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Messages - Gregory Sager

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North Central 78
North Park 56

Jalen Wilmington: 11 pts
Lawrence Pointer: 10 pts
Adam Bulwa: 6 rebs
Toby Marek: 4:1 a:to

Connor Raridon: 22 pts, 8 rebs, 5:2 a:to
Matt Helwig: 15 pts
Aiden Chang: 12 pts, 3:0 a:to
Blaise Meredith: 9 rebs
Matt Cappelletti: 6 rebs

Man, I hate working a game while I've got a cold. I apologize to everybody who was cringing as they listened to my hoarse voice tonight.

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Looks like our question as to whether or not Millikin is for real has been definitively answered tonight.

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North Park 68
North Central 58

Jayla Johnson: 18 pts, 9 rebs
Angelina Villasin: 11 pts

Allison Person: 11 pts
Lyndsay Brennan: 10 pts
Maya Walls: 7 rebs

NPU had a 14-point lead at the half, and it looked like the Vikings were going to cruise to an easy victory. But NCC went into a 2-3 zone and stuck with it, and the Vikings couldn't make the Cardinals pay by knocking down open trey attempts. But the NPU defense was solid enough to keep the Cards from getting any closer than four points, and the hosts finally pulled out of striking distance at the FT line down the stretch.

NPU is now 7-0, 2-0, while NCC falls to 3-5, 0-2.

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That would be far more fascinating -- a sportcoat heave from the second row of the stands by Grey Giovanine, Non-Coaching Spectator, during an Augie JV game.

I'm tempted to check with Dave Wrath to see if that's ever happened.

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I've heard from an inside source that Macalester's affiliate status for football has not been renewed by the MWC, which means that the Scots will have to leave that league after the 2020 season. There's a good chance that the Scots will return to the MIAC for football as soon as it becomes feasible for the league to add them. I can't imagine where else they'd go, unless the UMAC would be willing to add a tenth team for balance and Macalester would prefer to hook up with that circuit rather than come back to the MIAC.

Here’s to hoping you’re wrong Greg, but I doubt you are.

My source is someone who is directly involved with MWC athletics ... and I'm not talking about a student-athlete or a parent. You can take this to the bank.

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Not sure exact what any of the above has to do with coming from a private Christian college.  What does personal religious faith have to do with any of that?

I know. I'm sitting here in the office at church, getting ready to go over to NPU to call tonight's basketball games, and I've thumbed through three or four different translations of Bibles we have handy. I can't find a single one that has the words, "Do not spike the football."

Maybe I'll check the concordance. Stay tuned!

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They're going to be talking about this game forever in Wheaton, and no doubt they'll call it "the spike game".

My heart goes out to Jake Hibben, who went from hero to goat in the space of about two seconds. He may never live it down. But you've gotta know the rules -- spiking the ball after a TD is a no-no. Being an offensive lineman who rarely or never touches the ball is no excuse.

Nice job on color as always, USee. I had both CCIW games on, so for listening purposes I had to choose between two good tandems: Rusty and you, or Kevin Jackman and Grant Sabo for the NCC game. I listened to you guys for most of the way because your game was more competitive, although I did switch over to Kevin and Grant for awhile when the Aggies made that third-quarter rally to get within a FG of the Cardinals.

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Wow, and Wheaton pulls an ‘Ole Miss and loses.

Isn't Wheaton like the most ultra religious type school there is? What could someone have said/done to get a penalty like that?

Hard to tell. Cost them the game whatever it was. Discipline?

A senior Wheaton O-lineman, who was in the backfield running the ball for three consecutive plays, burst into the endzone with nine seconds left and Wheaton down, 34-27, and lost his wits in that moment of elation by spiking the ball. Spiking is a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty in NCAA football. It backed up Wheaton's PAT attempt. On the first PAT attempt the kicked missed -- but Wheaton bought a break because St. John's roughed the kicker. But, wait ... twelve men on the field for Wheaton! Offsetting penalties! So the ball didn't go half the distance to the goal for what would've been a much more routine PAT attempt. Instead, the two penalties canceled each other out and Wheaton got a re-do from the deeper spot. And, again, the kicker missed it on the second try.

