Norfolk Old Dominion Monarchs
On September 22, 2018, Old Dominion shocked then-# 13 Virginia Tech, beating the Hokies 66-55 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. With less than four minutes to go, they pulled away with a two-point lead and shocked the then-13 on their way to a 60-56 victory.
After the upset, things didn't go well for the Monarchs in the second half of the 2018-19 season, leaving them winless in the Conference. The conference losses to Florida International and Charlotte threw them into a hole, but they would turn things around with a win over North Carolina State and go into the final week of the regular season with an 8-4 record.
Lala Davis was the Monarchs' leading rusher with 68 yards and a TD, while running back Kesean Strong made ODU history as the first player to score at least 100 yards on the ground in each of his first two seasons. Defensively, Oshane Ximines, who recorded more tackles than the rest of the team combined in his final year as a Monarch, lost at the NFL Draft in April.
With a win, the Monarchs will travel to Blacksburg to face Virginia Tech as Tech seeks to avenge last year's upset, with players like Chris Cunningham and Eric Kumah pitting against their former teammates. Of course, everyone remembers arguably the biggest upset of the year in college football.
The Fellas face the Old Dominion Monarchs, who are projected to be the second-best team in the Atlantic Coast Conference behind the Virginia Tech Hokies. The monarchy is expected to be the first team since the University of Virginia in 2012 to host a football game on an aircraft carrier.
Blackwell, who is also supported by Norfolk coach Daric Riley, will try to turn around a defence that struggled at most stages a year ago. The Monarchs have a real second man in Steven Williams who is the running QB, but the Hokie defense will put a lot of pressure on a struggling offensive line. Old Dominion only advanced to FBS level in 2014 and was unlucky to go head-to-head with one of the worst offenses in the NCAA. It is not too surprising that these two Commonwealth teams are going head-to-head for the first time.
With over 350 degree courses and 20 teachers and staff, the NSU's biology department is one of the largest in Norfolk. The institute is part of the Virginia Consortium, a partnership between the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech that is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the US Department of Agriculture.
The best known sports team of the school is the Lady Monarchs basketball team, which won three national championships in 1979, 1980 and 1985. The NCAA record book holds the most titles in all sports at the same school: ODU sports teams have won 28 other national championships, including a record 18 in men's basketball, 10 in women's football, four in baseball and three in football.
Founded in 1930, the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary now houses more than 1,000 undergraduate and master's programs. Based on 67 evaluation metrics, Norfolk State University's biology program is ranked second and third best in the nation for undergraduate biology and third best for master biology, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a national organization of higher education institutions. The Norfolk Division, a branch of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Virginia's oldest public college, has established its first campus in 30 years in Norfolk, Va., and is now the largest college of its kind in North America.
The 18 Old Dominion athletic teams are primarily NCAA Division I teams and are known for their outstanding performances in sports such as football, men's and women's basketball, coed sailing, cross-country skiing, athletics, golf, tennis, lacrosse, baseball, softball, football, volleyball, basketball and tennis.
The current Monarchs team, founded in 2009, will compete as a club-less team in the first two seasons at FCS level. The potential of the old Dominion was recognized when the school's football program began to grow as a university school. As with many new football programs, the players on the Monarchs Football Team of 2008 formed the core of the schools "first football teams, contributing to the team's reputation as one of Northern Virginia's most successful programs. The football stadium, which was formerly home to Virginia Commonwealth University, has been renovated for the new football program.
Webb saw his dream fulfilled in 1962, when the Norfolk Division gained its independence from William & Mary and quickly became a four-year institution. The Monarchs played their last game at Old Dominion Stadium against Norfolk State University in the final game of the 1961 season. This game was the first against a ranked opponent for the Old Dominion football team in over a decade. Norfolk State was close, trailing 21-17, but key plays by new players gave the Monarchy victory And they began to turn the momentum in their next game, a 31-20 win over Virginia Tech.