MONTGOMERY — A former West Virginia Conference rival will return to the WVU Tech football schedule in 2010.

And the matchup between the Golden Bears and the Glenville State College Pioneers is targeted for a special Thursday night slot on the fall schedule.

School officials released the schedule last week. The Bears begin 2010 with an Aug. 28 home opener against Olivet Nazarene, then they come back five days later to tangle with GSC at Morris Stadium in Glenville.

“You know, the short turnaround will be a challenge for our kids,” said Tech coach Scott Tinsley, “but it’s going to be great to be playing a quality WVIAC opponent again.”

The Bears will then enjoy a nine-day preparation period before traveling to Johnson C. Smith on Sept. 11 in what could be another offensive dual. Last season, the two teams combined for 88 points as the Golden Bears won their first game of the season, 49-39.

On Sept. 18, Tech will welcome Mid-South Conference foe Bethel College before traveling to the University of the Cumberlands on Sept. 25. The road trip marks the second time in as many years that the Bears will play on the MSC’s Eastern Division champions’ home field. The Patriots defeated Tech 44-14 last season before eventually losing in the first round of the NAIA tournament to fellow MSC member Lambuth. “It’s going to be tough to play the divisional champs at their place again,” said Tinsley. “They have such a great crowd and that makes it difficult on us.”

Tech will open up October with a short trip to UVA Wise on Oct. 2 before enjoying a bye the next week. The Bears will then return home on Oct. 16 and host Kentucky Christian College in the 2010 homecoming game.

“That extra week of preparation for us is going to be a bonus for sure,” Tinsley said. “It would be great to have six home games on the schedule this season, but with that being said, I am very encouraged about our 2010 slate.”

On Oct. 23, Tech entertains a traditionally-strong Georgetown College team, before closing out the month with a road trip to Lindsey Wilson College on Oct. 30.

The Golden Bears will travel to Pikeville College on Nov. 6 before returning home to close out the regular season on Nov. 13 against Campbellsville University.

The limited travel this coming season has Tinsley excited as Tech seeks to improve on a 3-8 record in 2009.

“All in all, it is as favorable as a schedule can be as it relates to travel. Most of our away games are very bearable bus rides, which should help our guys stay a little fresher throughout the season than in the past.”

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