Ricky Rahne reflects on unprecedented first year as ODU head football coach

Posted at 10:42 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 23:37:50-05

NORFOLK, Va. - One year ago this week, Ricky Rahne was hired as Old Dominion University's head football coach. Even though his record shows he's still undefeated, Rahne and the Monarchs have certainly learned what it's like to lose in 2020.

This has been an unimaginable year for just about anyone, let alone a first-time head football coach who had spring practice and a fall season scrapped due to COVID-19.

To look back on year one and look ahead to 2020, News 3 Sports Director Adam Winkler sat down 1-on-1 with ODU's bench boss.

In part I, airing Tuesday, Rahne admits if there's validation for ODU's decision to cancel the 2020 season after seeing nearly 20 percent of all college football games be postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 issues. The head coach also responds to Wink's questions about how a lost season will impact recruiting and whether or not he asks 'why me' when looking back at his first year in Norfolk.

In part II, airing Wednesday, we dive into Rahne's personality and background a bit - something we've missed out on as the Monarchs missed out on a season. ODU's bench boss admits why, as a Colorado native, he didn't root for the state's beloved Broncos and also admits how he passed the time while safe at home during the pandemic.