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Tribe football announces 2010 schedule

William and Mary Director of Athletics Terry Driscoll announced the release of the Tribe's 2010 football schedule, which is highlighted by five home games at Zable Stadium and a trip to Atlantic Coast Conference foe North Carolina (Oct. 30).

After posting one of the best seasons in the program's history in 2009, W&M will look to build upon that success during the upcoming campaign. The College will return 13 letterwinners (seven offense/six defense) from last season's team that equaled a school record with 11 wins, advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the second time in the last six years and ranked as high as third in the final national polls.

W&M will open its season against a Colonial Athletic Association opponent for the second time in the last four years when it plays at Massachusetts on Sept. 4. The contest will mark the first meeting between the Tribe and Minutemen since 2006.

The College will then play a pair of non-conference opponents during the following two weeks, as it hosts Virginia Military Institute on Sept. 11 and travels to Norfolk for a meeting with Old Dominion on Sept. 18. The matchup against the Keydets will not only serve as the Tribe's home opener, but also renew a long-standing rivalry that took a one-year hiatus last season after meeting 65 consecutive years. W&M's game at ODU will mark the first meeting between the two programs.

Following the two non-conference tilts, the Tribe will resume league play with a road contest at Maine on Sept. 25. W&M will then square off against a pair of league opponents at Zable Stadium, as the defending national champions Villanova Wildcats make a visit to Williamsburg on Oct. 2 for the College's Family Weekend before Rhode Island comes to town on Oct. 9.

After a bye week, the Green and Gold will play its third consecutive home game when longtime rival Delaware visits for Homecoming on Oct. 23.

The Tribe takes a break from conference action the following Saturday, as it looks to knock off an ACC opponent for the second consecutive year when it plays at North Carolina on Oct. 30. W&M nearly defeated the Tar Heels in the teams' last matchup in 2004, as W&M led by 10 points in the second half before UNC rallied back with three fourth-quarter touchdowns.

The College will remain on the road for two more weeks when it returns to league action, as it will play at New Hampshire on Nov. 6 and at James Madison on Nov. 13.

The Tribe closes out the regular season with a home game versus Richmond on Nov. 20. The contest will mark the 120th meeting between the two programs.  

Keep checking back to TribeAthletics.com for more information on game times and season ticket information, as it becomes available.