ALLENDALE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚¢ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚€ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Northern Michigan was pickedfourth in the 2003 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)football preseason poll, which was voted on by the head coaches of theleague.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grand Valley State Universitywas picked to win the conference with 117 votes. GVSU is the NCAA Division IIand two-time league defending champion.
The Lakers also picked up eight first place votes.
The poll was released in conjunction with the leagueÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚¢ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚€ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚™sfootball media day luncheon held on the campus of Grand Valley State Universityin Allendale, Mich.
The leagueÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚¢ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚€ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 12 head coaches participated in the balloting,but were not allowed to vote for their team.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The first place team on each ballot received 11 points, while the secondreceived 10 points, etc.
The University of Findlay was next in the balloting with 92points.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was fourth, three votesahead of Ferris State University (83-80).ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs were one point better than Northwood for the sixth spot.
The University of Indianapolis was seventh with 61 points asHillsdale was eighth with 60 points. Ashland (38), Michigan Tech (28), WayneState (26) and Mercyhurst (14) round out the poll.
2003 GLIAC Preseason Football Coaches Poll