Replacing two of the most productive skill players in the Southwestern Athletic Conference – especially when they are two of the best players in school history – is no easy task for any team. But the Southern Jaguars are tasked with just that, and the feeling in Baton Rouge is that the perennial contender is more than up to the challenge as they eye their third conference title game appearance in five years.

After back-to-back NCAA Division II national titles and winners of 30 straight games, Northwest Missouri State will start the 2017 season ranked No. 1 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. This is the fifth time since the poll began in 2000 that the Bearcats start the season ranked No. 1. Grand Valley State (Mich.), who made a run to the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs last season, begins this year at No. 2. The Lakers are followed by fellow Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival Ferris State (Mich.) at No. 3, with Emporia State (Kan.) and Texas A&M-Commerce rounding out the Top 5.

University of Dayton head football coach Rick Chamberlin and his staff will welcome 116 players back to campus Sunday, August 6 as the Flyers prepare for the 2017 football season.

Chamberlin is beginning his 10th season as UD's head coach and returns 13 starters (eight offense, four defense, punter) from last season.

Junior wide receiver Neil O'Connor (Leominster, Mass.) and sophomore cornerback Prince Smith, Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa.) were voted to the CAA Football Preseason All-Conference Team and the University of New Hampshire football team, led by 19th-year head coach Sean McDonnell, was selected fourth in the preseason conference poll that was released Tuesday morning at the annual Media Day at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.

Six former OVC football student-athletes and three former coaches are among those on the 2018 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame recently announced.