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Central Region / Re: WBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Last post by RogK on Today at 11:42:21 am »
Prodded into a prediction, I'll say Wheaton wins the conference tournament, the primary factor being the dynamic 6'2" trio of Devin Kyler, Hannah Frazier and Jill Berg. I think their overall team cohesiveness will improve substantially.
North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Last post by HScoach on Today at 11:41:54 am »
Sorry if already mentioned, but I came across this article on the Kent State head coaching search (which has been a very strange one, btw). 

<<There has been some chatter about Mount Union head coach Vince Kehres being a candidate once his season is complete. The Purple Raiders will play for their 13th national championship against Mary Hardin-Baylor on Friday night. At this time we’re told there has not been contact (which is surprising given the number of coaches who have been contacted) but we also hear that Kehres would listen if contacted after the season.>>

Full article on the search here

Beat you by one minute. 😉

Yikes the fact it said “he would listen” is a bit worrying to me.

This comes from a JCU grad who has an older brother that graduated from Mount, has been to the Stagg Bowl to watch Mount Union probably 8 or more times, and has nothing but respect for the Mount program and the Kehres family. 

As a Kent State fan (yes, really), I don't know that I want Vince Kehres.  I'm sure I'll get crushed for this, but I would've rather had Matt Campbell or Jason Candle when they were coaching names coming from Mount Union (Toledo got them both).

Here's my logic.  Vince learned from maybe the greatest college football coach of all time, I grant you that.  He also walked into a program that was already competing for a national title every year and can recruit guys just by showing them a jersey and saying "This is the number you'll wear when we win a national championship."  But how many wins does he have when he isn't better at every position or almost every position on the field?  And how many losses does he have when the teams are close to evenly matched?  Kent State is Wilmington, if you want to make an OAC reference.  One guy (Darrell Hazel) has had success there in the last 35 years.  It's a huge challenge. 

After JCU beat Mount last year a Mount fan texted me:  Tom Arth has always been a better in game coach than Vince.  Now he's got the players to match.

I'm glad that Vince is the coach at Mount, but I agree with Toph on this one.   Larry proved numerous times that he could beat you with lesser talent.  Vince hasn't done that yet and is still learning how to be a HC.   Just last week he showed his inexperience by chasing 2 point conversions way too early in the game.   
North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Last post by wally_wabash on Today at 11:37:38 am »
I have my company Christmas Friday. I'm really hoping they have ESPN U at the restaurant!

Get that ESPN app!
I should! But there is something fun about the idea of subjecting my coworkers to D3 football!

They should be so lucky! 

But I'd still have that app just in case.   :)
North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Last post by wm4 on Today at 11:37:03 am »
I , for one, hope Vince gets offered the job. In one swoop he can retire his mortgage, provide for his children's education and secure his retirement. Not many have a chance to do all that with one signature. In a world where muscle reigns and the only real insurance is cash, he should try for it.

How much do you think Kent State pays?  Paul Haynes' total contract was $1.9 million.  He won't be able to do all those things (pay for kids' school, pay off his house, and retire) on that kind of money without continuing to work.  Though I'm not sure his kids would have to pay if they chose to go to Mount Union.  For two kids, the tuition bills alone will be probably upwards of a quarter million dollars or more in total by the time his kids reach college age.

I think it odds of VK leaving are very low.  Maybe when all is said and done, he get's a little $$ bump from MU from this.
South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« Last post by jknezek on Today at 11:33:45 am »
Travel Day!
May all be safe and healthy to enjoy a much anticipated Friday.

Travel day is tomorrow for me.   :)  Very much looking forward to my first Stagg Bowl and this game in particular.  It's a fascinating matchup and I can't wait to see it tomorrow night.

I agree. If it hadn't fallen smack in the middle of Hanukkah I probably would have driven up myself. But that just isn't possible.
West Region football / Re: FB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« Last post by wm4 on Today at 11:29:55 am »

Daddy's money talks...

