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Decided or not our staff is definitely under the impression that we'll be playing NCC.  Why I don't know.  I just know that they are. 

Personally I wonder if we would even participate if we were going to play Bluffton and Trinity.

1. Isn't that a bit disrespectful to Bluffton and Trinity??
2. One possible reason the schedule still shows "TBA" is that a decision has been made, but hasn't been communicated as yet. It shouldn't be that difficult to guess what the only other possible reason could be.
3. I can guarantee that if UWW was promised that they would play NCC on Sat, then they'll be playing NCC!  :)
Otherwise any impression is only an assumption at this time.
4. If you must shoot me, remember, I'm only the reporter. And, as it currently stands, I have things straight.
I'm not sure how you can expect more than that.

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WHITEWATER'S schedule has us playing Bluffton the first game and North Central for the second game.   

And that may well come to pass Badger.
But the big dog doesn't always get the bone and, at this moment, the UWW schedule is an assumption as opposed to an actual fact.   ;)

Just because it's not on the NCC site doesn't mean it hasn't been decided. Unless you yourself are the decider, in which case, hey, more power to you.

Very true that just because its not on the web doesn't mean that it hasn't been decided.

However, did you consider that the person who put it up on the site got it from the "decider," and if the decider had already definitely decided, it probably wouldn't have been left blank? :-\

That doesn't mean it wasn't decided in the time in between the SIDs posting the schedule and today. In July, no SID is hounding a coach for daily updates on tournament pairings for a winter sport, sorry.

1. The schedule was only posted yesterday or Mon so the window of opportunity for a final decision to have been made is pretty darn small.
2. The NCC SID is very much on top of things, and I'm highly confident that he would post/modify info on the web site within a very short length of tine after receiving confirmation of anything.   

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WHITEWATER'S schedule has us playing Bluffton the first game and North Central for the second game.   

And that may well come to pass Badger.
But the big dog doesn't always get the bone and, at this moment, the UWW schedule is an assumption as opposed to an actual fact.   ;)

Just because it's not on the NCC site doesn't mean it hasn't been decided. Unless you yourself are the decider, in which case, hey, more power to you.

Very true that just because its not on the web doesn't mean that it hasn't been decided.

However, did you consider that the person who put it up on the site got it from the "decider," and if the decider had already definitely decided, it probably wouldn't have been left blank? :-\

If I had to bet, my bet would be that UWW will indeed play NCC on Sat. night.  :)

Lastly, Pat, no I'm not the decider, but I do speak with him on a regular basis.  :o

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WHITEWATER'S schedule has us playing Bluffton the first game and North Central for the second game.   

And that may well come to pass Badger.
But the big dog doesn't always get the bone and, at this moment, the UWW schedule is an assumption as opposed to an actual fact.   ;)
If the schedule was already definite, it would be logical that such would be reflected in the schedule shown on the NCC web site, especially when you consider said schedule was just added in the last day or two.  :-\

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2014-15 NCC NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Nov 21-22  NCC Tip Off Tourney--with UW-Whitewater, Bluffton, & Trinity. No matchups yet.
       25 Aurora
       29 @ UW-Stevens Point

Dec 4 @ Pamona Pitzer College (CA)
      6 @ Redlands College (CA
      12-13 @ Juniata College (PA) Tourney---NCC, Dickinson, Penn St-York, & Juniata. Matchups not set yet.
      17 @ Benedictine
      27 @ Mt. Union (OH) Tourney Vs. Olivet
      28 @ Mt. Union (OH) Tourney Vs. Adrian

Spanning the globe in December.  :-\

Complete North Central 2014-15 schedule. As I indicated previously the matchups for the NCC Tip-Off Tournament and the Juniata (PA) tournament have not been determined as yet.

http://northcentralcardinals.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball

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Rumor has it that former 4 year North Central PG Pat Rourke, a devotee of the 5 year plan, will demonstrate his multifaceted athletic ability, and overall physical prowess when he debuts as a member of the Cardinal soccer team this season.  ;)

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Out of idle curiosity, I used a site that sac discovered, www.geomidpoint.com, to locate the geographic center of the CCIW. To nobody's surprise, it's out in the sticks; it's located on Big Grove Road about two miles southeast of Newark in Kendall County, and about three miles southeast of the Fox River.

