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Victory Sports Network launches new poll

Pre-Season Fan Poll deadline on July 31

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  -- The start of the 2013 college football season is eight weeks away. Fans, however, have already begun projecting optimism about their favorite teams.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has nearly 100 schools who field football teams. Twenty NAIA schools have launched football programs in the past four years alone. The numbers continue to grow in all divisions of the NCAA, with another *620 teams.

The annual competition to build a better team is not lost on fans!

The NAIA releases a weekly Top 25 which is chosen by select coaches who represent regions nationwide.

This year, however, fans will get to choose their own Top 25.

The Victory Sports Network announced today, July 11, that ballots are now being tabulated for the first-ever Top 25 Fan Poll.

The preseason poll will reveal who the fans think are the teams to beat.

To submit your vote, please go to:  (Copy and paste into your web browser)

The preseason poll closes on July 31. Fans will be required to enter 25 teams into the ballots. Each slot includes a drop-down list of all NAIA teams.

(Click below for the most recent Coaches Poll, released this spring)

Southwestern Assemblies of God University, one of three NAIA teams in Texas, begins their 16th season on Saturday, September 7. They will host Bethany College at noon. The Swedes have won the four previous meetings, including a 13-12 decision a year ago.

The game will be broadcast in high definition by SAGU Sports Live. The Lions, 4-6 in 2012, play at Lumpkins Stadium, a 10,000 seat facility a mile from campus.

SAGU opens their pre-season camp on Monday, August 12.

Plans are to release a new poll each week during the regular season, allowing fans to follow the games and results of that week. Their choices will be anonymous and the results will be tabulated after the poll has closed, and revealed publicly on the VSN web site.

The Victory Sports Network was founded in 2002 by Jason Dannelly. It provides NAIA sports on-line. The website has news stories, press releases, and live streaming video of football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, wrestling, and softball competitions.

*Note: The NCAA number of football programs are divided: Division 1A 128, Division 1AA 136, Division II 144 and Division III 212. Total: 620.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 468-658-2847.