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So, Philly is having a riot because they won the Super Bowl. I'm guessing they would have done the same if the Eagles had lost.

But the guy that stole the ostrich from the city zoo and was riding it through traffic is a new one. The video is on the interweb.

 I read the ostrich died when electrocuted from down power lines.

It truly is one of the most ludicrous professional fan bases in sports. Having grown up in Central NJ in the 80s and 90s Veteran's Stadium was a truly unpleasant place to watch any kind of sporting event. The fans were just a disaster. And it's never gone away. We are a whole generation past those clowns and they still act like idiots whenever they win something. The only other fan base I've ever been this close to, that acted this bad, was West Virginia. Mountaineer fans just can't seem to stop themselves from rioting for even minor wins.

All that being said, I'm happy when Bill Belicheck loses. It's always hard to tell when he's upset and happy, since he never fails to look like one of the most miserable and slovenly human beings on the planet, but seeing him on his knees at the end of the game last night brought a smile to my face. Between him and Nick Saban, there is almost never a time I don't want their gruff, arrogant, dismissive personalities taken down about a dozen pegs. It's just sad they are both so good at what they do.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 01, 2018, 12:47:07 pm »
Well... as the calendar rolls to Feb I think W&L is now officially in crunch time for a new coach. I hope the announcement comes soon. We are a month past Coach Abell resigning and things need to start moving for all kinds of reasons.

Not sure how this is handled with athletics but according to the WL website the deadline for regular application is January 1st and financial aid paper work has to done by February 15th. Even if WL makes exceptions to their stated deadline most kids with the academic fire power it takes to go to WL are already knee deep in the admissions process with other schools.

Sure. But they would have applied to W&L before Coach Abell left. So they are in the pipeline. The trick will be for the new coach, when he is named, to get them to enroll. I don't know very many kids that only apply to one school, so it comes down to a choice in March/April when acceptances go out and are due. The coach needs to have a running start at that period. So clutch time is definitely starting.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 01, 2018, 09:47:39 am »
Well... as the calendar rolls to Feb I think W&L is now officially in crunch time for a new coach. I hope the announcement comes soon. We are a month past Coach Abell resigning and things need to start moving for all kinds of reasons.

Have you heard any names?

No. But I'm hardly tied in enough to hear of any.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: February 01, 2018, 09:16:24 am »
Well... as the calendar rolls to Feb I think W&L is now officially in crunch time for a new coach. I hope the announcement comes soon. We are a month past Coach Abell resigning and things need to start moving for all kinds of reasons.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 31, 2018, 09:46:12 am »

Sorry about that...

My Guess nothing official at W&L Schedule:
Washington    And    Lee   Schedule
Date   Team                                   Away/Home   Time
1-Sep    DICKINSON                       AWAY           1:00
8-Sep    SEWANEE                               AWAY           1:00
15-Sep   MARYVILLE                       HOME           1:00
22-Sep   OPEN     
29-Sep   RANDOLPH MACON                HOME           1:00
6-Oct     BRIDGEWATER                       AWAY           1:00
13-Oct   EMORY AND HENRY               HOME           1:00
20-Oct   FERRUM                               AWAY           2:00
27-Oct   GUILFORD                               AWAY           1:00
3-Nov    HAMPDEN-SYDNEY                HOME           1:00
10-Nov   SHENANDOAH                       HOME           1:00

You are likely correct about this. With 7 games listed on D3football.com, the only conference games that can be switched are Bridgewater and Guilford. I have no confirmation on Maryville, so your information is all I've got there, but that is the most likely spot for the final OOC.

And it is nice to have another W&L poster. I carried that torch basically alone for a long while. It's nice to see a few more joining in.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 29, 2018, 03:05:57 pm »
Unlikely W&L would have an immediate return game. 2019 ODAC teams will only have 2 OOC games. W&L has a home and home with Dickinson starting this year. Sewanee is a 50+ year tradition with only a year or two missing.

I wonder how many of those 2 OOC spots Apprentice will take up in 2019?

I'm guessing not many. It shouldn't be that hard to get 2 DIII OOC games.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 29, 2018, 01:08:46 pm »
Unlikely W&L would have an immediate return game. 2019 ODAC teams will only have 2 OOC games. W&L has a home and home with Dickinson starting this year. Sewanee is a 50+ year tradition with only a year or two missing.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 29, 2018, 10:19:33 am »
Definitely possible. W&L opens at Dickinson and at Sewanee. That week is open and likely W&L wants a home game.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 29, 2018, 09:26:20 am »
received wrong info; HSC plays 4 of 7 on the road.
Home vs. E&H, GC & RMC. On the road vs. W&L, Ferrum, BC & SU.
This makes perfectly good sense.

JK

Good luck with new coaching staff. I'm sure W&L will make the transition as painless as possible and certain there will be many qualified coaches apply. Lexington is no bad place to call home. Might retire in that area one day myself.

I feel the same way. Frankly, if I could find a job in SW Va somewhere or even the Richmond area I'd probably move.

Hampden-Sydney schedule:
http://www.d3football.com/teams/Hampden-Sydney/2018/index

Ferrum, H-SC and Shenandoah are the only ODAC schools for whom we have full schedules. Here's E&H:
http://www.d3football.com/teams/Emory_and_Henry/2018/index

Well, no E&H/Maryville game this year. See you ODAC guys around, I guess.  ::)
http://www.d3football.com/teams/Emory_and_Henry/2018/index

Holy cow. E&H to Rochester is a long ride. But I guess since the Liberty League and the ODAC are kind of needing the extra game... Playing Ferrum week 1 is messing with that schedule quite a bit since it moves an OOC to either week 4 or 5. Not too many leagues can accommodate that. The placement of Apprentice is interesting too. E&H must have been scrabbling a bit to put this one together in such an odd manor. Although I'm betting Apprentice is still in fairly high demand by ODAC schools this year.

