Rubbing Shoulder Pads

September 13, 2005

Twenty football seasons ago, the Hoyas gridders were playing in NCAA Division III, lining up each week against such schools as St. Francis, Dickinson and Catholic. The year was 1986 and Georgetown was in the middle of a $100 million capital campaign with an entirely unambitious goal of $1 million for athletics.

One alumnus was the first to step forward and, together with then AD Frank Rienzo, they began to knock on doors in Manhattan. Their simple message: help support Georgetown athletics. However, that one alum, a persuasive NYC attorney named George P. O'Sullivan C'63, offered a more jesuitical subtext to anyone who would listen: whom you rub shoulder pads with on Saturdays does matter!

Associating on the football field with academic peer schools like this weekend's opponent was just a dream back then. But why shouldn't the Hoyas play an urban Ivy like Brown, with whom Georgetown overlaps significantly in admission apps? After all, that's a pretty fair definition of what constitutes a peer school. Institutions, like people, are frequently judged by the company they keep.

Enough people did listen and many opened their wallets to help the University boost the football program first to Division I-AA in 1993, and then to the Patriot League in 2001. Next Saturday at 1:00 pm, the gridiron program takes another major step forward with the first Ivy League opponent ever to arrive on campus to play the Hoyas.

Making the game even more special is the occasion of this being the first game played in the newly renovated yard. A special blessing ceremony will inaugurate the field just prior to kick-off. Further, large numbers of Glacken-era (1968-1992) players will be returning for the weekend to reunite and honor their coaches.


Come and Celebrate with the Hoyas

All that's left to do for all self-respecting Hoya fans world-wide is to figure out how they are going to see this historic match-up against Brown University. You have two options: 1) get to campus early and join in on the tailgate fun before the field action gets started; or 2) tune into the game, no matter where you live, via video or audio webcast.

Here's all the clickable skinny:

Live Webcast

Directions & Parking

Game Tickets

Pregame, Field blessing, Postgame

Glacken Reunion


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August 9
4:00 PM
Quinnipiac
Shaw Field
August 11
7:00 PM
Maryland
College Park, Md.
August 12
7:00 PM
Navy
Annapolis, Md.
August 15
7:00 PM
VCU
Richmond, Va.
August 18
4:00 PM
West Virginia
Shaw Field
August 19
1:00 PM
Virginia
Shaw Field
August 19
12:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
August 20
1:00 PM
George Washington
Shaw Field
August 24
7:00 PM
Delaware
Newark, Del.
August 25
5:00 PM
American
Washington, D.C.
August 25
2:00 PM
Davidson
Cooper Field
August 27
1:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Shaw Field
August 27
1:00 PM
Appalachian State
Cooper Field
August 28
1:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Shaw Field
September 1
4:00 PM
Cal Poly
Shaw Field
September 1
8:00 PM
Stanford
Palo Alto, Calif.
September 1
2:00 PM
Rider
Cooper Field
September 3
4:00 PM
San Jose State
San Jose, Calif.
September 3
1:00 PM
Lock Haven
Cooper Field
September 4
12:00 PM
UCLA
Shaw Field
September 8
4:00 PM
Saint Francis PA
Shaw Field
September 8
7:00 PM
UMass-Lowell
Lowell, Mass.
September 9
TBA
Campbell
Buies Creek, N.C.
September 9
7:00 PM
UConn
Storrs, Conn.
September 10
1:00 PM
Rutgers
Shaw Field
September 10
12:00 PM
Holy Cross
Worcester, Mass.
September 13
2:00 PM
District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.
September 15
2:00 PM
Quinnipiac
Cooper Field
September 15
TBA
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
September 15
TBA
Bedford Cup
College Park, Md.
September 16
TBA
Marist
Cooper Field
September 16
7:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
September 16
TBA
Bedford Cup
College Park, Md.
September 16
TBA
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
September 17
1:00 PM
Towson
Baltimore, Md.
September 17
12:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
September 17
TBA
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
September 17
TBA
Bedford Cup
College Park, Md.
September 18
All Day
The Memphis Intercollegiate Memphis
Colonial Country Club - Memphis, Tenn.
September 19
All Day
The Memphis Intercollegiate Memphis
Colonial Country Club - Memphis, Tenn.
September 20
4:00 PM
Stony Brook
Shaw Field
September 20
2:00 PM
District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.
September 22
6:00 PM
Old Dominion
Norfolk, Va.
September 22
TBA
Joe Hunt Memorial
Annapolis, Md.
September 23
TBA
Columbia
New York, N.Y.
September 23
2:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.
September 23
TBA
Joe Hunt Memorial
Annapolis, Md.
September 24
1:00 PM
St. Johns
Shaw Field
September 24
1:00 PM
Longwood
Farmville, Va.
September 24
TBA
Joe Hunt Memorial
Annapolis, Md.