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Dayton Flyers to upgrade football schedule in order to reach playoffs

(courtesy of Dayton athletics via wikipedia commons)

The Dayton Flyers have always wanted a shot at the schools like Robert Morris and Duquesne, which are a part of the maximum-scholarship Football Championship Subdivision programs that compete for national titles, thinking that they can play a close game and possibly pull off an upset.

In 2010, the Flyers split with two teams from the scholarship Northeast Conference, beating Robert Morris but losing 35-31 at Duquesne.

Robert Morris was in the playoffs last year, winning the NEC’s automatic bid. If the Flyers had beaten Duquesne, they wouldn’t been in the top 20 and the playoffs would’ve been a reality.

Next year, UD will open against Illinois State and in 2013 they’ll open against Youngstown State, both games being on the road.

In those games, Dayton will be out-scholarshipped 63-0.

From 2012 and moving forward, the Flyers are committed to playing scholarship teams from the FCS (formerly Division I-AA) for their three non-conference games in an attempt to get to the postseason playoffs.

The criteria for teams from the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League to earn an at-large berth to the playoffs are to beat two FCS teams that give full rides, win their conference and finish in the Top 20 in the national poll.

In 2010, Dayton missed the top 20 by just a few points at 25th.

In the future, the FCS playoffs will be expanded from 20 to 22 or 24 teams.

Info compiled from staff, Dayton Flyers, Pioneer Football League & NCAA news

Miami University adds Felder as transfer from St. Francis (PA)


Will Felder has decided to transfer to Miami University, head men’s basketball coach Charlie Coles announced earlier this week.

Felder just completed his sophomore season at St. Francis University (Pa.) in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

Felder, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound forward from Cleveland, Ohio, who attended Lutheran East High School, was the only player to start all 30 games for the Red Flash in 2010-11 and averaged 11.1 ppg and a team-leading 6.7 rpg while leading the team in blocked shots with 38. He poured in a career-high 30 points against Wagner on February 24, while grabbing 13 rebounds. He notched five double-doubles as a sophomore, which included a stretch of three-straight double-doubles in early December at Long Island with 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, at Lehigh he recorded 10 points and 10 boards and at Ohio University, Felder scored 19 points with 10 rebounds.

Will Felder (photo courtesy of St. Francis (PA) athletics)

As a freshman, Felder played in 30 games, making 25 starts, and was named to the Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team. He averaged 9.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg while compiling 26 blocked shots in his first season at St. Francis. The Ohio native posted his first career double-double in 2009-10 with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Wagner.

At Lutheran East High School, Felder helped lead the Falcons to a 23-3 record as well as district and regional championships as a senior. He averaged 25 ppg and hauled down 13 rpg during his senior year and led the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s circulation area with 27 ppg and 12 rpg as a junior in 2007-08. Felder was a two-time Division 4 First Team honoree and a two-time Division 4 Player of the Year.


Info courtesy of Miami University athletics

Flyers QB Valentino named PFL player of the week for fifth time in career

University of Dayton quarterback Steve Valentino was named the 2010 season’s inaugural Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in leading the Flyers to a 28-14 season-opening win over Robert Morris last Saturday. The UD co-captain and Walter Payton Award candidate accounted personally for 317 of Dayton’s 388 yards in total offense.

QB Steve Valentino (UD photo)

Valentino rushed the ball 16 times for 106 yards and completed 19 of 37 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. This is the fifth career PFL Player of the Week Award for the 2006 Solon (Ohio) High School graduate. He earned four weekly awards last season en route to being named the PFL Offensive Player of the Year and leading Dayton to a share of the PFL title.

Valentino in just 11 games as a starting quarterback, he is seventh in career total offense (3,616 yards). He needs 72 yards to break into the Flyers Top 10 in career passing yardage.

Dayton will be on the road to Pittsburgh this week, taking on its second straight Northeast Conference opponent in Duquesne. Kickoff is 12 noon ET.

The Flyers next home game is Saturday, September 18 when they open up the Pioneer Football League schedule against Morehead State.

Info courtesy of Dayton Athletics

Dayton Flyers Football opens 2010 with 28-14 win over Robert Morris

The University of Dayton football team jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and then scored a critical four-quarter touchdown to defeat Robert Morris, 28-14 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

Flyer quarterback Steve Valentino ran for 106 yards and was 19-for-37 passing for 211 yards and two TD’s. However, it was what Valentino did after a mistake that was the critical play of the game.

QB Steve Valentino (UD photo)

WR Justin Watkins (UD photo)

With Robert Morris having scored two unanswered touchdowns to make it a 21-14 game, Colonial safety Michael Landers intercepted Valentino’s pass near midfield and like he was going to tie the game with the interception down the right sideline. But Valentino ran him down, stood him up and stripped the ball from him where Tyler Hujik recovered the fumble back for the Flyers at their own 19.

