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National topics / Re: D3 Baseball Regional Realignments
« on: Yesterday at 09:25:16 pm »
Here are the Regional Realignments for D3 Baseball:

Region I:  GNAC, North Atlantic, NESCAC, NEWMAC
Region II:  TCCC, Little East, MASCAC, NECC, Brandeis, Pine Manor
Region III:  E8, LL, Skyline, SUNYAC
Region IV:  CUNYAC, Freedom, NJAC, United East
Region V:   Atlantic East, Centennial, CSAC, Landmark, Commonwealth
Region VI:  ODAC, SAA, USA South, C2C. Emory
Region VII:  AMCC, MIAA, NCAC, OAC, PAC, Case Western Reserve
Region VIII:  CCIW, HCAC, NACC, SLIAC, Washington-MO
Region IX:    Amer. Rivers, MIAC, MWC, UMAC, WIAC
Region X:   Amer. Southwest, NWC, SCIAC, SCAC.
Those look good.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Top 25 talk
« on: September 26, 2021, 09:15:55 pm »
Garrett Stephenson is not back but they return most of their team and replace him with maybe the highest ranked recruit in New England since Duncan Robinson in John Adams.

I think John Adams died in 1826.
July 4, 1826, 50 years after the Declaration of Independence. Both John Adams and Jefferson died on the same day. Jefferson supposedly died first.

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Interesting article about Michael Veldman, apparently 13 semesters?

How many credit hours does he have?
Post grad studies?

Just curious.

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...and HPU only beat McMurry by a touchdown...

That may something about TLU.

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Region 3 football (South Atlantic-ish) / Re: South Region Fan Poll
« on: September 15, 2021, 08:19:18 pm »
Thanks, jknezek.

I "inherited" it from "Kid" the Bridgewater fan who moved on to other career responsibilities in summer of 2008.

I know you will do well. You always gave excellent analyses to your ballots.

Have fun and best wishes.

Seriously, he needs committed fans who will put 30-60 minutes in on the Poll each week. You do learn a lot about the South Region. The balance in Region 3 should make this a fun poll!

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Here is the update on Top 10 South Region teams since the creation of the Pools system in 1999, through 2019.  Only 2 schools are left.

I will leave the board to knowledgeable Region 3 fans to fill it out.


2, 3) 4)  2001 Bridgewater -- (13-1)  #1 South Region seed.  Made the trip down to Salem and lost to MUC in primetime on Saturday night, 27-30.  That night, who would have thought this to be the pinnacle of ODAC football for the next decade plus?  (Thank Heaven for Stone Station!)

3, 4, 5, 7, 8) 9)  2002 Trinity -- (14-1)  Beat UMHB 48-38, W&J 45-10, won at Bridgewater 38-32, beat St John's 41-34.  Star QB celebrates too hard on Paseo del Rio and Stagg is history.  (MUC wins 48-7, on a very windy day).

4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12)  1999 Trinity -- (12-1) #1 Seed and gets bye.  Beat Western Maryland and  HSU (40-33) before losing to Stagg winner Pacific Lutheran, 28-49 in Semis.

10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20)  2003 Bridgewater -- (12-2) Squeaked out of a weak but very balanced South Region and then lost at MUC 0-66.

(Revised after the 2018 Stagg Bowl.  No South Region team made it to the Semifinals in 2019, usually a criterion for inclusion after 20 years.  Wesley is gone. UMHB and HSU were shipped to Region 6. Trinity is an affiliate member of the SAA. Thanks for reading.)

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Region 3 football (South Atlantic-ish) / Re: South Region Fan Poll
« on: September 05, 2021, 01:33:37 pm »
I have a lot on my plate with work, so I need someone else to take over, especially since the ASC was moved to an already overloaded and overstocked Region 6.  I will participate; I just don't have the time to compile.

As I have noted elsewhere, there have been 21 Stagg Bowls in the AQ era and there are 21 Stagg contestants (counting the Tommies, and not counting Trinity TX who is an affiliate in the SAA) from the new Region 6. Region 3 could have used a few more teams to "balance" the numbers.



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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Bumblin' B's
« on: August 30, 2021, 02:55:58 pm »
I need a reminder, is AEC still Pool B and are they the only ones?
I think that they are Pool A.  They were Pool B in 2019-2020.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Conference changes
« on: August 25, 2021, 07:37:10 pm »
Bump

Provisional Pipeline for 2021-22
Full membership fall 2021: SUNY-Delhi
*3rd year provisional members (full membership fall 2022): Pratt, University of St Thomas (Texas)
2nd year provisional members (full membership fall 2023): Bob Jones, Mississippi University for Women, Warren Wilson
1st year provisional members: Asbury
Exploratory: Johnson & Wales (Charlotte)

* Games against Year 3 provisional members count the same as games against full-members for regional-ranking and tournament selection purposes

