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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: Yesterday at 09:28:01 pm »
Second and third. Fumbles, penalties. Uggh. But, let's focus on the win. Strong win in the end. Big plays at times, good defense at times. The pieces are there, and I have faith that it will all come together now that we are in the ODAC schedule. A food start, lots of things still to work on, but the win was the important part and there is no doubt the guys busted chops to bring that home.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: Yesterday at 07:51:45 pm »
Finally some cooler temps! Starting to feel like football weather. Gonna be alittle damp in Lexington this Friday night which should help W&L's ground and pound game. Not sure which General team will show up but after a week off hopefully Abell has them focused and hungry.
Tent, chairs and all the tailgating supplies are packed and ready to go. Safe travels to all!

Go Generals!

Here's hoping. That second half against CMS was painful. Waiting for W&L to put together a complete game. Hoping we got a little healthier over the bye and a little more polished. Ready for the ODAC challenge to start!

They have played a quarter... can they play 3 more?

Nope

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South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: Yesterday at 03:55:01 pm »
Well. The definition of a big announcement varies greatly, doesn't it? Classic how we took that ball and ran with it...

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Men's soccer / Re: 2016 South Atlantic
« on: Yesterday at 09:10:45 am »
I heard that Averett had to forfeit their 2-1 OT win over Marymount due to their usage of an ineligible player.  Their website has been updated to show a 1-0 loss. 

Does anyone know the details of this?

I don't know any details, but looking at 4 games, Mary Washington, Marymount, Randolph, and Berry, I found one player that is listed as having played in the Marymount game but not the other three. I'm not posting a name because this does not constitute anything remotely like proof. I was just curious. I will say this player shows up later in games, so either the issue was cured by then, or I'm simply wrong. Again, a good reason not to make the name public.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: September 29, 2016, 04:18:05 pm »
I can say I don't dislike UMU. I'd prefer UMU, which is a relatively small liberal arts school and looks like my school, to win versus UWW or UST. Not that I think those schools don't belong in DIII, we all know there is nothing in the DIII rules about school size or public versus private, I just prefer to see schools like W&L win titles. You could say it is prejudice, I just say it gives me hope...

That being said, if UMU played virtually any other small liberal arts school, I'd probably root against them. So there is some fatigue and it would be something different.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: September 29, 2016, 03:38:00 pm »
I am sure the NCAA would LOVE to have a Stagg Bowl without Mount or UWW - or the dreaded Mount and UWW - but if Mount keeps winning (and the OAC strength this year makes me think they will) they will most likely host. The only way to change it up is to adjust the brackets. Have a so called "Bracket of Death" with Mount, UMHB, UWW, Linfield, and UST.

I don't think that's quite fair.  I don't think the NCAA as an institution cares at all whether or not Mount Union and/or UW-Whitewater play in the Stagg Bowl every year.  Doesn't matter to them, really.

I think the people on and off this board who follow DIII have some UMU fatigue. I think there is still some residual UMU-UWW fatigue for sure in that group. But I don't think the NCAA cares who wins the DIII football championship. I think they just care that it happens, doesn't cause any bad headlines, and the membership is not raising a fuss. Put another way, DIII sports to the NCAA are important in that they exist and do the job correctly. That's about it.

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South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: September 29, 2016, 01:41:51 pm »
Or a commitment to play 2 OOC games for 4 years?

Stronger inter-conference relations in other sports?

The ODAC gets help with scheduling in other sports from the Centennial and Capital AC (and even the MAC schools to some degree). The SAA is "kinda there" for OOC games for the USA South, but Rhodes, Hendrix and Millsaps are a long way to the west.

Could be. But it's mostly done anyway. The only ODAC schools that didn't play 2 USASAC opponents this year were W&L, Bridgewater and Catholic. Those three schools played none. But the other 5 all played at least 2, with Guilford playing 3.

Last year every team but Catholic played at least one. And only W&L, H-SC, and Bridgewater only played one. The other 4 teams played at least 2, with Guilford playing 3.

Not sure how it plays out in other sports.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 29, 2016, 12:59:51 pm »
Finally some cooler temps! Starting to feel like football weather. Gonna be alittle damp in Lexington this Friday night which should help W&L's ground and pound game. Not sure which General team will show up but after a week off hopefully Abell has them focused and hungry.
Tent, chairs and all the tailgating supplies are packed and ready to go. Safe travels to all!

Go Generals!

Here's hoping. That second half against CMS was painful. Waiting for W&L to put together a complete game. Hoping we got a little healthier over the bye and a little more polished. Ready for the ODAC challenge to start!

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South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: September 29, 2016, 09:16:39 am »


Going to guess some scheduling arrangement with the ODAC, maybe even loaning a school to the ODAC for football only.
I think this may be spot on ... USASAC will have 9 and ODAC will have 7 as is ... would solve a lot of scheduling issues if both have eight.
I agree.  Whom?  Averett? Ferrum? Greensboro?
Ferrum? The HSC folks on the ODAC board were complaining about Ferrum backing out of the HSC home game part of their contract next year. Maybe Ferrum is going to HSC next year after all?

