The Fighting Tigers of Campbellsville University will take to the gridiron on Oct. 13 for their annual Homecoming game against Mid-South Conference rival Lindsey Wilson College.
This game will be played at Citizens Bank Field in Finley Stadium at 2 p.m.
“Hear the Roar” is the theme set for the Homecoming event, and this year will mark the celebration of 25 years of Fighting Tiger Football.
For a 50-year span starting in 1937, college football was not played in Campbellsville until the Tigers in 1987 inked Russell County High Scholl head coach Ron Finley to lead the revived program.
Under the guidance of the late Finley, the Campbellsville College Fighting Tigers finished with a record of 0-11 in their inaugural season as a junior varsity program. The team became a varsity college football team in 1988.
“A lot of people don’t like to talk about it, my teammates, but that first year we went 0-11 and you want to talk about a growing experience,” former Tiger quarterback from 1988 to 1990, Mike Mason, said. “Most of us came from successful high school programs, as well as Finley and his assistants. The transition to college was an eye-opener.”
Finley and his first two teams from the 1987 and 1988 seasons were recently inducted into the Campbellsville University Athletics Hall of Fame. At halftime of CU’s Sept. 15 home game against the Bethel University, Finley and his teams were honored.
Current CU head coach Perry Thomas was coaching at local Campbellsville High School during the Finley-era at Campbellsville and remembers watching him coach.
“I got to see the program grow, and the excitement in this community that developed around football and this university, is huge,” Thomas said.
The Oct. 13 homecoming game is expected to bring a packed crowd, due to the short commute that the Blue Raiders have to make from Columbia, Ky.
This will be only the third year that Campbellsville University and Lindsey Wilson College have matched up on the gridiron, and the second time the Tigers have hosted the game.
Wed, October 10, 2012
by Matthew Schmuck