When Carroll is added, the geographic center of the CCIW becomes more suburban; it moves north of the Fox River to the backyard of a house on Boyer Lane in Plano.

First you have a bonfire in Kendall County, then you have a welcoming cook out for Carroll and her boyfriend in Plano.

So you are saying Carroll is gay?

(Spelled that way, Carroll is definitely a guy's name - e.g., Carroll O'Connor.)

The worms are pouring out of that open can.  ;)

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Former Millikin A.D. Joe Hakes has been named new A.D. at Illinois Institute of Technology ("Illinois Tech").
Todd Kelly, currently an assistant at North Central and formerly a player at Millikin, was named head coach at Illinois Tech.

IIT, where former Millikin men go to _________?  :-\

Veterans of the Millikin athletic department teaming up to reverse the recent fortunes of the Scarlet Hawks.  :)

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North Central is ranked in the preseason Top 10 by three separate football magazines;
9th by the Sporting News;
9th by USA Today;
10th by Lindy's Sports.

Wheaton is ranked 13th by Lindy's Sports, and 23rd by Sporting News.

Complete rankings:
http://www.northcentralcardinals.com/news/2014/7/2/FB_0702140547.aspx

The D3 Football preseason top 25 is up.  NCC is #6, Wheaton is #24, and IWU just misses at the equivalent of #27.

No other CCIW team received any votes.

The above for comparison.

Of course we all know that the D3 Football Poll is the most intelligent, and thus the most acurate predictor.  :)

Looks like it will be a real battle between the Orange and the Green to determine who is the 2nd best team in the conference behind NCC;)

I haven't spent any time looking at the merits of each team (my August project) but I do know that Wheaton plays both NCC and IWU at home, which is a good thing.

Yes, under the wonderfully absurd CCIW scheduling, NCC, after having visited North DuPage last season, gets to do it again this year.  ::)
Hopefully, the contest will produce a similar result.  ;D

Looking forward to USee's upcoming analysis.  :)

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North Central is ranked in the preseason Top 10 by three separate football magazines;
9th by the Sporting News;
9th by USA Today;
10th by Lindy's Sports.

Wheaton is ranked 13th by Lindy's Sports, and 23rd by Sporting News.

Complete rankings:
http://www.northcentralcardinals.com/news/2014/7/2/FB_0702140547.aspx

The D3 Football preseason top 25 is up.  NCC is #6, Wheaton is #24, and IWU just misses at the equivalent of #27.

No other CCIW team received any votes.

The above for comparison.

Of course we all know that the D3 Football Poll is the most intelligent, and thus the most acurate predictor.  :)

Looks like it will be a real battle between the Orange and the Green to determine who is the 2nd best team in the conference behind NCC;)

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NPU's non-con schedule:

Sat, Nov 15: Illinois C.
Tue, Nov 18: @ St. Norbert
Tue, Nov 25: Eureka
Sat, Nov 29: St. Mary's (MN)
Wed, Dec 3: Alma
Sat, Dec 6: Kalamazoo
Sat, Dec 13: Trine
Mon, Dec 15: UW-Oshkosh
Wed, Dec 17: @ Chicago
Sat, Dec 20: St. John's
Tue, Dec 30: Indiana Dabney

With nine of the allotted eleven non-con games scheduled for the crackerbox, this North Park team is not going to see much of the highway until January. Heck, since one of the two road games is on the South Side, the only occasion for which NPU will actually need the services of a charter bus is for that 11/18 trip to DePere, WI. What makes it even more interesting is that only two of those nine home games, Kalamazoo and Trine, will require a return trip from the Vikings in 2015-16. Illinois College, Eureka, Alma, and UWO are each completing the back end of a two-game series by traveling to the Park, while St. Mary's (MN), St. John's, and Indiana Dabney Coleman are all one-offs.

