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Football Voted Seventh at the KCAC Media Day

Contributed by admin on Aug 21, 2015 - 04:42 PM

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WICHITA, Kan. -- The Bethany College football team has been picked to finish seventh in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference in the 2015 season in both the coaches' and media polls. The polls were conducted and announced at the end of the annual KCAC Football Media Day held at the Hotel at Old Town in Wichita.

Friends University, Ottawa University and Tabor College were the favorites in both polls. Ottawa took the first place vote in the coaches' poll gaining eight first place votes. The Blue Jays were voted second in both polls and had votes for first place in both polls. Friends was voted third by the coaches, but jumped to first place in the media poll with nine first place votes.

Sterling College was slated to finish fourth in both polls, while Kansas Wesleyan University and the University of Saint Mary each held the fifth and sixth place positions in one of the polls. The Swedes held the seventh place vote in both polls while McPherson College, Southwestern College, and Bethel College were in the final three spots in both polls.

Bethany is coming off a 7-4 season and 5-4 in the KCAC and have reloaded, bringing in nearly 70 new recruits. The Swedes also revealed their new-look helmets. After a short stint with silver helmets, the coaching staff decided to bring back the traditional gold helmets.

Head coach Paul Hubbard is looking to bring back the rich Bethany football tradition and to change a culture with the Swedes. At one point in his interview, Hubbard said, "We're going to be built off of character and discipline."

The Swedes will start off the season by traveling to Houston Baptist University on September 5 at 7:00 pm. Bethany will welcome Langston University in their home opener the following weekend on September 12, before they open KCAC play on the road in North Newton at Bethel College. 

2015 KCAC Pre-Season Football Media Poll
T1. Friends: 137 (9 First Place)
T1. Tabor: 137 (6 First Place)
3. Ottawa: 126
4. Sterling: 87
5. Saint Mary: 81
6. Kansas Wesleyan: 76
7. Bethany: 61
8. Bethel: 57
9. Southwestern: 42
10. McPherson: 21

2015 KCAC Pre-Season Football Coaches' Poll
1. Ottawa: 89 (8 First Place)
2. Tabor: 79 (2 First Place)
3. Friends: 76
4. Sterling: 66
5. Kansas Wesleyan: 54
6. Saint Mary: 49
7. Bethany: 47
8. McPherson: 30
T9. Bethel: 25
T9. Southwestern: 25

To view the KCAC Football Media Day, visit the KCAC stretch internet portal