Old Dominion University recruiting has heated up!

Old Dominion University recruiting has heated up!  

Our Football Coaches are out hitting the trails, but Basketball, Baseball and Soccer coaches are planning for the future as well.  On the Football side ODU recently turned up an aggressive find, search and conquer approach.  Our goal is simple, to offer the best recruits the staff feels will fit into ODU’s system.  With that in mind, Old Dominion offered Sun Belt member Georgia Southern commit, Andre Brown.  The 2015 Decatur (GA) Columbia athlete is a 247Sports Composite three star athlete. He also has offers from Duke, Kentucky, Marshall, Kennesaw State and N.C. State.   Old Dominion also decided to offer Charlotte wide receiver commit Alex Barrow (Matthews, NC/Butler)   Barrow had a verbal committed to Charlotte for almost three weeks, making his college decision on 4/6/2014.  This is not out of the ordinary, but confirms Old Dominion has ratcheted it up a notch to find and offer the best for ODU. 

In just the last few days (Monday 4/28 and Tuesday 4/29) Old Dominion has sent offers to a number of recruits.  Below are just a few that ODU is reaching out for. 

Football 2015 Offers

Andre Brown




Lorenzo Harrison

  • Running Back
  • Hyattsville, MD (DeMatha Catholic)
  • Ht: 5-8 | Wt: 185
  • CLASS OF 201



Kendall Hinton





Tino Ellis

  • Wide ReceiverSafety
  • Hyattsville, MD (DeMatha Catholic)
  • Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 185 | 40: 4.50
  • CLASS OF 2016





Football 2015 Coach Visits

Kevin Morris



Jason Mack

  • Inside Linebacker
  • Winston Salem, NC (Atkins)
  • Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 225
  • Age: 17 yrs 5 mo
  • CLASS OF 2015



Football 2016 Offers

Keith Simms

Outside LinebackerTight End

Bethesda, MD (Landon School)

Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 220 | 40: 4.65

Age: 16 yrs 7 mo




Basketball  2015 Offers

Devin Cannady

  • Point Guard
  • Mishawaka, IN (Marion)
  • Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 165
  • Age: 17 yrs 11 mo




Desure Buie

  • Point Guard
  • Bronx, NY (Wings Academy)
  • Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 160




ODU Soccer recruiting news ….  http://www.studentsports.com/soccer/2014/04/16/maryland-midfielder-picks-dominion/


For addition information go to:

247 ODU Main page …  http://olddominion.247sports.com/


247 ODU Timeline of Offers and visits …  http://olddominion.247sports.com/Institution/Old-Dominion-Monarchs-24160/TimelineEvents


ODU BleedBlue …….  http://odubleedblue.com/







ODU Takes Down the Wahooo’s! First ever win over #1 ranked Baseball team

ODU Takes Down the Wahooo’s!

First ever win over #1 ranked Baseball team

Old Dominion University Baseball team (27-18) Whooped #1 UVA on a drizzly and cool night at the beautiful Harbor Park in downtown Norfolk.  With the support of a huge contingent of Monarch faithful (2,937), everyone settled in for a night of baseball 757 style.   When sophomore Connor Myers knocked in three runs and freshman Nick Walker drove home two while four pitchers scattered four hits the Monarchs were on their way to victory.  The outcome of defeating No. 1 Virginia, 8-1 Tuesday night never seemed to be in question

The win was the Monarchs first ever over a number one ranked team (ODU beat second ranked North Carolina, 8-6 in 2008). The Cavaliers fall to 37-9.

Virginia’s 1-0 start had a hopeful night to the same cool response as the weather.  However    the Monarchs scored two in the third when Ben Slaton and Nick Walker scored on a Virginia error.

In the sixth, Josh Eldridge tripled down the right field line to score Taylor Ostrich, then Connor Myers followed with a single to bring home Eldridge for a 4-1 ODU lead.

In the eighth, ODU broke the game open with four runs. Connor Myers doubled home Josh Eldridge and Taylor Ostrich, and then Nick Walker doubled home Tyler Urps and Myers for an 8-1 lead.

ODU senior right-hander Brett Harris (1-1) pitched the first five innings for the win, allowing three hits, one walk and one strikeout. Dean Ali, Conner Overton and Brad Gero finished the game in relief, allowing just one hit.

The Monarchs return to action this weekend with a three-game C-USA series against Florida Atlantic beginning Friday night at 6 p.m. at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex.  The remaining schedule results will play into the consideration of a Monarch bid to play in the Collage Baseball World Series.

