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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: January 23, 2020, 04:39:29 pm »
This goes into the "who cares, it's not football" category.

Dr. Thomas Botzman, president of Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvana, has been named the 13th president of the University of Mount Union.

I saw the white smoke coming from Chapman Hall, so I knew we had a new leader.

So there. 🎓 ❗️

Botzman makes a lot of sense.  He's a NEOhioan and "Mount guy."  Long time professor before moving into admin roles.  Almost every accounting/finance/Econ major around my age had him because he taught Quant 1 and 2 which we all took.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: January 22, 2020, 09:01:19 pm »
That might be enough to overcome the three losses.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: January 20, 2020, 07:03:03 pm »
I'm even more biased and I certainly think they're one of the 25 best teams nationally, but I also get it.  They're not a brand name in basketball so they need to make more waves to get the attention of the voters.  Plus they have 3 less-than-stellar losses that other ranked teams may not. 

If they beat Etta on Wednesday I'm sure they'll be ranked so they just need to take care of business.  And more importantly, if they hit the midway point at 8-1 with wins over Etta, JCU and BW in hand they will be in first place heading to the second half of the OAC slate.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: January 19, 2020, 08:17:43 pm »
Per @JordanStrack...

SOURCE: Toledo is hiring Craig Kuligowski. He will coach OLBs and will be Co-Defensive Coordinator. Kuligowski spent 2018 at Alabama as Associate Head Coach. He was at Miami before that.

Vince Kehres will be the Defensive Coordinator.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: January 19, 2020, 12:05:42 pm »
Well, it's finally here.  Etta (8-0) at Mount (7-1) on Wednesday.  Mount looked flat in the first half at Ott yesterday, but turned it on in the second half to pull away easily.  79-67 final, but they were up 21 when they cleared the bench with 3 minutes to go so the final was closer than the game actually was.  Hill's athleticism was on full display yesterday highlighted by flying in on the offensive glass for two handed dunks on back to back missed shots en route to a double double (10 pts, 14 reb).  The Ott radio kid put it best..."that's just not something you really see in the OAC."

As for around the OAC I'm scratching my head at JCU dropping one to Cap in UH moving both to 4-4.  Looking at the box score JCU shot very poorly.  Bad time for that because that's a game you need to win.  BW held off Wilm 87-84 which seems about right for two teams that looked pretty equal to my untrained eye.  JCU at BW Wednesday is an important game too.

Last note, at 12-3 Mount could (and probably should) be 15-0.  Not to be a pig, maybe 14-1 is a better statement.  At Berg (4-4) continues to lessen in the rear view mirror.  It's tough to win on the road in the OAC so I get it.  It's a grind.  But losing by 2 and 3 points at the MIAA schools are games you should win 9 out of 10 times.  But they've gone 10-1 since so I realize I sound like a Mount football fan here!     

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: January 18, 2020, 11:16:52 am »
I was watching some highlights of Mount's 105-86 win at Musky Wednesday where Dempsey dropped 45 on 17-25 shooting.  Good grief.  He's just out there crossing over hitting fade away 20 footers.  Pulling up 5 feet behind the 3 point line.  That's always the fear when you play the Fish is that he's gonna be feeling it.  Luckily Gurley was too tying a school record with 9 triples.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: January 16, 2020, 10:35:07 am »
If its someone on the staff, say Dart, I bet within a few days. I really do believe he's the obvious choice. Makes the most sense. Keep the rest of the staff the same. Larrys son in law and Im betting Larry wouldn't hesitate to help him out maybe check out a game tape or two in his free time wherever he may be enjoying his retirement ..

I have to wonder how hard it's going to be for LK to stay away completely.  All of a sudden a guy who loves football and loves Mount has loads of free time?  I don't think he'll be involved in any big official capacity because I'm sure he does want to step away and let the next HC run things, but as you said I can see him checking out some game film, working with Plunk, etc.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: January 14, 2020, 07:44:27 am »
If anyone thinks this is not significant they have not been paying attention to Mount football over the last 30 years.  There was an administrator that wanted to put his educational stamp on Mount football way back and at that time LK won that power struggle.  Whos going to fight that fight in the future?

LK embodies the strength of the athletic dept. and this is a big blow.  But money talks.  We are not Cap.  I can't see any way that a Mount Union board selects an egghead anti-athletics president like Bowman was at Cap. Many of the school's largest donors, led by Steve Harter's incredible generosity, are staunch supporters of strong athletics.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: January 12, 2020, 01:20:46 pm »
I just noticed that Berg is now 3-3 in OAC play so Mount's loss on the road there is not quite as jarring as it originally looked.  The Princes are at least competent and not some cellar dweller.  Speaking of 3-3 JCU has indeed rebounded and evened their mark now.  Honestly, at the 1/3 point of the OAC season I think JCU is the 3rd best team.  IMO it's Etta, Mount, JCU, BW. 

I watched the Mount/Cap game yesterday and was not impressed with Cap (also 3-3).  Frankly, I'm baffled by how they scored 92 points on Wilm.  They didn't shoot well as a team yesterday, but I was just scratching my head who their scorers were normally other than Caldwell. 


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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: January 09, 2020, 12:28:05 pm »
Nice bounce back win for the Raiders in Berea last night.  They're now 9-3, 4-1.  First things first BW needs to get rid of that trash PlaySight streaming service and use Boxcast like the rest of the OAC.  Their video feed was awful.  I'm talking 30 sec max between freezing.  Then it freezes and when it unfreezes it picks up where it froze and then a few seconds later jumps ahead to live so it was 62-61 and then it jumps and well now it's 66-64.  The OAC has a partnership with Boxcast now and I haven't had any issue watching any other OAC school's feed since that happened.  It's been really nice.

