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@The_CAAFootball Blog Wrap – June 21, 2011

Jun 21, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

Be sure to use the official hashtag #CAAFB for any CAA Football tweet on Twitter!  Lately we have been picking up on a number of entities asking you to hashtag your tweets about a particular brand or subject…we will follow suit in this and work to make it catch on for CAA Football.  Anytime you tweet about our league, one of our football programs, one of our games or anything about CAA Football hashtag it with a: #CAAFB.  That will help us in tracking who is talking about us and who is talking to us on Twitter.  We love interacting on all of our forms of digital media so please keep the discussions coming on Facebook, Twitter and here on the blog!

How many of you saw the news which came out of the league’s Annual Meetings?  The small one sentence indicating #CAAFB is looking to propose a “fifth-year” of eligibility has been making some headlines and also ignited some questions for us.  Take a look at our twitter timeline for the answers we’ve passed out and don’t hesitate to ask us more, either on Twitter or even by posting on our Facebook wall.  If you aren’t part of the Facebook or Twitter world and still have questions then post them on this blog using the comments link or you can even email us:  If you use the latter two options we will post the discussion on Twitter and Facebook just to inform others.

In short, the league’s Athletics Directors and Coaches agreed to an NCAA Proposal which would allow for a fifth-year of eligibility for football playing institutions at the FCS level.  The Proposal would do away with the “red-shirt” season.  We are sure this information conjures all types of questions…feel free to send them our way!

More preseason honors continue to roll in for a multitude of student-athletes.  The College Football Performance Awards released its preseason watch list for both defensive lineman and linebackers since our last blog entry.  Checkout who made the preseason lists from #CAAFB below.

Construction on James Madison’s Bridgeforth Stadium continues and we have some of the latest photo galleries below.  Dukes’ head coach Mickey Matthews announced former Duke Isai Bradshaw has been elevated to full-time status as a JMU defensive assistant.  Bradshaw had been coaching the Dukes’ since 2007 in a part-time role.

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Head coach Jack Cosgrove and the Maine Black Bears are gearing up to provide area Maine High School programs a 7-on-7 passing tournament leading up to their preseason practices.  Click on the link above to learn more about the opportunity and to register for the event.  The Black Bears also released tentative home game times for the upcoming season.  Which games do you plan on attending at Alfond Stadium?

Andrew Dees will join the Massachusetts football program this year as the running back coach and recruiting coordinator.  That bit of information was released earlier this month by Minutemen head coach Kevin Morris.  The UMass head coach also set three camp dates for the summer months, two of which have passed.  There is still time to register for the final of three camp dates in late July.  The Minutemen have been producing a useful feature called “Know your Opponent” on  Over the past several days the staff has posted loads of information preview the UMass football opponents for 2011.  Click here to see the Boston College preview and then you can navigate to the two opponents the Minutemen will face prior to the Eagles using the logos at the top of the page.

New Hampshire continued its Top-20 sports moments of the 2010-11 season and the football Wildcats made each of the two segments shown below.  The New Hampshire win on the road over Villanova came in at No. 15 on the list, while the NCAA postseason win over Bethune-Cookman ranked at No. 6.

Old Dominion assistant coaches Ron Whitcomb and Mike Zyskowski along with seven Towson assistant coaches including defensive coordinator Matt Hachmann took part in the Eighth Annual Lauren’s First and Goal Football Camp.  The function, held at Lafayette College, featured more than 1,800 high school football players and raised more than $80,000 for pediatric brain tumor research.  Head Coach Bobby Wilder was interviewed on College Football Country, a syndicated radio show with host Jason Toy, in May.  Watch and listen to that interview below.  Wilder also announced tentative home game times for the Monarchs in their inaugural CAA Football season.

Rhode Island strength and conditioning coach Mike Sirignano gave an inside look at the Ram Football off-season conditioning sessions…watch them below.

Richmond’s new on-campus stadium was opened last season, but during construction of the venue concessions were made to keep a more-than-100-year-old oak tree which stood on the stadium site.  Richmond officials yesterday announced that the aging tree will be removed this summer due to its declining condition.

Towson announced tentative home game times for the 2011 season earlier this month.  The Tigers also continued their philanthropic activities when members of the team took part in the White Oak Elementary Play Day on June 3.  We posted the information above about the seven Tiger assistant coaches who took part in the First and Goal football camp, and just recently head coach Rob Ambrose announced the date for his Football 101 Clinic for Women.  Lastly we are showing gratitude to long-time Towson communications director Pete Schlehr who announced his retirement earlier this week.

William and Mary Tribe head coach Jimmye Laycock updated the special guest roster for this year’s Colonial All-Pro Camp.  New England Patriots’ slot receiver Wes Welker will be replaced by reigning Super Bowl Champion linebacker Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers at the camp slated to start June 26 in Williamsburg.