JACKSONVILLE – Fans can now make their plans to catch the first season of the Rich Rodriguez Era of Jacksonville State Football after the Gamecocks released their 2022 schedule and put season tickets on sale Friday.
The Gamecocks will open their final season in FCS in Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl on national television for the second-straight season and will play four games at Burgess-Snow Field. The 2022 schedule will feature one game against an FBS foe and four against teams that participated in the 2021 FCS Playoffs. The Gamecocks will play six non-conference games and a five-game ASUN Conference schedule.
With construction on the expansion to Burgess-Snow Field underway, seating capacity will be reduced for the 2022 season. Fans are encouraged to secure their seats for the season early and can do so online at www.JSUGamecockSports.com/Tickets or by calling the Ticket Office at (256) 782-8499.
General admission season tickets are just $55, and all season ticket packages will include a ticket to the season opener in Montgomery. A limited number of Stadium Club season tickets are still available and can be purchased for $500 per seat. Each seat includes a pregame meal and unlimited snacks and soft drinks throughout the game. Current Stadium Club season ticket holders may now renew their seats for the 2022 season. For more information, please contact the ticket office.
Rodriguez’s debut will be before a national audience in the Montgomery Kickoff on Aug. 27 in Montgomery. It will be JSU’s second-straight appearance in the Week Zero game and will be its fourth in the past six years. This season’s matchup will be a rematch of last season’s 28-24 JSU win over the Lumberjacks in Burgess-Snow Field. The Lumberjacks were an at-large selection to the FCS Playoffs in 2021.
The Gamecocks will open the home portion of their schedule on Sept. 3 against two-time defending Pioneer League Champion Davidson. The Wildcats make their return to JSU after last visiting for the first round of the 2021 Spring FCS Playoffs on Band Day for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
JSU will take to the road for three-straight games, facing former Ohio Valley Conference rival Murray State on Sept. 10, FBS foe Tulsa on Sept. 17 and former Southland Football League foe Nicholls State on Sept. 24.
ASUN play will begin against 2021 Big South Conference Champion Kennesaw State on Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. in what will be the Owls first trip to Jacksonville since the first round of the 2017 FCS Playoffs. It will also be Preview Day and Family Day at JSU on Oct. 1.
An open date on Oct. 8 will be followed by an Oct. 15 game at North Alabama in Florence’s Braly Stadium before JSU returns home to host a non-conference matchup with Southeastern Louisiana on Oct. 22 for Homecoming. The Lions advanced to the second round of the FCS Playoffs in 2021 and make a return trip to JSU after the Gamecocks opened the 2019 season in Hammond, La.
JSU gets back to ASUN action against a pair of OVC rivals, traveling to Austin Peay on Oct. 29 and hosting Eastern Kentucky for the Southerners Reunion on Nov. 12. The season will conclude on Nov. 19 at Central Arkansas.
Rodriguez was introduced as the program’s 28th head coach on Nov. 30 in front of an overflow crowd in a press conference on the fifth floor of JSU Stadium. He has a 163-119-2 overall record as a head coach and has been named conference coach of the year five times in three different leagues. He begins his JSU career ranked 16th among all active Division I head coaches in career wins and eighth among active FCS coaches.
The author of one of college football’s most prolific offensive schemes, Rodriguez brings over 30 years of collegiate coaching experience and 24 as a head coach to Jacksonville State as it transitions out of FCS in 2022 before joining Conference USA for the 2023 season.