City, Mo. - Following another magnificent season that saw a
second straight perfect regular season slate (11-0), a second Mid-States
Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League title and a return trip to the
semifinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series, the Saint Xavier
University football team earned the No. 2 spot on the 2011 NAIA Football
Coaches' Spring Top 25 Poll released Monday by the NAIA national office in
Kansas City, Mo. The Cougars went 13-1
overall for the second straight year and rolled through the postseason before
falling to eventual national champion Carroll College (Mont.) in semifinals
action. Carroll tops the poll claiming
all 15 of the first-place votes after winning its sixth national title in the
last nine years.
"Preseason rankings can be misleading since a lot of it is
based on what you did the previous year, but it's certainly a great compliment
to our program," said SXU head football coach Mike Feminis. "I'm sure our
guys will use this as a motivating factor in their summer workouts as they
prepare for camp in August and they'll need to because everyone on our schedule
will be gunning for us."
Saint Xavier opens its 2011 campaign at home with a MSFA
crossover game against Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) on Saturday, September
3. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m.
start at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.