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NFL Network, Conference USA partner on contract to air 10 league games











DALLAS & NEW YORK – Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod and the NFL announced today a new four-year contract for a 10-game package of C-USA football games to be broadcast on NFL Network. The partnership will begin in the 2019 football season with one game each week on Saturday afternoon. ​

“While exploring new media options for football, NFL Network stood out as an excellent opportunity for national exposure,” said MacLeod. “We look forward to showcasing our conference through their tremendous platform and reach.”

“We are excited to showcase the next generation of NFL athletes to our fans on a weekly basis,” said Hans Schroeder, Chief Operating Officer of NFL Media. “Our fans crave live football, and partnering with Conference USA – a conference which boasts several Hall of Fame players – provides us with an excellent opportunity to do so.”

The full NFL Network slate of games will be released with the rest of the 2019 C-USA Football multimedia schedule at a later date. C-USA football games on NFL Network will also be available through the NFL app and via Watch NFL Network on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers.

C-USA shares a rich history with the NFL, with some of the game’s greatest players coming from the conference. Pro Football Hall of Famers who played their college football at C-USA schools include Brett Favre (Southern Miss), Randy Moss (Marshall), Terry Bradshaw (Louisiana Tech), “Mean” Joe Greene (North Texas), and others. Additionally, 16 players from C-USA have been selected in the NFL Draft over the last two years, including Marcus Davenport from UTSA selected No. 14 overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2018 NFL Draft. In total, there were 83 C-USA players on NFL rosters at the end of the 2018 season.


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About Conference USA

Conference USA is an NCAA Division I athletic conference based in Dallas, Texas, that services 14 institutions of higher education – Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, UTEP, UTSA and WKU. Now in its third decade, Conference USA has adapted to the ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics with an unwavering commitment to excellence, integrity and leadership in competition, academics and community.


Dayton Flyers Football has 35-man Freshman Class for 2019



Newest Flyers Come To UD From Seven Different States


DAYTON – When the University of Dayton football team reports to preseason camp on August 8, Flyer coach Rick Chamberlin will welcome 35 new players to the program.


The 2019 class is another example of the program’s commitment to academic success, including a 20 majors in the business school, six in engineering and two in sport management.  Additional majors are secondary education, communications, graphic design, biology, computer information systems, biochemistry and pre-med.


In high school, they combined for 27 All-Conference selections, 20 All-Area/District/Region/County selections, and seven All-State selections. A total of 28 of them were team captains, 18 played multiple sports and seven were on state championship teams.  Three had family members who have played football at UD (two sons, one brother).   Two played for head coaches who are former Flyer football players.


In addition, here are a few of the unusual achievements, attributes, and hobbies of the 2019 freshman class:


  • A pair of high school teammates who were undefeated in conference play in their four-year high school careers
  • Was the only student-athlete in his high school class to play three sports all four years
  • Two of the incoming kicking specialists were also all-state in soccer
  • There are incoming freshmen who play the ukulele, guitar, and piano
  • Broke a school record previously held by Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald
  • Once ate 51 chicken wings in one sitting
  • Caught the longest TD pass in Indiana state championship history
  • Is a “roller coaster junkie”
  • Son of a former NFL assistant coach and college head coach
  • Avid snowboarder
  • Two incoming recruits who went to different high schools but were teammates in AAU basketball
  • Performs magic as a hobby
  • “Makes a mean pasta”
  • Three sons of coaches
  • Four who can say they can juggle
  • Five who were tutors for younger high school students
  • A conference track champion in four different events
  • Projected career choices include becoming a marine biologist, a coach, a physician, an accountant, a financial planner, a physician’s assistant and an engineer



