The Blogger is back…gotta lot to fill you in on from around CAA Football so lets get started. I think we are going to be selfish at first and talk about all our league-specific news then let you in on the information from around the league.
We finalized the 2010 CAA Football television package late last week and several of our schools have released their tv times as well as home game times. Be sure checkout how many times your favorite team will be on television. Also keep checking back as more game times will be posted as we learn then. More television coverage is possible as we get closer to the season itself. The league won’t release a full television schedule until Media Day, July 28, because several of our non-conference games have the possibility of getting picked up. We definitely have to thank our Comcast television partners for the hardwork and effort they put in to producing these games and helping us extend the CAA Football brand.
Thursday marked the release of our fully-interactive 2010 CAA Football Preview. Like last season, we posted our preview publication online with hyperactive links inside the PDF files. This season we linked even more information to give media and fans all sorts of access to nearly everything in the book. Clicking on the PDF page headers will help you download the raw text in the book. Clicking on the photos or logos anywhere on the PDF files will open that specific image which can be downloaded and used anywhere. Be sure to visit the preview site so you are prepped for the 2010 preseason! We also plan to involve the Preview in our next CAA Football Trivia contest on Twitter come next week.
Last Thursday the NCAA recognized some special efforts in the classroom from our league when it announced APR special recognitions. Proof that the league is not only one of the best on the field, but three of our five publicly recognized teams took part in the 2009 NCAA Division I National Championships. Villanova, the 2009 National Champion, was one of two National Championship teams to be recognized. Congrats to Maine, Northeastern, Richmond, Villanova and William and Mary.
Two of our league’s stadiums continue to undergo rebuilding of sorts. James Madison demolished its west stands and are re-constructing them. Richmond has rebuilt an existing on-campus stadium and will be moving in this fall. Click on the respective links above to see the progress of each project via web-cams and photo galleries!
News from the defending National Champion Villanova Wildcats include Angelo Babbaro and Matt Szczur. Babbaro was recently named the Villanova Senior Student-Athlete of the Year. Babbaro will be back in 2010 competing in his fourth-year of eligibility. Szczur, the league reigning Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Year, was mentioned on SI.com for his donation of peripheral blood stem cells to a one-year-old leukemia patient.
Delaware’s Charles Graves, a First Team All-CAA Football safety in 2009, was awarded the UD Football MVP Award earlier this week. The Blue Hens also held their Annual Alumni Golf Outing in early May…click here for all sorts of pictures from the event.
Towson football continues to insert itself into the Towson/Baltimore community, most recently taking part in the 79th Annual Johns Hopkins Turtle Derby. A handful of football student-athletes escorted Children’s Hospital patients to the derby and helped serve lunch to the patients in conjunction with the event.
The Spring Football version of the Mickey Matthews Show is now available on-demand at JMUSports.com and here. Coach Matthews breaks down the spring season for the Dukes with host Curt Dudley in the free episode. The spring show also features an interview with recently-drafted Arthur Moats. Check it out here.
Lots of news out of UMass…Former Minuteman Milt Morin was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame. Morin was a three-time All-Yankee Conference end from 1963-65. The Minutemen and New Hampshire also recently announced their conference match-up Oct. 23 will be played at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, in Foxboro, Mass. That same game is set to be televised as part of the league’s TV package on Comcast SportsNet New England. Massachusetts also just posted a video recently-drafted Vlad Ducasse at a New York Jets minicamp…check that footage out below.
CAA Football Trivia will be back next week. Be sure to pay attention to Twitter Monday & Tuesday for more details on your chance to win a CAA Football Prize Pack. It will likely involve something from this blog…HINT, HINT!
Thanks for the questions on Twitter, and please keep them coming. Keep checking back here as we move throughout the summer months for more CAA Football information leading up to the 2010 season.
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