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UWW 2019 football schedule is out- looks like an excellent non-conference slate.
https://uwwsports.com/schedule.aspx?path=football&schedule=531

That is a quality schedule. I can't wait for football season.
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These schools just might need to realign with more like-minded schools; extra travel be damned.

If you're an elite academic school, or if you aspire to be one, then "extra travel be damned" just doesn't cut it. Extra travel means more time spent off campus and more missed classes, which defeats the whole purpose in terms of academics.

When the choice is:

A) getting routinely monkey stomped 3 or 4 times a year by teams within an hour (home and away), or

B) traveling a little farther away 2 or 3 times a year (half the games are home) in a competitive league of more similar institutions,

"B" might be appealing (hypothetically, if it's of any interest to those schools involved)

I don't think 2 or 3 trips a year that are two or three hours farther would kill anyone's academics. Schools across the nation, and very good ones at that, do it all the time. Look at maps of the Patriot League and UAA. I doubt a handful of trips impact MIT and UofChicago et al.

2 or 3 away games a year?  That's going to make for an extremely brief basketball / hockey / baseball / tennis / volleyball / I'm sure I'm missing others - season.

Half the conference games are home already. A small group of local schools would likely stay together so those wouldn't change. Non-conference is irrelevant to this discussion. So ya, 2 or 3 conference games with farther travel.
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These schools just might need to realign with more like-minded schools; extra travel be damned.

If you're an elite academic school, or if you aspire to be one, then "extra travel be damned" just doesn't cut it. Extra travel means more time spent off campus and more missed classes, which defeats the whole purpose in terms of academics.

When the choice is:

A) getting routinely monkey stomped 3 or 4 times a year by teams within an hour (home and away), or

B) traveling a little farther away 2 or 3 times a year (half the games are home) in a competitive league of more similar institutions,

"B" might be appealing (hypothetically, if it's of any interest to those schools involved)

I don't think 2 or 3 trips a year that are two or three hours farther would kill anyone's academics. Schools across the nation, and very good ones at that, do it all the time. Look at maps of the Patriot League and UAA. I doubt a handful of trips impact MIT and UofChicago et al.

There was discussion previously about the SAA and the travel required there. But that's comparing apples to oranges because there isn't really another option (a short busride to a monkeystomp). And as GoldandBlueBU noted, this doesn't just apply to football (the Mac option is off the table) but every student athlete and every other sport.
If it was just football and there were 2 or 3 partner schools (say Mac, Olaf, and Carleton all jumped ship to the Midwest) then maybe it's viable in terms of "extra travel be damned" but otherwise it really seems like spiting your face to get back at your hand.
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Regarding the Hope recruiting class for 2019-2020:  I certainly can't remember a recruiting class with this many highly ranked (all-state honors, etc.) players as this one.  It's exciting, but of course means absolutely zip until next fall and the seasons to come, but the potential is certainly high.  Gotta believe that this will also put some extra motivation in "off-season" work for any of the returning varsity players.  October 15 and tryouts ought to be one heck of a competition for roster spots.
Good points, FDF.  Perhaps this new recruiting class means. . .
   Some gut-wrenching coaching decisions?
   Some disappointed current varsity/jv players and new recruits (who hopefully will still thrive with a great education)?
   A deep and quality bench?
   A great jv team including patient players awaiting their varsity turn?
   Four years of great BB to come?
   Some grateful but sad fans saying goodbye to the Class of 2023 in 4 years?
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New York Region / Re: BB: SUNYAC
« Last post by jdex on Today at 09:38:36 am »
Cortland (26-9-1) moves up two slots to 24th in D3 media top 25 weekly poll. RDragons with 119 voting points. Ithaca with 16 points among others receiving votes
        1. Concordia-Chi (26-2) 618 points; 2. Chris Newport VA (27-4) 593; 3. So. Maine (23-5) 552; 4. Rowan (24-7) 519; 5. Trinity TX (30-9) 485

Tuesday contests include Oswego (22-11) home vs. Empire 8 king 22-7 Ithaca, Brockport (14-16) at 4-23 Emira. New Paltz (11-16) date with 12-15 NJ City U. ppd.