2019 Flyer Football Freshmen


  • Nathan Arthur – LB, 5-11, 200, Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier) – First Team All-Conference
  • Austin Bradfish – TE, 6-3, 230, Loveland, Ohio (Moeller) – Played on Greater Catholic League Champions
  • Max Brimigion – WR, 6-1, 175, Matthews, N.C. (Weddington) – High school’s career record holder in yards (2,662) and touchdowns (33)
  • Sam Bubonics – WR, 5-11, 170, Solon, Ohio (Solon) – Conference Special Teams Player of the Year, All-Conference and All-District
  • Logan Dalton – LB, 6-1, 190, Mason, Ohio (Mason) – Team captain, First Team All-Conference
  • Michael Denning – P/K, 6-0, 180, Sidney, Ohio (Lehman) – First Team All-Conference, First Team All-District and First Team All-State, Two-year captain in soccer
  • Brian Doneghy – DB, 5-8, 175, Blue Ash, Ohio (Sycamore) – Team captain in football and track, Holds high school record with a 96-yard interception TD return
  • Cole Dow – QB, 6-1, 190, Park Ridge, Ill. (Main South) – All-Conference, Team Captain
  • Deuce Drennan – DE, 6-3, 215, Hendersonville, Tenn. (Pope John Paul II) – Three-year starter in football and baseball
  • George Fanelli – OL, 6-1, 245, Evergreen Park, Ill. (Marist) – Conference Most Valuable Lineman, All-State
  • Michael Franks – WR, 6-1, 175, Mohnton, Pa. (Governor Mifflin) – All-Country as a WR and DB, Team captain
  • Kyle Hazell – WR, 6-0, 165, West Lafayette, Ind. (West Lafayette) – All-Conference, All-District and All-Region
  • Alex Hirschfield – LB, 6-0, 200, Orland Park, Ill. (Carl Sandburg) – First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Area, First Team All-State, Team Defensive MVP
  • Gabe Jacon-Duffy – DT, 6-4, 240, Pleasant Plain, Ohio (Moeller) – Played on Greater Catholic League championship team
  • Niko Kasprzycki – TE, 6-6, 225, Lisle, Ill. (Benet) – First Team All-Conference, Caught 37 passes for 401 yards and two TD as a senior
  • Jason Kohr – TE, 6-4, 220, Clayton, Ohio (Northmont) – Team captain, All-Area in baseball
  • Griffin Laake – DE, 6-3, 190, Clarksville, Ohio (Clinton Massie) – Team captain, Third Team All-Ohio
  • Matt Lenti – DB, 5-10, 180, LaGrange Park, Ill. (Mount Carmel) – First Team 7A All-State, Conference MVP
  • Alonzo Motley III – DE, 6-1, 210, Cincinnati, Ohio (Summit Country Day) – First Team All-Conference in football and track, Team captain in basketball
  • Ricky Mysliwiec – 6-2, 285, Lombard, Ill. (Immaculate Conception) – 2018 state champs, Conference Most Outstanding Lineman
  • Michael Neel – RB, 5-10, 170, Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Catholic) – Played on 2018 state champs, First Team All-Conference
  • Drew Nieman – P, 5-10, 170, Cincinnati, Ohio (La Salle) – First Team All-Conference, First Team All-City and First Team All-District, First Team All-Conference in baseball
  • Drew Robertson – DT, 6-1, 270, Cranberry Township, Pa. (Seneca Valley) – Team captain, First Team All-Conference
  • Marc Rumpke – OL, 6-2, 285, Lexington, Ky. (Lexington Catholic) – Team Best Lineman, Captain, First Team All-City
  • Jake Sargent – WR, 5-10, 170, Dayton, Ohio (Oakwood) – Team captain and Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-District
  • Sam Schadek – DT, 6-3, 250, Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington) – First Team All-Conference
  • Billy Skalitzky – DB, 6-0, 185, Evergreen Park, Ill. (Marist) – Team captain and MVP, First Team All-Conference
  • Elijah Smith – DB, 6-0, 180, Louisville, Ky. (Christian Academy) – Played on state championship teams as a junior and senior, First Team All-District
  • Brian Stevens – OL, 6-2, 260, Milford, Ohio (Milford) – Team Captain, First Team All-Conference
  • David Tkatch – OL, 6-2, 275, Harmony, Pa. (Seneca Valley) — Team Captain, First Team All-Conference
  • Ryan VanSchelven- QB, 5-10, 190, Roscoe, Ill. (Hononegah) –Conference Offensive MVP, Football and track captain
  • Reilly Waldoch – H-Back, 6-2, 220, Geneva, Ill. (Geneva Community) – Named Geneva’s best offensive back
  • Sam Webster – K, 5-10, 215, Richfield, Ohio (Revere) – First Team All-Conference, First Team All-District and First Team All-State, Captain on 2018 state championship team in soccer
  • Derek Willits- WR, 6-3, 195, Centerville, Ohio (Alter) – Team captain in football and basketball, First Team All-GWOC
  • Connor Woodruff – OL, 6-5, 305, Cincinnati, Ohio (Summit Country Day) – First Team All-City, First Team All-District, First Team All-Tri-State, Second Team All-Ohio



