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Hampton 2014

Hampton vs Old Dominion Post game comments

Preseason Prediction ODU 56 Hampton 21

Actual Results ODU 41 Hampton 28

Pre Game assessment:

Game 1 ODU vs. Hampton @ SB Ballard Stadium Sat Aug 20 3:30 pm * TV- WTVZ 33 Local

Old Dominion should offensively be able to put up some big numbers, but I believe Hampton will be much more competitive than they were in 2012 when they lost to ODU 45 -7. Heinicke potentially could have a record breaking day. Much will depend on the underlying current of ODU running up a score. If ODU scores at will and is effective on the D during the 1st half, Bobby Wilder will not run the score up after last year’s game with UNC.   ODU will depend heavily on the freshman and new comers for every game this year. How quickly they learn the system and can contribute will be the difference in a make or break season.

Predicted Score * ODU 56 Hampton 21 * W

Post game Overview: 

Old Dominion preformed less than stellar in all three aspects of the game.


QB (Yesterday’s performance – rated C) Heinicke seemed out of sync for the entire game, had a few nice throws in the first half, but less than impressive in the second half. In the second half he consistently over threw the receivers as he was pressured by Hampton’s rush. The OL did not give Taylor any consistency with protection. It was 50/50 on protection from our OL. When Hampton overplayed their pass protection and our receivers could not get open I looked for Taylor to run. Heinicke did not seem to take advantage of Hampton’s drop back and their double coverage on our receivers. Every time we spread the field with our receivers it appeared there were opportunities for Heinicke to gain yardage if he would have run the ball. I also think it gave Hampton a big advantage in the second half once they adjusted to what Taylor was doing. NC State will take full advantage of this as well if we don’t keep them honest with some QB scrambles next week.

Receivers:  (Yesterday’s performance – rated C) as a causal observation, the receiving core under preformed yesterday from what my expectations were. After the updates and information we got out camp this summer my perception was over hyped. Hampton pressed and covered our receivers most of the time very close and it appeared that our receivers did not have the speed to lose them. ODU’s receivers almost across the spectrum were taller than the Hampton players yet  ninety percent of the time they stayed right with what I thought would be a much faster group.

RB: (Yesterday’s performance rated – B) the one aspect of our game that showed improvement over last year was our running game. Yesterday, Gerald Johnson’s performance was very impressive and Cam Boyd was also able to slice and dice around the field giving Old Dominion an important aspect to our offense that was missing last year.

OL: (Yesterday’s performance rated – C-) we allowed way too many opportunities for Hampton defenders to run straight throw our OL. The OL was only able to protect Heinicke 50% of the time and never executed very well or seemed consistent.

Special Teams: (Yesterday’s performance rated – D-) first and maybe the most important problem was, ODU never kicked the ball into the end zone or we were not even close. Most of our kicks were consistently around the 15-20 yard line. This allowed the Hampton running backs to go for it. And go fo it is exactly what they did, every time we kicked to them. Our special team’s defenders allowed too many open lanes and our poor coverage allowed Hampton RB to cut to the outside and they were gone. In fact there were more than a few Hampton kickoff returns that almost became complete breakaway runs, that could have led to a score. Even when we tackled their backs we allowed 15 -30 yard gains from the start of the reception, that allowed Hampton excellent field position each time they started their offensive drive.  There is no way to sugar coat this, Special Teams was atrocious yesterday.  There simply was no execution of any game plan for  ST’s. Fortunately the kicker was adequate for points after, but that is where any positives stops.

Defense overall (Yesterday’s performance rated – C) there were way too many Hampton receivers that appeared to get lose or away from our coverage. Our “NO FLY ZONE” was more “LET HER FLY” 75% of their passing plays were effective against our no fly zone (Hampton completed 32-of-45 passes for 407 yards and three touchdowns). The most disappointing aspect of yesterday’s game was that our special teams play was atrocious on every kickoff return.  The Hampton QB was not really challenged or effected by any  rush. (the two sacks were nice).  And I don’t think we ever blitzed. Their defense line (Hampton) pushed our offensive line around even though we were bigger and I am puzzled how that happened.

Overall Game day performance against an average FCS opponent I would grade our performance as a C

Even though I was surprised by our lack of intensity in the second half, this is but one game. Every game takes on its own personality. But, we have much work to do before next weeks game and for the rest of the season.

