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I think it's a great time for teams to schedule UWW. Although their record the last two seasons is really impressive, the difference of late seems to be that there isn't a dominant aspect to the team. In 2009 UWW had both a great offense and defense (maybe their best team of the era)- IWU simply ran into a buzz saw that year.  All the other Stagg teams had at least a dominant side of the ball.
A coach looking to get his players confidence from playing "one of the big boys" might be wise scheduling UWW now.

I like this. I think the same way. If you are a second tier team you can schedule UWW now and know you are still playing an elite team, but you might not be scheduling a buzz saw the way you were a few years ago. I think it's small degrees of difference, and in any given year there is a big probability you get buzz sawed again by a national Championship caliber UWW, but it's not the same probability it was before. That being said, it's not going to matter to a team like TCNJ, who wasn't a tier 2 team, but that cuspy championship type team from those top 5 conferences? Yeah, there's something to learn, some kind of a chance to take a big scalp, and a chance to at least build confidence you can play at that level.

Don't ask me to quantify those options however, we are still talking about one of the few perennial contenders.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 16, 2017, 08:11:27 pm »
At least they have 10 games with a bye week in a good part of the season. We will see how the rest of the league does...

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 16, 2017, 10:31:12 am »
Ambitious. If HSC isn't significantly bether than last year that will be an ugly start.

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I'm really looking forward to the game tonight. I don't think Clemson's OL can stop Alabama's DL, but if Watson can break contain a few times and make them pay for being aggressive, it might cause Alabama to back off. On the other side, Clemson's DL has to contain the run. If they can keep Alabama's QB in the pocket, behind the sticks, and having to throw, I don't think he has the accuracy or ability to win them the game.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« on: January 09, 2017, 12:27:43 pm »

Look at Erik Raeburn formerly of Wabash.  He had ALOT of talent coming back, but he didn't look back after being offered the Savannah State job. 


Just a quick note on this, Raeburn went 3-5 in conference with Savannah State this year. That school had never won more than 1 conference game since joining and hadn't won more than 2 games in a season before this year. Credit where it is due, Raeburn made a splash. It will be interesting to see if he can create a trend where they improve by a game or two a year until they become respectable.

Not at all surprising to this guy.  Also note that he didn't even get to SSU until the very end of March (recruiting is done and dusted at that point) and inherited a team on APR probation which took away spring practice (doubt highly that APR is going to be a problem going forward).  ER's teams are going to be prepared and they're going to play sound.  He'll win more games there very quickly with a recruiting cycle or two.  And I think he'll be in FBS in or around 2020.  He's that good.

Ambitious. I think if he can get them above .500 he will get another FCS job with a higher profile school. Or a Group of Five coordinator job. On the flip side, LL is doing no favors for the "DIII coaches can make the leap to DI" crowd. Yeesh. Last year was no better than what got his predecessor fired, he lost his AD, and this season was a disaster by any measure. He's going to need to turn that around this year, or he will be out so the new AD can bring in his own coach.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« on: January 09, 2017, 11:31:33 am »

Look at Erik Raeburn formerly of Wabash.  He had ALOT of talent coming back, but he didn't look back after being offered the Savannah State job. 


Just a quick note on this, Raeburn went 3-5 in conference with Savannah State this year. That school had never won more than 1 conference game since joining and hadn't won more than 2 games in a season before this year. Credit where it is due, Raeburn made a splash. It will be interesting to see if he can create a trend where they improve by a game or two a year until they become respectable.

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East Region football / Re: FB: Empire 8
« on: January 06, 2017, 05:35:38 pm »
I'm not saying D1 will never happen because the future is awfully long and the position of private schools in higher ed is under a massive amount of stress. But W&L gave up big time athletics for a reason and there is no reason, or desire, to bring it back now. Maybe someday they will find one though I hope there is never a need to be so desperate. All those reasons schools give for making such a move these days simply don't apply to W&L.

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South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 05, 2017, 01:15:36 pm »
... careful

That was a completely neutral statement. No value judgement at all. Lots of people would be happy to see any league or sport that stopped the playing of the anthem at the very least harangued on Twitter. Calling President Elect Trump the "Twitter in Chief" is only objectionable if you object to his using Twitter as much as he does.

