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Team: Maine Black Bears
Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
Head Coach: Nick Charlton
Homes Games: Alfond Stadium
Playoff Appearances: 8
Main Rivalry: New Hampshire Wildcats
Maine Black Bears TicketsThe Maine Black Bears represent the University of Maine, and the team’s history dates back to 1892. While the team has played in five different conferences, the Black Bears now play in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) – the team moved to this division in 2007 after playing in the dissolved Atlantic 10 (A-10) Conference from 1997 to 2006. The team plays home games at Alfond Stadium, which has the ability to seat around 8,500 fans. The Black Bears wear Maine blue, white and navy uniforms. To date, the team has appeared in playoff games a total of eight times, with a record of 5-8. In 2018, the Black Bears made it to the second round by beating Jacksonville State by a score of 55-27. The team then went on to compete in the quarterfinals. The Black Bears knocked out Weber State with a final score of 23-18. However, in the semifinals, Eastern Washington handed the team a loss. To see the team live in action, get your Maine Black Bear tickets at StubHub.
Have the Maine Black Bears Won any conference championships?The Black Bears have won 13 conference championships – some were in the defunct Yankee Conference and Atlantic Ten. The team co-shared seven conference titles in those conferences. As part of the CAA, the team won two conference championships – one in 2013 with a record of 10-3 and a conference record of 7-1. The next one came in 2018. The Black Bears went 8-3 in the regular season and had a conference record of 7-1.
How long has Nick Charlton coached the Maine Black Bears?In December 2018, the University of Maine named Nick Charlton the head football coach. Since the 2019 season will represent his first one as the team's head coach, fans eagerly await to see whether he can lead the Black Bears to victory. His appointment also makes history – Charlton is the youngest Division I football head coach.
Have the Maine Black Bears played in any bowl games?The Maine Blacks Bears have appeared in one bowl game. In 1965, the team played in the Tangerine Bowl, which became the Citrus Bowl after the final game in 1982. At the time, the Tangerine Bowl always featured the Maine Black Bears and the East Carolina Pirates. In the 1965 game, the East Carolina Pirates shut out the Black Bears, winning by a score of 0-31.
What should I expect when attending a Maine Black Bears game?Since Charlton will make his debut as the team's head coach this year, fans are in for a wild ride. Regardless of the outcome, home games feature high energy thanks in part to the team's mascot, Banana T. Bears. The University of Maine mascot has a unique story as Banana T. Bears was named after a small black bear cub named Jeff. A former Old Town police chief loaned Jeff to the school. The first time the crowd saw Jeff in 1914, he delighted fans by standing on his head. Now, the crowd goes “ ”bananas“ ” when he makes appearances.
Who are some teams the Maine Black Bears host at Alfond Stadium?The Maine Black Bears open the season at home against the Sacred Heart Pioneers on Aug. 30, 2019. Other home games often include playing against the Towson Tigers, the Richmond Spiders, the William & Mary Tribe and the Rhode Island Rams.
Who are some other teams that host the Maine Black Bears?The Black Bears often play the Georgia Southern Eagles at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Ga., the Colgate Raiders at Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, NY, the Villanova Wildcats at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa., the Liberty Flames at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Va., the Albany Great Danes at Bob Ford Field in Albany, NY, and the New Hampshire Wildcats at Cowell Stadium in Durham, NH.
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