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Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: April 05, 2018, 10:58:01 am »
Not a Ronaldo or Real Madrid fan but his bicycle goal the other day was a beautiful bit of soccer and just pure athleticism. Credit where it is due for that one.

Agreed. I've not watched a lot of Ronaldo since he left England, so -- prior to watching the game -- based on his move from the wing into the penalty box, I had thought of him as having turned into a goal-hanger. That being said, I saw that, despite playing more centrally, he is much more than just a tap-in merchant -- his movement for the first was top class, as was the finish. The second, however, was unbelievable.

Yes. He is a very complete player but I find him incredibly unlikable so I tend to try and discount how good he is. I think he does a lot of goal hanging against much of the La Liga competition because there are only 4 teams in that league that are worth Real Madrid's attention. He can just hang out at the top center and put in easy goals against over matched opponents, occasionally becoming interested enough to flash some serious skills or flashing them because he hasn't gotten enough press lately. But when he needs to play, he certainly can and does. A very rare talent on the field when he wants to be, but to me an annoying pretty boy off of it.

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South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« on: April 05, 2018, 10:18:14 am »
All I will say is that any fans/former players of a program that has had "issues" in its recent past should probably not be critical of anyone's program and how it may or may not handle its own business. I will just leave it at that.

It's the internet. I think your odds of that happening rank right up there with anyone taking your thoughts on the matter to heart...  ;D

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Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: April 05, 2018, 09:35:26 am »
Not a Ronaldo or Real Madrid fan but his bicycle goal the other day was a beautiful bit of soccer and just pure athleticism. Credit where it is due for that one.

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South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« on: April 05, 2018, 09:33:53 am »
What does anyone care what UMHB - or any team for that matter - does with regard to its own program?

"Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy." Kacy Musgraves

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGIUtLO_x8g

It's the off season. And, frankly, getting rings to commemorate a game you lost is a bit unusual. To each their own but I don't think this is an odd thing to have a discussion about.

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Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: Lacrosse
« on: April 04, 2018, 01:43:25 pm »
I wonder with Lax Power giving up on anyone new joining their forums if we can capture that community on these boards? I don't post much about lax because while I always enjoyed watching, I never played the game, but it would be nice to see some chatter on these boards from a pretty fervent DIII fanbase.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: April 04, 2018, 11:36:07 am »
I can't pull up the tweet for some reason. Are they conference championship rings that mention the national runner up? I know W&L does rings for conference titles. The football team got theirs not long ago. I don't think they would get 2 rings if they won a national title though I'd have to find someone from the women's tennis team about 15 years ago to check. But I could see adding national runner up to a conference title ring.

its a "national finalist" ring

Huh. I wonder what the policy is on conference titles and if they got 2. It's a great accomplishment to make a Stagg Bowl but I wouldn't want a ring commemorating a loss.

From what I have heard (not officially confirmed) Mount Union does not give out Conference Championship Rings, Only National Championship Rings.  I have also heard that they don't hold a year end banquet unless they win the National Championship.


I think it's fair to say UMU's expectations are different from 99% of DIII...

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: April 04, 2018, 10:31:38 am »
I can't pull up the tweet for some reason. Are they conference championship rings that mention the national runner up? I know W&L does rings for conference titles. The football team got theirs not long ago. I don't think they would get 2 rings if they won a national title though I'd have to find someone from the women's tennis team about 15 years ago to check. But I could see adding national runner up to a conference title ring.

its a "national finalist" ring

Huh. I wonder what the policy is on conference titles and if they got 2. It's a great accomplishment to make a Stagg Bowl but I wouldn't want a ring commemorating a loss.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: April 04, 2018, 10:00:34 am »
I can't pull up the tweet for some reason. Are they conference championship rings that mention the national runner up? I know W&L does rings for conference titles. The football team got theirs not long ago. I don't think they would get 2 rings if they won a national title though I'd have to find someone from the women's tennis team about 15 years ago to check. But I could see adding national runner up to a conference title ring.

