2015 National Recruiting Stats for G5 Conferences (July)

Comparisons of G5 Conferences

Overall P5 Rank Rank Conf  AAC Con AAC No. Five Four Three Player(s) Total
Rank G5 P5 G5 Membership Rank Team Verbal Star Star Star Average Points
36 G5 1 AAC 1 Cincinnati 17 0 0 15 81.67 139.35
71 G5 13 AAC 2 SMU 10 0 0 5 80.01 91.77
72 G5 14 AAC 3 Houston 9 0 0 6 81.15 90.08
76 G5 16 AAC 4 East Carolina 9 0 0 6 80.1 84.02
80 G5 20 AAC 5 Tulane 9 0 0 3 79.34 75.29
84 G5 21 AAC 6 Temple 9 0 0 5 78.01 68.93
85 G5 22 AAC 7 South Florida 5 0 0 5 84.22 68.91
86 G5 23 AAC 8 Uconn 10 0 0 4 77.39 67.94
88 G5 24 AAC 9 UCF 5 0 0 4 82.67 61.49
94 G5 29 AAC 10 Tulsa 6 0 0 1 78.94 51.11
98 G5 33 AAC 11 Memphis 5 0 0 2 78.13 39.85
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Overall  G5 AAC Rank Rank
Average Average Overall G5
72.55 13.36 6 1

 

Overall P5 Rank Rank Conf CUSA Con CUSA No. Five Four Three Player(s) Total
Rank G5 P5 G5 Membership Rank Team Verbal Star Star Star Average Points
49 G5 2 CUSA 1 Rice 15 0 0 9 80.27 119.8
50 G5 3 CUSA 2 ODU 17 0 0 7 79.04 117.66
55 G5 7 CUSA 3 FAU 11 0 0 8 81.82 111.57
56 G5 8 CUSA 4  LA Tech 16 0 0 6 79.43 111.34
65 G5 10 CUSA 5 UTSA  12 0 0 6 80.04 98.33
67 G5 12 CUSA 6 Marshall 13 0 0 6 78.4 95.13
96 G5 31 CUSA 7 UAB 6 0 0 3 78.5 49.65
99 G5 34 CUSA 8 FIU 7 0 0 1 75.66 38.67
101 G5 36 CUSA 9 Charlotte 5 0 0 1 77.53 36.8
102 G5 37 CUSA 10 North Texas 4 0 0 1 79.26 36.34
107 G5 42 CUSA 11 MTSU 2 0 0 1 81.44 22.83
110 G5 45 CUSA 12 Southern Miss 3 0 0 1 77.01 20.9
111 G5 46 CUSA 13 Western Kent 7 0 0 1 72.67 18.63
124 G5 59 CUSA 14 UTEP 1 0 0 0 75.33 5.33
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Overall  G5 CUSA Rank Rank
Average Average Overall G5
91.69 28.62 7 2

 

Overall P5 Rank Rank Conf  IND Con IND No. Five Four Three Player(s) Total
Rank G5 P5 G5 Membership Rank Team Verbal Star Star Star Average Points
53 G5 5 IND 2 BYU 9 0 0 9 83.96 112.14
112 G5 47 IND 3 Army 3 0 0 1 76.08 18.2
122 G5 57 IND 4 Navy 1 0 0 0 76.67 6.67
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Overall  G5 IND Rank Rank
Average Average Overall G5
95.67 36.33 8 4
Overall P5 Rank Rank Conf MAC Con MAC No. Five Four Three Player(s) Total
Rank G5 P5 G5 Membership Rank Team Verbal Star Star Star Average Points
51 G5 4 MAC 1 West Mich 18 0 0 8 79.16 115.84
75 G5 15 MAC 2 NIU 13 0 0 5 77.68 87.14
77 G5 17 MAC 3 Central Mich 15 0 0 3 76.69 83.23
79 G5 19 MAC 4 Miami (OH) 12 0 0 5 77.26 80.23
90 G5 26 MAC 5 Ball State 10 0 0 3 76.39 60.26
92 G5 27 MAC 6 Toledo 13 0 0 1 74.74 56.18
95 G5 30 MAC 7 Bowling Green 8 0 0 1 76.58 50.93
103 G5 38 MAC 8 Ohio 3 0 0 1 79.39 27.94
113 G5 48 MAC 9 Eastern Mich 7 0 0 0 72.58 17.83
115 G5 50 MAC 10 Buffalo 4 0 0 0 73.5 13.97
118 G5 53 MAC 11 Massachusetts 2 0 0 0 74.5 8.98
120 G5 55 MAC 12 Kent State 2 0 0 0 74 7.99
126 G5 61 MAC 13 Akron 1 0 0 0 0 0

