Old Dominion Monarchs Football Schedule 2014
The Old Dominion Monarch's football team is one of the newest in the
FBS, taking the field as a team in 2009 for the first time in 68 years. Moving to Conference USA in 2014, Old Dominion is
now bowl berth and championship eligible, and Monarchs fans are looking forward to the dawning of a new era in the university's
sports history. In their four years back in the NCAA football world, the Monarchs have proven they belong and now that they
are moving to a big time football conference, they can prove it to everyone. Demand to see the Monarchs has been outstanding,
with the Monarchs selling out their season tickets and the university will be building a new on campus stadium to fit 30,000
fans, more than twice the capacity of Foreman Field at B.S. Stadium.
The season in their new conference kicks off with
a matchup against new foe the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, who travel to Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium in Norfolk
on September 26. Middle Tennessee is coming off a nice year in 2013, but must sit through the offseason with the disappointment
from their Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl loss to Navy by the score of 24-6. The Blue Raiders averaged over 26 points per
game in during the regular season, but managed only 6 points in their bowl game loss. The Monarchs are going to be looking
to make a statement off the bat in their inaugural Conference USA season, so look for the players and their fans to bring
The schedule won't get much easier for the Monarchs when they welcome the Marshall Thundering Herd football
team to Norfolk on October 4. The Thundering Herd finished the 2013 campaign with a 10-4 overall record, including 7-1 in
Conference USA play. Though they lost the conference championship to Rice, they went on to victory over the Maryland Terps
in the Military Bowl back in December by the score of 31-20. The Monarchs will have their hands full with a Marshall team
that finished 2013 as the #8 team in the country in scoring, racking up over 42 points per game. This is one Conference USA
clash that Monarchs fans will not want to miss, knowing it could be a precursor to many high profile conference games in the
years to come.
Old Dominion Monarchs Football History
In 2005, the Old Dominion Board of Visitors voted
to bring back the Monarchs beloved football program that had been dormant since 1941. The program played its first game in
1930 when it was known as the William & Mary Norfolk Division Braves. Despite an impressive record in the 11 year history
of the program, the team was discontinued in 1941 because of budgetary constraints. The Old Dominion Monarchs returned to
the field in 2009 to the thrill of their fans and the Norfolk community as an independent team. Finishing an impressive 9-2
in their first season, the Monarchs have proven that an extensive history and tradition does not automatically make you a
better team. The student athletes that signed on to help start a new football tradition at Old Dominion are showing that they
very good at blazing their own trail.
Old Dominion Monarchs Football Rivalries
As with all new programs,
the rivalries will be young and still gaining traction. The clash between the Old Dominion Monarchs and William & Mary
Tribe, though first played out on the football field in 2010, actually has its roots in the early 1900's in Virginia. The
two institutions are separated by 45 miles and Old Dominion initially began as an extension of William & Mary. Now known
as the Battle for the Silver Mace, the Monarchs and the Tribe are looking to create a dynamic and thrilling rivalry that last
for hundreds of years to come. The Monarchs are also forming rivalries with the James Madison Dukes and Norfolk State Spartans.
Old Dominion Monarchs Football NFL Players
As one could expect from a new football program, the list of Monarchs
players who have moved on to play at the professional level is quite short, but they have shown with their play that the list
will grow exponentially in the years to come. The one Monarchs player currently playing in the NFL is defensive end Ronnie
Cameron, who was signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Cameron has since played
for the Cleveland Browns in 2012 and joined the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad in 2013. During his time at Old Dominion,
Ronnie Cameron was named the Colonial Athletic Association's Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.
Monarchs Football Trivia
What is the name of the budding rivalry growing between Norfolk institutions Old Dominion
and Norfolk State in college football?
The rivalry is known as the Five Mile Rivalry, which represents the distant that
separates the two schools. The first clash was in 2011 and both meetings have been won by the Old Dominion Monarchs.