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In answer to your question, Colbyfootball, yes I think that Colby has a good chance against Amherst this weekend.   You are correct that Amherst sort of bores fans to death with its style, yet wins more often that not, but I think that the RB position is weak with graduation and the overseas academic work of the returning workhorse and that the defense is very, very young.   They graduated a lot from a team that only lost to Trinity last year.  So yes, I think it could be a very close game and I would not be surprised if Colby won the game.

Amherst posters allegedly one of the frosh quarterbacks was very highly rated coming into college.  I know, I know, kiss of death.   Any idea whether it was the kid from Texas or the kid from Wellsley High School?  Just curious.

Is there a New England D-3 College Football Poll this year and, if so, where would we find it?

noontime has one. I don't know the website off hand.

His rankings are awful, btw.

So the league that never gets ranked gets some press and its awful?! Teams like Amherst and most of New England D3 programs would beg to differ.

On what conceivable basis could you rank NESCAC football teams?  Not playing in the postseason is one thing; not playing ANYONE outside the conference is quite another.  NESCAC football is just multi-school intramurals.  For football, I don't even consider them to be D3.  A total shame, since in most other sports they are nationally elite - if they did compete in football, I suspect they would do quite well, but apparently we shall never know.

No offense, on what basis do you call NESCAC football "multi school intramurals"?  I didn't play NESCAC football and don't have a kid who did either, so let's get "he's biased!"" concern off the table immediately.   Having said that, a high percentage of NESCAC football players were considering Ivies or Patriot League at the D1 end, and Centennial Conference or similar quality D3 conferences.   Same as for other sports.  While I am sure that every one of these kids would like to play for a national championship as their in-school peers do, they knew the rules coming in and are thrilled to play and get a great education.   Hardly intramurals not even close.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: Yesterday at 06:18:53 pm »

I guess what surprised me at the outset was the fact that Hixon took this leave at age 65/66 and not earlier in his career, but frankly if he intends to make a run until his mid-70s as a coach then now is an ideal time for a breather.   He is in good health, looks young, frankly still coaches young meaning that he is not behind the times tactically, and I think still recruits up a storm.  Last year's team is a good example of that when what one would consider to be an unheralded team surprised the NESCAC with its strength and depth.  Time will tell whether this is the path that unfolds.

When the time does come for Hixon's retirement, there should be no expectation that they stay in house with an assistant or a former Jeff.   There is no history of doing this at Amherst in other sports so I see no reason why they would act parochially for one of the crown jewel programs.   I also have no fear that they wont pay up when the time comes.   The school, like many of the other NESCAC schools, is far too wealthy from an endowment standpoint to let $ stand in the way of a key hire.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: September 16, 2019, 07:11:14 pm »

Strange language around the announcement of reconnecting with Amherst alumns playing abroad, etc.  Not sure I get that but I trust Hixon based on his exemplary track record as a head coach.   No reason to date to suggest that it is a disingenuous announcement.   

Why does anyone think that Amherst wouldn't pay up for this position?  Largest endowment per student of any liberal arts college once this campaign is announced should allow them to pay whatever it takes.

East Region football / Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« on: September 16, 2019, 10:59:45 am »
Huge win for Tufts yesterday, probably no 4-peat for Trinity. Haven't beat them since 2007 and lowest point output since '95 for Trinity.

....and no one talks about it on a NESCAC football board. I understand the Trinity fans/posters (painful loss), but is there any Tufts posters.

After my son's highschool games, the national HS board would be lit up, even the Ivy board has post game discussions(and they are grumpy old men for the most part)

What gives? Are there other sites to checkout? Nothing but NESCAC (NBN) didn't have a preview of Tufts season(and Hamilton) and nothing after yesterday's game.....

P.S. - twitter highlights

Yes, the Trinity followers have been I guess understandably quiet after the loss on Saturday.  I watched the end of the game and was very impressed with thee toughness of Tufts, no pun intended.   That last sack was a terrific play after Trinity had valiantly marched down with a chance to steal a win.  Stats were remarkably similar - neither team crushed it offensively as they both gained 280 yards for the game - which surprises me given everything Trinity brought back offensively.  Testament to very good defense by Tufts.   Difference was likely the two turnovers on the part of Trinity with none for Tufts.  Didn't realize that it was the first win over the Bantams in 12 years - very impressive.

Re Bowdoin vs Hamilton, I have been emailing with a good friend from Bowdoin that Bears fans have to once again be patient.   This is a new rebuild that is starting, not the continuation of the former rebuild.   I like Hammer's background - he is a winner - but it is going to take him a few classes of recruits to really put a stamp on the program.   Year one of a new rebuild and more important year one of new recruits coming in.    That will ultimately tell the tale.

To the Ephs posters are you worried about the offense?   Just didn't look very dynamic this past weekend.   I guess that injuries are just crushing them, which I am not sure I understand too well other than misfortune.

Season has started, folks, so if you saw a game in person or via streaming, speak up!   That is why we all visit this site.

East Region football / Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« on: September 15, 2019, 07:31:17 pm »
A few thoughts on Amherst:

(1) Thank goodness for Eberth.  This is the first year of him being the best player on the team and they will need all of it.  He is very good and as he goes the Jeffs go;
(2)  Likely the worst year in forever at the running back position.  its early, but I don't see anyone stepping into the vacant shoes.   Okoronkwo opting to stay aboard to study this Fall had to have been a major blow to the coaching staff.   Hope they prove me wrong but I don't see it;
(3)  Defense is young.   Looks like one of those building years for the defense with Yamin gone as well as four of the other top five tacklers.   EJ knows defense so they should be able to hang in;

Happy with the win against a very tough, game Bates team.   The Bates quarterback played terrific.

