For the first time in school history, Eastern Kentucky University and Robert Morris University meet on the football field. It also comes with a rare Thursday night kickoff. The EKU Colonels open their season against the Colonials of the Northeast Conference. Robert Morris is coached by Joe Walton, who’s in his 20th season at the Pittsburgh school. Eastern Head Coach Dean Hood says Robert Morris looks like a physical team that never backs down.
“I guess you would expect nothing less from Coach Walton who’s been in the thing since Moby Dick was a minnow and coached at the pro level and got the stadium named after him, kind of like playing against Coach Kidd,” said Hood.
Roy Kidd is a legendary coach at Eastern who led two teams to national championships. Decades ago, the EKU Colonels would play on Thursday nights, with the game illuminated by portable lights. With ten days off before their next game, a Thursday night affair can come in handy. EKU Coach Dean Hood believes it’ll benefit both teams.
“It’s good that it’s the opener, you don’t have to worry about somebody gaining an advantage on somebody else because of the Thursday game. So, that’s good for us and Robert Morris. We’re gonna be on a level playing field and then as you say it actually helps going into game two,” added Hood.
For Eastern, game two will be against the University of Louisville. The start for Thursday’s game at Roy Kidd Stadium is scheduled at seven o clock.