Game Day Atmosphere (Yesterday’s Atmosphere C-) I hate the aluminum sign with the hammering.  No Pre game excitement and the fans flow into the game five minutes after the game starts.  NO How3itzer ……  The Intro was just so so, no emotional pump up to make player introductions dramatic and deserving for the players.  The students seemed to enjoy the game, and stayed almost to the end, more than we can say for the fans.  The University needs to plan for a Game Day experience just like a coach plans to win a game.  Without the proper planning and preparation it will remain so so. There needs to be an orchestrated effort to create the anticipation and intensity for the fans. The crowd and students want this. Now, the University has to want the same.

Just my 2 cent.

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Outlook for ODU’s 2014 Historic 1st Full FBS Football Season

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Here is an overview or outlook for ODU’s 2014 Football Season. As the Monarch’s head into their 2nd year of their FBS transition, there are many factors that could make this year one of the best or the worst ever In ODU’s brief history.  Fans and players have never finished with a losing season, I hope this will not be the case in 2014.

It has been reported that this year ODU will field over 105 players, including 38 newcomers on the team. Last year we fielded only 90 player’s total. I do feel our recruiting has moved up a notch maybe even two. I think most would evaluate the class of 2014 as the 1st recruited class that  can truly be labeled as an FBS Class. Yes we have had many talented players in the last 5 years, but the 2014 class is statistically the best so far.

ODU Football had their 1st day of practice on Monday Aug 4, 2014.   With camp starting the season will be here before we blink an eye. The time will speed up and go faster as we approach our 1st game with the Hampton Pirates on Saturday Aug 30.  The fact that the game will be on TV will not have any impact on the attendance and number of people in the stands at Forman Field. That place will be stuffed and rocking.  The dichotomy of the game has a few underlining elements that will be interesting to watch. Number one is the fact that an earlier commitment to ODU from a JR. College, that was unable to qualify will now be on the other side of the ball playing for Hampton. The second is simply the two schools are 30 miles apart. There may even be families split with their allegiances with Alumni from both schools in the same family.

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Newcomers that should have an impact this year in 2014

True Freshmen Vincent Lowe 5-9 176 Chesapeake, Va.

True Freshmen Isaiah Harper 5-9 160 Chesapeake Va.

True Freshmen Jonathan Duhart, 6-3, 205, Midlothian Va.

True Freshman Will Howard 6-3, 200 Va. Beach, Va.

True Freshman Ray Lawry, 5-10, 192, Woolwich, N.J..

Red –S Freshman Malik Moseley, 5-11, 199, Greensboro, N.C.

Transfer So. Nick England, 6-0, 185, Suwanee, Ga.

Red –S Freshman Davis Farmer, 6-3, 325, Leesville, S.C.

Red –S Freshman Eric Hampson, 6-5, 296, Largo, Fla.

Red –S Freshman Grant Johnson, 6-5, 280, Winchester, Va.

Red –S Freshman Bumni Rotimi, 6-4, 281, Alexandria, Va.

Red –S Freshman Cullen Casey, 6-3, 291, Rochester, N.Y.

True Freshman Mike Lennox, 6-2, 210, Bristow, Va.

True Freshman Isaiah Worthy, 6-1, 229, Westville, N.J.

True Freshman Pat Toal, 6-4, 300, Haglet, N.J.

True Freshman Brandon Tyson, Fr., 6-1, 350, Midlothian, Va.

True Freshman Galen Evans, 6-3, 319, Annapolis, Md.

Red –S Freshman Jai Franklin, 6-3, 267, Upper Marlboro, Md.

True Freshman Torrez Wentz, 6-2, 280, Warrenton, Ga.

True Freshman Ryan Londree, 6-3, 293, Charlottesville, Va.

True Freshman Oshane Ximines, 6-3, 216, Ahoskie, N.C.

True Freshman Daniel Appouh, 6-4, 215, Germantown, Md.

True Freshman Lawrence Holley, 6-2, 191, Harrisburg, Pa.

True Freshman Christian Byrum, 6-1, 193, Virginia Beach

True Freshman Justice Davila, 6-0, 184, Erial, N.J.

True Freshman Jarrett Cervi, 6-1, 209, Raleigh, N.C.

True Freshman Adam Vaught, 6-6, 282, Blacksburg, Va.

Red –S Freshman Malik Moseley, 5-11, 188, Greensboro, N.C.

True Freshman Justin Noye, 6-1, 196, Rochester, N.Y.

