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Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« Reply #4815 on: September 15, 2019, 12:17:32 pm »
Nice article about W&J defensive lineman Mike Williams who played an outstanding game versus Wittenberg last week:

https://triblive.com/sports/military-helps-transform-wj-senior-mike-williams-from-equipment-manger-to-feared-d-lineman/
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Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« Reply #4816 on: September 15, 2019, 01:47:24 pm »
Finally saw the Thiel commercial on live primetime tv yesterday.

Put a smile on my face ... very cool itís a nationally televised commercial:

https://www.ispot.tv/ad/oscb/coca-cola-thiel-college-this-is-our-team

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Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« Reply #4817 on: September 15, 2019, 07:20:57 pm »
Neat commercial. Great pub for Thiel, the PAC and D3. Watched most of the W&J Thiel game. The commercial was also an accurate depiction of where Thielís program is right now. Hope the new coach can have an impact.
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Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« Reply #4818 on: September 20, 2019, 10:49:59 pm »
PAC week 3 podcast recap and preview:

https://youtu.be/a4oMGibHdC4

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Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« Reply #4819 on: September 21, 2019, 02:20:57 pm »
Competitive game in Pittsburgh.

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W&J 0
CMU 6

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Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« Reply #4820 on: September 21, 2019, 02:37:21 pm »
Ugly game.  Does W&J not trust their FG kicker?  Down 3-0 late in the 2nd quarter and they went for it on 4th and 10 on the 18.

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Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« Reply #4821 on: September 21, 2019, 02:59:42 pm »
Ugly game.  Does W&J not trust their FG kicker?  Down 3-0 late in the 2nd quarter and they went for it on 4th and 10 on the 18.

There must be something going on with the special teams.  Different personnel?  That W&J extra point was super low / blocked by CMU.

Update:

3rd QTR 7:15

W&J 6
CMU 13


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Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« Reply #4822 on: September 21, 2019, 07:48:42 pm »
Yes, it was an ugly game to watch. The kicking game has been a BIG issue for W&J the last few years,  and it looks like the drama/trauma continues.

Neither team played particularly well offensively, but both defenses mostly stepped up when they had to. Seems like Wolf was held in check.

Hopefully W&J got some humility which will help the rest of the way. CMU is a good team, and so are Westminster, Grove City, and of course CWRU. No cake walk.

Of course, that makes things more interesting!



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Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« Reply #4823 on: September 22, 2019, 03:06:54 pm »
4-way race now?

CWRU and Westminster untested as yet. They test each other 10/5 in the 'land.

Bob Gregg - did you broadcast the W&J game? Any clue about the measurement kerfuffle in the first quarter?
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Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« Reply #4824 on: September 22, 2019, 08:54:36 pm »
PUTRID performance from the W&J offense, second time in three weeks.  And only saw minor adjustments, if any, to the failures to move the football.

Senior quarterback has struggled against both good teams the Presidents have played.  Throws are regularly late, or short, or both, leading to multiple turnovers.
His play has always mirrored the mindset of the head coach, which I boil down to this:  "As long as I have the ball in my hand and am not tackled, we can still score." QB was sacked SIX times Saturday, rushed/flushed several other times, and still has not thrown away ONE pass.  Last W&J play of the day (first down), he avoided a sack, scrambled to a clearing, then threw into heavy CMU traffic instead of onto the CMU bench.  This cowboy gunslinger mentality has been a noose around the Presidents' necks for a long time.  It is the way they do business, even if other approaches would better serve them that day.

Wolf is not 100% but stayed on the field most of the game.  Somebody else at 100% might have been a better option to Wolf at 80%.  Wolf also dropped or short-armed several passes.  There was at least one other drop on the afternoon, too.

Team/coach unwillingness to commit to running the ball, and the team's resultant inability to do so, will continue to hold this team down.

Finally, Coach Sirianni has repeatedly put his defense in terrible circumstances. And the 4th & 1 shy of his own 35 yard line was just the latest.  The defense had already made one hold, forcing CMU FG after an interception off a poor QB throw.  Then, having not been able to run at all, Coach calls a run up the middle that gets stuffed.  PUNT the ball away and flip the field position.  You don't have an O-Line like Lucky used to.  And you don't have Chris Babirad (or Bobby Strope) in the backfield. This is, perhaps, the first time in Coach Sirianni's tenure that the defense is good enough to win every day in the PAC.  The offense (and special teams) are millstones that have to be fixed.  And now!

As far as the "measurement kerfuffle"--the officiating crew should be embarrassed.  They spotted the ball (likely incorrectly).  They brought the chains on, measured and it was sufficient for a first down.  Then, officials huddled (lengthy), made no signals to anyone, then went to the W&J sideline.  Then, they set the chains for CMU first down.  Finally, the R announced that the play was stopped short of the line to gain (damn whatever anybody saw when they brought the sticks out and measured).  There is NO excuse for an NCAA crew to kerfuffle something this badly.  The time to decide the ball was spotted poorly was BEFORE you brought the chains out.  In the end, it was very likely the right outcome with the 4th & 1 play STUFFED (see paragraph above) but it is a moment that should keep this crew from working beyond Week 11.  It was an inexcusable performance.
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Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« Reply #4825 on: September 23, 2019, 09:17:20 am »
Agree about the measurement kerfuffle.  There is no way that play got back to the line of scrimmage, but if the refs doubted the spot (or possibly thought the chains may have been moved), why measure if you've already determined they did not get the first down anyway?

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Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« Reply #4826 on: September 23, 2019, 09:44:20 am »
BG - Thanks for shedding light on the 4th down measurement.  I wondered why Wolf had been so ineffective, too bad he was not 100%.

Jeff - It's always seemed inconsistent to me that spotting the ball is by 'eyeball' then they try to be precise by bringing out the chains. 
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Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« Reply #4827 on: September 24, 2019, 07:28:05 am »
Nod to Carnegie Mellon for having two players on the D3Football.com Team of the Week:

https://d3football.com/awards/tow/2019/week3

CB Sean Knight, So., Carnegie Mellon
K Brandon Nguyen, So., Carnegie Mellon

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Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« Reply #4828 on: September 24, 2019, 12:00:33 pm »
Case Western Reserve did crack the Top 25 in the NCAA AFCA poll yesterday:

https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/football/d3/afca-coaches

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Re: FB: Presidents' Athletic Conference
« Reply #4829 on: September 25, 2019, 10:24:31 am »
It's not the NCAA AFCA poll, just the AFCA Top 25. The NCAA doesn't do national polls.
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