East Region football / Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« on: September 14, 2019, 01:22:33 pm »

Any other Amherst or Bates followers struggling to get the video stream?

East Region football / Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« on: September 08, 2019, 08:22:56 pm »
Having had some exposure to Bowdoin MTEN and WBB, Middlebury WLAX and Bates Rowing, each of whom has been NCAA champion or runners-up, my opinion is YES, Trinity's commitment to FB is unique in the CAC.

That may in part be due to roster size.  Most other sports played at the NESCAC level can shine on a national stage with 5 to 10 stud players and a gifted HC.  FB needs a bigger pool of talent on both the player level and the coaching level.  And no other CAC matches the Bants' commitment.  We've been saying it for years - no other NESCAC team starts pre-season with 100 players in the program.  (I'm not even sure if John Carrol, Augustana or any of the traditional D3 powerhouses have that many talented bodies).  The Bants are successful by design, not by chance.

Now you guys have really piqued my interest

So Trinity, with a winning percentage in football of 85.3%, is more committed to football - and, in the words of one of the posters, does things by "design, not by chance" -than Amherst is to a girls basketball program that has won 93.4% of their contests over that same period?  Or by inference, is Amherst girls basketball doing it by chance and not design"

Look, we all know that Trinity is good at football.   Good coaches, good players, the whole shooting match.   But they don't win because they are more committed.  They are just very good, by design.

East Region football / Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« on: September 08, 2019, 04:44:27 pm »
I believe Trinity makes a stronger commitment to Football in all areas of support than any other athletic program in the NESCAC in any sport.
Couldn't agree more with Jumpshot- he phrased it very well.

You have piqued my curiosity.   So do you believe that Trinity makes a stronger commitment to football than the other NESCAC schools that have won national championships - not NESCAC championships - make to their respective sports?   Keep in mind that those sports require national recruiting and national excellence, not regional excellence.

East Region football / Re: FB: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« on: September 07, 2019, 01:26:49 pm »

Sort of like Williams in sports then?

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: August 28, 2019, 12:29:53 pm »
Thanks, NESCAC1.   A few additional Amherst names to add to your impressively comprehensive list:

John Middleton - Owner of Philadelphia Phillies
Don Smolenski - President of Philadelphia Eagles
Neal Huntington - General Manager of Pittsburgh Pirates
Ben Cherington - Vice President - Baseball Operations - Toronto Blue Jays
Dan Duqette - now former GM Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles
Dave Jauss - Bench coach - Chicago Cubs

Pretty absurd connection to the baseball world.

Richman could very well be one of the best players in the league - he is extremely talented - but his shot at any awards will be slim and none unless the team plays better.   To the winners go the spoils of individual awards, for right or for wrong.

Now that the Middlebury drama has been resolved, who do folks think are the pre-season favorites for POY and (much harder) ROY? 

DPOY is absolutely LOADED once again.  I'll go with 1. Taj Gooden, 2. T.J. Rothmann, 3. Greg Holt, 4. Tyler Hudson,  5. Devyn Perkins, 6. Avery Saffold

On offense, a lot of stars graduated.  Let's say 1. Ollie Eberth, 2. Bobby Maimaron, 3. Jonathan Girard, after that, anybody's guess ...

ROY, no idea!

For DPOY I continue with the opinion that Tyler Hudson is the best defensive player in the league. Holt at Tufts is a fine LB but Tufts has padded his stats since his Freshmen year in the subjective area of tackle stats which is totally at the behest of the home team. I've tracked 3 games over the past couple of years and couldn't believe the numbers of tackles and assist the Tufts media arsenal posted.

As for OPOY don't underestimate Nate Richam at Bowdoin- lets see if the Hammer can structure the offense to maximize his talent. He's better than most realize.
I say again that Alonzo Highsmith at Wesleyan has great talent but has underachieved with the Cards. If they can get some footballs going in his direction the kid will excel.
Costa at Bates is a playmaker but will need some help from a questionable supporting cast.
Shofer at Trinity could catch a ton of balls if Trinity should elect to break their recent trend and throw more. Interesting QB situation in Hartford, the Golden Boy from URI with the D! physical package proved to be a woefully inaccurate passer. Will Devanney have a D! transfer holding a clipboard in the Coop?


Good for for getting some advertising on here to support the product!!

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: August 15, 2019, 02:13:12 pm »
Was just busting you, NESCAC1.  I very much enjoy your posts.

I think that you might have it right about the Amherst roster.   They surprised a lot last year and those four are the obvious lineup stalwarts.  I would guess that McCarthy might be the surprise.   I have heard from more than a few folks that Hixon expected bigger things from the younger McCarthy than the older McCarthy when he entered Amherst, but injuries have derailed his career almost entirely.  It is unfortunate but reality.  I am seriously hoping that he is the surprise element for Amherst this year!

Jefffan, appreciate ... I'd love to hear an Amherst fan's perspective on who that might be, it just seems (alas) that there won't be much opportunity at Amherst for young guys to emerge, given that Amherst brings every key guy who didn't play center last year.  Y'all are loaded this year.  Whereas if young guys don't explode onto the scene at Hamilton and Williams, both are headed for a major drop-off. 

I imagine one of the young centers might emerge, but I've never seen any of 'em play!  And if I was Hixon, I'd go with a small lineup next year -- Sellew/Che/Allen/Robinson and take your pick of McCarthy/Phelan/Chery at the "3" would be I think much better on offense, without giving up that much on defense (or really, without given up anything on defense if Chery is the fifth guy), than last year's lineup.  Gulp.  To me, Che, Allen and Chery are three of the best on-ball defenders in the league, and maybe Robinson too, so the need for another rim protector isn't as strong.

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