Football Picked To Defend FFC Title
NEW LONDON, CONN.
--Springfield College, which won the 2002 Freedom
Football Conference Championship, is favored to repeat as FFC Champions
according to the Preseason Coaches' Poll released on Tuesday.
Springfield, which went a perfect 6-0 in FFC play last year and was
8-1 in the regular season, totaled 47 points and six first place votes.
Western Connecticut, which was 7-3 overall and 4-2 in league play
last year, was picked second with one first place vote and 40 points.
Kings Point, which finished second last year at 5-1, was picked to
finish third with 38 points. The Mariners were 8-2 in the regular season
WPI (25), Norwich (20), Coast Guard (16) and Plymouth State (10)
rounded out the voting by the seven head coaches.
This is the final year of the Freedom Football Conference as Coast
Guard, Kings Point and WPI will join the Upstate Collegiate Athletic
Association (UCAA), Norwich and Springfield will join the Empire 8, Western
Connecticut will join the New Jersey Athletic Conference and Plymouth State
will compete as an independent.
Springfield, Kings Point, WPI and Norwich kickoff their seasons on
Sept. 6th while Western Connecticut, Coast Guard and Plymouth State will
open their seasons on Sept. 13th.
2003 FFC Preseason Coaches' Poll
(1st Place Votes) Total Points
1- Springfield (6) 47
2- Western Conn. (1) 40
3- Kings Point 38
4- WPI 25
5- Norwich 20
6- Coast Guard 16
7-Plymouth State 10
Head Coach Mike DeLong
Michael C. “Mike” DeLong ’74
enters his 31st season as a head football coach in the fall of 2012. He enters his 29th year at Springfield College alone. For the past 28 years, he has been the head coach at Springfield, his alma mater. Mike had also been the head coach at Maine Maritime in Castine, Maine in 1979 and 1980. Read more
Contact Head Coach Mike Delong
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