Buies Creek, N.C. – Welcome to Campbell University, where it’s nothing like Georgia State.
Tiny town, small campus, small stadium. As best I can tell, the town is basically the school, and the school can be crossed in probably 10 minutes. Barker-Lane Stadium is basically a high school set-up with the aluminum bleachers lining both sidelines, maybe 10 rows deep. I was talking to parents of a freshman on the team who surmised their son’s high school stadium sat more fans than the one here.
So, very different. Also, very hot. As sports information staffer Mike Holmes said, it’s like “being on the surface of the sun” down on the fake grass field. It’s 89 degrees, and feels hotter than that. There’s no shade or cloud cover. Regardless of the score, expect coach Bill Curry to dip into the two-deep pretty liberally.
Game captains: guard Joseph Gilbert, linebacker Mark Hogan, linebacker Blake Wyatt.
Let’s see what happens today. Game on.