Georgia Tech adds Mercer to 2016 Football Schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have added the Mercer Bears to their 2016 football schedule, Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski announced today.

Georgia Tech will host Mercer at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta on Sept. 3, 2016. The game will be the season-opener for both schools.

“We are pleased to add Mercer to our 2016 football schedule,” Bobinski said. “This is part of an ongoing effort to support and accentuate college football in the state of Georgia. Our yearly contest with Georgia and the addition of Georgia Southern and Mercer helps us meet that objective.”

Georgia Tech played their first ever college football game against Mercer way back in 1892. The Bears won that contest 12-6, but then fell to the Yellow Jackets in the next 11 meetings.

“We are excited to play a great institution like Georgia Tech,” said Mercer Director of Athletics Jim Cole. “The Yellow Jackets have a rich history of excellence in academics and athletics and we are thrilled to renew a football tradition that dates back over 100 years.”

Mercer, which is rebooting their football program this season after a 72-year hiatus, will be a member of the Southern Conference in the FCS. The Bears open the season against Reinhardt on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Georgia Tech Future Schedules

2014

  • 08/30 – Wofford
  • 09/06 – at Tulane
  • 09/13 – Georgia Southern
  • 11/29 – at Georgia

2015

  • 09/12 – Tulane
  • 11/28 – Georgia
  • TBA – at Notre Dame

2016

  • 09/03 – Mercer
  • 09/17 – Vanderbilt
  • 11/26 – at Georgia

Update (8/13/13)

Per a copy of the contract, Georgia Tech will pay Mercer a $300,000 guarantee for the game.

Mercer also has to certify in writing prior to Aug. 1, 2015 that they will average 90% of the permissible number of grant-in-aid per year over a rolling two-year period, to satisfy the provisions of NCAA Bylaw 20.9.7.2.1.

  1. Bill (the one that's commenting for years not the newbie)
    August 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    We’re the Ramblin’ ‘reck
    from Georgia Tech
    and we’re gonna play Mercer
    ’til we find someone worser

    • Michael Whitfield
      August 12, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Mercer!!?? Oh mercy. Obviously a $$$ game for Mercer’s upstart program. Need to think about playing in city rival GA State from Sunbelt Conf. That would make more sense. They are in Div I now

  2. Sonny
    August 12, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Go ahead and schedule Olgethorpe! One question, WHY???????????????

    • Bill (the one that's commenting for years not the newbie)
      August 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      2016 is the 100 year anniversary of the thriller between Georgia Tech and Cumberland. Shouldn’t they give Cumberland a chance to avenge that 222-0 squeaker?

      And before you point out that Cumberland doesn’t have a football program, keep in mind that they didn’t really have one in 1916 either.

    • Wayne Jenkins
      October 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Right on, Bill! Right now Cumberland and Alabama have something in common – namely that Georgia Tech won’t play either of them! Ga Tech cancelled games with Bama this year and in 2014. Cumberland approached Tech about a 10/7/16 game and TECH WANTS NO PART OF CUMBERLAND. Reportedly Cumberland offered to throw in a baseball game to let Tech baseball a rematch of the spring 1916 game that saw them lose to, eh, some team wearing Cumberland uniforms by a 22-0 score.

    • Wayne Jenkins
      October 19, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      And yes, Cumberland is playing football now and should be NCAA Division II by 2016, so throw out the “won’t play NAIA teams” excuse. Mottos being thrown around up here are “Atlanta – home of two great chickens – Chick-Fil-A and Ga. Tech Football,” and “Hear my bark, feel my bite, Ramblin’ Wreck is now in sight.”

  3. Robert
    August 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Will Georgia Southern count as an FCS opponent next season as if so they will be playing 2 D1AA teams again. Hope the AD realizes you can only count one FCS win towards a bowl game so the 2nd one is a waste of a game much less a ripoff to the season ticket holders.

