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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: Today at 01:22:42 pm »
Hey, all. MUC57 has been missing from our board for a while. Does anyone know where heís at?
I've been wondering that too. Anyone see him at the game Saturday?

It dawned on me when we didn't get a JV score from him yesterday that I hadn't seen a 57 post in a bit. 

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: October 19, 2019, 09:50:01 pm »
If I'm going to summarize today it'd basically be Justin Hill is really, really good and Cap is really, really bad.

Honestly, I felt bad for Cap.  They're just so over matched 1-22 they cannot compete right now.  And I'm not talking about today because a lot of teams end up in that spot in Alliance.  I mean in general.  Their scores are just painful.  I watched their 66-7 opener against Westminster and I think I even posted then that it was gonna be a long year in Bexley.  Well, it's gonna be a long more than a year.  They aren't even close.  They haven't scored more than 7 points in a game.  And listening to 1310 TJ brought up a good point asking how many of these kids can you convince to come back out for football next year if you just get pounded every week.  So then you're piling retention issues on top of the difficulty of recruiting new kids to come play for a team losing (on avg.) 60-5 every week.  I hope they get back on track because it's not good for anyone to have teams that down in the conference.

As for Mount, well what can you really take away from a game against the subject of that prior paragraph?  Fulford and the gang did what they should have done.  Hill was wide open multiple times.  They couldn't even leave Plunk in when he relieved Fulford because he was shredding Cap.  Back up WR's Lee and Kirchner are ripping off long plays.  As I posted before the game, thankfully this was a home game so there were tons of kids dressed today.  All you can do is work on some things, get out of there healthy and move on. 


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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: October 19, 2019, 09:23:44 pm »
It isn't reflected in the stats because they didn't all throw a pass, but didn't I hear the announcers say that MUC played four or five QBs today?  How "low" do you expect to go?

Six QB's took a snap today.  Fulford, Plunk, Moore, Keeney, Sturgill and Homol.

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North Region football / Re: North Region Fan Poll
« on: October 17, 2019, 06:10:35 pm »
Interesting that undefeated Olivet doesnít have any votes.

I didnít even consider Olivet and TBH wonít unless they beat Hope.  The MIAA just doesnít have that kind of currency.

I will say that as the resident OAC homer even Iím surprised a couple folks have JCU at 3.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: October 17, 2019, 06:07:42 pm »
Noticed in the game notes that freshman Harry Bowker is listed as a starting S this week.  Thatís impressive.  Not a common feat for a freshman.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: October 17, 2019, 02:14:24 pm »
Not knowing the full inside story at the school, your points make sense and, actually, in general, are applicable to many schools. I agree that when you have a the "academics" i.e. a president and administrators who simply don't like football or athletics in general, that is destructive to a school.  We've seen that at many places.  As far as the coach, while I realize you are being truthful about your opinion and "calling it like it is" as you see it, you could be a little nicer..."a glorified water boy at OSU? Diplomatic discussion can still have the desired effect. ;)

You're right.  That wasn't cool.  I apologize and have edited my original post.  My post was written in frustration with the state of the program and the decisions that have been made the last few years.

I just read it originally and thought "Oh, he must have been a GA or video coordinator or something at OSU".  I just took it to mean he wasn't anything as high up as a position coach.

The problem to my untrained eye is that the few times I've watched Cap the last year or two it seems like their talent level is sinking.  And I don't mean overall as much as mean the ceiling, the top players, are not as good year over year.  For years they haven't had enough horses to compete with the top of the OAC, but they always had a few dudes.  And those dudes were good enough and they had enough of them to compete with most of the conference.  Outside of Stanford at WR last year, I haven't seen those types of kids in the games I've watched recently. 

Last year they didn't have a RB rush for over 100 yds FOR THE SEASON.  99 yds in 10 games was their top RB.  That's crazy.  They had eight 1st team All-OAC players on their final Pentello team (2006).  Since 2012 they have had a grand total of two 1st team All-OAC selections.  And one of those two was Wibbeler last year when they did the completely ridiculous act of awarding 3 QB's 1st team All-OAC (but don't get me started on how the hell half of the conference QB's are either 1st or 2nd team All-OAC!)

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: October 13, 2019, 01:27:52 pm »
As a Cap alum/former player under Jim Collins, yesterday is embarrassing.  Taking a look at stats, it seems JCU did their part as far as not passing.  But as mentioned earlier when on the road you can can only unload benches so much.

If Cap is going to try to be an Oberlin, Dennison, Amherst, Kenyon et al. they need to get in a conference with them.

I can't even imagine how upset you guys that played under Collins must be.  That Collins era transformed Cap and to see it all undone has to be frustrating.  Dr. Bowman made no secret of his indifference towards athletics.  Dr. Paul seemed to be in the same mold.  It's tough to have that attitude in this conference.  With Dr. Paul leaving in 2020 maybe the next president will be more supportive of athletics.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: October 13, 2019, 12:18:59 pm »
Watching Cap these days it's hard to believe at one point that was a top 10 program.  Their offense is abysmal.  When is the last time they had a good QB?
 Assmann?  That was a decade ago.  Thankfully they're in Alliance Saturday.  VK is going to need to dress about 170 guys to make sure he has enough subs for that one because it's gonna be ugly.   

