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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 18, 2014, 05:29:08 pm »
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It seems I did. I apologize.

But, this is why many say D3 kids pay to play.  Are there any other public D3's in the region? CNU is an anomaly around here.

Salisbury St and Frostburg St. The current NJAC. But if you are talking NC, VA, TN area, I don't think so.

There's also Mary Washington....

No football but I wouldn't have gotten that one.

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West Region football / Re: Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: November 18, 2014, 05:27:19 pm »
MOV is not a criteria and I don't have interest it making it one. If MOV is a criteria you have even less incentive to play an elite.

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West Region football / Re: Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: November 18, 2014, 04:42:34 pm »

 
jknezek, do you believe that UWO desires to schedule 3 non D3 schools?  Do you believe UWW wants to play Waldorf?  In effect, the "reward" you are anxious to give to TLU for scheduling up is equally a punishment to kids from other programs that couldn't fill a schedule w D3 opponents for reasons out of their control. 

At the end of the day we end up with a less competitive playoff field because scheduling up needs instant gratification.
 

If you punish teams for scheduling UWO or UWW OOC do you think UWO or UWW will play anyone BUT non D3 opponents in OOC games? You'll only get Waldorf or SDST since no one else will have a reason to play you.

In the end, TLU is an acceptable team for the playoffs. There are worse teams in the tournament and there are probably better teams at home, but TLU isn't a bad choice. It's not a sop to them for playing UMHB, it's a team that went 9-0 and lost to an elite, something that 28 other teams in the tournament would probably do as well. Maybe not lose as bad, but lose all the same.

I get that you are hung up on the MOV numbers. I can't blame you. TLU got buried. But the D3 tournament is inclusive. UWO had their shot to be included by winning the WIAC, TLU had their shot to be included through Pool B. I think Centre should have been the B as well. But I still think TLU, hypothetically first on the table from the South, gets in through C at some point.


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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 18, 2014, 04:17:08 pm »
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It seems I did. I apologize.

But, this is why many say D3 kids pay to play.  Are there any other public D3's in the region? CNU is an anomaly around here.

Salisbury St and Frostburg St. The current NJAC. But if you are talking NC, VA, TN area, I don't think so.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 18, 2014, 04:06:43 pm »
Must be the end of the season. We've strayed from football horribly. I'll take the blame for it, but I don't have a way to get it back on track. Just can't find myself excited about H-SC going to Wesley.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 18, 2014, 03:43:58 pm »
Our capstone class for econ was the reason we took comps in the spring. History of Economic Thought. Loved that class.

Nearly 80% of my classes required papers throughout the semester AND a final paper over 10 pages in length. High school kids complain about 2 pagers. Noobs..

W&L and MC might have more in common than I thought. Must be the fact Isaac Anderson was a pre-W&L graduate. It's like we're 5th cousins. :D

I'm guessing most small liberal arts colleges have similar classes and processes, although maybe not as specific as Maryville's. I never took a standardized test at W&L. Not once. Quite a shock when I got to grad school at crappy FAU and it felt more like h.s. again. I would have hated sitting in large lecture halls and taking classes with graduate assistants. I'm a huge proponent of a small school liberal arts education. We know small classes and individual attention from instructors are the best way to learn. Basic theory of education classes teach that. And yet people love Big State U and the football team! Well, that and the significantly smaller pile of gold required to graduate...

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South Region football / Re: South Region Fan Poll
« on: November 18, 2014, 03:28:25 pm »
Wrong. http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/football/d3/d3footballcom

Sorry. You are writing on the SRFP page. I figured that's what you were referring to, not the D3 poll which has a topic in the general football area. My misunderstanding.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 18, 2014, 03:27:30 pm »
So it's essentially an independent study essay course for 2 semesters? I had one of those for a single semester. Same kind of paper at the end. We didn't call it a thesis put it was a required class for a Business degree so you had to pass. Interesting idea.

We didn't have a "capstone exam" per say, but you had a capstone class with a significant final. It was an application exam including components of all the core classes of your major. Doesn't sound quite as comprehensive, I think it was a single 3 hour exam as all scheduled finals at W&L were, but similar concept.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 18, 2014, 03:00:26 pm »

Finally on this particular post, I have to brag. As a Maryville alum and all this talk about academics, I am proud to say MC is one of very few colleges and universities in the NATION that requires all graduates to pass comprehensive exams and write an undergraduate thesis. One other one being Yale. Yes. THAT Yale.

