– As of today, Aug. 13 football is back at Old Dominion University for the
first time since 1940 as 80 players reported for camp this morning at the new
$17 million Powhatan Sports Complex.
Monarchs checked into their rooms before afternoon meetings with interim
president John Broderick, the ODU compliance staff and head coach Bobby Wilder
(pictured above).After a break for dinner, players returned for physicals, screening by
the strength and conditioning staff and getting fitted for equipment.
resumes tomorrow morning when the Monarchs will continue their work in the
weight room, receive their equipment and take media headshots.The late morning will consist of team and segment meetings and the first
official practice begins at
Practices are open to the media,
but closed to the general public.
2009 Football Schedule Set
Seven home football games will highlight the
inaugural football season at Old Dominion University as Athletic Director Jim
Jarrett and head football coach Bobby
Wilder announced today that the Monarchs have finalized their 2009 schedule.
"We are very excited to have our 2009
schedule completed," added Coach Wilder. "Our goal for the past 18
months as we put this schedule together has been to play predominantly I-AA
teams so that we're eligible for the playoffs starting in 2009."
Three contracts have been secured to complete
the schedule and include home contests with Virginia Union on Sept. 12 and
Campbell on Oct. 17. ODU will travel to New Rochelle, N.Y. on Nov. 14 to take on
Iona College. Both Campbell and Iona compete in the Division I Football
Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly I-AA, and brings ODU's total FCS
opponents to eight with Presbyterian becoming a full NCAA Division I member in
The 10,572 Monarch fans that have placed season
ticket orders thus far will be treated to seven home games at Foreman Field
during the 2009 season. ODU will host the Hawks of Chowan University on Sept. 5
in the season opener and remaining home games include Monmouth (Sept. 26), North
Carolina Central (Oct. 3), Presbyterian (Oct. 10) and Georgetown (Oct. 31).
ODU's bye week comes on Nov. 7 before the
Monarchs close out the season on the road at Iona and VMI (Nov. 21).
"In developing our scheduling philosophy
we studied four programs: Coastal Carolina, South Florida, Florida Atlantic and
Florida International," Wilder continued. "I personally spent time
with head coaches Dave Bennett from Coastal Carolina and Jim Leavitt from South
Florida. It was also important that we hired Bruce
Stewart from Coastal Carolina as our Associate Athletic Director, as he was
instrumental in their scheduling when they began football. In comparing our
first year schedules to those four programs, we have planned to be very
aggressive in the caliber of opponents we are playing. Although we will be a
team of mostly redshirt freshmen, true freshmen and walk-ons, we wanted to
challenge ourselves in the first year. Old Dominion football looks forward to