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William & Mary receives $23.9 million from Zable estate

The estate of the late Walter J. Zable ’37, LL.D. ’78 has provided a $23.9 million gift to William & Mary, $20 million of which will be split between scholarships for student athletes and renovations to the stadium that carries his name. The gift ranks among the largest single gifts in W&M’s 320-year history.
Zable, who died in June 2012 at the age of 97, instructed in his will that William & Mary receive $10 million toward scholarships for student athletes. Another $10 million will go toward future renovations of Zable Stadium, which was built in 1935 and is in dire need of repair. The remaining $3.9 million was undesignated and W&M is currently exploring the best use for the funds.
“Walt was a devoted son of William & Mary who maintained close ties to the College throughout his long and marvelously successful life,” said President Taylor Reveley. “He was exceptional both as an athlete and a student, and he loved that William & Mary athletes succeed in their classrooms as well as in their sports. Walt did care deeply about Tribe athletics, particularly his beloved football team and their stadium.”
Walt Zable himself was a gifted athlete. A Boston native, he turned down a scholarship offer from Harvard University to attend William & Mary, where he became an honorable mention All-American in football while also lettering in baseball, basketball and track. He received a bachelor’s degree in physics from the College and met his late wife of 65 years, Betty Virginia Carter Zable ’40.

Those academic and emotional ties to the school remained strong all of his life, even after he moved to California in the early 1940s. In 1949, he started his own business in his garage focused on microwave technology. The business later moved to an office in Point Loma, Calif., where the Cubic Corporation made its first profitable product, a gadget that measured the power of microwaves. Today, the company is a global leader in the development of technology systems for military training and transportation services. Cubic has a presence in nearly 60 nations and employs about 8,000 workers worldwide. Zable served as Cubic’s chief executive, chairman and president until his passing.
Zable remained very connected with his alma mater. In 1971, he was awarded the Alumni Medallion, the highest honor given by the Alumni Association. In 1978, William & Mary awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree. He served on the College’s Board of Visitors from 1992 until 2000.

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Tribe Football To Host Annual Green and Gold Game

The William and Mary football team will conclude its spring practice schedule Saturday afternoon with its annual Green and Gold Scrimmage.  The game will start at approximately 1:30 p.m., in Zable Stadium, with admission free to the public.

Plan to come out early to enjoy an all-you-can-eat-and-drink tailgate (cost $10) hosted by the W&M Quarterback Club

Go Tribe !

W&M opens the 2012 season at Atlantic Coast Conference foe Maryland on Sept. 1.


W&M Football Announces 2012 Schedule

William and Mary Director of Athletics Terry Driscoll has announced the release of the Tribe’s 2012 football schedule, which is highlighted by five home games at Zable Stadium and a season-opening trip to Atlantic Coast Conference foe Maryland.

imageW&M will open the season at Maryland on Sept. 1, marking the second time in the last seven years the College has begun its campaign in College Park. The teams last met in the 2006 season opener when Maryland earned a 27-14 victory, which was the Terps first win against W&M in three meetings.

After setting a single-season home attendance record last fall (11,014), the Tribe will look to continue building upon that success when it hosts Lafayette on Sept. 8. W&M will enter its initial meeting against the Leopards looking for its fifth consecutive home-opening victory.

The College will begin conference play the following weekend with a trip to Towson, the defending league champions. W&M will then host a pair of CAA opponents, as it welcomes Delaware and Georgia State to Williamsburg on Sept. 22 and Sept. 29, respectively. The Tribe has defeated the Blue Hens in each of the last two meetings played at Zable Stadium, while the contest versus GSU, which will be part of Family Weekend, will mark the teams’ first-ever meeting.

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William and Mary Defeats Delaware 30-20

tribefootball After each of the College of William and Mary’s first three victories, Tribe players and coaches emphasized that the “real season” didn’t begin until the College faced its first CAA opponent. On Saturday, the Tribe finally opened its “real season” to a dominating result.

The fifth-ranked William and Mary football team improved to 4-0 with a 30-20 victory against Delaware in its conference opener before a sold-out crowd of 12,259 at Zable Stadium on Saturday night. The Tribe’s 4-0 start is the program’s best record to begin a season since it posted the same mark in 1994.