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Game 1 ODU vs. Hampton @ SB Ballard Stadium Sat Aug 20 3:30 pm * TV- WTVZ 33 Local

Old Dominion should offensively be able to put up some big numbers, but I believe Hampton will be much more competitive than they were in 2012 when they lost to ODU 45 -7. Heinicke potentially could have a record breaking day. Much will depend on the underlying current of ODU running up a score. If ODU scores at will and is effective on the D during the 1st half, Bobby Wilder will not run the score up after last year’s game with UNC.   ODU will depend heavily on the freshman and new comers for every game this year. How quickly they learn the system and can contribute will be the difference in a make or break season.

Predicted Score * ODU 56 Hampton 21 * W

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Game 2 NC State vs. ODU in Raleigh Sat. Sept. 6, 6:00 pm * TV ESPN 3 National

There was a time when I felt ODU may have a fair chance of winning this game. At this time I think the reality is that with a few of the problems the team has been hampered with that opportunity may have slipped away. I hope I am wrong but at this time I really do not see the knock out punch that the offense can deliver to win this game. When I look at NC State’s Offensive line and defensive players the size differential clearly shows we still do not match up very well. Even though ODU is bigger and stronger this year, I think we are still a year away to win a game like his. Not to mention that the defense has yet to prove itself. The game may be an offensive battle from both.

53 jones tyler Tyler Jones 75 6-3 290 OL 1 FR Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)
67 pritt evan Evan Pritt 75 6-3 258 OL 2 RS FR Wilmington, N.C. (Ashley)
76 shute eric Eric Shute 77 6-5 286 OL 1 FR Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Glenbard West)
57 daniel peter Peter Daniel 78 6-6 266 OT 2 RS FR Raleigh, N.C. (Broughton)
64 reagan tylar Tylar Reagan 76 6-4 300 OT 2 RS FR Jacksonville, Fla. (Bartram Trail)
66 richardson will Will Richardson 77 6-5 282 OT 1 FR Burlington, N.C. (Cummings)
72 roane patrick Patrick Roane 79 6-7 303 OT 2 RS FR Hope Mills, N.C. (Gray’s Creek)
 74 chandler tyson Tyson Chandler 79 6-7 345 OT 9 GS
  1. Plainfield, N.J. (Fork Union)
78 crisp rob Rob Crisp 79 6-7 285 OT 8 RS SR Burlington, N.C. (Athens Drive)
73 jomantas andy Andy Jomantas 79 6-7 295 OT/OG 9 GS Dayton, Ohio (Chaminade-Julienne)
54 street kentavius Kentavius Street 74 6-2 287 DE 1 FR Greenville, N.C. (Rose)
49 chubb bradley Bradley Chubb 76 6-4 247 DE 1 FR Powder Springs, Ga. (Hillgrove)
54 allred davion Davion Allred 72 6-0 228 DE 2 RS FR Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook)
55 holden deonte Deonte Holden 76 6-4 215 DE 1 FR Hyattsville, Md. (Dematha Catholic)
87 mckever pharoah Pharoah McKever 78 6-6 256 DE 2 RS FR Tabor City, N.C. (S. Columbus)
90 rose mike Mike Rose 75 6-3 271 DE 6 RS JR Fountain Inn, S.C. (Hillcrest)
91 davis drew Drew Davis 75 6-3 252 DE 4 RS SO Raleigh, N.C. (Broughton)
92 billups hampton Hampton Billups 79 6-7 223 DE 1 FR Greensboro, N.C. (NW Guilford)
95 norman art Art Norman 72 6-0 254 DE 9 GS Stone Mountain, Ga. (Chamblee)
99 wright joe Joe Wright 79 6-7 237 DE 4 RS SO Greenville, N.C. (Rose)
69 teal thomas Thomas Teal 73 6-1 296 DT 8 RS SR Bennettsville, S.C. (Marlboro Co.)
75 mcgill t.y.
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73 6-1 289 DT 7 SR Jesup, Ga. (Wayne County)
79 smith tyler Tyler Smith 75 6-3 268 DT 6 RS JR Raleigh, N.C. (Western Carolina)
93 jones justin Justin Jones 74 6-2 294 DT 1 FR Austell, Ga. (S. Cobb)
94 nelson monty Monty Nelson 74 6-2 312 DT 3 SO Plantation, Fla. (Plantation)
96 gibbs kenton Kenton Gibbs 74 6-2 287 DT 2 RS FR Detriot, Mich. (Cass Technical)


