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South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: December 02, 2017, 11:47:28 pm »
I'd kind of like to see W&L in the ORV section because it would force the SID to figure if/when that has happened before. I know they had to dig for the last time W&L started 2-0 in ODAC play after the Guilford game. FYI... it was the late 80s.

We've got a whole archive to make that sort of thing easier.

Hmm... as a non-basketball guy I wouldn't have even thought to look. As a W&L guy, the answer is as I suspected. Never been ranked and doesn't appear on the spreadsheet. Maybe this season will break the duck...

South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: December 02, 2017, 10:21:24 pm »
I'd kind of like to see W&L in the ORV section because it would force the SID to figure if/when that has happened before. I know they had to dig for the last time W&L started 2-0 in ODAC play after the Guilford game. FYI... it was the late 80s.

North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: December 02, 2017, 02:14:53 pm »
All I can say is with every game UMU plays, I'm prouder of W&L's defensive effort. I know there was a weather assist, but... UMU is just tearing these guys up.

North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: December 01, 2017, 04:23:13 pm »
Not sure why you're air quoting the word facts.  Court records are facts, no air quotes necessary.
Those are not air quotes those are in fact real quotes.  No court records are the positions taken by the prosecutors.  Prosecutors have been known to stretch the truth and they have also been known to be wrong.  The old saying is that every story has three sides yours mine and the facts. 

I am speculating but I think Fulford has told the coaches and administration his side of the story and with that they feel comfortable enough with his side of the story that they have not given out any further punishment.

It is not prosecutors taking positions to say "a warrant has been issued for felony assault." That is a fact. Now whether the charge holds up in court is different, but the fact that the warrant was issued and is outstanding, and he missed a court date related to it, are facts. The fact that he was driving on a suspended license is a fact. There is no prosecutor stretching here. The court blotter said he missed a court date for his suspended license violation, and that is a fact. Now whether the paperwork was correct is different and appears to be something his lawyer is claiming. That is all well and good and seems decided by the court process. Well done to the young man for taking care of it.

But please stop trying to tap dance around things that are clearly facts. It is just sad and clearly something a significant portion of our country increasingly feels the need to do. Confusing facts with with things they wish were true or simply trying to deny the existence of facts they don't agree with is unbecoming of an intelligent person.

North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: December 01, 2017, 04:05:35 pm »
There are definitely fans attacking Fulford, but our coverage has been intentionally squarely focused on the facts.
But you do realize the "facts" you have, may not be the "facts that are".

When the facts come off a police blotter or a court docket, reporters are good to use them. If new facts later come out, it is the papers job to use those as well. But a new outlet that doesn't work from newsworthy information on a court docket or a police blotter is simply not doing its job. Take it from someone with a degree in print journalism and, once upon a time before I learned better, a job as a professional reporter.

South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 30, 2017, 06:51:24 am »
^^^That was a high scoring game. If the Generals win more maybe we'll hear more from you??

I'm pretty sure that reading the box score stretches my ability to write intelligently about basketball. You might get some silly excited posts as I'd like to see the basketball teams do well after so long, but I'm unlikely to post anything remotely insightful or analytical since I simply have no clue!

South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 29, 2017, 07:52:13 pm »
Dare I start to dream about W&L basketball? "The win was W&L's first at Guilford since a 59-50 victory over the Quakers on Dec. 3, 2003"

General football / Re: Pool C - 2017
« on: November 29, 2017, 01:43:37 pm »
Should be called the PFP -- The Power Five Playoffs. Or maybe the FBS Invitational Tournament.

North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: November 29, 2017, 11:37:43 am »
Why is everyone out to convict this kid without knowing all the facts. Let the process play out. Iím not sure we know only half of the story.

We do know two facts. He's had court ordered appearances twice, and twice he's missed them. Those are important facts.

General football / Re: Pool C - 2017
« on: November 29, 2017, 10:12:12 am »
Auburn and UGA are arch rivals?  Rest of resume point I take but it's definitely and 100% UGA-Ga Tech and, as is more commonly known, Auburn-Alabama.  The Tech-UGA game definitely has yhebold school you'll be working for us one day mentality, which in Atlanta is more true than not, and in alabama, well I don't know what graduates of either of those schools go on to do.

Auburn - GA is a well known rivalry game. It's the "Deep South's Oldest Rivalry". They have played with only 3 exceptions every year since 1898. Auburn and Alabama took decades off from each other and it took a legislative requirement to get them to play again. UGA-Gtech is definitely an in-state rivalry, but from Georgia's point of view it is nowhere near as significant as Auburn.

While I agree the Iron Bowl is probably bigger these days, Auburn and Georgia are an officially designated rivalry games by the SEC and Malzahn having gone 0-6 prior to this year against Georgia and Alabama was often cited as the reason he would be fired coming into the season. He's pretty safe now of course, but either way, Auburn-Georgia is a huge rivalry.

General football / Re: Pool C - 2017
« on: November 29, 2017, 10:06:50 am »
There are five Pool C spots available only to teams that have blemishes on their record, which means anybody can find reasons why those teams canít win the Stagg. 
Without any proof at all, Iím a firm believer a Pool C team, even w 2 losses, can win the Stagg. It just requires the right circumstances.

Well the BCS believes that with 2-loss Auburn currently in the 4 team field. Don't think a 2 loss team has ever won the D1 Football national championship. Never is a tough bar to hold on to.
You will have the right circumstances for a 2-loss Auburn to be in the field.

