When you travel down the busy I-95 corridor along the east coast, you may have driven close by to one of the most successful college football programs in history and didn’t even know it. Stop in to the University of Delaware, located in the small city of Newark and see some history in action.
The Delaware Blue Hens have won six national championships during their over 100-year history. These victories occurred in 1946, 1963, 1971, 1972, 1979, and 2003. The 2003 championship happened in Division I-AA, the forerunner to the current Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The other championships happened in Division II and various versions of the former College Division.
The Blue Hens currently play in the FCS’ Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The CAA began football play in 2007 and has seen member schools play in the FCS championship game five times (Delaware 2007 and 2010, Richmond 2008, Villanova 2009 and Towson 2013), with Richmond and Villanova winning during their appearances. If you also consider Delaware’s I-AA championship in 2003 and current CAA member James Madison’s victory at that same level in 2004, the quality of play in this conference is at an extremely high caliber.