That's an interesting comment.  Context?
East Region / Re: Liberty League
« Last post by Caz Bombers on Today at 11:28:54 am »
not basketball related but holy crap, 31-year old RIT grad donates $50 million to his alma mater...boy don't I feel like a worthless bum now being 35 and not exactly having that net worth, haha. And look, the "parent's basement" dumb cliche was actually true in this case!
Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Last post by HopkinsNest7 on Today at 11:27:58 am »
My favorite CC coach is Scott McClary in case anyone needed clarification on that
I attended the Trinity football banquet a few weeks ago and was honored to present the program's most prestigious award, the 1935 Award, to quarterback Sonny Puzzo (who also won his second consecutive John E. Kelly Offensive Player of the Year Award).

Other award winners included:
Patrick McNamara Offensive Rookie of the Year - Koby Schofer (WR)
Dave "Moose" Poulin Defensive Rookie of the Year - Jimmy Christiano (DL)
Special Teams MVP - Eric Sachse (K)
Dan Jessee Blocking Award - Chris Simmons (OT)
Chad Mooney '74 Defensive MVP - Liam Kenneally (LB)
Scholar Athlete - Cliff David (FB/TE)

It was a tremendous evening and I came away even more impressed than I already was with the Trinity football program. In addition to the players, coaches, and families, there were many alumni in attendance as well as newly hired athletic director Drew Galbraith, the Dean of Admissions, Angel B. Pérez, and the four person academic support staff who recognized all the players with a 3.5 GPA or higher (I would estimate that covered approximately 80% of the team, and included 90-95% of the senior class). The commitment to football at Trinity is evident and it appears to be paying dividends once again; by all accounts it has been a very fruitful recruiting season thus far for the Bantams who've received 19 early decision commitments already. Thus far the class is highlighted by Brian Casagrande (LB/FB) who is arguably the best defensive player in Connecticut and recently won a state championship at Daniel Hand High School in Madison.

The event concluded with a 2017 highlight film which can be viewed here:

Go Bants!
Men's soccer / Re: NJAC
« Last post by NESCAC43 on Today at 11:25:35 am »
Rowan/West Campus Fields to Pursue Development of Major Athletic Complex

The Rowan University Board of Trustees at its December 13 meeting approved a resolution to enter into a letter of intent with West Campus Fields (WCF) to lease nearly 300 acres to WCF for the development of a multi-sport athletic complex. 

“The Board’s vote demonstrates Rowan’s full commitment to the project,” said Ali A. Houshmand, president of Rowan University. “We are confident that WCF will be able to secure what it needs to make this project a great success. We look forward to sharing the specifics as the project progresses.”

The University has been working closely with Elite Development Program (EDP), the lead partner in West Campus Fields, to develop the planned complex, which will include a 4,500-seat arena, an indoor training center, more than 50 athletic fields, artificial turf fields, baseball fields, tennis courts, outdoor track and field venues, a hotel and retail space.

Steve Shilling, president of EDP, commented: “We are excited to be working with Rowan University and our development partners to build what we believe will be the best youth sports venue in the United States.”

The facilities are expected to draw 1.5 million visitors a year, primarily for youth sports tournaments and training. The complex also will be home to Rowan University Athletics.

The plan calls for the complex to be on Rowan’s West Campus, at the intersection of Routes 55 and 322 (Harrison and Mantua townships in Gloucester County), 2 miles from the University’s Glassboro campus. Site plans are still being developed, however.

Rowan University began purchasing farmland at the intersection in 2002 and eventually assembled 600 acres, bisected evenly by Route 322. In 2008, Rowan opened the South Jersey Technology Park on the north side. The University sold approximately 100 acres south of Route 322 to Inspira Health Network in 2016 to build a regional hospital, which is under construction today.

WOW! Good for Rowan, this is going to be incredible. Can't wait to see proposals of what it's going to look like. My guess is there are going to be a ton of fields used for youth tournaments and then 1 or 2 stadium-seated fields where the men's and women's teams will play, depending on if they each get their own field. I'm assuming many of you have been to the Bethesda soccer complex (I think it's called Germantown/Maryland Soccerplex) where they have many tournaments. My son and daughter usually have 2-3 weekends of games there per year and I picture that is exactly what the Rowan complex is going to look like.
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