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I won't lie I haven't been on here in some time so forgive me if this was already brought up.  Bryan Powell will be joining the Calvin coaching staff as an assistant coach.

"Who's that coachin' we?"

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Also back to basketball...just heard today that despite some recent positive news on the recruiting front, there is also some attrition coming to the Knights next season. The Morrison brothers (senior and soph to be) Tom and Luke will both be leaving Calvin at the end of the school year.

That's not great news from a basketball standpoint, but I hope they both find an institution that will be a fit to fulfill their academic and athletic goals.

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https://calvin.edu/offices-services/enrollment-research/reports/

A quick skim leads me to believe that Calvin hosts 37 Canadian students, a number that's apparently fallen in recent years. (I seem to remember Ontario being in the top 5 home "states" at one point in the fairly recent past.)
Thanks for the link, KnightSlappy.  I must say I'm surprised and impressed by Calvin's international student population (which doesn't suggest that their name has been a huge problem, though I understand the rationale) . . . and I'm wondering how they achieve this:

"The top five non-North American countries represented by our International students based on their citizenship are South Korea (169 students), Ghana (56 students), China (39 students), India (27 students), Nigeria (18 students), Honduras (12 students), Indonesia and Ethiopia (9 students each)."

I'm also wondering how they achieve this considering Honduras is a North American country.

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https://calvin.edu/offices-services/enrollment-research/reports/

A quick skim leads me to believe that Calvin hosts 37 Canadian students, a number that's apparently fallen in recent years. (I seem to remember Ontario being in the top 5 home "states" at one point in the fairly recent past.)

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Considering how slow of a recruiting year it appears Calvin is having, they really needed a pick up like Carson Meulenberg.

Is the year really slow for Calvin or did we simply get an unusual amount of early news from a few other teams? Do we typically know much about recruiting in early to mid April?

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Carson Meuhlenberg  6-6  G/F  Covenant Christian will attend Calvin

He was named 1st Team Class C All-State by Bank Hoops and 3rd Team by the Detroit Free Press.

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They'll also play at Davenport for an exhibition game after they tip off the season vs. the Bible Tigers. I wonder if there's still a chance they could add a game and flip Grace to exhibition.

According to their website, sometime during 2018 Grace Bible College will become Grace Christian University.  So I guess technically Calvin could be playing the Christian Tigers.

I think that'd make them the Grace Christian Bible Tigers then, wouldn't it? I'm still calling them the Bible Tigers.

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Calvin's 2018-19 Schedule is posted. http://calvinknights.com/sports/mbkb/2018-19/schedule

Non-conference schedule is:

Grace Bible (home)
Illinois Wesleyan (home)
Augustana (home)
Wheaton (road)
Anderson (home)
Cornerstone (home)
Aquinas (home)
UW-Oshkosh (road)
UW-Whitewater (road)

I believe Mount St. Joseph and La Roche are the final two opponents that they'll play at the Great Lakes Invitational at Hope.

They'll also play at Davenport for an exhibition game after they tip off the season vs. the Bible Tigers. I wonder if there's still a chance they could add a game and flip Grace to exhibition.

This schedule looks very difficult again. Unfortunately no Carthage who Calvin had beaten in four consecutive seasons.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Conference changes
« on: April 17, 2018, 02:57:29 pm »
So Benedictine and Tex Tyler will still be technically D3 then, as they are in the exploratory phase of changing divisions.

I believe so - well, technically they'll be listed as "reclassifying," I believe, but I don't think any team is officially a member of the new division until the first provisional year.  There have been instances in the past where a school did an exploratory year and either they or the NCAA decided not to continue the process.  I assume it's easier for everyone to have the exploratory year be truly just an exploration and not an official move.

Correct - they will be Division III members next year, but reclassifying. The only limitation will they will NOT be eligible for NCAA postseasons. We have tried to determine what their status is in their respective conferences, but have not gotten any answers. The ASC is still exploring this; the NACC basically ducked the question. I plan to ask again soon (and share some insight I have already gathered).

I hope both conference allow both to compete since there is no advantage. I also hope they continue to be in the conference postseasons, but have a plan in place in case either wins the AQ (see SCAC a few years ago).

As for the rest of the process, yes... there have been occasions when a reclassifying school has not continued on with the process. This "limbo" year is just that - schools remain where they are as paperwork, visits, and whatnot are undertaken to get going into the division they are chasing. So anyone who has started the exploratory process is not a member of DII or DIII until they have been accepted into the provisional stage.

