Dec 31, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT
We want to wish everyone an early Happy New Year today…be safe out there in all of the celebrations this evening and into tomorrow. We also hope you had a great holiday. We are now a week away from the 2011 NCAA Division I National Championship. Can the Delaware Blue Hens become the league’s third-straight National Champion? Be sure to vote in our poll to the right or below. Prior to the season we created a CAA Football commercial than aired during each of our 20+ league television games which included the water-cooler baths for each of our championship wins. Do you think Coach Keeler will be added to this after Jan. 7?
Here is the poll…it closes around 6:30 p.m. (ET), Friday, Jan. 7. Just in time for you to settle in and watch Delaware take on Eastern Washington on ESPN2HD and ESPN3. This year’s National Championship game is in a new city and new venue. Frisco, Texas and Pizza Hut Park will serve as the host of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 National Championship game…Frisco is a suburb of Dallas, Texas.
Come back next Friday night to find our Gameday Central page link so you can follow all the the action with livestats, live audio, links to the ESPN3 broadcast and more.
CAA Football continues to Digg! You can see some of the recent news articles we are Digging in the widget down the right margin of the blog. Send us some articles/news links at firstname.lastname@example.org if you find some features we may have missed.
We also encourage you to visit CAA Football Gameday Central next Friday evening at CAASports.com. The National Championship game will be featured with links to livestats, video and audio streams and more. As stated above you can come back to the blog on gameday to find a link directly to National Championship Gameday Central.
Just a heads up on what we hope will be a “Championship Celebration” recap. Due to NCAA rules regarding championship play video we may not have too much in the way of video recaps. We will attempt to capture any postgame celebrations or postgame reaction following next Friday’s game and will definitely post those here and on CAASports.com.
Delaware’s defensive coordinator Nick Rapone, who leads the nation’s top scoring defense and one of the nation’s best defenses into next weekend’s National Championship game, was named Footballscoop.com’s FCS Coordinator of the Year. Click here to read the Delaware release.
The Sports Network previewed the National Championship matchup of Delaware and Eastern Washington by talking to a handful of CAA Football and Big Sky Conference coaches. Take a look at the Delaware preview by clicking here. Here is the Eastern Washington preview.
Both KC Keeler of Delaware and Beau Baldwin of Eastern Washington took part in a media teleconference earlier this week. Click here for a transcript of both coaches’ comments on the teleconference. You can also listen to Keeler’s segment by clicking here.
All-America squads continue to rollout this offseason and postseason. Four of the five major All-America teams at the FCS level have been released, while The College Sporting News will release its All-Stars following next weekend’s National Championship game. Click here and scroll to page six to see a rundown of what CAA Football athletes were named All-Americans by The Sports Network, Walter Camp Foundation, American Football Coaches Association and The Associated Press.
Two more additional All-America squads were released last week that included FCS athletes. The first was Phil Steele’s FCS All-America squad. Click here to see the honorees from CAA Football as well as the others from around the country.
Pro Football Weekly also released its All-America team for the 2010 season. The PFW team takes into account the NFL draft value as well as on the field play in 2010. Villanova’s Ben Ijalana, who finished 10th in the Outland Trophy Award voting earlier this postseason, was the only FCS player to appear on the PFW All-America squad. Click here to take a look at the rundown of the athletes Ijalana joined.
A few NFL news and notes since we are now in the offseason and can fill the void with alumni information. Former Maine Black Bear and current Jacksonville Jaguar Montell Owens was named to the NFL Pro Bowl earlier this week. Click here to read the release from Maine, or click here to see the full list of NFL Pro Bowl selections from NFL.com.
One more NFL note…Villanova standouts Ijalana (mentioned above in the PFW All-America team) and Matt Szczur were invited to take part in the NFL Senior Bowl, presented by Under Armour. Click here to read a story written and appearing on the official Senior Bowl site.
2010 CAA Football, Delaware’s playing for the National Championship…You Better Be Ready!!!
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