Thursday, January 28, 2010

Queens-Pfeiffer rivalry hits the big-time

The fierce rivalry between Queens and Pfeiffer gets a national showcase Saturday when the Royals-Falcons game is televised nationally by CBS College Sports. The Conference Carolinas game -- to played at noon at Pfeiffer's Merner Gym in Misenheimer -- will be shown locally on Fox Sports South and Fox Carolinas.

This will be Queens' first time on national television.

"It will be fun," said Royals coach Wes Long. "We might lose guys we recruit to lower Division I schools in leagues like the Big South or Atlantic Sun. But they don't get on TV if they play there. on TV."

The Queens-Pfeiffer game is part of an eight-game Division II package by CBS College Sports, which is showing four men's games and four women's games this season.

Long, a former player and assistant at Clemson, doesn't take for granted the exposure the TV game will bring.

"When I was at Clemson, I was spoiled by being on television all the time," he said. "When I dreamed about being a college head coach, I'd think about being on television. But this is the first time."

Royals recruits got emails from Long this week, reminding them to watch the game.

"Pfeiffer will do a great job of creating a great environment," Long said. "And I'm sure places like USC Upstate (another Atlantic Sun team), can't be too excited about us being on there." -- David Scott