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NORFOLK -- The Old Dominion University Monarchs hit the field this week for pre-season practice.

ODU takes on 2013 C-USA preseason favorite, East Carolina, in the season opener on Saturday, Aug. 31. The Monarchs begin their first season as an Football Bowl Subdivision transition before playing a full Conference USA schedule in 2014.

Last season, the Monarchs won 11 games and lost two.

Football returned to ODU in 2009. In 2011, the team was part of the Colonial Athletic Conference.

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