The following “Pick Six” points offer a quick look inside GLVC football action this week:
[1 | glvc football season kicks off thursday]
The eighth season of GLVC football will officially kick off Thursday with defending Conference champion Indianapolis against Ashland in a top-20 battle. The 16th-ranked Greyhounds will open the season at the 23rd-ranked Eagles in Ashland, Ohio. The remaining seven league squads will be in action on Saturday, including a unique non-conference matchup with Southwest Baptist traveling to William Jewell. Elsewhere, McKendree travels to Northern Michigan, Truman State heads to Des Moines, Iowa to face Drake, Missouri S&T hits the road to Eastern New Mexico, Quincy plays at Central State and Lindenwood makes the long trip to Eastern Washington. All GLVC homes games will be streamed on every GLVCSN platform this season, including GLVCSN.com, the GLVCSN iOS/Android apps, and the GLVCSN OTT channels on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV.
[2 | lindenwood, mckendree to play in division ii showcase]
The NCAA announced recently that the Lindenwood at McKendree contest on Oct. 5, has been selected as one of the 18 regular-season football games to be showcased as part of the NCAA Division II Football Showcase during the 2019 season. Kickoff at Leemon Field, originally slated for 1 p.m. CT, will be moved back a few minutes to 1:05 p.m. The Oct. 5 matchup will also coincide with the Bearcats’ Homecoming weekend.
[3 | three programs receive recognition in afca poll]
Three GLVC programs have been recognized in the American Football Coaches Association Division II Preseason Poll. Defending GLVC Champion Indianapolis will begin the 2019 campaign ranked 16th overall, while newcomer Lindenwood and defending Mineral Water Bowl Champion Missouri S&T both received votes outside the top 25.
[4 | uindy unanimously picked to win the glvc championship]
The GLVC football coaches unanimously picked Indianapolis to win the GLVC Championship this fall, it was announced July 26 at the eighth annual GLVC Football Kickoff in Lebanon, Illinois. Under the direction of first-year head coach Chris Keevers, the six-time and defending GLVC Champion Greyhounds earned 49 points in the poll and all seven first-place votes, given Conference bylaws state a coach cannot for his own team. Since the GLVC began sponsoring football in 2012, UIndy has compiled a 49-4 record in GLVC play and garnered NCAA DII playoff bids in five of the last six seasons. The Greyhounds are coming off a 10-2 (7-0 GLVC) campaign, in which they advanced to the second round of the NCAA DII Playoffs and finished ranked No. 11 in the AFCA DII Coaches Poll – the program’s highest-ever position in the season’s final poll. Twelve starters return for UIndy, including the reigning GLVC Offensive Player of the Year, junior running back Al McKeller, as well as 2018 GLVC Freshman of the Year, running back Toriano Clinton. Newcomer Lindenwood was picked to finished second, followed by Truman State, Missouri S&T, McKendree, Quincy, Southwest Baptist and William Jewell.
[5 | glvc sidelines to feature a mix of fresh and familiar faces]
The eighth season of GLVC football will no doubt feature a mix of fresh and familiar faces on the sidelines. Six-time and defending GLVC Champion UIndy gave the reins to longtime assistant Chris Keevers last December when Bob Bartolomeo announced his retirement. Keevers was promoted to the head job after 25 years of service as a Greyhound assistant coach, including the last nine seasons as defensive coordinator. Following Missouri S&T’s Mineral Water Bowl victory, third-year defensive coordinator Todd Drury was elevated to the head coaching position after Tyler Fenwick stepped down to pursue other opportunities. William Jewell will open the 2019 season under the direction of interim head coach Chuck Lliteras, who took over for Shawn Weigel at the end of the 2018 campaign. Obviously new to the GLVC is Lindenwood, which is led on the sidelines by third-year head coach Jed Stugart. The dean of GLVC football is Gregg Nesbitt, who enters his 10th season at Truman State. McKendree’s Mike Babcock is back for his seventh year, Southwest Baptist’s Robert Clardy returns for his fifth season, and Quincy’s Gary Bass is starting his third campaign with the Hawks.
[6 | glvc, g-mac to compete in inaugural america’s crossroads bowl]
The GLVC and Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) have partnered with the city of Hobart, Indiana, and the Indiana South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority to form the America’s Crossroads Bowl, it was announced April 9 at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The inaugural postseason football game between the two NCAA Division II leagues will take place Dec. 7, 2019, at Brickyard Stadium on the campus of School City of Hobart. Kickoff will be 1 p.m. CT. The highest-ranking team in league standings not participating in the NCAA Division II playoff will earn its respective Conference’s bowl bid. The America’s Crossroads Bowl will represent the fifth bowl game played at the NCAA Division II level, officially joining the Mineral Water Bowl, Heart of Texas Bowl, Live United Bowl and Corsicana Bowl.