COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Jacobs’ debut as Lenoir-Rhyne head coach set for Sept. 5

Published Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Lenoir-Rhyne University has released its football schedule for 2020, its first season with Mike Jacobs as head coach. The Bears play at St. Augustine’s in their opener on Sept. 5, and their first home game under Jacobs will be Sept. 12 against Virginia Union./LRU PHOTO

HICKORY – Mike Jacobs’ debut as head football coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University will be Sept. 5 at St. Augustine’s.

The Bears announced a 2020 schedule this week, and it includes five home games.

Jacobs’ home debut comes Sept. 12 in a 6 p.m. game against Virginia Union.

He came to LRU after four seasons at head coach at Notre Dame College, where his teams went 42-8.

LRU was 13-1 last season and 8-0 in winning South Atlantic Conference (SAC) championship.

Drew Cronic, head coach for two seasons in which the Bears were 25-3, resigned to become head coach at Mercer University.

LRU has made two straight NCAA Division II quarterfinal appearances.

The Bears have a 15-game regular-season win streak and 17 game streak against SAC opponents that includes playoff wins over Wingate and Carson-Newman.

LRU’s regular season games against Carson-Newman (Oct. 17) and Wingate (Oct. 31) are road games this year.

Senior Day and the regular season finale are Nov. 14 against Catawba. The Bears and Indians have met in the final game of the regular season every year since 1973, and this year’s game will be the 100th in the series.



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