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West Region football / Re: West Region Fan Poll
« on: October 29, 2014, 01:30:23 pm »
If you get someone from the NWC and SCIAC and got up to 5 people you could do the rest of this year. I do the South Region. It's a lot of fun, not a ton of work, and helps with my pick-ems. We only have 4 or 5 people submitting votes and it's enough.

North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: October 29, 2014, 01:19:07 pm »
What D3 school had a bad ass alum in the Battle of Gettysburg - who had a huge role (key play) in the Union's victory?

Joshua Chamberlain was an alum of (and professor at) Bowdoin College.

Interesting. W&L's Liberty Hall Volunteers, nicknamed the Stonewall Brigade as they fell under VMI's famous Stonewall Jackson, were wiped out almost to a man at Gettysburg after fighting in every major battle of the northern front. I was at a family wedding a couple weeks ago in Western MD and visited the Monocacy Battlefield. Really good historical sight and gave an incredible view of what it must have been like to slog it out in the mud, fields, and forests of the time. Different than the preserved fields at Gettysburg and Antietam. Terrifying.

W&L has only one win on the season, I needed a new topic...

South Region football / Re: Southern Athletic Association
« on: October 28, 2014, 05:57:24 pm »
Can someone please tell me if our Conference champion receives an automatic bid to the playoffs this season?

According to a mistake filled preliminary handbook, yes. According to what we thought were the rules, no. Last I heard people were asking for clarification from the bunglers at the NCAA

General Division III issues / Re: Future of Division III
« on: October 28, 2014, 03:39:37 pm »

How can SACS permit this type of failure of academic oversight in one of its accredited instituitions?

Now that is a really good question. What good is the watchdog if they aren't catching the important issues? I was getting my MBA at FAU when the graduate programs came under their periodic accreditation review. There were people in the classes, reviewing professors, even looking at assignments. It was comprehensive and had the people at FAU hopping for weeks. Not sure how UNC could skate some of this stuff through.

Either way, UNC and its alumni should be thoroughly embarrassed by all of this. Whether it was done to aid athletes or others it doesn't matter. It's horribly, horribly embarrassing to an institution of higher education.

East Region football / Re: East Region Fan Poll
« on: October 28, 2014, 03:35:02 pm »

For other's, not even attached to either institution, another MU vs. UW-W meeting is somehow captivating :'(

I don't disagree, but last year was the year, and the other teams fell down. Last year UMU was as vulnerable as I remember seeing them (mid naughts onward). And UWW had to go on the road to UMHB in the playoffs. Both UMU and UWW had viciously close games in the semis. UMU had a dogfight in the quarters.

In the end, though, we had UWW vs UMU despite UMU not being at their best and the committee challenging UWW a bit more. It's going to be a heck of a lot harder this year as both are looking back to their best. I don't expect UWW, assuming they win out, to go on the road. Will UMHB squeeze in above UMU and force the Raiders on the road this year? Maybe. UMHB will certainly have played a stronger schedule, but UMU doesn't look anywhere near as vulnerable.

East Region football / Re: MASCAC Conference for 13-14
« on: October 28, 2014, 03:14:02 pm »
Apparently the preliminary championship booklet listed both SAA and MASCAC as AQ leagues. There was some discussion of this in the Pool C thread in the General Football section. Clarification has been asked for, but I'm not sure if it has been received. There is some reason for the SAA to be given and AQ, but I think Pat was skeptical about the MASCAC. There were other errors in the handbook that people pointed out as well, so no one really knows at this point.

Yeah to the NCAA!

East Region football / Re: MASCAC Conference for 13-14
« on: October 28, 2014, 02:46:18 pm »
With Rowan losing this past weekend and Centre still undefeated, I think it is hurting Framingham State chances at spot at the playoff table. Now Framingham State is hoping Endicott beats a good MIT team.

I believe Centre, and the SAA, are an AQ league this year. I thought we still had questions about the MASCAC.

General Division III issues / Re: Future of Division III
« on: October 28, 2014, 02:43:04 pm »
(This has always been a good message board for serious discussion of institutional issues.)

Brian C. Rosenberg, President of Macalester College, suggests this action against UNC-Chapel Hill in Chronicle of Higher Education.


..The crime involves fundamental academic integrity. The response, regardless of the visibility or reputation or wealth of the institution, should be to suspend accredited status until there is evidence that an appropriate level of integrity is both culturally and structurally in place.

It's not a bad idea, but I'm pretty sure these classes were shut down a few years ago and the major players are no longer at the school. So at this point, pulling the accreditation hurts the wrong people, like the graduating seniors. We always have these problems punishing long after an action. I'm not sure what the solution is here.

