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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: August 03, 2020, 03:16:17 pm »
New conference look has been released https://spark.adobe.com/page/whjtMIQ80mTgw/

Blue, green, and gray colors instead of the maroon of old.
Two logos, primary saying 'Heartland' and secondary saying 'HCAC'
School specific versions of the logos
Each sport has their own versions as well


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The two words forming the league’s moniker served as inspiration for the brand narrative:

HEART – The word ‘Heart’ is underlined to emphasize the competitive spirit and unified community of the HCAC. This positive bond of community felt within the conference was referenced universally throughout the process. Unity, sportsmanship and a sense of family was concurrent in the feedback from student-athletes, administrators and other conference stakeholders. Passion and commitment were also identified as key league values.

LAND – The land is represented visually in the logo with three rows of abstract farmland. This element showcases the geographical link of the 10 member campuses while also highlighting the conference’s membership in NCAA Division III.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: HCAC
« on: August 03, 2020, 03:15:46 pm »
New conference look has been released https://spark.adobe.com/page/whjtMIQ80mTgw/

Blue, green, and gray colors instead of the maroon of old.
Two logos, primary saying 'Heartland' and secondary saying 'HCAC'
School specific versions of the logos
Each sport has their own versions as well


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The two words forming the league’s moniker served as inspiration for the brand narrative:

HEART – The word ‘Heart’ is underlined to emphasize the competitive spirit and unified community of the HCAC. This positive bond of community felt within the conference was referenced universally throughout the process. Unity, sportsmanship and a sense of family was concurrent in the feedback from student-athletes, administrators and other conference stakeholders. Passion and commitment were also identified as key league values.

LAND – The land is represented visually in the logo with three rows of abstract farmland. This element showcases the geographical link of the 10 member campuses while also highlighting the conference’s membership in NCAA Division III.

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General Division III issues / Re: Future of Division III
« on: August 01, 2020, 01:50:37 pm »
Remember the Hong Kong flu in '68?  100k deaths in the US when the population was 205 million.  That would be... 249k equivalent deaths today.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1968-pandemic.html

Remember the epidemic of '57?  That was 116k deaths in the US with a population of 178 million.  Or... 287k equivalent deaths today.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1957-1958-pandemic.html


Perspective.  This event is neither unique nor exceptional.  The response is unprecedented, that's for certain.
Not inputting any opinions here, just double checking the numbers because they seemed a bit high to me...
census.gov has the US population at 330M... that would mean 100k deaths from 205M in 1968 would be 161k today and 116k deaths with a 178M population in 1957 would be 215k today.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: HCAC
« on: July 29, 2020, 04:40:26 pm »
For those not keeping track, latest conference news is high contact risk sports in the fall (football, soccer, volleyball) have finally been postponed to spring. Low contact risk (golf, tennis, cross country) are still proceeding (but lots of other conferences have halted all fall sports). Basketball hasn't been decided yet but is in the high contact risk group.
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A decision on the timing of basketball season (defined as high contact risk sport by the NCAA) will be made in the near future. Swimming and diving is classified as a low contact risk sport and will continue forward with its standard schedule.  The sports of indoor and outdoor track and field, men's lacrosse and women's lacrosse have also not been altered at this time.

In other news, conference branding will be getting a new look on Monday. Honestly I haven't cared too much for the current look so hopefully it stands out a little more.

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: July 29, 2020, 04:33:51 pm »
HCAC branding will be getting a new look on August 3. Can't wait to see it as currently I think it's very plain.

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: July 27, 2020, 12:33:18 pm »
https://heartlandconf.org/general/2019-20/releases/20200727clf44r

High risk sports (including football) are moved to spring, others will still continue as normal.

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After extensive deliberations, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Council of Presidents has unanimously voted to modify the timing of conference competition and championships for fall sports classified by the NCAA as high contact risk (football, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball). The Conference will move the start of those sports' competitive seasons to the spring. The HCAC is committed to offering engaging athletic experiences for student athletes in these sports with extensive team activities this fall followed by spring competitive seasons.

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Based on their risk classifications as assigned by the NCAA, the HCAC will progress forward with fall seasons in the sports of golf, tennis and cross country.  The Conference will also schedule some competitions for the sports of baseball and softball in the fall that will not count toward league standings. 

A decision on the timing of basketball season (defined as high contact risk sport by the NCAA) will be made in the near future. Swimming and diving is classified as a low contact risk sport and will continue forward with its standard schedule.  The sports of indoor and outdoor track and field, men's lacrosse and women's lacrosse have also not been altered at this time.

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General Division III issues / Re: Future of Division III
« on: July 26, 2020, 01:00:46 pm »
Thanks for pulling them out and listing them here, Griz. Could you edit the list by differentiating by state the schools that share a name with other D3 schools, though?

