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South Region football / Re: FB: Southern Athletic Association
« on: October 04, 2017, 01:21:31 pm »
I mean, I get that you're right, in general, about the deep south's placing an outsize importance of football.

But there's a reason why Berry isn't doing what Clark Kent suggested. The risk/reward math simply doesn't make sense. A few hundred extra fans per game, and few thousand dollars per year from them is simply not worth the possibility of a lawsuit from one fed-up student-athlete, coach, parent, or alum.

Could be. Could be even simpler. The local paper, such as they are these days with most content coming from AP wires and almost no local news, simply doesn't care, the SID or AD doesn't care to devote the resource to do it, or it could be that he/she doesn't have the time to do it fairly for all, which is the point being made. I just don't know. I suspect it is more the second with shades of the first and third and including some part of the knowledge that it probably doesn't matter and therefore is a waste of time that could be better spent on other parts of the job.

Yeah, it's certainly a combo situation.

I know I've made the point elsewhere that sports info offices seem to have done a complete 180 in the last 10 years. It's not about sending info out there for people to read (although they still do that). It's about having all the info in one central place and letting people go there. It strikes me as a far more efficient, thorough way to communicate what you deem important. If you can have all the stories, stats, info, video, audio, photos on your site or done in house, why rely on the whims of the local media?

Agreed. Let the people who care come to you and, if you have to, try and dream up ways to get more people to care. Trying to force the information on people, i.e. the local newspaper, is a dying method. People are increasingly caring about smaller and smaller things, and newspapers just aren't capable of profitably covering a significant number of them, let alone all of them. My Dad went years without really knowing how Wilkes football was doing in the 70s, 80s, and 90s short of calling the school. By the time the late 90s rolled around, it was one of the first things he checked regularly on the internet. Now he watches a bunch of games every year. Though as bad as they've been for the last decade, that may not have been a good thing...

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South Region football / Re: FB: Southern Athletic Association
« on: October 04, 2017, 12:19:47 pm »
I mean, I get that you're right, in general, about the deep south's placing an outsize importance of football.

But there's a reason why Berry isn't doing what Clark Kent suggested. The risk/reward math simply doesn't make sense. A few hundred extra fans per game, and few thousand dollars per year from them is simply not worth the possibility of a lawsuit from one fed-up student-athlete, coach, parent, or alum.

Could be. Could be even simpler. The local paper, such as they are these days with most content coming from AP wires and almost no local news, simply doesn't care, the SID or AD doesn't care to devote the resource to do it, or it could be that he/she doesn't have the time to do it fairly for all, which is the point being made. I just don't know. I suspect it is more the second with shades of the first and third and including some part of the knowledge that it probably doesn't matter and therefore is a waste of time that could be better spent on other parts of the job.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Southern Athletic Association
« on: October 04, 2017, 11:54:52 am »

What "people" think is not relevant though, because Title IX complaints aren't Change.org petitions. They don't need 50,000 signatures. All it takes is one person who isn't drinking the football kool-aid to say "It's ridiculous that football gets this and we don't" and you've got an investigation on your hand that is not going to accept "football is king" as an excuse.

You are 100% correct and I agree with you. However, as a Jewish person, I sat through my kids public elementary school Christmas Program last year and listened to her sing "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and more blatantly religious Christian hymns. I can guarantee you there wasn't a Hanukkah song in the mix, nor were there the non-religious Frosty the Snowman staples. If anyone was going to be that 1 person to complain about the Christmas Program to try and get it changed through the law, it would be me. But I don't care enough to do it, don't want the grief I would suffer from trying, and don't want to spend the money to bring a lawsuit. So you don't just need 1, you need 1 who cares a lot, and that is real hard to find down here. If you haven't lived in the Deep South, you won't get it. Trust me. I didn't until I moved here.

But again, forget Title IX. If you're the coach of the volleyball team at Alabama, I'm guessing it's easier to swallow that football gets what you don't because you're aware of eight-figure TV contracts and seven figure bowl-game payouts. There's simply not the revenue coming in from football at a D-III school that you can play favorites like that and win the internal department politics game (especially if it becomes football vs. volleyball AND men's and women's soccer, AND men's and women's cross country.)

Agree 100%. But again, people have to think it's wrong. Or at least one person does. And that is not as easy to find here as it is in other areas. That is just the fact. It's a great big country, and the people in it really don't see eye to eye the way we expect when we have only lived in one area of it. I will say though, I really don't think the BSC or Huntingdon ADs go out of their way for football over other sports. Heck, BSC lived for years off it's basketball program which won a couple NAIA National Titles. So it's not really an issue I've seen. Those schools are pretty much ignored by everyone without a connection to them, regardless of the sport. They aren't getting any more press for football than cc, because frankly they get none at all.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Southern Athletic Association
« on: October 04, 2017, 11:01:35 am »
2. The fact that we're dealing with people: Even if focusing disproportionate effort on football was not begging for a Title IX complaint, at the D-III level, football doesn't have enough power (and money) that you can just tie your rope to it. There's simply no way it's going to shield you when 20 other coaches want to know why they don't get what football does.

