The Old Dominion Monarchs (not the Monarch Butterfly) are in their transitional year from FCS to FBS. This year Old Dominion will have to compete as a FCS Independent, then in 2014 they will be a FBS Independent, and finally reaching their goal in 2015 becoming a full-fledged member of Conference USA. The question we must now ask is, who exactly are the Old Dominion Monarchs? Well let us here at Fifth Quarter give you that break down.
Old Dominion Breakdown
First Year of Football: 1930
- The Football program was discontinued after the 1940 season
- The Football program was reinstated for the 2009 season
Conference Championships:1 (2012 Colonial Athletic Conference)
National Championships: 0
2012 Record: 11-2 (7-1 CAA)
- James Madison (featured in the picture above)
- William & Mary
Major FBS Games Against
- @ Maryland
- @ East Carolina
- @ North Carolina
- @ Pittsburgh
The Best Player: Taylor Heinicke
featured above is ODU’s star quarterback Taylor Heinicke. This man won the Walter Payton award (The Best FCS Player) and almost won a national championship for Old Dominion. He set Division One records last year for passing yards (730) and offensive yards (791) in a single game, against New Hampshire in a 64-61 win.
Old Dominion fans have to be excited about what is to come in the future. They managed to get a two for one deal against the Virgina Tech Hokies. At Blacksburg in 2017, then the Hokies will come to Norfolk in 2018, and back to Blacksburg in 2019. The staff here at Fifth Quarter can only pray we will be able to cover that instate battle live in 2018, as SB Ballard Stadium will be rocking.
Old dominion will not be moving into the conference USA alone, as the Charlotte 49ers will be coming with them. This is a future conference rivalry brewing with the bordering states.
The one thing that Monarch fans have to be hoping for is that the stadium will expand in the next couple years. Right now SB Ballard Stadium holds roughly 20,000 fans, which is a joke in major college football. Hopefully that number will double in the next few years, especially if ODU wants to recruit top talent.
NEW OLD DOMINION HELMETS