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Springfield Rated Fourth in Preseason Empire 8 Poll

Head Coach Mike Delong Rochester, N.Y -- August 8, 2011 -- The Springfield College football team has been ranked fourth in the 2011 Empire 8 Football Preseason Coaches Poll announced this morning. The Pride, which will be competing for the final time in the Empire 8 this season, did receive one first place vote from the coaches.

Springfield received 35 points, just one point shy of third-place St. John Fisher. The order of the predicted finish was as follows: Alfred (48 points, including six first-place votes), followed by Salisbury (39 points, including one first-place vote), St. John Fisher (36 points), Springfield (35 points, including one first-place vote), Ithaca (27), Utica (15), Hartwick (14), and Frostburg (10).

Salisbury and Frostburg are entering their first year of Empire 8 competition. Alfred has won two straight Empire 8 crowns. Each of the above top four teams competed in post-season play a year ago, including Springfield College, which won the ECAC Division III North Atlantic Championship Bowl, a 26-17 victory over Mount Ida.

Springfield will move on to compete in the Liberty League a year from now. Buffalo State will replace the Pride in the Empire 8 next season.

The Pride will once again be led by Head Coach Mike DeLong, who will be entering his 28th year at Springfield College, his 30th year overall. With his 171 wins, DeLong is the winningest active head coach in New England Division III circles.

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Head Coach Mike DeLong Mike DeLong enters his 32nd season as a head football coach in the fall of 2013, including his 30th year as the head coach at his alma mater, Springfield College. To date, DeLong currently has the second-most career wins of any active Division III football coach. Read more.

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