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West Region football / Re: Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 03, 2015, 06:56:50 pm »
There is no way a journalist keeps quiet if they have news attributed to reputable sources. Not unless they are promised something else in return or given a valid reason the info should remain under wraps.

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West Region football / Re: Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 03, 2015, 12:51:01 pm »
Whether it's a big deal or not I won't comment on.

In this particular case I would have preferred to see the RP hold off and wait for the formal announcement to occur- given the importance of showing the integrity of the decision process.
I see no "scoop" value to the RP. As an extension of UWW I'd prefer to see them work together on something like this.

Simply not the job of a student newspaper, or any  newspaper, to be the mouthpiece of the local authority.

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West Region football / Re: Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: January 31, 2015, 08:43:19 pm »
As a former editor of a student newspaper I'll simply say it is a difficult task. We were a weekly, came out every Wednesday. There wasn't a Tuesday night from my sophomore year as Sports Editor to my senior year as Editor in Chief, that Tuesday night wasn't an all-nighter getting that paper ready for a.m. printing. We didn't get class time to do it, our faculty adviser sure wasn't going to be there all night with us, and sometimes you just make mistakes.

That being said, you did try and learn from those mistakes and get better, but every year you have new people filling those roles. So sometimes the mistakes get made repeatedly not because someone didn't learn, but because that someone had long since graduated. Not much different from college athletics in that regard.

Posting a story early with bad attribution isn't good. Forgetting a former football coach was still alive isn't good. But they are the kind of mistakes students make, especially when in a rush or thinking about the test the next day instead of what they are editing. Ease up. Like college athletes, they are doing this for the love of writing a paper and to get some experience, not because they are being paid...

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Men's soccer / Re: World Cup and European leagues
« on: January 30, 2015, 04:06:37 pm »
Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup starts in less than 6 weeks with the first matches in the AFC on March 12th (it will be all of 8 months since Germany won in Brazil). CONCACAF starts just 11 days later (first and second round draws have already been determined).
A mere 3 years and 3 months later will be the start of the World Cup in Russia :)

All of this is true, but the important thing to remember is what is currently called "The World Cup" is actually officially "The World Cup Finals". What is commonly considered qualifying is actually just as much of The World Cup as the actual Finals. Except no one really considers that to be true. Regardless, The World Cup starts on March 12th and is essentially a three and a half year tournament that concludes with the dramatic World Cup Finals, not a ridiculously long and drawn out qualifying process that results in an official tournament a few years from now.

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North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: January 29, 2015, 04:01:40 pm »
I feel like my program was just chewed up and spit out a little bit by your program. I think it's tacky to post anything resembling "c'est la vie" to the very obvious and rational expression of ugh, what a waste this has all been...

I find it interesting that you are upset with UWW about this. UWW didn't have much to do with it. They didn't force anyone to apply. If you feel you've been through the wringer it's because Coach R decided to try for a different job. UWW didn't do anything to your program. If you want to be irritated with anyone, be irritated with your own coach.

That being said, there is no freaking way I'd blame Coach R or any coach for reaching for the UWW job, so maybe it's inevitable to misplace the irritation on UWW.

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North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: January 29, 2015, 01:23:06 pm »
"The big city?" Seriously -- you guys all suck.

I'm glad we have our coach back. He's better than yours.

Shouldn't there have been a "na-nanny-boo-boo" added to the end of this kind of comment? Those were the playground rules when I was a child.  ;D

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North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: January 29, 2015, 12:52:50 pm »
If true, this is both a relief and also kind of ****ty for ER and his family -- what a public thing to have to endure and now they're all forced to hide disappointment in the name of "getting back to work" or whatever. Oof. I hope he can take a week off or something.

Part and parcel of trying for a new job while still holding on to the one you have. It's by far the biggest downside of trying to move on...

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South Region football / Re: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« on: January 29, 2015, 12:10:56 pm »
TMC's HC leaving for LaSalle HS

http://tmcsaints.com/sports/fball/2014-15/releases/201501289duwuw

So...whoa.  I can imagine many reasons why small college coaches may make a move like this (family, just ready for new challenge, who knows) but this is still huge.  I have to assume that coaching FB at the HS is not a full time position?  SaintsFAN - any comments...