Indiana Dabney Coleman sounds like a traveling comedy club/theater troop.  ;)

LOTS of early season home cookin' in the NPU kitchen which will certainly produce a prime filet that the eastern Viking juggernaut will slice up like a hot knife through butter.  ;)   8-)

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2014-15 NCC NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Nov 21-22  NCC Tip Off Tourney--with UW-Whitewater, Bluffton, & Trinity. No matchups yet.

To which of the myriad schools that're called Trinity, or which have "Trinity" as part of the school's name, do you refer?

Quite possibly not the first "Trinity" that might come to mind.
The subject school in this case is none other than local NAIA member Trinity International of Deerfield, IL

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2014-15 NCC NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Nov 21-22  NCC Tip Off Tourney--with UW-Whitewater, Bluffton, & Trinity. No matchups yet.
       25 Aurora
       29 @ UW-Stevens Point

Dec 4 @ Pamona Pitzer College (CA)
      6 @ Redlands College (CA
      12-13 @ Juniata College (PA) Tourney---NCC, Dickinson, Penn St-York, & Juniata. Matchups not set yet.
      17 @ Benedictine
      27 @ Mt. Union (OH) Tourney Vs. Olivet
      28 @ Mt. Union (OH) Tourney Vs. Adrian

Spanning the globe in December.  :-\

Crikey, I'm old enough to remember when Jim McKay's voiceover started with this phrase every Saturday.

These'll be the thrill of victory, right? :)

Indubitably!   ;D

The Cardinals certainly do face a rather formidable non-con schedule headlined by the 2 state supported schools from north of the border, one of which was the national champion, and the other which was ranked #1 for the majority of the year. Dickinson advanced to the Elite Eight of the national tournament. Pamona Pitzer and Juniata should be tough, each having won 18 games last season. And, the annual Aurora game is almost always a closely contested tough battle. 

Of the 11 non-con games, only the first 3 will be played in the friendly confines of the "Hangar." After the 11/25 Aurora game, North Central will not play on their home floor again until 1/3 when they open the conference portion of the season against IWU. Consequently, the Cardinals will have to quickly become true road warriors in order to more often experience the thrill of victory as opposed to the agony of defeat.

Front line play will be the Cardinal's strength going into the season. I envision a strong 3 man rotation between the 4 and 5 spots, and a good 2 man rotation at the 3/SF. Much of their success will depend on the quality of play they get from the back court. Right now, its anybody's guess as to who will emerge from a large pack of prospects to claim both starting guard spots, and the primary backup roles at those positions.


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2014-15 NCC NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Nov 21-22  NCC Tip Off Tourney--with UW-Whitewater, Bluffton, & Trinity. No matchups yet.
       25 Aurora
       29 @ UW-Stevens Point

Dec 4 @ Pamona Pitzer College (CA)
      6 @ Redlands College (CA
      12-13 @ Juniata College (PA) Tourney---NCC, Dickinson, Penn St-York, & Juniata. Matchups not set yet.
      17 @ Benedictine
      27 @ Mt. Union (OH) Tourney Vs. Olivet
      28 @ Mt. Union (OH) Tourney Vs. Adrian

Spanning the globe in December.  :-\

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Todd Kelly, currently an assistant at North Central and formerly a player at Millikin, was named head coach at Illinois Tech.
Best of luck to coach Kelly!

As Professor Sager recently reminded me, Illinois Tech has three more school years, including this coming one, that it will have to spend in the provisional pipeline before it becomes a full (i.e., postseason-eligible) member of D3.

Full status will thus be attained in the 2017-18 school year.

Accordingly, let me be the first to congratulate Coach Kelly in advance for winning the 2018 Walnut & Bronze.  ;)   


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