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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 01, 2016, 07:46:58 pm »
I don't think a non D3 would help much. But if it is Brevard I suppose that would make sense given they are in some state of exploring a move. I'd rather play weak D3 teams rather than non D3 personally. A non D3 is pretty much worthless to your SOS and so far down the criteria to be almost useless for any at large consideration.

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New one on me.
PNW=Pacific North West.

How does a fan fly from SoCal (Southern California ;) ) to Lexington, VA?

It isn't easy. LAX to an eastern hub like Atlanta or Charlotte. Then a short hop to Roanoke. Then a 40-50 mile drive north to Lexington along I81. Probably 10-11 hours of travel door to door, with 7 hours being the flights and layovers and the rest getting to and from the airport and twiddling your thumbs.

$500 or $600 dollars for flights, $50-$100 for a rental car, $150-$300 for two nights in a hotel, $125 for a few days of bad food or $200 for better food. W&L doesn't charge for tickets though, so you have that going for you!

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 01, 2016, 03:46:27 pm »
Sounds like JHU and RMC will not play going forward. Probably a good thing for RMC as JHU usually runs up the score on those guys. W&L will have their hands full.

To be fair JHU has beaten us 6 of the 7 times we've played them since the mid 90s. One or two of them were pretty good thumpings as well...

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Not feeling the pinch down in Alabama https://twitter.com/nbcsn/status/692384501574602753

As someone who grew up in essentially an FBS college football wasteland (NJ), lived in VA and FL where college football was relatively big, but now live in AL, I can tell you that you can't understand it unless you grew up here. There is an insanity tied to certain SEC schools that is simply terrifying. Nothing is too much to spend to win and there are always more donors and money men willing to shell out.

Everything can and will be excused or justified for winning.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 01, 2016, 01:43:24 pm »
The JHU gives you a "Result"..
A win gives you a very good chance at hosting a first round playoff game.

Very true, and I think at JHU will be a very big hill to climb. But W&L should bring back enough to make me optimistic. It's a long way away but it's nice to have 3 OOC games I'm excited about. Last year it was 0 OOC games I found compelling. Sewanee of course is more interesting to me this year because when W&L plays On the Mountain I get to go...

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Washington and Lee just (sort of) released their 2016 schedule today and I am thrilled to see C-M-S coming to Lexington 9/17. The Stags seem to be a team on the rise, and W&L is coming off their first 10 win season in program history and their first undefeated regular season in decades. Seems like this could be a good match up of programs that have risen to the top of their respective conferences and I hope it is the front half of a home and home.

SCIAC teams seem to schedule non-conference games as a home and home series (some of the board long-timers can probably confirm) so I would expect to see W&L in SoCal next fall. It will be nice to see how a SCIAC stacks up against teams outside the PNW conference other than in the first round of the playoffs. Does anyone with longer SCIAC experience know how often teams travel to locations other than PNW?

In any case it should be fun for the players to travel east. I hear the W&L campus and surrounding area is very nice.

Lexington VA is a beautiful area, especially that time of year. Too early for the leaves to change, but it is nicely nestled in the Shenandoah Valley. The campus is very compact and quite pretty, the facilities are very good. Hopefully most of the construction will be finished by then as it has played havoc with the athletic areas this year, but when finished it will make the football field feel more connected to everyday campus life and hopefully help drive attendance at games.

I'm pleased to see this match up and I hope you are correct and it is a home and home. The ODAC drops back to a 7 team league next year when Catholic leaves if nothing else changes, so a match up with a SCIAC team could help both teams fill a schedule hole.

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Washington and Lee just (sort of) released their 2016 schedule today and I am thrilled to see C-M-S coming to Lexington 9/17. The Stags seem to be a team on the rise, and W&L is coming off their first 10 win season in program history and their first undefeated regular season in decades. Seems like this could be a good match up of programs that have risen to the top of their respective conferences and I hope it is the front half of a home and home.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 01, 2016, 10:54:18 am »
I am a very happy man today! W&L "sort of" released next year's schedule, and the OOC travesty of this year will NOT be repeated. W&L opens at Johns Hopkins... yeah, going to be tough to have a second undefeated season, but with what W&L brings back I think this could be a good game if everyone is healthy! Then the traditional game at Sewanee, which my wife has once again agreed to take the family to.

Finally a home game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. I know C-M-S is not exactly a long-term powerhouse, but I hope this is the front half of a home and home that will give the football team a marquee trip. I think the last time W&L flew to a game was the '93 contest against Georgetown that was played in Bermuda for some reason, but I don't think it has happened since which includes all 20 seasons since I first went to Lexington. Either way, C-M-S is coming off 3 seasons of rapid improvement, from 0-9 in 2012 to 7-2 last season, and looks like a solid opponent. So even if the game is simply a placeholder, it will hopefully give W&L at least 2 quality OOC opponents.