At LaSalle? If HC isn't a full time position it is probably complimented by something like "detention supervisor" and is de facto full time.

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South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 28, 2015, 10:57:20 pm »
W&L wears down a severely depleted HSC team to pick up a win. Second half was a tough go for the unhealthy Tigers

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West Region football / Re: Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: January 26, 2015, 03:30:26 pm »


And I made note of "small, selective, private schools" in lieu of saying "the rest of the D3" to really accentuate the point that Whitewater looks and feels a whole lot more like D1 schools than 99% of D3 schools do.  So much so that Whitewater oftentimes feels closer to a D1 school than it does a D3 school.

About 10% of the D3 football playing schools are public institutions. Some are significantly larger than UWW. Not all are good despite their size. 99% seems like an exaggeration designed to irritate the people on this forum.

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South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 23, 2015, 02:22:04 pm »
All do respect, why would anyone watch W&L play basketball ????? Just kidding!!!!!

I hear you, but W&L isn't a bad D3 team, they just aren't a very good ODAC team. I don't have a whole lot of interest in basketball, but I usually catch a half dozen or so games a year. This year I doubt I'll see more than one or two. It's nice to just watch the students that are putting in the time. I usually try to catch a game or two of almost every field sport plus basketball over the computer (except baseball. Can't watch baseball at any level. Puts me right to sleep). Unless the teams come down to Sewanee or closer, then if it's a team sport I try and make it to the game.

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South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:07:48 pm »
Who's seen the Generals this season?  What's their style of play and who are the "go to" guys?  W&L visits Guilford tomorrow afternoon at 3.  All Generals fans in attendance are welcome to say hello!

In keeping with my significant drop off in watching W&L football games this fall (sigh), I have yet to catch a W&L basketball game. Feeling like a very negligent alumnus these days...

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North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: January 21, 2015, 02:37:24 pm »
That can't be that surprising. I'm sure the UWW fans are all pulling for Bullis since he's an insider. The casual fan of a successful program usually votes for continuity unless there is a home run candidate. The casual fan of a sliding program will lean toward a fresh break.

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South Region football / Re: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: January 13, 2015, 12:14:41 am »

Money is it's own purpose, of course, and I understand that. As for recruiting, beating a team of freshman is a small recruiting benefit for a short time. But in a year or two or three, the recruiting advantage is silly. "We beat them as freshman, we are competitive with them! Come here, don't waste your time in FCS..." wouldn't work when that matured FCS team would essentially splat you all over the field.


In a year or two, half of the kids Torbush brought in to fill roster spots probably won't see the field. To think each kid ETSU has on its roster is FCS caliber is goofy.

Not sure what your point is.  You pointed out it is good for recruiting if they win. I agree for an exceedingly limited shelf life. An FCS school with three or four recruiting classes is likely to be significantly better than one with a year and some kids who were willing to sit out to start a program. So whatever recruiting advantage you get from beating up on freshman is irrelevant a year or two later. To claim otherwise is silly.

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South Region football / Re: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: January 12, 2015, 02:33:52 pm »
I don't think playing UMU or UWW or the power teams are wasted games. If your ambition is to compete at that level of D3, then playing those games shows you what you need to do. You are never competing at any level of FCS in D3, so playing at that level is only good for the money.

Money is it's own purpose, of course, and I understand that. As for recruiting, beating a team of freshman is a small recruiting benefit for a short time. But in a year or two or three, the recruiting advantage is silly. "We beat them as freshman, we are competitive with them! Come here, don't waste your time in FCS..." wouldn't work when that matured FCS team would essentially splat you all over the field.

As for Wesley playing Charlotte, Wesley had a different set of problems. Very few teams in D3 would play them and they needed to fill a schedule. Especially mid to end of season when the vast majority of D3 is playing conference games. Maryville isn't that intimidating, nor do they need mid/end of season non-conf slots filled. They might have scheduling problems, but not like pre-NJAC Wesley had.

Finally, being on TV is nice for recruiting, but you better hope MC is competitive. If they aren't, everyone in that area that cares, admittedly probably not that many people, is going to see a team go splat against essentially freshman. Not going to help your recruiting... If you do win, or are pretty competitive, then I agree it is a marginally useful recruiting tool for a year.

And yes, I will be pulling for MC. But I still think, outside of the money, it's a wasted game.

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