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St. Aug's Costa optimistic despite media predictions

Posted July 24

Saint Augustine's head coach Michael Costa during the Saint Augustine's University vs. Shaw University football game, Saturday, November 3, 2012 in Raleigh.

— Saint Augustine’s University head coach Michael Costa is optimistic about his football team despite the Falcons being picked fifth in the Southern division during the 2014 CIAA Football Media Day.

The Falcons were also picked to finish ninth in the 12-team CIAA.

“Being at the bottom is a great motivator,” said Costa, a two-time CIAA Coach of the Year. “Our goal is to rise to the top. We have to put a little more effort in it, we have to stay a little more focused and do a little more work.

“We had a great spring,” he said. “The guys understand what needs to be done. I think we improved on the mistakes we made last year. Now, we have to put it all together and get to work.”

Costa says the prediction is based on last season’s record. The Falcons finished fourth in the Southern Division with a 3-4 record and were 4-6 overall. They return 25 lettermen from that squad.

“They hit it right this year,” said Costa about the preseason prognostication. “The good thing about it is you have an idea of what to do for this year.”

Costa is entering his 13th season at the helm of the St. Augustine’s football team.

The Falcons have not finished in the bottom two in the division since 2007. They look to continue that streak in 2014, beginning with their first conference game against Chowan University at home in Raleigh, N.C., on Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m. The Falcons open the regular season away against Indiana (Pa.) University in Indiana, Pa., on Sept. 6 at noon.

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