The season opener on Thursday, Aug. 30 against Murray State, will be televised by ESPNU at 7:30 p.m.
The Middle Tennessee State game, which was originally slated for Saturday, Sept. 8, will be moved to Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. The game will be shown on ESPN2.
The Louisville-Utah game, which was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, is being moved to Friday, Oct. 5 and will also be televised by ESPN.
The Cardinals will play on Friday night again on ESPN later in the month when they travel to face Connecticut on Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.
U of L now has six games slated for national television, which already included the Thursday night games against West Virginia and Rutgers in November.
The Sports Information Department is saying that this was ESPN's call and that since the Cards have been such a huge draw for the network on weeknights, naturally they want more.
While that may be true, this seems like an awful large step in the wrong direction for a program coming off of an Orange Bowl win and preaching that it belongs among the nation's elite.
We have just two Saturday home games and play as many on Friday night. We supposedly moved the Murray game to Thursday because we wanted it to be on TV, and now we find out that the it's not even on a channel that the majority of Cardinal fans have. Something just doesn't seem right here.
I'm not a season ticket holder, but I can understand the frustration felt by those who are. Rushing to the stadium from work on Friday night just isn't the same as spending all day Saturday with people you love, basking in the glory that is Cardinal tailgating.
So yeah this bugs me a little, but as long as the product on the field on these weeknights is up to snuff, then I think I'll be able to handle it.