As for the game, I don't know what it is with BW, but it seems like any time Mount plays them nowadays one of their guards is unconscious.  Quiring finished with a career high 30 including 7-11 from 3 (he was 7-9 before taking two DEEP desperation three's in the closing seconds).  Mount jumped out to a 30-15 lead early, but BW dug out of that hole cutting it to 40-35 at half.  It was a very competitive 2nd half.  IMO the game changing plays were at 66-66 Mount got a 3 point play from Friga and a made 3 pointer by Poole back to back to give themselves some separation with 5:00 left.  They pushed the lead to 8 the next possession and only Quiring shooting the lights out allowed them to even get within 3 again.  Hill had his best game to date with 18 points on 7-11 shooting.  He looked really good including knocking down an open 3.  Gurley was hindered by foul trouble, but still put up 16 including his normal crunch time strong finishes.  Bower-Malone started off shooting cold, but smartly went to the rack to end up 4-10 on his 10 pts, 7 ast, 7 reb stat line. 

The interesting thing about this Mount team is that they really seem to ebb and flow with the competition level sometimes.  They've played their worst against some of the worst teams, but on the flip side they go on the road and win at Woo, JCU and BW already.  Winning on the road in the OAC is tough, let alone at quality teams like those two.  If the loss at Berg was a half step back then this is a full step forward.   

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: January 04, 2020, 08:10:32 pm »
The inconsistency shows up today as Mount's 6 game win streak is snapped 68-67 at Berg.  Berg was 3-7 coming into today so this was a bit of a head scratcher.  It looked like MIAA Mount.  Just like in the road losses to MIAA squads Mount was plagued by poor shooting and the inability to defend dribble penetration consistently.  They shot 41% from the floor.  And just like at Trine is was just a straight blow by from the 3 pt line for a layup for the game winner.  In this case it was an and 1 to erase Mount's 67-65 lead.  Gurley did his best to carry them home with back to back massive plays (4 pt play and a pull up 3) to give them the late lead.  A careless turnover/foul hurt them after that and set up Berg's go ahead bucket.  Friga had a quick 7 straight points burst earlier in the half to spark Mount and keep them in it.  He and Gurley carried them today.  On to BW.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: January 01, 2020, 09:46:26 pm »
He was encouraged to look elsewhere.  His recruiting efforts were not in line with expectations.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: December 30, 2019, 10:38:48 pm »
Mount swept their two games in FL over the weekend to improve to 8-2. They beat Alfred and Union.  I watched most of both games. They handled Alfred easily and pulled away from Union in the 2nd half.  Union should have been a little easier.  They had a couple nice players but overall were surprisingly unathletic.  Mount outclassed them by a wide margin and down the stretch it showed. 

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Wet blanket alert.  I read that NCC's star RB, who this year led D3 in rushing yards, total O, and TDs, is a D1 transfer.  The Purple Raiders have historically relied on D1 transfers to win national championships.  There is a clear difference between D1 and D3 talent in football.

This is also comically false so it looks like this is just an all around excellent post by Mark.

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In the 5 game playoff series NCC outscored its opponents by combined scores of 227-109 with almost half (52) of the opposition points being scored in just one game. 🏈a

I'm glad you mentioned this AneOne.  While I was on the flight back from Texas, I was thinking about all of the top defenses I got the opportunity to see this year... Wheaton, Delaware Valley, Mount Union, Muhlenberg, Wisconsin Whitewater (and even Augustana and Illinois Wesleyan in the CCIW).  These groups were all ranked in the Top 75, and each had key strengths.  That said, I am not sure I saw a group that improved as much throughout the year or as good at the end of the season (when things actually mattered) as was North Central's own defense.  From the mid-point of the game against Mount game until the final whistle in Shenandoah the Cardinal's "no-name defense" was the defensive best unit on the field.  I will readily admit that I saw some phenomenal individual defenders (McRae, Nobile, Feaster, McGrath, Harris, James, Schwartz, Rowland, and Ford) that may have been better than anyone in a Cardinal uniform.  That said, the Cardinals ran a gauntlet of Top 10 opponents without giving up more than 14 points per game (or 1/2 game in the case out Mount)!  They outplayed opponent's OLs, shut down top tier running games, held passing games in check and bent, but never broke. 

So much credit for NCC's National Championship has gone to its offense (and deservedly so!), but I wanted to shine a little light on the Cardinal's underrated defensive unit and recognize the role they played in bringing the walnut and bronze to Naperville.  Thank you Gilroy, Rich, Ayhan, and Hyland for your aggressive pursuit of the QB and holding the edge.  Thank you Martin for Ziegler for stuffing the run, staying in your lanes, getting after the QB, and all of those TFLs.  Thank you Butler, Beauchamp, and Wong for filling the wholes, blitzing, and owning the middle of the field and flats.  Thank you Bell, Beesley, Cremeens, and Lindmark for the interceptions and passes defended.  I am looking forward to seeing this unit back in Naperville next fall as one of the top-ranked defenses in the country (with several pre-season All-Conference and All-American nods).

You should give a little credit to the NCAA Committee for giving you a bracket that had only 1 capable team that could pass the ball. That has a lot to do with the performance on defense during the playoffs IMO. But that defense was certainly under rated and did a great job during the playoffs.

I must admit that watching the game Friday I couldn't help but wonder how they would have matched up with SJU.  It definitely would have been more entertaining as a fan with no rooting interest.  My gut is both teams are scoring 35+ in that game.

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