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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 03, 2016, 04:25:56 pm »
   I absolutely agree with the idea of adding another member for football, but even with that scheduling will be tough. In my previous post I didn't take into account that most of the closest leagues have only one OOC game available. Unfortunately, I continue to see a lot of USA South teams in our future.

                                      Number of Teams in "Nearby" Leagues

    PAC - 11
    CC - 10
    USASAC - 8
    SAA - 9
    NJAC - 10
    Liberty - 8
    E8 - 9
    MAC - 10 (missed these guys first time)

There will always be lots of USASAC schools on ODAC calendars. It simply makes too much sense from a geographic and peer group standpoint. I don't have too much of a problem with it, especially with at least 3 OOC games. I have a greater problem with the fact that most ODAC teams seem to schedule the bottom USASAC schools, and often multiple bottom schools per season. I know it's done in advance, so it's not always easy to do, but it is way to consistent for my tastes.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 03, 2016, 12:30:40 pm »
Well, as of the end of the 2016 season the odac is a 7 team conference. Looks like we may well be heading towards a 9 game schedule if something is not done, and done fairly soon..

Perhaps. I am thinking that is part of why W&L signed up with a SCIAC team. That could buy W&L another year, but it's an expensive way to do it.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 03, 2016, 11:10:32 am »
Well, I'd certainly go this far... I'd rather CNU than a 7 team conference going forward! I really, really dislike the idea of a 7 team conference and all the headaches that will come with it.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 02, 2016, 04:57:41 pm »
i know which school you think should join but s.va. would really bring down the level of play. they make CUA look good. not sure we need a conference foe getting pounded by 75% of the league and I'm not sure they have the resources to improve their program from facilities on down. i still say odac should change by-laws to allow public insitutions and bring cnu into the league; would help odac in every sport. maybe i'm dreaming but that makes the most sense to me. i've heard talk of bringing averett or ferrum in, i'd be opposed but i suppose odac really does not care what i think.

TFA2 I don't want CNU. The ODAC is a true peer group, and while SVa stretches that a little, CNU stretches it a lot. I'm not fixated on SVa if there are other options. But I simply don't see a realistic option unless raiding the USASAC again is possible. I don't mind Averett or Ferrum, I'd bring M'Ville back in a heartbeat if they wanted. But one nice thing about SVa, associate football only membership is possible. To be honest, the ODAC doesn't need more full-time members. Other sports are busting at the seams. So SVa does have that slight advantage.

Overall, I'd prefer to raid a USASAC school over SVa, in the name of peer institutions. I will also say that the more conference games you have, the less SOS matters if a conference school is awful. For example, regardless of what a 10 team conference does, their SOS is almost always going to be .500 because that is how 9 of 10 games for every team must shake out. Half wins and half losses. It's why I prefer 8 conference teams with 3 solid OOC games. It gives you a chance to be well above (or in the case of W&L's OOC this year, sadly below) .500 in SOS.

Regardless, the conference has to go .500. So if you bring in SVa, and they play two games against the weakest teams they can find OOC and go 2-10, that actually isn't that important for your SOS.

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General football / Re: D-3 Players in the Pros
« on: February 02, 2016, 01:23:18 pm »
If you search those names, at least the more... unique... like Alabama Airborne you will find Major League Football has filed for a trademark on them as of last month. The trademarks aren't approved yet, but it appears like someone is trying.

I still can't believe they will get this off the ground this spring unless there is a whole lot more groundwork that has been done and not yet released. I did see some small newspaper articles with local info about the Utah and Arkansas teams popping up in the last few names.

It appears there is something more than just rumor, but I'm still not willing to bet it survives a full seasons of 10 games plus playoffs as is mentioned starting in April. I simply don't see how they think they can afford nationwide travel and if they are renting larger than h.s. stadiums I have no idea where they think the fans are going to come from when they have done no team building so far.

In comparison, the Alabama Hammers, a new 4th tier (roughly) professional soccer team here in Birmingham, has been doing a full on push for fans with local business promotions, facebook presence, media push, camps with local teams, merchandise pop up sales and more for several months already. They are planning to play in a field with seats for a few hundred, tops, and every game outside of the playoffs is within driving distance.

I'm willing to bet on the Hammers making it a full season or more. I got my scarf from my wife for the holidays. Anyone want to take the essentially unheard of Airborne? Both start play at about the same time...

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 02, 2016, 10:53:56 am »
I'm going to keep shaking my head about this, but needing that 4th OOC is going to be bad. I really hope the ODAC has a plan for adding another member.

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General football / Re: D-3 Players in the Pros
« on: February 01, 2016, 08:47:13 pm »
Sucker bet Mr. Y!

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 01, 2016, 07:46:58 pm »
I don't think a non D3 would help much. But if it is Brevard I suppose that would make sense given they are in some state of exploring a move. I'd rather play weak D3 teams rather than non D3 personally. A non D3 is pretty much worthless to your SOS and so far down the criteria to be almost useless for any at large consideration.

