Sports in Brief: Minnesota-Duluth enters season No. 1

College Football

Minn.-Duluth enters season No. 1

Minnesota-Duluth enters the NCAA Division II football season as the No. 1 team in the nation, according to the American Football Coaches Association, which released its preseason poll Monday.

Nebraska-Kearney, in its final season as a member of the RMAC, is ranked 16th, with Colorado School of Mines the top team in the “receiving votes” category with 87 votes. Hillsdale (Mich.) and Shaw (N.C.) are tied for 25th with 91 votes.

Colorado State University-Pueblo received 31 votes and Chadron (Neb.) State received one.

College Athletics

Fort Lewis hires Hunter as AD

Fort Lewis College has hired Gary Hunter as its new athletic director, effective Sept. 1.

He is a former athletic director at Wichita State University and the University of Idaho and was associate director of athletics at the University of Kansas. He’s also a former senior executive vice president of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche.

He oversaw the startup of the Avalanche and led the negotiations with the City of Denver for the construction of the Pepsi Center.

Hunter, who owns a business and legal consulting firm, worked with Fort Lewis President Dene Kay Thomas at Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College.


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