Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

More (Thomas More, That Is) Should Be Best

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

More (Thomas More, That Is) Should Be Best

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With four consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference titles to its credit, it is no surprise that Thomas More College has been picked as the preseason favorite for the 2012 season.

The Saints received 23 of a possible 25 first-place votes in the preseason poll of coaches, sports information directors and members of the media in attendance at the PAC media day Thursday at Saint Vincent College.

"It's a privilege and an honor to be preseason No. 1," Thomas More coach Jim Hilvert said. "It's a credit to our past and present players' and coaches' hard work to get the Thomas More football program to this point. I am a firm believer that preseason polls do not mean anything. It is all about the championship intensity that we have to have every day to achieve the lofty goals that the football team has set in 2012."

Eleven schools were represented at the news conference, including two schools that will join the nine-team alignment in '14. Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve, in Cleveland, will join the PAC for football only in'14. Both will remain full members of the University Athletic Association (UAA) in all other varsity sports.

"On behalf of the entire conference, I would like to welcome Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve football back home to the PAC," said Joe Onderko, the PAC's executive director.

Case Western Reserve and Carnegie Mellon were each previously full members of the PAC. Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve, which merged to form Case Western Reserve in '67, were both charter members of the PAC from '55 until the two schools began fielding one team in '70, and from then until the school's departure from the conference in '84. Carnegie Mellon was a full PAC member from '68-89.

"Our goal every season is to win the conference title," Washington & Jefferson coach Mike Sirianni said. "To reach that goal, we must end Thomas More's streak. …

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