July 12, 2011
Center Valley, Pa. - Founded in 1986 as a football-only conference, the Patriot League will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of its original sport throughout the 2011 campaign with an all-time team as well as variety of retrospective initiatives highlighting the achievements and personalities of former and current student-athletes and coaches.
The highlight will come on July 25 when the Patriot League announces its 25th Anniversary Team, which was voted on by the seven football schools during the past month. The squad will consist of 26 players with the following breakdown of representation at each position: (1) QB, (2) RB, (2) WR, (1) TE, (5) OL, (1) PK and (1) all-purpose on offense, and (4) DL, (4) LB, (4) DB and (1) P on defense.
Before and during the 2011 season, the Patriot League will continue the coverage of the 25th Anniversary with profiles of each program during its Patriot League tenure, features and audio interivews with significant student-athletes and coaches and a this day in Patriot League history timeline.
In addition to coverage on the Patriot League website, fans will be encouraged to participate in 25th Anniversary discussions on the League's Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as through school and national message boards. Video and audio features will also be available as free content on Patriot League All-Access and the League's Youtube channel
The Patriot League, which was founded on the principles of admitting athletes who are academically representative of their class, is in its third decade of academic and athletic achievement. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education.
The Patriot League began as a successful Division I-AA (now called Football Championship Subdivision) football conference in 1986, with charter members Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College and Lehigh University. Fordham University has maintained its football-member status since 1990, as the Rams were full members from 1990-94 before becoming associate members for football in 1995. Georgetown has competed in Patriot League football as an associate member since 2001. Davidson (1987-88) and Towson (1997-03) have also competed in Patriot League Football.
The Patriot League became an all-sport conference in 1990-91, and now sponsors 23 championship sports. American University, United States Military Academy and United States Naval Academy are full members that do not play football in the Patriot League.