I have more info, but I need to go through some things I have received from the NCAA first. They think it is easy to understand; it really isn't. LOL

To clarify, Benedictine and Texas-Tyler retain D3 status and count as a normal D3 opponent for selection criteria (even though they themselves are not eligible?)

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Conference changes
« on: April 17, 2018, 02:43:29 pm »
Provisional Pipeline for 2017-2018
First year full members: Berea, Bryn Athyn, Penn College
*4th year provisional members:  Alfred State, Illinois Tech, Iowa Wesleyan, McMurry (reclassifying)
*3rd year provisional members: Belhaven
2nd year provisional members: none
1st year provisional members: Brevard (reclassifying), Dean, Pfeiffer (reclassifying)
Exploratory: SUNY-Delhi, Johnson and Wales (Col.)
*Games against Year 3 and 4 provisional members count the same as games against full-members for regional-ranking and tournament selection purposes

Conference Changes Starting in 2018-2019
Bryn Athyn leaves the NEAC for the CSAC
Cabrini leaves the CSAC for the AEC
Castleton leaves the NAC for the LEC
Colby-Sawyer leaves the NAC for the GNAC
Eastern Nazarene leaves the CCC for the NECC
Ferrum leaves the USAC for the ODAC
Green Mountain leaves the NAC and D3 for the NAIA
Gwynedd Mercy leaves the CSAC for the AEC
Illinois Tech joins the NACC
Immaculata leaves the CSAC for the AEC
Johnson and Wales (Col.) joins the SCAC (1st year provisional in 2018-19)
Maine-Presque Isle leaves the ACAA for the NAC
Marymount leaves the CAC for the AEC
Marywood leaves the CSAC for the AEC
Mount Ida closes and leaves the GNAC and D3
Neumann leaves the CSAC for the AEC
New England College leaves the NAC for the NECC
St. Joseph (Conn.) adds men's basketball in the GNAC
SUNY Canton leaves the ACAA for the NAC
Thomas More leaves the PAC for IND?
Wesley leaves the CAC for the AEC
Wheelock (NECC) discontinues athletics, school merges with Boston U
Wilson leaves the NEAC for the CSAC

Provisional Pipeline for 2018-2019
1st year provisional members: SUNY-Delhi, Johnson and Wales (Col.)
Exploratory: Bob Jones, Pratt, University of St Thomas (TX) (SCAC), Mississippi University for Women (no men's basketball players).

Conference Changes Starting in 2019-2020
St. Elizabeth leaves the NEAC for the CSAC

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Great Lakes Region / Re: Great Lakes Region
« on: March 26, 2018, 02:52:29 pm »
Drew Cooper resigns at Thomas More College. He moves on to Kentucky Wesleyan, a D2 program down the road in Owensboro.

http://www.tmcsaints.com/sports/mbkb/2017-18/releases/20180323cuz57o

Going to be an interesting off season at TMC. The Saints are now out of the PAC and have not formally announced a plan for the future (New conference, NAIA, ect.). My guess is they go independent for D3 for at least a season while they continue to look for a home. Going to have a new coach and scheduling will be a bear for next year with no conference games built in for whomever takes over (I assume Coach Cooper had several games taken care of before he left).

Um... some of this is actually already out there in the public domain.

Jeff Hans already told us on Hoopsville they are going independent next season and talked about the struggle to find games and schedule accordingly.

So, we know they are going independent at least in the short-term. After that is guess-work publicly. There are plenty of rumors. I know most are not true based on what I have learned, but I am not at liberty to say what they are going to do in the long-term.

They do have to find a conference, but there really aren't any available. The NCAC, OAC, and HCAC are not interested. The MIAA was an idea at one time, but that has fallen a part especially on the football side where the MIAA brought in Finlandia to solve the hole. The SAA is an idea, but I'm told that hasn't gotten any interest on the SAA side. It could get extreme depending on how desperate TMC and the CAC both are getting - but that is also a LONG haul from CNU to TMC, so I don't see that really being a viable option even as a short-term fix for both entities. The ODAC isn't an option, neither is the AMCC or just about anyone else.

TMC is in no-man's land and next year will prove to be very challenging.

I won't pretend to know much about MIAA football -- I still don't actually believe it exists -- but I don't think Finlandia has ever had a relationship with the MIAA. As far as I can tell they've only ever played one game against an MIAA opponent.

