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SFU plays in an 1800-seat stadium.  D2?  Why?

A quick looks shows some interesting history there.  They originally wanted to go D2 back in the 90's but got turned down, they then tried to get into the Canadian league for college football but that never got completed, and then became the only D2 CFB team from in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.  I guess that conference had everyone quit playing football but Simon Fraser, Central Washington, and Western Oregon who then joined the Lone Star Conference in 2022.  Kind of a strange fit but I guess they're the only 3 D2 football teams west of Colorado left?  I think Simon Fraser is supposed to open at Linfield, they could probably find a home in D3 but they'd have to give up scholarships... I don't know enough about them to know if that is even a possibility.

Yeah I saw that they were playing Linfield again, kind of stinks for the Wildcats because after that they are only playing 8 more games for a total of 9 which is not crazy unusual for them but when one of the 9 isn't really going to help you that has to sting. 

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Just throwing this out there...can confirm he is a reputable source, and he actually heard about the SCAC restarting football from his sources a few days before I got wind of it. Has some very solid connections, especially to Southwestern, so I trust his "sources".  Not saying this will for sure happen, but definitely something to think about.

https://d3vbwest.wordpress.com/2023/02/02/trinity-southwestern-moving/

Very interesting stuff Riley. In some ways this doesn't really have to change much because the reformed SCAC would still have 6 members but obviously they would be a lot less stable then if they had 8 members. Might provide a lifeline to the ASC members if the SCAC members are in need of even more non conference games though.

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Also, why are these schools leaving the ASC?
McMurry says it is a "Mission and Vision" thing (my quotation marks, my assessment), that the SCAC is a more academically compatible group of schools. McM has been a Swimming affiliate for several years.

Haha love the honesty Ralph.

Do feel it is important to note that while Austin College, Southwestern and TLU are leaving the conferences, they are really just returning to the conference where they have competed in most/all other sports but the SCAC didn't sponsor football.  Adding McMurry, Schreiner and Lyon on top of the other just allowed them to not only have a bid but a fairly secured bid for the time.

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General football / Re: D-3 Players in the Pros
« on: January 02, 2023, 11:21:01 am »
Still very surprised that at least to my knowledge Jefferson Fritiz has never gotten far enough along in the process with any professional football team to be known about.

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No offense to Mr. Mullins but he may be leaving for more than one reason.. 6'5" 250 lb Will Mcklintok seems to be the guy at that position.

Wouldn't be shocked if that is part of the reason, I assume all returners have a good idea of what the plan is but it is going to be really interesting to see what players turn into big time contributors after living in the shadows of Jordan, Miller and King.

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Looks like Connor Mullins is leaving UMHB:

https://twitter.com/_mullins33/status/1602364310088552456?s=20&t=GsgSBk9scAjg7nNcaD2u1w

I honestly didn't think D3 players needed to enter the portal to transfer.
If you enter the portal your name gets put on list for all coaches to see.  My son entered the portal from a D3 and got emails from schools he had never heard from.

I was wondering if this might be the case. Thanks for the response.

And it appears to have worked as he has already been offered by SFA.

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Bottom line:

Last years UMHB team had some of the best defensive players to ever play D3 football.  UMHB was fast and physical team. You cant compare this year, you dont have the same playmakers on the field.  Last year UMHB was loaded with 2 deeps as talented as the starters.  The MVP of the stagg bowl was even a backup part of the time. 2021 UMHB was one of the greatest D3 teams ever assembled, its not fair to compare the 2 ….last year’s defense was Elite!  They will have to rebuild going forward, the run was fun but there will have to be some new playmakers to get back to championship form.

Absolutely, we as Cru fans have been spoiled for a number of years now but in particular on defense. Across the country there have been a number of programs that put up the offensive numbers we have but starting back in 2016 until now our defenses have been unbelievable. This years defense was not bad at all but in comparison to last year and the last few in general it didn't have that dominant unit or units that was so good they frequently outscores the opponents offense.

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I don't think we can count on anything being a norm since that committee changes so often. And that makes it unfortunate for coaches trying to read the tea leaves and schedule.

Prehaps because I have grown numb to the geographically challenges but that is probably the most frustrating thing about this. Non biased objective criteria is celebrated at the non FBS level as something that makes it special but sometimes just feels like a shield that is hidden behind as things are interpreted differently every year.

