Kansas City, Mo. - Following a historic and record-breaking season in 2009, the Saint Xavier University football team earned the No. 4 spot on the 2010 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Spring Poll released late Monday by the NAIA national office in Kansas City, Mo. The Cougars sent a new standard for wins last season going 13-1 overall, won its first Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League title and tied their best postseason finish by qualifying for the semifinals before falling to eventual national champion University of Sioux Falls (S.D.). Sioux Falls tops the spring poll with Lindenwood University (Mo.) and Carroll College (Mont.) nabbing the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.
"I think it's a great compliment to our program to be rated so high, but we have to keep things in perspective," said SXU head football coach Mike Feminis. "The season is still more than four months away and most preseason rankings are generally based off of what you did the previous year. Nonetheless, the expectation level from everyone associated with our program is higher than it has ever been and that is exciting."
Saint Xavier begins its 2010 season on the road with a Thursday night game against Bethel College (Tenn.). The opener is scheduled for Thursday, August 26, at 7 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium in McKenzie, Tenn. The home opener is on Thursday, September 2, at 7 p.m. with the Cougars taking on former MSFA Midwest League rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.Click here to see the official NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Spring Poll