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General Division III issues / Re: Future of Division III
« on: Today at 04:39:08 pm »
In 2004 there was an article in the Houston Chronicle recommending Rice take the D3 route but I don't know if the school ever seriously considered the possibility.   According to this 2017 Chronicle article, it was a number of possible alternatives put on the table, none of which were apparently pursued.

It would've been interesting to see what would've happened if Rice had considered the change after the massive shakeup a little over a decade ago that made the SCAC a Texas-centric conference and the newly-minted SAA a more southeastern-oriented conference centered around former SCAC members. There are certainly more options for a wealthy and high-academic-cachet university such as Rice to find a D3 league "nearby" (in Texas, the word "nearby" ought to always be put in quotes ;)) containing schools that have a somewhat similar academic profile than there were before.

Nearby isn’t even necessary for them. Rice and Tulane are UAA type schools I don’t know if Rice and/or Tulane went D3 they would want to (Johns Hopkins doesn’t want to) or the UAA would even have wanted them but they would fit right in.

And if not the UAA, either the SAA or NESCAC.  The SCAC's academic profile's not as high as it was before the split; there are certainly some SCAC schools (not all, but a decent number) that would not be welcomed in the SAA even if they were located in the South.  That as much as the travel was (IMO) the reason for the split in the first place given that there had been serious discussion of moving to a east/west model which would have greatly cut down the travel.

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General Division III issues / Re: Future of Division III
« on: Yesterday at 09:11:58 am »
In 2004 there was an article in the Houston Chronicle recommending Rice take the D3 route but I don't know if the school ever seriously considered the possibility.   According to this 2017 Chronicle article, it was a number of possible alternatives put on the table, none of which were apparently pursued.

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General Division III issues / Re: Future of Division III
« on: April 09, 2021, 04:13:37 pm »

All fair points. There is going to be some change no matter what, will be fascinating to watch. I just hope we see schools invest more in the marketing and content around their D3 programs in the future.

So it's interesting.  I've been following D3 for basically 25 years now and there *has* been a definite increase in marketing and certainly online presence among the schools I follow.   I've also had the pleasure of watching a couple of schools make the D1 -> D3 transition (Birmingham Southern and Centenary(LA)) and those schools have retained a more D1-like presence from a marketing perspective (not huge but the difference is noticeable vs. at least some D3 schools).   

The schools that are having athletic success are realizing that they can have more success recruiting with a more professional presence, and are stepping up their online and social media efforts where spending a relatively few dollars can have a significant return and give them a presence they can't get from media who prefer covering pro and scholarship sports. 

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South Region / Re: MBB: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 27, 2021, 01:06:46 pm »
The SCAC announced its 30th anniversary basketball teams yesterday.   As a reminder, the 30th anniversary teams cover just the last 15 years, as the conference announced similar all-star teams during the 2005-6 academic year.

Travion Kirkendoll, Centenary College
James Sapp, Centenary College **
Keenan Gumbs, Schreiner University *
Sterling Holmes, Texas Lutheran University *
CooXooEii Black, Colorado College
Ryan Milne, Colorado College
Matt Nestheide, Centre College
Jonathan Blount, Centenary College **
Mike Moore, DePauw University *
Nick Rose, Colorado College *
Cedric Harris, Centenary College *
Chris Lesnansky, Colorado College
Todd Ward, Oglethorpe University
Andrew King, Hendrix College
Edrick Montgomery, Millsaps College

* - SCAC Player-of-the-Year honor(s)

Details about the careers of these outstanding performers are available at the link above.

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South Region / Re: WBB: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 27, 2021, 12:58:27 pm »
The SCAC announced its 30th anniversary basketball teams yesterday - there have been a lot of talented women in the conference, and it couldn't have been easy to narrow the list down to these 15.   As a reminder, the 30th anniversary teams cover just the last 15 years, as the conference announced similar all-star teams during the 2005-6 academic year. 

Bryce Frank, Austin College – Forward **
Monica Holguin, Trinity University – Guard **
Maggie Prewitt, Centre College – Guard **
Liz Bondi, DePauw University – Forward **
Abby Holland, Trinity University – Forward *
Katie Kulavic, Oglethorpe University – Guard *
Micah Weaver, Trinity University – Guard *
Katy Williams, Austin College – Forward *
Melanie Auguste, Colorado College – Guard *
Chelsea Leeder, Southwestern University – Forward *
Anecia Richardson, Trinity University – Center *
Anna Findley, Oglethorpe University – Guard
Annie Bourne, Southwestern University – Forward
Krista Prato Matthews – Trinity University – Forward

* - Player-of-the-Year honor(s)

Details about the careers of these outstanding performers are available at the link above. 

