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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: July 23, 2020, 08:42:56 am »
Thought you might be interested in one way that an SEC school is attempting to make it safe to hold on-site classes this fall:

http://ocm.auburn.edu/newsroom/news_articles/2020/07/161653-covid19-screening-tests.php

Similar program in place at the University of Alabama.  Alabama requires a negative COVID test result within 14 days prior to reporting to campus.  Alabama is unique among public universities in that almost 70% of undergrads are from out of state (Auburn is 70% in-state).  UA will be relying heavily on home testing kits which will be sent to all students and returned via mail to Alabama for analysis.

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: November 09, 2019, 02:23:34 pm »
Again, just like the Manchester game, the FC coaching staff with horrible play calling.  They don't appear to want to win this game.

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: October 19, 2019, 04:36:34 pm »
Most embarrassing loss in school history!  I have been attending GRIZ games for 40 years and this is the first game (home or away) that I have left early.  Worst play calling that I have ever seen at any level!  I love Coach Leonard but whoever calls the plays never gave the players a chance to win today.  We could have run the ball and won by 21 points today.  Why are we throwing the ball 40 yards down the field and never looking short, why are we throwing (and getting sacked) on 2nd and 2 when we had success every time we ran the ball.  I know we have always been known as a passing team but give me a break.  We don't appear to care if we lose as long as we try to score in the air.  I am done for this season, no more GRIZ games for me this season and maybe many years to come!

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: October 05, 2019, 05:30:39 pm »
Smith comes back early from injury and leads FC to the big comeback victory at Rose-Hulman!  Surprising win for the GRIZ and a big blow to the Engineers.  Last second win for the second year in a row!

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: October 02, 2019, 04:27:00 pm »
Agreed, but Franklin depends on the QB for the bulk of their success.  We have always had a porous defense but we were almost always able to just outscore opponents.  We need to identify a QB while Smith is out and I think it might be QB by committee.

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: September 30, 2019, 06:19:29 pm »
Total rebuild at Franklin, worst GRIZ team in around 20 years.  Throw in the fact that the returning QB is hurt, the GRIZ are in for a long season!

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: September 23, 2019, 12:22:47 pm »
What happened to Smith?

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: September 16, 2019, 11:21:46 am »
The HCAC have officially topped last year's non-conference win total with Hanover's 49-28 win. Hanover had a 42-0 lead in the 3rd quarter and was in full control even though they gave up some garbage time scores.

Bluffton goes down 35-20 to Trine.

Defiance is taking over Earlham's slot this season. They lose 80-6 to Hope. They've been outscored 136-12 this season.

While it was obviously a good feeling for Hope to rebound today after last week's opening season loss at Millikin, I did feel sorry for Defiance.  They simply and progressively fell apart as the game continued.  A long TD run with just seconds into the game was a preview of what was to happen.  Hope broke its all-time scoring total against any opponent, breaking the previous record of 71 points scored against Ferris State way back in 1919.  Also, just in case-just to make it clear-there was no running up of the score.  Defiance provided Hope with scoring opportunities via interceptions and fumbles several times in the second half. As I mentioned, many of us felt sorry for the Defiance players and as the 4th quarter dragged on, we almost wished it would just get over with for the sake of Defiance, although this certainly provided an opportunity for many Hope reserve players to get some playing time experience.

Defiance is a very young team and their second year head coach (who has FBS, FCS, CFL, DIII, and NAIA coaching experience) has several new coaches on the staff even this year.  I had the opportunity to talk with one of their young underclassmen players on the sidelines at one point during the game and simply encouraged them to "Stay the Course" and do the best they could.  Defiance simply made too many mistakes today, although, honestly and obviously, Hope was way above their talent level.  Anyway, it's on to the next week for both.

The other two games you mention (Trine/Bluffton and Adrian/Hanover) went essentially as expected by many, I believe.  Although Albion appears to be very good (so far) this year, I was surprised that they beat Franklin.

Franklin is way down this year, not a surprise that Albion beat them.  Albion beat Franklin last season and they have all of their skill players back from last season.  Franklin lost a great deal of talent on offense and their defense is typical Franklin - not very good.

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: November 15, 2018, 03:07:58 pm »
A few years back, Earlham's President was lobbying hard for NCAA to add Division 4 for football.  The writing was on the wall back then.  Earlham has always been a very strange place.  I grew up near Earlham and several friends attended there.  Great academically but a very strange student body.  We used to know them as the "granola" campus.  Similar to Grinnell in many ways.  Very difficult to recruit athletes, especially in the Midwest.  Never emphasized football, soccer (and ultimate frisbee) would easily draw much larger crowds.  It is also an easier time to make such a decision since Earlham is in some disarray.  The President resigned, enrollment is down, there is a financial crunch, and the coach resigned.               

Last year Forbes did a financial analysis of all private, not for profit schools with enrollments over 500 students. The reviews were done based on 9 different components of positive financial health. Earlham earned a grade of A. So, unless things have changed drastically in the last year, it seems odd that there should be any type of financial “crunch.” 💵 🤔

Sure their endowment is high but it is, quite possibly, tied up and earmarked for specific projects and programs.  I have heard from several in the know who state that the college is struggling financially with a drop in alumni support, a drop in applications, a drop in enrollment and an increase in financial aid expenditures.  The President recently resigned and there has been a large turnover on campus.       

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: November 15, 2018, 01:51:30 pm »
Earlham's athletic facilities (including football) have drastically improved since joining the HCAC.  The campus is beautiful and the academics have a great reputation.  However, coaching staff turnover seems very high and the granola student body has NO campus spirit and does not support athletics in general.  Difficult to recruit athletes when they visit for a football game and 200 people (hardly any students) show up.

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: November 15, 2018, 09:48:28 am »
A few years back, Earlham's President was lobbying hard for NCAA to add Division 4 for football.  The writing was on the wall back then.  Earlham has always been a very strange place.  I grew up near Earlham and several friends attended there.  Great academically but a very strange student body.  We used to know them as the "granola" campus.  Similar to Grinnell in many ways.  Very difficult to recruit athletes, especially in the Midwest.  Never emphasized football, soccer (and ultimate frisbee) would easily draw much larger crowds.  It is also an easier time to make such a decision since Earlham is in some disarray.  The President resigned, enrollment is down, there is a financial crunch, and the coach resigned.               

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: November 13, 2018, 10:04:36 am »
Both 2007 and 2008 were awesome playoff battles between Franklin and North Central!

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: November 12, 2018, 10:32:15 am »
I still have fond memories of the GRIZ upset playoff victory over NC in 2008!

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: November 09, 2018, 12:30:57 pm »
Since the tie-breaker criteria is regional strength of schedule, MSJ playing in the Bridge Bowl would have had no effect.

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North Region football / Re: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: November 08, 2018, 10:17:12 am »
If Franklin wins, they are in the playoffs. 

What happens if Hanover takes home the Victory Bell?  Who would receive the automatic bid?  Hanover would be tied with Franklin and MSJ.  MSJ beat Hanover but lost to Franklin.

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