Campbell schedules future football games against UNC, ECU

Coach Mike Minter's Camels are in their first season as a member of the Big South Conference

Quarterback Daniel Smith threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more Thursday to lead Campbell to a 49-26 win against Chowan at Barker-Lane Stadium ( Bennett Scarborough/Campbell athletics)

Campbell took a step forward in the development of its football program Thursday by beating Chowan 49-26 on in its first official game as a member of the Big South Conference. The Camels will take an even bigger step in 2022 and 2023 when they move up in competition to play in-state FBS rivals East Carolina and North Carolina for the first time.

Campbell announced Friday that it will play the Pirates at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Sept. 22, 2022. The game against the Tar Heels, the Camels’ first against an ACC opponent, will be played at Kenan Stadium on Nov. 4, 2023.

Coach Mike Minter’s program will also play a home-and-home series against The Citadel, with a game in Buies Creek on Sept. 22, 2022 and a return match in Charleston, S.C on Nov. 4, 2023. The schedule additions give Campbell at least one game against an FBS opponent in each of the next five seasons.

Previously scheduled games include Troy in 2019, Georgia Southern in 2020 and Liberty in 2021.  

Campbell went more than a half-century without football before restarting its program in 2008. It has played as part of the nonscholarship Pioneer League until making the move to the Big South this year. The Camels will play their game against a member of their new conference on Oct. 20 at Monmouth.