The Oakland University Golden Grizzlies already have dominated on the court. Now, the school's student-athletes will look to dominate on the gridiron.
The university will field a football team this fall for the first time in school history and will be led in its inaugural season by head coach Al Manfroni of Davison, according to the Davison Index.
The team will start at the club level, kicking off against regional teams such as the University of Michigan-Flint's club team, and home games will be held at the Auburn Hills Civic Center Park, within walking distance from the school, until the university builds its own field, the Index reported. OU will face UM-Flint in its first game on Sept. 21, with a 4 p.m. kickoff at Atwood Stadium in Flint.
Manfroni tells the Index he will run a West Coast-style spread offense and that he already has two standout quarterbacks on the roster.
According to the university, the OU Football Club will play out of the National Club Football Association in the Great Lakes East Conference, which also boasts club teams from Miami (Ohio), the Ohio State University, UM-Flint and Wright State University.
The team will make its debut on the field with an inter-squad scrimmage during the OU Welcome Week Black & Gold Games at 8 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Auburn Hills Civic Center Field.