The Butler Community College football team was picked to win the 2008 Jayhawk Conference football championship on Saturday at the league's annual Media Day at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita.


 


The Butler Community College football team was picked to win the 2008 Jayhawk Conference football championship on Saturday at the league's annual Media Day at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita.


The Grizzlies won their seventh consecutive Jayhawk Conference championship en route to a 12-0 record and a share of the 2007 NJCAA national championship.


Beginning his ninth season as Butler head coach, Troy Morrell will have to replace 12 Division I players from last year's title team. The Grizzlies have two starters and 13 lettermen on offense and one starter and seven letterwinners on defense.


The Grizzlies will open their season two days ahead of the rest of the league when 2006 national champion Blinn College will play Butler on Thursday, Aug. 28 at Wichita State's Cessna Stadium.


Garden City was picked second in the annual coaches' poll. The Broncbusters (7-3 in 2007), a Region VI semifinalist, has six starters and 11 lettermen returning.


Fort Scott, the 2007 Region VI runner-up, was picked third in the coaches' poll. Coffeyville was fourth, followed by Hutchinson, Independence, Highland and Dodge City.