I'm looking at the list and I see Westminster, Trinity, Wheaton, and St. Joseph that fall into that category, and there may be others.

The Trinity is Trinity College; Trinity U is regional, not national which is where the author started.

I know that. I've looked at the list. Anyone could look these up via the link and figure out which Trinity, and which Wheaton, and which Westminster, and which St. Joe, are named, but that's not the point. The point is that, if you're going to make a list like this as a quick reference for everybody, make it as clear as possible to which schools you're referring.

(And I don't want this to make it sound like I'm ungrateful to Griz for his work in putting the list together, because that's the opposite of my intention.)
It was a valid request. I was just copying and pasting the schools while the state was in a different column.
It'd easier if schools would just avoid sharing names. Do it like usernames... Wheaton and Wheaton2, Westminster and xXWestminsterXx02 :D

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General Division III issues / Re: Future of Division III
« on: July 25, 2020, 02:33:17 pm »
Clark University, Mount Holyoke College, UMass Boston and Dartmouth are most likely to ‘perish,’ according to new analysis

Lots of D3 names mentioned in a blog post by Scott Galloway, a NYU Marketing professor.  He categorized 436 US News & World Report Colleges according to Thrive- Survive- Struggle- Perish.

https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/07/clark-university-mount-holyoke-college-umass-boston-and-dartmouth-are-most-likely-to-perish-according-to-new-analysis.html
Went through and I counted 169 D3 schools in the list... here were their listings

Thrive: Amherst College, Birmingham Southern College, Bowdoin College, California Institute of Technology, Carleton College, Colby College, Gallaudet University, Hamilton College, Harvey Mudd College, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Middlebury College, Pomona College, Rhodes College, Rowan University, Swarthmore College, Union College, Washington and Lee University, Washington University in St Louis, Westminster College (PA), Williams College

Survive: Bates College, Bryn Mawr College, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Claremont McKenna College, CUNY City College, Emory University, Grinnell College, Haverford College, Montclair State University, New York University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rutgers University-Camden, Rutgers University-Newark, Stevens Institute of Technology, SUNY Buffalo State, Tufts University, University of Chicago, University of Massachusetts-Boston, University of Minnesota-Morris, University of Rochester, Vassar College, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Struggle: Albion College, Allegheny College, Austin College, Berea College, Catholic University of America, Centenary College of Louisiana, Central College, Centre College, Chatham University, Clarkson University, Coe College, Colorado College, Concordia University-Wisconsin, Connecticut College, Elizabethtown College, Emory & Henry College, Gettysburg College, Goucher College, Guilford College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Hampden-Sydney College, Hanover College, Hartwick College, Hendrix College, Hobart William Smith Colleges, Hope College, Houghton College, Illinois College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Juniata College, Kalamazoo College, Lesley University, Lewis & Clark College, Lycoming College, Mary Baldwin University, Millsaps College,
Misericordia University, Monmouth College, Moravian College, Muhlenberg College, Occidental College, Randolph College, Randolph-Macon College, Ripon College, Roanoke College, Saint John Fisher College, Saint Johns University, Saint Norbert College, Saint Vincent College, Salem College, Scripps College, Sewanee - The University of the South, Shenandoah University, Simpson College, Southwestern University, St Olaf College, Susquehanna University, Sweet Briar College, Transylvania University, University of Puget Sound, University of Saint Joseph (CT), University of St Thomas, Ursinus College, Wabash College, Warren Wilson College, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington College, Wells College, Wesleyan College, Western New England University, Westminster College, Wheaton College (IL), Whitman College, Whittier College, Widener University, Wittenberg University

Perish: Augustana College, Bard College, Beloit College, Bethel University, Brandeis University, Chapman University, Clark University, Concordia College at Moorhead, Cornell College, Covenant College, Denison University, DePauw University, Dickinson College, Drew University, Earlham College, Franklin and Marshall College, Franklin College, George Fox University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Kenyon College, Knox College, Lake Forest College, Lawrence University, Luther College, Macalester College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Mount Holyoke College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Pacific University, Pitzer College, Sarah Lawrence College, Skidmore College, Smith College, St Lawrence University, The College of Saint Scholastica, The College of Wooster, The Sage Colleges, Trinity College (CT), University of California-Santa Cruz, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, University of New England, Wartburg College, Wilkes University, Willamette University, Yeshiva University


Interesting for the Claremont colleges... Harvey Mudd and Pomona are Thrive, Claremont McKenna is Survive, Scripps is Struggle, and Pitzer is Perish

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: July 15, 2020, 12:52:03 pm »
Interview with commissioner Jay Jones: https://heartlandconf.org/general/2019-20/releases/20200715ikrzqn

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Where does the status of fall sports stand right now? Is there a timetable that the HCAC is currently following?
Jones Answer:

Right now, we have developed a phased start date approach for our fall sports, with all of them set to start in early to mid-September.   These dates are based on the contact risk rate in each sport and the medical advice we are following.

