ODU is bringing back football . . .
Football coming back to ODU
NORFOLK -- Old Dominion is resurrecting its football program after nearly 70 years with contributions of nearly $6 million from alumni, students and community leaders.
"Old Dominion University football will be returning to Foreman Field in 2009," Board of Visitors Rector James Hixon said.
The Monarchs will compete in Division I-AA as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. The school said it also will add three women's sports -- crew, softball and volleyball -- to meet Title IX requirements.
One year ago, the university's board unanimously approved an enhanced athletic program that includes football, provided $8 million could be raised in a year. School officials said the drive brought in between $5 million and $6 million, and indicated the remaining money would come from alumni donations. The school also plans to increase student fees.
ODU's last football season was 1940.
-- Staff, wire reports