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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Oakland coach Greg Kampe releases 2013-14 schedule via Twitter

Fans usually have to wait until after several other teams’ and leagues’ schedules have been released before they get a glimpse at Oakland’s slate.
Not this year.
Oakland coach Greg Kampe, who has quickly acclimated himself to Twitter, harnessed the power of social media Tuesday afternoon, confirming contracted opponents for the beginning of the 2013-14 season first mentioned in our “Grizz Talk” live chat in December.
“We have verbal deals with some very, very prestigious teams,” he teased at the time.
Kampe confirmed Tuesday Oakland will open the season at North Carolina Nov. 9 before heading across the country to UCLA Nov. 12.

Oakland then plays at California (Nov. 15) and Gozaga (Nov. 17).
Kampe showed respect for the Zags during the live chat.
“That's who we aspire to be,” he said.
Kampe said the Golden Grizzlies would be getting paid $95,000 to play at North Carolina and a similar amount for the UCLA game. 
After the first four games, Kampe said in December, Oakland will travel to Myrtle Beach the weekend before Thanksgiving (Nov. 28-31) to play Coastal Carolina and two other teams to be determined.
Kampe also said Oakland’s home schedule won’t be as barren as this season, which it started with 15 of its first 19 games on the road. Fourteen games, including matchups with Eastern Michigan, Ohio and Illinois State await the Grizzlies at home. At the time of the live chat, Kampe hinted that a deal to bring Michigan State back for a game at The Palace was “90 percent” complete as well.
Kampe tweeted there could be as many as six home games in December alone next season.
The schedule revelations came a day after the pairings for ESPN’s Bracketbusters, which Kampe notably opposes, were announced. His typical stance against the series is that he doesn’t have any trouble filling gaps in Oakland’s schedule with big-name programs and TV games. He again proved his point just hours after the pairings for the final year of Bracketbusters were announced.
Oakland last faced UCLA in  2006-07 when the Bruins were ranked No. 1. The Grizzlies bumped into eventual champion North Carolina in the 2005 NCAA tournament. It will be the first meeting with Cal-Berkeley and Gonzaga.
The game with Illinois State is a return game from last season’s Bracketbusters matchup.
Kampe tweeted a previous mention of a verbal deal with Florida State “will have to wait.” He even joked that he attempted to schedule a game with the Los Angeles Lakers after noting how much he’s enjoying the Twitterverse. Seems like he’s getting the hang of it. He even has an outstanding wager with a fan that he will wear his patented sweater-vest for the Grizzlies’ final home game March 2 against Fort Wayne if he reaches 1,500 Twitter followers by March. 1.


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