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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: January 28, 2016, 06:24:59 pm »
If you're 3rd in that conference in defense, you're a pretty good defense. Wabash's release said top 3 in the conference.

393 yards a game is fine in that conference. That's a good offensive conference. You won't hold somebody to 250 per unless you're Linfield. And Linfield doesn't have to play their own offense, either.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: January 28, 2016, 08:48:19 am »
Be interesting to see the "why" this hire?  Obviously not a red hot "up and comer".  From his bio, more like a long timer D III.  And not coming with fingers in/credentials in recruiting our prime recruiting grounds. 

I think the why is because he's a helluva coach. Puget Sound's D was really good. As others have said, he did a good job at Oberlin. If you were the head coach at Oberlin, you can recruit Ohio, and that's a pretty important part of recruiting in the Midwest.

Here's the thing about the hot shot kids: they leave. They always leave. It's always greener somewhere else. They still want to be in the BCS. The money still matters because they're still broke from being a GA forever. You're not going to a sexy hire and have him stay for 5-7 years. And I don't think that's what Wabash wants or needs. It's a big deal for your program that your assistants are getting looks. That said. you need somebody that sees Wabash as a destination and not a stepping stone. I think y'all have got him.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: January 09, 2016, 03:37:53 am »
The past decade or so DePauw has opened with Anderson, Earlham, or RHIT before RHIT was good. So anything is an improvement at this point.

And again, that subscribes to my theory of needing a winnable game against a .500 or above regional opponent in non-conf. Doesn't help you to schedule an opponent you may lose to. You need a team you know you can beat that doesn't hurt your SOS. This conference hurts your SOS enough on its own.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: January 06, 2016, 01:28:29 am »
Now the question becomes who does Wabash get to lead the defense?    There is a ton of talent returning and plenty of depth ready to fill the holes created by graduation.    The unit is certainly poised to once again be great.    You would think that it is a pretty attractive spot for a coach looking at furthering their career.    Can/Do we promote from within or go outside.   Is the hiring process a "by committee" event like hiring a head coach?

Feels like a pretty good opportunity to hire from within. You certainly don't want to reinvent the wheel. What Hammer has built needs to continue, in my opinion. And I don't think you do that by hiring somebody from outside and dictating what the D has to be.

I like David Denham a lot. He is a great DL coach. But he's the ST coordinator. So I don't know if that's even an option on the table.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: January 04, 2016, 02:50:36 pm »
Really happy for BJ. I've seen him speak several times. He's been very helpful to me and my team's staff.

He's one of those guys that you always learn something from every time you talk to him. I hung on every word at the Glazier Clinic a couple years ago and I don't even coach defense.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: December 30, 2015, 09:55:03 pm »
The DePauw community lost a good one today. Longtime baseball coach Ed Meyer has passed away at 75.

Ed was DePauw's baseball coach from 1965-1999. Graduated from DePauw in 1962. He was the QB on Bell winning teams in '60 and '61. He was also a football & basketball assistant. Two of his sons have DePauw degrees. His third son, Tony (who used to hang out here some), played football & baseball at Wabash. Tony is now the head football coach at my alma mater, Cloverdale HS.

Ed was one of the really, really good people associated with the University.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: December 17, 2015, 10:32:21 pm »
I saw Hiram HC Randy Moore stepped down today.

So the Pups are starting over again.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: December 16, 2015, 10:50:26 pm »
Too lazy to screw with trying to quote one specific part of wally's post about Witt from my phone.

Agree that they don't run it well enough. I only see 2 games of theirs per year, but it appears that it's not really a huge deal to them. That may change for 2016. But this year they were content to try to beat DePauw and Wabash thru the air. Unfortunately, they threw it to the defense a lot.

Biggest loss for Witt, in my mind, over the past few seasons is OC Andy Mitchel. He's the OC at NAIA Marian in Indy now. They're playing in the NAIA title game for the second straight year this weekend. It really hasn't been the same since he left. Having Reed Florence (now the OC at Milikin) when you're an OC helps too. Mitchel is really, really good. He was part of Emendorfer's staff at Platteville when their O started going bonkers.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: December 07, 2015, 02:36:37 pm »
Agreed -- there's no absolutes there. I even asked a MIAC coach who was at the game Saturday if he were voting, would he take St. John's or Wabash higher in the Top 25, and he said: "St. John's. But wait, that's probably just because they know St. Thomas better."

Glad somebody else out there thinks that this is an important point.

There's two sides to that coin.  UST was also unfamiliar with Wabash.

Bigger deal for a D to be familiar with an O than vice versa.

St John's has that advantage because their D sees UST every year. No such luck for Wabash on that front. Also, Wabash just isn't as good offensively, so that isn't quite as big of a deal for UST's D.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: December 06, 2015, 08:08:03 pm »
I've always thought that it's harder for Wabash (and also DePauw) to recruit Indiana now because Franklin and Marian are both really good and considerably cheaper.

I've had 6 kids go to Franklin in 4 years and at least one on the way for next year. We sent 1 to Wabash and 0 to DePauw. A couple of them legitimately WANTED to go to Franklin and never considered anywhere else, but some others had their decision made for them by not being admitted to Wabash or DePauw. There was mutual interest from both schools in some of those kids. Now they play for the Griz.

There's not a lot of bleed over with RHIT in terms of the type of kids you get from a curriculum standpoint (liberal arts vs engineering) but they are certainly a factor in the recruiting of skill guys in this state, too. Their WR corps could play just about anywhere.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: December 05, 2015, 03:42:42 pm »
This is probably the worst performance I've seen by a special teams unit that I would have deemed to be "elite" before the game started, if that makes sense. The best of the best coming in. And then a total disaster today. I never even considered that as a possible factor at the game. I just assume they're going to play well in the specials. That's how good they are.

None of the other stats are even that important. Pretty pedestrian offensive day for UST (comparatively speaking, based on the rest of their games) and it didn't matter.

7-24 is really, really bad. 120 rushing yards isn't enough. They got to 4 yards a carry, which I thought would be good enough to win, but unfortunately the clock became the enemy pretty early. D got 3 UST turnovers and held UST under 3 yards a carry, although there's still 10 mins to go as I write this.

If the specials are at least mediocre, Wabash probably would have been in a position late to at least have a chance.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: December 05, 2015, 10:08:13 am »
I hope you Wabash guys have class. It's a big thing here in the MIAC...

Local man holds self in high regard. Film at 11.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: December 05, 2015, 10:07:13 am »
Old Pal final call:

2+ turnovers for UST or < 175 rushing yards for UST or > 225 rushing yards for Wabash = Wabash win.

None of those = UST win.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: December 04, 2015, 10:55:34 pm »
That dude at New Pal. Woo boy. His team SCORES.  Watched a bit of replay from their state finals game last night. Yo.

They scored the 2nd most points in history of US high school football in 2014, including 83 in the state title game. It's insanity.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: December 04, 2015, 05:38:37 pm »
Raeburn was a finalist for the Whitewater job last year, which I presume means he will at least pick up the phone and listen if another program calls.

At some point, a D1 is going to call him if they haven't already. Just based on the direction the D1 hiring cycle is going. Awfully nice to be able to add a digit to the salary.

But, as a counterpoint, we're still seeing a lot of guys who are just comfortable where they're at. Had a really good convo with New Pal HS's coach about this a few months ago. When you've got a great spot with great support, facilities, and bosses, why would you leave? Wabash has all those things. At what point is the uncertainty worth the money? That's a different answer for every coach.

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