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Men's soccer / Re: MIAA
« on: March 22, 2018, 09:15:56 pm »
So this is an even sadder story for Dave Brandt than you'd think. The reason he all of a sudden needed an A license is because the USL was promoted to Division 2 status in our professional soccer pyramid. When USL was the third division, an A license was required within 2 years of hiring as with any pro team, but it's fairly easy to get a waiver according to an article I found. According to the article, US Soccer is lenient at that level because there are so few coaches with an A license in this country, let alone with the experience to be hired as a coach. Presumably that will change with time, but US Soccer doesn't seem consistent about much.

So back to the story, Brandt was hired during the 2016 season. US Soccer moved USL up provisionally for the 2017 season as it became clear NASL was in dire financial straights and MLS was tying itself to USL, and USL was given 2 years to become compliant with second tier standards. Apparently in the second tier, waivers aren't easily found unless you have a darn good reason, like you are within a season of achieving the required license. Makes a lot more sense as there are only the 32 or so USL teams plus the 20 (maybe, I can't keep track given the rapid expansion) MLS teams. Seems like there shouldn't be a problem finding 50 or 60 A licensed coaches as opposed to adding in the third tier teams. Anyway, coaching license compliance was required of USL prior to the start of the 2018 season.

So Brandt had one year to get a license you can't possibly get in one year and no extension was granted, so he must not have gotten very close. Whether he was even working toward it I have no idea. But even with a C license, presumably as high as you can get in 12 months without a waiver you can get by having played a certain number of years in a D1 Pro League somewhere in the world or spent a certain amount of time with the USMNT or USWMNT, you are at least 18 months away from being able to get an A license. It sounds like the Riverhounds at least tried to get some kind of waiver for him before they parted ways.

Anyway, in the end, he needed an A license when he was hired with the Riverhounds but apparently that was a requirement that was easily ignored at that level and no one gave it much thought. When the level changed, the requirement was no longer ignored and Brandt couldn't stay. That's a tough way to lose a job.

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Men's soccer / Re: MIAA
« on: March 22, 2018, 07:44:54 pm »
Huh. I thought he was there 2.5 seasons not 1.5. That certainly explains it if they hired him without him having at least a "C".  I'd have to research when the requirements changed but that was a very odd hire if they went in knowing he didn't have enough time to get the proper license. If the rules changed after the hire, that's pretty crappy on US Soccer's side.

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Men's soccer / Re: MIAA
« on: March 22, 2018, 02:31:47 pm »

That does seem odd. I'm guessing that there must be some sort of mitigating circumstances involved, since it seems unlikely that Hope would hire someone who has demonstrated the sort of administrative negligence indicated by someone not fulfilling the completion of his job requirements in spite of a three-year grace period to get it done. I'm betting that there's a plausible explanation in there somewhere.

Actually I very much doubt Hope cares. Dave Brandt can coach. The piece of paper US Soccer demands has no relevance to the NCAA. I'm sure Brandt has some reason he didn't get it, but he doesn't need it to coach NCAA soccer at any level. He won more than a few DIII titles without it, he won at Navy without it, and he'll likely win at Hope without it. Frankly, I think he eventually would have won at the Riverhounds without it, although any USL program without a MLS tie is facing an uphill battle these days.

I took the lowest level of the US Soccer licensing program just a few weeks ago to give me some more tools to coach my twin boys' 5/6 year old team. As online courses go, it was really good and I took a lot from it. I highly recommend it for volunteer coaches everywhere to add to your toolbox. I'll take more if my boys stick with soccer and be glad that they are available. That being said, the paper doesn't make the coach any more than a business degree makes a successful CEO. Brandt can coach whether US Soccer says he can or not. Hope was smart enough to realize they can be a whopping big beneficiary to that...

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Men's soccer / Re: MIAA
« on: March 22, 2018, 12:43:23 pm »
I guess I was struck by the assumption (projection) about his motives for moving from one situation to another. Seems like the more "interesting" hot take of the original post in this sub-thread.

