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2011 CAA Football Roundup – 3.16

Mar 16, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

First let us apologize for the gap in CAA Football coverage here on CAAFootballblog.com.  Even though we are CAA Football, we still lend a hand in other big CAA events and two of those occurred over the last two weeks…Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships.  Those two events kept us out of commission in regards to Facebook, Twitter and the blog.  Never fear we are back…not sure if anyone missed us on all of those outlets because we are sure the news still went on!

Before we get to the information below we are going to urge you to come back here to the blog and to both Facebook and Twitter tomorrow morning as we hope to unveil some fan opportunities to help us create content around the CAA Football Spring practices/games and the summer months leading up to the 2011 season.  We plan to have a video posted on how you can participate here and on Facebook…we’ll tweet about it too!  If you aren’t a fan of ours on Facebook then get with it…if you have friends who like CAA Football or a league team but have yet to become a fan on Facebook then harass them until they do!!!

Nevertheless below are loads of stories, pics, videos and more from around league since our last roundup nearly a month ago.

Delaware Strength and Conditioning Coach Augie Maurelli (credit: Chris Permar)

Delaware’s strength coach Augie Maurelli earned FCS Coach of the Year honors from Samson Equipment and American Football Monthly back in February.  The Blue Hens announced the date and opened registration for their Annual Alumni Barbecue and Golf Outing.  Head Coach K.C. Keeler also announced the dates and registration information for the UD Summer Football Camps.

The NFL Draft is right around the corner and obviously a number of former CAA Football student-athletes will be eagerly awaiting that weekend.  Be sure to checkout out our Facebook page for articles we find or hear about on some of those athletes who are projected to be drafted.  If you aren’t already a fan of CAA Football on Facebook then do it and post the stories you find about our alums on our wall!!! Below is a highlight video Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin produced by Fox Sports…most of the footage came from the University of Delaware and CAA Football Television partners at Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network.

James Madison head coach Mickey Matthews announced the dates and registration information for both of the Dukes’ summer camps.  JMU will hold three camps on the Harrisonburg campus, as well as five satellite camps around the state of Virginia.  Matthews and the Dukes also announced plans to move one the squads spring practices to the SportsQuest complex in Richmond.  Progress continues on the the expansion of Bridgeforth Stadium…click here for the March 11 photo gallery of the progress.

There are all sorts of stuff to push on the blog in regards to Maine.  Head coach Jack Cosgrove announced the Black Bears’ spring practice schedule.  Take a look at some of the offseason workouts student-athletes are taking part in by clicking here and pressing the play button on the video player.  Punter/Kicker Jordan Waxman earned postseason honors from the Jewish Sports Review last week.  The Black Bears are also mourning the loss of former All-Atlantic 10 second team running back Royston English, after his battle with cancer.  One other bit of information about the spring season in regards to Maine, the Black Bears will not have the services of former All-American running back Jared Turcotte in 2011.  The standout has chosen to focus more on his family and degree after he and his wife welcomed a newborn daughter, Aiva, into the family last fall.

UMass announced plans for its spring game earlier today…the contest is slated to kickoff April 30 at 4 p.m.

New Hampshire handed out its end-of-the-year team awards earlier this month.  The Wildcats and head coach Sean McDonnell also added a new coach to his staff.  Former Ball State assistant coach James Bettcher will join the Wildcats’ staff as a linebacker coach in 2011.  New Hampshire also announced its 2011 schedule late last month.

Old Dominion teamed up with the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia late last month to help “send-off” nine-year-old Thomas Bannon to his wish of meeting Spongebob Squarepants…below is picture of ODU punter Jonathan Plisco (left) and defensive lineman Ronnie Cameron (right) with Bannon.  The Monarchs and head coach Bobby Wilder announced the hiring of Bill Dee to the 2011 staff as an offensive line assistant.  We also found a couple Monarch Spotlights at odusports.com…the first is a video of the ODU Football Winter Workouts.  Another previewed Deron Mayo’s trip to an NFL Pro Day in Charlottesville tomorrow.  Mayo was a standout at Hofstra before it disbanded its football program, forcing him to transfer to Norfolk.

ODU’s Jonathan Plisco (left) and Ronnie Cameron (right) with Thomas Bannon.

Late last month Rhode Island announced its 2011 schedule, take a look to see who and where the Rams will play next season.  The Rams also held a Pro Day for some of its senior student-athletes…below is a recap video from the event.

Earlier this week Richmond head coach Latrell Scott announced the Spiders’ plans for spring practice and game.  Richmond’s outgoing seniors, including both Martin Parker and Justin Rogers, will also take part in Richmond’s Pro Day later this week.

Towson head coach Rob Ambrose is continuing to build his program…read the feature at towsontigers.com chronicling Ambrose’s drive to get student-athletes who can help the Tigers win.  Ambrose and his staff also announced the dates and registration details for the Towson Football Coaching Clinic.

Villanova and head coach Andy Talley opened the Wildcats’ Spring Practice earlier this week.

Earlier this week William and Mary head coach Jimmye Laycock announced the completion of the Tribe’s coaching staff for 2011.  Laycock promoted Scott Boone to defensive coordinator, replacing Bob Shoop.  Laycock also hired D.K. McDonald, Jr., as the Tribe’s new defensive backs coach.  Late last month tribeathletics.com caught up two former Tribe standouts who are now playing in the NFL…Jacksonville’s Derek Cox and New York’s Adrian Tracy.  Watch that video below.

That’s a wrap on a pretty long roundup!  Be sure to checkout Facebook, Twitter and this blog sometime tomorrow for your chance to help us create some good Spring Football and summer content for CAA Football!!!