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Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: November 22, 2016, 10:00:23 am »
Lost cycle.

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Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: November 22, 2016, 09:27:49 am »
Seeing Arena, Tab Ramos and Peter Vermes mentioned as head coach candidates. Out of that uninspiring slate, I'd take Arena for his experience. Ramos hasn't impressed anyone at the Olympic and U20 levels. Vermes just doesn't fire me up. Regardless, it looks like we're going to hire a bandage to get us through qualifying that will then be tough to peel off before Russia. Seems like a lost cycle to me.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 21, 2016, 04:05:36 pm »
I wouldn't think a team losing 9 out of 11 starters on defense and losing 5 more reserves on defense would be considered to repeat.  Also, RMC loses 4 out of 5 OL.  Could be ugly for RMC next season.

That is a lot to replace but I still don't see it getting ugly for RMC next season. W&L loses a ton, Guilford looks young, E&H has no consistency, Shenandoah has no defense, and HSC... well, next year will be interesting for the Tigers. They need to bounce back. I have no idea what Bridgewater brings back.

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Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: November 21, 2016, 04:02:23 pm »
Klinsmann finally FIRED....Sunil hopefully next

I don't think Sunil Gulati is going anywhere. He holds a good amount of sway in FIFA and, now that CONCACAF is in a different state, there as well. He came through the whole Chuck Blazer fiasco without a smudge on him and both the senior teams have performed well enough with him helming the Federation that there just isn't much cause. Even Klinsmann, as little as I liked him, had the team performing to expectations on the biggest stage. So you can't fire him for failing at FIFA, you can't fire him for being in trouble with CONCACAF like most other Federations, and you can't fire him for his last coaching hires on both sides of the senior level.

There are things that aren't great. The early Olympic exit for the woman, the abject failure of the men's youth teams, the stumbles of the men's team in this qualifying cycle, and the ludicrous and highly corrupt decision to give Qatar the WC over the U.S., but none of that is enough to fire the U.S. Federation head. If the replacement men's coach falls flat, and the women fail on a big stage again, then I think Sunil could be in trouble.

But right now? I think he's very secure. The National Teams have never been, financially, in such good shape, and it is trickling down to MLS. Which isn't making money or prestige waves, but is highly sought after for expansion and fan bases. TV revenue is really the next frontier, but again, most of that is on Garber, not Gulati.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 21, 2016, 02:36:40 pm »
I thought I read somewhere that most of Macon's defense were seniors, perhaps that is wrong based on your comments of them having the potential to have another 9-1 run.

A bunch are. I think something like the 4 leading tacklers are seniors. But I saw a lot of depth along the front 7. I also think the offense will improve next year. At least 4 of the 5 leading rushers are back next year. As are pretty much everyone who caught or threw a pass. So even if the defense drops off, the offense should improve. I don't see RMC dropping off from being the favorite next year.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 21, 2016, 12:00:35 pm »
remember odac has 4 ooc games next year.

If NNA fills many of those holes, as was mentioned, they won't bother the top half of the ODAC too much. They will be a struggle for the 2nd tier teams if they are as good as this year. NNA is always hard to predict because they have very short windows for players.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 21, 2016, 11:48:08 am »
looks like odac champ next year will finish 8-2/7-3 based on the ooc schedule unless the champ can run the odac schedule.

R-MC will have a good shot at running the table or taking only a single loss again. They bring back a lot, and they will have a fairly easy OOC with Dickinson and most likely 2 USASAC schools. I think W&L (JHU), Shenandoah (Hobart), Guilford (Huntingdon), Bridgewater (TMC) and H-SC (UWP) will struggle to run the table given the OOC schedule. E&H is not consistent enough regardless of whether Maryville stays on the schedule.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 21, 2016, 09:52:30 am »
SU vs. Hobart in 2017. Good for SU stepping it up ooc. They will not like the result.
HSC vs. Platteville in 2017, now that one will hurt.
Wonder if other odac teams are stepping up ooc schedule in 2017.

W&L hosts JHU next year. That probably won't go well.
W&L goes to C-M-S next year. The first flight game in many, many years.

Otherwise Sewanee should remain on the schedule.

I know in 2018 R-MC and W&L switch CC opponents for a home/home. So R-MC will go back to JHU and W&L will take Dickinson.

Not sure who the fourth OOC opponent will be.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 19, 2016, 09:13:39 pm »
We will see. I think this year the ODAC was weaker than normal. That certainly helped Shenandoah's record as opposed to the years before when they won only a game or two in conference. I was at the W&L game last weekend and defensively the Hornets were awful. Not a single stop until the second team was playing in the fourth quarter. Guilford, HSC, and W&L at times this year simply were not good teams. E&H was the best of the back filling teams, but they got a slow start. I wouldn't expect much from Shenandoah next year unless they bring in some strong transfers. Hobart shouldnt have a problem with them.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 19, 2016, 01:03:07 pm »
Looks like JHU decided there was no point in running on RMC. They are just passing over the top with ease. This will not look good for the ODAC, again...

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 16, 2016, 12:15:34 pm »
I think the ODAC is much more competitive top to bottom. Its pretty obvious that JHU has consisterly been the best in the CC. Since B water we have not had a year in and out dominant team. I think it's also clear that JHU has been in a class only an occasional ODAC team has reached lately. Muhlenberg is also probably better than the ODAC champ, or at least equal, most years lately. However I don't think the middle of the CC stacks up well against the middle of the ODAC, and the bottom of the CC, year in and out, is pretty putrid. Worse than Catholic in my opinion. So while the top of the CC clears the top of the ODAC, I'll take the ODAC at most other like for like contests.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 15, 2016, 05:52:46 pm »
JHU's offense was the best we faced all year. Big line. Really good running back and a pair of excellent receivers.   The QB was accurate and patient. They will be balanced and physical. I think RMC's defense can play with them, but I don't think the RMC offense I saw can score on them. Now maybe the QB switch has made that big of a difference, but I think RMC will end up wearing out there own defense by not staying on the field. My guess is a close low scoring game at halftime that JHU wins by two or three scores in the end. Hope I'm wrong.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 14, 2016, 01:24:42 pm »
I heard this weekend that Apprentice is going to fill the CUA spot on the schedule for all/most ODAC teams.

Anyone else heard this?


And people were complaining about adding S VA. At least they count for D3. I've got nothing against apprentice, but this is a bad trade.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 13, 2016, 11:32:21 am »
Yes. Good luck to the Jackets. Was happy to see W&L rediscover their offense yesterday. A beautiful day on a campus I don't get to enough. Proud of a great senior class, many of whom were three and four year starters. It's been a pleasure to follow them and I wish them well in their next adventure.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 10, 2016, 03:54:17 pm »
Huntingdon and Guilford have announced a new 4 year deal for Week 1 games. At Huntingdon next fall to begin.

Wow. Guilford ponying up for a long trip! I might have to go to Huntingdon to see those games.

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