The NAIA had two divisions for football until about the mid 90s when they went down to one because they didn't have enough teams to justify two divisions anymore.
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Prediction 2015: Scots go to DePere, Wi for MWC championship game
I was confused until I realized which of the MWC's Scots you meant.
Drug testing, prior to NCAA championship/tournament competition is up to the individual institutions. There are a few schools who have had problems in the past. It's standard operating procedure at some schools and non-existent at others. It's very cost prohibitive for most D-III schools, so even those that do test, do it rather sparingly.
In NCAA championship/tournament events, it's always a possibility. It doesn't happen at every site and they never reveal which competition sites will be tested, but all schools are warned that it can happen.
Thanks for sharing the information regarding the U of C facilities. I remember when the Fieldhouse was transformed into the two tier level facility. The old Athletic Hall/A.A. Stagg's old office (I forget the name without looking it up right now) next to it was where the Heisman/history room was. As it has been several years since I visited that, is it still there or did they move it to the new Ratner AC?
It is kind of a neat experience to walk the area of The Regenstein Library where the old stadium stood and envision what it was like in the old days, especially in comparing it to old photographs of games there. I'm also that the University preserved one of the old gates from the original Stagg Field stadium and incorporated that in the new entrance to New Stagg Field when those renovations were done back in the 1980's. A nice touch to preserve a little history for today's teams.
One last comment: When I was co-writing Alma College's Centennial Football History back in 1993-1994, we found in the archives and yearbooks that A.A. Stagg was invited up to Alma to the football team's end-of-the season banquet to give a speech and partake in the dinner in 1902. It was a most interesting read about his visit.
That's a good point. But Lake Forest may have an ongoing investment in the rivalries it has with the other South Division teams. Or, it may not. We'll see.
According to the front page of d3football.com, it sounds as though Chicago is probably going to move to the MWC, where it will fill the hole in the North Division that will be caused by Carroll's defection to the CCIW after this coming school year. That's probably the best fit available for the Maroons.
Actually, I've always thought the best way to beat a Grinnell style team is to go make layups. They are essentially giving you layups if you can beat the press. So go shoot 80 percent from the 2-feet away, and if you defend the three-point line well, they're not likely to make enough three's to make up for it.
I actually think holding the ball through the shot clock plays into their hands. You now have to beat 5 defenders to get a two-point bucket, instead of a 2-on-1 layup. You'll have a harder time scoring enough points to outweigh their three-point baskets.
Of course, if you can't beat their press, it doesn't matter what you do.
I wish the MIAA would go back to doing a full conference tournament rather than taking the top four seeds. I think there's something romantic about the idea that a #8 seed in a conference could go on a run and get into the tournament. Single elimination tournaments like the NCAAs are about crowning a champion, not determining who the best teams are.
I'm with you there... I wish the WIAC was still and 8-team tournament instead of the 6-team format they switched to in '08-'09. Heck, it was a 9-team tournament during the first two years in '99 and '00.
And '01 was the infamous year where #8 Stout beat #1 Whitewater by 41 in Whitewater, #7 Platteville beat #2 Stevens Point on a 30 foot buzzer beater, #6 Oshkosh beat #3 River Falls after RF threw the ball into the air in celebration of their win... but the ball hit the ceiling before the buzzer sounded, which gave Oshkosh the opportunity to hit a 3 to tie the game and send it to OT, where Oshkosh promptly won.
Perhaps I just like the romantic underdog stories... but we seem to get fewer of these as more and more conferences just allow the front runners to get into the conference tournament.
The height of the ceiling wasn't covered in their scouting report? they got what they deserved.
Congratulations to the MWC's REAL Scots for making the tourney, I believe for the first time since '99. It should be an interesting race for positions 2-4. Obviously, the 2 or 3 seed would be preferable for the opening round. And for those of us hoping for a SNC loss to get two teams in the NCAA tourney, I'd almost think the Knights would still need to make it to the final game to get an at large bid.
2014-2015 Thee Most Exalted Bespangled CinctureTM itinerary
1-21-15 Illinois Wesleyan
1-31-15 North Park
With the way the CCIWtm finishes I believe we're locked into the Belttm being in the CCIW Tournament and thus the NCAA Tournament. No Sager on an innertube in Lake Michigan which is disappointing.