Becker College closed, leaves the NECC
Wesley athletic programs discontinued in merger with Delaware State, leaves AEC

Conference Changes Starting in 2021-2022
Bay Path leaves the NECC and NCAA for the USCAA
Centenary (NJ) leaves the CSAC for the AEC
Elms leaves the NECC for the GNAC
Emory & Henry leaves ODAC for Division II
Iowa Wesleyan leaves SLIAC and NCAA for NAIA
Louisiana College leaves ASC and NCAA for NAIA
Mary Baldwin will add men's program, begin play in the USA South
Southern Virginia leaves the C2C for the USA South
St. Mary's (Md.) leaves the C2C for the UEC
St. Norbert leaves the MWC for the NACC
St. Thomas involuntarily removed from MIAC, will join Division I (Summit League)
St. Scholastica leaves the UMAC for the MIAC

Conference Changes Starting in 2022-2023
Allegheny leaves the NCAC for the PAC
Averett leaves the USAC for the ODAC
Mississippi University for Women (MUW) will join the SLIAC

It certainly looks like that USA South can add up to 3 more teams, although Asbury may find something closer.

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The ASC is going to be back in the two non-conference games business in 2023 ... Southwestern is leaving for the SAA.

https://saa-sports.com/news/2021/8/19/saa-announces-that-southwestern-university-will-join-the-league-as-an-affiliate-member-in-football.aspx

That is a bummer, I knew it wouldn't happen but I was hoping they could convince Trinity to join the ASC (maybe even for just football) so that all football playing Texas schools could be in the same conference.

I would have been interested to hear the pros and cons for moving, obviously they will have a better chance of success but that surely is going to greatly increase their travel cost.
their press release talked about being a high academics school and wanting to be in a conference with other high academic schools. Iím sad because it means my push for the game to be called the battle for the republic has hit a road block
Let's face. With UMHB in the same conference, Southwestern never had a chance at a Pool A bid. In the SAA, they do.

AT UMHB, the yardstick is the 5th round of the Playoffs; for Southwestern, it is the 1st round.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Conference changes
« on: August 18, 2021, 10:28:41 pm »
Among the proposals for vote at the NCAA convention in January is a measure co-sponsored by 7 D3 conferences that would reduce the Pool A minimum number of teams from 7 down to 6. Will be interesting to see if that passes. Could be a game-changer.
Caz, who are the 7? Thanks.

AMCC, Atlantic East, Empire 8, HCAC, MASCAC, United East, USA South
Members for each conference (not necessarily mens basketball):
USA South - 19
HCAC - 10
AMCC - 9
Empire 8 - 9
United East - 9
MASCAC - 8
Atlantic East - 7

AEC obviously in the danger zone with just 7, USAC could split, but a conference like the HCAC supporting seems odd
MASCAC is vulnerable with Mass Maritime which does not have Men's or Women's Hoops.

Dropping down to 6 would impact Pool C bids.  Thank the powers that be for USA South and all of their women's teams in Hoops.
Those teams in Pool B for bids would "steal" Pool C bids if the threshold is 6.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Conference changes
« on: August 18, 2021, 12:02:44 am »
Among the proposals for vote at the NCAA convention in January is a measure co-sponsored by 7 D3 conferences that would reduce the Pool A minimum number of teams from 7 down to 6. Will be interesting to see if that passes. Could be a game-changer.
Caz, who are the 7? Thanks.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Conference changes
« on: August 18, 2021, 12:00:35 am »
Ryan, which conference do you see as the best mission/vision match for Hartford?

I found this article in Hartford Courant.

https://www.courant.com/sports/hc-sp-clb-uhart-athletics-20210417-20210416-k7mdbwbgiraopn2lktdwzebxwi-story.html

(CCC, NEWMAC or possibly the LEC)

They'd love to be in the NEWMAC, but I don't think that's happening. I'm hearing possibly the CCC with one other school, likely out of the GNAC to keep numbers even.
My thoughts as well.

Getting into the same conference as MIT is a good sound bite for the alums.  Eight in the NEWMAC is a nice round number.

They'd love to be in the NEWMAC, but I don't think that's happening. I'm hearing possibly the CCC with one other school, likely out of the GNAC to keep numbers even.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Conference changes
« on: August 14, 2021, 07:48:04 pm »
Ryan, which conference do you see as the best mission/vision match for Hartford?

I found this article in Hartford Courant.

https://www.courant.com/sports/hc-sp-clb-uhart-athletics-20210417-20210416-k7mdbwbgiraopn2lktdwzebxwi-story.html

(CCC, NEWMAC or possibly the LEC)

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: BB: CSAC: Colonial States Athletic Conference
« on: August 13, 2021, 09:35:39 pm »
In 2021-22, Centenary moves to the AEC.
Rosemont adds baseball, so the CSAC still has 7 teams and keeps its AQ.

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