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Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« Reply #11265 on: November 21, 2021, 12:37:12 pm »
I realize that there isn't a lot of traffic here, but congrats to LF on a great season. Your team fought hard but got out-gunned.

Holy cow, though, AJ Jackson is the real deal!  He's a threat anytime the ball is in his hands (except punting).

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Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« Reply #11266 on: November 21, 2021, 02:14:33 pm »
I realize that there isn't a lot of traffic here, but congrats to LF on a great season. Your team fought hard but got out-gunned.

Holy cow, though, AJ Jackson is the real deal!  He's a threat anytime the ball is in his hands (except punting).

Agreed. Great season for LF. Have always run a nice program and happy to see the success they had this season.

I believe Coach Cat is transitioning out of coaching and info the AD role. Great season to end on for a well respected coach. He’s done a tremendous job for a tough place to win at.

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Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« Reply #11267 on: November 22, 2021, 09:57:17 am »
Agree! Appreciate it. Although the score was not pretty, anyone that watched that game can agree that was far from a "Monkey stomp".

There are levels to d3 fball and we just stepped our foot into a MUCH bigger level. but with AJ and Cat back for another year we can hope to be back!

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Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« Reply #11268 on: January 26, 2022, 03:33:38 pm »
In an (IMO) surprising move, Eastern Illinois has hired UChicago coach Chris Wilkerson to be their new head coach.  https://athletics.uchicago.edu/sports/fball/2021-22/releases/20220126kdwlgi   Then again, Wilkerson did play football and started his coaching career there (per https://eiupanthers.com/news/2022/1/26/wilkerson-hired-as-26th-eiu-football-coach.aspx).   His record at UC was solid but not spectacular (51-27), unusual to see someone losing 1 in 3 games at the D3 level get a promotion to FCS.

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Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« Reply #11269 on: January 26, 2022, 03:34:38 pm »
This was the job I was expecting Jeff Thorne to get.
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Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« Reply #11270 on: January 26, 2022, 04:37:05 pm »
In an (IMO) surprising move, Eastern Illinois has hired UChicago coach Chris Wilkerson to be their new head coach.  https://athletics.uchicago.edu/sports/fball/2021-22/releases/20220126kdwlgi   Then again, Wilkerson did play football and started his coaching career there (per https://eiupanthers.com/news/2022/1/26/wilkerson-hired-as-26th-eiu-football-coach.aspx).   His record at UC was solid but not spectacular (51-27), unusual to see someone losing 1 in 3 games at the D3 level get a promotion to FCS.

Context matters on both counts. Wilkerson is an alum with many ties to EIU, makes plenty of sense they would give him a look. He's coached there as well as at San Jose State and Dartmouth. He has plenty of experience across the spectrum of NCAA divisions (27 years total). He also has the energetic personality that will gin up some enthusiasm within an EIU program that has done a lot of losing lately.

Wilkerson's record at UChicago is very good actually. Again, context matters. The Maroons didn't have a football program for 30 years and when they brought it back in 1969, they were a glorified club team and the results reflected that. They did a whole lot of losing until Dick Maloney took the reigns and revived the program back to respectability and more. Maloney basically doubled the roster size by the time he left.
Wilkerson has helped the Maroons take the next step after that and they are in contention annually for the MWC auto bid. He had one losing season out of 8. Before his arrival, UChicago had a .379 winning percentage since 1969.

Winning at UChicago is hard in football. You have to be able to consistently recruit incoming classes of 30+ that will: 1) be able to be admitted to one of the most selective universities in the nation; 2) be a good enough athlete to make a difference once you are admitted; 3) stick around for all 4 years (the attrition rate for upperclassmen is significant due to the demands of school and concentrating on the job hunt/internships).
You know how many seniors came back for a 5th year in 2021? Zero. They all graduated in the winter and proceeded into the work force. UChicago didn't have the luxury that schools like Wheaton and NCC had with a boatload of 5th/6th year guys. The school is too expensive to stick around. In the last decade, you can count the number of 5th year seniors in all sports combined on one hand.

Personally, I'm not surprised Thorne didn't end up at EIU. He may have never even given them a serious look, that's a big rebuild job over there. His relationship with Lester allows him an in to possibly get a better job down the line if he's successful.

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Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« Reply #11271 on: February 24, 2022, 08:51:01 am »
Ripon College may leave the city-owned stadium it shares with the HS, and build its own on campus.

https://www.riponpress.com/news/ripon-college-plans-major-infrastructure-projects-farr-hall-residence-halls-campus-stadium/article_2a64a7ae-94d9-11ec-b0a4-83d186c6fffb.html

The third prong of the infrastructure plan is exploring the possibility of a campus stadium on Lower Sadoff.

Young said the idea of a campus stadium has been floated for decades as a wish-list item.

Because the school is envisioning the stadium on the bottom of the hill, and the residence halls are on the top of the hill, Young believes the campus stadium would create a unique game day experience for students.

“You can just imagine on a game day, students coming out of the residence halls and they’re right there, and how much vibrancy that could add both to our campus and the surrounding community,” she said.

Beyond enhancing game days, Young added that the stadium could be used for intramural activities, movie nights, potential concerts and more.

It also could help make it easier for both college and high school athletes to schedule practices and games as Ingalls Field is quite busy during overlapping sports seasons.

Young has been in contact with officials both from the city of Ripon and the Ripon Area School District regarding the potential stadium.

City Administrator Adam Sonntag said the city will do what it can to support the college’s infrastructure initiatives.

He added that the addition of an on-campus stadium should not impact the state grant the city applied for to fund St. Wenceslaus Street improvements.

“It’s still far enough off that there’s no implications for that,” Sonntag said. “... We will support Ripon College in their goals and their needs however we can.”