Predicted Score NC State 45 ODU 35 * L

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Game 3 ODU vs. Eastern Michigan @ SB Ballard Stadium Sat. Sept. 13 6:00 pm * TV Cox Regional

Again my perception has changed dramatically in the last few weeks. I do believe this is a winnable game for ODU and the Monarch’s CAN NOT look past this team. Last year we had a common opponent, we both played Howard – EMU won 34-24 * ODU won 76-19. Eastern Michigan is predicted to win over ODU by many preseason predictions. I believe ODU could come out of the locker room swinging and may even lead at the end of the first half by a large margin, but the game could turn, it will be close when the final whistle blows after 40 minutes.

Predicted Score * ODU 42 Eastern Michigan 38 * W  Rice Football Logo

Game 4 Rice vs. ODU in Huston Sat Sept 20 TBA *TV FOX Sports National Broadcast

I do not think ODU will be able to play 40 minutes with Rice and come out on top. Again I think ODU will be close or maybe even lead after the 1st half. After a spectacular 2013 season, 7-1 in conference and an upset win over Marshall, Rice will have to look at a rebuilding year. In the last 4 games of the 2013 Rice outscored their opponents 33.0, – 19.3 (plus-13.7). Rice is a much more defensive oriented team and will hold the score down especially in the 2nd half (at the half ODU 21 Rice 17). Rice had 53 non-sack tackles for losses, forced 14 fumbles, and defensed 75 passes (14 interceptions, 61 break-ups). They return a very active, deep and experienced secondary. When all is said in done I think ODU’s defense will break and it may get messy.

Predicted Score Rice 48 ODU 28 * L

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Game 5 ODU vs. Middle Tenn. @ SB Ballard Fri Sept 26 *TV FOX Sports National Broadcast

Just because it is a home game this game will prove to be very competitive and exciting. ODU will celebrate with their 1st CUSA home game and the crowd will be large and loud. Last year MTSU’s 51-49 win over Marshall on a Thursday night in late-October turned the Blue Raiders’ 2013 season around. They finished the last 5 games of the regular season 5-0. This year one of their biggest challenges they will face is replacing their starting QB. As for the game, once again, I think ODU will come out of the gate with some big plays and may lead this game at half (ODU 17 MTSU 14). I feel that the half time adjustments made by MTSU may make it very difficult for us to score and the second half and If our D is not improved we may not be able to stop them and it could be a long 2nd half.

MTSU 38 ODU 31 * L

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Game 6 ODU vs. Marshall @ SB Ballard Stadium Sat Oct 4 TBA * TV FOX Sports National Broadcast

Marshall will enter the game undefeated having won their first 4 games. They will try to make a statement to the media that we belong in the Top 25. It almost looks like Marshall is in the MAC with 3 of their first 4 games against MAC members Miami (OH), Ohio and Akron. The rest of the conference should be able to see how we compare with the MAC Schools after the Marshall tour. I think Cato and Heinicke will both have good games and one of the more interest games to draw comparison from. But Marshall’s D will be one of the best we have faced in 6 years. The first half may be a run away for Marshall   31 ODU 14. I hope that we will be able to settle down and be competitive in the 2nd half. This could get ugly, Doc will not take his foot of the pedal, he will have a goal, a plan and it is simple, to beat the stuffing out of every team they face in 2014.

Predicted Score Marshall 55 ODU 28 * L

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Game 7 UTEP vs. ODU in El Paso, Texas Sat Oct 11 8:00 pm EST * TV MTVZ National/Regional TBA

After losing three in a room  ODU’ s current record may be  2 – 5.  The Monarchs will face new challenges and I hope our team will be able to turn it around. Baring any major injuries Old Dominion will finally find itself in a position to match up with another CUSA team. UTEP was outscored by its opponents in 2013 by 17.3 points (Opponent 42.6, UTEP 25.1 minus-17.5). If the football Gods are good to us, this may be our 3rd win for the season. My fear is that the team will feel deflated, but I put my confidence it the staff and leaders on the team to make everyone realize each game is a step we must take to improve. Now go out there and kick some Texas hide parts.

