Jacksonville State has released their 2022 football schedule including five ASUN matchups.
While the Gamecocks technically played ASUN games in 2021 as part of the WAC/ASUN Challenge, this will be their first and only season of playing a full-slate of ASUN Football. This is the conference’s inaugural season of sponsoring FCS football with an automatic qualifier into the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. JSU will transition to Conference USA for the 2023 season.
Final Season in FCS
They will open the season as they have multiple times with the FCS Kickoff Game in Montgomery. This season they will face off with Stephen F. Austin out of the WAC. The Gamecocks will then return home to host reigning PFL Champ Davidson before going on the road to visit Murray State, FBS Tulsa, and Nicholls.
They begin conference action the first weekend of November by hosting reigning Big South Champ Kennesaw State, who defeated Davidson in the first round of the FCS Playoffs in 2021. JSU will have an off week on Oct. 8th before traveling to face North Alabama and then heading back home to host a non-conference contest with Southeastern Louisiana, a game that was re-scheduled from 2020.
The Gamecocks will finish out October on the road for a familiar conference match-up in former OVC rival Austin Peay. After another bye week in early November, they will finish out the season by hosting another former OVC foe Eastern Kentucky and wrapping up on the road at Central Arkansas.
While Jacksonville State is eligible to win a conference title, they are not eligible for the FCS playoffs.
Rich Rod’s Staff Shaping Up
On December 1, 2021, Jacksonville State announced that they had hired veteran FBS coach Rich Rodriguez to come in and lead their transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision. He had just wrapped up a single season as the Offensive Coordinator at Louisiana-Monroe under former Auburn and North Alabama head coach Terry Bowden.
Since then, he has been busy compiling his staff and continuing with recruitment for the Gamecock program. Rich Rod’s hires have included his long-term Offensive Coordinator at West Virginia, Michigan, and Arizona Calvin Magee as Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator, who had recently been coaching running backs at Duke. Coach Rodriquez also brought Defensive Coordinator Zac Alley with him from ULM to serve in the same capacity for the Gamecocks.
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