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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 06, 2017, 02:12:39 pm »
It all goes along with my theory that star players generally make lousy coaches. It all comes naturally and easy to them, meaning they didn't have to learn it, so they don't have an ingrained idea of how to teach it. Certainly they can learn to teach, but for the most part, that middling guy who had to think about everything to make the roster one year, then think about everything even more to improve to make the field the next year, then learn and think about even more to become a starter the next year... that's the guy that makes the transition to coach. He didn't have the talent, he had to learn the skills, so he will already have a head start on knowing how to teach them.

Of course it is all relative. The guy that starred in DIII might have been the guy that had to work for it in FCS. And the guy that starred in FCS, might have been the guy that worked for it in FBS. And the pro that barely got off the practice squad, even though he starred in FBS, might become one of the best coaches of all time. So in the end, it's all relative.

Sadly this is the kind of thing that I end up typing in the off-season...

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East Region football / Re: FB: Empire 8
« on: February 06, 2017, 11:56:43 am »
Very true. The Atlanta offense was pretty hapless from about 24 minutes to go until the end.

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East Region football / Re: FB: Empire 8
« on: February 06, 2017, 09:40:20 am »
Football is stupid and dumb and I hate it.

Sorry, I don't really. I'm just a Falcons fan

As someone who doesn't like the Patriots, last night was painful. Any defensive coordinator at the NFL level should be able to watch enough tape to realize that you can't play prevent defense against Tom Brady. Especially when your original game plan worked so well. But for the last 2 drives in regulation, and the drive in overtime, we aren't going to press the receivers and play them tight, we aren't going to stunt, we aren't going to be creative and do the things that landed Brady on his butt 16 times. We're just going to keep it all in front of us and give up 20 yard chunks by letting Tom Brady sit in the pocket and tear us apart.

Sometimes I wonder...

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 03, 2017, 10:04:30 am »
No surprises there since we already knew about Wash U the last week of the season. The other two games are back half home/home and NNA is the obvious hole filler for ODAC teams. What does that leave? RMC?

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 02, 2017, 03:56:24 pm »
USAC needs to send one of their Virginia members over, for all sports. Lets get it done AU or Ferrum ?

Why all sports? We hardly need another member in many sports. We've given up home and homes in more than a few sports. If we could just borrow one for football that would be great. Somehow I think if it was going to happen, it would have already...

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 31, 2017, 04:24:02 pm »
Agreed. We need an eight member. No idea where it comes from and I doubt there is a simple solution since it hasn't been done yet. I was shocked when W&L and Centre stopped playing. It's very disconcerting to lose a long time rival game. With Guilford and Greensboro across town, I'm double surprised that game went away. I think most teams have one weak OOC, but you need to make up for it with your other chances.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 31, 2017, 08:58:54 am »
Wow. Only 8 real D3 games.
Yeah, I noticed that also.

I don't think it really matters. The ODAC is pretty much a one bid league. But still, I don't like the implication. I've said again and again that I hate being a 7 team league...
It doesn't matter ... we are a one-bid league at the moment.  If Guilford couldn't break through in 2015, I doubt anyone will for a while.  The absence of Catholic and the increased size of the USASAC is a double whammy, but it's a boon for NNA with all the ODAC schools needing to fill a spot.  GC has played them before, but it's been a while.

I still think Guilford didn't break through in 2015 because they didn't play anyone besides W&L. 1-1 Regionally Ranked is a lot better than 0-1. But you have to play someone non-conf with at least a winning record. 3-7, 4-6, 2-7 for Greensboro, Methodist, and Averett was a kiss of death and its easy to say you can only beat the teams you schedule, and scheduling is hard, but none of those teams have a recent consistent record of being anything besides mediocre to poor. It seems like Guilford is trying to learn from that mistake, scheduling Huntingdon is huge, but playing only 8 D3 games presents its own challenges.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 30, 2017, 11:23:57 am »
So RMC, most of Bridgewater, and E&H are all we are waiting on.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 30, 2017, 10:10:32 am »
Bridgewater's schedule is incomplete, but they do show an OOC at Wash U 11/11

R-MC, H-SC and E&H I don't see info yet.

I did check Wash U's schedule because I was curious. The perils of transitioning between conferences:

SEP
Sat. 2   Carnegie Mellon
Sat. 9   Chicago
Sat. 16   UW-Whitewater
Sat. 23   at Wartburg
Sat. 30   North Central (Ill.)
OCT
Sat. 7   at Washington and Lee
Sat. 14   Buena Vista
Sat. 28   at Case ^
NOV
Sat. 11   Bridgewater (Va.)

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 30, 2017, 10:02:50 am »
Here's Shenandoah:

Sep 2 vs  Gallaudet
Sep 9  at N.C. Wesleyan
Sep 16 at   Hobart   
Sep 28 at RMC (thursday night)
Oct 7 vs E&H
Oct 14 vs Bridgewater
Oct 21 at Guilford
Oct 28 vs Apprentice
Nov 4 at HSC
Nov 11 vs W&L


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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 30, 2017, 09:59:11 am »
Wow. Only 8 real D3 games.
Yeah, I noticed that also.

I don't think it really matters. The ODAC is pretty much a one bid league. But still, I don't like the implication. I've said again and again that I hate being a 7 team league...

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 30, 2017, 08:57:17 am »
W&L's schedule is up if you know where to look. Much like last year, I am impressed. The Generals are not pulling any punches here.

Sep. 02   Johns Hopkins
Sep. 09   Sewanee
Sep. 16   at Claremont-M-S
Sep. 30   at Emory & Henry *
Oct. 07   Washington (Mo.)
Oct. 14   Guilford *
Oct. 21   at Hampden-Sydney *
Oct. 28   at Randolph-Macon *
Nov. 04   Bridgewater *
Nov. 11   at Shenandoah *

Johns Hopkins and Sewanee were knowns. The trip to California is very interesting. W&L's first flight since a trip to Bermuda more than 20 years ago. Hosting Wash U replaces Catholic. That is a solid opponent. This schedule is ambitious, and I'm very happy to see it. Honestly, all 4 OOC games are what I want to see from W&L. Excellent academic schools with good to very good football programs (yeah, Sewanee is simply traditional and I don't want to lose it. W&L and Sewanee are simply too much like brother institutions).

W&L has a lot of holes to fill this year. This schedule will be very difficult. But I think it shows that W&L under Coach Abell is looking to be more than just a mediocre ODAC team with occasional flashes of championship material.

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South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: January 29, 2017, 10:18:11 pm »
Davidson and Georgetown were two regular opponents for W&L until the NCAA mandated they move up or down in all sports. No one got grandfathered the way they were in soccer, lax and hockey.

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South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: January 29, 2017, 10:15:03 pm »
Can't remember when the last time was a D-III school played Davidson.  :-\

W&L in 1999 probably. I think that was a year or two after they had been forced into the transition.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 29, 2017, 10:12:43 pm »
Wow. Only 8 real D3 games.

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