EKU to host Charleston Southern in 2022, Western Carolina in 2023

By Kevin Kelley -

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will host the Charleston Southern Buccaneers in 2022 and the Western Carolina Catamounts in 2023, FBSchedules.com has learned.

Copies of contracts for both contests were obtained from Eastern Kentucky University via a state of Kentucky open records request.

Eastern Kentucky will host Charleston Southern at Roy Kidd Stadium in Richmond, Ky., on September 17, 2022. EKU will pay Charleston Southern a $115,000 guarantee for the game, according to the copy of the contract.

Eastern Kentucky, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, and Charleston Southern, a member of the Big South Conference, have never met on the gridiron.

The addition of Charleston Southern tentatively completes Eastern Kentucky’s non-conference schedule for the 2022 season. The Colonels are scheduled to open the season with consecutive road games at Eastern Michigan on Sept. 3 and at Bowling Green on Sept. 10.

Charleston Southern now has three scheduled non-conference games in 2022. CSU is currently slated to open the season at home against Western Carolina on Sept. 3 and travel to take on NC State on Sept. 10.

The Western Carolina Catamounts, members of the Southern Conference, will make the trip to face the Colonels at Roy Kidd Stadium on September 16, 2023. EKU will pay WCU a $120,000 guarantee for the contest, per the contract copy.

In five previous meetings on the gridiron, Eastern Kentucky has three wins to Western Carolina’s two. In their most recent matchup in 2009, the Colonels fell to the Catamounts 24-7 at home.

The matchup with Western Carolina tentatively completes Eastern Kentucky’s 2023 non-conference slate as well. EKU is scheduled to open the season with back-to-back games at South Alabama on Sept. 2 and at Kentucky on Sept 9.

Western Carolina’s 2023 non-conference is also tentatively complete with the addition of EKU. The Catamounts are slated to open the season at Arkansas on Sept. 2 and later host Charleston Southern on Sept. 23.

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