Dayton was 6-5 a year ago, and 5-3 in the Pioneer Football league.  Three of UD’s five losses in 2018 were to teams that reached the FCS playoffs.  Dayton returns 13 starters – seven from the offense, and six from the defensive side of the ball.  All-PFL performers Andrew Lutgens (Flyer) and Adam Trautman (tight end) are UD’s 2019 co-captains.  Special teams captain Kyle Butz was Honorable Mention All-PFL in 2018.


The Flyers open the season at Indiana State on Saturday, Sept. 7.  Dayton’s home opener is Saturday, Sept. 21 against Duquesne.  For ticket information, please visit


Dayton Flyers Football signings update



DAYTON – After 38 wins in the last five seasons, the University of Dayton Flyer football program is bringing in another strong recruiting class according to head coach Rick Chamberlin.

While NCAA regulations and University policies preclude the release of the individuals who have committed at this time, Chamberlin sees them carrying on the Dayton tradition of success on the field and in the classroom.  The entire class will be released at a later date.

“I’m very proud to say the quality of the young men who are joining our program is as good as ever,” Chamberlin said.  ”It’s likely that we will add a few young men to this class, but all of our incoming freshmen are quality students, quality athletes and quality leaders.

“It’s a typical Dayton football recruiting class, in terms of their accomplishments in the classroom and on the football field.  They bring high academic standards to our program.  Six of our recruits on offense are offensive lineman.  That was a priority for us this year and we are very pleased with their talent and their size.  On the other side of the ball, we’re very happy with three defensive tackles we are bringing in.  They have the athleticism, size and ability to run that everyone is looking for.

“We are also excited about where this year’s recruits are coming from.  We continue to recruit nationally, and have added the second and third recruits we have ever had from North Carolina.  But we also have 14 players from Ohio, and three from the Dayton area.  We feel that says a lot about your program when the young men and families who have the opportunity to know the most about our football program choose to join us.

“The character and commitment of this class has served them well in their high school careers, and I expect them to be a very successful group here at the University of Dayton.”

Among the highlights for the Flyer Football Class of 2022 are:
• 3.65 average high school GPA
• 25 average score on the ACT
• 16 team captains
• 13 National Honor Society members
• 2 members of state championship teams
• 18 offensive players
• 11 defensive players

The members of the Class of 2023 hail from six states:  Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

In addition, Chamberlin announced the following seniors have indicated they will return in the fall for their fifth season in the Flyer football program:  quarterback Will Bobek, defensive tackle Matthew Brandeis, center Tim Roell and tight end Adam Trautman.

Bobek has played in seven games as a backup QB in his career, and scored a TD against Morehead State last year.  Brandeis was injured much of 2018, and is a three-time member of the Pioneer Football league Academic Honor Roll.  Roell is a two-year starter at center.  Trautman is a two-time All-PFL player.  He had 41 receptions (14.7 yards per catch avg.) with nine TD’s.

Dayton Flyers announce 2019 Football Schedule



DAYTON – The University of Dayton football team will play five home games and six on the road in 2019.

Dayton will open the season with two road games.  The Flyers open on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Terre Haute, Ind. against Indiana State, an opponent they have not played since 1976.  (In fact, the last time Dayton played Indiana State, head coach Rick Chamberlin was on the field playing linebacker for the Flyers instead of on the sidelines).  UD then visits Robert Morris on Sept. 14.

Dayton’s home opener and final non-conference game will be on Sept. 21 against Duquesne.

Head coach Rick Chamberlin

After a bye week, UD will begin Pioneer Football League play on Oct. 5 with a home game with Jacksonville.  In a scheduling quirk, the Dolphins are also the team the Flyers closed the 2018 season against.