Ripon Area School District Superintendent Mary Whitrock said the district appreciates its positive history of collaborating with the college in terms of Ingalls Field.

“It is exciting to hear from Interim President Young that they may be able to explore ways to meet the needs of their athletes and students on their immediate campus,” she said. “Having two facilities in the community could bring more opportunities for programming to the area and collaborating has allowed us to envision and renovate Ingalls Field. Either way, it is a win for Ripon.”


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Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« Reply #11272 on: July 18, 2022, 09:32:23 am »
https://www.d3football.com/notables/2022/07/lakefront-bowl-comes-to-wisconsin

I like this. Always felt that the two leagues have more or less entertaining matchups against each other in non-conference.
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Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« Reply #11273 on: August 10, 2022, 11:51:25 am »
Ernst retiring at Ripon. Full release:

Winningest Head Football Coach Ron Ernst retiring after 32 years with Ripon College

RIPON — Red Hawks’ head football coach and defensive coordinator, Ron Ernst has officially announced he will retire at the end of the 2022 season - his 32nd at the helm.

During his head coaching career at Ripon, Ernst led the Red Hawks to 184 wins and 113 losses, making him the winningest football coach in both the Midwest Conference (MWC) and Ripon College history.

Ernst has led the Red Hawks to 26 winning seasons, producing a .614 win percentage, capturing three MWC North Division titles (1995, 1996 and 1997) and two MWC Championships (1996 and 2001). Ernst was named MWC Coach of the Year in 1996 when he led the team to a school-record nine-win season. He also has been named the NCAA Division III Region 5 Coach of the Year (1995) and the Wisconsin Football Private College Coach of the Year on three occasions (2001, 2008 and 2010). In 2006, Ernst was inducted into the Ripon College Hall of Fame and in March 2009, he earned a spot in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Of his proudest accomplishments as head coach, Ernst noted, “There are so many.” At the top of his list is seeing his players graduate and go on to be successful members of society, as well as seeing former players make the Ripon College Athletics Hall of Fame. Ernst also includes producing three Private College Players of the Year: Bill Schultz ’97, Troy DeVoe ’02, and Josh Kraemer ’09. 

Ernst described his decision to retire after the 2022 season as bittersweet, saying, “It's all I've done for 42 years. The biggest thing I'm going to miss is the relationships that I've had with the players and my fellow coaches. Seeing the players grow from young, immature freshmen to mature men as seniors ready to head out into the world and do great things, I'm really going to miss that – helping young men navigate life from the ages of 18 to 22.”

In tandem with coaching, Ernst also took on the role of assistant athletic director and professor of exercise science at Ripon. He served as the College’s sports information director for a limited time in the late ’90s and early 2000s as well as head golf coach.

"Ron has dedicated most of his professional life to Ripon College and the Ripon College football program, and he has left a significant and lasting impact on both our school and our team," said Ryan Kane, director of athletics. "We wish Ron, his wife, Janet, and his family all the best in a truly well-deserved retirement."

During retirement, in addition to traveling and spending time with his grandchildren, Ernst and his wife plan to attend as many Red Hawks football games as possible under the direction of Jake Marshall, who will take over as the new head coach in the 2023 season. Marshall joined the Ripon College football coaching staff in December 2016 and currently serves as associate head coach and offensive coordinator.

He previously worked at fellow MWC school Beloit College, where he served in a variety of roles for three years, including offensive coordinator during the 2016 season.

Marshall graduated from Ripon in 2010. While playing quarterback for the Red Hawks, he earned his bachelor's degree in sports management. As a senior, Marshall served as team co-captain, while also being voted the team's offensive MVP after tying a school record with 19 rushing touchdowns. His 114 points ranked fourth in NCAA Division III that season and is third in school history for a single season.

“Six years ago, we started thinking about succession planning when looking for a new assistant coach,” Ernst says. “Reaching out to Jake Marshall, who played for me and I’ve had the opportunity to coach against, was an easy choice. As a player, he was certainly great, but he possessed other qualities that made him a natural leader. (Marshall) always wanted what was best for the team; he encouraged others to be their best and held them accountable. He is energetic and has an outstanding offensive mind with a proven ability to recruit – all qualities that are going to make him an outstanding head coach.”

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Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« Reply #11274 on: September 03, 2022, 10:38:00 pm »
Lake Forest with a strong win to open the season.  And way to go Ripon!

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Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« Reply #11275 on: September 04, 2022, 12:26:46 pm »
I'm shocked Ripon beat St. Norbert...should I be?  And what a weird win for IC Thursday night, at least looking at solely the stats.

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Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« Reply #11276 on: November 04, 2022, 05:23:42 pm »
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Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« Reply #11277 on: November 05, 2022, 10:36:58 pm »
Sad news as the Illinois College @ Grinnell game was cancelled due to the death of Grinnell freshman linebacker Davis Cooper earlier in the week.
The game could be rescheduled at some point.
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Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« Reply #11278 on: November 08, 2022, 08:51:41 pm »
First tie breaker is quarters led and Monmouth & LF are equal (24) heading into the last week. Anyone know the next tie breaker? Head to head?

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Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« Reply #11279 on: November 08, 2022, 11:20:56 pm »
From last year it was:

Tie Breaking Procedure for Division Champion and Order of  Finish
In the event of a tie, the following criteria shall be applied in order. Once a tie is broken between three or more teams, and two or more remain, the tie-breaking process shall return to the first tie-breaker being head-to-head.

1. Head to head competition.
2. The team that has been ahead in the most quarters of divisional play.
3. If two of the teams have an equal number of quarters in which they were ahead, the tie shall be broken by head-to-head competition.
4. If three or more of the tied teams have an equal number of quarters in which they were ahead, a coin flip by the Executive Director will determine Division Champion and/or Order of Finish.
5. Coin Flip.