BALTIMORE – Represented by head coach Bob Ford and quarterback Will Fiacchi, the University at Albany football program made its inaugural appearance at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Football Media Day Wednesday at M&T Bank Stadium.
Ford and Fiacchi met and mingled with the conference’s 10 other head coaches and select student-athletes, as well as spoke with a large turnout of media members.
The CAA also announced the preseason all-conference teams and the predicted order of finish. The Great Danes were picked 10th in the preseason poll, while Villanova was chosen as the league’s preseason favorite in a vote of the conference’s 11 head coaches and communications personnel.
UAlbany wrapped up a 14-year tenure in the Northeast Conference with six championships, including a share of the title in 2012. The Great Danes also boasted the best record the program has ever seen at the Division I FCS level, going 9-2 overall last year and ranked as high as No. 18 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 20 in the Sports Network Top-25.
The Great Danes open their 2013 CAA slate on Sept. 14th at 7:00 p.m. against Rhode Island. UAlbany will face the Rams in front of NBC Sports Regional Network cameras, while also clashing on Bob Ford Field, a brand new 8,500 seat stadium for the first time. To purchase season tickets click here. Individual game tickets go on sale August 1st.
2013 CAA Football Predicted Order of Finish
1. Villanova (11)
2. Towson (3)
3. New Hampshire (3)
4. Richmond (1)
5. James Madison (4)
7. Stony Brook
9. William & Mary
11. Rhode Island