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General football / Re: Shirts, and stickers and decals oh my!
« Last post by Next Man Up on Today at 02:46:41 am »
Alma (MI) College T-shirt on a young lady at the Blue Harbor Resort on Lake Michigan in Sheboygan, WI.
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Rather than what is or what might be regarding athletic teams travel times for Roosevelt University, here is a situation specific to the CCIW. IDK how the conference women's coaches feel about it, but I hear the men’s coaches are absolutely in head over heels love with this travel policy  ;).

Oh, boo-hoo for the CCIW men's coaches. Suck it up and put on your big-boy pants, guys.

This is about the schools saving money that might otherwise not be available for CCIW athletics departments to use elsewhere. I support that concept. If the North Central men's team and coaching staff (and travel guests ;)) feel that they're forced to aimlessly wander the streets of Decatur for an hour every other year, rather than (gasp!) watch a women's basketball game[/b%], then color me unsympathetic to their plight.

If two extra hours off campus on three or four Saturdays a year is so stress-inducing to CCIW coaches that they feel the need to complain about it to people outside of their respective athletic departments, then perhaps they should find something productive to do with those occasional morsels of downtime ... such as taking up knitting.

1. They’re neither aimlessly wondering the Decatur streets nor watching the women’s game. After dropping the women off the guys go eat their pre-game meal, following which they go to a mall and walk around for an hour or so to help start digesting the pre-game grub and to get stretched out after sitting for several hours. Also, as far as watching the women’s game, the women would prefer going home as soon as their game is over rather watching the guys game. It works both ways.   :D

2. As far as the knitting thing—-I’ve finished several afghans during past jaunts to Decatur.  :o
Maybe I can find one I’ve done in North Park Navy Blue and Yellow for you.  8-)   ;)
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Darn it, was picking between Husson and Geneva for my last selection and was hoping Geneva would slip to my next selection. Going to need to do some digging now.
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I always skip going to Decatur, no matter riding or driving.

This is such a sensible policy in so many different contexts that it should have its own meme. ;)

As my college friends on the North Park cross-country team used to say, the best part of the annual Millikin meet was seeing the "Welcome to Decatur" sign on I-72 in the rear-view mirror of the van.

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Will they take just one bus? I know most of the Centennial teams out here take two, even even there's a doubleheader, too avoid all the waiting.


Well, I can only speak for NCC, and the answer going back several years now has been yes, almost always. Taking one bus is part of the plan to hold down athletic dept costs/save money. My understanding is that several yrs ago now, the member schools Presidents conferred on ways to possibly save money on athletics expenditures, and the Saturday conference doubleheaders and taking one bus was on of the things they agreed on. The host school was given the choice of having the games at either 2:00 & 4:00 or 5:00 & 7:00. (I remember a 7:00 game at Millikin where we got home at 1:30 AM).  As a concession in more recent times, a couple of changes have come into play. On shorter trips to Wheaton, Elmhurst, and NPU, the teams now take separate College owned vehicles—either a couple of 12 passenger vans or mini busses thereby saving the cost of renting a large coach bus. In addition to saving money by not renting a coach this, of course, allows the teams to both leave later and return earlier. However, on Saturday trips to Wisconsin, Augie, IWU, or Millikin it’s usually still a large coach. So the girls don’t have to sit around half the night waiting for the guys to finish, I think they are sometimes now allowed to ride home with parents who have driven to the various games. Rather than riding to bus to Sat games at CC, CU, AC, or IWU, I almost always drive now if I go. I always skip going to Decatur, no matter riding or driving.
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Will they take just one bus? I know most of the Centennial teams out here take two, even even there's a doubleheader, too avoid all the waiting.

Based upon the fact that I typically see visiting men's teams sitting in the stands at the start of women's games, plus the fact that I've occasionally stepped outside the crackerbox at NPU on home basketball doubleheader days and seen only one bus parked at the Kedzie Avenue entrance, I think that the one-bus setup is common for most CCIW schools. That's the major point behind the policy, after all -- saving money on expensive coachfare leases.