 

Overall  G5  MAC Rank Rank
Average Average Overall G5
96.46 34.08 9 3
Overall P5 Rank Rank Conf  MWC Con MWC No. Five Four Three Player(s) Total
Rank G5 P5 G5 Membership Rank Team Verbal Star Star Star Average Points
54 G5 6 MWC 1 SJSU 11 0 0 9 81.86 111.73
66 G5 11 MWC 2 Boise State 7 0 1 5 84.72 96.63
78 G5 18 MWC 3 SDSU 10 0 0 6 78.92 82.51
109 G5 44 MWC 4 Utah State 2 0 0 1 80.79 21.52
114 G5 49 MWC 5 Nevada 4 0 0 0 73.56 14.22
116 G5 51 MWC 6 Fresno State 1 0 0 1 83.89 13.89
117 G5 52 MWC 7 Wyoming 2 0 0 1 76.89 13.78
119 G5 54 MWC 8 UNLV 1 0 0 0 78.59 8.59
121 G5 56 MWC 9 Colorado St 1 0 0 0 77.93 7.93
123 G5 58 MWC 10 Air Force 1 0 0 0 75.81 5.81
125 G5 60 MWC 11 Hawaii 2 0 0 0 70 0
127 G5 62 MWC 12 New Mexico
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Overall  G5 MWC Rank Rank
Average Average Overall G5
97.62 40.08 10 6

 

Overall P5 Rank Rank Conf  SBC Con SBC No. Five Four Three Player(s) Total
Rank G5 P5 G5 Membership Rank Team Verbals Star Star Star Average Points
59 G5 9 SBC 1 Arkansas St 11 0 0 7 80.88 105.79
89 G5 25 SBC 2 USA 9 0 0 3 77.21 61.04
93 G5 28 SBC 3 Geo Southern 6 0 0 2 79.69 55.69
97 G5 32 SBC 4 Texas State 5 0 0 2 79.27 45.15
100 G5 35 SBC 5 L-Lafayette 3 0 0 2 82.59 37.5
104 G5 39 SBC 6 L-Monroe 4 0 0 0 76.15 24.16
105 G5 40 SBC 7 App State 3 0 0 1 77.89 23.51
106 G5 41 SBC 8 Troy 3 0 0 1 77.86 23.4
108 G5 43 SBC 9 Georgia State 5 0 0 0 74.6 22.82
128 G5 63 SBC 10 Idaho
129 G5 64 SBC 11 New Mexico St
1118 419

 

Overall  G5 SBC Rank Rank
Average Average Overall G5
101.64 38.09 11 5
   
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“AIM HIGH” more than words as ODU soars to new heights in recruiting TOP 50

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Old Dominion is “Living the Dream“ as Bobby Wilder says – and the facts prove him right.  ODU has reached a new mile-stone in football recruiting.  For the 1st time in the programs history they have reached a ranking in the top 50 at this stage in the recruiting season.   From July 6-27  schools head into the “Evaluation Period and are limited in the type of contact that the NCAA allows with recruits (July 6-27 2014) NO Saturday or Sunday).

Evaluation Period

This is the process where a coach watches you compete in a game or practice, and makes note on your athletic abilities.   It is permissible for the college coach to evaluate your playing abilities at your high school or any other place where you are competing. During this period the coach cannot have off campus in-person contact with you or your legal guardians. The coach can still make telephone calls to you or your legal guardians, and you are allowed to make campus visits during this period.

