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2010-11 Football News
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June 30, 2011
The Valparaiso University football Alumni and Friends Golf Outing scheduled for July 25 at the Course at Aberdeen has been cancelled due to limited interest this year.
June 15, 2011
Pioneer Football League Commissioner Patty Viverito announced that Mercer University and Stetson University have accepted the league's invitations for membership. Both institutions will begin play with the 2013 season, bringing the league's membership to 12 teams at that time.
May 23, 2011
Valparaiso University head football coach Dale Carlson has announced the 51 members of his 2011 recruiting class which will begin playing for the Crusaders this fall.
May 05, 2011
Three Valparaiso University football players that just graduated this past season were among the 671 total players selected nationwide as members of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.
May 04, 2011
Valparaiso University head football coach Dale Carlson has announced that Grant Bushong (Ionia, Mich./Ionia H.S.), Laurence Treadaway (Detroit, Mich./Orchard Lake Saint Mary's H.S.), and Ferdinand Velez (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick H.S.) have been named the Crusaders' team captains for the 2011 season.
April 16, 2011
The Crusaders didn't let the rain prevent them from playing in their annual spring game Saturday morning at Valparaiso University's Brown Field where the Brown defeated the Gold 63-53.
April 13, 2011
Valparaiso will play its annual spring Brown and Gold football game Saturday morning at Brown Field beginning at 11 a.m. This year's format will feature the offense against the defense and admission is free.
March 29, 2011
Valparaiso University's football team took a break from spring practice last Saturday and helped furnish housing for the less fortunate in Valparaiso.
March 11, 2011
Valparaiso will open spring football practice next Friday, March 18, at Brown Field, for the first of 15 workouts during the months of March and April.
March 10, 2011
The Valparaiso University football program will be holding a one day, Junior and Senior Camp on Sunday, June 19 at Brown Field from noon until 4 p.m. and is hosted by the Crusader coaching staff.
March 09, 2011
Valparaiso University had 19 members of its football program named to the Pioneer Football League's Academic Honor Roll for their work in the classroom during the Fall, 2010 semester.
February 14, 2011
Valparaiso University head football coach Dale Carlson has announced that Chris Bowers has been named the Crusaders' new special teams coordinator and secondary coach. Robert Lee, who had been the special teams coordinator last season, has been promoted to defensive coordinator.
February 10, 2011
An outstanding player for the Crusaders on the football field, Rob Giancola set numerous receiving records during his time at Valparaiso, and, on Saturday, February 19 he will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.
February 09, 2011
Four Valparaiso University football players have been named to the Academic All-Pioneer Football League Team, including two on the First Team and two more on the Second Team the conference has announced.
January 18, 2011
Valparaiso University head football coach Dale Carlson has announced the Crusaders' 2011 football schedule, which is highlighted by five home games at Brown Field, including the season opener on Sept. 3.
December 14, 2010
Nearly 200 people filled the Valparaiso University Harre Union Ballroom on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders handed out the team's season awards at the annual football banquet.
November 23, 2010
Valparaiso University's Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) was a unanimous First Team All-Pioneer Football League selection while seven other Crusaders earned Honorable Mention All-PFL honors as the conference announced its postseason awards.
November 23, 2010
Valparaiso University's Eli Crawford (Bogart, Ga./North Oconee H.S.) will participate in the 2010 FCS Senior Scout Bowl held on December 11, 2010 at the Joseph T. St Lawrence Sports Complex in Hillburn, N.Y.
November 15, 2010
Valparaiso University's Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) was named the Pioneer Football League's Special Teams Player of the Week following his efforts last Saturday at Morehead State.
November 13, 2010
Valparaiso saw its 2010 season come to a close on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders suffered a 37-15 loss to Morehead State at Jayne Stadium in Morehead, Ky.
November 10, 2010
Valparaiso closes out the 2010 season on Saturday afternoon, taking to the road for the second straight week. The Crusaders head to Morehead, Ky. this week to battle Morehead State in Pioneer Football League action.
November 06, 2010
Kevin Becker (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson H.S.) hauled in 11 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown on Saturday afternoon for Valparaiso, but the Crusaders could not overcome 35 second quarter points by Campbell as the Camels earned a 56-14 victory over the Brown and Gold at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C.
November 04, 2010
Valparaiso University defensive back Alex Soller (Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City H.S.) has been named to the ESPN Academic All-District V football team.
November 03, 2010
Valparaiso enters the month of November by taking to the road on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Buies Creek, N.C. to take on the Camels of Campbell. The Brown and Gold finish the 2010 season with a pair of road games.
October 30, 2010
Butler spoiled Senior Day for Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field, defeating the Crusaders 48-0 to retain the “Hoosier Helmet” in the annual rivalry game.
October 27, 2010
Valparaiso returns to Brown Field for the final time in 2010 on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders “Battle for the Hoosier Helmet” against longtime instate rival Butler. Saturday is also Senior Day, with the Crusader football program honoring 12 players prior to kickoff.
October 23, 2010
Valparaiso was within three points of host San Diego at halftime on Saturday afternoon, but two big plays by the Toreros in the second half turned the momentum of the game as the Crusaders fell 30-10 at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
October 19, 2010
Valparaiso takes the 2,100 mile trip across the country on Saturday afternoon to battle the Toreros of San Diego. The Crusaders finish the season with three of their last four games away from Brown Field.