The first exception that stands out in my mind is Elmhurst, as EU has a couple of school-owned minibuses that are each too small to fit both basketball teams -- so each team uses one minbus. The other is Millikin, which owns its own coach bus. Illinois Wesleyan might, too, come to think of it; I'm sure that you-know-who will be on here shortly to give us an excruciatingly-detailed seminar in IWU athletics travel operations. ;)

Rather than what is or what might be regarding athletic teams travel times for Roosevelt University, here is a situation specific to the CCIW. IDK how the conference women's coaches feel about it, but I hear the men’s coaches are absolutely in head over heels love with this travel policy  ;).

Oh, boo-hoo for the CCIW men's coaches. Suck it up and put on your big-boy pants, guys.

This is about the schools saving money that might otherwise not be available for CCIW athletics departments to use elsewhere. I support that concept. If the North Central men's team and coaching staff (and travel guests ;)) feel that they're forced to aimlessly wander the streets of Decatur for an hour every other year, rather than (gasp!) watch a women's basketball game, then color me unsympathetic to their plight.

If two extra hours off campus on three or four Saturdays a year is so stress-inducing to CCIW coaches that they feel the need to complain about it to people outside of their respective athletic departments, then perhaps they should find something productive to do with those occasional morsels of downtime ... such as taking up knitting.
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Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« Last post by Ephraim_Williams1 on Yesterday at 10:43:52 pm »
For the Lauta part I should have put IMO, just higher on Lauta after seeing him play than any of the other NESCAC keepers. If you just base everything off awards and statistics you’ll miss some things. Midd plays a much more conservative, defensive minded style than probably any other NESCAC team for instance. Personally I think after this coming season is over Lauta will be at the top of the convo. 
Love that we are getting back to talking about the season!  Interesting predicitions, but Lauta is the best keeper in D3???  Clearly he had a great season, but I don't think he was even the best keeper in the NESCAC, never mind all of D3. Last year in the NESCAC Grady (Midd) and Devanny (Wesleyan) were 1st and 2nd team all-NESCAC respectively.  For United Soccer Coaches, Devanny was first team all region and Grady was 2nd.  Grady got 1st team All-American from D3soccer.com. Lauta was 3rd in GAA in the NESCAC behind Grady and Hope-Gund (Amherst), 2nd in shutouts behind Grady, and 6th in save percentage behind Grady, Hope-Gund, Devanny, Maidenberg (Conn) and Kingston (Bowdoin). Lauta is an outstanding goalkeeper, but the NESCAC has an abundance of those. Should be a great season ahead.
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Region 4 football (Great Lakes-ish) / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Last post by hsbsballcoach7 on Yesterday at 09:01:22 pm »
When does fall camp begin, it is Tuesday 8-9-22?

I have not seen an official word anywhere! ???

I seem to remember hearing that date from a staff member recently. There was an article in the Alliance Review this week where Coach Dartt was interviewed. In that they said Plunk was a junior,  so that means he must've taken the covid year eligibility wise. Coach also shared how well he feels like they recruited this year. Getting excited for the season!

Here was the final list that I gathered from various internet sites, it is extremely UNOFFICIAL. I haven't double checked anyone.
Jacob Climer WR Pataskala, OH
Donny Cheffo TE Hubbard,OH
Connor Adelman RB Louisville, OH
Ethan Pytlak LB Naperville,  IL
Tejon Brooks DB Cleveland Central Catholic,  OH
Caleb Foltz WR Arlington,  OH
Cedric Diggs DT Plano East, TX
Drew Garcia RB/WR Commerce,  MI
Brandon Bowden DE Gainesville,  FL
Joey Dilalla K/P West Geauga, OH
Jaqai Neal DB Manvel, TX
Owen Gibbs LB/SS Oregon,  OH
Ryan Farrell DE Medina, OH
Zachary King DB Medina, OH
Kamren Moore DT Haltom City, TX
Greg Rockwell OL West Branch, OH
Michael Franklin RB Sandusky,  OH
Giovanni Kennedy OL St Eds, OH
Michael Lally OL South Range, OH

