It seems that the “Butch Davis Effect” is real.
Conference USA announced this past week that six Florida International University football games will be televised during the 2017 season.
Two of the Panthers’ first three games of the season will be on TV. The home opener against Alcorn State will be broadcast on beIN Sports on September 9th and FIU’s September 16th showdown with Indiana will be televised on the Big Ten Network (BTN) with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m.
Fans will be able to watch when FIU travels to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to face Middle Tennessee State on October 10th on ESPN3.
FIU’s November 4th meeting with the University of Texas-San Antonio and the November 18th tilt against rival Florida Atlantic will both be broadcast on STADIUM (formerly ASN and Campus Insiders) while the regular season finale on November 24th against Western Kentucky will be televised on beIN Sports.
Florida International went 4-8 this past season, but the program has been swimming in optimism since Butch Davis was introduced as the new head coach back in November.
Davis’ first recruiting class was one of the program’s best since the Mario Cristobal era and he’s already fully ingratiated himself with the South Florida high school football community – hosting camps, clinics and by bolstering his staff with multiple assistant coaches with strong ties to Miami-Dade and Broward County.
If things go as well as Davis and company would like them to, the Panthers could fight their way into making their first-ever trip to the Conference USA Championship game – which is scheduled for December 2nd and will air on either ESPN or ESPN 2.