Congratulations to Guilford on winning the ODAC men's golf championship today, their 16th since first competing for the title in 1992. W&L finished 2nd. The Quakers will be in the D3 national tournament in Florida May 8-11.
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Thanks for sharing. Have not heard much about HSC's recruiting class. Will share if/when I hear something.You're welcome. Coach Chris Rusiewicz and SID Dave Walters do a great job of communicating.
Davidson has a very healthy endowment and recruits students nationally and internationally, so I don't think the travel cost is a stretch for them. With Campbell leaving the Pioneer for full Big South membership and FCS in 2018, both DC and JU will be looking for games to fill their schedules. Guilford used to play Davidson often, but Jacksonville will be the first time. It's only 86 miles from the Guilford College campus to the Davidson campus, but 466 miles to JU.On another note, hasa, Davidson must be hurting...2 D3's on the schedule this year. At least we'll get to see how Brevard and Guilford match up with a common opponent. It has to be a good possibility for a game or two in years to come.
Since joining the Pioneer League they have gone 1-31 in football in conference. Frankly they are in a crappy position in a league that must be killing them cost wise. They played games in KY, IN, CA, and upstate NY last year. This year they play twice in FL, once in IA and once in KY. Lot of money to spend every year travelling around, so finding those OOC games, at any level, where they can play local is probably a lifesaver. It probably doesn't matter what division since they know they aren't going anywhere post season and it also is most likely the only way they are going to pick up a couple wins.
Hope DI basketball is worth it boys!
Probably is. 17-15 this year including a 9 point loss to UNC. Although, they have got to be one of the smallest D1 school that have a football team. An enrollment of 1,950 is crazy low.
Brevard released its schedule. All the USAC minus MC; E&H, Davidson, and Virginia-Lynchburg.I hope VUL will just go away ... what a joke ... both academically and athletically.
On the VUL subject, I hope Birmingham Southern is back in line to scrimmage MC this year and not VUL.
I hope Guilford is back to form after the injuries last year. Week 1 will be a damn good game if they are.I'm looking forward to this game as well. With all the talent lost to graduation after 2015, I don't think anyone expected another 9-1 season in 2016 ... but we sure as heck didn't expect 4-6 either ... especially after a 4-0 start. Anyone know if Huntingdon is returning the favor and coming to Guilford in 2018?
Looking forward to the 2017, I'd say there are 4 tiers in the league:
Top: Huntingdon and Maryville
Rising, but not quite there: Averett, Ferrum, NCWC
Slumping for no apparent reason: Methodist and LaGrange
Not a chance: Greensboro and Brevard
If there was a spring ball poll, and they cared about my opinion, I'd vote:
1a and 1b: Maryville and Huntingdon. Both are strong teams. Great coaching staffs. Great recruiting. Losing 2 strong QBs. I think it's neck and neck right now.
3. NCWC. I like how they have been playing in the recent years. They're bound to have a year were they put it all together.
4. Averett. I feel like Coach Adams is on to something in Danville. They've given MC a run for their money 2 years in a row.
5. Ferrum. Coach Grande had a good first year at Ferrum. Let's see if there is a sophomore slump.
6. Methodist. They were poised to be a top USAC team a few years ago. Has to be disappointing for Monarch fans.
7. LaGrange. Shocked they are not a yearly contender. One of two D3 teams in GA and have some good athletes.
8. Brevard. Coming down from D2. Time will tell what they have to offer the USAC. Lost to E&H last year.
I think the right coach could be very successful at Greensboro. They haven't recruited very well. They never called my son and he went to HS 15 minutes away at a HS with lots of potential D3 talent. My son was a 2 year starter at HSC on 2 ODAC championship teams. The Greensboro campus is beautiful, it's right beside UNCG, and it's in downtown Greensboro. It also has a reputation as offering a quality education. The fact that their stadium is at a local high school hurts but several USA south programs have or had really bad facilities. NCW plays at a local HS, Methodist plays at a below average college facility and until last year Averett played at the worst facility I'd ever seen. NCW and Averett won USA South championships playing at their facilities and MU went 8-2 a few years a go.I completely disagree on the highlighted point.
Until recently Guilford college was IMO in the same shoes as Greensboro (the schools are 10 minutes apart). But Guilford hired a coach that is as meticulous in recruiting as he is in coaching. Now they dominate local recruiting. Academically I don't see much difference in the 2 schools and it's not like the Quakers can point to a long tradition of excellence in football and their facilities are - now that Catholic left - the worst in the ODAC. Yet according to HASA GC has beat Greensboro 198-13 in the last 3 years! The Greensboro coach is going into his second year. Time will tell but there's nothing stoping Greensboro from being a winner.
Maybe we wouldn't have gotten in regardless, but in the eyes of committee I believe a close loss to a contender would have been preferable to a 77-13 drubbing of Greensboro.198 to 13? GC officials and fans should be very happy with the Greensboro College decision. That game helped neither program.You're right. Greensboro players didn't want to play it and it hurt Guilford in 2015 ... if we had played and even lost a game to a ranked team, I think the Quakers would have made the NCAA playoffs. I don't know the exact years, but it was 52-0 one year, 77-13 another and 69-0 in the third.
Hasa -- I don't think a 2 loss Guilford team, 0-2 to RRO, would have made the tournament. But that's just a guess. No, Greensboro didn't help Guilford that year. In my opinion beating a RRO would have put Guilford in at 1-1 RRO, 9-1.
Marantha was in a different position. No conference and an inability to actually get enough players on campus is different than an inability to get competitive players on campus. Frankly, I'm guessing Greensboro needs those players paying tuition, as many as they can get. Marantha probably did too, but they gave up on actually being able to get them. Plus the costs of not being in a conference were burdensome for Marantha.Bingo.
No, I'd say Greensboro considers having a football team a net positive, even if they struggle to win more than a game a year. If they stop bringing 100 to camp, and start having 40 or so on the roster, it may change quickly. But barring that, the benefits of having the team outweighs the inability of the team to win a game.
198 to 13? GC officials and fans should be very happy with the Greensboro College decision. That game helped neither program.You're right. Greensboro players didn't want to play it and it hurt Guilford in 2015 ... if we had played and even lost a game to a ranked team, I think the Quakers would have made the NCAA playoffs. I don't know the exact years, but it was 52-0 one year, 77-13 another and 69-0 in the third.