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August 13, 2008
Virginians dominate first ODU football roster
The 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.
Camp 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.
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 2011.
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 that challenge."
2009 Old Dominion University Football Schedule
Sept. 5 - Chowan
Sept. 12 - Virginia Union
Sept. 19 - at Jacksonville
Sept. 26 - Monmouth
Oct. 3 - NC Central
Oct. 10 - Presbyterian
Oct. 17 - Campbell
Oct. 24 - at Savannah State
Oct. 31 - Georgetown
Nov. 7 - OPEN
Nov. 14 - at Iona
Nov. 21 - at VMI