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ODU Football Replaces Iona with Game at Fordham
NORFOLK - Old Dominion filled the void in its schedule for the upcoming football season with Fordham.
The Monarchs will visit Fordham on Oct. 3. The Rams were 5-6 this past season after winning the Patriot League in 2007.
ODU also announced that it will play all but one of its home games at 6 p.m. The lone game beginning at 2 p.m. will be the homecoming game against N.C. Central on Nov. 7.
“We’re excited to play at night under the lights,” ODU coach Bobby Wilder said. “We know that the atmosphere will be great no matter what time we play, but night games add to the excitement that much more, particularly for the players.”
The Monarchs’ 2009 schedule appeared to be in place last summer, but ODU had scheduled Iona for Nov. 14. Iona dropped its foot ball program at the conclusion of the 2008 season, forcing the Monarchs to look for a replacement game.
The Fordham game is a one-shot deal with no return date.
Wilder also confirmed that the Monarchs have contracts for 10 of their 11 games for the 2010 season. ODU has home games with Jacksonville, William and Mary, Gardner-Webb, Georgia State, Savannah State and VMI. Its four 2010 road games at present will be at Campbell, Monmouth, Presbyterian and Georgetown. The Monarchs are in negotiations for a seventh home game to fill out the slate.
“Our goal is to schedule 11 FCS (Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA) games for 2010,” Wilder said.
ODU football replaces Iona with game at Fordham
By Rich Radford, The Virginian-Pilot