|Charlotte 49ers sign home-and-home deal with Ole Miss football|
|Games against SEC program in 2026, '27|
|Published Tuesday, June 30, 2020 8:27 pm|
|PHOTO | CURTIS WILSON|
|The Charlotte 49ers will host an SEC opponent for the first time when they play Ole Miss in 2026. Charlotte will travel to Oxford, Mississippi in 2027.|
Ole Miss is coming to Charlotte for football.
The Charlotte 49ers will host an SEC opponent for the first time on Sept. 12, 2026 when they take on the Rebels in the first game in a home-and-home series. Charlotte will travel to Oxford, Mississippi for the rematch at Vaught Hemingway Stadium on Sept. 4, 2027.
“What an incredible opportunity for Niner Nation to enjoy an SEC opponent on our campus, and then make a return trip to one of the most legendary settings in college football — The Grove,” Charlotte Athletics Director Mike Hill said in a statement. “As our program continues its competitive ascent, expect to see more exciting match-ups of this caliber.”
Charlotte’s previous SEC opponents include Kentucky (2015) and Tennessee in 2018. The 49ers are scheduled to kick off the season on Sept. 5 at Tennessee, at South Carolina in 2022, at Florida in 2023 and at Georgia in 2025.
“Any time you’re competing against the Southeastern Conference, you’re obviously talking about the big time,” 49ers head coach Will Healy said. “It’s huge for our student-athlete experience to play in those types of ACC and SEC atmospheres, but also great to get those programs to our place. It’s a priority for us to continue to build the fan experience here, and having Duke, Maryland, North Carolina and now Ole Miss coming to our place is a great way to do that.”
Healy, a first-time FBS head coach last year, produced the program’s first winning season, which included a five-game winning streak. Healy also took the 49ers to their first bowl game—the Bahamas Bowl, which they lost to Buffalo to finish 7-6 overall, 5-3 in Conference USA.
Charlotte has faced Power Five conference opponents in each of their five seasons since joining FBS. They are scheduled to face Duke (ACC) as the first Power Five program to play at Jerry Richardson Stadium in 2021. The 49ers will host Maryland (Big Ten) in 2022 and North Carolina (ACC) in 2025.
Charlotte’s non-conference 2020 opponents include Tennessee, a Sept. 12 home date against Norfolk State of the MEAC, Sept. 17 at Duke and home against Georgia State on Sept. 26.
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