Also, FWIW, Wheaton is far from being "the most ultra-religious-type school there is."

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Not My Nachos, now that the spectacularly weird controversy surrounding your first post here is finally fading away, we can get down to business and have you learn how to format quotes properly. ;)

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That's a good point. Everything changed for Aurora football once Don Beebe was hired as head coach on November 15, 2018. The question is whether or not St. John's scheduled that game against the Spartans before that date or not.

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West Region football / Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« on: Yesterday at 08:20:21 pm »
I've heard from an inside source that Macalester's affiliate status for football has not been renewed by the MWC, which means that the Scots will have to leave your league after the 2020 season. There's a good chance that the Scots will return to the MIAC for football as soon as it becomes feasible for the league to add them. I can't imagine where else they'd go, unless the UMAC would be willing to add a tenth team for balance and Macalester would prefer to hook up with that circuit rather than come back to the MIAC.

Chicago's affiliate status has been renewed by the MWC, so you'll see the Maroons in your stadiums for the foreseeable future.

With the departure of St. Norbert and now Macalester and the open question of whether Grinnell will continue to mothball its football program (or even kill it off altogether, despite the rosy picture of the future painted in the recent Grinnell football press release), it seems like there's a lot of change going on in MWC football.

That's interesting news, Gregory.  Thanks for sharing that info.    As Pat mentioned on the other board, it would make sense for Macalester to go back to the MIAC (with St. Thomas out) although as you also point out, a UMAC spot for them wouldn't be a bad fit either.

While it is speculation at this point for any of us to consider, what do you think, if any, would be other changes in the MWC?  They will be down to 10 teams now, but, if Grinnell's program is ended, they would be down to 9, which would not be all that bad as it would be in line with some of the other west and midwest conferences in having that number.  I doubt Coe would want to come back to the MWC as the ARC is good for them, but would Cornell ever leave back for that?  And, if Grinnell decides to not continue and if Beloit ever goes defunct since the school is experiencing some financial difficulty, that would leave the MWC with eight.  I can't think of any other schools off hand, that would be a consideration for the MWC then.  Again, interesting, but speculation, yet good discussion in between/waiting for tomorrow's next round of playoff games! :)     

Are Iowa Wesleyan or MacMurray fits for the MWC?

Not really. Most of the MWC schools are members of the prestigious Associated Colleges of the Midwest academic group, and I doubt that they would consider Iowa Wesleyan or MacMurray to be on par academically with MWC institutions. Also, Iowa Wesleyan has had some serious financial struggles in recent years; I'm not entirely sure that that school is out of the woods yet. And I suspect that Illinois College would not be eager to see fellow Jacksonville, IL school MacMurray become a crosstown rival in anything more than theory.

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West Region football / Re: FB: Midwest Conference
« on: Yesterday at 05:48:56 pm »
I've heard from an inside source that Macalester's affiliate status for football has not been renewed by the MWC, which means that the Scots will have to leave your league after the 2020 season. There's a good chance that the Scots will return to the MIAC for football as soon as it becomes feasible for the league to add them. I can't imagine where else they'd go, unless the UMAC would be willing to add a tenth team for balance and Macalester would prefer to hook up with that circuit rather than come back to the MIAC.

Chicago's affiliate status has been renewed by the MWC, so you'll see the Maroons in your stadiums for the foreseeable future.

With the departure of St. Norbert and now Macalester and the open question of whether Grinnell will continue to mothball its football program (or even kill it off altogether, despite the rosy picture of the future painted in the recent Grinnell football press release), it seems like there's a lot of change going on in MWC football.

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I've heard from an inside source that Macalester's affiliate status for football has not been renewed by the MWC, which means that the Scots will have to leave that league after the 2020 season. There's a good chance that the Scots will return to the MIAC for football as soon as it becomes feasible for the league to add them. I can't imagine where else they'd go, unless the UMAC would be willing to add a tenth team for balance and Macalester would prefer to hook up with that circuit rather than come back to the MIAC.

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You guys are always welcome to post JV results on the UAA thread, where it is always a slow news day...

Be careful what you wish for. I'm not going to name names, but certain people have the power to offload CCIW JV posts onto the UAA board. :D

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