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Thanks for the recommendation. I've got to order that book.

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Seems Babson might be a good fit if there is a desire to expand.

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LOL- believe me NM it's a very good pool of candidates. Personally I have vastly underestimated the attraction of a NESCAC HC job. Don't believe they had this level of applicants in 2018.

It really doesn't matter, Coach Hoodie couldn't win at UBates and neither will the next HCOF....not to burst your bubble Lumber but the Bobcats have had exactly one winning season since 1981 (in 2012)....that's 40 years for those keeping score at home...



Sure- we know the numbers too well but got to keep plugging. There is a lot of optimism right now. Nowhere to go but up.

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IF they decide to have Spring practices, it would be a nice opportunity for a recruiting day for the schools. I suspect if anything, they may be informal "captains practices" without coaches. I have zero expectation on this...

spring practices!… ;D. Do not believe the Nescac schools have ever had such practices.  Even before there was a “NESCAC”.



Mole-

Just realized you're the only guy with a picture on the board- is that you or your alter ego?

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LOL- believe me NM it's a very good pool of candidates. Personally I have vastly underestimated the attraction of a NESCAC HC job. Don't believe they had this level of applicants in 2018.

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Head coaching search in the home stretch at Bates. Very strong pool of candidates. The Alumni search committee looking to wind things down pretty soon. AD Jason Fein and Bates administration managing the process extremely well.

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Quicksilver-

Ive been a Bates guy since 1974. I've watched almost every move made in major sports at Bates, Bowdoin and Colby starting at that time. What I didn't know about prior years I researched vigorously. I haven't missed much.

We had no hockey team at Bates and the team at Colby wasn't very good. We would drive 25 minutes from Lewiston down east to Bowdoin to watch that great hockey program. The  games and the atmosphere were electric in that arena. As Bates guys we typically rooted against them but at the end of it all I think we ironically rooted for those b******s. Watched them play UNH who had 3 future NHL guys and a number of other great teams. It was Bowdoin's shining hour.

Can't imagine Bowdoin not perpetuating the great thing they had with that hockey program. It was the only Bowdoin mens sport I can remember which was on the vaunted standard of excellence which Bowdoin so flaunts academically.

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LOL I knew we would get that answer.

MIGHT do both.....

One or the other- what would be your answer?

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 A dominant Field Hockey or Volleyball program does little in the way of Alumni interest and support for Athletics. It's all about a handful of sports.

Football, Basketball, Lacrosse, Hockey and maybe Soccer and Baseball to a lesser extent.

Administrations like Bowdoin delude themselves into the perception that successes in the peripheral sports are a more meaningful driver in the overall picture.

At Bowdoin Hockey was king back in the day.....significantly. If they are tacitly downgrading the program that's despicable.

It's certainly nice to have winning programs in all the peripheral sports but at the end of the day it doesn't move the needle very much.

An open question to Williams people:

Would you rather win the Sears Trophy OR go 9-0 in football, dominating Amherst in The Game and then beat the Mammoths twice and go to the NCAA's in Basketball ?

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PolBear 73

For clarity and closure on this.

I'll say it one more time,  JB Wells got railroaded after 3 years by a Polar Bear syndicate consisting of an unknown number of prominent Polar Bear(s) alumni who leveraged his firing against future (significant) contributions to Bowdoin Athletics. The Bowdoin Cub AD, shaking like a wet dog at the time, let it happen and then played the hard guy on the Hammer hiring.

Talk about hotseats, maybe include "AD" hotseats. Ryan is under the gun with the most traditionally important sport at Bowdoin....."Ice" Hockey as they call it in the NESCAC.  At the same he's praying that the Hammer crusade and the leniency which Ryan has negotiated from Bowdoin admissions will produce some football wins. Thats a two fold "hot seat" for Ryan in Brunswick.

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You can say whatever you want about Noontime's teams, but what can't be ignored is that he brings a ton of time, effort and attention to covering HS and D3 football in these parts; especially the Nescac and for that, I applaud his efforts.


Well stated Big Kat

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Dave Murray was viewed as the savior of the Hamilton program when hired 8 years ago. In 7 seasons his record is 18-43. He has never had a winning record. Didn't realize Hamilton Football has not had a winning season since 1996. I recall some very good teams back in the mid 80's but have overlooked their futility thereafter.
I believe there could be some rumblings among Buff 'n Blue alums who have always been a pretty vocal group.
Murray was a winner in his prior coaching tenures and had great credentials coming in but seems to have made little progress with the Hamilton program.

