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Charleston Southern sets 2012 schedule

Charleston, SC (Sports Network) - Charleston Southern football will kick off its 2012 season at crosstown rival The Citadel and make a trip to the University of Illinois as part of an 11-game schedule announced on Monday.

The Buccaneers, from the Big South Conference, will visit The Citadel on Sept. 1 in their eighth all-time match-up, including JV games. The two teams last met in 2007.

Coach Jay Mills' squad will then play its home opener at Buccaneer Field on Sept. 8 against Jacksonville University.

CSU will head to Champaign, Ill., on Sept. 15 to take on the Illini. It will be the Bucs' first game against a Big Ten opponent.

That game will be followed by CSU's trip to NAIA program Shorter University in Rome, Ga., on Sept. 22.

The Bucs' Big South season opens at 2011 conference champion Stony Brook on Oct. 6.

They will then host three opponents, Big South members VMI (Oct. 13) and Presbyterian (Oct. 20, Homecoming Day), and NAIA program Edward Waters (Oct. 27).

In November, CSU will complete its Big South schedule by visiting Liberty (Nov. 3), hosting Gardner-Webb (Nov. 10) and going to Coastal Carolina (Nov. 17).

CSU finished 0-11 this past season.

01/30 17:09:18 ET

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