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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 20, 2016, 11:35:40 am »
They showed 4400 for the W&L game last year. I was there and I doubt there were 3000 in the stadium. E&H does sell and collect tickets so they should be accurate but I think there is some inflation.
I've been to GC games at E&H (granted, Guilford is not a Virginia-based rival, but they were games with ODAC and playoff implications on the line).  The announced attendance was not what I think attended.  If they had shot one of those t-shirt cannons into sections of the stands, I think you could still find a t-shirt that reads "Wasps - feel the buzz in '14" (or '12).

Totally agree.  Reading the online Sports articles for EHC can be entertaining, as well.  EHC can lose a baseball game 25-1, but their headline will read "Wasps wins 3rd inning, 1-0"
+1 CMR Made me laugh.  lol  Reminds me of an old story about a dual track meet between the USA and the USSR in Russia during the cold war.  The Americans crushed the Russians, but the Soviet headlines read "USSR Finishes Strong Second ... Americans Finish Next to Last."  lol

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 19, 2016, 05:38:22 pm »
They showed 4400 for the W&L game last year. I was there and I doubt there were 3000 in the stadium. E&H does sell and collect tickets so they should be accurate but I think there is some inflation.
I've been to GC games at E&H (granted, Guilford is not a Virginia-based rival, but they were games with ODAC and playoff implications on the line).  The announced attendance was not what I think attended.  If they had shot one of those t-shirt cannons into sections of the stands, I think you could still find a t-shirt that reads "Wasps - feel the buzz in '14" (or '12).

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 17, 2016, 05:29:42 pm »
Does E&H really average 5496 fans per game (see attendance story on d3football.com front page)?   E&H has a small student body and is in the middle of nowhere.  I just don't see how they are in 3rd place in DIII attendance.  Is the AD "guessing" or do they actually count tickets?  #NotBee-LievingTheWasps   

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 17, 2016, 11:25:43 am »
Just returned from a business trip through eastern Ohio as I also did in March.  Out of pure curiosity and proximity, I stopped by to look at Hiram College in March and both Mount Union and Marietta yesterday.  Nice looking schools and football facilities.  Couldn't help but notice the Dom Capers press box at UMU.  Dom, as many of you know, was the first head coach of the expansion Carolina Panthers back in the 1990s.

I sure hope it's nicer than the Phil Simms Weight room at Morehead State!  This picture does not do justice to how ugly it is. http://image2.stadiumjourney.com/images/stadiums/1768_Phil_Simms_Weight_Training_Center.jpg
It's utilitarian for sure ... no frills here. 

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 15, 2016, 05:02:42 pm »
Hasa

Only two things about the GC experience that needs improving:

1) fans need to stop trash talking players when they walk from the locker to the field
2) can't smoke a cigar

Other than that, I enjoy the GC experience. Work on those two items for me !!!!
1.  If the trash talking happens, it shouldn't.  As a Guilford alumnus, former athlete and leader in the athletic booster club, the Quaker Club, I offer my apology.  It's a 200 yard walk from the door at Alumni Gym to the stadium entry ... and right beside a parking lot with tailgaters and through the entry plaza, so lots of opportunities for that to happen.  I can tell you that the majority of Guilford fans are respectful and would not trash talk, but I am not saying we are immune from overzealous fans.  I can also tell you that sort of activity runs counter to Quaker beliefs and would not be condoned by the administration ... but it can be difficult to completely eradicate at Guilford, and for that matter, almost anywhere.

2.  Sorry.  The no tobacco rule is very unlikely to change.  :)


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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 15, 2016, 01:09:23 pm »
thanks for the feedback. how would rank the odac facilities from top to bottom. My list would look something like this:

1) W&L
2) E&H
3) HSC
4) RMC
5) SU
6) GC
7) BC
8) CUA
I've been to all eight ... probably pretty close to my assessment.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 15, 2016, 01:06:43 pm »
I will be the first to say Guilford was awful until about 10 years ago ... field's natural turf and field location were good, but seating, press box, lockers and concessions not so much.

Our current press box, home field seating and visitor seating are light years ahead of where they were, but still not in the realm of W&L, HSC and others.  Players must walk beside the baseball field to lockers in old Alumni Gym ... could be better.  The stadium exterior has gotten a facelift, there are lights and a turf field.  There is a fan zone at concessions with TVs and so forth ... better, but not where I'd like to see it.   It is, however, despite the shortcomings, a good game day experience.

I heard discussions of a fieldhouse on the north end (between football and baseball), that would provide ticket sales, lockers, concessions and an upper tier for viewing parties similar to that at Wake Forest (if any of you have ever been there).    It would be a shared facility with all the sports in the area (M & W soccer, M & W lacrosse, football and baseball). 

All we need is money.  lol

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 14, 2016, 06:08:51 pm »
Hasa

How did those facilities compare to what you see in the odac ?
Mt Union was clearly the best of the three (and better than the ODAC) ... fueled by their success and alumni involvement.  Well-landscaped and maintained with professional ticket booths, concessions and fieldhouses.  Looked as though they get nice support from the small city of Alliance.

Hiram did not have much seating (or parking), but field did back up to the PE center which doubled as a fieldhouse.  Small town of the same name, but less than an hour from Cleveland.  Seating all on one side I think. 

Marietta was nice, but not as big as UMU.  Looked good from the street.  Stadium is hard by the Ohio river in a small town of the same name... just a few miles across the bridge to WV.