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Tribe Football climbs to #5 Ranking

From the Tribe Athletics Press Room

After improving to 2-0 with a 33-14 victory against Central Connecticut State in its home opener on Saturday, the William and Mary football team moved up two spots to No. 5 in the polls released by the FCS Coaches and the Sports Network this week. The Tribe received two first-place votes in the Sports Network Poll. Richmond remains on top.

This week’s ranking is the highest the College has been in the polls since it finished the 2004 season No. 3.

The Colonial Athletic Association was well-represented in both polls as five teams were ranked among the top seven, while seven schools were among the top 20.

Redshirt freshman B.W. Webb, a Warwick High standout, made it two weeks in a row for extra accolades. Webb was named the Colonial Athletic Association Special Teams Player of the Week.

Webb returned three punts for 89 yards, an average of 29.7 yards per return, in the victory against the Blue Devils. Highlighting his impressive effort was a 42-yard return early in the fourth quarter. The Newport News native also registered a 32-yard return late in the third quarter. Defensively, Webb totaled four tackles to help the Tribe limit CCSU to just 237 yards of total offense and just 78 yards on the ground.

Webb currently leads the conference and ranks fourth nationally with an average of 14.5 yards per punt return.

The special teams honor marks the second consecutive week in which Webb has been recognized by the conference, as he was selected as the defensive player of the week following his three-interception performance in the season-opening win at Virginia. Webb also garnered numerous national defensive player of the week honors following the win.

Webb isn’t the only star on the field. W&M’s defensive unit has played a big role in the team’s success thus far, allowing just 14 points per game and 252 yards of total offense per game. The squad has proven to be especially tough in the second half, as it has held both of its opponents scoreless following halftime.

Senior quarterback R.J. Archer has efficiently led the Tribe’s offensive attack that is averaging nearly 30 points per game. The Earlysville, Va., native accounted for three touchdowns (two passing/one rushing) in last Saturday’s win against CCSU.

The Tribe will return to action again this Saturday when it plays at Norfolk State at 6 p.m. W&M will be looking to earn its first 3-0 start since 1998.