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Don't know about other NCC'ers but going in, it seemed to me that UMHB was the scariest (is that a word?) team we would go up against. Much of that feeling was based on last year when the Cru looked like the biggest/toughest D3 team I'd ever seen. I expected more of the same this year. And, while I thought for a variety of reasons, that NCC would win, I never dreamed they would win by 35 points! I think anyone who says they did is telling a little, or more likely big, fib.  :D

So, have we seen the end of the top dogs in D3 scheduling each other in non-conference play? It seems like the UMHB close road loss to UWW and the UWW road loss to SJU dogged both of those teams this year in ranking and ultimately playoff seeding. There didn't seem to be an upside to playing those games for a team with national aspirations. Fan enjoyment was a big plus, of course.

UWW played at home with an 8-2 record, so I'm not sure their draw was really negatively impacted by losing to St. John's.  The SOS bump probably enhanced their position, if anything.  I was actually mildly surprised that UWW got a home game- the last 8-2 WIAC champion went on the road.  UMHB's losing at UWW did cost them at least one home game (2nd round), but that's also a game they probably should have won, no? 

The team that very notably did not play a big time non-con game is Mount Union.  Mount Union was directed to play their QF game on the road.  I think the committee properly rewarded the teams that played legitimately strong schedules with at-large invitations and home assignments to the extent that was reasonable.  I wouldn't at all say that those games were detrimental.  Maybe UMHB has a small regret? But I think they much more regret not punching that thing in from five inches away than playing the game in the first place.

Do you think what happened to Mount Union will become the norm in the future? By numbers it absolutely made sense that they went on the road but we all were surprised for good reason that they went on the road.

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Don't know about other NCC'ers but going in, it seemed to me that UMHB was the scariest (is that a word?) team we would go up against. Much of that feeling was based on last year when the Cru looked like the biggest/toughest D3 team I'd ever seen. I expected more of the same this year. And, while I thought for a variety of reasons, that NCC would win, I never dreamed they would win by 35 points! I think anyone who says they did is telling a little, or more likely big, fib.  :D

So, have we seen the end of the top dogs in D3 scheduling each other in non-conference play? It seems like the UMHB close road loss to UWW and the UWW road loss to SJU dogged both of those teams this year in ranking and ultimately playoff seeding. There didn't seem to be an upside to playing those games for a team with national aspirations. Fan enjoyment was a big plus, of course.

Prehaps although I am not convinced a majority of the reason most of those games happened was due to lack of options of people saying yes, especially in the case of UMHB. That is not to put us on a higher standard but to most teams we are most likely a loss and an expensive one the year you make the trip to Belton. With that said, massive props to Muhlenburg who not only played us but made the trip to Belton knowing their schedule didn't allow us to make the return trip.

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Region 4 football (Great Lakes-ish) / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: December 10, 2022, 11:32:37 am »
Pat,

D3Football did stories on 3 out of the 4 semifinalists this week.

Why no story on Mount Union?

Thanks,
K&J Dad

I have always taken stories about teams during the week of their playoff games as the kiss of death haha, seems like there is high correlation of feature stories about teams that seem to have hit their ceiling for the season. They don't need to write stories about the powers early because they will have time later in the playoff rounds.

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Does anybody know the status of this week's game notes?

Must have just missed them, UMHB's are now online.

https://cruathletics.com/documents/2022/12/7/2022_UMHB_Game_Notes_SF.pdf

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I don’t know Bleed, when I was there in 2018 I felt every UMHB was as mean as a snake (in a good way). 
I agree though- very nice people out there.

Congratulations to UMHB, played like champions when you had to.

I agree with this as well.  Congratulations on the win against an excellent Bethel team.  It's the "when you had to" part that would really good to change by next week.

I mean when does UMHB ever do things the easy way, other than the last 3 weeks of last season which I still can't quite believe.

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Congrats to UMHB!  Heck of a game.  Would have been very easy for UMHB to get frustrated and phone it in when they were down 28-17 and things had not been going their way, but instead they rallied in a huge way!

Good luck the rest of the way!

Congrats to Bethel, heck of a season! Props on the amount of Bethel faithful that made the long trek.

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Mike Craven of Dave Campbell's Texas Football suggests Jerheme Urban as a "home run" candidate to replace the recently departed G.J. Kinne at D1 FCS UIW.   I don't see TPTB at UIW considering someone lacking a D1 coaching pedigree. 

[crossing fingers that this post doesn't come back to bite me]

With all the improvements that Trinity seems to have done for the program and Coach Urban's connection to the school I would think the only way he leaves is if wants the challenge. I would agree thought that I would assume UIW won't want anyone to see them taking a step back by going after the local D3 guy.

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