October 17, 2010
For the second time this season, Valparaiso University punter Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) was honored by the College Football Performance Awards as an Honorable Mention Punter of the Week in NCAA I-FCS following the Jacksonville game.
October 16, 2010
Eric Slenk (Holland, Mich./Christian H.S.) hauled in Valparaiso's lone touchdown on Saturday afternoon as Jacksonville posted an 86-7 victory over of the Crusaders at Brown Field.
October 13, 2010
Valparaiso closes out its homestand on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field with another Pioneer Football League battle as the Crusaders host Jacksonville. Valpo is looking to bounce back from last week's loss to Marist while the Dolphins are looking to remain atop the PFL standings.
October 09, 2010
Valparaiso racked up a season-high 358 yards of total offense, but could not convert them into points on Saturday afternoon, falling to Marist 51-7 at Brown Field.
October 06, 2010
Valparaiso returns to Brown Field on Saturday afternoon for the third time in four weeks as the Crusaders host Marist College. The game is part of Parents Weekend on the university campus, and also begins another two-game homestand for the Brown and Gold.
October 04, 2010
Valparaiso University punter Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) was honored by the College Football Performance Awards as an Honorable Mention Punter of the Week in NCAA I-FCS after his efforts at Dayton.
October 02, 2010
Valparaiso hung with preseason Pioneer Football League favorite Dayton for 30 minutes, but the Flyers pulled away in the second half to defeat the Crusaders 48-14 on Saturday afternoon at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.
September 30, 2010
After back-to-back weeks at home, Valparaiso returns to the road on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders visit the Buckeye State to battle Dayton. Valpo is looking for its first victory of the season after suffering a narrow two-point setback last week against Drake.
September 25, 2010
Trailing by 15 points entering the fourth quarter, Valparaiso rallied to pull within two and had the football late in the game, but could not find a last minute score as the Crusaders fell 21-19 to Drake on Homecoming Saturday afternoon at Brown Field.
September 23, 2010
It's Homecoming at Valparaiso this Saturday as the Crusaders take to the gridiron against Drake at Brown Field. Saturday also marks the start of the 18th Pioneer Football League campaign for the Brown and Gold as the Crusaders face the Bulldogs for the second straight year in the conference opener.
September 22, 2010
Valparaiso University head football coach Dale Carlson will be among thousands of college coaches nationwide taking part in the third annual Coach to Cure MD program on Saturday as the Crusaders take on Drake.
September 18, 2010
Saint Joseph's (Ind.) spoiled Valparaiso's home opener on Saturday night in front of more than 4,600 fans at Brown Field on Communiversity Night as the Pumas defeated the Crusaders 50-7.
September 16, 2010
Valparaiso opens the 90th home season of Crusader football on Saturday evening as the Brown and Gold host region rival Saint Joseph's (Ind.) at Brown Field. Saturday is Communiversity Day, and also marks the first night football game ever played on the Valparaiso University campus.
September 13, 2010
Valparaiso University's football team will be holding a silent auction for a pair of autograph items during Saturday's football game against Saint Joseph's (Ind.) as part of Communiversity Day on campus. Kickoff for the game is set for 7 p.m. at Brown Field.
September 11, 2010
Valparaiso wrapped up its season-opening two-game road trip on Saturday afternoon, suffering a 42-7 loss to Franklin at Faught Stadium in Franklin, Ind.
September 09, 2010
Valparaiso heads south on Saturday afternoon, but remains in the Hoosier State as the Crusaders take on Franklin. Both schools are looking to bounce back from opening weekend setbacks with their first victory of the season. After this week, the Crusaders will play five of their next seven games at home at Brown Field.
September 02, 2010
Valparaiso opened the 2010 season on Thursday evening, falling 45-0 to Western Illinois in a game played in a driving rain storm in Macomb, Ill.
August 31, 2010
A new era in Valparaiso University football opens on Thursday evening as the Crusaders battle Western Illinois, a NCAA I-FCS scholarship program. First year head coach Dale Carlson takes the reigns for the first time at Valpo, and leads the Brown and Gold into its 90th season of intercollegiate football.
August 26, 2010
A new era in Valparaiso University football kicks off in 2010 as Dale Carlson takes over the helm of the program. Carlson inherits 39 returning letterwinners from last year's squad, along with six starters on each side of the football. In addition, 37 freshmen have joined the program for the upcoming season, giving Valpo a roster of just over 100 as the Brown and Gold prepare for opening night.
August 13, 2010
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced ticket prices for the upcoming football season, including advanced ticket specials for the home opener against Saint Joseph's (Ind.) as part of Communiversity Day on September 18.
August 09, 2010
Valparaiso University has been projected to finish in 10th place in the Pioneer Football League for the 2010 season according to the preseason balloting done by the league's head coaches which was released Monday (Aug. 9).
July 13, 2010
Valparaiso University's Nate Blair (Crete, Ill./Andrean [Ind.] H.S.) and Nikko Carson (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township H.S.) have both been named to Phil Steele's Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Second Team.
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana