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East Region football / Re: FB: Empire 8
« on: Yesterday at 08:20:44 pm »
There is nothing wrong with playing for the regular season. The DIII tournament is about finding a national champion. Generally if you aren't strong enough to win your conference, you aren't going to be strong enough to win the national title. So yes, it's tough for a really good WIAC or OAC team that finishes second to see a much weaker team from a much weaker conference go to the tournament, but there isn't a way around that without going back to smoky backrooms.

The AQ isn't perfect, but it's better than the old alternative. Win and you are in. Not good enough to win? You probably aren't good enough to make a difference in the national title hunt either. Pacific Lutheran in '99 is the only AQ era team to win the title without being a conference champion. Only two other teams in the AQ era have made the title game in the AQ era without being a conference champion, Mary-Hardin Baylor in 2004 and Rowan in 1999.

So even being second place in a really good conference doesn't mean you have a very good shot at affecting the tournament.

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East Region football / Re: Empire 8
« on: Yesterday at 04:41:50 pm »
To put it in perspective, did it really matter that UWW killed Macalaster in the first game while UWO, who they beat by 17 earlier in the year was probably one of the last teams left out? Can't imagine that it did.

Tell that to th UWO fans...

Someone is always going to be left out or the last one in. Other than the most rabid UWO fans, even they would have to admit that beating UWW once since 2002 doesn't bode well for having changed the outcome of the tournament last year.

I get the point, and you are right that in or out UWO does not change the outcome of the tournament. However you could say that about almost every team. Does UMHB, Linfield, or NCC getting in or out really change the outcome? Those are extreme examples but I think most fan bases just want to have the chance to keep it close with UWW or UMU in the tournament if they are being honest. I am sure teams like I mentioned (I would add Wesley to that list) believe they can win but the results speak for themselves.

I don't disagree with what you are saying but if I felt my team earned a shot and some AQ From a crap conference kept them out that is a tough pill to swallow.

You've missed the entire point of the conversation. The conversation talks about the at-large bids disappearing because there are a growing number of AQs. The point was already conceded that the eventual winner was most likely one of two teams or at most 6 teams, all of whom are exceedingly likely to win an AQ. It has nothing to do with how the fans feel, just the facts about whether the tournament is harmed by having an almost complete field of AQ teams.

 I did think you need a bit of wiggle room just in case, one or two at-large teams, but the outcome of the tournament is extremely unlikely to be changed if there are 26 AQs or 30 AQs and it would be a pretty rare year where even 31 AQs would make a difference, though Linfield proved once upon a time that it could happen and pre-NJAC Wesley proves you need an inlet for the best non-AQ team somehow.

Anyway, that's the conversation. Not how the fans or players feel about being the last team out despite being better than an AQ. Surely that is somewhat unfair, but not really relevant to the eventual outcome of the tournament.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: Yesterday at 12:53:44 pm »
The money for parking goes to the Hampden-Sydney volunteer fire department, which was originally created following an incident with a dormitory catching fire and burning down many decades ago. Apparently the dorm was widely hated and the students wanted it gone, so they interfered with the Farmville fire department when they came to try to put the fire out. Farmville fire department declared they would no longer provide services to the campus, so we had to create a volunteer fire department. So now the parking money goes to help fund the Hampden-Sydney volunteer fire department.

That is a fabulous story. Would never happen these days as the kids would fight for their electronics. Still, pretty funny.

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East Region football / Re: Empire 8
« on: April 23, 2015, 08:39:05 am »
To put it in perspective, did it really matter that UWW killed Macalaster in the first game while UWO, who they beat by 17 earlier in the year was probably one of the last teams left out? Can't imagine that it did.

Tell that to th UWO fans...

Someone is always going to be left out or the last one in. Other than the most rabid UWO fans, even they would have to admit that beating UWW once since 2002 doesn't bode well for having changed the outcome of the tournament last year.

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East Region football / Re: Empire 8
« on: April 22, 2015, 04:36:16 pm »
I mean realistically, he NCAA should only take 4 teams.  It's been pretty clear that only 4 teams have a chance to win it anyway. So you might as well let everyone get in right?

This is my issue as well. DIII football is, and has been for a long time, the domain of a few elites and a lot of goods. Only the elites really have a shot at winning the tournament, everyone else is playing "how far can I get?". While I think you could expand the pool of possible elites to 6 teams, or reasonably downsize it to two, so long as those teams always get in the rest of the bids can go to the conference champs. So having as few as two Pool B/C options is pretty much fine with me as a legitimate "just in case." I really don't care if a 5-5 conference champ gets in during an odd year leaving out a 9-1 good team, because even that 9-1 good team doesn't really have a shot at affecting the championship outcome.

