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Harvard Football Holds First Football Practice

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard football team, picked by the media to win the 2010 Ivy League championship, started its quest Friday afternoon with its first practice at historic Harvard Stadium. The Crimson started the day with conditioning tests, orientation meetings and position meetings before putting on the helmets for the first time for a 4 p.m. practice.

Now entering its 137th season, Harvard’s 2009 entry put the finishing touches on a decade that saw Harvard post the second highest national winning percentage in the Football Championship Subdivision and seventh highest in all of Division I. Harvard's .768 winning percentage from 2000-09 trailed only Montana while FBS schools Texas, Boise State, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Florida were the only schools to finish ahead of Tim Murphy's Crimson. Rounding out the national top 10 in the decade was LSU, USC and Appalachian State.

Winners of four Ivy League titles in the 2000’s, Harvard is in search of its third Ivy crown in the past four years.

Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football welcomes 110 players to camp, including 10 All-Ivy players and 11 starters from last year's team.

Harvard kicks-off the 2010 season at home against defending Patriot League champion Holy Cross in a 7 p.m. game at Harvard Stadium on Saturday, September 18. 

The Crimson begins its Ivy League schedule at Brown on Saturday, September 25, in the first night game played at Brown Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 6:00 p.m. under a temporary lighting system.

Harvard will have all five of its home games streamed live on GoCrimson.com with play-by-play commentary from Bernie Corbett. In a new offering this season, member fans will be able to watch the complete games as archived events, starting a few hours following each contest.