Although Georgetown's basketball teams are well known, many are unaware of its football program.
Georgetown not only plays football at the Division I level, but has a gridiron
tradition as far back as 1874, with its first varsity season in 1887.
The Georgetown University Athletic Department was rated among the top twenty athletic departments in the nation, according to a survey commissioned by US News. Over 300 NCAA Division I schools were evaluated on factors such as NCAA compliance, gender equity, win/loss records, the number of sports offered, and graduation rates relative to the campus at large.
Ten of the 20 schools were from Division I-AA. The Patriot League had two of the twenty top programs, joined by three from the Atlantic 10 and five from the Ivy League.
Here's the best of the best, in alphabetical order:
Pennsylvania State University
University of Connecticut, Storrs
University of Hawaii-Manoa
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Maryland-College Park
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of New Hampshire
University of Utah
A large crowd of over 100 former players and guests attended the 7th Annual Gridiron Club reception in New York during the Big East Tournament. Coach Benson and Georgetown athletic administrators were on hand to talk about the program and showed the 2001 highlight tape.
Dates for spring practice have not been announced, but the annual spring game and career forum has been set for Saturday, April 27. If past years are any indication, this would put spring practice from April 15-27.
Over the last month, over 25 high school seniors have committed to Georgetown in the media for the class of 2006. The official list won't be finalized by GU until April, but we have compiled a unofficial list with a breakdown of recruits by position.
With the numbers of new visitors to the site, a common question has emerged: "What's Georgetown Football all about?" Here's a page with some frequently asked questions about the Hoya program.
With the schedule confirmed and recruiting winding up, what are some of the other questions from Georgetown fans this off-season?
1. What's the latest on the new home field?
According to the December issue of Hoya Saxa, the newsletter of Hoyas Unlimited, "The goal
is to complete the fundraising of $22.5M by June 2003 and to have the first football game played on the field in the fall of 2004. To date, $8 million has been raised for the project... [A] donor will be matching any six-figure gifts by parents to the Multi-Sport Facility up to a total of $5 million. Those parents accepting the challenge will
receive a naming opportunity within the facility at a level of their gift plus the matching amount. The
challenge is open to all past and current parents."
"Itís an investment, but I think it will get a tremendous return if people are patient", said Coach Benson in The HOYA. "Itís unbelievable the support up in New York, people on Wall Street talking to their buddies from Cornell or Holy Cross or Lehigh and now Georgetown is playing them. And that type of pride that we can bring to this campus is something that I think cannot be underestimated.Ē
2. Are any Ivy League teams coming to the schedule?
Cornell will be on the schedule in 2003. Two other Ivy League schools (Penn, Yale) have been mentioned for future years.
3. What are the chief goals in the off-season?
Strength and conditioning. The 2002 Hoyas need to get in the weight room and put in some hard work. The major upgrades to the McDonough weight room and a football strength coach added this past fall will provide that opportunity.
Georgetown led all Patriot League football schools with 23 selections to the league's academic honor roll for football. Here's a link to a PDF file from the Patriot League site with details.
For this off-season, I am seeking to compile an all-time player roster from 1887 right through today that can be archived on the web site.
If you happen to have an old program or press guide from the following years and would be willing to mail, fax, or scan a copy of the Georgetown varsity roster for that season, send me an e-mail.
All rosters from 1887 through 1950 and 1985 through 2001 have been cataloged. Here are the years still sought: 1964-69 and 1971-84. Thanks in advance for your help.
The 2002 fiscal year is now entering a crucial phase for the Gridiron Club, the official support club for Georgetown Football. Georgetown's move to the Patriot League could not have been possible without the financial and moral support of its supporters, and the drive to become competitive in the league also asks for our support this year as well. Every gift, large or small, sends a tangible vote of support for the sport at Georgetown into the future. All gifts receive full credit for the Annual Fund.
For general information, link here to the GUHoyas.com web site or make an online gift.
This is an unofficial site for Georgetown Football. If you are interested in playing football at Georgetown, please do not contact us. Write to the Department of Athletics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057. General information for prospective student athletes and their parents can be found at this NCAA link.
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