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South Region football / Re: FB: Southern Athletic Association
« on: March 26, 2021, 07:31:33 pm »
SAA announced all-conference teams today.

Offensive POTYs:  Aaron Rideaux of Austin and Robert Shufford of Birmingham-Southern
Defensive POTYs:  Campbell Miller of Trinity and Clayton Bell of Centre
Newcomers OTY:  James Ogunrin of Trinity and Trentin Dupper of Centre
Special Team POTYs:  Michael Edmonson of Trinity and Brock Skinner of Berry
Coach of the Year:  Tony Kunczeski, Berry

Despite being named co-POTY, Trinity's Campbell Miller was not one of the four DLs named  first team all-SAA.

There were 14 players named 1st team offense, 13 named 1st team defense, 27 named 2nd team offense, 37 named 2nd team defense.   No explanation as to the critieria for selection was provided; perhaps they took the top so many at each position and ties for first string and everyone else who exceeded a threshold of votes (or received votes) for second.

Berry (4-0):  8 1st team, 9 2nd team; COTY, 1 POTY
BSC (2-2):   5 1st team, 13 2nd team; 1 POTY
Centre (2-2):  4 1st team, 9 2nd team; 2 POTY
Hendrix (3-1): 3 1st team, 10 2nd team
Trinity (3-1):  3 1st team, 7 2nd team; 3 POTY
Austin (1-3):  4 1st team, 5 2nd team; 1 POTY
Millsaps (1-3):  11 2nd team
Rhodes (0-4):  no recognition

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The story has been told before, but the LA Times' Chris Ballard has a fine writeup of Gregg Popovich's first year coaching Pomona-Pitzer and that year's loss to CalTech, which broke their (at the time) record losing streak of 99 games.   Lots of interviews with the players involved on both sides.

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South Region / Re: WBB: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 23, 2021, 09:17:54 am »
Good news on Ackerman returning, thanks, Troy.   Hopefully your daughter will see more playing time next season - it's tough for a first year to get much PT at Trinity but in a normal season there are usually enough blowouts to get some time on the floor.   We all know this was far from a normal season ...

This season was an outlier for Trinity for even more reasons than COVID.   It's been close to a decade since they didn't have an absolute go-to player they could almost always depend on in tough situations.   Before Abby Holland, it was Micah Weaver, prior to Micah it was Monica Holguin, prior to that Anecia Richardson and Hannah Coley.  This year was much more a balanced effort (only two players averaged double figures, and barely at that) and it took them a while to find that balance.   It will be interesting to see if anyone develops into that go-to player next season - there are certainly some candidates - or if they will have to continue with the 'offense by committee' approach they had to use this year. 

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South Region / Re: MBB: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 22, 2021, 09:45:19 am »
Yesterday's SCAC championship was a close, tight game until St. Thomas went on a three-point shooting spree midway through the fourth quarter and pulled away for a 80-66 victory on Trinity's home floor to win their first SCAC championship as a school.   

It was 61-60 St. Thomas after Kaleb Jenkins hit a layup with 6:24 to play.  UST's Cameron Gims and Freddie Ricks hit threes on 5 of the next 7 possessions while Trinity went cold from the field and never recovered.

Tournament MVP:  Juan Hood, UST, game high 24 points yesterday.
All-Tournament:  UST's Christian Alaekwe (21 points, 7 rebounds) and Cameron Gims (18 points, 11 boards); Trinity's Enzo Sechi (17 points) and AJ Clark (13 rebounds, 9 points); Austin's Michael Holland.

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South Region / Re: WBB: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 22, 2021, 09:32:31 am »
Despite getting almost nothing from their bench (9 points) yesterday, Trinity jumped out to a double-digit lead most of the game and this time withstood Colorado College's second-half comeback to post a 73-63 win, clinching the SCAC tournament championship to go along with their regular season crown.   

Trinity led by 15 midway through the third before Colorado made its push, with conference newcomer-of-the-year Audrey Bayston doing most of the damage with a pair of threes, a layup, and four of five FTs to close the lead to six at the end of the quarter.   From there it was a see-saw affair with Colorado closing to within four at the three-minute mark before Jordan Rudd would drain a three off a long pass with the shot clock expiring plus getting a steal on the ensuing play to stop the bleeding.  The visitors would close to within four again with under a minute to play, but Trinity would hit all of its free throws down the stretch to post the final margin of victory.

