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Men's soccer / Re: 2017 Season - National Perspective
« on: Yesterday at 04:21:48 pm »
W&L takes down undefeated (though mostly untried) Randolph-Macon 3-2 at Macon. Just caught the last 10-12 minutes and even though all 5 goals came in the second half I didn't see any of them! Macon looked game though pretty direct. That could have just been chasing the last goal. I think they will do well in the ODAC though again W&L gave up an own goal. Second time this season.

W&L goes to Lynchburg Wednesday. That should be a pretty important game for ODAC tournament seedings.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 22, 2017, 04:39:59 pm »
Offweek =  :(

Just wanted to bring us back up top.  :D
Thanks, Birddawg79.  I've been thinking about the St John's/St Thomas rivalry in the MIAC and, for that matter, our own HSC/RMC tradition which has produced many of the top attendance figures in DIII.  What does the ODAC need to do to create some other key rivalries?  For example, who should play the last game of the season in 2018?  Here are some suggestions based partly on tradition and partly on geography:

HSC and RMC   Duh, leave this one alone!
BC and SU   Sort of a NoVA/I-81 thing.
E&H and FC  Already some bad blood here in the hills of SW VA ... Hwy 58.
GC and W&L  Three hours and a billion dollars apart ... Lee vs the Underground Railroad.

Might change this around some.

HSC and RMC -- yeah, no one messes with this one.
SU and FC -- Escape from the USASAC Bowl
E&H and BC -- the Millenium bowl or the Faded Glory Bowl? (E&H ruled the 90s, Bwater the early 00s)
GC and W&L -- the Conference Misfit Bowl (one is in the wrong state, the other answers the question which of these schools is least like the other)

Frankly the ODAC just never really built rivalries outside The Game. Bwater HSC is pretty hotly contested, and W&L/HSC is pretty nasty lately, but that's all just a function of HSC being good for basically 15 years. It's kind of an odd conference that way. I definitely say Sewanee is W&L's rivalry game these days, now that Centre is more or less off the schedule.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 22, 2017, 04:36:11 pm »
Offweek =  :(

Just wanted to bring us back up top.  :D
Thanks, Birddawg79.  I've been thinking about the St John's/St Thomas rivalry in the MIAC and, for that matter, our own HSC/RMC tradition which has produced many of the top attendance figures in DIII.  What does the ODAC need to do to create some other key rivalries?  For example, who should play the last game of the season in 2018?  Here are some suggestions based partly on tradition and partly on geography:

HSC and RMC   Duh, leave this one alone!
BC and SU   Sort of a NoVA/I-81 thing.
E&H and FC  Already some bad blood here in the hills of SW VA ... Hwy 58.
GC and W&L  Three hours and a billion dollars apart ... Lee vs the Underground Railroad.

You underestimated according to Google... I'm still not sure what the heck my alma mater does with the interest on 1.472 billion? Frankly I find it mildly embarrassing they are still charging tuition.

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General football / Re: Pool B
« on: September 21, 2017, 04:35:18 pm »
Just dabbling a little, jknezek.  I wasn't going to unveil this year's eliminator table until after week 5.   :)

I know. And I'm much too lazy to actually hang up Halloween decorations. But still... let's not have end of season nuttiness encroach on the joy of simply having the first few weeks of football back. FBS does enough of that already...

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General football / Re: Pool B
« on: September 21, 2017, 04:23:11 pm »
Dear lord people. It's week 3. Many teams haven't played a conference game yet. There is plenty of time to hit up playoff scenarios when we at least hit October.

This is like people who hang up Christmas decorations and play Christmas music before Halloween. You shouldn't need a license to use their bones as Halloween decorations...

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West Region football / Re: FB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: September 21, 2017, 01:55:38 pm »
There's some thoughts over at UST that the rivalry is currently too big for O'Shaughnessy. Obviously Target Field isn't a long-term solution to that, but there's some thought that perhaps when the new MLS stadium in St. Paul is ready, that UST might elect to play its home games vs. St. John's there.

It's as much the stadium as it is the neighborhood -- you guys all know that it's hard to handle an influx of 10,000 people in that area, in terms of parking.

That would be interesting. I wonder how the Loons would feel getting their field all torn up for a d3 football game if they are in contention for the MLS playoffs? I'd imagine the Twins brain trust really didn't think they'd be in contention this year when they sought out this game.

I know the FCS title game was held at FC Dallas' stadium the last 5 years and through 2020, but there have been turf problems and the championship occurs well after the MLS season ends, not in crunch time.

I guess money is money though, since the Chargers are playing in the Galaxy's home stadium for two years or so. I'd imagine they have groundskeepers working extra hard just to keep that place playable for the laughably bad Galaxy right now. I also know many of the Yankees players complained bitterly the first year Yankee Stadium was used for NYC FC, though they seem to have a handle on that now even if it is a horrible place to watch a soccer game.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2017 South Atlantic
« on: September 21, 2017, 10:30:07 am »
Nice result vs Catholic last night for Macon

Good slate of games this weekend, at least in the ODAC

Lburg @ Noke
W&L @ Macon

Yes. Early in the year, but you have to figure these games are going to be big on setting the order for the ODAC tournament. By this time next week, W&L will have played at Macon and at Lburg. Hosting Noke on 10/7, but a week from now a lot will be known.

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North Region football / Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: September 21, 2017, 09:27:26 am »
Disagree that it is "out of line" it is just a fact.

No 16 months to file charges is a long time.  Sometimes there are reasons, I don't know what those are in this case.  I have no way of knowing whether Mr. Berlin is a great prosecutor or not.  I suppose we will find out.  I am merely suggesting that if this case is not solid he will likely pay a political price (and he should).  And, yes he does not have to accept anyone else's conclusions----but he better be right.


I really doubt it will be that much blow back. Prosecutors do lose cases. In fact about 1/3rd of the time in felony state courts according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=qa&iid=403 In this case there has been some national mention of this story, but it's already mostly gone. By the time this case is resolved, the only people still interested will be those with a vested interest. I doubt there are that many Wheaton people to make this the pivot point of a campaign several years away, even if the prosecutor loses.

This is drastically different from the Duke case, where the prosecutor made it a national story, kept it a national story, and it was a national university with a massive sex and race component. That case ticked so many boxes that this case doesn't even come close to comparing.

Losing might cost him something, but I doubt it will have much major blow back if he does lose. It's just not that significant outside of a small community of people.

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North Region football / Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: September 20, 2017, 07:59:37 pm »
Noah Spielman's attorney speaking via video posted on the Chicago Tribune's website.  Of note, see how he walks back his initial use of the term "exonerated".  Also of note, he mentions the NCAA having done an investigation as well.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-wheaton-college-hazing-follow-met-20170920-story.html

The important thing about the NCAA, and individual colleges, as we've seen in many recent enforcement cases, is they lack subpoena power and the ability to force witnesses to testify. The DA will not lack that ability and there will be a penalty for being less than truthful during testimony or evasive. Of course, that goes for both sides...

Bit of a wait and see at this time. But one thing is clear to me, and that is one of these institutions, the DA or the college, is going to have more than a little egg on their face if this gets all the way to trial.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2017 South Atlantic
« on: September 20, 2017, 09:39:46 am »
Randolph Macon cracks regional rankings even though they've played 1 team with more than 2 wins.  I get that they are 6-0, but that schedule is laughable.

Agreed.  I suspect that an unranked CNU would spank them.

Saturday they play W&L. That should provide some clarity.

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South Region football / Re: South Region Fan Poll
« on: September 19, 2017, 04:57:27 pm »
...I don't think we know much about CWRU and with that schedule... uggh. How can they be in the PAC, a conference with so many quality teams, and have missed almost all of them? Talk about luck.
Can I quote you on that?
That's nearly word-for-word the question I've been asking since they returned to the PAC in 2013....
And, just so you know, I don't believe the inquiries have been well-received on the upper floors of PAC management...LOL (like that bothers me!)

If it's here you can quote it.  ;D

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South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: September 19, 2017, 04:18:36 pm »
It's good to finally be able to take part here as a supporter of a USA South conference school.  Brevard's years in Division II are best remembered dimly if at all.

