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  • NFL Icon Don Beebe named as Head Coach for Aurora University football
    November 15, 2018
    AURORA, Ill. – Nov. 15, 2018 – Aurora University is pleased to announce National Football League (NFL) legend Don Beebe as the Spartans football new head coach, effective immediately. Beebe, highly regarded by coaches, players and fans for his strong character, robust work ethic and perseverance, embodies Aurora University Athletics’ core values of academic success, social responsibility and athletic championships.
  • Former NFL player takes over as Aurora head coach
    November 13, 2018
    Don Beebe, who played wide receiver in the NFL for nine seasons, will replace Rick Ponx, who was fired after a 5-5 season.
  • He stays on his feet, somehow
    October 23, 2017
    Balance, skill, spin -- this is exactly where a dance class might come in handy, football players. Watch how this return man stays off the turf in the D3football.com Play of the Week.
  • NACC set for football expansion in 2018
    August 03, 2017
    Multiple sources tell D3sports.com that the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference will be adding an eighth school for football starting next fall.
  • Leaping for the title
    November 14, 2016
    With a conference title on the line and a senior class looking to go out with a bang, sometimes it takes extreme measures. What this senior did is the D3football.com Play of the Week!
  • Ponx tabbed as Aurora head coach
    December 16, 2013
    Aurora University announced today that former North Central assistant Rick Ponx has been named its new head football coach.
  • Berry hires former Aurora coach
    July 12, 2012
    Rich Duncan spent seven seasons as head coach at Aurora, but won't coach another game until 2013, when Berry takes the field with Duncan as offensive coordinator.
  • MIAA, NATHC to start 'Challenge Series'
    November 24, 2011
    The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Northern Athletics Conference have announced they will launch a "Challenge Series" in football that will pit member schools from the two conferences against each other, beginning with the 2012 season.
  • Ten games to watch
    August 29, 2011
    After a summer of debt ceiling debates, earthquakes and hurricanes, thank goodness that football is here. And there will be no shortage of great games in the Midwest this year.
  • Spartans Drop Nailbiter to Illinois Wesleyan 21-14
    September 18, 2010
    The Spartans of Aurora University fell to the Titans of Illinois Wesleyan University 21-14 in the home opener at Vago field despite some late game heroics by the Spartans. The high powered offense of Illinois Wesleyan University traveled to Aurora University Saturday to battle the Spartans. Both teams undefeated entering today’s contest with the Titans being the heavy favorite holding an all time record of 4-0. The Spartans were seeking some revenge after a 52-6 loss last season.
  • Aurora hopes to send seniors out with title
    October 14, 2008
    Aurora coach Rich Duncan is trying to keep a streak alive and Saturday's home game against the preseason Northern Athletics Conference favorite Concordia (Wis.) could go along way to see if the Spartans will be successful.
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2 Mount Union (1) 14-1 599
3 St. John's 12-1 566
4 UW-Whitewater 12-1 555
5 North Central (Ill.) 10-2 482
6 Johns Hopkins 12-2 457
7 St. Thomas 8-2 414
8 Muhlenberg 11-2 405
9 Hardin-Simmons 9-2 397
10 Bethel 11-2 396  
11 Whitworth 10-1 336  
12 Linfield 7-2 291  
13 Brockport 11-1 230  
14 Delaware Valley 9-2 223  
15 Illinois Wesleyan 8-2 197  
16 Berry 10-2 190  
17 John Carroll 9-2 168  
18 Wittenberg 9-1 162  
19 RPI 10-2 152  
20 Centre 10-2 137  
21 Washington and Jefferson 9-2 132  
22 Wheaton (Ill.) 8-2 109  
23 Wabash 9-1 105  
24 Randolph-Macon 9-3 91  
25 St. Norbert 10-2 83

Others receiving votes: Trine 73; UW-La Crosse 71; Wartburg 61; Wesley 59; Washington U. 58; Montclair State 49; Alfred 48; Ithaca 42; UW-Oshkosh 40; Central 29; Case Western Reserve 25; Baldwin Wallace 20; Salisbury 15; Trinity (Texas) 10; Hope 10; Redlands 6; Marietta 3; Trinity (Conn.) 3, MIT 2.

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