  Fri, May 02  FAU * Bud Metheny Baseball Complex   6:05 p.m.   
  Sat, May 03  FAU * Bud Metheny Baseball Complex   3:05 p.m.   
  Sun, May 04  FAU * Bud Metheny Baseball Complex   1:05 p.m.   
  Fri, May 09  Marshall * at Huntington, WV   1:00 p.m.
  Sat, May 10  Marshall * at Huntington, WV   7:00 p.m.
  Sun, May 11  Marshall * at Huntington, WV   1:00 p.m.
  Tue, May 13  VMI at Lexington, VA   6:00 p.m.
  Fri, May 16  Long Island Bud Metheny Baseball Complex   6:05 p.m.  
  Sat, May 17  Long Island (DH) Bud Metheny Complex    1:05 p.m

C-USA Tournament

CUSA Tournament at Southern Miss. May 21-25 2014 teams and times TBA


“Are you ready for some Football” Group of five 2014 FBS Conference Rankings

“Are you ready for some Football”
Group of five 2014 FBS Conference Rankings

There will always be the ongoing debate “Who is the Best”, it stands the test of time.  In 2014 when it comes to ranking the group of five (G5) FBS football conferences the debate will continue. The only way to make a prediction on the future is to evaluate the many spokes of the wheel that will have an impact on this year.  It should be a complicated formula that takes into account last years’ on the field performance, the history and experience of returning players, starters, impact players from the incoming 2014 class, OOC schedules  and many other factors in general.  All will help shape and determine the ranking.  The reality is the consensus of most experts is there is no consensus.  However, as you break down the G-5′s in 2014, there is no clear favorite to be the best in 2014.   The AAC loses Louisville yet adds East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa.  UCF (12-1) should be the class of the AAC this year with Cincinnati (9-4), East Caroline (10-3) and Houston (8-5) making some noise. 2013 Bowl season (2-3) had one shining star, the UCF win over Baylor.   The middle of the conference shows little change with SMU (5-7) and a new wrinkle as Tulane (7-6) is added to the mix.  The bottom will grow in 2014 and appears there will be a log jam to get the bottom.  It will be difficult to predict the bottom five.  Flip a coin for the order which may include Tulsa (3-9), UConn (3-9), Memphis (3-9), Temple (2-10) and 2013’s biggest disappointment, USF (2-10).  If the bottom of the league continues as they played last year and the middle shows little improvement in 2014 the outcome may be in question.


The AAC will most likely be followed in a neck and neck struggle between the MWC and CUSA both having overall improvement from top to bottom from last year’s successes and failures.  The MWC at the top of the league appears to be more competitive and a nice huddle of schools will be bunched at the top.  The teams that could have the best odds to finish on top are Fresno State (11-2), Utah State (9-5), SDSU (8-5), Colorado State (8-6), and a vastly improving UNLV (7-6).  All had strong 2013 years and finished the year with commanding improvement that carried them into the Bowl season (3-3).  Somewhere in the middle you will have a trifecta with San Jose State (6-6), Nevada (4-8), and Wyoming (5-7).   Unfortunately the bottom of the league seems to be in a downward spin with New Mexico (3-9), Air Force (2-10) and Hawaii (1-11).  The one to watch in the MWC will be Wyoming, the new HFB Coach Craig Bohl comes to Wyoming after 11 years at North Dakota State, where he won the last three Football Championship Subdivision titles.  The MWC should pull it out in the end as the second best in 2014.


CUSA may have the biggest gains in the upward movement of the five G5 conferences.  Marshall (10-4) will be dominating in the East and has an opportunity to go undefeated for the first time since 1996.  This was the same year the Thundering Herd won the FCS National Championship. A top 25 ranking could be in Marshall’s future if they do not stumble.   Other teams in the East to watch are MTSU (8-5), new member Western Kentucky (8-4), FAU (6-6) and ODU (8-4).  This will be the transitioning year for new member ODU.   Old Dominion has yet to prove itself against FBS opponents and has shown they have a historically undermanned defense that could be a stumbling block in 2014.  UAB (2-10) and FIU (1-11) will both need to have new players make immediate impact for them to have a turnaround season from 2013.  The west is by far the stronger side of CUSA from top to bottom and will be a very entertaining year to see who rises to the top. Rice (11-4), last year’s CUSA Champions will need to replace some key players in 2014 to return to the Championship game.  UTSA (7-5), North Texas (9-4) and LA Tech (4-8), may be the most improved teams in the Conference in 2014.  Rounding out the west will be UTEP (2-10) and Southern Miss (1-11), both should have dramatic improvement over last year’s record. As a conference they had a very impressive Bowl season (3-3) including Marshall’s win over BCS Maryland.


