ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIC CLARK
Ottawa University was picked as the favorite to win this year’s KCAC football title by KCAC coaches and the media attending KCAC Media Day in Salina, Aug. 10.
Tabor football coach Tim McCarty sees Ottawa as the team to beat even though they have a new coach this season.
“I think Ottawa is a cut above the rest,” he said. “I don’t think they will miss a beat. You never ultimately know what is going to happen on any given Saturday, but I think on paper, with whose returning, I think that’s a comfortable pick for No. 1.”
Tabor was picked seventh in the coaches poll and eighth by the media.
“I don’t agree with the media poll,” McCarty said. “I thought we were somewhere between six and seven. I think that’s appropriate.
“It moves us up a mark from where we were picked last year, which gives us a recognition that shows we’re improving.”
Despite the media’s pick, McCarty said his team has shown significant signs of improvement, but warns optimists about its youth.
“We know our program has improved but we just don’t have any indicators going into this season exactly where we’re going to be,” McCarty said.
“As far as our program goes, we’re not where we need to be yet. We’re two or three years away.
“Our program went through a lot of growing pains last year. I’m never going to be happy with being picked where we were picked, but I wasn’t disappointed because I know the infancy of our program.”