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March 2013

March 2013


The Rise of the Monarchs – The fastest rising program in college football is just getting started.

by: David Purdum
© March 2013

Between 1940 and 2009, Old Dominion University did not play a single football game. Zero. The program that had been discontinued after the ’40 season was not reinstated until a 2005 vote established the framework for a new Monarchs team that would begin play in the ’09 season. Basically starting from scratch, the program would face the monumental challenge of building a team where one didn’t exist.

Today, the Monarchs are headed to the Football Bowl Subdivision this fall, in only their fifth year playing Division I football. They’ll transition into Conference USA in 2014. Who knows what’s next for the most successful start-up program in FCS history.

It’s been a meteoric rise for Old Dominion, one that exceeded even coach Bobby Wilder’s high expectations. The Monarchs went 38-10 in their first four seasons in the FCS. Th....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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