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South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 23, 2015, 02:22:04 pm »
All do respect, why would anyone watch W&L play basketball ????? Just kidding!!!!!

I hear you, but W&L isn't a bad D3 team, they just aren't a very good ODAC team. I don't have a whole lot of interest in basketball, but I usually catch a half dozen or so games a year. This year I doubt I'll see more than one or two. It's nice to just watch the students that are putting in the time. I usually try to catch a game or two of almost every field sport plus basketball over the computer (except baseball. Can't watch baseball at any level. Puts me right to sleep). Unless the teams come down to Sewanee or closer, then if it's a team sport I try and make it to the game.

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South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:07:48 pm »
Who's seen the Generals this season?  What's their style of play and who are the "go to" guys?  W&L visits Guilford tomorrow afternoon at 3.  All Generals fans in attendance are welcome to say hello!

In keeping with my significant drop off in watching W&L football games this fall (sigh), I have yet to catch a W&L basketball game. Feeling like a very negligent alumnus these days...

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North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: January 21, 2015, 02:37:24 pm »
That can't be that surprising. I'm sure the UWW fans are all pulling for Bullis since he's an insider. The casual fan of a successful program usually votes for continuity unless there is a home run candidate. The casual fan of a sliding program will lean toward a fresh break.

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South Region football / Re: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: January 13, 2015, 12:14:41 am »

Money is it's own purpose, of course, and I understand that. As for recruiting, beating a team of freshman is a small recruiting benefit for a short time. But in a year or two or three, the recruiting advantage is silly. "We beat them as freshman, we are competitive with them! Come here, don't waste your time in FCS..." wouldn't work when that matured FCS team would essentially splat you all over the field.


In a year or two, half of the kids Torbush brought in to fill roster spots probably won't see the field. To think each kid ETSU has on its roster is FCS caliber is goofy.

Not sure what your point is.  You pointed out it is good for recruiting if they win. I agree for an exceedingly limited shelf life. An FCS school with three or four recruiting classes is likely to be significantly better than one with a year and some kids who were willing to sit out to start a program. So whatever recruiting advantage you get from beating up on freshman is irrelevant a year or two later. To claim otherwise is silly.

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South Region football / Re: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: January 12, 2015, 02:33:52 pm »
I don't think playing UMU or UWW or the power teams are wasted games. If your ambition is to compete at that level of D3, then playing those games shows you what you need to do. You are never competing at any level of FCS in D3, so playing at that level is only good for the money.

Money is it's own purpose, of course, and I understand that. As for recruiting, beating a team of freshman is a small recruiting benefit for a short time. But in a year or two or three, the recruiting advantage is silly. "We beat them as freshman, we are competitive with them! Come here, don't waste your time in FCS..." wouldn't work when that matured FCS team would essentially splat you all over the field.

As for Wesley playing Charlotte, Wesley had a different set of problems. Very few teams in D3 would play them and they needed to fill a schedule. Especially mid to end of season when the vast majority of D3 is playing conference games. Maryville isn't that intimidating, nor do they need mid/end of season non-conf slots filled. They might have scheduling problems, but not like pre-NJAC Wesley had.

Finally, being on TV is nice for recruiting, but you better hope MC is competitive. If they aren't, everyone in that area that cares, admittedly probably not that many people, is going to see a team go splat against essentially freshman. Not going to help your recruiting... If you do win, or are pretty competitive, then I agree it is a marginally useful recruiting tool for a year.

And yes, I will be pulling for MC. But I still think, outside of the money, it's a wasted game.

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South Region football / Re: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: January 12, 2015, 12:22:15 pm »
Other than the money, what does MC get out of it? Out of division, doesn't count for trying to make or get seeded in the playoffs. First year team, so it's basically a bunch of freshman. You win you beat a freshman team. You lose, you lost to a freshman team with scholarships. Either way it doesn't mean much to anyone who thinks about it.

I understand these games when there is no one else to play or no one else who will play you. Or I guess if you really need the money. Otherwise, I don't see the point...

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South Region football / Re: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: January 11, 2015, 11:03:14 pm »
MC will be playing FCS re-boot East Tennessee State September 9th in a Thursday night game.

Blah.  What is the point of that match up?  Plenty of D3 options for Maryville. Hope they are getting paid good money to waste a game.

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North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: January 08, 2015, 05:58:06 pm »
A new coach usually brings a new playbook and new energy. The new playbook can surprise opponents and the new energy can in migrate upperclassmen who were worn out from losing. Sometimes this magic can make up for a lack of talent but after a time or two through the schedule everyone has seen what the coach has and if the talent hasn't picked up the coach magic wears off.

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North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: January 08, 2015, 11:55:25 am »
Poor memory and attribution on my part- it was jknezek that gave the lean toward the PAC from about the hypothetical #3 on down.

Lean is a good description of my thoughts. A fairly shallow lean...

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South Region football / Re: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« on: January 07, 2015, 02:53:13 pm »
Better conference?
NCAC or PAC
Wabash and Witt vs W&J and Thomas More

That's a thin comparison. I'd take W&J out of the group this year, followed by Witt, Wabash and then TMC. Other years I'd be tempted to take the NCAC 1-2 at the top. But I'd take Waynesburg and Bethany over DePauw, Denison and OWU. I'd definitely take Westminister, CMU and CWRU most years over Hiram and Wooster. Oberlin Allegheny and Kenyon? Not better than Thiel. Geneva and Grove City are probably about a fair match up with the NCAC bottom feeders.

Overall the NCAC's big two are better in aggregate than the PAC big two, but it's close. As you go down the rest of the tiers, I'd primarily take the PAC teams. So top to bottom, I'd take the PAC, but certainly not a runaway...

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South Region football / Re: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« on: January 05, 2015, 04:36:33 pm »
Wow.  Big news.  And it makes me feel kind of old...I played (indirectly; we both played offense) against DiDonato.

I am somewhat surprised that they're willing to turn it over to DiDonato straight out of HS coaching (with just one transition year as OC) but perhaps the unique nature of Grove City lends itself to hiring an alumnus as HC, and DiDonato certainly has the look of someone who could be a lifer in this position if he does well.

At the risk of being an idiot can I ask what the unique nature of GC is?

GC has a fairly strong Christian focus. While they aren't the only college that does so, it is a pretty small minority of schools that require students to attend a certain number of chapel services per semester. I'm sure there is more to it, but that's the thing I remember most from an acquaintance who attended there a while ago.

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Men's soccer / Re: NESCAC
« on: January 05, 2015, 04:17:46 pm »
Interesting posts. I've also been picking up negative karma points nearly every day ... Someone is having some fun at our expense. Does anyone know when you get to qualify to be able to give karma?  I don't particularly care. I'm just curious.

200 posts. And you are best off ignoring it positive or negative. I tend to give positive karma when posts make me laugh or are really informative. I very rarely have given negative karma and it is almost exclusive to someone being insulting.

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General football / Re: The saddest days of the year
« on: December 26, 2014, 04:00:12 pm »
Unhappy bump time...

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South Region football / Re: South Region Fan Poll
« on: December 23, 2014, 12:24:00 pm »
Thanks Ralph for putting it all together. I enjoy being a part of the poll

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West Region football / Re: Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: December 19, 2014, 04:04:07 pm »

It's the University of Buffalo.  Buffalo State is a different college.  Yes, there are two - a bit confusing.

Actually, for reasons surpassing my knowledge, it is The University AT Buffalo.

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