Pitt State football moves past national championship

Here’s my story on the Pitt State football team that ran in today’s Eagle and at Kansas.com – the Gorillas are playing their spring game today and will return to camp Aug. 9 with a likely preseason No. 1 national ranking.

How hard is it to win back-t0-back NCAA Division II titles? Not very hard, as you might guess.

Here are the teams that have gone back-to-back, just in the last 30 years:

1981, 1982 Southwest Texas State

1985, 1986 North Dakota State

1993, 1994, 1995 North Alabama

1996, 1997 Northern Colorado

1998, 1999 NW Missouri State

2002, 2003 Grand Valley State

2005, 2006 Grand Valley State

The biggest question mark is at quarterback – where Anthony Abenoja seems the likely choice to replace hometown hero Zac Dickey. Abenoja is a little bigger and a drop-back passer, which could really pay off with All-American wide receiver/kick specialist John Brown basically unguardable on the edge.