LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland football was picked seventh in the Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division in a vote of league coaches released Friday by the conference office.
Head coach Tim Mathis returns 34 letterwinners from last season’s club that finished 5-6 (3-3), including First Team All Mid-South Conference players Sam Michael, Kendall Johnson, Telvin Rucker, Aaron White and Tyler Tate.
Cumberlands (Ky.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) each posted 42 points in the poll and two first-place votes and both teams reached the NAIA Football Championship Series last season. Bethel (Tenn.) followed them earning 41 points in the poll and four first-place votes. Bethel won the Bluegrass Division last season and also made an appearance in the NAIA Football Championship Series.
Georgetown (Ky.) is fourth in the poll with 35 voting points. Campbellsville (Ky.) comes in behind them with 22 points and Pikeville is sixth with 19 voting points. Cumberland is seventh in the poll with 16 points. Thomas More (Ky.) rounds out the Bluegrass Division with seven points. This is Thomas More's first year as a full-time member in the Mid-South Conference.
Reinhardt (Ga.) was selected as the favorite in the Appalachian Division and Southeastern (Fla.) was selected as the favorite in the Sun Division.
Cumberland players reported to campus Wednesday and will hold their first practice Saturday in preparation for the season opener September 7 vs Cincinnati Christian at 1:30 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field.
2019 Mid-South Conference Football
Preseason Coaches' Poll - Bluegrass Division
|No.||School (First-Place Votes)||Points||2018 Record|
|1.||Cumberlands (2)||42||10-2, 5-1|
|Lindsey Wilson (2)||42||7-3, 4-2|
|3.||Bethel (4)||41||10-1, 6-0|
|7.||Cumberland University||16||5-6, 3-3|
|8.||Thomas More||7||7-3, N/A**|
* MSC Appalachian Division member in 2018
** First Year of MSC play