ALBANY, N.Y. -- Get your game face on, the Great Danes are back.
"Everyone's in it," said a freshman fan. "Everyone likes to wear their purple and gold."
Back, but with some new faces, including new head coach Greg Gattuso, who replaces legendary coach Bob Ford.
"I've got a lot of respect for him," said Bob Ford. "I think he'll do a good job here."
After four decades at the helm, Ford retired in 2013. But of course, he's never far from the program, and the stadium that bears his name. He's confident Gattuso will take the team in the right direction.
"I just wanted to make sure that they hired someone that I thought would carry on a tradition that out the kids first and wanted to run a quality program," said Ford. "And I think they got that in Greg."
Ford, who in two weeks will turn 77 years old, watched the game from a box suite, a feeling he says is bittersweet.
"It's been 54 years since I've not been on the sideline," he said. "And so all of the sudden, I find myself not on the sideline."
Ford says 54 years flew by, a message he always made sure to share with his players.
"I used to use this saying with our squad all the time: it comes at you pretty quickly, so you better enjoy it when you can," he said. "And I think I enjoyed 54 years of coaching college football, and had a great, great time."