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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: July 02, 2020, 12:23:20 pm »
Looks like finally some clarity from the OAC with an official announcement.  No OOC games.  Conference only football schedule beginning 9/19.  Raiders open in Berea.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: June 24, 2020, 09:43:25 am »
Sadly, Chris passed away.  The outpouring from the JCU community as well as the SID family gives us a glimpse into the person he was.  Prayers for his family and many friends.  RIP Chris.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: June 23, 2020, 11:20:16 am »
As reported on Twitter earlier this week, 1st Team All-OAC and D3hoops 1st Team All-Great Lakes Marcus Dempsey will transfer from Muskingum to John Carroll this fall. He sat out his Jr. year with an injury and has a year left of eligibility. He will be working on his MBA at John Carroll.

This is a high impact transfer and it will be interesting to see how Dempsey fits into the scheme in University Heights with a lot more weapons around him than he had at Muskingum.

This will definitely be interesting to see how he gels.  He's used to having the ball in his hands (and leaving his hand headed for the hoop) pretty much all the time.  He'll get shots at JCU, but it's going to be a substantially reduced number I'd guess.  Regardless, adding someone with his offensive skill to your roster is never a bad thing.  He can flat out fill it up as he's proven for years.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: May 26, 2020, 10:01:14 am »
I posted this on a couple of other boards, but wanted to share it here.This is not a good sign...University of Michigan's president has announced that IF they decide on not having on-campus students this fall, there will be NO football. No time frame was given fie the final decision, however, they'll have to decide this by early July, IMO. Decision will, of course, be based on what the situation is with the coronavirus at that time and according to state and federal and local guidelines/mandates.

If there is no football at U of Michigan, I believe that will be the death bell ring for MIAA, DII GLIAC, and NAIA football in Michigan.

I wonder how that works with the conference.  If the conference is playing football and Michigan decides not to what happens?  Do they just forfeit all of their games?  Do they lose their proportionate cut of the BTN money for football?  What a mess. 

It also meshes nicely with the article in the Athletic last week about the OHSAA and their dependence on football ticket sales.  If anyone subscribes to the Athletic I would recommend it.  An interesting look at the much smaller scale version of the dilemma the power 5 college conferences are facing.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: May 22, 2020, 11:26:29 am »
If anyone is looking for a podcast to listen to check out the Teacher Coach episode with Mike Fuline.  The hosts are TK Griffith (Hoban boys HC) and Scott Callaghan (legendary Wadsworth girls HC).  It was interesting hearing Fuline's story (and they covered it all).  Especially interesting was hearing Fuline talk about his relationship with LK, getting the job at Mount and recruiting.  I was already a huge fan, but it made me like Fuline even more. 

I found it at tkgriffith.com

Listened to this the other night. It was a great listen for any Mount Union or Stark/Summit County area sports fans.

I've listened to a couple more and enjoyed them.  I listened to the one with Jackie Windon (former Hoban girls and CWRU women's HC) yesterday while I was working.  I thought she had really good insight on how does someone who was as competitive as a player as she was approach coaching kids who don't have the same mentality.  Kids who don't go out for the HS team because they want to play college basketball.  I think that's something nearly all coaches can relate to. 

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: May 21, 2020, 04:46:58 pm »
I just saw an email today from Mount Union saying that they are planning on opening up this fall for school on campus. That's a good place to start for now.

Plus they just announced this afternoon at the daily briefing that all high school sports can begin in-person training on May 26th.  Includes, but not limited to weight training, agility training and other conditioning.  I would think this would apply to Ohio colleges too?  Who knows though maybe not if colleges have kids coming from out of state.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: May 18, 2020, 11:28:39 am »
If anyone is looking for a podcast to listen to check out the Teacher Coach episode with Mike Fuline.  The hosts are TK Griffith (Hoban boys HC) and Scott Callaghan (legendary Wadsworth girls HC).  It was interesting hearing Fuline's story (and they covered it all).  Especially interesting was hearing Fuline talk about his relationship with LK, getting the job at Mount and recruiting.  I was already a huge fan, but it made me like Fuline even more. 