At the present time Old Dominion is ranked 3rd among all other G5 Schools and 50th overall.  Below are some stats that you may find interesting.

Overall P5 Rank Rank Conf Con School No. Five Four Three Player Total
Rank G5 P5 G5 Membership Rank Team Verb Star Star Star Average Points
36 G5 1 AAC 1 Cincinnati 17 0 0 15 81.67 139.35
49 G5 2 CUSA 1 Rice 15 0 0 9 80.27 119.8
50 G5 3 CUSA 2 Old Dominion 17 0 0 7 79.04 117.66
51 G5 4 MAC 1 West Michigan 18 0 0 8 79.16 115.84
53 G5 5 IND 2 BYU  9 0 0 9 83.96 112.14
54 G5 6 MWC 1 San Jose St 11 0 0 9 81.86 111.73
55 G5 7 CUSA 3 FAU 11 0 0 8 81.82 111.57
56 G5 8 CUSA 4 Louisiana Tech 16 0 0 6 79.43 111.34
59 G5 9 SBC 1 Arkansas St 11 0 0 7 80.88 105.79
65 G5 10 CUSA 5 UTSA 12 0 0 6 80.04 98.33
66 G5 11 MWC 2 Boise State 7 0 1 5 84.72 96.63
67 G5 12 CUSA 6 Marshall 13 0 0 6 78.4 95.13
71 G5 13 AAC 2 SMU 10 0 0 5 80.01 91.77
72 G5 14 AAC 3 Houston 9 0 0 6 81.15 90.08
75 G5 15 MAC 2 NIU  13 0 0 5 77.68 87.14
76 G5 16 AAC 4 ECU 9 0 0 6 80.1 84.02
77 G5 17 MAC 3 Central Mich 15 0 0 3 76.69 83.23
78 G5 18 MWC 3 SDSU  10 0 0 6 78.92 82.51
79 G5 19 MAC 4 Miami (OH) 12 0 0 5 77.26 80.23
80 G5 20 AAC 5 Tulane 9 0 0 3 79.34 75.29
84 G5 21 AAC 6 Temple 9 0 0 5 78.01 68.93
85 G5 22 AAC 7 South Florida 5 0 0 5 84.22 68.91
86 G5 23 AAC 8 Uconn 10 0 0 4 77.39 67.94
88 G5 24 AAC 9  UCF 5 0 0 4 82.67 61.49
89 G5 25 SBC 2 USA 9 0 0 3 77.21 61.04
90 G5 26 MAC 5 Ball State 10 0 0 3 76.39 60.26
92 G5 27 MAC 6 Toledo 13 0 0 1 74.74 56.18
93 G5 28 SBC 3 Georgia South 6 0 0 2 79.69 55.69
94 G5 29 AAC 10 Tulsa 6 0 0 1 78.94 51.11
95 G5 30 MAC 7 Bowling Green 8 0 0 1 76.58 50.93
96 G5 31 CUSA 7 UAB 6 0 0 3 78.5 49.65
97 G5 32 SBC 4 Texas State 5 0 0 2 79.27 45.15
98 G5 33 AAC 11 Memphis 5 0 0 2 78.13 39.85
99 G5 34 CUSA 8 FIU 7 0 0 1 75.66 38.67
100 G5 35 SBC 5 L-Lafayette 3 0 0 2 82.59 37.5
101 G5 36 CUSA 9 Charlotte 5 0 0 1 77.53 36.8
102 G5 37 CUSA 10 North Texas 4 0 0 1 79.26 36.34
103 G5 38 MAC 8 Ohio 3 0 0 1 79.39 27.94
104 G5 39 SBC 6 Louisiana M 4 0 0 0 76.15 24.16
105 G5 40 SBC 7 App State 3 0 0 1 77.89 23.51
106 G5 41 SBC 8 Troy 3 0 0 1 77.86 23.4
107 G5 42 CUSA 11 MTSU 2 0 0 1 81.44 22.83
108 G5 43 SBC 9 Georgia State 5 0 0 0 74.6 22.82
109 G5 44 MWC 4 Utah State 2 0 0 1 80.79 21.52
110 G5 45 CUSA 12 Southern Miss 3 0 0 1 77.01 20.9
111 G5 46 CUSA 13 Western Kent 7 0 0 1 72.67 18.63
112 G5 47 IND 3 Army 3 0 0 1 76.08 18.2
113 G5 48 MAC 9 Eastern Mich 7 0 0 0 72.58 17.83
114 G5 49 MWC 5 Nevada 4 0 0 0 73.56 14.22
115 G5 50 MAC 10 Buffalo 4 0 0 0 73.5 13.97
116 G5 51 MWC 6 Fresno State 1 0 0 1 83.89 13.89
117 G5 52 MWC 7 Wyoming 2 0 0 1 76.89 13.78
118 G5 53 MAC 11 Massachusetts 2 0 0 0 74.5 8.98
119 G5 54 MWC 8 UNLV 1 0 0 0 78.59 8.59
120 G5 55 MAC 12 Kent State 2 0 0 0 74 7.99
121 G5 56 MWC 9 Colorado St 1 0 0 0 77.93 7.93
122 G5 57 IND 4 Navy 1 0 0 0 76.67 6.67
123 G5 58 MWC 10 Air Force 1 0 0 0 75.81 5.81
124 G5 59 CUSA 14 UTEP 1 0 0 0 75.33 5.33
126 G5 61 MAC 13 Akron 1 0 0 0 0 0
125 G5 60 MWC 11 Hawaii 2 0 0 0 70 0
127 G5 62 MWC 12 New Mexico
128 G5 63 SBC 10 Idaho