ODAC stacked up well with Marietta and looked better than Hiram, but not in UMU league yet.  All looked like DIII stadiums, but UMU was a notch above.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 10, 2016, 06:53:57 pm »
Just returned from a business trip through eastern Ohio as I also did in March.  Out of pure curiosity and proximity, I stopped by to look at Hiram College in March and both Mount Union and Marietta yesterday.  Nice looking schools and football facilities.  Couldn't help but notice the Dom Capers press box at UMU.  Dom, as many of you know, was the first head coach of the expansion Carolina Panthers back in the 1990s.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 10, 2016, 12:07:05 pm »
I wouldn't be surprised if Guilford picked up Brevard OOC in 2017 ... we have instate D3 rivalries with Methodist and Greensboro, but, surprisingly, have never played NCWC in football.  For the Quakers, there is always Averett and SVU, but we have played Maryville in the past.  There are some alumni connections with staff as well.

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South Region / Re: MBB: USA South Conference
« on: June 03, 2016, 07:03:32 pm »
Huntingdon hires Guilford Associate Head Coach Caleb Kimbrough as Associate Head Coach and to replace Mike Pugh as Head Coach when he retires at the end of the 2017 season. Looking forward to seeing what he can do with the program.

http://www.huntingdonhawks.com/sports/mbkb/2016-17/releases/20160602hd9xb2
I posted on the ODAC thread, but Caleb will do a tremendous job for the Hawks ... he will be greatly missed at Guilford! 

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South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 03, 2016, 07:01:32 pm »
Huntingdon hires Guilford Associate Head Coach Caleb Kimbrough as Associate Head Coach and to replace Mike Pugh as Head Coach when he retires at the end of the 2017 season. Looking forward to seeing what he can do with the program.

http://www.huntingdonhawks.com/sports/mbkb/2016-17/releases/20160602hd9xb2
Caleb Kimbrough was a great player for the Quakers from 2004-08 and a terrific assistant in the ODAC (2009-10 at W&L and 2010-2016 at Guilford).  I predict he will do a wonderful job for the Hawks ... he'll be greatly missed at Guilford!  Oh yeah, he spent a year traveling the globe in 2008-09 playing for the Washington Generals ... the longtime "foe" of the Harlem Globetrotters. 

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: June 01, 2016, 05:37:19 pm »
So why are they leaving the odac ? Those road trips will be a nightmare. Are they leaving because they cannot compete ? HSC played Coast Guard recently and they are not very competitive and that is being nice as I can be.

I think they are moving to that conference and area because that's where their kids come from. Catholic school like CU is pulling a lot of kids from Philly, NYC, Boston area. So playing E&H and Guilford and W&L and other rural VA (sorry Hasa) type schools doesn't do much for them playing in front of friends and relatives. Being an associate member, and having another associate membership offered in a more applicable area for recruiting, might have been attractive. The distances suck, but if it puts them in a better position to recruit, they may have decided it was a fair trade for essentially 4 weekends a year.

The whole ODAC stint has been more or less a failure. Except '99 and '08, they have rarely been competitive so they don't have much to lose. The NEWMAC will probably be somewhat easier, but I doubt it will be orders of magnitude different. Norwich isn't a bad team, they've been doing real well in their conference, MIT is in a halcyon period for them, WPI (last year) and Springfield (previously) were ok in a tough Liberty League. So there are some decent teams with them. I don't think Catholic will go from dog to top dog.
No offense taken ... it's essentially a VA conference.  :)  Surprisingly, however, Guilford is much more of an urban/suburban school than some of our ODAC brethren.  Other than RMC in Ashland (Richmond), there may be more Catholic students and private schools here than many southern cities of our size (280,000).  A lot of folks don't realize that the city of High Point (over 100,000) is also in Guilford County.  In a state of over 10,000,000 people, Guilford County is 3rd behind Charlotte (Mecklenburg) and Raleigh (Wake).

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: May 27, 2016, 04:56:08 pm »
The Baltimore Ravens' John Urschels is attending MIT pursuing a Phd.  While there this semester he worked out with the MIT football team. Here's what he said ....I didnít know what to expect. But what I found was that the team at MIT is no joke. It is a football team ó in some ways, more of a football team than any Iíd ever seen. These guys love football. They are playing the game because they want to. No one is making them come to practice, no one is checking up on them. They know as well as anyone about head injuries; they know that football is dangerous; they know the feeling of exhaustion and pain. They still play. They donít do it for money, and they donít do it for status. The average size of their crowds is fewer than 1,000. On campus, no one gives them a second look. (The guys who won the Putnam Competition ó a national math contest ó three years in a row are the ones who get treated like star quarterbacks.) But they show up every day and work hard because itís their choice ó because they love to play...

I think this is very indicative of all of D3. To see the full article http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/john-urschel-s-excellent-mit-offseason-142359101.html
Some of you may remember MIT had an undefeated regular season in 2014.

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South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: May 25, 2016, 05:51:09 pm »
Greensboro only shows a 9-game schedule.  Is that it or are they still trying to find a game for one of the two open dates on 10-Sept and 24-Sept?  I think they played Bridgewater (VA) the 2nd week in 2015, but the Eagles have Thomas More lined up for 2016.
Greensboro added NNA on September 10 ... so a 10-game schedule.

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