Predicted Score ODU 35 UTEP 30 * W

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Game 8 Western Kentucky vs. ODU in Bowling Green, Ky. Sat Oct. 25 4:00 pm * TV TBA (WKU May)

Old Dominion will have had a week off to recover from the game against UTEP, but historically ODU seems to have a lull in their intensity after a bye week. WKU is a very good team. Last year after they beat Kentucky in the season opener, they had a few bumps, but went on to win 7 of their last 9 games which included 4 straight to cap the regular season. This year, n 2014 Western Kentucky will face a fierce group of teams early, all of which should have stealer seasons. WKU could very easily enter SB Ballard with a 2-5 record, having played at Bowling Green, Illinois, MTSU, Navy and FAU     ODU will be pumped for this game. If we win at UTEP, and I think we will, the team should be ready to jump on WKU and win this game. However, it may not be the case if ODU eases off the intensity during this game. WKU has traditionally been a very strong defensive team and there is no reason  to think differently about this 2014 team. With all the Jr College influx on WKU’s defensive side of the ball, it may be too much for the Monarchs to overcome.  ODU has garnered success with the short pass patterns that made us successful at the FCS level but we will need a rushing game and a passing game to win at the FBS. I also believe, unless I am proven wrong, the D may not be able to make the stops in the 2nd half for us to win.  But I will wait and see, I think WKU will pull out the W.

Predicted Score WKU 45 ODU 28 * L

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Game 9 Vanderbilt vs. ODU in   Nashville, Tenn. SAT Nov 1 TBA * TV SEC/ESPN National Broadcast

Old dominion will have grown weary of Nashville. Vanderbilt will not be as strong this year as they were in 2014 but they have the size, speed and experience to make this game a blow out. The defensive line will be bigger than Marshall and will be the best defense ODU will face in 2014. The Commodores defense has ranked in the top 20 nationally each of the last two seasons. Offensively they lost a few experience players and that may help keep the score within reason. If the wind is not completely out of the sails by this time we play in Nashville again, and the players are not motivated it may be hard to find any wind at all.

Predicted Score Vanderbilt 45 ODU 17 * L

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Game 10 ODU vs. Florida International Sat Nov 8 3:30 pm * TV WTVZ Regional/ National

If ODU is not banged up to bad from the Vanderbilt game this may be ODU’s best game of the season. Old Dominion can not underestimate or look past FIU. They will come into Norfolk looking for their 3rd win in 2014 (wins over Bethune-Cookman and Wagner).  FIU will be improved over last year, but at this time I don’t see a defense that will be able to stop our air raid and this could lead to a lot of first downs for the Monarchs.   Again, I see ODU taking center stage and Heinicke should have some impressive numbers for only the. second game of the year. The half time score looks like it will be a runaway (ODU 28 FIU 10 at half.). The second half will be a whole new ball game, but ODU should be victorious when the whistle blows.

Predicted Score ODU 49 FIU 31 W

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Game 11 ODU vs. Louisiana Tech Sat Nov 22 1:00 pm * TV FOX Sports National

ODU may have gotten a break from CUSA when they were assembling the 2014 Schedule. This game will truly show the maturity of the team at this stage of the season. La Tech may have suffered 3 opening game loses to start the 2014 season (Oklahoma, Louisianan Lafayette and North Texas) However I think they will ride into Norfolk on a high after winning 6 of their last 7 games. ODU will need to have an identity but this time, and have a D that can stop LA Techs run game to have a chance. In the off season, I originally had predicted a possible UPSET. Not sure at this point. Way too many things will have to go ODU’s way to win this game.  If the team improves and the defense has shown marked improvement over the previous years … maybe a W? Make no mistake about ODU will need to play almost a flawless game to pick up that W. The game will be won or lost if we are able to hold their running game to reasonable numbers.

Predicted Score SURPRISE UPSET ODU 31 LA Tech 28 * W

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Game 12 FAU vs. ODU in Boca Raton, FL. 12 noon * TV WTVZ Regional Sinclair AAC TV Network

When ODU travels to Florida it will follow a bye week were ODU should have had time to re-group and get over a few bumps and bruises from the LA Tech game. FAU potentially may be one of the best teams we face in 2014.  Charlie Partridge, who will have taken over the reins at FAU and enter into his 1st year as the head coach  maybe one of the big question marks for the owls in 2014. FAU has one of the larger Defensive lines and Offensive lines in CUSA. ODU better be prepared FAU will be hard hitting and shove it down the middle with a run game that will test our D early. At the half I think FAU and ODU will almost have played even in reference to the score. FAU will have gained most of their yards on the ground while ODU in the air. (FAU 17 ODU 14 the at half). When everyone emerges in the 2nd half to wrap up the 2014 regular season it will be a new game. Considered as one of the country’s best in 2013 the pass defense I believe that FAU may have the edge on ODU in the second half will ultimately win a very good a competitive game.

