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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: Yesterday at 09:47:47 pm »

1 for 3 = Cooperstown, 1 in 5 = Salón de la Fama. 1 in 4 = a happy median.

"That means if you get just one extra flare a week - just one - a gorp... you get a groundball, you get a groundball with eyes... you get a dying quail, just one more dying quail a week... and you're in Yankee Stadium."  -- Bull Durham

"I believe teams who go 9-1 in 2015 with several close wins will regress to the mean in 2016." - Logan Hansen
:o


I must have missed that part...was that between "small of a woman's back" and "hanging curve ball"?
That was in the pool hall/bar when he was explaining baseball as a metaphor for life to Meat.  Of course, then he smashed a mirror with a pool ball!

I lived in Durham from 1976-1987 and again from 1992-1997.  I was in the Durham Athletic Park on opening night in 1980 when the Bulls were revitalized in Durham after a 10 year hiatus.  They won their first 13 games, had a fiery exciting Manager and several guys who went on to play for the Braves.  Durham's love affair with the Bulls was officially on.  Your could buy a 10-ticket general admission book for $15.  Especially on weekends, it was the place to be in Durham.  When I watch that movie, I recognize the park, the streets, the buildings, a reference to Northgate Mall, the Bull and the railroad bridge Kevin Costner drove under in his Mustang convertible.  I know extras in the stands who waited patiently for hours to be in a few seconds of film.  One of my favorite movies for sure.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: Yesterday at 09:41:03 pm »
Injuries ended GC's chances last year.
I project RMC, W&L and E&H will fight it out for the ODAC champ this year. Don't see any others ready to make a run.
Thank you for clarifying that.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 08, 2017, 07:37:49 pm »
For a state capital, Montgomery is not very nice. Kind of reminds me of growing up in NJ where Trenton is also mostly a dump. You think these guys would take care of their own backyard, but since so few of them live there I guess they don't care.
I've heard similar stories about Montgomery.  My personal state capital experiences are Richmond (I was born in Virginia and educated there until age 15), Raleigh (most of my life has now been spent in NC), Columbia (graduate school at USC) and Atlanta (frequent visits) ... all four are New South progressive, rather well-kept cities.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 08, 2017, 06:38:38 pm »
87 days till kickoff!
I know ... making plans for my first visit to Alabama!

9/2 huh? If we aren't out of town on Labor Day I may try and meet you down there. Huntingdon has a nice small stadium. Not sure where they tailgate any more since I believe the school sold the land the previous spot sat on. However, the two active Huntingdon fans over in the USAS boards are real nice guys. I've met them both, shared their tailgates and their favorite game watching spots. I'm sure they can fill us in on the details. Montgomery itself has some good and bad spots. It's not my favorite city, but Huntingdon sites in a nice little historic area. Not far from a few FCS and FBS schools if you want to see if you can make it a day/night double header.
You can still tailgate on the lawn in front of the Cloverdale building. It was just the end along Boultier St.(where we used to be able to drive up onto the lawn) that was sold. They have since paved the area between the Cloverdale building and the gym and there is an entry at the back on Navarro Ave. that you can come through and drive up to the front.
I think you can see what I am talking about on this link.
https://goo.gl/maps/6WXzRfmQYco
Thanks, Hawks88.  Very helpful.  +1

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 07, 2017, 10:38:49 pm »
87 days till kickoff!
I know ... making plans for my first visit to Alabama!

9/2 huh? If we aren't out of town on Labor Day I may try and meet you down there. Huntingdon has a nice small stadium. Not sure where they tailgate any more since I believe the school sold the land the previous spot sat on. However, the two active Huntingdon fans over in the USAS boards are real nice guys. I've met them both, shared their tailgates and their favorite game watching spots. I'm sure they can fill us in on the details. Montgomery itself has some good and bad spots. It's not my favorite city, but Huntingdon sites in a nice little historic area. Not far from a few FCS and FBS schools if you want to see if you can make it a day/night double header.
I was going to broach this subject with you this summer, jknezek, but thanks for beating me to the punch.  A fellow Guilford alumnus (and football letterman) and I are discussing the trip.  As appealing as a doubleheader would be, we're probably talking about a trip down after lunch on Friday and a return trip to NC after the game on Saturday ... leaves us plenty of time for brunch or a tailgate before the game.  Always good to meet fellow DIII fans and forum posters.  I've heard similar comments about Montgomery, but many come from Birmingham residents.  lol   I take the good with the bad ... I'm sure it will be a memorable trip.  We'll touch base later, but sounds like a plan.  Thanks.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 07, 2017, 10:31:14 pm »
"However, Southern Virginia has made overtures to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, which would be a better fit geographically, and would fill a need the ODAC has for an eighth football program. And there has long been a delicate balance in the CAC between public and private institutions. If Southern Virginia leaves, which could happen soon after this new league's official announcement, York would be the only private institution left in the CAC."

http://www.d3sports.com/notables/2017/06/new-conference-shuffle-coming
I read it also.  Pragmatism may end up besting a more desirable fit.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 07, 2017, 10:35:08 am »
87 days till kickoff!
I know ... making plans for my first visit to Alabama!

