2008
Eagles tabbed 4th in inaugural NAC pre-season poll

Eagles tabbed 4th in inaugural NAC pre-season poll
August 11, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

Benedictine University's football team has been selected to finish in fourth place in the inaugural Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) pre-season poll. The poll was conducted of the league's head football coaches. The fall of 2008 will mark the first season of conference competition for football in the NAC, which began competition in 2006 for the 17 other conference sports. Eight of the 13 member institutions sponsor football, but have competed in three separate conferences for the sport. The Northern Athletics Conference champion will automatically qualify to the NCAA Division III Football Championship Tournament beginning this 2008 season. Concordia University (Wis.) received five of the eight first place votes and 59 total points in the poll, which was released at NAC Football Media Day at Wisconsin Lutheran College on August 6. The Falcons return 16 starters (6 offensive/10 defensive) and 28 letterwinners from last year's 7-4 squad which captured a share of the Illini-Badger Football Conference (IBFC) championship and earned a berth to the NCAA tournament. Lakeland College is picked second in the poll, receiving two first place votes and 54 total points. The Muskies have won or earned a share of the IBFC title in there of the last four years, including a share last season. Lakeland (6-4) returns 13 starters from last season, including 8 on defense. The Spartans of Aurora University received the remaining first place vote in the poll and 40 total points for third place. AU tied for third in the IBFC last season with a 4-3 conference record and 5-5 overall mark. The Spartans return 68 letterwinners and 20 starters from 2007, losing only one starter on each offense and defense. Benedictine University, in being tabbed fourth, was just behind rival Aurora by receiving 39 points. The Eagles tied AU for third in the IBFC last season at 4-3, and also finished 5-5 overall. Sixty-eight letterwinners return from last season's squad which includes eight offensive and six defensive starters. Rockford College, the 2007 champions of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) South Division, received 27 points in the coaches' poll for fifth place. The Regents are coming off their fifth-straight 7-3 season in the program's short history. Wisconsin Lutheran College is picked sixth in the poll with 26 points. The Warriors finished seventh in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association with a 1-6 conference mark and 1-9 overall in 2007. The Cougars of Concordia University Chicago are selected to finish seventh receiving 25 points. The Cougars went 3-7 in 2007, including 2-5 in the IBFC. Maranatha Baptist Bible College is picked eighth and received eight points in the poll. The Crusaders went 2-7 last season and 1-6 in the UMAC South.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.