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(Sioux CiNew USF Football Coach Jed Stugartty, Iowa) –   The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) held their eleventh annual football media day on Tuesday, August 3, at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The day featured comments from all eleven of the league’s football coaches in preparation for the 2010 season. 
  One of the highlights of the day is the release of the preseason coaches’ poll.  Sioux Falls is preseason pick to win the GPAC championship.  The Cougars totaled 100 points and 10 first place votes.  Morningside was picked second with 89 points and the final first place vote.  Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

Here is the complete 2010 GPAC Preseason Football Coaches’ Poll:

PlaceSchoolPointsFirst Place Votes
1.Sioux Falls10010
5.Midland Lutheran70 
6.Dakota Wesleyan49 
7t.Briar Cliff 45 
7t.Nebraska Wesleyan45 
    Sioux Falls, coached by first year head coach Jed Stugart (pictured), has won eight GPAC titles since the league began in 2000.  Last fall the Cougars went 15-0 and posted a 10-0 conference record.  The Cougars ended as the NAIA National Champions after defeating Lindenwood University, 25-22, in the National Title Game.  Sioux Falls, Morningside, and Hastings advanced into the NAIA Championship Series last fall.  The 2010 GPAC football season kicks off on Saturday, August 28, with Midland Lutheran at Dakota State and Concordia at Peru State in non-conference play.  The GPAC schedule will consist of ten games over eleven weeks and begins on Saturday, September 4.  The 2010 GPAC Schedule will be a single round robin format.
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