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 01, 2017, 12:31:07 am »
I've been thinking of options for an 8th conference member ... as well as options for a 4th OOC game.  Thinking about, but not finding, many answers.  The ODAC is geographically challenged in some ways because there are no DIII programs in WV except Bethany (although some of the DII schools probably ought to be DIII) and none in SC.  There are only five in NC for football and four are in the USAC.  Assuming no current member will start football (LC are you listening?), here are a few thoughts:

  • I bet Methodist would consider it if approached.  I don't think any other current NC DIII school would be on the ODAC's radar (GCP, NCWC and now Brevard).
  • Whatever happened with Georgetown's (KY) move to the NCAA?
  • I drove to Marietta for GCQ's NCAA basketball appearance.  It's literally the other side of the Ohio River bridge from WV on I-77.  It's doable for an every two year OOC away football commitment for an ODAC member, but Marietta is in the 10-team OAC so only one OOC opportunity per year.
  • Any chance Mary Washington would start football?

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: May 28, 2017, 01:41:49 pm »
Not sure where the W&L men finished, but I know they made the 36-hole cut.

14th.
Thanks.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: May 27, 2017, 11:32:02 pm »
And just like that in the end of the second OT period TCNJ strikes the golden goal winner. Bummed for W&L but they busted hump all game and played hard. Congratulations on an excellent season.
Congratulations to the W&L women on a fine season.  There was another runner-up spot for the ODAC last week when Wittenberg came from 4 strokes down after 14 holes to tie and then pass Guilford on the last hole at the DIII golf championship.  I think the Tigers had 4 golfers birdie the 18th to win by 2.  Not sure where the W&L men finished, but I know they made the 36-hole cut.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: May 25, 2017, 10:50:46 am »
On an unrelated note, I want to wish the W&L Women's Lax team good luck this weekend. They are in the Final Four and playing #1 ranked TCNJ at Roanoke Saturday. As a Regional Host, W&L's one-loss regular season was well-recognized and the women have played up to the expectations pushing through Mary Washington, Catholic, and William Smith in Lexington on their way to the Semi-finals. With 18 ODAC titles, and 17 NCAA appearances, the Generals have been building to this kind of run for a few years. Good luck this weekend and here's hoping the Generals win as the ODAC sponsors another NCAA championship!
Good luck to the Generals.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: May 22, 2017, 08:34:29 pm »
TigerFan you are correct; that trip was a pain for all concerned; 11 hour bus trip, kids missed day of school, expensive, horrible competition, etc. As a result HSC never intended to travel that far north again, until now, but only because they can find no other 4th ooc game.

There is no doubt teams will be looking farther out than normal on a regular basis. The ODAC, as a whole, is probably one of the most compact leagues in the country. Especially for the geographically centered teams. Picking up extra overnight trips, while expensive and irritating, is really not that unusual across D3. The ODAC will adjust budgets or find other ways to make up for it until/unless another solution is found.

Distance from Guilford to Shenandoah? 274 miles. I believe that is the farthest in the ODAC. Distance from Huntingdon to NC Wesleyan? 625 miles. Belhaven to Sul Ross State? 899 miles. Sewanee to Trinity? 980 miles. Thomas More to Saint Vincent? 323 miles. Other than the Centennial Conference, ODAC schools have some of the shortest conference road trips in the South. By a pretty good margin. It's just going to be time to pull up the big boy panties, and pony up the dollars, more in line with other conferences until something changes.
Guilford to Shenandoah is probably the longest football trip, but I just looked up Emory to Virginia Beach for all other sports ... Google routes it via I-81 and I-64 for 407 miles and 6 hours and 6 minutes.  That's tough for a mid-week basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, etc. meeting.  The student athletes can easily be gone for 16 hours or more.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: May 16, 2017, 11:47:07 pm »
Funny you should say that. In a follow up email I did put something about that, though less pointed, in a comment. Wondering if I will get a response.
I will be very interested in their potential reply.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: May 11, 2017, 01:01:53 pm »
all is good, difference in opinion is healthy; reality check for odac football, those schools desiring a 10 game schedule w/o playing a conference opponent twice, will need to fly somewhere every other year. As JK pointed out, other conferences facing the same issue are no where close to Va/NC, driving is not an option.
So if in fact the odac has no interest in adding other schools for all sports and SVA desires to stay put, short of VWC/RC/EMU/RC starting a football program, options are limited, could include dates with the Davidson Colleges 's of the world.
Actually, I think the current ODAC school most likely to possibly add football is the one you perhaps inadvertently omitted:  LC.

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