12 CAA Teams in 12 Days: Maine

We just keep rolling along with our CAA teams and today the train stops in Orono. Welcome to Lobster Country!

Name: The University of Maine

Nickname: Black Bears

Founded: 1862

Student Body Population: 12,100

Located: In the town of Orono just off of I-95, 15 minutes NE of Bangor and an hour and a half NE of Maine’s capital, Augusta.

Colors: Blue & White

Mascot: Bananas the Bear

Fun Academic Fact: Maine’s Fogler Library houses rare early writings by alumnus Stephen King that many aspiring authors go to research.

– The school offers a minor in Socialist and Marxist Studies, something rarely found in any other university.

MAINE FOOTBALL

Head Coach: Jack Cosgrove, 16th Year (80-90)

STADIUM: Morse Field at Harold Alfond Sports Stadium

Opened in 1998, Harold Alfond Sports Stadium is a 10,000 capacity stadium that is one of the newer facilities in the CAA. The stadium was named after Harold Alfond who donated $3.1 million toward the grandstand that made the capacity what it is today. The field was named for Phillip and Susan Morse who contributed $2.15 million for the playing surface, lights, and scoreboard. The stadium does double duty as the home for the football and field hockey teams.

HISTORIC I-A VICTORY

Despite their recent struggles, the Maine football program will always be able to look back to the 2004 season for inspiration when they had arguably their greatest win ever by shocking I-A Mississippi State of the SEC 9-7 in Starkville. The Bears scored a touchdown with under three minutes remaining to shock the Bulldogs and their fans.

Maine celebrates the upset of Mississippi State at the 50 yard line, 9/19/2004

NOTABLE PLAYERS

Mike Flynn, Brandon McGowan, Lofa Tatupu (transfered to USC after his freshman year)

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