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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 last year.

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
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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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