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: October 12, 2019, 11:20:26 pm »
Let's say Wabash goes 8-2 or 9-1.  I understand that some may think that this should trigger a review of the DM hire......but does anyone think that Wabash would fire him?  I don't.

Probably not next year, but again in 2020? Yes, I think it would be debated.

So, 9-1 in each of the next two years could trigger a review of your head coach? Who are you guys, Nebraska?

I, in fact, am very pleased with the job Morel has done. I was just simply stating that rumors around do not want a missed playoffs in 4 straight years.

So when do we revisit this?

I'm admittedly a glass half full guy, but if they beat Witt and win out wouldn't they still win the auto bid via H2H over Witt and Denison?  I don't know the NCAC tie breakers. 

This isn't saying that losing to Wooster isn't troubling on its own because I'd think most Wabash fans were shaking their heads today.  The odd thing is what sigma hit on which is that the Wabash D has been very un-LG like in their aggressiveness.  I always felt that was your calling card.  Your D was coming and attacking the offense.  The 3 picks today hurts, but those are the growing pains of a young QB learning under fire.  That's expected.  The defensive stuff is unexpected and, frankly, strange IMO.   

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: October 12, 2019, 11:08:11 pm »
Since the cameras were so bad, died anyone know what happened on the missed extra point attempts? Snap, hold or kick? I hope this isn't a trend and they get it figured out.

I was at the office so I was listening to Sam and TJ.  I didn't hear the first miss, but the second one was a bad snap that the holder had to corral and it screwed up the timing.  Burkes was out today as on that attempt I'm pretty sure Sam said Barnett (the starting K) was holding and Reghetti (the other K) was kicking.


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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: October 11, 2019, 05:56:08 pm »
2 Things

A)  It sucks the UMHB has to or might have to vacate their records and championship.  I get why the punishment is harsh.  I just don't like it.

B)  I noticed on Mounts 2 deep roster that Ernie Burkes is not listed at WR at all, but he is still listed at Punt Returner.  Meanwhile, Robbie Kirchner is now listed with the 1's at WR, and no longer at PR.  The coaches or either shaking things up this week to get some people some looks, or they must have seen something in Robbie last week that they like.

Any thoughts?

I noticed that Burkes wasn't even listed as the backup at that WR spot this week either.  Another soph. is the backup.  I could see if he was a little dinged up maybe give him a precautionary week off at WR, but still have him be the holder.  But being listed as the #1 PR seemed odd to me. 

The good thing about Wilm is Barrett is going to sling the ball around.  It will be a good challenge for the secondary.  Wilm has two WR's averaging over 110 yds/game including Richardson who is always a big play threat (30.5 yds/rec).  They're 1-3, but most of us have been around long enough to know Wilm has more talent, especially at the skill positions, than they historically have had.     

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: October 10, 2019, 02:51:07 pm »
Uh oh:

https://www.d3football.com/notables/2019/10/umhb-to-appeal-vacation-of-title

Ah, yes. The only reason UMHB was successful in 2016 is because the HC loaned his 10 year old Suburu to two players. (Eye rolls for days)

Vacating of wins for 2016 and 2017?  WTF.  How many hours and how much money has been wasted on this "investigation"?  If coach had loaned (wink wink) his new 911 to his star QB for the year then okay.  I think we'd all agree that's fishy.  But he loaned a 2006 Subaru to two different players.  My 70 year old mom drives a Subaru so I'm guessing that's not a hot car for college guys.  The NCAA is never capable of exercising any common sense.  I'm sure it's an infraction, but use some judgment on the punishment in light of the facts.  Just dumb.

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North Region football / Re: North Region Fan Poll
« on: October 09, 2019, 06:06:05 pm »
I'm column 5.  I thought overall this week was a little easier than previous ones, but I'm still surprised I ran the table with my ballot. 

As for Augie, I had my eye on them last week for my 10 spot so I really contemplated them this week.  I just opted for Denison over Augie or BW this week.  For me this week BW ended up being the #3 of that group because I frankly wasn't impressed with their performance against a very bad Cap team.

I have a question for the group.  Do you guys treat a loss to Mount the same as any other loss when you're ranking teams?  I do not, but I'm curious if I'm alone in that philosophy.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: October 08, 2019, 10:34:19 am »
The problem for Mount is that, as Pat mentioned regarding JCU and the 9 vs. 12 ranking, there is a sizable gap between the very top and even the 9th ranked team.  That gap when you're playing an OAC bottom dweller is ridiculous.  You can play your 3rd string and do nothing but hand off and you're still going to score because your opponent is still athletically over-matched by the 3rd string.  Plus they're tired and demoralized versus a fresh 3rd string who rightfully wants to go 100%.  So what do you do?  The opponent physically cannot stop you.  LK opted to stop himself and VK does the same.  I'm fine with that choice.  I would also be fine with it if you just handed the ball off, took your time between plays, etc.  As long as you're not out there throwing bombs and running trick plays up 50 I don't think coaches/players/fans would have an issue with it from the other side.

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North Region football / Re: North Region Fan Poll
« on: October 07, 2019, 07:13:54 pm »
I'm pretty sure I just spent the longest time I ever have deciding on the #10 spot.

I really hope you picked Trine.   :)

LOL.  I nearly drowned when that ship started taking on water Saturday!  It was a long fall from that #5 spot.     

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