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I would have no problem with that. D3 kids would just sigh at a different time. But does that meet the needs of the stated purpose? In the article it was basically so the students achievement could celebrated along with their D1 and D2 brethren. If their signing was on a different day, would it have the same impact as the D1 and D2, would athletes still be embarrassed or left out? Would their be a stigma over the later signing?

The D3 legislation specifies non-binding, celebratory piece of paper. In other words, it means nothing. Kids can still be recruited other places, apply other places, or change their minds once financial aid information appears. It's just a piece of paper celebrating where they think they are going at the same time other athletes are signing something about where they are actually going.

Any kid could do something similar with a blank sheet of paper these days, this just gives them some "official letterhead" paper from the school.
I understand that, but how many kids after signing that piece of paper will consider their journey done. They found a school and committed. Even though it is not binding. During the early signing periods most of the athletes do not even know if they have been accepted. I just worry this might be the first step down a slippery slope.

The more I think about it I am not sure it is a good idea. Yes it is great to celebrate the accomplishment of getting into a college and also playing a sport. One of the big difference (for Baseball anyway) between D1, D2 and D3 is the recruiting timeline.
Many D3's do not start seriously start recruiting some kids till after the NLI signing. While they may have watched the kid play and made some contact, now is when they start in earnest. Kids start visiting campus and having overnights. Now is the time kids truly start comparing options. I would hate to change that sort of timetable so kids can sign at the same time as the other divisions.
With an NLI, you know what you are going to be paying for college at least for 1 year. A D3 athlete in most cases will not know for sure until Marc/April of next year, I have seen too many commit to a school too early and find out that the financial package is not quite as expected. Since the Athlete has no leverage because they only applied and were accepted to the one school during the early action period. Now where is there leverage. For some they ended opting for no sport and Big State U, because they were not aware of the costs of the school they committed to.

I like it as long as it is non-binding. Not sure I like the idea at the Early Signing period though. Still a lot of recruiting going on.

Mid-East Region / Re: BB: PrAC: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« on: November 11, 2014, 11:05:43 pm »
Their soccer and softball team share a field.
I am not sure that will work for baseball. I bet they will use Shady Sides field like they do for track and hockey.

Mid-East Region / Re: BB: PrAC: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« on: November 11, 2014, 01:21:42 pm »
I see it has bee a long time since there has been any PAC fan's posting on this board. But I thought I would post that Chatham is adding baseball for 2016.

That will bring the conference to an even 10 teams.

West Region / Re: BB: SCAC: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« on: October 28, 2014, 12:58:01 pm »
For anyone wondering about the connection, Sooners coach Pete Hughes' first head coaching gig was at Trinity (1997-98).    After he took Trinity from 19-19 to 33-11 during his two year stint, Boston College came calling and he's been coaching in the D1 ranks ever since.

+1 for that tidbit.

North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: October 24, 2014, 03:37:42 pm »
^ I hope to watch as well. And while I appreciate your sentiment Nike, I am hoping that OWU continues to win. With the noise Hiram has made this year they should not be looking past the Terriers to Witt next week. I would be really happy if OWU could win out, but I will be very happy if they take 3 out of the next 4.

North Region football / Re: University Athletic Association
« on: October 23, 2014, 09:54:34 am »
WashU has officially added Alfred State to its schedule November 8 at WashU.  Game time at 6:00 p.m.  I will have some fun that day...calling two WashU-Chicago soccer games plus the football game that day and night!

I'll take full credit for suggesting this idea.  I expect +K from all UAA board members.

Seriously, it just made too much sense. Glad that it works out for both WashU and Alfred State. This is a game WashU should win (no offense to ASU), but it's likely to be more competitive than MB and WashU will get those few hundred bucks in revenue :P

Edited to add: plus, with night games being a relative rarity in D3, it will be fun for the players to get a night game out of the deal.

Sounds like you'll have a busy day, jaybird! Make sure the hot tea and honey are ready to soothe your throat after all that talking :)
+1 For getting this worked out. ;) Are you sure you do not work in the UAA scheduling office?

North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:56:37 am »
So HC what would the OWU/Hiram look like in your projection.

We do have a Pickems for the NCAC run by THE one and only Wally Wabash, Check out this thread.

North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: October 20, 2014, 03:46:19 pm »
I think two very good QBs in the conference will have a go at it on Saturday in OWU v. Hiram. The conference standings should really start to sort themselves out after this week's games.

I don't think it's a stretch to call this game the biggest for Hiram since the inception of this website.  A 3-3 Hiram teamwith a chance to knock off an NCAC foe that has a winning record this late in the season...and keeping alive the hopes for a winning or .500 season, which would be a big step for the Terriers...come on, pups.
EXTP - Thanks for all the Support ;)
I hope it is a good game but I still want OWU to win. While it would be a good thing for the league it would not be good for OWU. I am interested to see how OWU plays Witt, and I am hopeful that have a good game and beat Wooster. As people have said Wooster does not have a great defense. Losing to the Terriers really puts a cramp in that.
I cannot complain to much though. I understand the excitement. I hope Hiram wins out except for OWU. Plus it is our Homecoming.

North Region football / Re: University Athletic Association
« on: October 20, 2014, 11:38:01 am »
I have met ADL, and I can say it was a pleasant experience. Not one to be missed.
With Case and OWU not meeting on the Diamond this year, I am afraid I will not have the pleasure this year.

North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: October 18, 2014, 09:17:43 pm »
Maybe DePauw is all that, and OWU is just that good. ;)

North Region football / Re: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: October 18, 2014, 05:27:21 pm »
Congrats OWU. I had planned on watching, but my wife had other plans.
Hey on the bright side I now have a new kitchen sink and faucet.

Mid-East Region / Re: BB: NCAC: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: October 17, 2014, 07:11:42 am »
Where does Mount Union usually go for their spring trip?

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