CUSA ONLY RANK

49 G5 2 CUSA 1 Rice 15 0 0 9 80.27 119.8
50 G5 3 CUSA 2 Old Dominion 17 0 0 7 79.04 117.66
55 G5 7 CUSA 3  Florida Atlantic 11 0 0 8 81.82 111.57
56 G5 8 CUSA 4 Louisiana Tech 16 0 0 6 79.43 111.34
65 G5 10 CUSA 5 UTSA  12 0 0 6 80.04 98.33
67 G5 12 CUSA 6 Marshall 13 0 0 6 78.4 95.13
96 G5 31 CUSA 7  UAB 6 0 0 3 78.5 49.65
99 G5 34 CUSA 8  FIU 7 0 0 1 75.66 38.67
101 G5 36 CUSA 9 Charlotte 5 0 0 1 77.53 36.8
102 G5 37 CUSA 10 North Texas 4 0 0 1 79.26 36.34
107 G5 42 CUSA 11 MTSU 2 0 0 1 81.44 22.83
110 G5 45 CUSA 12 Southern Miss 3 0 0 1 77.01 20.9
111 G5 46 CUSA 13 Western Kentucky 7 0 0 1 72.67 18.63
124 G5 59 CUSA 14  UTEP 1 0 0 0 75.33 5.33

 

College Sports Revenue Report CUSA Schools (USA Today)

USA Today College Revenue Stream for 2013.  Below is the report for CUSA.

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USA Today Revenue Report College Athletics 2013
  Conference USA Schools
RANK SCHOOL TOTAL REVENUE TOTAL EXPENSES
66 Old Dominion $36,929,483 $35,561,455
76 Texas-El Paso $29,017,848 $28,964,808
78 North Texas $28,800,436 $28,926,470
81 Florida International $28,332,261 $26,275,579
83 Alabama at Birmingham $28,159,249 $27,544,633
87 Middle Tennessee State $27,667,552 $28,716,516
88 Western Kentucky $27,606,401 $27,607,401
89 Marshall $27,587,274 $28,337,108
92 North Carolina Charlotte $26,681,829 $26,122,465
101 Florida Atlantic $24,538,411 $21,967,412
102 Texas-San Antonio $23,807,953 $24,891,193
108 Southern Mississippi $22,776,416 $22,399,056
125 Louisiana Tech $18,570,493 $18,444,386
@ Rice Unreported Unreported
   
