A nonconference clash with Atlantic Coast Conference member Boston College and five home games will highlight the 2014 University of Maine football schedule that was announced Thursday.
UMaine left one of its 12 available game dates unfilled, which means the Black Bears will be idle Sept. 6 and Nov. 1. The NCAA is again allowing 12 games this year because of the way the calendar falls.
Coach Jack Cosgrove’s Black Bears, the defending Colonial Athletic Association champions, open the campaign with an Aug. 30 nonleague home game against Norfolk State of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
UMaine then has an open date to gear up for three consecutive road contests, Sept. 13 at Bryant, Sept. 20 at Boston College and its Sept. 27 CAA opener at Towson University, which lost to No. 1 North Dakota State in the Football Championship Subdivision national championship game.
The Black Bears return to Morse Field at Alfond Stadium in October to battle Villanova, then travel to Stony Brook on Oct. 11 before playing the Homecoming contest Oct. 18 against Albany.
UMaine then is at Rhode Island (Oct. 25) and, after another bye week, hosts Richmond before visiting conference newcomer Elon in North Carolina before closing out the regular season on Nov. 22 at home against New Hampshire.
Cole Scrimmage set Saturday
An injury-riddled UMaine football team will close out its spring season on Saturday with the 10th annual Jeff Cole Scrimmage.
Dan Collins will look make a final impression heading into the offseason as he tries to step in for graduated record-setting quarterback Marcus Wasilewski.
Collins, who will be a redshirt sophomore (third year) in the fall, is competing with redshirt freshmen Daniel Hoffer and Kellen Croce for the starting job pending the arrival in August of first-year players Drew Belcher and Ben Lucas of Augusta.
The scrimmage is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Morse Field at Alfond Stadium in Orono. Cosgrove will meet with fans for Dunkin’ Donuts “Coffee with Coach Cosgrove” at 9:30 a.m.
Numerous players will not participate in the scrimmage, which is dedicated to the memory of former UMaine assistant coach Cole, who died of cancer in 2004.
Injuries, both those lingering from last season and others sustained in the meantime, will keep at least 21 Black Bears on the sidelines. There are several starters and key backups on the injury list.
On offense, tailbacks Nigel Jones and Sacoy Malone, fullback Carlton Charles of Windham, wide receivers Art Williams, Isaiah Jones and Justin Flores, and offensive linemen Dan Carriker and Chase Hoyt are all out.
Missing on the defensive side are safety Khari Al-Mateen, cornerback Axel Ofori, ends Mike Kozlakowski, Jonathan Louis and Kurt Massey of Orrington, along with tackles Patrick Ricard and Darius Greene.