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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: August 08, 2014, 10:08:15 am »
  I was planning to do it again if everyone was OK with that, but will certainly yield the position if there is anyone who's really jonesing for the opportunity. (Anyone? ... Bueller? ... Anyone?).
  As jk suggested it is still a little early, but with only four weeks to go the thought has been rattling around at the back of my mind and I was planning to start checking the schedules in the next few days to start setting things up.
  Let me know what you all think.

I'm all for it and I thank you in advance.

South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: August 08, 2014, 08:41:28 am »
I will do it if necessary. HSCTiger74 did it last year and did a great job. If he would like to run it again I am more than happy to be his back up or anyone else's. However, if the alternative is me running it or it not happening, I will do it...

Bit premature though to worry about it. Teams haven't even reported yet, regardless of how excited we all are.

North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: August 07, 2014, 04:46:22 pm »
Agreed, home team has the advantage. HSC needs to play over their heads to beat a good Wabash team on the road.Either way, should be an entertaining game and a great experience for our guys to travel to play a really well respected program.
Even if HSC gets beat, the experience will help prepare them for the tough odac schedule and hopefully post season.

That's the other extreme...I don't think that's the case either.  H-SC doesn't have to do anything outside of their ability to win this game.  They've got the talent.  I don't see H-SC as a super huge underdog here.

5-10 points, mostly home field for Wabash is my guess. But it is the first game. Always the possibility to go pear shaped...

General football / Re: Most hated schools
« on: August 07, 2014, 04:20:22 pm »
Yeah. Salisbury is the rivalry for Wesley, but I bet Frostburg would go with Salisbury. But again, that's a pretty small area. Does CNU really hate Wesley? Or Salisbury? Or one of their current conference teams? Or anyone? If you asked W&L I don't know how it would go. Some combination of Bridgewater, HSC, Centre and Sewanee, which is half the freaking schedule. I'd guess HSC this year since they are expected to be top dog...

General football / Re: Most hated schools
« on: August 07, 2014, 03:31:47 pm »
Considering UWW, UMU, Wesley, Linfield and UMHB all wear purple I'm guessing you'd have a whole lot of purple across the map. However, the map might not be so readable. There are twice as many D3 teams as D1 (counting the new autonomous teams there are 4 times as many D3 teams as those with full advantage to compete in D1), so you'd end up with a lot of little rivalries. For example, UMU might be hated in a lot of areas but if you asked Wabash fans who they hate most it would have to be Depauw. I can't imagine anyone in the HCAC dislikes UMU more than Franklin. Wesley might be toughest to beat in the mid-Atlantic but they aren't really a "hated" rivalry for anyone, since they've been independent and forced to play such an odd group of teams every year. Either way, I don't think you'd end up with a UT-Austin sized area across D3 like you do in the D1 map. Too many conferences each with a couple of true rivalries...

West Region football / Re: FB: Northwest Conference
« on: August 07, 2014, 12:50:16 pm »
All the top tier programs have the same problem.

At every level. Nick Saban whined incessantly about student groups leaving early in games last year. If it's not a competitive or interesting game, people will find better things to do. At home you turn the channel, at the game you head out to the tailgate or home to find a different channel. There really isn't a solution for a lot of teams. I'd recommend Nick Saban stop playing UT-Chatanooga, but it's a bit different in D3...

East Region football / Re: Empire 8
« on: August 06, 2014, 11:29:35 am »
Much more readable. Good job to whoever changed it.

East Region football / Re: Empire 8
« on: August 05, 2014, 02:57:40 pm »
That is an absolutely hideous page. Poorly designed, poorly colored, and confusing. Yuck...

South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: August 05, 2014, 01:32:58 pm »
Hmm. I'll forward those over. I think golf is the most likely bet for him. Thanks.

South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: August 05, 2014, 12:51:05 pm »
An acquaintance of mine just washed up in Farmville after a long cross-country drive. For some reason he is staying in the area for a few days before heading back to Germany. He asked me for things to do in Farmville and I suggested a short drive to the HSC campus. I won't relay what I told him to do on campus, but he declined both my suggestion to visit and suggestion of activity upon visit... Just kidding (about the suggestion, anyway). Any thoughts on what to do in Farmville for a day or two? He is driving a motor home, no rental car, so he's not looking to go far...

Annual trip to Bridgewater for their homecoming game against Wash and Lee, a team I have never seen. 

W&L always struggles at Bridgewater. I don't expect a whole lot from either team this year, so you might see a competitive game even if it isn't a pair of titans at work. I'm getting to my traditional W&L at Sewanee game in week 2, so hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised by my Generals.

South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:22:07 pm »
An 800 mile bus ride is one long ride to have on either side of a game. Especially the ride home if you lose. Uggh. Doable, but you're talking 12 hours on a bus. I'm not sure that ExTP doesn't have the right idea if that is the alternative...

General football / Re: Shirts, and stickers and decals oh my!
« on: August 04, 2014, 12:36:46 pm »
MIT T-shirt on a woman in the PeiWei Restaurant in east Dallas.

oh man do I miss PeiWei. We had them when I lived in FL but there aren't any in Birmingham. Best chicken lettuce wraps.

South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: August 04, 2014, 11:59:47 am »
Not the end of the world, but I do think you lose something. The big national tournament is the only way to really see how you stand. Granted for the vast majority of teams that standing is somewhere in the "not competitive" column, but it's about the only way you'll see a Linfield vs HSC (which was competitive) match up. Those games are good experiences for the kids. I wouldn't go so far as to say the athletes deserve a pay off like a national tournament for all the work they put in during the season, but I do think it is a nice bonus and something to strive for.

As for the regional post-season match ups it's an interesting concept, but I wonder how much buy in you'd actually get. The ECAC's are the only ones in the entire country right now, and schools sometimes don't opt in or opt to host for various reasons, usually involving money. I just don't see more of those kinds of things springing up if the tournament were pared down or eliminated.

I do think the conference championship is already the goal for the vast majority of schools. Other than a few that have higher aspirations, that conference championship is about all you are going to do. I don't think too many teams would trade the conference championship for a "Pool C" bid and an extra round in the tournament. I guess you could ask the SJF guys since I think they've played that scenario once or twice recently...

Men's soccer / Re: 2014 Recruiting Classes
« on: August 04, 2014, 09:01:07 am »
You are going to see more and more academy centric recruiting at top programs. It makes simple sense. The academies already "thin the heard" so to speak. They tend to get the best of the best regionally and put a lot of focus on soccer. So those kids are already good and then are intensively trained to be better. It will be hard for anyone but the very best late bloomer coming through a powerhouse h.s. program/club affiliate to compete with the academy kids. Especially as the academies continue to expand in their recruiting and scouting efforts. Less will slip through the cracks. That being said, there are exceptions since there are still huge areas of this country only lightly covered by academies. As MLS, NPSL, USL Pro etc., continue to expand that area will also shrink.

It's an exciting time for soccer in this country, but I do think unless college soccer makes some drastic changes it's going to increasingly miss out on top talent. You can't really develop as a professional level player, especially compared to international prospects, with the limits placed on college athletes.

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