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Reports say Butler looking into joining Atlantic 10


(courtesy of Butler athletics via wikipedia commons)

There are reports out of Indianapolis and on the internet that Butler University, the benchmark school of the Horizon League, has expressed interest in joining the Atlantic 10 Conference in all sports except football as a replacement for Temple University.

Butler’s football program is non-scholarship and plays in the Pioneer Football League.

The A-10 will be losing Temple as a member to the Big East in the fall of 2013.



Info compiled from Radio, TV & Internet reports

Longtime Dayton offensive coordinator Whilding retiring Dec. 15


Coach Whilding surveying the defense

Dave Whilding

University of Dayton assistant football coach Dave Whilding has announced that he will retire from the University.  Whilding, 62, is completing his 35th year at UD.
“I’ve enjoyed all 35 years.  That’s all I can say,” Whilding said.  “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.  It’s been a pleasure for me to work with a lot of good people, and it’s been fun coaching these kids.  We have great kids, and they are competitive.
“We have great people at the University of Dayton, and not just in athletics. It’s not like this everywhere, I’m convinced of that.  I’m thankful for the opportunity that Rick Carter, and then Mike Kelly gave me.  And it’s been fun working with Rick (Chamberlin) all these years.”
Whilding has spent the last 31 years coaching UD’s quarterbacks and the last 29 serving as offensive coordinator.  He inherited a school-record games-without-being shutout streak that began in 1976, and extended it to its current 396 games, the longest active streak in college football and the longest-ever in FCS football.
“It has been a pleasure and honor to have worked with Coach Whilding, in my case for these past 33 years,” Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlin said.  “He is one of the best offensive coordinators in college football, and he is a big reason for the success our football program enjoys.  Our players, fellow coaches and everyone in the UD athletics division will miss him.”
Whilding was an integral part of four national championship football teams at Dayton (1980 and 1989 NCAA Division III and 2002 and 2007 I-AA Mid-Major), and 11 Pioneer Football League champions.
Of the 17 new starting quarterbacks in Whilding’s 31 years of coaching the position, 11 took over with less than 20 career passes to their credit.  Yet the Flyer offense kept clicking.
At present, three of his quarterbacks have been inducted into the University of Dayton Athletic Hall of Fame.  During a five-year period in the 1990’s, three Flyer QB’s led their respective NCAA Divisions in passing efficiency.  In career total offense, nine of the top ten players in UD history are Whilding quarterbacks.
Whilding and his wife Evie live in Jamestown, Ohio. Their daughter Amy graduated from UD in 1995.  A native of Xenia, Ohio. Whilding earned his backelor’s degree from Earlham College in 1971.  He played quarterback there for Rick Carter, the coach who brought him to UD.  Whilding’s last day at the University will be Dec. 15.
Press Release & Photos courtesy of Dayton Flyers

Dayton’s Langhorst selected as FCS All-American

University of Dayton redshirt senior co-captain Devon Langhorst, has been named to the FCS All American Third Team by Langhorst is one of four players from the Pioneer Football League to be honored.

Devon Langhorst (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

An intervention specialist major from Sidney, Ohio, Langhorst was named to the First Team All Academic PFL and First Team All-PFL just last week. The talented defensive end was among the PFL’s leaders in sacks (2nd, 1.23 per game), tackles for loss (3rd, 1.64) and tackles (5th, 7.09).  He was also 7th in the Football Championship Subdivision in sacks.  Langhorst had 31 solo hits (2nd on the team), eight QB hurries (double anyone else on the team), a fumble recovered and a fumble forced.
Joining Langhorst on the third team from the PFL is Jordan Ridley, a Butler linebacker, Billy Janssen, a Drake punter, and two defensive linemen from San Diego, Blake Oliaro and Mario Kurn. provides information on all aspects of college sports.
Press release & photo courtesy of Dayton athletics

UD’s Wirkus named first team Capital One Academic All-America


University of Dayton redshirt senior safety Steve Wirkus has been named a University Division Capital One First Team Academic All-American.

Steve Wirkus



Wirkus, an Accounting major, led the Pioneer Football League in interceptions per game (0.5).  Despite missing three games with injuries, he led UD in solo tackles (37), and was second on the team in passes broken up (7).  He was also second on the team in tackles per game (6.8).  Injuries caused him to miss all or a part of three of UD’s four losses in the Pioneer Football League.

The Dayton football program has produced 22 Academic All-Americans since the 2000 season. That’s the most by any school at any level of college football, and includes the 2007 Division I ESPN The Magazine All-American of the Year, Brandon Cramer.
In the history of the Academic All-America program, UD football has had 52 Academic All-Americans. Among schools currently playing Division I football, only Nebraska (101), Penn State (59) and Notre Dame (55) have had more. UD has had at least one football player named an Academic All-American in 25 of the last 27 years.  In all sports, Dayton has had at least one Academic All-American for 28 straight years.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.  For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit
Press Release & Photo courtesy of Dayton media relations

Dayton shuts down Davidson, 28-0 in PFL action


Rick Chamberlin (file photo)

Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlin, also the defensive coordinator, had to like what he saw in the Flyers 28-0 win over the Davidson Wildcats at Welcome Stadium.

The UD defense recorded nine sacks, 7 QB hurries and produced 3 turnovers and dominated the entire game.

Davidson was held to minus 17 yards rushing, thanks to those season-high nine sacks.

The Flyers outgained the Wildcats 308-214 in total offense with 219 being produced on the ground.

Leading the defense was DE Devon Langhorst. The senior co-captain was in on four sacks (2 solo and 2 assisted), had four tackles behind the line, three QB hurries and a forced fumble. Seven different Flyers were in on a sack. Chase Walton was the game’s top tackler with 10 hits (6 solo), a sack and two tackles for a loss.

The win improved Dayton to 4-3, 2-2 in the Pioneer Football League. Davidson drops to 2-4, 0-3.


Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

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