LANCASTER, PA - The Franklin & Marshall College football team is listed among the Top 20 Turnarounds of the 2004 season in the July edition of American Monthly Football magazine.
The Diplomats improved by four games last season as the 2004 squad won the Centennial Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southwest titles as the Diplomats finished with an 8-3 record, 4-2 in Centennial Conference play following a 4-6, 3-3 Centennial Conference, record in 2003.
The turnaround was historic for the Diplomats as F&M finished with eight wins in a season for the first time since 1996 (9-2), won their first Centennial Conference title since 1995 (7-3), advanced to the postseason for the first time since 1996 as F&M previously went 0-10 (2000), 1-9 (2001), 4-6 (2002) and 4-6 (2003) over the last four seasons.
More information on American Football Monthly is available online at www.AmericanFootballMonthly.com
Franklin & Marshall will return to the field to defend its Centennial and ECAC titles on September 3, 2005 at Bethany College in West Virginia.
American Football Monthly 2004's Top 20 Turnarounds
1. University of Texas-El Paso
2. Sam Houston State University
3. Carthage College
4. Dakota Ridge High School
5. Sterling (KS) College
6. Texas Lutheran University
7. Auburn University
8. James Madison University
9. Monterey Peninsula Junior College
10. University of North Carolina
11. Michigan Tech University
12. Texas A&M
13. College of Mt. St. Joseph (OH)
14. Itasca (MN) Community College
15. University of Louisiana-Monroe
16. Scottsdale (AZ) Community College
17. Arizona State University
18. University of Wyoming
19. Franklin & Marshall College
20. Thiel College