The MAC will slip in 2014 and will need a year to rebuild after nothing short of a disastrous 2013 Bowl season (0-5).  Bowling Green (10-4) appears to be the team to beat in the east.  Two teams that could be a factor are Buffalo (8-5), and Ohio (7-6).  The next group will need marked improvement in 2014 to improve on 2013’s finish, Akron (5-7) and Kent State (4-8).  Rounding out the east will be Massachusetts (1-11) and Miami (OH) (0-12).  The west will be stronger than the east as in the years past.  Could this be Ball State’s year?  The fact is both NIU (12-2) and Ball State (10-3) will be at the top of the west at the conclusion of 2014.  The other west members will struggle to keep pace, Toledo (7-5) Central Michigan (6-6) and lagging behind the others will be Eastern Michigan (2-10) and Western Michigan (1-11)


The transforming Sun Belt with a new look will also struggle in 2014.  One bright spot in 2013 were the two 2 Bowl game wins Arkansas State over a formidable opponent in MAC member Ball State and LA Lafayette win over Tulane who is now a member of the AAC.  The fact that departing Southern Conference members GA. Southern (7-4) and Appalachian State (4-8) will need to have a quick acclimation into the roll call of FBS schools will factor into the overall outcome for 2014.  Not to mention the impact that  second year member GA State (0-12) will have on the overall ranking if they continue to be the last man standing (128 out of 128 FBS teams in 2013). GA Southern and Appalachian State both are reclassifying in 2014 from the glory years that they leave behind in FCS. Louisiana Lafayette (9-4) and Arkansas State should prove to be the teams to beat.  While the others, Louisiana Monroe (6-6), USA (6-6), Troy (6-6) and Texas State (6-6) will compete to be the best of the rest.

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My predicted order of G-5 Conferences for 2014.

1) AAC
2) MWC
4) MAC
5) Sun Belt


Spring Game 2014 “Aim High” Saturday April 12

ODU will be hosting the 5th spring game in as many years. The excitement level has increased every year, and this year football fans will anticipate the start of the 2014 season with both optimism and apprehension. Old Dominion will host Hampton University at the comfortable confines of S.B. Ballard Stadium in a historic 1st season in FBS. The game will be August 30, 2014 time TBA.

Before the start of this years season we will be privileged to a preview of things to come. The spring game will only start a smorgasbord of activities celebrating all things ODU. The day will start with two races. The 1K at 10:15am and the 5K at 10:45am. Runners will start outside of SB Ballard Stadium on Bluestone Avenue (West). If you are a runner your participation packages can be picked up on Friday 4/11/14 between 3-7pm or Saturday 4/12/14 between 9 – 10:30am. link … http://www.jandaracing.com/odu-big-blue-5k/

Next on the agenda is the Annual Big Blue BBQ. Just like last year it will be in the SB Ballard parking lot in front of the stadium. Everyone is invited. Come out support Jeff Jones, staff and the Basketball team. It is always a great event and this year is shaping up to be one of the best. There are still tickets available, $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event. There will be live music by the band Island Boys and all you can eat and drink from 12-3:00pm. Link …. http://ev10.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=BBQ&linkID=global-odu&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode

The matinee performance starts at 3:00pm. This years rendition of the 2014 spring football game will feature a new look Monarch Football team with lots of red shirt freshman and a group of Jr. Collage transfers that have made an immediate impact. This will be the 15th practice of the spring and the last chance to take a look at many of the new players and get to see first hand an evolving defensive squad that is improving every day. If you have not had the opportunity to see a practice this year, come out and enjoy the day with other fans and support the team.

Finishing out a busy day will be the last act. The Monarch Baseball team will face the Pirates of East Carolina in the second game of a three game series at the Bud. The first game is on:

Fri, Apr 11 East Carolina * Bud Metheny Baseball Complex 6:05 p.m.
* Sat, Apr 12 East Carolina * Bud Metheny Baseball Complex 4:05 p.m.
Sun, Apr 13 East Carolina * Bud Metheny Baseball Complex 1:05 p.m.
* Tickets for the Big Blue BBQ can be used for admittance to the game.

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ODU Fan Forums * Become Part of the Conversation * Aim High

Welcome to ODU Fan Forums. We are pleased to announce that Fan Forums is a place where ODU Fans will be able to see information about all things ODU. Our goal is to excite the fan and energize Monarch Nation to share information on one of the Fan Forum locations that we are fortunate to already have.

Follow us on twitter and encourage others to do the same. ODU Fan Forums@MonarchAimHigh

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Other places of Interest for ODU fans

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We are just getting started. Looking forward to getting ODU fans more involved.

ODU Oldtimer