Predicted Score FAU 41 ODU 35 * L


It will be another learning year, one I hope ODU will not have to learn again in 2015. Overall I predict that Old Dominion will have less than a stellar year in 2014. But, the good news is we will be more experienced at almost every position but QB in 2015.

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There are so many influence and events that can happen in any given year. Many factors can change the season’s outcome.   Other opponents may suffer an injury at a key position that could change the outcome of that game or vise versa.   If the defense shows marked improvement early, we may see an overall improvement in our overall record.   I’m being very conservative with my predictions. The fact is there are just too many unknowns at this time.  I am leaning heavily on our past history with our D to make the above predictions.   The early test with NC State may be the 1st opportunity we will have to see if history repeats it’s self.  Until I’m proven wrong, and I hope I am.    The D will shape our 2014 season.


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ODU – Making waves on the Beach in Recruiting

ODU’s Bobby Wilder and staff are Aiming High in 2015 for more recruiting  Victories

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Old Dominion continues to make an impression on future college football players as they offer an outstanding number of prospects to become future Monarchs.  The aggressive recruiting campaign/ strategy 353 has created an interest, but ultimately a great recruiting team/staff has traveled to visit   with young men from all over the country.

Presently in the State only Virginia has bagged a more impressive list of 2015 recruits.  ODU presently is rank 53 nationally and 4th in CUSA, less than a ½ point from 2nd place behind Rice.  With a growing list of offers and targets ODU still has its eye on a group of players that could propel ODU even higher this year in the rankings.

A few potential recruits that Old Dominion has at the top of their list are:

Barnabas Baning   OT   3*  85 rating

St Mary S Ryken (Leonardtown, MD)

6-5  330


Josh Fannin   OG  3* rating 83

Mill Creek (Hoschton, GA)

6-3    290


Jahvoni  Simmons  ILB   4* rating   93

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA)

6-1   225


Derick Wilder  TE   3* rating   88

Maury (Norfolk, VA)

6-2   230


Sterling Hammond   S  3*  83

Essex (Tappahannock, VA)



John Branch  OLB

Dinwiddie County (Dinwiddie, VA)

6-1  216


Casey Bernard   OLB

St Mary S Ryken (Leonardtown, MD)

6-2   222


Dimitri  Holloway   ATH

Heritage (Newport News, VA)

6-1   190


Old Dominion for the class of 2015 has (173) scholarship offers extended.   .  Here are few teams ranked just above and just below ODU ifrom 247sport.    (CUSA has four teams at or near the top 50 FBS programs at this time).

47   Rice 
48   Western Michigan
49   Virginia
50   Brigham Young
51   Louisiana Tech
52   Florida Atlantic
53   Old Dominion
54   San Jose State
55   Illinois
56   Indiana
57   Michigan State  


NCAA Baseball Let’s Talk !


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Lets talk some baseball.  The 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament will begin on Friday, May 30, 2014.   The 64 team double elimination tournament will conclude with the 2014 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska  starting on June 14 and ending on June 25.

The 64 teams participating in the NCAA Division I tournament were selected from a pool of 298 eligible teams.  Thirty-one teams were awarded an automatic bid as champions of their conferences, and 33 teams were selected at-large by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.

Teams will be divided into sixteen regions of four teams, which will conduct the double-elimination tournament. Regional champions will then face each other in Super Regionals, a best of three game series to determine the eight participants of the College World Series.

ODU, was an at large selection of the 2014 committee.  Old Dominion will be entering the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 14 years. ODU  will face Maryland in the 1st round, a member of the ACC conference,  The ACC has historically sent 5, 6, 7 and even 8 teams to the tournament year after year.  Well, this is Maryland’s return trip after 42 years of not being selected.      Knock it out of the park Monarchs!