That would be a funny outcome given the bellyaching. I think of this basically in terms of a favor to the ODAC if it happens. Granted it'd be easier for the USASAC to have 8 than 9, but that's not as big a problem as the ODAC having 7. So if it comes true, the ODAC will owe the USASAC a very nice thank you card!

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South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: September 29, 2016, 09:01:17 am »


Going to guess some scheduling arrangement with the ODAC, maybe even loaning a school to the ODAC for football only.
I think this may be spot on ... USASAC will have 9 and ODAC will have 7 as is ... would solve a lot of scheduling issues if both have eight.
I agree.  Whom?  Averett? Ferrum? Greensboro?

I can't imagine Greensboro wanting to do that. In recent history, at least, the ODAC has proven to be a difficult climb for most USASAC teams, including the 3 mentioned but especially Greensboro. Even Averett, seemingly with one of their better teams in a while, went 1-2 against the ODAC this year. And in Ferrum's best recent years, '11 and '12, they went 1-2 and 1-1 against the ODAC. For scheduling purposes I'd be happy to have them, but what do they get out of it? A little more compact travel perhaps, especially for Averett and Ferrum. Is that enough?

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South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: September 28, 2016, 07:52:18 pm »
They don't really need another football school although even numbers are nice. Be interesting to see what it is.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 28, 2016, 02:27:31 pm »
W&L played the lamest OOC schedule last year I've ever seen. But they won the AQ. Would they have gone undefeated if they hadn't played a weak slate? I don't know. Based on this year it seems unlikely. But if they had, they might have pulled a home game in the playoffs with just one better opponent. This year W&L played the toughest slate in the conference. I know Hanson is ignoring NNA, but lets not forget about them just because they don't fit a neat and tidy box. CMS is likely to make the West Regional Rankings if they keep winning, JHU is likely to be near the top of the South Regional Rankings if they keep focused. But the issue is can W&L win the conference. Because with 2 losses, even to presumed RROs, you aren't getting a Pool C.

Just to clarify here, two losses all by itself isn't a Pool C disqualifier.  Three losses is though and in W&L's case (and so many others) for them to not qualify automatically requires a loss somewhere in league play, which would be the fatal third loss. I plan to illustrate this sort of thing in an eliminator table that I'll drop into the Pool C thread once a week maybe starting this week, next week at the latest.

Good point Wally. I was thinking along those lines, and typed something else entirely. +K for the clarification.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2016 South Atlantic
« on: September 28, 2016, 08:58:04 am »
W&L rolls over another ODAC school. 9 goals scored in 2 games, 5-0 at Shenandoah and 4-0 hosting EMU. Only one SOG against in 2 games. The Generals host H-SC (5-3) coming up Saturday. After a hot start, the Tigers have lost 3 straight. Either H-SC or Guilford could play the role of trap opponents this week, as next weekend Messiah comes to town followed by Lynchburg. Generals need to stay focused on the two ODAC opponents before venturing back into a pair of difficult OOC games.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 28, 2016, 08:49:07 am »
Personally I get a little tired of hearing about OOC scheduled. Especially GC's. Everyone has to play and perform against who they play. Preseason everyone would have HSC 3-0 or 2-1. Well they aren't. OOC games MUST be scheduled based on budget for ALL ODAC schools. Why should GC drop Greensboro?  I say play them for the next 100 years. What does it matter?

I agree and disagree with this. Schools have to do what is in their best interest. If Guilford chooses to only pay to play the 3 or 4 nearest schools, then that is what they do. However, you don't want to hear grumbling when they go 9-1 and get left out of the playoffs by losing the AQ. Not from Guilford, not from the ODAC. They reap what they sow, and I think Hasa has done a great job of being up front about it. I doubt all Guilford fans are the same way.

W&L played the lamest OOC schedule last year I've ever seen. But they won the AQ. Would they have gone undefeated if they hadn't played a weak slate? I don't know. Based on this year it seems unlikely. But if they had, they might have pulled a home game in the playoffs with just one better opponent. This year W&L played the toughest slate in the conference. I know Hanson is ignoring NNA, but lets not forget about them just because they don't fit a neat and tidy box. CMS is likely to make the West Regional Rankings if they keep winning, JHU is likely to be near the top of the South Regional Rankings if they keep focused. But the issue is can W&L win the conference. Because with 2 losses, even to presumed RROs, you aren't getting a Pool C.

So OOC matters, but only if you don't win the AQ. Does playing better opponents prepare you for the season ahead? Or does running over marshmallows give you the momentum you need going into conference play? There is plenty of evidence on both sides, so I think it is difficult to draw a conclusion.

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South Region football / Re: South Region Fan Poll
« on: September 26, 2016, 06:52:37 pm »
Anecdotally CMU is only 4 points away from TMC and  based on common opponent Waynesburg, CWRU is 16 points better than CMU and 7 better than Westminster. Small sample, I know.

Not really a huge fan of score comparisons like this. If a team thumps someone, like 3 or 4 scores, and someone else squeaks them, then I see some value. But a 4 point win verse a 10 point win, for example, doesn't do much for me comparing the two winners. A garbage time score, or 500 other things, can be the difference between a one possession game or two.  But I do think CWRU is a team that sits right on the cusp of getting votes.  That being said, the PAC schedule for them is as soft as it gets. I don't know if that is lucky or not.

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