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Dayton Flyers begin NIT Title defense at College of Charleston

(courtesy of Dayton athletics)

(courtesy of NIT via wikipedia commons)

The defending National Invitation Tournament Champion Dayton Flyers will be able to defend their title as one of 32 teams selected to the 2011 NIT.

UD earned the #3 seed and will begin on the road to take on #6 seed College of Charleston tonight (Tuesday, March 15) beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Dayton enters the 2011 NIT as the #3 seed in its region, but goes on the road to Charleston, South Carolina due to UD Arena hosting the NCAA First Four. During last year’s NIT Championship run, the Flyers won at Cincinnati, at Illinois and in Madison Square garden against Ole Miss and North Carolina.

The College of Charleston, 24-10 overall, won the Southern Conference regular season championship. The Cougars led by 2011 SoCon Player of the Year, Andrew Goudelock.

The Southern Conference is Appalachian State, UT-Chattanooga, The Citadel, Davidson, Elon, Furman, Georgia Southern, Samford, North Carolina-Greensboro, Western Carolina and Wofford.

UD is attempting to be the third team to win the NIT Championship in back-to-back seasons.

The Flyers’ NIT history is rich with success. Last season was Dayton’s third NIT title. UD previously won the NIT in 1962 and 1968. Last year was also UD’s 22nd appearance in the postseason NIT.

The Dayton, Ohio school has been the runner-up five times and showcases a 40-20 all-time record. Head Coach Brian Gregory is 7-1 all-time in the NIT. Dayton’s 22 NIT appearances are second only to St. John’s 27 berths.

The Flyers reached the finals five times in the 1950′s and won the tournament in 1962 under coach Tom Blackburn and 1968 under coach Don Donoher.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics)

Dayton takes over fourth quarter to beat Campbell University, 41-23

Justin Watkins sets receiving yardage record (UD photo)

WR Justin Watkins (UD photo)

The Dayton Flyers football team scored 21 points and forced three turnovers in the fourth quarter to come from behind and beat a stubborn Campbell team 41-23 Saturday at Welcome Stadium.

During the game, senior wide receiver Justin Watkins became the Flyer record holder in career receiving yardage. He entered the game needing 20 yards to reach Ryan Wrobleski’s record of 2,058 yards. He took care of that with his first catch, a 27-yarder from roomate Steve Valentino. For the day, Watkins caught seven catches for a season-high 127 yards, finishing the game with a career total of 2,165 yards. Every one of Watkins seven catches in the game went for a first down.

Valentino was 14 of 25 for 223 yards through the air, and was also the game’s leading rusher with 15 carries for 89 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

James Vercammen was a beast on defense with 17 tackles (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

Senior James Vercammen led the defensive effort with a season-high 17 tackles (eight solo), two forced fumbles in the fourth quarter, 1.5 tackles in the backfield and a sack. Joe Ries checked in with 12 stops, and A.J. Kaltenbach added 10.

Campbell took the opening kickoff and drove 76 yards to take a 7-0 lead. After a Flyer three-and-out, the Camels added a field goal to lead 10-0 after the first quarter. UD scored a pair of Valentino touchdowns in its next two possessions to lead 14-10 at halftime.

The Flyers are 7-1 on the season and 5-0 in the Pioneer Football League. Dayton is tied with Jacksonville for first place in the PFL, one game ahead of Drake.

The Flyers will be on the road to North Carolina next Saturday, travelling to Davidson. Game time is 1:00 p.m.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

Dayton Flyers picked to win Pioneer Football League Championship

(UD)

Ten-time Pioneer Football League champion Dayton has been selected as the preseason favorite in the league’s coaches’ poll, receiving four of 10 possible first place votes. Dayton received 76 points while Butler was picked to finish second, receiving two first-place votes, with 69 points. Jacksonville received the four remaining first-place votes and finished third in the preseason poll with 68 points. Behind those three football teams are Drake (54 points), San Diego (52), Marist (45), Davidson (30), Campbell (25), Morehead State (22) and Valparaiso (9). Nine points were awarded for a first-place vote, with one point less for each succeeding place. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

Dayton has won two of its 10 league titles in the past three years, posting a 19-4 record during that time frame. Third-year head coach Rick Chamberlin will see 15 starters return, including seven All-PFL performers from a year ago.

Rick Chamberlin Dayton head coach (UD photo)

Three defensive all-league players were all named to the first team, led by The Sports Network’s Buchanan Award candidate James Vercammen, who registered a league-record 134 tackles in 2009. Linebacker Joe Ries is a two-time First Team All-PFL selection. Defensive end Brandon Wingeier is also a two-time First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.

The Flyer offensive unit returns the most experience with 10 starters returning from last year’s 9-2 team. The unit is led by senior quarterback Steve Valentino, the PFL’s “Offensive Player of the Year” in 2009 in his first year at quarterback after receiving first-team All-PFL recognition at wide receiver the previous season. Valentino was named to The Sports Network’s Payton Award Watch List.

Offensive guard Tyler Friedrich was also on the first team. Wide receiver Justin Watkins was on the second team and center Justin Griffis was Honorable Mention All-PFL.

Info courtesy of Dayton Athletics