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Exit Illinois Tech, enter Finlandia...

http://www.wiacsports.com/news/2018/7/16/wiac-announces-addition-of-finlandia-university-for-baseball.aspx

Observing upper peninsula weather for the past 100 years tells me a lot of those FinnU home games are going to end up being played on the road.
How quickly does this restore the Pool A bid to the WIAC?
WIAC would stay in Pool B for 2019 and 2020, and then regain Pool A status starting in 2021 if everything I have read is accurate...
Candidly, Finlandia, in UP, needs games worse that Illinois Tech, there in Chicagoland.  I am always happy when a school can find a conference in which its athletes can contend. Ill Tech seems to have found its match for mission and vision in the NACC.

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Exit Illinois Tech, enter Finlandia...

http://www.wiacsports.com/news/2018/7/16/wiac-announces-addition-of-finlandia-university-for-baseball.aspx

Observing upper peninsula weather for the past 100 years tells me a lot of those FinnU home games are going to end up being played on the road.
How quickly does this restore the Pool A bid to the WIAC?

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General Division III issues / Re: Future of Division III
« on: July 16, 2018, 11:36:47 am »
There's also the consideration that there are SAs who will qualify for an athletic scholarship who would not qualify for an academic scholarship.   Those students likely would not have gone to a D3 in the first place due to out-of-pocket cost [don't forget more D2s are public, so in-state tuition is also lower] or failure to meet admission standards.
Part of the thinking for McMurry to go D-2 was that it would carve a niche as the only fottball-playing private D-2 in the state. McMurry got some outstanding student athletes, especially female, who were getting a full academic ride on their athletic scholarship and playing sports.

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South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« on: July 14, 2018, 09:47:05 am »
My impression is the move to D3 was one of the imperatives of the new hire, President Michael Tidwell.

https://www.uttyler.edu/president/about.php

President Tidwell has been very vocal about a D2 mission and vision.

I am not sure why the UT Regents considered "D2" better than the very successful program they have in D3.

Going to the Gulf South Conference allows UT Tyler to develop its programs in the absence of a familiar metric... "Well you lost to TAMU-Commerce ... TAMU West Texas... Midwestern State ... by 40 points!"  that would be present in the Lone Star Conference.

Travel will be no less in the Gulf South Conference. It is more than 600 miles to University of West Florida.



Okay, only 592 to Pensacola which is equidistant to Alpine TX, and 850 miles to Valdosta GA,

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General Division III issues / Re: Future of Division III
« on: July 13, 2018, 10:27:18 pm »
What is the gain for a venue to jump down from D3 to D2? Wasn't the McMurry experience warning enough for rational people? As well, consider that Westminster (PA) went from NAIA 2 to NCAA 2 and then realized that NCAA 3 was the best fit.

I think there are parts of the country where Division II teams don't have to travel as much as Division III teams, and that's part of it. I can concede that that is a reasonable rationale for choosing D-II. Texas and the Southeast qualify in that regard, I believe. I believe UT-Tyler will be in a more compact conference in the Gulf South than in the American Southwest.
I was surprised that UTT went with the Gulf South as opposed to the Lone Star Conference.

http://www.lonestarconference.org/sports/2009/12/16/information_history_index.aspx?

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Conference changes
« on: July 07, 2018, 02:31:41 pm »

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Capital Athletic Conference
« on: July 07, 2018, 01:57:34 pm »
Frostburg St to D-2 in 2018-19...  the Capital loses a State school.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Conference changes
« on: July 03, 2018, 06:06:13 pm »
Doesn't Pool B satisfy this situation?
Not always. Pool B is allocated the number of bids that are determined by the Access ratio, which is the # of schools in the  Pool A conferences playing the sport divided by the number of Pool A conferences. That ratio has been roughly in the 1:8.8 range. There have not been 9 Pool B schools for the NCAA to allocate a bid to Pool B for few years.

Pool B bids help when a new conference is formed. For the first 2 years, those schools are in Pool B and we may see a team from the Atlantic East Conference or the ACAA earn a bid. A few years back, I believe I remember that the newly formed Landmark Conference did not receive a Pool B bid one year.

 No, Scranton got a Pool B both years and Moravian got an additional one the first year.
Thanks for the correction.  +1!

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Conference changes
« on: July 03, 2018, 11:58:25 am »
Doesn't Pool B satisfy this situation?
Not always. Pool B is allocated the number of bids that are determined by the Access ratio, which is the # of schools in the  Pool A conferences playing the sport divided by the number of Pool A conferences. That ratio has been roughly in the 1:8.8 range. There have not been 9 Pool B schools for the NCAA to allocate a bid to Pool B for few years.

Pool B bids help when a new conference is formed. For the first 2 years, those schools are in Pool B and we may see a team from the Atlantic East Conference or the ACAA earn a bid. A few years back, I believe I remember that the newly formed Landmark Conference did not receive a Pool B bid one year.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2018 World Cup Bracket Challenge
« on: July 01, 2018, 02:50:55 pm »
How many brackets around the world were just destroyed by the Russians?

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Men's soccer / Re: 2018 World Cup Bracket Challenge
« on: June 29, 2018, 09:03:09 pm »
WOW!  First time the Germans have failed to make it out of their group since 1938!
Ominous....

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As far as Widener's region, I guess we'd need someone to define the ground rules because it's correct that Widener, Wesley, Delaware Valley etc were all 'South' before a few years ago.
Yes.  And now CNU and Salisbury...

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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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