB’s season opener at Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State.

“This is a great game for us to open our home schedule,” McNeese coach Matt Viator said in a press release. “It is a tremendous opportunity for us to host the defending SWAC champion in our home stadium. We’re looking forward to a great game.”

According to the release, McNeese and UAPB have agreed to only one game, and it will mark the first-ever football meeting between the two teams. McNeese is 7-0 all-time against SWAC teams.

The Cowboys finished 7-4 overall and 4-4 in the Southland Conference last year, losing two conference games by one point (including a 27-26 home loss to Central Arkansas).

UAPB went 10-2 and 8-1 in the SWAC in 2012, beating Jackson State 24-21 in overtime for the SWAC championship on Dec. 8.

UAPB is expected to schedule a home nonconference game against Tennessee State this coming season to complete a home-and-home agreement. This will mark the first season FCS teams can play 12 regular-season games, and each SWAC team plays nine conference games.

Duncan signs with UAPB

Southfield (Mich.) High School linebacker Willie Duncan became the 16th member of the UAPB football signing class of 2013.

UAPB on Friday announced the 6-foot, 215-pound Duncan’s commitment. He’s the 14th high schooler to sign with the Golden Lions, who have two mid-year transfers.

“Willie has a great work ethic and great athleticism,” UAPB assistant head coach Craig Raye said in a release. “He comes from an outstanding academic and athletics program.”