Football voted fifth in restructured Pioneer Football League

Aug. 4, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has been selected to finish fifth in the restructured Pioneer Football League in the 2006 PFL Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was released by the league office Friday.

The PFL, which featured a north and south division the past five seasons, will revert back to a single division comprising eight teams in 2006. Due to the loss of a league championship game, the PFL regular-season winner will face the winner of the Northeast Conference in the inaugural Gridiron Classic.

"The path to the PFL title has become a lot more challenging due to the combining of the two divisions," said head coach Steve Gilbert, who led the Dolphins to the 2001 PFL South title. "We are looking forward to the challenge of playing ever team in the division and we are excited to begin the journey next week."

Defending champion San Diego was predicted to finish first with five first-place votes (45 points) and Dayton earned two first-place votes for a total of 43 points. Drake rounded out the top three with 37 points and three-time defending South champion Morehead State was picked fourth with 32 points. JU, which received one first-place vote, ranked fifth with 26 points ahead of Davidson (17), Valparaiso (15) and Butler (9).

The Dolphins will open preseason camp on Tuesday, Aug. 8 with the first practice in pads set for Saturday, Aug. 12. The JU season opener is set for Saturday, Sept. 2, at 12:30 p.m. against Gardner-Webb at D.B. Milne Field.