Wednesday has Cortland home vs. Ithaca, Oswego at 16-13 Rochester, Brockport at 14-13 RIT, Oneonta (16-17) home vs. 12-16 Wells, New Paltz at 13-20 Vassar in Poughkeepsie
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These schools just might need to realign with more like-minded schools; extra travel be damned.

If you're an elite academic school, or if you aspire to be one, then "extra travel be damned" just doesn't cut it. Extra travel means more time spent off campus and more missed classes, which defeats the whole purpose in terms of academics.

When the choice is:

A) getting routinely monkey stomped 3 or 4 times a year by teams within an hour (home and away), or

B) traveling a little farther away 2 or 3 times a year (half the games are home) in a competitive league of more similar institutions,

"B" might be appealing (hypothetically, if it's of any interest to those schools involved)

I don't think 2 or 3 trips a year that are two or three hours farther would kill anyone's academics. Schools across the nation, and very good ones at that, do it all the time. Look at maps of the Patriot League and UAA. I doubt a handful of trips impact MIT and UofChicago et al.

2 or 3 away games a year?  That's going to make for an extremely brief basketball / hockey / baseball / tennis / volleyball / I'm sure I'm missing others - season.
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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2019 NCAA Tournament
« Last post by Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on Today at 09:27:31 am »
Just edited my post a bit as you were posting Greg :)!  Fair on Guiterrez, but still, he goes from being like the 11th or 12th guy to now probably the 3rd or 4th guy, reflective of just how much big-time talent Whitman lost to graduation.  And part of what made them so tough was their relentless physicality and rebounding, and without Butler and Jacobs-Jones, that element is missing.  Still probably a top-20 team, but not a top-5 or even top-10 one on paper in my view, unless they bring in a ton of big-time talent.

The question, in my mind, is how many of the fourth year players with eligibility left decide to use it.  They're going to lose four big-time players for sure, but with that style and that depth, they're going to be very dangerous.  I don't have a lot of details, but I hear they're doing very well on the recruiting trail, as well - perhaps gaining a more solid foothold farther east.  They're essentially recruiting a lot of the same prep schools as the NESCAC - if they can start getting those guys to head west with some consistency, it'll be interesting.

Whitman's system is basically entirely different than most other teams play.  I'm looking at Gutierrez as essentially a sophomore coming into this year, having spent a year learning.  I suspect you'll see a marked improvement, especially as a senior and without last year's class clout hanging over them.  I wondered all year if they were playing too many guys to really reach full potential.  We'll find out this time around.

I agree, they may not be Top 10, but I'm not going to count them out they way I might another team enduring those losses (a la Williams).
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These schools just might need to realign with more like-minded schools; extra travel be damned.

If you're an elite academic school, or if you aspire to be one, then "extra travel be damned" just doesn't cut it. Extra travel means more time spent off campus and more missed classes, which defeats the whole purpose in terms of academics.

When the choice is:

A) getting routinely monkey stomped 3 or 4 times a year by teams within an hour (home and away), or

B) traveling a little farther away 2 or 3 times a year (half the games are home) in a competitive league of more similar institutions,

"B" might be appealing (hypothetically, if it's of any interest to those schools involved)

I don't think 2 or 3 trips a year that are two or three hours farther would kill anyone's academics. Schools across the nation, and very good ones at that, do it all the time. Look at maps of the Patriot League and UAA. I doubt a handful of trips impact MIT and UofChicago et al.
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Mideast Region / Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Last post by D3baseballparent on Today at 09:10:44 am »
ONU sweeps Etta, with 4 games left against Wilmington and Musky, they should get into top 4. 12 wins should guarantee a top 4 finish, 11 wins probably, 10 wins probably out. Otterbein and Marietta could both be out.
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Regarding the Hope recruiting class for 2019-2020:  I certainly can't remember a recruiting class with this many highly ranked (all-state honors, etc.) players as this one.  It's exciting, but of course means absolutely zip until next fall and the seasons to come, but the potential is certainly high.  Gotta believe that this will also put some extra motivation in "off-season" work for any of the returning varsity players.  October 15 and tryouts ought to be one heck of a competition for roster spots. 
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