Catholic University (0-0) at John Carroll University (0-0)
University Heights, Ohio, September 2, 2000, 12:30 p.m.

Opening Act: The Cardinals kick off the final year of the millennium with their 24th season in NCAA Division III. It is the school's 36th season since football was re-instituted as a club sport in 1965. CUA is 5-1 in season openers under Coach Tom Clark. The lone loss was last year to John Carroll, 26-21.

On the Air: The game is expected to be broadcast by JCU's student radio station, on the Internet and TEAMLINE. To follow on the 'Net, point your browser to TEAMLINE listeners can call 1-800-846-4798. Charges are 50 cents per minute for the first 60 minutes and then 20 cents per minute for each additional minute on the same call within the continental United States. Credit card required. John Carroll's team access code is 1037.

Last Year's Records: CUA was 9-2 and JCU 7-3. 

Champions: CUA, which has competed as an independent for most of its football history, won its first league title last year when it captured the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship. The Cardinals gained the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs with a 6-0 league record. CUA's record-setting running back Andrew Notarfrancesco was named ODAC Player of the Year and Tom Clark Coach of the Year.

Season-Long Dedication: CUA has dedicated its 2000 season to Anthony Bottoni, a two-year starting right guard who was killed in an automobile collision last December. Bottoni would have been a senior captain this year. The Cardinals are wearing No. 76 patches in Bottoni's honor on their jerseys, and their black helmets have no decals. Jostens, which designed CUA's ODAC championship rings, presented a ring to Mr. Bottoni and a pendant to Mrs. Bottoni. 

A First Time for Everything: This will be the Cardinals' first game on artificial turf in Coach Tom Clark's tenure at CUA.

Preseason Polls: The Cardinals garnered the following preseason rankings: 7th (Sports Illustrated), 16th (Preview Sports, Street & Smith's), 18th (Columbus Multimedia), 21st (Lindy's) and 26th (USA Football).

Tom Terrific: Head Coach Tom Clark notched his 50th career victory last season and now has a six-year career record of 50-10-1. His .828 winning percentage is third-highest among NCAA Division III head coaches serving at least five years. His teams have not lost two straight since he became coach in 1994. Clark, the only coach in Cardinal history to lead his team to three postseason appearances, is the Cards' second-winningest coach. Dutch Bergman won 59 games between 1930-40. 

Almost Perfect: The Cardinals are 29-1 (.967) in regular-season games over the past three years.

Bad Break: Junior starting center Nick Faiola suffered a fracture/dislocation of his left foot and is out for the year.

Welcome Back: Assistant Coach Tom Mulholland has rejoined the Cardinal staff for his seventh year with Coach Clark. Mulholland, who will coach linebackers with Steve Ghent, returned too late to be included in this year's media guide. The most notable change to his bio is that he got married at Lake Tahoe this summer. His wife, Niveen, was obviously delusional in the thin mountain air.

Cardinals' Returning Leaders

Passing-Derek McGee: 193 of 298 (64.8 %) for 2,397 yards, 23 TDs and 6 INTs. His rating of 153.7 was 17th in the nation. Rushing-Dan Boyle: 653 yards on 76 carries (8.6 avg.). Receiving-Dan Evans: 29 receptions for 426 yards (14.7 avg.).
Scoring-Greg Stokes: 67 points on 7 of 11 field goals and 46 of 50 PATs.
Tackles-J.P. Quinn (51), Drew Interdonato (47), Jimmy Nalls (44) and Matt Steiner (44).
Sacks-Tim Varian: 3.5.
Punt Returns-James Parker, 16.6 avg. (Fifth in the nation).

CUA Head Coach Tom Clark
Alma Mater-Maryland '86
Years at CUA-Seven
Career Record-50-10-1
Winning Percentage-.828 *
First- or Second-Team All-Americans-8
NCAA Playoffs-1999, 1998, 1997
Best Seasons-10-1 (1998, 1997)
Record vs. John Carroll-0-1
* Third-highest in NCAA Division III
Series History
CUA trails 1-0. John Carroll won 26-21 at DuFour Field on Sept. 4, 1999. The Blue Streaks jumped to a 14-0 lead just 38 seconds into the game and led 20-0 with 3:38 left in the first quarter. The Cards rallied to take a 21-20 lead late in the third quarter, but lost on a 64-yard TD pass from Tom Arth to Jeff Lerner with 6:34 to go in the game. CUA QB Derek McGee finished 28 of 49 for 220 yards, one TD and a career-high three INTs. Mike Hunter caught 14 passes for 102 yards.
Probable CUA Starters
9 Derek McGee QB
32 Dan Boyle RB
21 Jim Jankiewicz WR 
13 Dan Evans WR
81 Keith Brancato WR
99 Damian Richard TE
55 Puri Garzone LT
59 Tim McCarthy LG
65 Andy Klienksiek C
66 Jon Tor RG
51 Dan Riely RT
10 Greg Stokes K
92 Tim Varian LE
67 Drew Anderson DT
98 Matt Steiner DT
97 Scot Lutte RE
29 Larry Waters LB
50 Geoff DeOliveira LB
36 Ryan Welsh LB 
6 James Parker CB
5 Lonnie Meadows CB
24 J.P. Quinn FS 
2 Drew Interdonato SS
19 Mike Fleet P