Dayton is on the road for the next two games (at Valparaiso on Oct. 12 and Stetson on Oct. 19), and then alternates home and road games the remaining five games of the year.  Defending PFL champion San Diego visits Welcome Stadium on Oct. 26, followed by at Morehead State (Nov. 2), Marist (Nov. 9) at Drake (Nov. 16) and Butler (Nov. 23.

Dayton coach Rick Chamberlin knows the schedule will not be an easy one.

“Our 2019 schedule will again be a challenging one, especially having more road games than home,” Chamberlin said.  ”Our non-conference schedule puts us on the road two of the three by going to Indiana State and Robert Morris.  Duquesne and San Diego were both in the FCS playoffs last year.  As always, the PFL schedule will be tough.  The league just keeps getting better, and going on the road to play at Valparaiso, Stetson, Morehead State and Drake makes it that much tougher.”

Dayton was 6-5 a year ago, and 5-3 in conference.  Three of UD’s five losses in 2017 were to teams that reached the FCS playoffs.  Dayton returns 13 starters – seven from the offense, and six from the defensive side of the ball.  Last year’s Pioneer Football League Offensive Freshman of the Year Jack Cook returns at quarterback, while the defense will be led by DB/LB Andrew Lutgens, who was First Team All-PFL in 2018.

Tight end Adam Trautman, wideout/kick returner Kyle Butz and offensive guard Michael Niese all earned All-PFL honors last year.   Trautman and wideout Ryan Skibinski both enter their final seasons at UD within striking distance of Bill Franks’ Dayton career receptions record of 133.

Dayton Flyers offense beats the defense, 58-28 win in annual Spring Game




DAYTON – An efficient, albeit brief performances by quarterback Jack Cook and a big day by running back Tyler Vincent led the offense to a 58-28 win over the defense in the University of Dayton’s spring football game.

The game was scored with either the offense or defense earning points based on outcomes.

Cook played only two series, completed all five passes he threw for 113 yards and two touchdowns, looking as good as he has during the entire spring.  Vincent carried seven times for 111 yards and two touchdowns.  The last score was a 55-yard TD on what was essentially the last play of the game.  Ryan Skibinski (3 catches, 75 yards receiving, 1 TD) and Adam Trautman (2 catches, 38 yards, 1 TD) were the top receivers.

Jack Cook was a perfect 5 for 5 passing

Safety Matt Clifford scored the first points for the defense with a second-quarter interception.

“The game went about the way we thought it would with the talent and experience we have on offense, and what they have been showing all spring.  Jack Cook led us to two scores with big plays from the people you would expect – Adam Trautman and Ryan Skibinski,” head coach Rick Chamberlin said.  ”But I saw some flashes of good things out of our defense.  We know they are young, but we are working to get them ready for that first game.”

As is the tradition at UD’s Spring Game, the next season’s team captains were announced at the pre-game coin flip.  Senior Flyer Andrew Lutgens and redshirt senior tight end Adam Trautman were named 2019 team captains.  Team captains are voted on by the team after the last spring practice, and results are kept secret until Sunday’s coin flip.

Lutgens redshirted his first year on campus, but immediately moved into the starting lineup in 2017.  He has started all 22 games of his college career at “Flyer”, UD’s hybrid defensive back/linebacker position.  Last season he was named First Team All-Pioneer Football League.  He was third on the team in total tackles (68) and solo tackles (37), and he led Dayton in tackles behind the line (10).  He is from Brentwood, Tenn.

Tyler Vincent rushed through the defense for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns

A three-year starter, Trautman is a two-time Second Team All-PFL selection.  He enters his final year as a Flyer 24 catches away from Bill Franks’ career receptions record of 133 and seven TD’s away from Pat Hugar’s 24 receiving touchdowns.  Last season, Trautman had team bests with 41 receptions for 604 yards and nine touchdowns.   The Williamsburg, Mich. native is a four-time member of the PFL Academic Honor Roll.

UD opens the season on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Indiana State.  The Flyers’ home opener will be against Duquesne at Welcome Stadium on September 21.

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