I still lament the lack of traditional opponent Centre on the schedule, but as an alumni and fan of the program I am extremely pleased to see a full slate of DIII opponents, and the addition of two truly challenging opponents.Anyway, this has been something to be excited about in the offseason and a possible home and home against a SCIAC opponent, another 7 team league, could be a very expensive, but exciting, solution to our upcoming 7 team conference.

Go Generals and congratulations (and thank you!) for scheduling some marquee competition. I'm excited for 2016 already.

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General football / Re: D-3 Players in the Pros
« on: February 01, 2016, 09:09:01 am »
Yep. The lack of concrete plans is why I feel this stuff is mostly vaporware. We've seen it before. Minor League Football is a very expensive proposition. The teams are large, so the payroll is large, relative to the gate. The travel expense is immense with that many players, and the insurance is crippling. The expenses make minor league football a difficult pipe dream. It will need to be subsidized by the NFL if it is ever to become a reality. And that means the NFL has to realize it is worth the expense to NOT have players being brought in off the street late in the season to fill out depleted rosters.

I also think regional leagues, like soccer's PDL, is the best bet. Especially now that PDL is tied to MLS. For football you have to be able to bus the teams around, because there is no way you can afford flights. So set up 4 regional leagues of 4 teams each. Each team plays a home and home within the region making for 6 game seasons in May/June, then the regional champs play a 2 round playoff. That takes you to the end of June, and players can rest a bit before the lucky ones get called in to NFL camps. After NFL cut down day, the minor league teams reform in September, practice for 2 weeks, then run a single round robin for 3 weeks within the region. Champs do playoffs again and that creates a pool of players with 3-5 game weeks experience ready for late season NFL call ups in playing shape.

I could see something like Panama City Beach, Mobile, Birmingham, Chattanooga, or Jackson MS forming a league. All cities with limited FBS football and no professional football. In the north east you could do Providence, Harrisonburg, Brooklyn, and Hartford. I'm sure someone could figure a midwest league and a west coast league with bus distance teams.


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General football / Re: D-3 Players in the Pros
« on: January 31, 2016, 05:27:34 pm »
Good for him!  At the same time, yeesh, another apparently underfunded spring football league. These seem to pop up at least as far as practices every year and fail before the season ends.

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General football / Re: Around the Nation board
« on: January 29, 2016, 12:08:10 pm »
I wish they had called it something else. UMU is NOT, and will probably never be, the BEST college football team in Ohio. Ohio State would pulverize them, as would many other teams in the state. I will absolutely agree they are the MOST SUCCESSFUL among their peers. The same could be said for all the DIII teams on this list.

It's just sloppy writing. And as someone who long ago earned a degree in print journalism, that bothers me.

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South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« on: January 26, 2016, 08:42:33 pm »
Or he gets to come back home to the important senior events.
He's not playing basketball or doing the field events in track.
He can still come home for the prom.
He is walking the stage with his class in May.
Would it surprise anyone if we found out that he already had 6 or 12 hours of dual credit college work?

If you are going to do those things then stay and enjoy it. It only happens once. Again, it's a kid's (family's?) choice and he's free to make it. If it was my kid? I wouldn't let him rush the things he only gets to do once without a darn good reason. Maybe he misses something, maybe he doesn't. But he won't know unless he does it. Good luck to him and I hope it works out.

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South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« on: January 26, 2016, 04:58:00 pm »
They should and could by not allowing them to particpate in sports until their freshman class enters college in the fall.
If it is done for academic reasons, so be it.

Fair enough. That wouldn't bother me, but again, I think this falls more on the parents than the schools. Parents know these kids only get one senior year of h.s. They should be the ones helping kids with these decisions.

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South Region football / Re: FB: American Southwest Conference
« on: January 26, 2016, 04:36:10 pm »
I'm sad d3 would even allow this to happen.

DIII doesn't have anything to say about it. If a kid has met requirements to graduate and wishes to do so, and has been accepted into college, he can go. It doesn't necessarily have anything to do with sports.

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Secret footage of jknezek shot in the AV Dept has just been released to Instagram. Some still shots... :D



Nice. I like it. And yes, as a child of the late 70s I definitely grew up with Star Wars and they were re-released when I was in college, kind of a fertile time for reliving it. I've probably seen the original movies more than is healthy (though I haven't seen the originals in many years and didn't re-buy after getting rid of the VHS player and tapes).

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