     
RANK TOTAL SUBSIDY % SUBSIDY
66 $27,089,358 73.35
76 $14,818,397 51.07
78 $17,628,426 61.21
81 $21,969,608 77.54
83 $18,070,530 64.17
87 $19,613,161 70.89
88 $16,414,010 59.46
89 $14,462,623 52.42
92 $18,667,994 69.97
101 $16,590,468 67.61
102 $14,559,322 61.15
108 $9,802,774 43.04
125 $9,214,682 49.62
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Link USA Today report …..   http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/schools/finances/?siteID=je6NUbpObpQ-x7QJIbuy1j6_uZ7gVeel_g&AID=10709313&PID=6146927&SID=mog1rtu2y0m6

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Comparing CUSA in Preseason Polls

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Worst to best, more like best guess or flip a coin

Preseason Polls have become the social media/bloggers haven.  Everyone has an opinion, below are just a few for you to review and compare.  The ESPN power rating is a horse of a different color.  Some of us may hang our hat on this as the best way to rank the teams “the one”.  Fact is the metrics of the poll seem to have no true elements to this mathematical equation to make it……..  I hope you are following me.  It’s just a tease for readers, many will love it, others not so much.

When you take a closer look at the two countdown polls the biggest difference is not where CUSA teams fall in the sea of 128, but where and how many P5 teams have been selected in the early stages of the polls.  Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel has listed 12 teams from the power conference.  Paul Myerberg’s USA Today poll only has 7 teams representing the power conferences.  Interesting comparisons, especially when you consider there is only a three team count difference in the two polls, (OS has ranked-33, USA-30).

Best guess is a better way to label the preseason polls.  I doubt either of these guys will go to Vegas and bet the farm on their predictions.  I think that would be a good barometer of the faith they have in their own forecast for the future.

Orlando Sentinel Countdown

#102 Louisiana Tech   CUSA
#104 UTEP     CUSA
#112 USM   CUSA
#117 UAB   CUSA
#127 FIU   CUSA

http://interactive.orlandosentinel.com/countdown/index.html

 

USA Today

#106. Old Dominion

#113. Southern Miss

#114. UTEP

#120. UAB
#127. FIU
#114. UTEP
#113. Southern Miss

http://www.usatoday.com/topic/0d4e2ffa-5532-4d14-bed9-932636c8ff07/football-four/?AID=10709313&PID=6146927&SID=wwmdmqtii46y

 

2014 Preseason Football Power Index

#57. Marshall

#74. UTSA

#77. Old Dominion

#89. Rice

#99. Western Kentucky

#103. North Texas

#107. Middle Tennessee

#110. Louisiana Tech

#113. UTEP

#114. Florida Atlantic

#117. Southern Miss

#119. FIU

#121. UAB

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/10935532/2014-preseason-football-power-index-ratings

G5 Upcoming Blog Schedule

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ODU Fan Forums Blog Schedule

May

  • Monday May 12 – June 14  Great G5 Top 25
  • Monday May 12 – 22         AAC Backwards Countdown
  • Monday May 26 – June 7   MAC Backwards Countdown

June

  • Monday June 9 – 19           SBC Backwards Countdown
  • Monday June 23 –  July 5        CUSA  Backwards Countdown

July

  • Monday July 14 – 26          MWC Backwards Countdown

 

August

  • Prior to Monday Aug 4, 2014, Weekly Top 25 – Preseason poll
  • Weekly Top 25 – G5 poll * Pollsters from each CSNbbs members from different teams and conference. The voters will need to be   a member of CSNbbs board. This will enable us to send ballots to be tabulated and returned by a specific date. (Set up prior to Monday Aug 4, 2014) We plan to have a pre-top 25 posted before the start of the season. First Pre Poll will debut Tuesday Aug 19, 2014 and we will post a new Top 25-G5 each week on Tuesdays. • G5 “Featured game of the week” (Football. Basketball

