Hoyas picked last in the Patriot League, visit Fordham in November
This is the first of seven articles that preview the 2014 Patriot League. They are in the inverse order of the preseason poll voting by Patriot League football head coaches and sports information directors, who did not include their own school in the selections. Fordham was included in the preseason poll for the first time since introducing scholarships in 2010.
2013 Record: 2-9 Overall, 1-4 Patriot League
2013 Meeting: Fordham 34, Georgetown 12 (Washington, D.C.)
Head Coach: Rob Sgarlata (1st season, 0-0)
Georgetown stands alone in the Patriot League scholarship debate.
When Fordham jumped to the forefront and began offering scholarships, Georgetown was the staunchest opponent. Now that the rest of the league has followed, Georgetown is at a distinct disadvantage. With a new head coach and facing the strongest conference opposition ever, the gap may continue to widen between the Hoyas and the rest of the Patriot League.
Rob Sgarlata takes over as head coach, having served 18 seasons on the Georgetown staff and dropping the interim tag in February after a nationwide head coaching search. The move came after Kevin Kelly resigned to take an assistant coaching position at Ball State University. Sgarlata is the fourth head coach in Georgetown history to also play and graduate from the Jesuit institution. A defensive coach, he was an impressive interview at Patriot League Media Day (full interview below).
Senior linebacker Nick Alfieri was the only player named to the all-Patriot League squad, but experienced players like offensive lineman Mike Roland are also deserving of preseason accolades. Their quarterback situation is more settled as well after injuries last season. Georgetown has been successful as recently as 2011, but there are obvious reasons why all six head coaches and sports information directors picked the Hoyas last in the preseason poll. Roland was clear that the team won't be buying into the prognosticators' gloomy outlook in 2014.
The Hoyas visit Fordham on November 15th, which follows the Hoyas’ second bye week of the year. Could the Rams clinch their first conference title since 2007 at Jack Coffey Field in the final week of their conference slate? Time will tell, but wrapping up a playoff spot and the conference championship is the best case scenario before Fordham visits Army to close the regular season the following week.
Hear interviews with Mike Roland and coach Rob Sgarlata from Patriot League Media Day on July 30 below.
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