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ALLENDALE, Mich. â€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.  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.  Saginaw Valley State University was secondin the balloting three votes behind GVSU with 114 points.  The Cardinals grabbed the four remainingfirst place votes. 

The poll was released in conjunction with the leagueâ€Ã‚™sfootball media day luncheon held on the campus of Grand Valley State Universityin Allendale, Mich.

The leagueâ€Ã‚™s 12 head coaches participated in the balloting,but were not allowed to vote for their team. 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.  NMU was fourth, three votesahead of Ferris State University (83-80). 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  (School (first place votes), Points):  1. Grand Valley State (8), 117; 2. Saginaw Valley State (4), 114; 3. Findlay, 92; Northern Michigan, 83; 5. Ferris State, 80; 6.  Northwood,79; 7.  Indianapolis, 61; 8.  Hillsdale, 60; 9.  Ashland, 38; 10.  MichiganTech, 28; 11.  Wayne State, 26; 12.  Mercyhurst, 14.





Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director