premieres HBCU Coaches Pre-season Poll

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: August 18, 2009

NEW YORK — For the third straight football season, Black Athlete Sports Network and DWCommunications, LLC — the company that produces “From The Press Box To The Press Row” — will put out an HBCU All-America team (pre-season and post season) and a weekly top 10 poll voted on by members of the media who cover HBCU football.

A new historic poll was released today with the debut of the HBCU FCS Coaches Top 10 Football Poll presented by Classics Sports Radio Network.

Each week, the Division I HBCU Coaches will vote on the top teams in the land.

The results of the pre-season poll came to no one’s surprise as the defending Black College Football champions — the Tigers of Grambling State — have been tabbed as the top team in Black College Football.

The defending SWAC champions, who finished 11-2 last year, received 11 of 17 first-place votes. The other six votes went to the Bulldogs of South Carolina State, who sit second in the poll.

On September 6th in Orlando, Buddy Pough’s defending MEAC champions will meet Rod Broadway’s Grambling Tigers in the 5th annual MEAC-SWAC Challenge in Orlando, FL. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

The remainder of the top five includes Florida A&M at number three, Tennessee State at number four, while Jackson State sits at number 5.

The Rattlers, who finished 9-3 in Joe Taylor’s first season in Tallahassee, will open the season on September 5th when they host MEAC foe Delaware State.

That same day, Jackson State will open the season in Starkville, MS with its historic meeting against in-state rival Mississippi State. The game will be seen (2:30 pm CT) on ESPNU.

The rest of the top 10 has Southern at number six, Hampton at number seven, Prairie View A&M, who finished 9-1 last year sits at number eight. Bethune-Cookman and Alabama A&M round out the top 10 at nine and 10, respectively.

The Bulldogs will open their season on September 5th in Nashville when they take on Tennessee State in the John Merritt Classic at LP Field.

That same day, Henry Frazier’s Panthers will open the season in Houston taking on SWAC foe Texas Southern in the Labor Day Classic at Reliant Stadium.

The first regular season poll will be released on September 7 and a poll will be released each week and a final poll released on December 14.

There are a total of 23 HBCU teams in FCS football.

BOXTOROW.COM/BASN PRESEASON HBCU COACHES FCS TOP 10 POLL (Records are 2008 finishes) School W-L Pts 1. Grambling State (11) 11-2 162 2. South Carolina State (6) 10-3 152 3. Florida A&M 9-3 122 4. Tennessee State 8-4 88 5. Jackson State 7-5 83 6. Southern 6-5 75 7. Hampton 5-6 60 8. Prairie View A&M 9-1 55 9. Bethune-Cookman 8-3 47 10. Alabama A&M 5-7 36 (First place votes in parentheses) Others: Norfolk State (5-7) 14, North Carolina A&T (3-9) 7, Howard (1-10) 2, Morgan State (7-5) 1, Delaware State (5-6) 1, Savannah State (5-7) 1.