The Trojans of the University of Troy play football in the Sun Belt Conference. In recent years, this team has not played particularly well. It has been up some seasons, down in others. On balance, it seems as if the Trojans have been losing far more often than they’ve been winning.
Clearly, this is a squad desperately searching for a formula for success and for its “football identity.”
Is the Troy football program successful or is it destined to be mired in a kind of permanent mediocrity? That’s what the players and the team’s fans would like to know.
Troy’s long time Head Coach Larry Blakeney completed his 24th season at the university in 2014. The team managed just three wins in twelve games. Worse yet, it lost five out of eight in-Conference games. Although Blakeney’s career record is 178-113-1 over nearly a quarter century as “boss” of the team, he resigned after the team played its last game a year ago.
Coach Blakeney may have felt he could no longer muster the energy to build a successful program, but the University of Troy is still an active men’s football program. It still requires the services of a Head Coach and it still wants an identity, something that relates to winning.
Under the leadership of an Interim Head Coach, the Trojans began this new season on September 5th on the road at North Carolina State University. The home team prevailed, beating Troy University by a score of 49-21. Happily, the Trojans opened their home season on September 12th with a convincing win against Charlotte Southern University. The final score in that game was 44-16.
The Trojans have four more home games on their 2015 schedule. These include contests against the University of South Alabama on October 3rd, the University of Idaho on October 17th, Louisiana Monroe University on November 7th and Georgia Southern University on November 14th.
The team’s remaining road schedule features some very difficult opponents. The Trojans will visit and play the University of Wisconsin on September 19th (that’s today), Mississippi State University on October 10th, New Mexico State University on October 24th, Appalachian State University on October 31st, Georgia State University on November 27th and Louisiana Tech University on December 5th.
It is a road schedule that offers the Trojans some real chances for victories, but there are also games listed that may present challenges that the University of Troy’s football team can’t meet.
This squad’s success or failure in 2015 will be decided on the gridiron. If the players can perform up to their collective skill levels, the University of Troy may be able to claim it has a “football identity” after all. It may be able to classify itself as a winner.
Courtesy of Nola.com