  4. Dave
    August 13, 2013 at 2:39 am

    I’ve heard that GT is in discussion to play St. Olaf’s in 2018 and Bemidji St. in 2019. Let’s see if those contracts get signed. The ACC is such a farce when it comes to football. Is Clemson playing Wofford or the Citadel this year? I can’t wait for the playoffs in the next few years and the first team that goes 12-0 and doesn’t make them because their non-conference sched was abysmal. It is the only way these schools will change. Maybe it would be best for college football if the five BCS conferences form their own division and then only schedule within their own division.

    • Josh
      August 13, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Show me a team that doesn’t schedule FCS teams on the regular. I dare you.

    • FB1
      August 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      @josh…Notre Dame

    • Bill (the one that's commenting for years not the newbie)
      August 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      @ Josh USC and UCLA

    • Dave
      August 13, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      Penn St., buddy.

    • Dave
      August 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      Hawaii, buddy.

    • Bill (the one that's commenting for years not the newbie) sai
      August 14, 2013 at 12:41 am

      Penn State played Coastal Carolina in 2008; Eastern Illinois in 2009; Youngstown in 2010; Indiana State in 2011.

      and Hawaii played Weber in 2008, Central Arkansas in 2009Charles Southern in 2010 and Lamar in 2012; and they play Northern Iowa next year.

    • Bill (the one that's commenting for years not the newbie) sai
      August 14, 2013 at 12:42 am

      Oops I mean

      Penn State played Coastal Carolina in 2008; Eastern Illinois in 2009; Youngstown in 2010; Indiana State in 2011.

      and Hawaii played Weber in 2008, Central Arkansas in 2009Charles Southern in 2010 and Lamar in 2012; and they play Northern Iowa next year; Buddy

    • Dave
      August 15, 2013 at 1:20 am

      I was referring to this year only for Penn St. and Hawaii. However, looking at future schedules, Penn St. plays no FCS schools and Hawaii has only Northern Iowa on their’s for the future. Far less than what the ACC has.

    • Nick
      August 15, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      For you being a smart @$$ about Clemson football, they have CMU scheduled but canceled when the ACC went to 9 games to reserve UGA. Then they went back to 8 so they had to schedule someone (SCST). And you wanna talk about strength of of schedule? A top 5 Georgia team and maybe a top 5 but defiantly Top 10 South Carolina team on the road. Before you talk, you you’re facts before you sound ignorant.

  5. nampa native
    August 13, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I wish that they would schedule Coastal Carolina! I understand that there is a mounting tide of interest in that game.

    • Wayne Jenkins
      October 19, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Only mounting Tide in college football right now is based out of Tuscaloosa. Roll Tide Roll.

  6. Josh
    August 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Before everyone blindly accuses a team they know nothing about for scheduling a soft team,

    GT in 2015:
    at Notre Dame
    Georgia

    GT in 2016:
    Vanderbilt
    at Georgia

    GT in 2017:
    at Ole Miss
    Georgia

    GT in 2018:
    Ole Miss
    at Georgia

    The Alabama series is pending.

    Quite a bit of SEC in there. Weird.

  7. Bill (the one that's commenting for years not the newbie)
    August 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    0-2
    1-1
    0-2
    0-2

  8. PNB
    August 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Harrison, Kennesaw Mountain and a few other area High Schools have opening! Come on Teach give them a shot

  9. Josh
    October 24, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Kevin, I noticed on Georgia Tech’s future schedules page you have the Mercer game date as TBA, but in the article it says Sept 3, 2016.

  10. K. Harvey
    January 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Mercer going 10 and 2 in their first season (NCAA, Division 1 record for first year program) who
    had over 90% freshman, will be a senior talented team in 2016. Georgia Tech, do not take them lightly.

  11. hoop
    September 20, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    FYI: Mercer was the very first football team Tech ever played, way way back in 1890-something. This has historic context and value beyond “instate cupcake.” Just sayin’.

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