I think this is probably less likely in the South. As someone who grew up in NJ, but lives in AL, I can tell you that disproportionate influence in football is the name of the game. As an example, most h.s. football teams down here get police escorts to away games. Think of a funeral procession, where other cars pull over to let them pass, only with police leaders and chasers and 5+ school buses packed with players, cheerleaders, the band, even a student bus or three sometimes.

Title IX only comes in to effect if someone actually notices and wants to sue. That is less likely to happen down here than it is where I grew up. Not unthinkable of course. It's just people don't really see it the same way right now. Football is king and that's just the way it is, the way it should be, the way it will be, and there will be a lot of peer pressure on anyone who tries to change it in the Deep South right now.

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South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: October 04, 2017, 10:50:33 am »
jk, you're spot on in regards to Greensboro being the worst team in the South Region.  They've had some lackluster performances over the years, but this year takes the cake. After looking at the roster and seeing who had the ball in their hands most of the game, hats off to the freshmen and sophomores that have taken the beatings for ol' GC.  Didn't seem like they quit or threw in the towel--got to feel bad for the kids in that situation. Greensboro needs to look at the Guilford model to right the ship.

I'd heard rumblings after the loss to NCWC and the rumors were true. MC had a ton of kids serving 1st half suspensions. Not sure what the issue was after the NCWC game, but kudos to Coach Hayes for laying down the law.  MC has a relatively young team, but I hope the team responds and gets going back on track.  MC has a week off then it's off to Montgomery. Hoping we can break the streak.

To be fair, that wasn't actually me, though I probably had the same opinion. The Kickoff guys ranked Greensboro last in the South Region and deserve the recognition.

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South Region football / Re: South Region Fan Poll
« on: October 04, 2017, 09:04:05 am »
I realize that Ursinus beat JHU but all other opponents are a combined 3 wins and 12 losses. Based on this I couldn't put them in my Top 10. I had ETBU at number 9.  I realize they were beat by a large margin but it was a loss to the 2nd ranked team in this poll and they scored 40 against HSU. They also beat Southwestern by 18 and scored 79 against Belhaven. My thoughts right now are they will outscore a lot of people they play. Other than that I am right in the mix on all the other teams ranked.

For me the difference is that Ursinus beat JHU. Winning is better than losing. And beating a top 10 regional team always trumps giving up 80 and losing to a top 10 regional team. Even 1 vs 10 kind of thing. ETBU's 2 other DIII opponents are 3-6. Not a whole lot better than 4 teams being 3-12. Scoring 79 on a Hal Mumme coached team really doesn't move the needle. I'm not sure Mumme has ever realized you can play 11 guys on defense. He's always been the sort to play 10 on defense and try and sneak the extra guy over to the offense. Belhaven has yet to give up less than 37 points in a game this season.

It doesn't really matter in those last few slots in the poll, but I really don't see anything impressive in ETBU so far. Fortunately F&M and JHU will sort themselves out this weekend, and despite their record, Muhlenberg is no slouch and will test Ursinus. Obviously one of those 3 will lose, it's possible 2 will.

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Men's soccer / Re: 2017 ODAC
« on: October 03, 2017, 02:00:38 pm »
Bridgewater 2 W&L 1

WTF happened here?

Ball wouldn't go in the net. W&L took 28 shots. Bridgewater's keeper made 11 saves. Bridgewater scored off a corner and off a rebound on a penalty kick.

It happens but it also furthers my point that I made in the national thread that W&L was not a top 10 team. I think they are a top 25 team, and if they win the AQ or at least make the finals of the ODAC tournament and win out to get an at-large, I expect they will win a game or two in the tournament. But I just don't think they are a top 10 team. I love to watch my boys and I'm hugely impressed by them, but Top 10 is seriously rarefied air.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Southern Athletic Association
« on: October 03, 2017, 11:30:14 am »
awadelewis - what's the best parking strategy for visitors to Sewanee?

Back by the practice football field. Just go past the stadium and usually there are some Boy Scouts out there to help to you park looking for a donation. It'll be on the right a few hundred yards past the football stadium and the last fraternity house.

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South Region football / Re: South Region Fan Poll
« on: October 03, 2017, 11:00:37 am »
Just put mine in. 6 of my 10 play against each other this week. Including 1 vs 2, 3 vs 5, and 9 vs 10. That's pretty cool.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 30, 2017, 06:58:50 pm »
Generals lost the turnover and kicking battle and came up short at E&H.  560 yards of offense and didn't get it done. 2 fumbles were brutal, especially the strip six. E&H kicked a 49 yard field goal, W&L missed a 30 something.

Credit to E&H. They had a very balanced offense that W&L just couldn't stop, especially the last drive. As usual, E&H had 4 or 5 15 yard penalties, but the two strips more than made up for it. Congrats to them.

On to next week.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 29, 2017, 02:12:08 pm »
And unfortunately our offensive line is not winning the LOS, at least not through the first three games. If that does not change, HSC will be forced to beat SU in a shot out and not sure I'm liking our chances; but much can change before we tee it up against SU.