To put it in perspective, did it really matter that UWW killed Macalaster in the first game while UWO, who they beat by 17 earlier in the year was probably one of the last teams left out? Can't imagine that it did.

What if this team is a traditional juggernaut such as UW-Whitewater or Mount Union?

That's why I said you need 2

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East Region football / Re: Empire 8
« on: April 22, 2015, 03:26:45 pm »
I mean realistically, he NCAA should only take 4 teams.  It's been pretty clear that only 4 teams have a chance to win it anyway. So you might as well let everyone get in right?

This is my issue as well. DIII football is, and has been for a long time, the domain of a few elites and a lot of goods. Only the elites really have a shot at winning the tournament, everyone else is playing "how far can I get?". While I think you could expand the pool of possible elites to 6 teams, or reasonably downsize it to two, so long as those teams always get in the rest of the bids can go to the conference champs. So having as few as two Pool B/C options is pretty much fine with me as a legitimate "just in case." I really don't care if a 5-5 conference champ gets in during an odd year leaving out a 9-1 good team, because even that 9-1 good team doesn't really have a shot at affecting the championship outcome.

To put it in perspective, did it really matter that UWW killed Macalaster in the first game while UWO, who they beat by 17 earlier in the year was probably one of the last teams left out? Can't imagine that it did.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: April 21, 2015, 03:48:42 pm »
Thinking out loud here:

I wonder what kind of support there would be for a Week 12 "Bowl Game" between the 2nd place USAC and ODAC teams?

May not be feasible due to the inter-conference play OOC and by the time the regular season ends, people are ready for basketball to start. Thoughts?

I admit to not thinking this out more than "it would be cool if..."

You'd have to find the exception the ECAC Bowls use. Not sure how to apply it because I don't know what it is. I think it would be neat, but I doubt anyone would go for it. Time out of class, the weekend before Thanksgiving, etc... Besides, that game isn't the problem. It's the OOC's that someone is saying are getting hard to fill.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: April 21, 2015, 03:36:18 pm »
Jk

It looks like W&L has lost those two traditional games, at least for this year. Centre nor U of S on the schedule.
In fact W&L's ooc schedule looks pretty bad and boring but I'm afraid represents current times. I've spoken with two ODAC Ad's in the last week and they have nightmares around the ooc schedule. Three is two many, at least for most odac schools, according to them.

On W&L's website Sewanee is scheduled for 9/12. Centre's contract ran out again. I'm not sure who is being the sticking point on that game as it was also dropped for a few years not long ago. But losing Sewanee would be unthinkable to me. We have played them for 60 straight years. Of course we played Centre for more than 50 before that got spotty. Ridiculous.

Picking up Apprentice irritates me. To lose both F&M and Centre over the last two years... uggh. Averett and Apprentice are not who I want to see on that schedule.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: April 21, 2015, 01:48:19 pm »
Ad's have admitted finding three OOC games is becoming harder and harder each and every year. I think it makes sense for the odac to expand to eliminate the rising problem. I'm sure most disagree, however, lets act like most do agree and lets suggest a couple of schools suitable for the odac. I'll suggest Maryville and Frostburg St.

Absolutely not on Frostburg. The ODAC is private schools and it should stay that way. As for expanding, for football only or for all sports? Because there are a lot of ODAC sports that are bursting at the seams, especially women's sports. Football isn't the only sport played in the conference.

If it was me, Maryville would be ok but they've already been in and out of the ODAC and it would extend the conference further south. I'd be interested in Southern Virginia, Greensboro, or Averett from a geographic standpoint. The footprint wouldn't really get any larger. Good teams come and go, geography is permanent (on a human scale anyway) and affects costs.

Those three would probably all be pretty good fits, and geographically you could maybe add Ferrum into the mix as well. Or maybe all the ODAC grads who are interested in football could make a one-time donation to Randolph with the proviso that it could only be used to start a program.   ;)

Randolph, Lynchburg, EMU, Roanoke, or Virginia Wesleyan. Any one of those starting a program would help. But only 1. I like having 2 OOC games. It gives you a chance to have an SOS over .500 and W&L has two traditional games I don't want to lose...

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: April 21, 2015, 11:43:57 am »
Ad's have admitted finding three OOC games is becoming harder and harder each and every year. I think it makes sense for the odac to expand to eliminate the rising problem. I'm sure most disagree, however, lets act like most do agree and lets suggest a couple of schools suitable for the odac. I'll suggest Maryville and Frostburg St.

Absolutely not on Frostburg. The ODAC is private schools and it should stay that way. As for expanding, for football only or for all sports? Because there are a lot of ODAC sports that are bursting at the seams, especially women's sports. Football isn't the only sport played in the conference.