It relates to DIII sports and pushes absolutely no political agenda. I think it was about as careful a statement as could be made. But the world is made up of various opinions...

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South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 05, 2017, 01:00:55 pm »
It is also a reason, I think, the national anthem should possibly stop being played before EVERY SINGLE SPORTING EVENT... but that is a conversation for a very different time and place.
I know you said a conversation for another time and place, but I agree with you.  We, as a nation, have trivialized the national anthem by playing it before EVERY SINGLE SPORTING EVENT.  Be more selective and it will mean more, not less.  I personally don't need to stand and face the flag at every game to be a committed and loyal citizen.  in my mind, however, we all need teams who play, and live, with sportsmanship, honor and 100% effort.

It's an artifact from WWII. I don't think it will end anytime soon. We are a bit reactionary right now as a country, politically at least. I could see the Twitter in Chief haranguing any school or league that decided to end the tradition.

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East Region football / Re: FB: Empire 8
« on: January 05, 2017, 11:29:13 am »
Well said....... many would love to have W&L's financial options...I hope the football budget is generous...

I don't think the team wants for anything reasonable, but if you are talking about getting players through admissions W&L has never really concerned themselves with that since the big cheating scandal in the mid 50s. Coaches are well compensated as near as I can tell (info isn't released obviously, but coaches generally stay a LONG time if they are modestly successful), but it's not like the NESCAC where there are "athletic slots" for each team.

The team is, I believe, flying out to California for a game this upcoming season. C-M-S came this past year and it is generally believed to be a home and home. If true, this will be the first flight game for W&L since playing Georgetown for the last time in Bermuda in 1993. No idea why they did that. How much of the reasons for this oddity revolve around the departure of Catholic and the 7 team league versus simply a reward for W&L's recent success, I don't know. I'm guessing more than a bit but for a while, at least, W&L used to reward teams that won ODAC championships with a big trip in the next possible schedule. For football that is obviously a bit more difficult, and the practice seems to have disappeared somewhat as most teams seem to take a decent trip these days once a season regardless of past results.

I don't think the athletic teams want for much reasonable at the DIII level. The facilities have ALL been updated within the last 20 years. That was completely necessary as when I started in the mid-90s some facilities, including football, were horribly behind. But with the new natatorium being built now, it's hard to say any facility at W&L is sub-par. There are probably only a few that are truly among the top in DIII, field hockey and tennis are the two that might earn that distinction, but none would be considered less than very, very good.

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East Region football / Re: FB: Empire 8
« on: January 04, 2017, 01:17:35 pm »
Whew. If Governor Cuomo gets his way, there will be some serious advantage to being a state school come recruiting time. Free tuition for families making $125K or less is huge. I know some private schools do similar, but I haven't seen that high a threshold. I believe W&L's is $75K.
Guess who's running for President in 2020? I think Bombers is right that the tipping point was reached many years ago, but IF passed, an extra 6k could make a difference for a few recruits....but I know Hobart can be  competitive for "need based " scholarships(including room and board ) ,  not as specific as W&L with 75K threshold....Hobart's net tuition for all freshman is 55% of retail and 20-25% of new students are full payers(many  football players are lucky to come from families that can afford full tuition and love the D3 football experience at a private school , in fact football may be a net tuition contributor)....I do think it will keep some NY recruits in state which could help the overall pool for the E8 publics....we will see if it gets passed...3 year phase in...it could be funded by state tax on natural gas drilling/exploration ;)