Tribe Stuns UVA 26-14 in football opener

From the Tribe Athletics Website:
Redshirt-freshman cornerback B.W. Webb intercepted three passes, including a 50-yard pick-six late in the fourth quarter, as the 14th-ranked William and Mary football team earned a 26-14 victory at Virginia in both teams’ season opener on Saturday evening.
The victory was the Tribe’s first against an FBS opponent (formerly Division I-A) since defeating Temple, 45-38, in 1998.
W&M’s defensive effort was outstanding all night long, as it caused seven turnovers and held the Cavaliers scoreless in the second half. Additionally, the Tribe limited Virginia to just 269 yards of total offense and 12 first downs, with just 79 yards and four first downs coming in the second half. Additionally, the College dominated the time of possession, winning the battle by nearly 15 minutes (37:18-22:42).
In addition to Webb’s outstanding collegiate debut, a number of other Tribe players on the defensive side posted good performances. Sophomore linebacker Jake Trantin finished with a game-high 11 tackles (7 solo) to go with two tackles for a loss, a sack and a fumble recovery, while senior All-American defensive end Adrian Tracy recorded 10 tackles (8 solo). Junior linebacker Evan Francks also came up big with a pair of fumble recoveries and two tackles for a loss.
A native of the Charlottesville area, senior quarterback R.J. Archer threw for 184 yards with a touchdown, while rushing for 46 yards on nine attempts. Led by senior wideout D.J. McAulay’s five catches for 51 yards, seven Tribe players totaled at least two receptions.
After a three-and-out on the Tribe’s opening possession, the Cavaliers utilized a short field to record the contest’s initial score on a quick three-play drive. Quarterback Vic Hall then gave Virginia the early 7-0 advantage when he scampered 34 yards down the right sideline with 12:15 showing on the clock.
W&M later knotted the score at 7-7 with 4:57 remaining in the opening quarter when Archer found senior tight end Rob Varno with a 5-yard touchdown pass. Highlighting the seven-play, 81-yard drive that lasted 2:43 was a 48-yard strike from Archer to redshirt freshman receiver Ryan Moody down the middle of the field that put the College on the Cavs’ 5-yard line. Archer was incredibly efficient engineering the drive, completing 4-of-5 passes for 65 yards.
The Tribe looked as if might take its first lead of the contest early in the second quarter, but senior place-kicker Brian Pate’s 42-yard field goal attempt from the left hash was blocked. W&M’s drive began when Webb earned his first career interception, picking off Jameel Sewell and returned it 18 yards to give the Tribe excellent starting field position.
Virginia retook the lead midway through the second quarter, 14-7, when Sewell capped off a 10-play, 84-yard drive with an 8-yard run.
W&M answered UVA’s scoring drive by moving the ball deep into the Cavalier’s territory, but it ended without points when Pate’s 43-yard field goal attempt struck the left upright. The drive was ignited on the opening play when Archer found McAulay on a 27-yard pass on the left sideline.
The Tribe retook possession just 1:02 later on Virginia’s 45-yard line when Webb intercepted Sewell for his second pick of the half. Five plays later, Pate converted a 40-yard field goal to cut the margin to 14-10 with 3:21 remaining in the half.
Just 36 seconds later, the Tribe caused its third turnover of the half when Francks recovered a fumble on Virginia’s 39-yard line. Although W&M moved to the Cavaliers’ 20, Pate missed a 42-yard field goal from the right hash wide to the left with 1:12 showing on the clock.
Shortly thereafter, the Tribe took advantage of UVA’s fourth turnover of the half when Trantin recovered a fumble on a bad snap at the Virginia 46 with 48 seconds showing. Pate later capped off an 8-play, 37-yard drive with a 26-yard field goal as time expired to get the Tribe within one, 14-13, at the intermission.
In addition to causing four turnovers in the opening half, W&M dominated the time of possession, 18:59-11:01, and out-gained the Cavaliers, 229-190. Individually, Archer put up impressive numbers, completing 18-of-32 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown. McAulay also had an impressive initial stanza with four receptions for 47 yards.
After redshirt freshman Dante Cooke recovered a muffed punt by Hall at Virginia’s 9-yard line, Pate gave the Tribe its first lead of the contest, 16-14, when he booted in a 20-yard field goal from the right hash with 5:35 left in the third quarter.
The Tribe’s defensive unit remained tough and came up with a huge stop on a fourth-and-one at midfield with 9:48 left when Trantin and senior defensive end Sean Lissemore stopped quarterback Marc Verica for no gain.
Francks’ second fumble recovery of the night, coming on UVA’s 36-yard line with 5:46 showing, helped set up another score for the Green and Gold. A 23-yard run by Archer on the first play of the drive helped set a 24-yard field goal by Pate, his fourth of the night, with 3:50 to play.
W&M then sealed the triumph on Virginia’s ensuing drive when Webb intercepted Sewell and raced 50 yards down the Tribe sideline for touchdown to give the College a 26-14 cushion and its first victory against Virginia since 1986.
The Tribe will return to action again next weekend when it hosts Central Connecticut State in its home opener at Zable Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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W&M Tribe Football 2009

William and Mary comes into the 2009 football season looking to build on the momentum of a 2008 campaign that saw it finish with a 7-4 record and a No. 20 final national ranking.  With 15 returning starters from last season, the William & Mary football team has garnered a preseason top-20 national ranking by six publications.
Athlon Sports gave the Tribe its highest ranking at 11th, while the Sporting News and Phil Steele’s magazine both list W&M as the 12th-best team in the nation entering the ’09 season. Any Given Saturday and USA Today College Football Sports Weekly rank the College 13th and 14th, respectively, while Lindy’s magazine has the Tribe slotted 16th.

