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GPAC football teams meet the media

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All ten football teams in the GPAC were represented in Sioux City Thursday for media day. All ten football teams in the GPAC were represented in Sioux City Thursday for media day.

College football practice begins in the heat of August and finishes in the cold of November. The football teams in the Great Plains Athletic Conference are still about a month away from playing games, but they were all together in one spot for the GPAC media day.

All ten schools were represented at the Sioux City Convention Center.

Morningside went undefeated in the GPAC last season and were the NAIA national runner-up, losing to Marian of Indiana 30-27 in the title game.

"Our guys did go into this offseason with a high bar and high expectations," said Morningside head coach Steve Ryan. "They want to get back to Rome, Georgia."

Northwestern was second in the GPAC and made the playoffs for the first time since '06, also losing to Marian in round one.

"We haven't gone undefeated and Morningside's still out there winning the league every year," said Northwestern head coach Kyle Achterhoff. "There's that Morningside pillar that we need to keep battling against and keep trying to knock them off."

Dordt went 0-9 in the conference and 2-9 overall in head coach Greg Youngblood's first season.

"Everybody wants to go be a part of a winner and there's nothing wrong with that," said Dordt head coach Greg Youngblood. "Selling them on the idea of building a winner instead of going somewhere, some people are excited to do that, some people aren't. There not sure about how soon. Is it going to happen when I'm here?You've got to talk to people about what it takes to build it."

Briar Cliff's only win came against the Defenders and the Chargers were 1-10. BCU will play all their home games in the Dakotadome on the University of South Dakota campus.

"It gives us a little different selling point," said Briar Cliff head coach Tom Rethman. "I think that was one of the biggest things when we were going through it. We had to find something that helps to differentiate ourselves, especially when you're dealing with a team that's playing in the national championship in the same town and in the same conference."

One of the highlights of the day is the release of the preseason coaches poll. Morningside is preseason pick to win the GPAC championship.  The Mustangs totaled 80 points and eight first place votes after winning the league in 2012.

Northwestern was picked second with 72 points and one first place vote.  Doane picked up the final first place vote and 61 points in being picked third in the balloting.  Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
 
Here is the complete 2013 GPAC Preseason Football Coaches' Poll: 
1. Morningside 80 (8)
2. Northwestern 72 (1)
3. Doane 61 (1)
4. Nebraska Wesleyan 52  
5. Hastings 47  
6. Dakota Wesleyan 44  
7. Concordia 41  
8. Midland 27  
9t. Briar Cliff 13  
9t. Dordt 13  

2013 GPAC Media Poll 
1. Morningside 116 (8)
2. Northwestern 109 (4)
3. Doane 86  
4. Nebraska Wesleyan 85  
5. Dakota Wesleyan 72  
6. Hastings 64  
7. Concordia 45  
8. Midland 43  
9. Briar Cliff 27  
10. Dordt 13

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