Golden Lions land home game vs. Concordia

Arkansas-Pine Bluff has found an 11th opponent for its 2014 football schedule.

The Golden Lions will open their home slate against Concordia College Alabama on Sept. 6, coach Monte Coleman confirmed Tuesday. It will be the second game overall on the season for UAPB, which begins Aug. 30 at Sun Belt Conference member Texas State in San Marcos.

Concordia, based in Selma, is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, but its football team plays teams ranging from the Division I Football Championship Subdivision to the junior-college ranks. The Hornets went 1-9 last year, winning its only game against Arkansas Baptist College 21-20 in Pritchard, Ala. Opponents scored 50 or more points in seven of those losses.

The Hornets made national headlines last September when their team bus caught fire on their way to a game at Miles College. A reported $70,000 to $90,000 worth of their equipment was destroyed, but equipment and monetary donations made it possible for Concordia to resume its season.

The delay in the release of UAPB’s 2014 schedule largely results from Tennessee State’s buyout of a home-and-home contract, which left UAPB with 10 games before adding Concordia. (FCS teams can play up to 12 games.) With 11 games now, the schedule could be released sometime this week.

Tennessee State, which hosted UAPB for its 2012 homecoming, was to return a game to Pine Bluff, but instead opted to pay the termination fee worth $50,000, according to UAPB athletic director Lonza Hardy Jr.