Is there some back story on Brandt that would lead to this fairly negative view of his motivations/aspirations?

Frankly, Brandt's dismissal from the Riverhounds was odd to say the least. The guy improved the Riverhounds record in each of his 3 seasons and was ultimately dismissed because he didn't have a required A Level coaching license. Generally it seems the Riverhounds were willing to bring him back, but US Soccer prevented it from happening. I'm unclear on why Brandt couldn't or didn't get his A license and then his pro license. I know US Soccer has had some moving goalposts for these licenses over the years and they are expensive and time consuming to achieve, but he had to know he needed the license to coach at the USL Level and had the better part of 3 seasons to try and achieve it.

From what I understand it takes about 18 months to go from B to A if you can get all the classes. I don't think he had a C license, so that would have tacked on another 12 months since he doesn't qualify for the waiver. He either ran out of time, or just didn't get it done.

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South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: March 20, 2018, 11:54:20 am »

In 1996 I complied a list of all d1 men's basketball coaches who went to a d3 school.  There were 54 then.  I'm sure there have been a lot of changes in two season, but there's usually a pretty solid amount.

Hmm... 2 seasons or 2 decades? I'm guessing you are living in the past and meant to type 2016...

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East Region football / Re: FB: New Jersey Athletic Conference
« on: March 17, 2018, 08:48:58 pm »
Well...you don't like transfers fine. But last year you also complained Brockport's offensive line was too big for your tastes. None of them were transfers. So how should Brockport recruit that suits you ? And still be able to compete for a National Title like so many others are trying to do ? Does Mount Union have transfers ? That is the team everyone is trying to beat. Give us your formula.

UMU does it by being UMU. A 30 year non-stop winning tradition with no senior class graduating without a Walnut and Bronze. Overall, I'm willing to bet UMU is a net transfer negative. In other words, more transfer out than in. When you bring in over 100 first years, and a serious number of those 100 are players that could play at a higher level but want the almost guaranteed shot to win a National Title, you just keep on rolling. A pedigree of players with shots at the pros and an easily demonstrated coaching tree also help. Being in a football hotbed also helps. And having the support of the school that knows its reputation is buttered by the football team doesn't hurt.

UMU has a lot going for it that no one else can match and a lot of other things that other schools try to match, but I wouldn't say transfers are one of those things. That being said, transfers aren't necessarily a bad thing. Just those of us that remember Shades (Shady) Keeler tend to be unimpressed with trying to win with that kind of program. You can do it, but it's not always the prettiest way to go.

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South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: March 17, 2018, 03:23:03 pm »
Congratulations to UMBC and their Head Coach, Ryan Odom, on the first ever #16 win over a #1 as the Retrievers beat the UVA Cavaliers, 74-54.  For those of you who don't know, Ryan Odom was a guard for the Hampden-Sydney Tigers from 1992-96.  Ryan is the son of former WFU and South Carolina HC, Dave Odom, who played at Guilford and graduated in 1965.

The Buffalo coach played at Maranatha Baptist - two d3 guys with big upsets in the d1 tourney.

That's awesome. Does anyone know how many former D3 players, assistant coaches, head coaches are now coaching/working in some capacity in D1 basketball programs? R-MC did this article a few days ago -- and it doesn't include Mike Rhoades: http://rmcathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2017-18/releases/R-MC_in_NCAA_Tourney.

I also wonder to what extent this phenomenon plays out in other sports -- e.g. football and the W&L coach going to Davidson.

Probably a lot. DIII guys are well suited to become coaches. Namely because they are really good athletes that play at really high levels, but they aren't the kind of athletes that can just get by on athleticism an natural talent. They need to know the game, inside and out, because if they really were athletic enough just to dominate, they wouldn't have been in DIII. Undersized, a little under speed, guys that learn how to be in the right place at the right time, they can communicate these techniques. The guys that could always just dominate with athleticism, not so much. They never needed to learn the minutia and they have a harder time coaching because it's hard to pass on what comes naturally to you.

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