Future Features

• G5 “Featured game of the week” (Football. Basketball or Baseball) AAC, CUSA, MWC, MAC and SBC (Starts football season)

• Defensive and Offensive player of the week – each conference. (Starts football season)

• G5 “In the news weekly feature” AAC, CUSA, MWC, MAC and SBC. The top story(s) that best recognizes achievements from any G5 conference team. (Starting in August)

• Selections for a 1st, 2nd and 3rd team All- Conference selection column. (Mid August)

• Ranking the Top 3 QB’s in Conference. (August) • or Baseball) AAC, CUSA, MWC, MAC and SBC (Starts football season)

The Elephant in the room at CUSA Spring Meetings

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Conference USA Wraps Up 2014 Spring Meetings

The elephant in the room was never a topic at this year’s CUSA Spring meetings (realignment).  Instead the CUSA Commissioner, Athletic  Directors, Senior Woman Administrators, Faculty Athletics Representatives and head coaches for football, men’s and women’s basketball from its 14 member institutions simply got down to business. 

When the Spring Meetings concluded on Wednesday (5/14/14) in Destin, Fla. the Key topics discussed, included NCAA national governance, scheduling, revenue distribution, video and television. It was also determined that the conference would establish a Student-Athlete Health and Safety Committee to monitor sports medicine best practices. The league would also recognize and support research in helmet development and brain testing of which Old Dominion is in a select group that will be testing new helmet technology.

CUSA officials invited nine bowl partners to participate in the week’s activities, along with the league’s television partners from CBS Sports Network and FOX.

Sites for several Conference USA Championships were selected and will be given to the C-USA Board of Directors for final approval when they meet on June 9.  UAB will host 3 Conference championships, Old Dominion and Rice two each, others are listed below.  At the conclusion of the meetings a few sports championship hosting sites had not be selected or determined at that time.

2014-15 CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIPS Sport – Dates – Site – Host

Cross Country – November 1 – Houston, Texas – Rice

Women’s Soccer – November 5-9 – Charlotte, N.C. – Charlotte

Men’s Soccer – November 12-16 – Norfolk, Va. – Old Dominion

Volleyball – November 21-23 – Hattiesburg, Miss. – Southern Miss

Football – December 6 – Divisional Champion with best record

Women’s Swimming & Diving – February 18-21 – TBD – C-USA

Indoor Track & Field – February 25-26 – Birmingham, Ala. – UAB

Men’s & Women’s Basketball – March 11-14 – Birmingham, Ala. – UAB

Women’s Tennis – April 16-19 – Houston, Texas – Rice

Men’s Tennis – April 17-19 – Norfolk, Va. – Old Dominion

Women’s Golf – April 20-22 – TBD – C-USA

Men’s Golf – TBD – TBD – C-USA

Softball – May 7-9 – Miami, Fla. – FIU

Outdoor Track & Field – May 14-17 – El Paso, Texas – UTEP

Baseball – May 20-24 – TBD – TBD

“HOW WILL COACHING CHANGES WITH CUSA TEAMS AND VANDERBILT IMPACT ODU”

“How will Coaching Changes with CUSA Teams

and Vanderbilt Impact ODU”

Each year there are more and more power five conferences that reach down to pluck the best coaches the G5 schools have to offer.  This year was no exception.  There were several Universities that decided it was time to make changes and move in a new direction.  When all was said and done and the coaching carousal came to a stop, we were left with the following schools that needed to find new coaches (listed below).  There are several schools from CUSA that will feel the impact first hand.  ODU will face two CUSA’s schools that changed the leadership at the top, Western Kentucky – Jeff Brohm and UAB’s – Bill Clark.   Along withthe two CUSA schools, ODU will also face an Eastern Michigan team that is now led by head coach Chris Creighton and Vanderbilt after the departure of James Franklin.  Vanderbilt football not only lost their old coach who move to Penn State, but several 2014 Vandy recruits de-committed and moved their allegiance with the new staff to Penn State.   How will the changes impact the programs listed below.