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New one on me.
PNW=Pacific North West.

How does a fan fly from SoCal (Southern California ;) ) to Lexington, VA?

It isn't easy. LAX to an eastern hub like Atlanta or Charlotte. Then a short hop to Roanoke. Then a 40-50 mile drive north to Lexington along I81. Probably 10-11 hours of travel door to door, with 7 hours being the flights and layovers and the rest getting to and from the airport and twiddling your thumbs.

$500 or $600 dollars for flights, $50-$100 for a rental car, $150-$300 for two nights in a hotel, $125 for a few days of bad food or $200 for better food. W&L doesn't charge for tickets though, so you have that going for you!

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 01, 2016, 03:46:27 pm »
Sounds like JHU and RMC will not play going forward. Probably a good thing for RMC as JHU usually runs up the score on those guys. W&L will have their hands full.

To be fair JHU has beaten us 6 of the 7 times we've played them since the mid 90s. One or two of them were pretty good thumpings as well...

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Not feeling the pinch down in Alabama https://twitter.com/nbcsn/status/692384501574602753

As someone who grew up in essentially an FBS college football wasteland (NJ), lived in VA and FL where college football was relatively big, but now live in AL, I can tell you that you can't understand it unless you grew up here. There is an insanity tied to certain SEC schools that is simply terrifying. Nothing is too much to spend to win and there are always more donors and money men willing to shell out.

Everything can and will be excused or justified for winning.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 01, 2016, 01:43:24 pm »
The JHU gives you a "Result"..
A win gives you a very good chance at hosting a first round playoff game.

Very true, and I think at JHU will be a very big hill to climb. But W&L should bring back enough to make me optimistic. It's a long way away but it's nice to have 3 OOC games I'm excited about. Last year it was 0 OOC games I found compelling. Sewanee of course is more interesting to me this year because when W&L plays On the Mountain I get to go...

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Washington and Lee just (sort of) released their 2016 schedule today and I am thrilled to see C-M-S coming to Lexington 9/17. The Stags seem to be a team on the rise, and W&L is coming off their first 10 win season in program history and their first undefeated regular season in decades. Seems like this could be a good match up of programs that have risen to the top of their respective conferences and I hope it is the front half of a home and home.

SCIAC teams seem to schedule non-conference games as a home and home series (some of the board long-timers can probably confirm) so I would expect to see W&L in SoCal next fall. It will be nice to see how a SCIAC stacks up against teams outside the PNW conference other than in the first round of the playoffs. Does anyone with longer SCIAC experience know how often teams travel to locations other than PNW?

In any case it should be fun for the players to travel east. I hear the W&L campus and surrounding area is very nice.

Lexington VA is a beautiful area, especially that time of year. Too early for the leaves to change, but it is nicely nestled in the Shenandoah Valley. The campus is very compact and quite pretty, the facilities are very good. Hopefully most of the construction will be finished by then as it has played havoc with the athletic areas this year, but when finished it will make the football field feel more connected to everyday campus life and hopefully help drive attendance at games.

I'm pleased to see this match up and I hope you are correct and it is a home and home. The ODAC drops back to a 7 team league next year when Catholic leaves if nothing else changes, so a match up with a SCIAC team could help both teams fill a schedule hole.

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Washington and Lee just (sort of) released their 2016 schedule today and I am thrilled to see C-M-S coming to Lexington 9/17. The Stags seem to be a team on the rise, and W&L is coming off their first 10 win season in program history and their first undefeated regular season in decades. Seems like this could be a good match up of programs that have risen to the top of their respective conferences and I hope it is the front half of a home and home.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 01, 2016, 10:54:18 am »
I am a very happy man today! W&L "sort of" released next year's schedule, and the OOC travesty of this year will NOT be repeated. W&L opens at Johns Hopkins... yeah, going to be tough to have a second undefeated season, but with what W&L brings back I think this could be a good game if everyone is healthy! Then the traditional game at Sewanee, which my wife has once again agreed to take the family to.

Finally a home game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. I know C-M-S is not exactly a long-term powerhouse, but I hope this is the front half of a home and home that will give the football team a marquee trip. I think the last time W&L flew to a game was the '93 contest against Georgetown that was played in Bermuda for some reason, but I don't think it has happened since which includes all 20 seasons since I first went to Lexington. Either way, C-M-S is coming off 3 seasons of rapid improvement, from 0-9 in 2012 to 7-2 last season, and looks like a solid opponent. So even if the game is simply a placeholder, it will hopefully give W&L at least 2 quality OOC opponents.

I still lament the lack of traditional opponent Centre on the schedule, but as an alumni and fan of the program I am extremely pleased to see a full slate of DIII opponents, and the addition of two truly challenging opponents.Anyway, this has been something to be excited about in the offseason and a possible home and home against a SCIAC opponent, another 7 team league, could be a very expensive, but exciting, solution to our upcoming 7 team conference.

Go Generals and congratulations (and thank you!) for scheduling some marquee competition. I'm excited for 2016 already.

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