Led by head coach Jimmye Laycock, W&M opens the home schedule on (Sept. 12) with a night game against Northeast Conference foe Central Connecticut State in a game that will kick off at 7:00 pm.  The Tribe will host conference rival James Madison for what will be Homecoming weekend on Oct. 24 in a game that is scheduled for a noon start to accommodate regional television coverage.
For ticket information you can call the Tribe Ticket Office at 757.221.3340 (between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm) or place your order on-line by going to www.TribeAthletics.com and clicking the link through to the ticket office.
2009 William and Mary Tribe Football Schedule


Sat, Sep 5th, 2009 at Virginia 06:00 PM


Sat, Sep 12th, 2009 Cent_Conn_St 07:00 PM Home  
Sat, Sep 19th, 2009 at Norfolk_State 06:00 PM Away  
Sat, Sep 26th, 2009 Delaware 07:00 PM Home  
Sat, Oct 3rd, 2009 at Villanova 07:00 PM Away  
Sat, Oct 10th, 2009 at Northeastern 01:00 PM Away  
Sat, Oct 24th, 2009 James_Madison 12:00 PM Home  
Sat, Oct 31st, 2009 at Rhode_Island 01:00 PM Meade Stadium  
Sat, Nov 7th, 2009 Towson 01:30 PM Home  
Sat, Nov 14th, 2009 New_Hampshire 01:30 PM Home  
Sat, Nov 21st, 2009 at Richmond 12:00 PM University of Richmond Stadium

Breaking News, William and Mary Tribe football defeats Towson..

The No. 16/19 William and Mary football team limited Towson to just seven yards of total offense in the second half as it extended its winning streak to four games with a 34-14 victory on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Tribe improves its record to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play, while the Tigers fall to 3-6 overall and 1-4 in league play.

After trailing 14-7 at halftime, the College outscored the Tigers 27-0 following the intermission. In addition to limiting TU to just seven yards of total offense in the final two quarters, W&M also came up with a pair of second half interceptions and recovered a fumble. Offensively, the Tribe totaled 296 yards of total offense in the second half and dominated time of possession, 21:01 to 8:59.

The Tribe will return to action when it hosts Northeastern next Saturday at 7 p.m at Zable Stadium in Williamsburg Virginia

William and Mary Tribe Football, Williamsburg, VA

After earning consecutive road victories at then-No. 4 New Hampshire and Delaware during the past two weekends, the William and Mary football team has earned a No. 23 national ranking in the
latest FCS Coaches Poll and Sports Network FCS Poll. It marks the first time
the Tribe has garnered a national ranking since the 2005 season.

Having won four of its last five games, W&M currently owns a 4-2 record
overall and a 2-1 mark in conference play. In addition to its victories
against UNH and UD, the College has also defeated Virginia Military
Institute and Norfolk State. The Tribe¹s lone FCS loss was against
Villanova, which is currently ranked among the top 10 in both national

The Tribe boasts one of the country¹s most productive offenses and currently
ranks 16th nationally in total offense (424.0 ypg) and 17th in scoring
offense (35.17 ppg). W&M¹s defensive unit has also been outstanding and
currently ranks 23rd nationally in total defense (314.17 ypg) and 13th in
pass defense (152.67 ypg).

W&M will look to extend its two-game winning streak when it hosts Rhode
Island for homecoming on Saturday at 1 p.m.

William and Mary Tribe Football Victorious at NH

William and Mary Tribe Football clinched a 38-34 victory at No. 4 New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon in Durham, N.H. The win marked W&M’s sixth consecutive victory in the series and stands as the highest-ranked team the College has defeated since knocking off then-top-ranked New Hampshire, 42-10, in 2005.

As a team, W&M (3-2, 1-1) registered 495 yards of total offense, including 358 in the second half. Additionally, the Tribe converted on 9-of-13 third downs (8-of-10 in the second half) and was successful on its only fourth down try.

Trailing 34-31 with 4:34 remaining, the Tribe began its game-winning drive on its own 28 yard line. Phillips was intercepted on a third-and-long early in the drive, but W&M maintained possession when UNH was flagged for roughing the passer. Phillips then converted a pair of third-and-longs with completions to Grimes (10 yards) and Mack (13 yards) around midfield to keep the drive alive. Another 13-yard completion from Phillips to Mack put W&M inside the red zone, and the senior all-conference quarterback connected with McAulay from 17 yards out on the next play to put the Tribe ahead, 38-34, with 22 seconds left.

The Wildcats (4-1, 1-1)  of New Hampshire registered 296 yards of total offense in the first half, tallying 128 yards on the ground and 168 yards through the air.

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