If it was me, Maryville would be ok but they've already been in and out of the ODAC and it would extend the conference further south. I'd be interested in Southern Virginia, Greensboro, or Averett from a geographic standpoint. The footprint wouldn't really get any larger. Good teams come and go, geography is permanent (on a human scale anyway) and affects costs.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: April 20, 2015, 04:11:44 pm »
Budgets have much to do with the schedule for sure but how much would it cost Guilford to schedule CNU ? Good program and less than 5 hours away. In addition, Guilford could schedule Salisbury, Wesley, Huntingdon, W&J, Maryville or Thomas More without breaking the bank. Just need the desire to toughen the schedule. Outside of HSC, RMC and W&L it seems as if the odac shys away from tough OOC competition.  HSC has played Huntingdon, Salisbury, Wabash and CNU in recent years; RMC plays Hopkins most years and W&L entertains Centre most years and I believe those are the only three odac schools holding an odac championship since 2008. Tougher OOC competition does help the program.   

I would think Guilford's administration is pretty happy with guaranteed games against local teams. It's cheap and it does build a rivalry over time. Especially if the teams are all around the same level. If I was them, I wouldn't give up Methodist or Greensboro unless it became truly lopsided not just in streaks but in scores.

As for the last OOC, yeah Guilford and other ODAC teams could do better. When it all boils down though, the ODAC and USASC have an intertwined relationship that works really well within the D3 philosophy. Keep costs down and play your peers. Hard to argue that isn't what these conferences are doing by playing the bulk of their non-conference games against each other.

I get that it can be a bit boring, and that it may not be the best preparation for going deep in the playoffs, but only 1 team from each conference is likely to have that problem and the games aren't played for the fans in D3, they are played for the players. Not sitting on a bus forever can be a really big plus. Playing a big game can also be a big plus, but it's hard to project that out in advance.  For example, I really thought that last year W&L threw up a stinker changing out F&M for Averritt, but Averritt sure went and put that idea to bed...

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: April 20, 2015, 03:38:05 pm »
Just saw the Guilford 2015 football schedule .... other than venues, really only one possible change with seven ODAC games and the currently unbroken streaks with intrastate rivals Greensboro and Methodist (Guilford has played both every year since they started football) ... we host Averett after a year's hiatus to play Southern Virginia.  C'mon, live a little and play a broader mix ... in my opinion, the boys deserve a home and away with another school every four year period ... much along the lines of HSC and Wabash.

Budgets my friend. It's all about budgets. Get some of those big donors to open up for athletics.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2015 D3 Season: NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
« on: April 20, 2015, 12:52:28 pm »
From San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) ---

"The Scorpions also announced the signing of San Antonio native Matt Cardone. The 6’3”, 215lb goalkeeper attended Trinity University. While there, he was a two-time Division-III All-American and posted a 0.49 career goals against average. Prior to joining the Scorpions, he was a trialist with MLS expansion team Orlando City SC."


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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: April 20, 2015, 11:19:22 am »
E&H isn't the first and won't be the last, I agree. But the way I've read everything I don't think this is a matter of a financial aid officer having a brain fart- at least for the football team.

I agree here. I really see this as two separate incidents. The one with the coach and boosters is very bad. The other one is probably typical of a bunch of schools if you looked really closely. That doesn't make it right, but I have less of a problem with this statement:

"Additionally, the school considered athletics criteria when awarding nearly $80,000 in scholarships to 27 student-athletes in nine of the school’s sports."

That works out to less than 3K per student. While it is still a rules violation, eh...

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North Region football / Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: April 20, 2015, 10:43:02 am »
Wabash just landed our stud QB.  I didn't think he was considering D-III or else I would have lobbied hard for him to consider ONU. 

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/426385/highlights/189862375/v2

6'4" lefty with strong arm, great feet and vision, sub 4.8 forty, 4.0 GPA, natural leader and throws balls I've never seen a hs kid complete routinely.

32 TDs to 9 INT, 2870 passing yards in 10 games, 61% completion percentage and 62 carries for 368 yards (6 YPC) and 8 rushing TD's.

I wish I knew he was considering D-III because I would have pushed OAC.  Wabash may not know just how good of a get this is but they scored big-time.  They've gotten a couple kids from here in the past and that pipeline pays off again.

That kid will be a D3 All American.

So I'm not crazy (on this at least)?

So many factors go into the next four years. Kid looks good in the highlights, but making projections is a fools game. I still laugh about Beano Cook predicting Ron Powlus would win 2 Heisman Trophies at Notre Dame after he signed his letter of intent. Powlus was a good QB for the Golden Domers, so there is no way you could say he flopped. But when people start prediction All-American or Heisman's from h.s. tape... yes, it is crazy.

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