By Sonja Sykes
Tuesday night is traditionally not a big one for college football. You could spend your evening going through the mismatched sock drawer or attempting to master the numbers game Sudoku.Â A better option would be to watch an intriguing match up on “the deuce” (ESPN2 at eight o’clock) this evening.
Viewers won’t get Tirico, Erin Andrews or Lee Corso (thank goodness!). Something more constructive: a chance to scout Middle Tennessee, which will visit Papa Johnâ€™s in a couple of weeks, plus a trip down memory lane with the coach that thrust UofL football into national consciousness.
The TV spotlight will be onÂ Florida Atlantic vs. Middle Tennessee, a game involving former Louisville coach Howard Schnellenberger and a future Cardsâ€™ opponent. Both teams are 1-3.
Longtime Cardinal fans will remember some of Howard’s coaching staff. Gary Nord has returned as offensive coordinator. Kurt Van ValkenbergÂ has been with Howard since Al Gore invented the Internet and hard hitting Ex-Cardinal linebacker Johnny Frost coaches the defensive ends.
The game will be the first national telecast at Middle Tennesseeâ€™s Floyd Stadium. It’s a “black-out” night.Â Promotional coupons for discounted tickets have been distributed all over Murfreesboro to create a sellout.