The bigger question for ODU and our fans is how will the change impact the game and the possible outcome from schools that now have new leadership?

1)      Will Old Dominion face a more competitive team that has been energized due to the coaching change?

2)      Will the Coaching change have a negative effect because of the unfamiliarity with new plays – defensive and offensive strategies?

3)    Will the change create a feeling from the remaining and older players of betrayal.   Will the new staff earn the respect of the current players and be open to the new staff taking over the reins?

Reviewing the schools that ODU will play in 2014, I think we will see a mix of all the above scenarios.

·         Sat 10/25 @ Bowling Green, Ky.       Western Kentucky with new coach Jeff Brohm will continue to move the needle in the right direction.  WKU should not miss a beat.  The team returns with two 1st team All Conference offensive members – RB Antonio Andrews and Luis Polanco.  On the defensive side of the ball they return five players that were selected as members of the 1st team All SB Conference – DL Bar’ee Boyd, LB Xavius Boyd, LB Andrew Jackson,  CB Jonathan Dowling, CB Cam Thomas and 2nd team member – Safty – Tyree Robinson.  A total of 11 starters will return in 2014

·         Sat 11/29 in Boca Raton –       Florida Atlantic New coach Charlie Partridge will be tested with a more difficult task.  FAU has two 3rd team All CUSA offensive selections returning – TE Nexon Dorvilus, C Mustafa Johnson.  They also return with 2nd team All CUSA defensive member – DE Cory Henry and 3rd team selection –  LB Adarius Glanton.   Mr. Partridge comes with a pedigree of experience from Pittsburg, Wisconsin and Arkansas.   After the release of Former FAU head coach Carl Pelini, who lost 15 of his 20 games in his two years a FAU any movement in a upward trajectory  will be seen as a positive in 2014.

 

·         Sat. 9/13 @ SB Ballard –      Eastern Michigan’s New Coach Chris Creighton.   Even though Eastern Michigan has only one 3rd Team All Mac offensive member returning – Kalonji Kashama Chris Creighton  will have a very experienced crop of 19 returning starters, eleven on offense and eight on defense.  In fact they sit atop all MAC teams with the number of returning starters in 2014.  Eastern Michigan looks to improve on last year’s record (2-11).  ODU plays them 3rd on this year’s schedule after facing ACC opponent NC State.

 

·         Sat 11/2 in Nashville, Tenn –      Vanderbilt will be tested with more issues than their football performance on the field.  But if anyone can face the task to establishing trust, respect and loyalty it will be New coach Derek Mason.  He brings a multitude of experience from his time in the NFL as the Minnesota Vikings (DB)  Jim Harbaugh than hired him at Stanford as the DB coach and was promoted to associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator under new head coach David Shaw.   In 2012, Mason became the sole defensive coordinator for the Cardinal’s and was a finalist for the Broyles Award given annually to the top assistant coach in college football.   With or without the coach change ODU will be tested and may be the best team on the 2014 schedule.

Even though UAB is not on this year schedule for ODU, the new coach at UAB, Bill Clark may face the most difficult task in CUSA.  UAB returns no players from the All CUSA Team.   As we all know the selection to a “All Whatever Team” can be influenced by many factors.  To try and use this as a standalone barometer to determine the success of UAB’s season would be absolutely ridicules.  The fact remains that Mr. Clark will need to see better execution of fundamentals just to appear on the radar.

AAC

UConn’s  New Bob Diaco

MWC

Boise State  New Bryan Harsin

Wyoming  New Craig Bohl

CUSA

Western Kentucky  New Jeff Brohm

Florida Atlantic  New Charlie Partridge

UAB  New Bill Clark

MAC

Bowling Green  New Dino Babers

Miami (Ohio)  New Chuck Martin

Eastern Michigan  New Chris Creighton

UMass  New Mark Whipple

SBC

Arkansas State  New Blake Anderson

Georgia Southern  New Willie Fritz

ODU 2014 Opponent

Vanderbilt     New Derek Mason

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