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Spiders give Rocco extension

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

After five seasons of instability, the University of Richmond football team needed a rock to take over the program. They found that in Danny Rocco.  And now, it seems, Rocco will be in Richmond for awhile.

Rocco had his contract extended through the 2017 season, Director of Athletics Keith Gill announced on Monday.

In his first season at the helm of the Spider Football program, Rocco led Richmond to a share of the CAA Football championship, posting an overall record of 8-3 and a conference mark of 6-2. 

The five-win turnaround is the second-best in the history of Richmond football, while the six-conference win improvement was the best in the CAA.  The Spiders had numerous quality wins in 2012, defeating Villanova in Philadelphia, while also taking down then No. 2-ranked James Madison.  Richmond also defeated perennial CAA power Delaware at Robins Stadium and long-time rival William & Mary to win the Capital Cup.

For his efforts, Rocco was named a finalist not only for the Eddie Robinson Award, but also the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award.  Both distinctions marked the fourth time that Rocco had been named a finalist for the two honors in his seven years as a head coach.  Rocco was also named The Touchdown Club of Richmond's NCAA Division I Commonwealth of Virginia Coach of the Year.

Before taking over at Richmond, Rocco was the head coach at Liberty University, guiding the Flames to four Big South conference championships.  During his seven-year head coaching career, Rocco has amassed an impressive overall record of 55-23 (.705) and five conference championships.

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