Wed, Aug. 6, 2014 - [Football]
WICHITA – The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) held its annual Football Media Day on Wednesday at the Old Town Courtyard and Kansas Wesleyan was picked to finish seventh by the coaches and ninth by the media in the preseason polls at the event.
This was the second year that the conference has held KCAC Football Media Day at the Old Town Courtyard and the event was ran very well with 18 attending media from around the area.
"I can't believe the professional, unbelievable setting for this," Wesleyan coach Matt Drinkall said, as he attended his first Media Day as head coach of the Coyotes. "It's great visibility for all the schools (in the conference), and the conference as well."
Wesleyan was picked to finish seventh by the coaches, tying in the poll with McPherson College. Sterling was the favorite in the coaches' poll with 74 points and five first place votes. While Tabor was second with 69 points and two first place nods. Friends was picked third with 67 points and two first place votes and Ottawa was picked fourth with 66 points and first place vote. Southwestern was fifth with 42 points, Bethany sixth with 40, then Wesleyan and McPherson tied with 27 points, Saint Mary was ninth with 24 points and Bethel rounded out the Coaches' Poll with 14 points.
Drinkall was not overly upset with where the Coyotes ended up in either poll.
"I would rather be picked ninth or tenth every year, because then you're the underdog and it's easier to sell your kids on," he said. "Any time you can get an artificial chip on your shoulder outside of the ones that we coaches put on, that's awesome."
The media picked Wesleyan to finish ninth, but there was a gap of 26 points between KWU (58) and last place Bethel (32). The top four spots in the poll were separated by just six points led by Ottawa with 156 points and three first place votes. Friends was second with 155 points and five first place votes, followed by Tabor in third with 151 points, but garnered seven first place votes and defending conference champion Sterling was fourth with 150 points and three first place nods. Southwestern was fifth with 91 points, Bethany and McPherson tied for sixth with 66 points, Saint Mary was eighth with 65 points, followed by Wesleyan and Saint Mary.
"The four top and most consistent teams, Sterling, Ottawa, Friends and Tabor, no matter what order you put them in, are very strong teams in our conference," Drinkall said. "I think everyone else wants to get to that level of consistency, and that's what's neat, because you never know what might happen every week."
Wesleyan will usher in the Matt Drinkall era in exactly one month, when the Coyotes open up the season at home against Hastings (Neb.) College at 7 p.m. at Salina Stadium. After heading to Fayette, Mo., on September 13 in the KCAC/HAAC Challenge Series, the Coyotes open KCAC play at home on September 20 against Southwestern College.
2014 KCAC Football Media Day – Media Poll
1. Ottawa – 156 (3)
2. Friends – 155 (5)
3. Tabor – 151 (7)
4. Sterling – 150 (3)
5. Southwestern – 91
6. Bethany – 66
6. McPherson – 66
8. Saint Mary – 65
9. Kansas Wesleyan – 58
10. Bethel – 32
2014 KCAC Football Media Day – Coaches' Poll
1. Sterling – 74 (5)
2. Tabor – 69 (2)
3. Friends – 67 (2)
4. Ottawa – 66 (1)
5. Southwestern – 42
6. Bethany – 40
7. Kansas Wesleyan – 27
7. McPherson – 27
9. Saint Mary – 24
10. Bethel – 14