Jonathan Lima WR/CB Medina Highland,  OH
Andre Hill WR Shelby, OH
Derek Blum WR/OLB Aurora, OH
Aiden Ighnat K/P Hilliard,  OH
Donovan Oliver DL Austintown,  OH
Josiah Scott DB Houston,TX
Carsen Engleka LB Monroeville, PA
Andrew Burgess FS Harrison,  MI
Tyler Germ OL/DL Parma, OH
Seth Rogers OL Whitehouse, OH
Adam Polacko QB/P Oakwood, OH
Kaige Lowe WR/DB Barberton, OH
Brayden Slack WR Charleston,  WV
Donnell Mcdonald Jr OL Charlotte, NC
Josh Noble LB Indianapolis, IN
Trey Smith WR Houston, TX

Jeremiah Gossett WR/DB Peoria, AZ
Adrian Wright WR/S Wylie, TX
Michael Mara WR/DB Peoria, AZ
Jason Ezeokwanna OL Richmond,  TX
Caiden Hurse DL Fort Wayne, IN
Jonah Migliore LB Orlando,  FL
Tyson Riley RB Belmont, NC
Danny Morris DB Bayville, NJ
Zach Mullins LB Mount Vernon, OH
Carmello Cooper DL Jacksonville, FL
Damien Fortson WR/SS Grand Rapids, MI
Kyle Kress SS Avon Lake, OH
Lonnie Craft DE Western Beaver, PA
Chase Copper QB Oviedo, FL
Jeziah Farrar WR St. Xavier, OH
Keenan Cruz LB Lutz, FL
Jonathan Pettey OL Sarasota, FL
Alco Smith DL Linsly, WV
Nick Turner WR Strongsville, OH
Ta'Shaun Skinner DB Owings Mills, MD
Elijah Franklin DL/LB Jacksonville, FL
Jason Miller OT Worthington Kilbourne, OH
Jadarius White LB Thomaston, GA
Jake Phelan DT Newton Square, PA

Julian Crissman OL Cocoa, FL
William Porter RB Kettering, OH
Titus Hensler LS Berryville, VA
Jaheim Hayes WR Flowery Branch, FL
Dylan Rodd ATH Naples, FL
Gus Walling LB New Palestine, IN
Tyler Bewszka RB Murraysville, PA
Rhett Powell LB Mount Pleasant, SC
Caleb Rinard LB De Pere, WI
Josh Noble LB Indianapolis, IN
Zack Powrozek LB Shelby, MI
Dashawn Harmon LB/RB New Brighton, PA
Logan Shields DB St. Clairsville, OH
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The difference between Tufts, geographically, and Williams is dramatic.  The advantage of a more geographically-dispersed recruiting class is, obviously, there is vastly more high-level high-academic football talent outside of New England / NY / NJ than within it.  The advantage of staying local is that the coaches probably have a better read, on average, on local recruits who they can (1) see play more often, (2) who are from schools where they have tight relationships with coaching staffs and can get, maybe, more honest reads on just how much a particular recruit is likely to contribute in college and (3) are from conferences where the level of competition is well-understood.  So, recruiting more broadly is a high risk, high reward strategy. 

At least right now, most of the biggest impact NESCAC players played in high school in well-trodden recruiting areas (New England, upstate NY, NJ, Long Island, Westchester).  Look at the best players in NESCAC last year, maybe 90 percent were from those areas, the biggest exceptions being Spencer Fetter (Florida) and Andre Eden (a major steal for Bowdoin from AZ).  But looking at the all-league teams, you see NY, NJ, CT, and MA over and over again, except for Tufts, which does add more geographic diversity. 

The Williams class of 2026: nine MA, three NY, two CT, one each from TX, VA, NJ, PA. 

Speaking of recruiting, an interesting early commitment to Amherst for its class of 2027 is Angus Bernstein, the son of Alex Bernstein, who was, I believe, in the class of 1997 at Amherst (part of the utterly ridiculous class that turned an 0-8 team into a 7-1 team in just four years) and ended up having a cup of coffee in the NFL; similar in impact to the Maimaron class at Williams.  Alex was (obviously) an absolute monster in NESCAC.

Totally agree with Nescac1's comments;  Love the "High risk High reward" analogy.   

Looking at the stats for the outta area Tufts class I'd say they're doing OK!

We'll see....probably awhile before this class has an impact (with the exception of a few positions ...)

Should be fun to see how this plays out....
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Will they take just one bus? I know most of the Centennial teams out here take two, even even there's a doubleheader, too avoid all the waiting.
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