UD then drove 81 yards in 10 plays to score a touchdown that would put it back in the driver’s seat. Over the last seven-and-a-half minutes, the Dayton defense allowed just three first downs, and two of them were by penalty.

After Dayton fumbled the ball away at its own 30 on the first play of the game, the new-look defense was tested early, denying Robert Morris a first down and forcing a field goal attempt that was wide and got into the swirling winds at Welcome Stadium. The Flyers offense bounced back with a 74-yard drive to open the scoring. Valentino’s 48-yard run set up Andrew Zapinski’s two-yard run to make it 7-0 after the first quarter.

Welcome Stadium home of the Flyers (UD photo)

A pair of Valentino touchdown passes in the second quarter sent Dayton to the locker room with a 21-0 lead. With 8:26 left in the half, he found Justin Watkins for a 24-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-10, wrapping up a 94-yard, 13-play drive. The drive matched UD’s longest scoring drive in seven years (the Flyers also had a 94-yard drive at Drake in 2007). After holding the Colonials to a three-and-out, Dayton scored again as Valentino connected with Nick Collins for a 4-yard TD with 40 seconds before halftime.

Robert Morris scored on a 92-yard scoring drive when Jeff Sinclair hit a wide open Anthony Coleman for a 33-yard TD. Three plays later Rolf Bathold took an interception 37 yards to the six. On fourth-and-goal, Sinclair spun in from the one to make it 21-14 less than a minute into the fourth quarter, setting the stage for Valentino’s game-changing play, which led to Dayton’s game-clinching drive and a Brian Mack three-yard run to make the final score 21-14.

Mack rushed for 60 yards on 12 carries and Watkins caught a career-high nine passes for 95 yards.

The Dayton Flyers returned just three starters from the 2009 season’s top-ranked defense in the Pioneer Football League, but the new players carried the day for UD. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Matt Pfieger, who was areceiver in 2009, led the way with six tackles (five solo).

Dayton outgained Robert Morris, who is picked to finish second in the Northeast Conference, 388 to 213, and had 26 first downs while allowing 13.

Dayton will be on the road to Pittsburgh next week, playing its second straight NEC team when they take on Duquesne. Game time is 12 noon.


* Dayton leads the series with Robert Morris 11-2, and has won the last seven meetings.

* UD has not been shut out in a school-record 376 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on October 16, 1976. That is also the all-time FCS record.

* Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlin has been a part of 313 of UD’s 613 wins, 26 as a player, 268 as an assistant coach, and 19 as a head.

* The Dayton Flyers moved to Welcome Stadium in 1974. The word “Welcome” implies hospitality, but UD has been anything but hospitable to its opponents at home, where it is 194-40-2 (.825). The “Welcome” is not a greeting, but an honor to the late Percival Welcome, longtime Athletic Director for the Dayton Public Schools.

Info and photos courtesy of Dayton Athletics

NCAA TOURNAMENT: South Regional, First Round, Villanova survives upset minded Robert Morris

compiled from staff and wire reports.

Robert Morris, the 15th seed almost pulled off an upset of 2nd-seeded Villanova. It had only happened only four times in NCAA history and it didn’t happen on Thursday despite a valiant effort by the Colonials.

Instead, The Wildcats from the Big East Conference weathered the storm in overtime, 73-70 in the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence Rhode Island.

Scottie Reynolds Villanova (VU)

The Colonials from the Northeast Conference let an eight-point lead slip away in the last 4:19 of regulation after their top guards fouled out of the game.

The Wildcats, led by Scottie Reynolds took control in overtime to put the game away.

Villanova, 25-7 was led in scoring by Scottie Reynolds with 20 points.

Robert Morris, using an aggressive defense to stay in the game, ends the year with a record of 23-12.



The 11th-seeded Monarchs of Old Dominion had the NCAA Tournament’s first upset of the day.  Old Dominion gained its first tourney win since 1995. The game was played in New Orleans. The Monarchs move to 27-8 and Notre Dame ends up 23-12.

Old Dominion Monarchs (ODU)


Epke Udoh had 20 points and 13 rebounds to help Baylor (26-7) win an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in 60 years.  Sam Houston State left New Orleans with a season-ending record of 25-8.

Ekpe Udoh Baylor (BU)


In a game at Providence, Rhode Island, Omar Samhan had 29 points and 12 rebounds, despite going in and out of the game with foul trouble, lead St. Mary’s (27-5) to a win over Atlantic 10 Conference member, Richmond (26-9).

Omar Samhan St. Mary's College (STC)

It was the first NCAA win for the 10th-seeded Gaels in six attempts since 1959.

Mickey McConnell had five, 3-point baskets and 23 points for the Gaels.