Men's soccer / Re: 2014 D3 Season: National Perspective
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:58:23 am »
Geez, 2.5 million dollars spread over 500 institutions. If you charged $6,000 for dues, instead of $900, you'd clear it up instantly. While I know there are some schools that would struggle to find $5000, I'm sure the vast majority of the membership would find it pretty easily. Cutting out a few athletic director trips to conferences would cover it.

East Region football / Re: Empire 8
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:49:43 am »
Yeah, this year Wesley's schedule has truly sucked. I'm assuming a lot of that is not being able to offer home/home games since everything changes next year. But Concordia-Selma, Menlo and COF are all bad games. Only Menlo has been an opponent in the past. The question that was briefly debated over on the Independent board is what kind of effect does this stretch have on Wesley. I know if you use a sharp knife to cut soft things long enough, the sharp knife goes dull. I'd hate to see a very promising Wesley team turn dull on these three weeks.

This COF game is the worst of the bunch. I think UMU was kicking field goals on first down last weekend, Wesley might have to be even more drastic for their third string guys to keep it under 100...

COF is a first year program and got 60+ kids out to the team according to the website, so give them credit as their is a reason for their team. They just aren't going to be worth playing for anyone with a legitimate college team, at any level, for a few years.

East Region football / Re: Empire 8
« on: October 27, 2014, 09:10:45 pm »
Pat -- do you need to take a refresher course on the quote system?   ;D

North Region football / Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: October 27, 2014, 03:27:00 pm »
The answer to this question is "probably not," but do you think its concerning to Mount fans that the 1st string has yet to play a complete game? Just wondering.

It hasn't really mattered in the past. Other than playoffs, UMU had 1 game last year that ended inside one score, 3 games total inside 14 points. In 2012 UMU had only a single playoff game inside 14 points. In 2011 there were 2 regular season games inside 14 points. 2010 there was 1 regular season game inside 14 points.

UMU has thrived regardless of how deep the starters have played.

South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: October 27, 2014, 03:19:20 pm »

I believe your odac predictions were all correct and I missed two. Just thought RMC would win at homecoming and I went out on the limb picking your Generals. I'll wait later in the week to poise my usual question.

I've already got my picks in. So you can have my predictions:

Guilford takes Catholic at home. Guilford is good, Catholic isn't right now. Guilford by 20

E&H snaps their four game slide against W&L. After a glimmer of hope last week, W&L dropped back again. 2-13 passing and too many turnovers killed the Generals, who don't seem able to break long runs. Only way W&L wins this game is if E&H's first year coach doesn't get his team ready for the option. E&H by 14

H-SC hunts down the Eagles. Bridgewater is a tough place to play for some reason, but H-SC is playing like they mean business this year. While they had some early hiccups last week, they were good enough to overcome them. Mark of a good, experienced team. H-SC by 17.

R-MC at Shenandoah. The Hornets were game last week, they just didn't have enough. R-MC looks vulnerable this year. Traveling to Winchester won't help.  Shenandoah picks up their 3rd conference win by 10.

General football / Re: Pool C -- 2014
« on: October 27, 2014, 03:01:48 pm »
Kind of "we'll tell you all the of criteria... well except a few of them"

Let me help by expanding a bit. "We'll tell you all the criteria, but we won't tell you how we applied the criteria at the only time it really mattered."

East Region football / Re: Empire 8
« on: October 27, 2014, 02:57:09 pm »

I know I harp on this a lot, but as Pool C continues to shrink, this issue is only going to become more pressing. And while we can say "It's the responsibility of the other teams to improve their programs and beat them" all day, doesn't the question eventually become "Is that something that schools are invested enough in to accomplish"?

DIII is prone to sports dynasties. It's a function of reputation and resources. While football is what we talk about around here, there are similar, if not more devastating, dynasties in almost every DIII sport. Messiah in men's and women's soccer. Wartburg and Augsburg in wrestling. Kenyon in swimming. Bowdoin and Salisbury in Field Hockey. Methodist in women's golf (and men's if you look back a bit). Salisbury in men's lax. Emory and Williams in women's tennis. Wartburg and UW-O in women's track.

Dynasties are the way DIII is built. One coach makes a difference. One administration putting in the resources. One reputation earned on the backs of one group of players can be sustained. Eventually those factors change and a new dynasty will come in. But DIII isn't really egalitarian in many sports. Baseball and basketball resist dynasties, but most DIII sports can't.

It is far more likely someone replaces UMU, UWW, UMHB and Wesley/NCC/Linfield, or their next coaching hires don't work out so well, than it is to see a true tide of teams rising to meet the challenge these current squads represent.

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