With a career-high (and Trinity leading) 22 points to go with 6 rebounds, Jordan Rudd was named tournament MVP.   Also named to the SCAC all-Tournament team:  Trinity's Ashlyn Milton (19 points yesterday including 5-of-6 late FTs) and Hailey Coleman (10 points yesterday); Colorado College's Audrey Bayston (a game high 25 points including 4-of-5 3FG) and Anna Fanelli (11 points, 7 assists, 7 rebounds); and Austin College's Reagan Chiaverini.

Besides Rudd, Trinity graduates three seniors (Emily Daniels, Julia Ackerman, and Annie Wise).  Rudd's floor leadership and defense will be the hardest thing to replace, but the cupboard is still pretty full and I'd expect the two transfers to play a larger role next season. Colorado loses Abby Walz and McKenzie Gertz, who had early foul trouble yesterday but still chipped in 11 points.   Colorado's challenge will be to develop some depth next year as only eight players saw the floor yesterday and that was pretty much the case all season for them (in the entire season only ten players saw court time for CC).

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South Region football / Re: FB: Southern Athletic Association
« on: March 18, 2021, 02:57:50 pm »
This week's ATN Podcast is full of great SAA content.   Among other things:

  • Hendrix Coach Buck Buchanan on 'oh yes we can do Spring in pads, we just proved it'
  • Berry Coach Tony Kunczewski about his team’s spring
  • Trinity Coach Jerheme Urban on *his* team's spring
  • and a feature on Berry's Justus Edwards, where he is now, what's he's doing to get stronger and what he's doing with his foundation.

There's more, see the link above for details and the link to the podcast which clocks in at about an hour.

Thanks for the love and respect for the conference, Pat.   Wish we had a few more folks here to appreciate the work you've put in. 

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General Division III issues / Re: Future of Division III
« on: March 18, 2021, 09:06:45 am »
Mills College (CA), a small, primarily women's college, is the latest D3 school to call it quits.  They only sponsored a handful of sports (to be expected with an undergraduate enrollment in the hundreds).

https://www.mills.edu/announcement/index.php

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Since 1852, Mills College has brought transformative learning opportunities to many by breaking barriers, forging connections, and changing lives. Today, because of the economic burdens of the COVID-19 pandemic, structural changes across higher education, and Mills’ declining enrollment and budget deficits, Mills must begin to shift away from being a degree-granting college and toward becoming a Mills Institute that can sustain Mills’ mission. The Mills College Board of Trustees, after careful consideration, has decided that after fall 2021, Mills will no longer enroll new first-year undergraduate students. We will focus our resources on building degree pathways for our continuing students, and supporting the new first-year undergraduate, transfer, and graduate students who will join us this fall. Mills will most likely confer its final degrees in 2023, pending further consideration and action by the Board of Trustees.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Southern Athletic Association
« on: March 15, 2021, 09:01:47 am »
Of course, that's Rhodes 0-4 and not Trinity :D - and I was happy to see the Lynx nearly double their season offensive scoring output yesterday.

Congrats to Berry who are probably pretty thankful for that missed XP by Hendrix in the fourth quarter on Saturday given the way they stalled offensively in the second half.  One of these years someone else will win the championship outright but until they do the SAA is a Berry-colored world. 

Kudos to the SAA for pulling this short season off despite the myriad COVID challenges, and for giving *all* the teams a unique experience last weekend in Little Rock.   I hope the seniors who are not electing or able to return next season got some kind of closure on their collegiate football experience thanks to the SAA, the schools, and their fellow student-athletes doing what they could this year. 

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South Region / Re: WBB: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 14, 2021, 07:47:08 pm »
Trinity gets past Austin 70-60 and will host Colorado College for the SCAC championship next weekend.   The Tigers were led by 15 from both SCAC DPOY Jordan Rudd, and from Maggie Shipley, part of a 28-13 bench advantage for the victors.  Austin's Sarah Gwin led all scorers with 19, and Ally Longaker added 17.   After missing all nine of their threes in the first half, Trinity went 6-10 from beyond the arc in the second half.

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South Region / Re: MBB: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 14, 2021, 04:27:34 pm »
It’ll be #2 St. Thomas at #1 Trinity for the SCAC championship after both won this weekend.  Lots of fouls called today in Trinity’s 80-68 win over Austin with several players fouling out (prior to the end-of-game foulathon) and a number with four.

The Celts were the only team to defeat Trinity (in the first game of the regular season) and if memory serves the Tigers pulled out the second game at the last second.  Should be a good one!

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