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South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 27, 2018, 07:38:53 pm »
I think W&L got to surprise almost everyone 1 time through the league. Not looking so pretty on the repeats!

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 25, 2018, 09:14:42 am »
Thank You!! Love the ODAC and Washington and Lee!

Just curious. Who recruited you?  Does he have a shot as HC?  Did you attend a recruiting weekend?  If you did, who ran it?  Does he have a chance as HC?

Coach Abell was my recruiting coach.

With much respect did he not call to recruit you after he went to Davidson?  I'm sure he's called many of the guys he was recruiting. After all like I said before there are only so many really good football players with 1350 or higher SATs. And since he recruited you, it had to be before Christmas. Most D3 recruiting takes place AFTER Christmas. When kids realize that Alabama and Ohio State really aren't interested.

Scott Abell was the best thing to ever happen to WL football.  In the 31 seasons before he arrived WL had won 3 ODAC championships. In the 10 seasons since he arrived in Lexington WL has won 4 ODAC's. Regardless how hard the retuning and incoming players work it's my opinion WL is going to miss Abell a lot. I honestly wish you and WL well. But I think WL will slip without the knowledge that Abell brought to the game plan.

I don't disagree with all of this, but there are also some external factors that come into play. For example, W&L's run really started before Coach Abell appeared. Starting in 2005, W&L became much more competitive. It is important to remember what happened in the early 00's at W&L. The facilities facelift started to see results. In terms of football, it started with locker rooms, then with the replacement of the truly pathetic weight and fitness center, and then with the plans to rebuild Wilson Field. All this was finished, started, or announced by 2004. The locker rooms in the late 90s, the new student center with fitness facilities opened in '01, and Wilson Field's renovation finished in 2006.

Increased scholarship money, and automatic full tuition awards to families making under a certain amount, also started around the early 2000s. All these things contributed to the start of the football run that has culminated, or at least reached a high point, under Coach Abell. But... the foundation was laid before he arrived and even the offense was already transformed to an option style before he arrived.

Coach Abell then took it to a new level, and I will forever be grateful for that, but he was not the only driving force or even the first driving force for W&L's transformation from middling conference team to regular contender and champion.  I think W&L will be fine and continue on the current trend of being a competitor because the school has created the environment to make that possible. The Generals will need a quality head coach, but it's hard to believe they won't find one. They have the money and AD Hathorn has a solid track record of hiring coaches as W&L is competitive to dominant in almost every sport in the ODAC.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 23, 2018, 03:27:50 pm »
received wrong info; HSC plays 4 of 7 on the road.
Home vs. E&H, GC & RMC. On the road vs. W&L, Ferrum, BC & SU.
This makes perfectly good sense.

JK

Good luck with new coaching staff. I'm sure W&L will make the transition as painless as possible and certain there will be many qualified coaches apply. Lexington is no bad place to call home. Might retire in that area one day myself.

I feel the same way. Frankly, if I could find a job in SW Va somewhere or even the Richmond area I'd probably move.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 23, 2018, 02:18:22 pm »
What we really needed was the ODAC to only pick up SVa, leave Ferrum in the USAC, and the USAC and ODAC to partner for one OOC game per year. That then only leaves 2 more for teams to find. Why the ODAC first took Ferrum and then took SVa is still a complete and utter mystery to me.

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South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 23, 2018, 11:55:27 am »
With Huntingdon having played H-SC in the past I wouldn't have minded that series being renewed. That week 3 would have fit nicely too with HC looking for a third non-conference game now. It would be fun if we could match up with someone in the ODAC for that third game.

With the ODAC adding SVa in 2019, H-SC probably needed a one off game, not a home and home. I'd imagine that 3rd OOC for the ODAC schools this year is going to be full of NNA again, as it is a tough spot to fill if you weren't using a backside of a home and home from 2017. I'm curious who W&L will have filling that hole since the CMS series ended last year and I'm pretty sure Wash U was a one and done since they join the CCIW and have a schedule up on their website.

I know W&L has Dickinson and I'm assuming Sewanee on the schedule. That third spot will be interesting.

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South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: January 23, 2018, 11:46:13 am »
In news I didn't know but probably should have, W&L is going to start redoing the entire indoor athletic facility building. Apparently the Warner center is going to be taken down to the foundation and rebuilt over the next 2 years. With the new natatorium across campus, there will no longer be a pool in the new facility, with extra space being devoted to other teams/intramurals/fitness facilities, and coaches offices in the building. A new multi-purpose court will be added just for intramurals, the wrestling room is almost being doubled, as is the fitness and weight room, and the squash and racquetball courts will be brought to regulation size.

On the downside, for the next two seasons, I believe volleyball and both basketball programs will be playing on temporary courts at the indoor tennis facility. Not sure where wrestling will be temporarily housed.

I believe this will complete the entire overhaul of athletic facilities at W&L. I do not believe a single facility will have been left untouched, with the possible exception of the indoor tennis courts, since the mid 2000s. The indoor tennis facility was completed in 1997.

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