Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Maynor: HU's 'ship headed in the right direction'

HAMPTON, Virginia -- The non-conference schedule was one of the toughest Hampton University has ever faced. Old Dominion is a Bowl Subdivision team with more scholarships and resources. William and Mary and Coastal Carolina were both ranked in the FCS polls.

Predictably, the Pirates went 0-3 in those games. But their 5-3 record in the MEAC, even if that's no different than 2015, is what HU coach Connell Maynor sees as proof that his program is moving forward.

"Last year, 5-3 was fifth place," Maynor said. "This year, it was third place, so we've got the ship headed in the right direction. We're a couple of plays, a couple of players, away. There's not that big a difference between us and (MEAC champion) North Carolina Central.

"It's a process. Each year, we've gotten a little bit better, a little bit better. If we get a little bit better next year, that'll put us where we want to be."

Still, there's no denying this season could have gone better. For the season, the Pirates had 29 turnovers — more than anyone in FCS except Eastern Kentucky, Mississippi Valley and UT Martin. They also were the nation's 14th most-penalized team.


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