By conference – auto bids marked with *

Conference Total    * Auto Qualifiers         Schools
SEC 10 Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, *LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
ACC 7 Clemson, Florida State,* Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami (FL), North Carolina, Virginia
Big 12 5 Kansas, Oklahoma State, *TCU, Texas, Texas Tech
Pac-12 5 Arizona State, Oregon, *Oregon State, Stanford, Washington
Big West 4 *Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, UC Irvine
American 2 *Houston, Louisville
Big South 2 *Campbell, Liberty
Big Ten 2 *Indiana, Nebraska
Conference USA 2 Old Dominion, *Rice
Missouri Valley 2 *Dallas Baptist, Indiana State
Mountain West 2 *San Diego State, UNLV
Southland 2 Sam Houston State, *Southeastern Louisiana
America East 1 *Binghamton
Atlantic 10 1 *George Mason
Atlantic Sun 1 *Kennesaw State
Big East 1 *Xavier
Colonial 1 *College of Charleston
Horizon 1 *Youngstown State
Ivy 1 *Columbia
MAAC 1 *Siena
Mid-American 1 *Kent State
MEAC 1 *Bethune-Cookman
NEC 1 *Bryant
Ohio Valley 1 *Jacksonville State
Patriot 1 *Bucknell
Southern 1 *Georgia Southern
SWAC 1 *Jackson State
Summit 1 *North Dakota State
Sun Belt 1 *Louisiana–Lafayette
WAC 1 *Sacramento State
West Coast 1 *Pepperdine

These eight teams automatically host a Super Regional if they advance to that round.

  1. Oregon State
  2. Florida
  3. Virginia
  4. Indiana
  5. Florida State
  6. Louisiana-Lafayette
  7. TCU
  8. LSU

Charlotsville Super Regional ODU

Link to NCAA 2014 Tournament Brackets  ….  http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/baseball/d1


Friday – Monarchs vs Tortoises on the Baseball Diamond

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 Well, it’s a done deal for the first time in 14 years Old Dominion returns to the NCAA baseball tournament.     Proud as a peacock head coach Chris Finwood, with his slight southern drawl, acknowledge his appreciation to the crowd as a nervous and anxious crowd gather at University Pizza on Monday in Norfolk.   When ODU’s name was finally announce by  ESPN  and displayed on the selection show the crowd erupted as if we had just made it to the World Series.  Well, in all honesty it is our World Series.   Yes, baby the Monarchs are looking to represent ODU and a very competitive CUSA baseball membership.   Rice the automatic qualifier is the only other Conference USA representative.  Our goal Friday is to race past the tortoises into the next round of 32.       Go get’em Old Dominion, knock it out of the ballpark.

I have bracket information and game times as well as TV listings below.

Columbia Regional hosted by South Carolina (ODU)

#1 South Carolina (42-16) vs. #4 Campbell (40-19), 7 p.m., ESPN3

#2 Maryland (36-21) vs. #3 Old Dominion (36-24), 1 p.m., ESPN3


Houston Regional hosted by Rice (Rice)

#1 Rice (41-18) vs. #4 George Mason (34-20), 8 p.m., ESPN3

#2 Texas (38-18) vs. #3 Texas A&M (33-24), 4 p.m., ESPNU

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Link NCAA baseball brackets     http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/baseball/d1

Who will be next? Recruiting Update May 19


Who will be next?  Recruiting Update May 19

Old Dominion coaches have been on the recruiting trails for about a month, they hit the road the day after the spring game finished, April 12.  On the surface if seems a little slow, but behind the scenes there is no doubt it is a hectic pace to review recruiting files and target select students. The next task is to talk to High School Coaches, review film, contact recruits by snail mail, electronic social media outlets, phone and finally personal contact.  The goal is to get an invitation to talk with the recruit and his family in their home, one on one with recruit and family. From there a continuous dialog with family and recruits is a must.  Finally getting recruits to visit the campus. Wilder and staff have a way to work magic when he can get them on campus and experience the excitement around the program.

At the present time it appears Old Dominion has been busy making contact with prospects that have interest in ODU. We list 195 prospects as targets- http://olddominion.247sports.com/Season/2015-Football/Targets

 Old Dominion has offered 158 – http://olddominion.247sports.com/Season/2015-Football/Offers

There are several prospects on ODU’s radar that have listed ODU as a favorite or have ODU at the top of their list.  Here are a few at this time.

It has been the buzz, that we may see a few make the call in the next two weeks.  We have to remember most of these young men are 17, 18 and 19 year olds.  They can change on a dime

Must Win Weekend for ODU Baseball

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The Old Dominion baseball team wraps up its regular season at the Bud this weekend, starting today (6:05 pm).  Long Island comes to Norfolk with a 24-23-1 record and a few nice wins over Illinois State, Yale and North Dakota State and played the Pioneer league leader Bucknell to a tie.  ODU will wrap up the 3 game series on Saturday May 17 with a double header (1:05 & 4:00 pm).  The team has played very well this year and strived for what will come next.  The CUSA tournament starts Wednesday May 21 at Southern Mississippi and the winner of the Tournament will be crowned on Sunday May 24.