Yeah. I'm sure W&L uses the same ridiculously complex formulas to determine most aid, but if your family makes less than 75k (at least that was the threshold when it was announced around 5 years ago), tuition is free and room and board was mostly free. I still think it has an impact on families. Just publicity wise, more kids will apply to the state schools knowing this policy is out there and more parents will encourage it. Even if they could get a comparable deal from a private, it may not even come up to look there.
I think you have a valid point that it will help E8 publics recruit and keep NY recruits in state. At Hobart we will try to differentiate with a diverse liberal arts curriculum , a 10:1 student to faculty ratio, great coaching staff, the ability to play D1 lacrosse for a few multi sport athletes and the beautiful Finger Lakes Fall and Spring weather(the Winter can be spent abroad ;D)....however having a 1.5 Billion Endowment like W&L would really be sweet(my quick math says Hobart could lower our tuition by  an additional 30K per student at a 5% investment yield with that size endowment.....hmmm...  tuition free based on our current average net tuition of about 30k).....now we just need to find 1.3 Billion to add to the endowment to offer free tuition

W&L's endowment is a pet peeve of mine. When I applied, back in the mid-90s, the school was listed as one of the great values in college education. Still stupidly expensive, but not enough to make you pull your hair out. Since then, the sticker price has gone up because apparently it helps with rankings to have a stupid sticker price attached to your school. The net spend by student, adjusted for education inflation (way higher than real inflation), hasn't changed much, but now the school doesn't look like a value for anyone but Richie Rich.

All the while the begging and pleading for endowment donations continues. I work in finance, so I know that the proceeds from the endowment, and the usable proceeds from the endowment, are different from the actual endowment, but it still annoys me that they drive up the sticker to try and increase the prestige when the means exist to provide one of the best liberal arts educations in the country without a "race your peers" to the top cost mentality.

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East Region football / Re: FB: Empire 8
« on: January 04, 2017, 10:00:30 am »
Whew. If Governor Cuomo gets his way, there will be some serious advantage to being a state school come recruiting time. Free tuition for families making $125K or less is huge. I know some private schools do similar, but I haven't seen that high a threshold. I believe W&L's is $75K.
Guess who's running for President in 2020? I think Bombers is right that the tipping point was reached many years ago, but IF passed, an extra 6k could make a difference for a few recruits....but I know Hobart can be  competitive for "need based " scholarships(including room and board ) ,  not as specific as W&L with 75K threshold....Hobart's net tuition for all freshman is 55% of retail and 20-25% of new students are full payers(many  football players are lucky to come from families that can afford full tuition and love the D3 football experience at a private school , in fact football may be a net tuition contributor)....I do think it will keep some NY recruits in state which could help the overall pool for the E8 publics....we will see if it gets passed...3 year phase in...it could be funded by state tax on natural gas drilling/exploration ;)

Yeah. I'm sure W&L uses the same ridiculously complex formulas to determine most aid, but if your family makes less than 75k (at least that was the threshold when it was announced around 5 years ago), tuition is free and room and board was mostly free. I still think it has an impact on families. Just publicity wise, more kids will apply to the state schools knowing this policy is out there and more parents will encourage it. Even if they could get a comparable deal from a private, it may not even come up to look there.

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East Region football / Re: FB: Empire 8
« on: January 03, 2017, 07:10:41 pm »
Whew. If Governor Cuomo gets his way, there will be some serious advantage to being a state school come recruiting time. Free tuition for families making $125K or less is huge. I know some private schools do similar, but I haven't seen that high a threshold. I believe W&L's is $75K.

Maybe, but honestly, Cortland is $8,000 to Ithaca's $41,000. Honestly, I think the tipping point has long been hit for most families with regard to this. It won't help the private schools but I don't think it will change much.

I'd venture very fee people pay full freight at Ithaca or any private. But if the difference is 10 or 15k after scholarshis and need based aid and 0 because it's all covered on less than 125k need based, that's a huge deal...

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East Region football / Re: FB: Empire 8
« on: January 03, 2017, 02:03:54 pm »
Whew. If Governor Cuomo gets his way, there will be some serious advantage to being a state school come recruiting time. Free tuition for families making $125K or less is huge. I know some private schools do similar, but I haven't seen that high a threshold. I believe W&L's is $75K.

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General football / Re: 2016 Playoffs
« on: January 01, 2017, 06:36:36 pm »
I agree. Should be conference champions only. Especially if the conference champ also owns the H2H. That was ridiculous this year. Not that I think Penn State would have done much better. Clemson just looked that much better.

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