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General Division III issues / Re: Future of Division III
« on: June 13, 2018, 10:24:37 pm »
Thank you. Specifically, the mother feels betrayed. The mother believes that her daughter was not dealt with fairly and that an injustice was done to her.  From the article,

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The teen's mother, Bianca Stanescu, told CT Post that there's no transgender competition when it comes to things like 'math and science and chorus' but with sports it's different.

'Sports are set up for fairness,' she said. 'Biologically male and female are different, adding that  'the great majority is being sacrificed for the minority'.

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South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« on: June 07, 2018, 09:36:29 pm »
Props to McMurry... best college in Texas for its grads to get a job

https://www.zippia.com/advice/best-college-state-getting-job-2018/

There are plenty of D3's across the country who had the best jobs rate for their state.

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West Region / Re: BB: NWC: Northwest Conference
« on: June 07, 2018, 06:01:46 pm »
Whitworth gets one more player drafted, Joel Condreay was taken by the Rockies in the 31st round

I had a couple of high school classmates that played at LC State who referred to this as the "friends and family" portion of the draft. Joel will get a shot as a pitcher nonetheless. Congrats to him and Smith.
I have heard that, too.  One frequently sees players from the SCIAC drafted in these rounds.

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National topics / Re: 2018 D-III World Series
« on: June 02, 2018, 08:51:56 pm »
The difference this year was that UTT had a very durable starting group. They may not have been as dominant as TLU but were effective. They got a lot of innings out of their top 3 starters at both the regional and World Series. That turned out to be the difference as TLU top 2 starters were not as durable and they were forced into their bullpen more. UTT top 2 starters threw complete games and then came back on 3 days rest and pitched deep into those games. TLU was not that fortunate.
... which is how Cal Lu did it last year.  I will let the Trinity fans comment on 2016.

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National topics / Re: 2018 D-III World Series
« on: May 31, 2018, 03:15:04 pm »
ANY chance they expand to 64 teams with 16 four-team regionals?
... (1) another 39 teams add baseball or,
(2) the NCAA will change the access ratio to 1 bid for every five teams capped at 64.

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National topics / Re: 2018 D-III World Series
« on: May 31, 2018, 12:27:56 pm »
Next year, the new super-regional format will solve this problem for the rest of the country.  I expect to see the west region funneled into two, three-team regionals (Texas and West Coast sub-regionals).  The winners will play for the right to a world series berth.  No more moving strong west teams in to other regions and the chance of two west teams playing for the championship.  Good thing it happened while it still could..

Doesn't sound like there will be three-team regionals. They'll do two-team regionals, which will be best-of-five series.

The possibility of two team regionals makes things even worse for the west.  So in that instance, the ideal case for the budget conscious NCAA, you will see the NWC/SCIAC and ASC/SCAC champs both in two team regionals, with the winners playing in the super regional (requiring only 2 total flights). 

With the current 6 team regional, you had to expect at least 3 fly-ins into the West, no matter where it was hosted.  Also, the ability to bus in a "bubble" pool c team to the west regional, might have played in the local team's favor in the "unwritten" national evaluation criteria,  budgetary impact. 

Pool C's in the west are going to have to have a very compelling resume to justify those additional flights needed to expand the two 2 team regionals to a 2 and 4 team regional.  Additionally, It seems unlikely that you would see the two west subregional winners matched up with any other region, as that would create the need for an additional flight. 

I can't envision a way that you will see two west teams in the WS again with this new format.
As delighted as I was to see UT-Tyler moved to the Central, I also share your concern.  There are times when I thought that the geography worked for a worthy Pool C bubble team, just as there were years when the geography may not have worked. (I have followed D3 baseball since the early 2000's).  The quality of teams in D3 now is so consistent at the top that the 16th Pool C bid is as much luck as anything. The D3baseball.com mock selection did not have UT-Tyler in the field.

Look at how the D3 baseball.com Week #12 Top 25 performed.

 http://www.d3boards.com/index.php?topic=7917.msg1871234#msg1871234

I am not decrying the use of polls. It helps the fan stay abreast of the changes in the division across the country. It makes the season more fun. On the other hand, to quote a familiar voice in the D3 family, we do have more upsets than March Madness.

I am sad to lose UT-Tyler as a host venue for D-3 (even when they don't get the tarp on the field as for the finals of the 2017 Regional) because Rhodes and Millsaps could be bussed here.  If Centenary LA wants to host, then that is a venue where we can pick up some non-West Region schools.

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National topics / Re: 2018 D-III World Series
« on: May 30, 2018, 09:54:59 pm »
Next year, the new super-regional format will solve this problem for the rest of the country.  I expect to see the west region funneled into two, three-team regionals (Texas and West Coast sub-regionals).  The winners will play for the right to a world series berth.  No more moving strong west teams in to other regions and the chance of two west teams playing for the championship.  Good thing it happened while it still could..

Doesn't sound like there will be three-team regionals. They'll do two-team regionals, which will be best-of-five series.

The West Regional was 2 teams before the NWC was D3.  I know Cal Lu played a 2-team Regional from '92 to '97 and the '98 Regional was the first one with more than 2 teams.
...and the ASC. Trinity and Southwestern were West Region teams in the South and Mideast (multi-region) SCAC.

Other D3 teams were Cal State East Bay and Menlo.

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I think that it is fair for me to mention UT-Tyler with men's and women's teams in the Final 8.

There have been numerous occasions on the CCIW Chat (   ;)  ) board when the women's hoops teams were mentioned.

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UT-Tyler almost pulled off a double. The women lost in 10 innings to IWU in the second round and then lost to Ithaca in the elimination game of their bracket.

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National topics / Re: 2018 D-III World Series
« on: May 30, 2018, 11:35:01 am »
I hope that all the friends and family of UTT (and every other D3 player) seek coverage from the d3baseball.com website.

Tell your friends.

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National topics / Re: 2018 D-III World Series
« on: May 29, 2018, 03:20:35 pm »
Tyler won the first game 8-1 getting a complete game from Sedillo. I note that TLU's starter Malinovisk who was 12-2 on the season only worked the 1st inning then was replaced.

I have a feeling he didn't have it due to the short rest. He threw a lot of pitches on Friday night and coming back on 3 days is tough.
In the post game interview after Malinovsky's win on Friday, Coach Burnett said that he would not jeopardize Malinovsky's pro prospects.

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