ODU has its own fate in its hands, a must win weekend with LIU followed by a good showing in the tournament should get Old Dominion an invite to the NCAA Baseball 64 team playoff.  At the present time there are several perditions out for the field of 64.  The most recent projected field of 64 from Perfect Game has Old Dominion, Long Beach State, San Diego State and Dallas Baptist as he last four teams in for the  postseason field, while Tennessee, Illinois, San Diego and UAB are the first four teams out.. The bracket set forth by PG has Old Dominion going head to head with UCF in GAINESVILLE, Fla.

Bids by conference: SEC (10), ACC (8), Big 12 (6), Pac-12 (4), Missouri Valley (3), American Athletic (3), Big West (3), Mountain West (3), Big Ten (2), Conference USA (3-2). They have Rice CUSA auto, UAB presently in and ODU as potentially as one of the last 4 in.


31 Auto qualifiers only leaves 33 at large bids available and this year has been especially competitive.


Atlantic 10: Saint Louis
American Athletic:
Atlantic Coast: 
America East:
Stony Brook
Atlantic Sun:
Big Ten:
Big 12:
Big East:
Big South:
Big West:
UC Irvine
Colonial Athletic:
William & Mary
Conference USA:
Wright State
Ivy League:
Metro Atlantic:
 Ball State
Mid-Eastern Athletic:
Delaware State
Missouri Valley:
Mountain West:
New Mexico
Ohio Valley:
Southeast Missouri
Oregon State
 Western Carolina
Sam Houston State
Southwestern Athletic:
Alabama State
Western Illinois
Sun Belt:
West Coast:
Western Athletic:



USA Today – ODU #106 College Football Countdown


Paul Myerberg USA Today College Football Countdown ranks ODU # 106

Just like most fans of college football teams they love and support their team, I thought and hoped we would not see ODU’s name pop up on either of the two Countdown polls early. The reality is we all knew that it could happen at any time. I had estimated that Old Dominion might make it to the high 90’s. The article points out many elements to the program and was very detailed about their assessment of where the program is. It is nice to get the exposure on a National stage.


Paul Myerberg, quote is very generous to Old Dominion, yet addresses the way we all feel. “In a nutshell: Of all the FCS-to-FBS additions of the last five years – and there have been many – Old Dominion is the best prepared to avoid a distressing, often ugly debut and make an immediate impact. Hence the Monarchs’ higher ranking, relatively speaking; most FBS neophytes get chewed up and spit out against the higher level of competition, but ODU has the coaching, scheme and proven production to be a solid first-year addition to Conference USA, bypassing the cellar and adding some interest to the East Division race. I don’t want to oversell things, but it seems obvious: ODU is in good shape”.

link …. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2014/05/13/old-dominion-odu-conference-usa-realignment-2014-countdown-preview-roster-schedule-football-four/8987031/?siteID=je6NUbpObpQ-J6VpmURPGSz56.Fri3LI6g

How will the ACC’s Vote today impact ODU


How will The ACC’s Vote impact ODU’s

future scheduling with ACC schools?

Old Dominion athletic director Wood Selig and others have been paying close attention to meetings going on just five hours to the east in suburban Jacksonville, Fla  ACC commissioner John Swofford announced today that the conference athletic directors have voted to keep an eight-game football schedule. In addition, the ACC will vote to add strength of schedule requirement similar to the SEC. This appears to be a win win for ODU and for the regional rivalries that the Monarchs hope to establish.  ODU has a home and home series with North Carolina State beginning this fall and In 2017, the Monarchs begin a long-term series with Virginia Tech, playing seven of the next nine seasons, including three games in Norfolk.   ODU associate Bruce Stewart talked with officials at half a dozen ACC schools about playing in the near future.  “I think he’s made good inroads, good connections,” Selig said of Stewart. “But no one is pulling the trigger until” the scheduling question is resolved

With the ACC AD’s voting to keep an eight-game schedule, while playing a group of five member or Notre Dame, this will allow more games in the future and not affect those already planned.   Great news for Old Dominion!

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