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ULM Announces Opponents for 2009 Football Schedule
Courtesy: ulmwarhawks.com
Release: December 16, 2008
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Courtesy: ulmwarhawks.com

MONROE, La.—ULM director of athletics Bobby Staub announced the opponents for the 2009 football season Tuesday morning.  The Warhawks will face off against four teams that are playing in bowl games this season and will play three teams for the first time in school history to open the season.


“We’re looking forward to having three of our first five games at home to start off the season,” Staub said. 


The Warhawks open the season in Austin, Texas, against the Texas Longhorns on Sept. 5. The game will be ULM’s eighth against a member of the Big XII Conference, with most recent coming in 2007 at Texas A&M.


“We are excited about opening the season against a outstanding Texas team and we feel like with have a great non-conference and home Sun Belt schedule,” ULM head coach Charlie Weatherbie said. 


ULM opens the home portion of the schedule against Texas Southern on Sept. 12.  


A trip out west to Tempe, Ariz., pits the Warhawks against Arizona State on Sept. 19.  It will be just the third meeting for ULM against a member of the Pac 10 – The Warhawks played at UCLA in 1996 and at Arizona in 1998.


Following a trio of Sun Belt games, two of which are in Malone Stadium, ULM travels to Kentucky on Oct. 24 for its final non-conference game of the season. 


The schools have played three times since 1994, with the most recent coming in 2006 when Kentucky escaped with a 42-40 victory.  The game will mark the 15th consecutive season that the Warhawks will face a team from the Southeastern Conference.


ULM will host Sun Belt Conference foes Arkansas State, Florida International, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky.  Road conference contests will be Florida Atlantic, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas and Troy.


Sun Belt Conference rules dictate that dates for conference games may not be released until March 1.