·         Men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf, and men's and women's cross country – No earlier than September 1

·         Women's volleyball, men's soccer, and women's soccer – No earlier than September 7

·         Football – No earlier than September 12

We are aware that the NCAA is planning to release new directives.  It appears everyone will receive those in the middle of next week.  We are anxious to receive those updated guidelines and see how they fit our current protocols and what adjustments our staffs will need to make. 
Based on this it's looking like Week 1 (Sept 5) is cancelled. The only game I believe that hasn't been cancelled yet is Hanover-Centre.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: HCAC
« on: June 16, 2020, 03:29:17 am »
It's been up and down for Rin. She got pneumonia which pushed surgeries back a few days but had one today for her femur and hip. Hip apparently was worse than they thought so they didn't work on her arm which is now scheduled for Wednesday but otherwise sounds like the surgery went well.
Still a long recovery ahead... opened her eyes a few times yesterday. Updates at the FC WBB twitter


If any school was going to have financial troubles I'd have pegged Defiance as the obvious choice, their enrollment has plummeted in recent years to under 600. Earlham is a tricky one because I don't think athletics is particularly important to them.
While the endowments don't really matter too much as far as athletics goes, it's good to look at to see who's in good shape financially and who could be in trouble due to current events.
2018 US News endowments are listed as:
Earlham: $429.2M
RHIT: $213.5M
Transylvania: $174.6M
Hanover: $143.6M
Franklin: $87.6M
Manchester: $62.5M
Mount St Joseph: $39.7M
Anderson: N/A (best I can find is somewhere in the $30M range)
Bluffton: $25.3M
Defiance: $16.2M


Haven't really paid much attention to the incoming freshmen yet. I probably should start taking a look.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: HCAC
« on: June 09, 2020, 01:46:55 pm »
Been a hospital filled time for the Grizzlies the past couple weeks. Two have had surgeries (one for hip, not sure for the other) and then a few days ago Carinne Henderson was in a motorcycle accident with serious injuries but is stable now. As of last night she was moving her left leg and arm and right toes. Still on a ventilator.
Get well soon ladies.

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Earlham is cutting more sports... football was halted a couple years ago, now tennis and golf will be as well.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: HCAC
« on: May 20, 2020, 09:56:37 am »
You missed Bluffton who graduated 2 for 14 ppg

As far as the bad doctor diagnosis... I know the feeling. Had what was ultimately diagnosed as a frozen shoulder, initially doc said it was just a tendon in the rotator cuff and I went through physical therapy and it improved a bit but not a lot. Finally got sent to a specialist who diagnosed it. Had a procedure done in January after a full year of it being messed up. It's definitely better than it was, but there's still some pain and soreness not in the shoulder where it had been bad but around the area which I think is because of trying to compensate for a full year.

Hopefully it all goes well for her and she'll be ready to go next season.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Mount Rushmore of D3 Coaches
« on: May 07, 2020, 04:42:36 am »
With Moore, Robinson, Hixon, and Giovanine leaving the D3 coaching world in the last 9 months or so, who is now the active coach most likely to put himself in that conversation in the next few years?

For the sake of argument, let's not include Bosko--if only because he is already firmly in the conversation.

The current active wins leaders in D3 don't really give us much help, just 8 of the top 50 (wins are through 2019, best I could find):

13. Brian Baptiste, U-Mass Dartmouth, 645
24. Bob McVean, RIT, 572
27. Charlie Brock, Springfield, 557
(30. Bosko Djurickovic, 552)
31. Bill Fenlon, DePauw, 550
35. Todd Raridon, North Central, 536
43. Kerry Prather, Franklin, 511
45. Mark Hanson, Gustavus Adolphus, 508

Not including Bosko, that's 3879 wins with 5 Final Four appearances to show for it. Of that list, Raridon has 2, and I think the case is easily made that he is in the best position of the 7 to earn more achievements, especially if there is going to be a potential power shift in the CCIW (although Augustana will surely continue its success as a program).

Other names to throw out there, with my very limited knowledge of D3 coaching history:
-Eric Bridgeland, if he can build Redlands into a Whitman-like program
-Jeff Brown, Middlebury, 400+ career wins, always a national contender of late, even if the national results seem to underwhelm
-Dale Wellman, Nebraska Wesleyan, still a very young coach but already has a ring under his belt, big rebuild ahead but if NWU can become a regional power, those win totals will rise in a hurry

Any other nominees?
I finally have something to add to the conversation... Kerry Prather is no longer on the active list as he retired after the season (but will remain at Franklin as President next year)

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