Monmouth sets 2014 schedule

West Long Branch, NJ ( - Monmouth University announced its 2014 football schedule on Tuesday, including dates for its first season in the Big South Conference.

The Hawks, which finished 6-6 as an FCS independent this past season, will play 11 games in 2014, although coach Kevin Callahan said his team could add a 12th game.

"Our schedule is both a challenging and exciting one," Callahan said. "We are thrilled to be joining the Big South Conference and look forward to a competitive non-conference schedule as well."

Monmouth will play five home games: Delaware State (Aug. 30), Wagner (Sept. 13) and Columbia (Oct. 11) in non-conference action, and Charleston Southern (Nov. 1) and Gardner-Webb (Nov. 22) within the Big South.

The Hawks' road games out of conference are against Duquesne (Sept. 20), Lehigh (Sept. 27) and Robert Morris (Oct. 4), and their Big South road games are against Presbyterian (Oct. 25), Liberty (Nov. 8) and Coastal Carolina (Nov. 15).

The Hawks' games against Delaware State, Presbyterian, Charleston Southern and Gardner-Webb are first-ever meetings.

2014 Monmouth University Football Schedule

Aug. 30, Delaware State

Sept. 13, Wagner

Sept. 20, at Duquesne

Sept. 27, at Lehigh

Oct. 4, at Robert Morris

Oct. 11, Columbia

Oct. 25, at Presbyterian*

Nov. 1, Charleston Southern*

Nov. 8, at Liberty*

Nov. 15, at Coastal Carolina*

Nov. 22, Gardner-Webb*

* - Big South Conference game