SoCon preseason football polls released
ETSU football head coach Paul Hamilton
ETSU football head coach Paul Hamilton

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 29, 2003) - East Tennessee State's football team was picked to finish as high as seventh in the Southern Conference, when the league's coaches and media members voted Monday on their respective preseason polls at the annual SoCon football rouser in Greenville, S.C. ETSU, which finished with an overall record of 4-8 last season, was selected to finish seventh by the media members who cover Southern Conference football, while the league's coaches picked the Buccaneers to place eighth in the 2003 SoCon standings ahead of conference newcomer Elon. "We had a season last year that we are not used to," said ETSU head coach Paul Hamilton. "We re-committed ourselves in December and we are ready to go to work this season." Of the 33 media members who participated in the voting, 30 selected Georgia Southern to win the conference championship. The Eagles, who have won or shared six straight Southern Conference football titles, also garnered all of the eight possible first place votes from the coaching contingent. Coaches vote for eight teams and do not include their own team in the predicted order of finish. The Bucs will open their 2003 schedule on Aug. 28 at Eastern Michigan. ETSU's first home game will be on Thursday, Sept. 4, when the Bucs host Concord College at 7 p.m. 2003 SoCon Media Football Poll 1. Georgia Southern (30) 293 2. Furman (2) 250 3. Appalachian State (1) 236 4. Wofford 170 5. Western Carolina 168 6. The Citadel 150 7. East Tenn. State 81 8. Chattanooga 76 9. Elon 61 2003 SoCon Football Coaches Poll 2. Georgia Southern (8) 64 T2. Appalachian State (1) 52 T2. Furman 52 4. Western Carolina 42 5. Wofford 39 6. The Citadel 26 7. Chattanooga 21 8. East Tenn. State 17 9. Elon 11
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WBB High Point University 76 Final
Nov 17 ETSU 84
MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville 87 F
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. ETSU 98
MBB ETSU 69 F
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Winthrop 64
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Indiana State University 76
WBB ETSU Bloomington, Ind.
Nov 26, 2:00 p.m. Indiana University
WBB ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Nov 29, 5:00 p.m. Virginia Tech University
MBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. Morehead State
WBB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Dec 3, 5:00 p.m. George Mason University
MBB Western Carolina Freedom Hall
Dec 3, 8:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Huntsville, Ala.
Dec 6, 6:00 p.m. Alabama A&M University
MBB UNC Greensboro Freedom Hall
Dec 13, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB Eastern Kentucky University Johnson City, Tenn.
Dec 13, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 15, 12:00 p.m. Morehead State University
MBB ETSU Richmond, Ky.
Dec 16, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky