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I had hoped Trinity would relocate the track when they reconfigured nearly all of their athletics facilities but alas it remained at Jessee-Miller Field. What's worse is that spectators are now prohibited from watching on the new running surface, which is understandable but limits field-level viewing to the back of the end zones.

It's my understanding that the new scoreboard and turf were phase 1 of multi-year improvements to The Coop. The renderings I saw from the previous AD showed Trin employing the Middlebury model with one giant stadium style grand stand on the current home stands with press box and possibly vip boxes (although I may be misremembering that point) and reverse seating for the field hockey/women's lacrosse astroturf field on the other side of the stands. Meanwhile they would eliminate the current visitor side seating/press box all together.

I'm not in favor of that arrangement, and perhaps it will change under the new AD, but unfortunately my pockets aren't nearly deep enough to warrant input.


I'll be in Hartford tomorrow for the game and hoping for a typical Trin-Bates result with a priority on no injuries. A road trip to Williamstown next week looms large as it will be the first real test for the Bantams. The winner of Wesleyan-Tufts will be in the enviable position to challenge Trinity and/or Amherst for the NESCAC crown. I'll be streaming that game on the big screen for sure!
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South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« Last post by BerryCollegeFan on Today at 11:35:02 am »
Who is Methodist playing this week?  I know the flooding has closed their campus most of the week?
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Most Juco, AZ and other states, kids out of HS do not have the grades or test scores to attend SCIAC schools. 
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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Last post by rscl70 on Today at 11:24:42 am »
According to "Around the OAC" in the Mount Union Game Notes, Heidelberg plays ONU at 2pm and BW at 7pm.  It's going to be a long hard day for the Berg.  :o
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West Region football / Re: FB: American Rivers Conference
« Last post by Purple Heys on Today at 11:21:49 am »
Is there a Ko-Hack fan out that can speak to the recent woes of their team?

Was 2016 a fluke?  Taking 2016 as an outlier to the data, from 2014 to date the 'Hacks have played like they have soggy crunchberries.

And before you go there, the annual Cornell beat down does not provide any barometer.

It may not provide a barometer, but 19 straight wins of domination has to make you wonder how one can even classify the other as going through "recent woes".  I would only call 2016 a fluke if Coe hadn't had the past success they've had.  Losses to tough Augustana and Dubuque teams this season don't have me thinking the Kohawks should pack in the season quite yet.

De Nile ain't just a river in Egypt...   :D

I did mention 19 straight wins right?  Shhhhhhhhhhhh  :-X

Feel better now?  That's your noise?  Coe beat Cornell 19 in  row...Yadda yadda yadda.  Coe better beat Cornell every time.

To quote, well, myself, "the annual beatdown over Cornell does not provide any barometer" as to how good, bad, or mediocre Coe has been.

Coe's record over the last 5 years:

'13  7-3   4-3
'14  5-5   4-3
'15  4-6   3-4
'16  11-1  8-0
'17  4-6   2-6
'18  1-2   0-1   (the 1 win being the 19th win in a row vs. the Rams as you so eloquently point out)

At one point (2004-2012) Coe had to be considered an annual IIAC contender, these being the Raeburn years were also tough years to reach the top in the IIAC with both Central and Wartburg being very good teams.  Poppa Staker comes in, has a tough Year 1, but then 2009-2012 has the 'Hacks in the upper echelon of the conference as Central sort of dropped off.

But then, from 2013 on, the 'Hacks - by 'Hack standards - seem to have dropped off except for Sonny Boy's first year.

So I am wondering if the 'Hack fans are feeling this or not.  Maybe 2016 is still fresh in memory and that masks 'Hacks 20-20 W-L record in the four other years over the last five.  But there you have it by the numbers.  Coe has been a middling program in the IIAC.  What's wrong with Coe?  Why aren't they better?  Why does this game against BV seem like a toss-up, when Coe used to dispatch the Beaves with relative ease?

It's weak to sell "tough" losses over to "tough" Augustana and Dubuque teams - you sound like a Ram Fan.  Good Coe teams could beat tough teams.

I need to know these things so I can make my pick for the Pick 'ems and I just can't get a read on Coe.  Can't you see there is a bigger thing here?


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South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« Last post by HSUAlum255 on Today at 11:20:45 am »
Hey, HSU faithful, what’s become of Devonte’ Walker? I noticed he’s not appeared in any game this season and is not listed on the roster. Additionally, Reese Childress is wearing the #5 Walker wore. I was impressed with him when HSU played UMHB last year. Just wondering what’s happened to him.

In house suspension. He’ll be back for the mhb game.
I'm not sure where you got that information, but Devonte is ineligible to play. He had started his collegiate career playing basketball at Angelo State and then transferred here. He had his 10 semester eligibility run out, very frustrating way to end his career, but he is still very active with the team, he's still a great asset to have around.

So was it a surprise this year that he couldn't play?

Yes, from what I could tell nobody had a clue his eligibility was out. HSU even sent in an appeal with the NCAA to try and get him eligible for this last semester and it was denied. Big loss for us, but thankfully we have pretty deep depth at the WR position.
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2018 Week #2 NESCACMAN Picks

Welcome to Week 2 in the NESCAC…in “the league where they pay to play”. Picks early this week to give the board plenty of time to take pot shots at us...haha. Off to a good start in 2018, we were 5-0 in week 1 (with most of our scores directionally correct) and are 164-46 in our 5-year career picking NESCAC games (.781 winning pct.). Another ho-hum slate of games with at least 4 blow-outs this week. Sorry, we don't make the schedule...

University of Bates (Lewiston Campus) at Hartford State: Seems like it has been a long time since UBates beat HS so we did a little bit of research. Guess what, HS hasn’t lost to UBates since 1979 (22 wins in a row) and at home since 1964. Despite UBates coming in with an improved D and a new coaching staff led by HCOF Hall, the streak is not getting broken this year. “How HS Wins”: Show up….the rest will take care of itself. Expect to see a heavy dose of Chipouras as he goes over 100 yards for the second straight week. We think UBates will be hard pressed to score against the tough HS defense. “How Bates Wins”: UBates D plays out of their mind, stops the run, forces HS into a catch-up, pass first O and then has a bunch of sacks and turnovers v first year QB Vazzano. Offense goes back to basics and controls the ball with a balanced version of the air raid. QB Costa plays out of his mind. Unfortunately, the game this Saturday is not a science fiction movie… 

Hartford State 28 Bates 0
Weather: Not a factor.

Colby College at TTUN: TTUN 2018 home opener. Should be a big, excited crowded for the reenergized Eph faithful. After being demoralized for the past several years, the program is once again moving in the right direction under the leadership of HCOF Raymond, the reigning ‘CAC Coach of the Year. Amazing that TTUN only has 9 seniors and 14 juniors on the roster...nice recruiting job by Raymond the past several years restocking/restoring the roster. “How TTUN Wins”: Expect a similar game plan that they used last at Bowdoin. Run first led by Dozier and Maimaron off of the RPO and mix in some timely passes to WR Stola. Control the clock. “How Colby Wins”: Stop Maimaron and Dozier, force them to pass and try to get a bunch of turnovers. Get Schwern 35-40 touches on O and control the clock. Keep O’Brien out of obvious passing situations. Last time these two teams played in Willytown, Colby won 9-7. Not going to happen this year.

TTUN 28 Colby 7
Weather: Not a factor.

Bowdoin College at Middlebury College: Middlebury will try to rebound after a demoralizing loss last week at Wesleyan. A dose of Bowdoin is just what the doctor ordered for Middlebury. The last 6 times these Teams have played each other, MID has scored over 40 points in 5 of those games and won all 6. They’ll need to do a better job of protecting their QB and giving him time to find his stellar group of receivers to repeat that this year. Although Lebo was not the most mobile of QBs, he looks like Cam Newton compared to 2018 signal caller Meservy. Some interesting tidbits on HCOF Ritter…he is now the second most successful HCOF in MID program history (in terms of winning %....642) and in 17 years he has only had 1 losing season (3-5 in 2005). “How MID Wins”: Give Meservy a lot more time than they gave him last Saturday against Wes so that he can get the ball down the field. Establish at least the semblance of a running game to keep Bowdoin honest. Defensively, the front seven needs to play a lot better this week. A pass rush would help. “How Bowdoin Wins”: Their QBs and O line will have to play a lot better to enable them to generate some offense to keep the defense off the field. Tall order for the Polars playing against an angry Panther squad. We think Middlebury gets the O going and takes out some of their frustrations from Week 1 on the visiting Polar Bears (and they top the 40-point mark again).

Middlebury 41 Bowdoin 10
Weather: Not a factor.

Hamilton College at Amhurst College: Amhurst will try to continue their great start on D and play a mistake free game on O. With their defense, they do not need to score a ton of points to win games. Amhurst basically doesn’t lose to the CONTS. They have only played 15 times historically but the LMs have won 14 of those games. Not to ruin the suspense but they won’t lose this year either. “How Hamilton Wins”: QB Gray and WRs Schmidt and Buddington connect early and often. They run the ball just well enough to keep the LMs defense honest. On defense, they stop Hickey and force Eberth to try and win the game through the air. Hamilton wins by making the game a shoot-out and somehow outscores the LMs. Unfortunately, not likely. “How Amhurst Wins”: Defense plays their typical game, Yamin pressures Gray, they force 3 or 4 turnovers and get a bunch of sacks. The offense runs early and often with Hickey having a huge day. We pick Amhurst to get their offense going and win their home opener on a beautiful early fall day.

Amhurst 31 Hamilton 7 
Weather: Not a factor.

NESCAC Game of the Week

Wesleyan University at Tufts University (6 PM start): In what is becoming a tradition, the Jumbo’s host the Cards under the lights in Medford. Last two games between these two teams have been close with last year’s game won by Wes after a furious comeback by Piccirillo and the Cards. Trailing by 14 points with 8 minutes to play, they tied the score with 6 seconds left in the game. Wes then went on to win in OT. Wes looked very strong in all phases of the game last week against MID. They had it clicking on offense, defense and special teams. Meanwhile, the Jumbo’s are coming off a very strong defensive game and their running attack looked very good last week led by QB McDonald (who tied the Tufts all-time record of 4 rushing TDs in a game) and RBs Pedrini and Borelli. Interesting Tufts tidbit: HCOF Civetti is 22-11 over the last 4 years since his 0-24 start at Tufts…maybe there is some hope for HCOFs Wells and Murray…“How Wesleyan Wins”: Basically, repeat what you did in week one. Attempt to mimic last week's balanced attack on offense. On defense, the front 7 leads the way and forces McDonald into a pass first attack, which is not their game. Wes won the battle upfront last week not allowing a single sack and will try to do the same against a Tufts team that had six sacks last week. “How Tufts Wins”: Control the clock on offense and pound the rock. McDonald and the RBs have a big day on the ground. On defense, stop the Wes running attack, pressure Piccirillo and force him to turn the ball over. We think Wes solidifies its place as one of the premier Teams in the NESCAC in 2018. Tufts keeps it close for a while but the Wes D wears down Tufts and makes some big plays in the second half.

Wesleyan 35 Tufts 14
Weather: Not a factor.

NESCACMAN’s Picks
2018 Season: 5-0
2017 Season: 35-10
2016 Season: 32-8
2015 Season: 30-10
2014 Season: 30-10
2013 Season: 32-8
Career: 164-46 (.781 winning percentage)
***All games 1 PM start unless noted.

We should have said this when we posted our picks on Wednesday, but week #2 in the NESCAC is, in our opinion, the most interesting week of the season. It either confirms or deny’s what we saw in week one. Is your fave team as good or as bad as they looked in week #1.

Specifically, we are anxious to see if Amhurst’s offense is any good, is UBates defense as good as they looked, was week #1 an aberation for Kenny Gray or has he regressed, are Wes and Hartford State as good as they looked in week #1, who is ultimately going to be the Bowdoin QB (at least for 2018), does TTUN continue to move forward in 2018, is Colby as bad as they looked in week #1, can MID bounce back big in week #2, and does McDonald of the Jumbo’s make them a contender? Very excited to find out the answers to those questions and many others we have...

And for those of you that missed our Week #2 picks, we reposted them above.

Enjoy week #2 everyone....should be lots of fun. 
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ColbyFootball...thanks.  Have eaten with my daughter’s family and my wife at ALL the other places in Clinton. Think I will try your suggestion next year.
Jefffan....Amherst did want to host a Nescac Title track meet...plus, where would you put it? At the football other practice field?  Anyway, at big games many home fans hang around the sitting wall and tents lining the field.  The huge football parent tent is also lower and closer.  People sit on the gentle sloping hill to also watch the game.  It is what it is....paid for with football fan money.  Amherst Prez did not want stadium money to come out of her money drive.  A Handful of football fans/alums put up the money,  Major lump from the father of a player from the D.C./Md. area.  Got his name on the stadium.  Also paid for the 100,000 plus dollar move to move a prize tree....the one that has a chain fence around it and is next to the Big Football tent.  Oh yes, public restrooms are behind the visitor stands and visitor side of the football player dressing building.  There is also a food stand behind the Amherst stands.  Never checked to see if beer was sold there.   Nescac1....if you are up for the Amherst Homecoming game....drop in after the game as my guest for free food and beer...in the Cage.  Balloon hats for your child too.  My offer to any other posters who might attend the battle.  I think there will be a tent for my class...that is usually where I can be found.  Check in.
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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« Last post by HSCTiger64 on Today at 11:11:42 am »
Another good topic for us, I am more of recent revisionist history person, but top ODAC team from the past decade so 08-17?  I feel like HASA had some good Guilford teams that, despite not securing a playoff bid were up there as pretty awesome teams. Just to recap the champs

08-RMC, believe this was a weird 3 or 4 way tie year where the Jackets got the playoff bid
09-H-SC-10-0 season and Mud Bowl win over Macon, home loss in post-season
10-W&L-Probably out of nowhere the Gennies start their run, even though Miriello was the HC you can call the Abell run
11-H-SC, lost to Huntingdon, took down W&L in a good title game, but lost out on undefeated ODAC season by losing to RMC the next week
12-W&L-winners of the 4OT thriller, and the beginning of the Abell era.
13-H-SC.  Trying to remember the non-conference loss, but beat Macon for the ODAC title and beat Maryville at home before giving Linfield a good game out on the Left Coast.
14-H-SC.  Weirdest thing I'd ever seen as an alum when we lost to RMC and still got to celebrate the ODAC title....
15-W&L-Undefeated season if I remember correctly?  (I'm just going off top of head with all this stuff).   Impressive victories along the way though many would say if Guilford's Senior QB doesn't go down may of been a different story
16-RMC.  I'm an H-SC fan....and 2016 wasn't the best year for my fanhood or me professionally  so I try not to remember much
17-W&L.  Played well in Round 1 against the Mount. 

If I am ranking the teams, just from what I have seen (granted 16-17 I moved away and haven't seen a ton of ODAC football)

1. 09 H-SC
2. 15 W&L
3. 13 H-SC
4. 17-W&L
5. 11 H-SC
6. 16 R-MC
7. 12 W&L
8. 14 H-SC
9. 10 W&L
10. 08 RMC

I know I have nothing to do but start debates on a message board, but just me and I could flip flop back and forth on these a lot, feel like the two unbeatens at the top is appropriate, and feel like the 13 H-SC team should get some credit for being pretty darn talented and bringing a rare ODAC playoff victory to the club....also....10 years and the title breakdown in a league defined by "anybody can beat anybody" has had their titles split amongst 3 teams.....really if you wanna include 06 and 07 then they have had 12 titles by 3 teams.....
5 W&L 5 H-SC and 2 RMC.....

I'd also add I have seen some GOOD teams that I feel are top 10, that didn't win the league that year (much like the 9-1 Guilford team in 15)  but I limited myself to champs
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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« Last post by HSCTiger64 on Today at 11:10:19 am »
Another good topic for us, I am more of recent revisionist history person, but top ODAC team from the past decade so 08-17?  I feel like HASA had some good Guilford teams that, despite not securing a playoff bid were up there as pretty awesome teams. Just to recap the champs

08-RMC, believe this was a weird 3 or 4 way tie year where the Jackets got the playoff bid
09-H-SC-10-0 season and Mud Bowl win over Macon, home loss in post-season
10-W&L-Probably out of nowhere the Gennies start their run, even though Miriello was the HC you can call the Abell run
11-H-SC, lost to Huntingdon, took down W&L in a good title game, but lost out on undefeated ODAC season by losing to RMC the next week
12-W&L-winners of the 4OT thriller, and the beginning of the Abell era.
13-H-SC.  Trying to remember the non-conference loss, but beat Macon for the ODAC title and beat Maryville at home before giving Linfield a good game out on the Left Coast.
14-H-SC.  Weirdest thing I'd ever seen as an alum when we lost to RMC and still got to celebrate the ODAC title....
15-W&L-Undefeated season if I remember correctly?  (I'm just going off top of head with all this stuff).   Impressive victories along the way though many would say if Guilford's Senior QB doesn't go down may of been a different story
16-RMC.  I'm an H-SC fan....and 2016 wasn't the best year for my fanhood or me professionally  so I try not to remember much
17-W&L.  Played well in Round 1 against the Mount. 

If I am ranking the teams, just from what I have seen (granted 16-17 I moved away and haven't seen a ton of ODAC football)

1. 09 H-SC
2. 15 W&L
3. 13 H-SC
4. 17-W&L
5. 11 H-SC
6. 16 R-MC
7. 12 W&L
8. 14 H-SC
9. 10 W&L
10. 08 RMC

I know I have nothing to do but start debates on a message board, but just me and I could flip flop back and forth on these a lot, feel like the two unbeatens at the top is appropriate, and feel like the 13 H-SC team should get some credit for being pretty darn talented and bringing a rare ODAC playoff victory to the club....also....10 years and the title breakdown in a league defined by "anybody can beat anybody" has had their titles split amongst 3 teams.....really if you wanna include 06 and 07 then they have had 12 titles by 3 teams.....
5 W&L 5 H-SC and 2 RMC.....
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