We weren't sure just what the new Brevard coach (Bill Khayat) and his staff had to work with with the classification change and what type of offense they would choose to install to replace the old Brevard triple option.  The results against Davidson (ranked dead last in the Sagarin ratings of all FBS and FCS schools) and Emory & Henry weren't all that heartening, but the emphasis on passing was something BC fans hadn't seen since 2008, when the former coach brought in his son as a transfer and BC threw the ball all over the place for a season.  The new coaches attributed the Davidson and E&H losses to the defense having to spend too much time on the field--and that due to an inexperienced offensive line that resulted in far too many three-and-outs.  But Saturday against Greensboro (I saw most of the game on the Greensboro video feed) Brevard showed that a lot of excellent coaching had taken place in the last week and the coaching was starting to take hold.  Maybe Greensboro just isn't that good, or had a particularly bad day, but Brevard handled them the way many South Atlantic Conference teams used to handle Brevard.  It was pleasant to be on the other end for a change.

As the Tornados move on to LaGrange this week and into the rest of the USAC schedule beyond that, we'll see.  But BC has some offensive weapons, with a Division I-size quarterback who has a good arm and skilled veterans of the past couple seasons moved from alternating at option QB to pass receiving positions.  The offensive line looked respectable against Greensboro and is gaining valuable experience with each game.  The defense is solid but can't play 40 minutes, as the coaches recognize. . . .  LaGrange will be an interesting game from several perspectives, and I look forward to what veteran USAC fans think of Brevard as the season progresses.

Greensboro was expected to be the worst team in the D3 South Region. Any result other than tearing them off the field probably isn't a good one.

The important thing is to say welcome to DIII and the DIII boards. Teams rise and fall all the time. Brevard will surely get their chance at some point, but this year, based on the results I've seen and some feedback I got from the pre-season W&L scrimmage, is a year for patience for Brevard fans.

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South Region football / Re: South Region Fan Poll
« on: September 19, 2017, 11:30:49 am »
I'm kind of in the same boat. There are a whole lot of teams that could be in those 7 through 10 spots, as per usual at this point of the season. I tend to lean toward those who have won over those who haven't. So Bridgewater is in, W&L is not. Oddly Susquehanna is in, but they have a good win in the Muhles and a good loss on the road to JHU.

I guess I'm just heavy on results, not so much on history. I don't think we know much about CWRU and with that schedule... uggh. How can they be in the PAC, a conference with so many quality teams, and have missed almost all of them? Talk about luck.

I have SRSU at 5. They played UMHB better than almost anyone over the last season and a half. But that's a real thin resume right now and they aren't moving higher unless the teams ahead of them lose or they pick up a quality win somewhere.

Centre or Berry almost play an elimination game this weekend. The Muhles play no one until JHU so it's going to be hard for me to work them back in without other teams losing.

Guilford only works if you put your faith in Huntingdon. Brevard had almost the same margin of defeat to Davidson, and Brevard is... not good.

The ODAC is on a bye this week, but we should get some clarity there quickly. W&L travels to E&H in 2 weeks. Bridgewater goes to HSC. The two better teams, in my opinion, are on the road. So that will provide some gravitas if they can pull it off.

CMU hosting TMC this weekend is also interesting. Yeah, TMC is floundering at 1-2, but as it stands, both losses come to Top 10s (of course Bridgewater probably holds that position only because they beat TMC).

Some clarity is coming I hope.

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North Region football / Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: September 19, 2017, 10:19:14 am »
The WP story with the lurid headline even got picked up on my Bloomberg Top Sports News section this morning. Not good publicity for the school at the very least.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 19, 2017, 10:15:47 am »
An option pitch that goes forward is a pass.

I know. Kind of goes back to my Line of Scrimmage thought. If the pass goes in front of the line, it's a pass. Behind the LOS it's a run. I know that pulls up issues with wide receiver screens, but is that any worse than the issue with shuttle passes or forward option pitches?

I don't know. It's just untidy in my mind but hard to clean up and really not that important. Bye week chatter...

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