The stakes have never been higher. With the football team coming off its first National Championship, University of Richmond students and fans from across the country are anxiously waiting to watch the Spiders make another run at the title.
The field hockey team usually spends time writing down goals during the preseason, but this year it didn't have to. "It's just been said, 'We've got to bring back the Atlantic 10 crown,'" coach Gina Lucido said.
The University of Richmond women's soccer team is trying to regain its winning momentum after a disappointing finish to last year's season. The Spiders started the 2008 season 9-2-1, before losing seven of their last eight games. "We lost a lot of very good players to injury," said head coach Peter Albright.
About 40 incoming freshmen athletes took their library skills and alcohol education classes before the semester in an effort by class coordinators to make the first-year requirements more convenient for students and staff. Freshmen usually take Library Skills 100 and an alcohol class, URAware (Wellness 085), during the academic year.
The 2009 football season is here. So much goes into the preparation of developing your mind, body and soul to endure the demands that being a college student-athlete will require. A long time ago, I was a college football player here at the University of Richmond.
University of Richmond head football coach Mike London said he was looking forward to increased fan support when his team starts its season on Saturday at Duke. "For us to have the support of the students at UR is tremendous," London said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
Two University of Richmond cross country runners will be wearing a slightly different pattern of red, white and blue than they do for the Spiders, when they participate in the World Mountain Running Championship on Sept.
In a two-year span, Michael Vick has gone from one of the fastest quarterbacks in the league, to an abuser of animals, and now holds a quarterback position with the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick signed a one-year deal with the Eagles with an option for a second year earlier this month.
The search for a new head coach for the University of Richmond women's lacrosse team has ended. Stephy Samaras, a former University of Virginia defender and two-time All-American, will take over the program, which has now filled the opening left after the unexpected resignation in March of former women's lacrosse coach Sue Murphy. Samaras played for Virginia from 1997-2000 and reached the NCAA Championship game with the Cavaliers in 1998 and 1999.
Former University of Richmond defensive end Lawrence Sidbury Jr. has signed his first professional football contract with the Atlanta Falcons. Sidbury's deal, announced on Friday, is for four years, but financial terms were not disclosed.
The University of Richmond athletic department has granted football coach Mike London a contract extension through the 2014 season, an agreement athletics director Jim Miller said recognized London's success with athletes on the field and in the classroom. The extension tacks another two years onto London's original five-year deal.
Editor's Note: The Collegian is posting updates from University of Richmond women's track and field coach Lori Taylor, who is in Fayetteville, Ark., with sophomore Nicol Traynor for the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Sophomore Nicol Traynor has earned a bid to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 5,000-meter run, the fifth Spider all-time and the first distance runner in six years to represent Richmond at the meet. Andrew Benford, who was in contention for a spot in the 3,000 steeplechase, fell less than two seconds short of an invitation based on his season-best time.
The NCAA selection committee naming at-large bids for the outdoor track and field national championships won't release results until 3 p.m.
Nicol Traynor will not automatically qualify for the NCAA national meet after a 12th place in the East Regional 5,000-meter run, but her school-record performance earlier this season could be enough to secure an at-large bid. Traynor, a sophomore distance runner, finished in 16 minutes, 36 seconds at the regional meet at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro on Friday night, battling a heavy rain during the race that began just moments before the start. Posting to his Twitter account during the meet, Steve Taylor, men's track and field coach, said Traynor would find out on Monday whether her 16:17.64 school record -- set in Walnut, Calif., on April 17 -- would be enough for an at-large selection. Runners finishing first through fifth at each of four regional meets receive automatic slots at nationals, and seven additional invitations are offered to runners with the fastest times this season.