The losses include these:  a 14-6 opening week loss at current #1 Clemson, holding Clemson to the lowest point total of the season. The next lowest score by Clemson was a 27-24 loss at Syracuse (a truly ugly Clemson loss); a 27-23 loss to third place SEC West LSU, when LSU scored 13 points in the 4th quarter.

Imagine this scenario for Auburn to win the national championship.

They will have beaten arch-rival Georgia (think Ohio State Michigan or Oklahoma Texas rival) twice, #5 Alabama, and will have won then 2 more games. Who knows! If Wisconsin stumbles, is 11-1 Alabama better than 11-2 Ohio State?  Auburn might have to beat Clemson again, if Clemson beats Miami this weekend. For that matter, Auburn might have to beat Alabama in the championship series again.

And the CFP works a lot differently from DIII. There are 4 spots spread among 5 conferences and the special child Notre Dame. The Group of 5 are never getting one of those spots. In DIII, there are roughly 5 spots for 25 conference runner ups. The numbers are just immensely different and it's a terrible comparison.

North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: November 29, 2017, 09:12:38 am »
Speeding? OK, we all slip on that one sometimes. HOWEVER, driving on a suspended license?  This is a complete lack of character and disregard for authority.  Especially after the Florida warrant fiasco.  This kid needs to grow up, take care of adult business and that does not include playing football.
See you next year, if at all.  As a Mount alum, I would prefer to see him gone and take the negatives with him.  This is student athlete, DIII football, not the SEC or NFL.

Umm -- he was driving on a suspended license in the original offense at UMU. It didn't seem to bother the school a few weeks ago, why would it bother them now? The whole reason UMU let him play was because the events leading to the assault charge didn't happen at UMU. He's been driving on a suspended license for at least as long as he's been at UMU this term, but that wasn't important to the school.

Look, 90%+ of the blame for this falls on the young man. You have to make your court date. But there is some culpability here for whoever decided to let him play the last 2 weeks. Whoever that was decided to teach this young man there wasn't a consequence for his action. And here he is repeating the mistake because, lets face it, there was no problem with skipping the last court date, right? UMU has mishandled this situation. All they can do now is come clean and try and do better going forward. They did this young man no favors by turning a blind eye to his previous issue and taking a cop out approach. And now look what happens.

Part of college is teaching young people to become better adults. Don't we hear that from coaches and admin all the time? And yet what UMU taught this young man was the wrong lesson. Here's hoping the young man, and the school, can do better next time.

South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: November 28, 2017, 09:51:55 pm »
Sad to see this kid heading in the wrong direction:

Outstanding athlete who is not getting good advice.

Either that or he is dumb as a post. Not sure how UMU is going to continue letting this kid represent their school. If I was an alum I would be screaming.

General football / Re: Pool C - 2017
« on: November 28, 2017, 06:56:03 pm »
^  at the D3 level I don't think home field means anything more than you get to play in the geographical local (i.e. WEATHER) that you're used to playing in.   Maybe some travel disadvantage due to time lost sitting on your butt in a bus.   During the post season I can see a big advantage for a northern team hosting someone that isn't used to single digit temps, or MHB being used to the Texas winds whereas their opponent is a passing team.   But during the regular season I think it's highly overrated.  D1 and NFL is a different beast because of crowd noise.

Oh the advantage isn't the crowd or really the field, it's the travel. Getting up at 6 a.m. for a 4 hour bus ride and a noon start game does no one any favors when they go to compete. Leaving the day before for an even longer bus ride, fast food on the road, and a hotel bed, disrupting the Friday practice schedule does no favors either. DIII teams don't travel like D1 teams. While a short hop conference may not be so bad, an hour or two on the bus isn't a big deal, you start touting 3 and 4 hour pre-game rides or 5 -10 hours the day before, and yes 500 miles on a bus is every bit of 10 hours or more, and it does have an effect.

There is nothing like waking up at your usual time, eating a nice breakfast, wandering leisurely over to the field house and prepping for the game. And that doesn't even factor in places like Huntingdon in Montgomery AL, where the visiting locker room has no AC and is too small for the whole team to dress at once. Halftime is usually done on buses so you can at least get some AC, one bus for offense, one for defense. Try getting dressed in 90 degrees and 70% humidity. You are getting dehydrated before your cleats are on...

General football / Re: Pool C - 2017
« on: November 28, 2017, 06:50:49 pm »
You come up with some unique rules. I'll counter your rule with my rule, it doesn't matter where a team loses its two games, it's about one question: Did they provide proof they can compete with the best?
UWW-UWO: 263 yards for UWO, 297 for UWW. UWW jumped out w/ 2 quick scores, creating the optical illusion of comfort. I was there, nothing comfortable about it.
UWW scored 24 on UWO, while scoring 43 (and 552 yards) on Mt in the Stagg. A good/great defense keeps a team in the game.
At the end of the day, that's what I'd like the Pool C selection to focus on, selecting teams that have the best chance of keeping the game close enough to be in position to win in the end. 
UWP lost to NCC, which was basically a Stagg Bowl team in 2013.

Heading into the 4th quarter W&L trailed UMU 14-0 after two quick scores in the first quarter but the Generals had outgained them and had a massive TOP advantage. But that game wasn't in doubt. As for NCC/UWP... well sure, NCC just lost to UMU who lost in the Stagg. But UWP wasn't on the same field that day. They were buried, monkey stomped, dismantled. It wasn't competitive. So by your rules, they really shouldn't have been in the tournament, right? Couldn't actually compete with the best. And if they shouldn't have been in, then how could a team they beat be in? Your rule creates bad logic all the way around.

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