Old Dominion Monarchs football
|Old Dominion Monarchs football|
|First season||1930 (revived in 2009)|
|Head coach||Bobby Wilder
6th year, 46–15 (.754)
|Home stadium||Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium|
|Stadium surface||AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D|
|All-time record||108–33–4 (.759)|
|Postseason bowl record||0–0 (–)|
|Claimed national titles||0|
|Consensus All-Americans||7 (since 2009)|
|Fight song||Victory for Old Dominion|
The Old Dominion Monarchs football team is the college football program for Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. The first iteration of the team created in 1930 was known as the William & Mary Norfolk Division Braves. The current Monarchs founded in 2009 compete at the NCAA Division I-FCS level. Beginning in the 2011 season, they joined the Colonial Athletic Association and added conference games to their schedule, prior to 2011 the team was Independent. Old Dominion football will be joining Conference USA, and consequently be moving up to the FBS, on July 1, 2014 (their other sports joined on July 1, 2013).
- 1 History
- 2 All-time record vs. C-USA teams
- 3 Rivalries
- 4 Individual Awards
- 5 Monarchs in the NFL
- 6 Future non-conference opponents
- 7 References
- 8 External links
According to sports historian Peter Stewart, in September 1930 a reporter asked Coach Tommy Scott whether the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary should have a football team. Scott answered that he had not thought of having one, but within two days a team was "put together hurriedly" and began playing other small colleges. In late December 1932 the team played the University of Miami Hurricanes in Miami, after the four-year college sent an invitation to William & Mary which the two-year Norfolk Division accidentally received. The college played football for eleven seasons (1930-1941), with a record of 62-19-4. The program was discontinued due to a rule against freshman players, a $10,000 debt, and accreditation issues. The team lost every game in its last season, attendance was small, and Stewart believes that World War II would likely have forced the program to end regardless of other reasons.
Rebirth/Bobby Wilder Era
According to Senior Associate Athletic Director Debbie White, ODU had tried several times to restart a football team. The university wanted to improve ties to alumni, who often stated in exit interviews before graduation their wish for an ODU football team, and rarely revisited the campus. On June 14, 2005, the Board of Visitors approved with a 14-0 vote to create a new football team to compete at the NCAA Division I level, along with university's other sports teams, and to begin play in 2009. On February 9, 2007, Athletic Director Jim Jarrett announced that Bobby Wilder, then the associate head football coach at the University of Maine, would be the head coach, and the team signed its first recruiting class in 2008. As is the case with many new football programs, all players in 2008 were redshirted. These players, along with the recruiting class of 2009 and transfer players comprised the initial 2009 roster.
Old Dominion began play in 2009 as an independent team at the Division I FCS level (formerly I-AA), and joined the Colonial Athletic Association for the 2011 season. In 2009, their first competitive season in 68 years, the Monarchs finished 9–2. That was the best winning record ever for a first-year program in college football's modern era. The Monarchs were outscored by a total of only eight points in their two losses.
Wilder's inaugural team finished the year ranked in the top ten in five FCS statistical categories, including second in sacks allowed, third in scoring offense, turnover margin and net punting. The 2009 Monarchs were ninth in rushing offense.
In its first three years of competition after its rebirth, Old Dominion compiled a 26-7 record and earned a berth in the 2011 FCS playoffs, hosting, and defeating, crosstown rival Norfolk State. Also in 2011, after playing 27 games in its "modern era", ODU received its first Top 25 ranking on October 3, coming in at No. 21 in The Sports Network poll. The Monarchs were ranked among the Top Ten after competing in 33 games.
ODU was fifth in FCS attendance in 2009, selling out all of their home games in the 19,782-seat Foreman Field. Season tickets for the Monarchs' inaugural season sold out quickly and the school had to refund 1,065 orders. Foreman Field, formerly the ODU field hockey and women's lacrosse teams' home venue, was renovated to accommodate the new football program. Field hockey and women's lacrosse were relocated to the Powhatan Sports Complex.
