The biggest asset to the Spider athletics program was the football team’s recent National A-10 Championship. The new coach for the Spiders, Coach London, is visible and excited, and the players as well as the student body and faculty seem to really like and respect him. He has turned the football program around, and our games will probably be even better attended next year, after having a championship under our belt. Attendance will also increase with the new on-campus football stadium being constructed right now. Basketball and baseball are also strong points of UR athletics and games are a lot of fun to attend.
For students not gifted enough to play a varsity sport, club sports are a fun way to meet people, exercise, and compete against other schools. It’s fairly easy to make a team, and once you are on one, you get to travel to other schools to compete in tournaments. Intramural sports are even bigger than club sports, and in some cases, bigger than varsity sports. Every year, the fraternities compete against one another to see who can win the title of Intramural Champion. Games between rival fraternities can get ugly as drunken fans pack the sidelines to cheer for their team and curse the other guys. Brawls have erupted at intramural basketball games, and there are now police officers at every game. Sororities also participate in intramurals and get quite competitive, but their games don’t get nearly as rowdy as the fraternity games.