I found it at tkgriffith.com 

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: May 09, 2020, 03:52:40 pm »
Drew Sims WR Fort Wayne, IN, Nice to see wr with some height. This looks (on paper at least) like a really good recruiting class. Should have lots of depth this season..

6'3", 210 is a big WR coming in as a freshman.  Like to see it.

Also, in looking for Drew Sims info I saw that 1st team All-District QB Drew Sims from Perrysburg is headed to Berg.  So note that too.   ;D   

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: May 02, 2020, 06:43:40 pm »
Looks like Musky QB Brody Hahn is transferring to ONU.  I assume the OAC rule is still in place requiring him to sit out a year. 

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: April 27, 2020, 11:35:07 am »
That's a good point.  I always think of construction trades and mechanics slip my mind.  Auto mechanics today are far more than just a guy and his tool box.  Cars have so many computer components those guys are like old school mechanics but with IT knowledge too.  I work with several car dealerships and if you're a service tech at a high-end store like Ferrari or Bentley those guys make over $100k.  They get flown over to Europe for training because the cars are so complicated.  Better than going to a tax update at the airport Hilton I'm guessing!

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: April 25, 2020, 07:44:29 pm »
Call me crazy,  but some of these colleges closing might be a blessing in disguise.   There are way too many kids going to college for BS degrees that don't equate to anything but their parents shelling out a bunch of cash, or student loan debt, or both. 

College isn't for everyone.   And a college degree is only worth something if it isn't as common as a pair of used socks.  The average undergrad degree is no different than a HS degree was to my parent's generation.  Not a differentiator, just the baseline.  Nice to have, but doesn't mean anything unless it's in something worthwhile.

All 3 of my secretaries,  oops, administrative assistants at the office have 4 year business degrees from private NE Ohio schools and that degree means nothing.  Their pay is only a few bucks above minimum wage with a bachelor's degree.  Quite sad actually.   Those young ladies are holding the same position as others in my company with only a couple evening  classes at Stark State Community College after high school.

In my less than humble opinion, the trades (plumbers, electricians,  masons, carpenters,  etc.) are going to have the world by the short hairs.  There is such a shortage of tradesmen right now, and it's getting worse,  that it's difficult to get work done.

I just spoke to a client yesterday.  Her son passed up engineering at OSU or Case.  He wants to work with his hands and not in an office so he started his apprenticeship with the IBEW.  He's also taking classes online at Columbus St. to get an Associates Degree in accounting because he wants to own his own business eventually.  The college is free other than the books thanks to grades/ACT.  How far ahead of most of his peers is he going to be in 4 yrs?

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: April 23, 2020, 07:13:56 pm »
Another school becomes a victim to the pandemic, Urbana has closed its doors.  What a shame for its students and athletes. My son was told that Kent State has lost 12 million room and board fees this spring.  I do not know if that is accurate, but I was stunned at the amount.

It's sad for the students, athletes and employees.  I feel for all the folks who work maintenance, housekeeping, food services, etc. because it's not exactly like Urbana is overflowing with jobs. 

Places like Urbana or, in our D3 universe, Defiance are always barely keeping their head above water financially.  I'm fearful of how far up stream these issues end up though.  I was talking with a buddy in Boston.  Obviously New England is littered with small schools.  He said there is already rumblings of several closing up there too.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: April 22, 2020, 10:59:27 am »
If it's about the new staff telling the secondary that every job is an open competition I'd think they'd get that.  It's certainly not like that group lit the world on fire last year.  Individually a couple of them are presumably locked in starters, but maybe it was thrown out there to all of them to set the tone in the room.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: April 21, 2020, 06:32:35 pm »
Junior DB Robbie Williamson is leaving Mount Union:

https://twitter.com/whodat_robbie/status/1252646154623488002?s=21

He appeared in 6 Games last season

On Twitter he said he has 1-2 years of eligibility left.

So is Jalen Griffin.  He started at corner and was HM All-OAC last year. 

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: April 18, 2020, 07:16:09 pm »
You said it! 

I totally missed this too.  All-NCAC OWU wing Ethan Stanislawski is transferring to Mount.  He was 2nd team All-NCAC as a freshman and sophomore.  He was also D3.com GL region Newcomer of the yr.  The connection as usual is that Ethan is a product of Fuline's former program at Jackson HS.

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