May 22, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT
It has been an unusually long time since we posted here on the blog. A lot has been going on in the conference office preparing for the upcoming 2011 season and we have been hunkered down in those preparations. The biggest bit of information fans should be looking for later this week is the 2011 CAA Football Preview publication. Over the last couple weeks we have been preparing the document which will be posted at CAASports.com as well as here on the blog (we’ll have a link available to the publication both on Facebook and Twitter as well). This year’s publication will not be printed, but rather be available in rich PDF form. The file (available over several hyperlinks) will include links to usable photos, raw text from the publication and video productions from CAA Football. Fans will be encouraged to browse the PDF files and click on the links to download images and watch the videos. We are getting you ready for the 2011 season!
Last week CAA Football officials travelled to Bethesda, Md., to work on the 2011 CAA Football television schedule with our television partners at Comcast. We feel we came out of our day-long meeting with a very good tentative lineup. We plan to present our tentative lineup to our coaches and athletics directors at the CAA Football Annual Meeting on the first weekend of June. Once all of the scheduling requirements (gametimes, regional clearances, etc.) has been hammered our we will be ready to release it publicly. Look for those times to begin making their way out to the public in mid-June.
Our schools, even though spring football has wrapped up on campus, continue to stay busy with news. Delaware student-athletes, including former Blue Hen Siddiq Haynes, took part in a Field Day with local Newark Elementary schools last week. Former Blue Hen Pat Devlin was honored at the Delaware Athletics Award Banquet. The quarterback was named the Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year during the 2010-11 school year.
Progress on the upgrades at JMU’s Bridgeforth Stadium continue. Click here to visit the webpage which includes photo galleries of the progress dating back to November. Below are two of the most recent photo galleries dated May 20.
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As many as 85 Maine student-athletes took part in Commencement activities during the first week of May. Click here to see a photo gallery of several of the Black Bear student-athletes including a handful of the football student-athletes.
Massachusetts head coach Kevin Morris filled a spot on his staff for the upcoming 2011 season when he announced the hiring of Joe Tricario as the Minutemen’s new Special Team Coordinator. Morris also released three dates of his football camps for this summer. Click here for details and a registration form. The Minutemen posted a video last week they found from Patriots’ All-Access detailing the NFL franchises road to the NFL Draft scouting the New England region which included student-athletes from UMass. Take a look at that below.
New Hampshire head coach Sean McDonnell and his squad earned NCAA public recognition last week for their work in the classroom. The Wildcats were recognized for having an Academic Performance Rating among the Top 10 percent of all FCS programs. McDonnell also set the dates for the New Hampshire football camps to be held later this summer. Click here for extensive details on registration and more. Lastly the Wildcats released a video highlighting some of the Top Plays from the 2010-2011 year. Watch that production below.
The voice of Old Dominion Athletics, Ted Alexander, received a new title and position within the Monarchs Athletic Department earlier this month. Alexander was named the Director of Broadcasting for ODU Sport Properties beginning on July 1. Congrats to Ted! The Monarchs’ senior quarterback Thomas DeMarco continues to garner preseason recognition. The Palm Desert, Calif., native was named to the Quarterback Watch List by College Football Performance Awards.
Gorhody.com caught up the Rams’ new quarterback coach Liam Coen, who also happens to be a former All-CAA Football quarterback at UMass during his playing days. Rhode Island’s Fifth Quarter Club also set the date for its Annual Golf Tournament on June 10. Click here for more details. The Rams were one of several CAA Football squads to hold a Bone Marrow donor registration drive and we found this video recapping the event and how the Rams are recruiting potentials donors to possibly save lives.
Towson continues to pump out all sorts of news from its football program. In conjunction with its spring game and Tiger Bowl the Tigers welcomed back numerous football alums to its campus for a friendly football game. Click here for a recap and take a look at the photo gallery from the event below.
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The annual Joe Vitt Crab Feast and Golf Outing to benefit the Tiger Football program will be held June 25. Registration for the event is available. Towson’s influence in the community continued earlier this month when members of the football program took part in Dumpster Days at Rodgers Forge. Watch the video recap of the event below as well. With the NFL Lockout still ongoing Baltimore Ravens’ receiver Derrick Mason has been working with Towson head coach Rob Ambrose to hold closed workout sessions at Unitas Stadium later this week…tremendous publicity for the Tiger program.
Villanova bolstered its staff with a new defensive line coach this past week. Wildcat head coach announced the hiring of former Maryland Terrapin coach Dave Sollazzo.
William and Mary head coach Jimmye Laycock will be honored by the Colonial Virginia Council of Boy Scouts with its Good Scout Award. Former Tribe defensive lineman Mike Stover picked up an All-America honor from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
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