September 4, 2009

Old Dominion returns to college football

Old Dominion University will field a football team Saturday for the first time since 1940.

The Monarchs will play their first game in 69 years against Division II Chowan University at S.B. Ballard Stadium in Norfolk, Va.

We put it at six years because we needed a year to recruit and then five years to cycle a class through, Coach Bobby Wilder told The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot about his six-year contract. And honestly, that's what I think it's going to take.

The school said on its Web site Friday that its seven-game home schedule is sold out.

The newspaper said the school was called the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary in 1940 before the program was eliminated.

William & Mary's main campus today is located in Williamsburg and the school plays in the Colonial Athletic Association.