Wisconsin Lutheran was an associate member for football for a time (and Defiance was a conference member for a time before that), but since Trine (/Tri-State) joined the league around 2005 they haven't needed to fill a hole for football that I'm aware of.

And it is a thing ... MIAA and Finlandia announced it ahead of last season: http://www.miaa.org/sports/fball/2016-17/releases/Finlandia (May of 2017 to be exact)

Well bust my buttons. Why didn't you say that in the first place?


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Great Lakes Region / Re: Great Lakes Region
« on: March 26, 2018, 01:34:26 pm »
Drew Cooper resigns at Thomas More College. He moves on to Kentucky Wesleyan, a D2 program down the road in Owensboro.

http://www.tmcsaints.com/sports/mbkb/2017-18/releases/20180323cuz57o

Going to be an interesting off season at TMC. The Saints are now out of the PAC and have not formally announced a plan for the future (New conference, NAIA, ect.). My guess is they go independent for D3 for at least a season while they continue to look for a home. Going to have a new coach and scheduling will be a bear for next year with no conference games built in for whomever takes over (I assume Coach Cooper had several games taken care of before he left).

Um... some of this is actually already out there in the public domain.

Jeff Hans already told us on Hoopsville they are going independent next season and talked about the struggle to find games and schedule accordingly.

So, we know they are going independent at least in the short-term. After that is guess-work publicly. There are plenty of rumors. I know most are not true based on what I have learned, but I am not at liberty to say what they are going to do in the long-term.

They do have to find a conference, but there really aren't any available. The NCAC, OAC, and HCAC are not interested. The MIAA was an idea at one time, but that has fallen a part especially on the football side where the MIAA brought in Finlandia to solve the hole. The SAA is an idea, but I'm told that hasn't gotten any interest on the SAA side. It could get extreme depending on how desperate TMC and the CAC both are getting - but that is also a LONG haul from CNU to TMC, so I don't see that really being a viable option even as a short-term fix for both entities. The ODAC isn't an option, neither is the AMCC or just about anyone else.

TMC is in no-man's land and next year will prove to be very challenging.

I won't pretend to know much about MIAA football -- I still don't actually believe it exists -- but I don't think Finlandia has ever had a relationship with the MIAA. As far as I can tell they've only ever played one game against an MIAA opponent.

Wisconsin Lutheran was an associate member for football for a time (and Defiance was a conference member for a time before that), but since Trine (/Tri-State) joined the league around 2005 they haven't needed to fill a hole for football that I'm aware of.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Top 25 talk
« on: March 19, 2018, 02:09:39 pm »
I'd be curious to know if there's ever been a Hope-to-Calvin men's basketball transfer, or vice-versa.

Siblings Carrie Snikkers (Hope) and Tom Snikkers (Calvin) is the best I can come up with, though the Verkaik sisters who played at Calvin were babysitters for Hope Coach Brian Morehouse.

Going back to the mid-2000s, Dustin Smith played football at Hope for a year then transferred to Calvin to play basketball for the remainder of his career.

Tom Morrison, on Calvin's current roster, went to Hope for a year as part of their JV basketball team. He transferred to Calvin and now plays with his younger brother.

I'm sure there are several others that I've forgotten or was unaware of.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2018 NCAA Tournament
« on: March 09, 2018, 12:39:29 pm »
I've always thought the best size for a Division III conference tournament is half the membership (rounded up to make an even number). I think that keeps enough teams in the race and competitive all the way to the end of the season. I don't like putting everyone into the conference tournament at this level, because I think you ultimately hurt the top seeds who might be competing nationally for at-large bids, and there's not nearly as many at-large bids available as in D-I.

I think I would be in favor of limiting the criteria to the 25 game regular season schedule. Conference tournaments can be for the AQ. Your regular season is to establish your Pool C bona fides.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2018 NCAA Tournament
« on: March 08, 2018, 11:01:02 pm »
Undecided if I agree or disagree.  Unless some provision is made to benefit the top teams in the regular season, it seems to me this makes the entire regular season just a 'preseason', and the entire 'season' is 3 (or however many) games in February.

The conference championship is a worthy goal on its own, no? There are over 400 teams in Division III. Only one will win the national championship.

Sure, give a bye or a double bye, whatever. I just like the idea of a Berry getting to play for that AQ.

You're a stats guy.  Do you really want a small sample to potentially outweigh a much larger sample? ::)

The national tournament (and conference tournaments, for that matter) have never been about determining the best teams. They're about crowning a champion. In this case I like small sample size. Small sample size means fun things can happen!

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