NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Coast Guard Academy has released its 2013 football schedule and it features seven different opponents from the 2012 season which saw the Bears post a record of 5-4 overall and 5-3 in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division, their first winning season since 2007.
2013 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
The NEFC will have a brand new look in 2013 and the restructured conference consists of Curry College, Endicott College, Maine Maritime Academy, MIT, Nichols College, Salve Regina University, Western New England University and the Coast Guard Academy. League members will play a round-robin schedule format and the league champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs.
The Bears will open the season with a pair of road games at St. Lawrence on Sept. 7th at noon and then at rival Merchant Marine on Sept. 14th in the annual battle for the Secretaries' Cup at 2:30 p.m.
Coast Guard will then play three straight home games including the home opener against Hampden-Sydney on Sept. 21st at 1:30 p.m. when the Bears will honor the 1963 team which is the only team in program history to finish the regular season unbeaten and untied, going 8-0, and earning a bid to the Tangerine Bowl under head coach Otto Graham.
The Bears will then host Nichols for Parents' Weekend on Sept. 28th and Western New England on Oct. 5th, both games kicking off at 1:30 p.m. These will be the first ever meetings for the Bears against both Nichols and Western New England.
The second half of the season starts with Coast Guard playing at Curry on Oct. 12th at 1 p.m. before returning for a Homecoming Weekend game against Maine Maritime beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Coast Guard then hits the road for back-to-back road games at Endicott on Oct. 26th at 1 p.m., for the first ever meeting between the two schools, and after a bye week, the Bears travel to Salve Regina on Nov. 9th for a noon kickoff.
The Bears close out the 2013 regular season hosting MIT on Nov. 16th at noon.
"It is an exciting time for this years team," said Coast Guard head coach Bill George. "We have replaced the loss of a strong senior class with a strong group of enthusiastic and hard working young men. There will many new faces on our sidelines as compete against a lot of new opponents."
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