Good luck this weekend, I'd like to see W&L put an a** kicking on E&H.

It's not your offensive line that will get Bauserman off the field, it's your defensive line. Your offensive line needs to keep him off the field.

We'll see about W&L. It's a lot harder to win the first game of the season and the first game after an opponent bye week for an option team.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 29, 2017, 01:07:44 pm »
SaintsFan

Agreed, HSC will not be over matched but will be a home underdog. HSC can win only if they have no KEY turnovers leading to points. Special teams just handed UWP 21 points and that makes it difficult, if not impossible, to win vs. a decent team.

Real questions is what ODAC team will be able to slow down the SU QB ? Do you blitz him often or drop 8 into coverage ?

I think some ODAC schools will be able to win the LOS. Other than that, keep him off the field. He threw 60 times last night, but only connected on slightly more than half. If you limit the plays, that kind of ratio doesn't work as well. Hobart only allowed SU 67 offensive plays total. RMC gave them 80, NC Wes let them have 99 for crying out loud, Gallaudet allowed 89.

If you are an offense determined to win a shoot out, SU stands a good chance of pulling your pants down. If you can run the clock, run the darn ball, and don't turn it over, Bauserman will have fewer chances to hurt you.

The other thing to remember about last night, RMC was picked 4 times. One was a pick six.

But yeah, I'd let the 4 up front just pin their ears back and drop everyone else in coverage. I think most front 4s can stop SU's run game. Let the rest of the guys stay in coverage. Don't let them behind you. Give ground all the way to the red zone and then make SU find room to score once the field is compressed.

SU had 40, 39, and 31 yard TD passes last night. Plus the 20+ yard pick six, and a few more TD passes in the 10-15 yard range. Only one SU TD came from inside the 10...

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 29, 2017, 09:06:44 am »
SU wins 51-38.

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ASHLAND, Va. The Shenandoah University football team earned its first win over Randolph-Macon since joining the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with a 51-38 ODAC victory over the Yellow Jackets Thursday night at Day Field.

Quarterback Hayden Bauserman was virtually unstoppable in the Hornets (3-1, 1-0 ODAC) win the junior finished his night 32-for-60 for a school-record 558 yards and six touchdowns.

Bauserman completed passes to eight different receivers with senior Leonard Scott grabbing seven balls for 162 yards and three touchdowns and classmate Michael Ashwell added eight catches for 64 yards and a TD.

http://suhornets.com/sports/fball/2017-18/releases/20170928xocdhw

I'm surprised by the numbers but not the fact that RMC is struggling on defense. When a team loses as many really good players as they lost it's hard to replace. As much as people want to say tradition never graduates, sometimes it does.

Color me surprised, though I think we started to see it against Catholic. I thought they had enough depth to have 80 or 85% of the defense they had last year. I don't think they are anywhere near that right now. That being said, I've repeatedly pointed to Bauserman as the real deal. I'm not a real fan of 32 for 60, but when you get 558 yards on those 32, averaging 17.4 yards per completion, it makes up for a lot of incompletions.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: September 28, 2017, 12:30:26 pm »
jk

My predictions for week 4;

HSC over BC  27 to 21
RMC over SU  28 to 21
W&L over E&H  35 to 28
Jacksonville over GC (no clue)

What say you ?

I think BC wins, and I think it is higher scoring. More like 35-31.
I like your RMC call and score. I think if SU gets to 30, they win. If RMC can hold them under that, the YellowJackets win.
Your score on W&L is exactly what I'd go with. If W&L can score more than 30, the Generals should win.
I think Jacksonville kills GC. Maybe in the 60-7 range. But that's just a guess.

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UR losing 50 or 60 students, yes, important. Not life threatening, but important.

Same with CMS, more of an impact on incoming classes. And athletes opposing the change is not congruent with giving in the long term.

Why would they lose? They only accept 50% or so of applicants. In that myriad of more applications, the next 50 in line will be accepted. The "enrollment loss" only comes in to play with very high acceptance rate schools.

I have posted about the issue before so I wont be redundant, in short admin begged Maynard to keep his numbers up, when he wanted to reduce his numbers. My info and understanding does not come via google. I am very clear about UR issues, don't need google to understand them.

UR typically has about 50 freshman in camp, some make the team others D squad. google fans can post the impact on enrollment with out a football team too...Loosing over 500 to 700  alumni in 10 years will have an impact on long term donations and immediate impact on fiscal budgets. I don't know what business you guys run but if my sales are off 13 to 15%, revenue and operating impacts are significant.

The overall size of the class won't drop. That's what I'm saying. They have plenty more applicants that want to go than get accepted. If the 50 football players don't go, there are 50 non football playing applicants that get accepted who wouldn't otherwise. It only matters if you aren't getting significantly more applicants than you have spots.  Which both Oxy and Redlands do.

Thanks for the insights on UR...I learned so much

I don't think I provided any. What I did provide was some basic math. Learning and understanding it would probably help you more in life than whatever insider information you believe you have accumulated. But to each his/her own.

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