CAA Years: 2011 - 2012
ODU finished 9-2 in their first season in the CAA, good enough for second place in the conference. Most media had picked ODU to finish near the bottom of the conference, however ODU outperformed those predictions and ultimately hosted a first round FCS playoff game. On the 26th of November, 2011 the ODU Monarchs beat their crosstown rivals, the Norfolk State Spartans, 35-18 to advance to the second round of the 2011 FCS playoffs. ODU then traveled Georgia to play the Georgia Southern Eagles in the second round of the playoffs where they lost 55-48. Following the season the Monarchs finished 10th in the final poll.
In April 2012 several reports linked ODU to possible conference realignment in FBS with the Big East and the C-USA and possibly beginning conference play as soon as 2013. The Big East reports were silenced with the addition of schools University of Houston, University of Central Florida, Southern Methodist University, Boise State University, San Diego State University, and University of Memphis. However the C-USA was still interested in ODU after adding five new schools including University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Florida International, University of North Texas, Louisiana Tech, and Texas-San Antonio.
It was officially announced that in 2013 that ODU will join C-USA for all sports.
Despite being voted ineligible for the conference automatic bid and conference title the Monarchs finished atop the CAA with a 7-1 in conference record. By finishing the regular season 10-1 the Monarchs won an at large bid into the 2012 NCAA Division 1 FCS Playoffs.
During the loss to Georgia Southern in the Quarterfinals, sophomore QB Taylor Heinicke passed Steve McNair for the most passing yards in a single season by an FCS quarterback with 5076 yards. He also became the first quarterback to eclipse the 5000 yard mark in a season as well as setting the record for most competitions in a season with 398.
Transition to the FBS (2013)
ODU began its transition to the FBS at the conclusion of the 2012 season. The Monarchs spent 2013 as an FCS independent team. Originally, the 2014 season was to be spent as an FBS independent before being fully accepted into the C-USA with both bowl and championship eligibility. After a vote by the C-USA, it was changed so that the program would be eligible in 2014 for the conference title and a bowl berth. ODU has announced plans to build a new on-campus football stadium, with seating for 30,000 expandable to 45,000.
All-time record vs. C-USA teams
Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current CUSA opponents as of the start of the 2014 season:
ODU has three traditional rivalries from their time in the FCS's Colonial Athletic Association. With their transition to the FBS's Conference USA new rivalries are expected with the closer teams such as UNC Charlotte.
William & Mary - Battle for the Silver Mace
Norfolk State - Five Mile Rivalry
Monarchs in the NFL
The ODU Monarchs have yet to have a player drafted in the NFL Draft since their rebirth in 2009 but have had six sign pro contracts as undrafted free agents. So far only one Monarch has made a team's 53 man roster. Three former Monarchs have signed on as import players in the Canadian Football League.
Future non-conference opponents
|at Eastern Michigan
|at Appalachian State
|at Virginia Tech
|vs Virginia Tech
|at Virginia Tech
|vs Virginia Tech
|at Virginia Tech
|vs Virginia Tech
|at Virginia Tech
|at NC State
|vs Norfolk State
|vs Eastern Michigan
|vs NC State
|vs Appalachian State
- ODU Sports Stats Sheet for Opening Game of 2011
- Blue and Silver. ODU Video Documentary. 2013-05-13.
- Sweeney, James (Fall 2009). "Dr. A. Rufus Tonelson Recollects the Miami Game of 1932". ODU Football 1930 and Beyond, ODU Libraries. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
- Great Moments - Fall 2005 ODU magazine
- Bobby Wilder Profile, odusports.com
- "Football Monarchs to Host Norfolk State in First Round of FCS Playoffs", odusports.com, November 20, 2011
- Radford, Rich; "College Football 2010 | ODU game-by-game preview"; hamptonroads.com
- "ODU football: Season ticket demand exceeds supply". Associated Press via the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 2009-07-18. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
- "Old Dominion Monarchs Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2014-02-05.