Most schools require finals, aren't they comprehensive exams? As for an undergraduate thesis, that is interesting. I did a thesis for my grad work at FAU that didn't require anywhere near the effort I put in for my undergrad work at W&L. Requiring these things doesn't actually make them difficult.

Are the thesis often rejected? How many students fail to graduate because they can't pass the exams?

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North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: November 18, 2014, 02:53:46 pm »
Analyzing the bracket again, Wabash was definitely given an excellent spot. Right now, if I am a fan of Linfield, Centre, Wheaton, and St. Scholastica, I am not happy. I wonder what an 8-2 Ithaca team (if anything at all) would have done to their spot in the playoffs.
Centre and St. Scholastica don't have anything to be unhappy about.  Their SOS was atrocious.  St. Scholastica even had a higher SOS than Centre, and even Centre was regionally ranked (of course we don't know if St. Scholastica was in the secret rankings, but they weren't in last week's).  When your SOS is below 0.475 with no RROs, you really can't ask for a home game. 
Linfield is an island team, which buys them a ticket to Texas in round two.  The NCAA pretty much always plans to send island teams to other island teams where they can.
Wheaton is bracketed as a 5-8 seed (probably #8 given their low SOS, although they do have an RRO win).  They also fit well geographically in Mt. Union's bracket, which buys them a visit from John Carroll round 2.  One of the things that I do like about this bracket is that pretty much only the 1 seeds have very winnable games through the first two rounds. 
Had Ithaca won last Saturday I doubt it would have made much difference.  My only thought is it could have sent MIT to Ithaca and Husson to Hobart - but that would have been way too long a trip.  It makes much more sense to send a bus from Boston to Bangor (or vice versa).  Each of the putative hosts (sorry MIT) in that bracket are undefeated in D3.

Husson to Hobart is 591 miles. Would require a flight. Maine is a long way away from most D3 places...

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West Region football / Re: Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: November 18, 2014, 02:50:35 pm »
Heard a line in the Podcast that said "It's not so much who you lost to, but who you beat".

If that's the case, then you can make the argument: UWO>TLU

UWO has quality wins at UWP and at UWSP. Also, both UWO and TLU played D3 powers.....one was embarrassed, while the other held their ground.

UWO only had 6 wins. TLU had 9. Winning percentage in D3 is primary criteria as well. We can all pick and choose, but really there is a valid case to be made for both teams.

All that being said, TLU went in as a B. Their fate was decided before the C teams. I know that's a technicality when comparing who SHOULD have gotten in, but it's important to the process. UWO, if they made the table, would be making a case against either Centre or Muhlenberg from the South.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 18, 2014, 02:18:50 pm »
Really? Free if income is less than $75k. Interesting.

yep. They announced that a year or two ago. The endowment is in the ridiculous range per student. There is no reason for tuition to be so high. I wish they would do more...

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General football / Re: D3 player on ESPN
« on: November 18, 2014, 02:06:20 pm »
I know, this is very upsetting. I wonder if this had anything to do with WNEC withdrawing its ECAC Bid.

Yeesh. It's either too soon or that just seems inappropriate.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 18, 2014, 02:05:13 pm »
I tend to agree w/everyone's comments, and I don't want to beat a dead horse, but CNU is a real life example of how tough academic requirements can impact a program.

I'm not trying to ruffle any feathers, but even if CNU has increased its academic standards/requirements it still charges public university tuition which has got to help a little. Without looking at the numbers and taking a wild guess, it's probably $15k-ish at CNU, 43k-ish at Maryville, 45k-ish at HSC, arm and a leg-ish at W&L, etc. You get the point.

With that being said, I give credit to CNU and its academics. I know several students there and they ain't no dummies

When I went to school (class of '00) W&L was one of the cheaper private schools amongst its peers. Since then the school has gone in the other direction, although tuition and room and board are free if your family income is less than $75K. But yes, if you are paying full freight these days, arm and leg pretty well describes it.

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South Region football / Re: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: November 18, 2014, 01:53:31 pm »
Of the 2 loss or greater teams, only CNU and Franklin aren't playing undefeated teams. Of the 3 loss or greater teams, only CNU is playing a team outside the D3 Top 10. So yeah, CNU got the best draw of the teams that lost more than a playoff team should lose...

Whether that is "somewhat favorable" or "very favorable" is a matter of semantics.

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