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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: August 23, 2016, 12:07:33 am »
Hiya Wes, I don't believe we've ever capped the # of football recruits.  As noted a few posts before, Coach Lynch has done a great job of building interest in the program, which the numbers reflect.

Not what I was told, but you would certainly know better than me.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: August 21, 2016, 07:53:14 pm »
DePauw's program continues to grow with 140 listed on the 2016 roster:

http://depauwtigers.com/sports/fball/2016-17/roster

Does that clash with the school's administration at all? Often I see schools bring in big number (admin is thrilled) and then have awful retention rates (admin angry). I know DePauw is a fine institution, that's why I wonder how those number rub some of the higher-ups.

The bigger issue in years past has been getting them to pony up the financial aid for that many kids. I was told a few years ago that there was a cap on how many recruits DePauw could bring in and how much money the school would give to get those kids away from other (and cheaper) schools.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: August 16, 2016, 01:22:01 am »
Truthfully, I am interested to see what Albion looks like in good conditions. Mother nature did them no favors last November. Wabash flat whipped them, but Wabash was also much better equipped for snow football than Albion was.

Lot to replace on offense for them, though. QB is gone. Top 2 leading rushers are gone. Receivers 2-7 in terms of production are gone.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: August 02, 2016, 12:56:10 am »
O/U - 2.5 wins for Allegheny in 2016

Over. Thiel, Kenyon, Hiram.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: August 01, 2016, 01:03:40 am »
It's really not that easy to come in to a team that BJ Hammer left and watch his defense's film and go, "Yeah. Let's do that. That worked. I want to do more of that stuff he's doing there."

There are a couple guys hanging around on that side from last year's staff. And yes, you can put guys in similar positions through base scheme, but what made that defense so great was how BJ called it. His timing on pressures and what pressures to bring was exceptional. That's not as easy as "Let me just look at his playbook and put all this crap back in for 2016."

It may all work out. They may not lose a beat and keep rolling. Or they may get down in an even front and play their base, try to be fundamentally sound, and bring less pressure. We're gonna find out next month.

I just think it's worth noting that this could be a drastically different Wabash team than we've seen in some time.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: July 31, 2016, 08:18:20 pm »
I understand Raeburn just added Tony Neymeiyer to his lineup of coaches on the O side of the ball.  Best wishes and all things good to Tony.

The elephant in the room here that hasn't been brought up in this conference measuring tape conversation is the serious turnover in the Wabash coaching staff. Changing both coordinators is a big deal, particularly when both appear to have drastically different schemes than what we've seen from Wabash in the Raeburn era.

Still think they're far and away the most talented roster, and that counts for a lot. But there are a lot of question marks, too.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: July 24, 2016, 11:54:46 pm »
I'll break the radio silence....here is My initial NCAC Championship Race Projection

1. Wabash 9-0 (10-0 overall)
2. Depauw 8-1 (Loss to Wabash) (9-1 overall)
3. Witt  7-2 (Wabash, Depauw)  (7-3 overall)
4. OWU - 6-3 (Wabash, Depauw and Witt) (6-4 overall)

Wabash gets AQ
Depauw in the Pool C conversation

Game(s) of the Year - 

9/24 -  Wabash at Witt
10/08 -  Depauw at Witt
11/12- Depauw at Wabash
( at game time, Wabash ranked #7, Depauw #15 )

I hesitate to dip my toe in the water on this one, but I'm going to do it anyway. It does seem pretty likely that if DePauw gets by Witt, they'll get to Hollett at 9-0. I think DePauw will certainly be improved from a year ago. I think it's Wabash, then it's DePauw, then it's Witt, then somebody from the rest of that mess has to finish 4th. OWU? Denison? I think Oberlin will be better. Huge fan of their OC. New QB for them, but last year's QB is now on the coaching staff.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: July 01, 2016, 01:42:11 am »
One big catch--TJ Kilbourne, OL transfer from Division II Walsh U., in Ohio.  He is from Decatur Central, and will press for a starting spot on the OL, where there are already three returning starters--Stucker, Leath, and Sturdivant.  Stucker and Sturdivant are all-NCAC.

I like Kilbourne. Coached against him a few years ago. DC had a REALLY good OL with him and Lukayus McNeil, who is now at Louisville.  That place has turned into a factory in the last 5-6 years or so. Their big LT from this past year will be a freshman at Miami Ohio. QB Tommy Stevens is at Penn State. And DC is loaded right now. Stud soph QB & junior RB.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: June 10, 2016, 03:01:18 am »
Coaching changes at Witt. Not a lot of experience:

http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/sports/reed-florence-returns-to-wittenberg-tigers-coachin/nrbMB/

Also baseball and basketball coaches resign, both with 20+ in the position.

Reed's been around. Marian & Millikin are both good jobs. He must have really wanted to come back home. He was OC at Milikin, but is taking the safeties job at Witt.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: March 07, 2016, 12:52:36 am »
I hope we are getting a good one.

HSC now has something in common with two NCAC insitutions; Wabash/all male/kicked our butts in football, now DePauw.

Definitely a thing DePauw knows a thing or seven about.   :)


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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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