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I think that has to be Tufts.  Everyone is back on O including Woodson who can move to WR potentially.  Berluti will have lots more experience.  D could have everyone back too as the top six guys are seniors with eligibility left.  If most of those guys return they can only get better on D, right?   If they can find a kicker, that alone is probably worth two more wins!  I don’t see anyone else remotely close on paper.

Heard rumblings that Tufts has a few key players going to enter transfer portal to D2 any truth to that ?


Where did you hear that Charlie ?

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Big Kat

Thats the million dollar QB question. I agree.

I watched Polar Bear QB Boel very closely in the big Bowdoin win against Amherst. I noted at that time that he has a very unorthodox throwing motion and release. Despite the awkward mechanics the kid delivered the ball extremely well and had a fantastic day throwing the ball against the Mammoths. A big reason for this was Amherts's refusal to do anything to try to pressure or rattle the kid. EJ sat in that soft cover 2 zone all day with a 3 man rush most of the time essentially saying "ok kid, I don't think you can beat us". Boel proceeded to take them apart.

Everybody saw that tape which essentially provided the blueprint for every Defense Boel would face. Pressure the kid. As the season went on the young QB saw more and more pressure and things got a lot more difficult. The throwing mechanics became more of a factor with people in his face and less time to set his feet and step into throws. The game got faster for him and he encountered difficulties as the season went on. Nobody else sat back in a soft zone.

My point is it takes time to evaluate these young QBs.

As for running the ball Boel definitely has the quickness and ability but I question if Polar Bear staff will include a lot of called running plays for him in their scheme. He's not a big kid , believe he may be 170 or less so  probably not a guy you want to sustain a lot of interior contact over the long term.

I think there will be another healthy QB competition in the Bowdoin camp next which will include southpaw Robbie Long and NJ QB Hale.

As for Bosseleit at Bates he will face the same test. Last week Hamilton brought no pressure with a terrible, weak  pass rush. They blitzed only once (sack) and sat back in coverage all day and the young QB had a great day.

Like Boel, Bsseleit wil see that pressure next year so lets see how he develops.
In terms of running the ball Bosseleit looks like a tough kid with some size who will be a legit double threat QB.

However no comparison whatsoever, at this point, between Bosseleit and Costa in terms of arm talent or running ability.

Should be an interesting QB year in a lot of places next fall.

Good analysis and thoughts on Boel.

As far as the UBates FY QB playing against Hamilton, Hamilton’s DL and defense as a whole are not a good indicator to determine if the UBates rookie QB is any good…




NM- Is there an echo in here?

All kidding aside, really good year end analysis. I'll say it again, your work keeps this board going and makes it interesting and fun. Really enjoyed your post today and the others recently.


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Big Kat

Thats the million dollar QB question. I agree.

I watched Polar Bear QB Boel very closely in the big Bowdoin win against Amherst. I noted at that time that he has a very unorthodox throwing motion and release. Despite the awkward mechanics the kid delivered the ball extremely well and had a fantastic day throwing the ball against the Mammoths. A big reason for this was Amherts's refusal to do anything to try to pressure or rattle the kid. EJ sat in that soft cover 2 zone all day with a 3 man rush most of the time essentially saying "ok kid, I don't think you can beat us". Boel proceeded to take them apart.

Everybody saw that tape which essentially provided the blueprint for every Defense Boel would face. Pressure the kid. As the season went on the young QB saw more and more pressure and things got a lot more difficult. The throwing mechanics became more of a factor with people in his face and less time to set his feet and step into throws. The game got faster for him and he encountered difficulties as the season went on. Nobody else sat back in a soft zone.

My point is it takes time to evaluate these young QBs.

As for running the ball Boel definitely has the quickness and ability but I question if Polar Bear staff will include a lot of called running plays for him in their scheme. He's not a big kid , believe he may be 170 or less so  probably not a guy you want to sustain a lot of interior contact over the long term.

I think there will be another healthy QB competition in the Bowdoin camp next which will include southpaw Robbie Long and NJ QB Hale.

As for Bosseleit at Bates he will face the same test. Last week Hamilton brought no pressure with a terrible, weak  pass rush. They blitzed only once (sack) and sat back in coverage all day and the young QB had a great day.

Like Boel, Bsseleit wil see that pressure next year so lets see how he develops.
In terms of running the ball Bosseleit looks like a tough kid with some size who will be a legit double threat QB.

However no comparison whatsoever, at this point, between Bosseleit and Costa in terms of arm talent or running ability.

Should be an interesting QB year in a lot of places next fall.

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