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#1
Quote from: sigma one on February 22, 2024, 10:33:53 AMFirst, I love it that the top D3 teams have been scheduling other top teams, both in region and across regions.  Makes for good football.  I'm just spitballing here, but could it be that JCU scheduling competitive OOC opponents is a strategy that, assuming they win the OOC game against a quality team, will raise their SOS, thus giving them a better chance of being chosen for one of the very limited  playoff spots if (as is usual) they lose to UMU?   Right now, losing to Mount is an elimination game for them if they schedule a weak OOC team.

Yes, I believe that was their strategy in recent scheduling.
#2
Quote from: sigma one on February 22, 2024, 09:35:48 AMI read that post on JCU and their clever reasoning for leaving the OAC.  Which colleges in the OAC are in close danger of collapsing?  Frankly, this sounds like a defensible excuse for ducking UMU in football.  And I don't think I blame them, particularly because of the shrinking at-large invitations into the playoffs.  I really liked the D3 post about expansion to 40 teams, but I think it's a long shot that the NCAA will move very quickly in that direction.  I hope I am wrong! 

I've not heard any specifics on schools closing.
#3
Quote from: sigma one on February 22, 2024, 09:00:04 AMYes, DC.  Thanks for the correction.  Any view on the change of conferences for JCU?
A JCU poster on the OAC page said he thought it was JCU positioning themselves for a better future in case current OAC teams actually close down as institutions.  It seems possible, but I'm sure the changes to Playoff Bids (reduction of Group C due to conferences with at least 6 members getting automatic bids) had to come into play.  JCU used to be a pretty sure bet to make it to the playoffs as the runner up OAC team.  And they often did well.
#4
Quote from: sigma one on February 22, 2024, 08:54:52 AMCongratulations to Pat and all the others who worked hard to get us up and running again.
I have some strong opinions on the vote to invite John Carroll into the NCAC, but I will save them for another day to see if my emotions on that settle down.
    Wabash is searching for a new OC.  Ridings has departed for Campbell. He improved the defense last year and almost all the starters and many of the contributors return.  He was also helped by a new OL coach, who improved production last year and will now, in his second year, make them even better.
    Let's be real.  JCU will almost certainly dominate football in the conference, with little chance for anyone else to represent the NCAC in the playoffs for the near term (maybe long
term) future.  Wabash will struggle to win 7/8 games a year--and that's assuming they recruit better than they have lately.  That being said, I'll repeat what I have written here several times:  Morel will be the HC as long as he wants to stay.  So we can lament the drop off over the last several years, but we are whistling in the dark.  Key to '24 will be replacing Liam at
QB; obviously there's not another one remotely like him out there. 
     Anyway, good to be able to share again. 

I thought Ridings was the Defensive Coordinator?
#5
Quote from: D3fanboy on February 21, 2024, 01:12:23 PM
Quote from: JCUStreaks70 on February 21, 2024, 12:43:18 PM
Quote from: D3fanboy on February 21, 2024, 09:07:35 AM
Quote from: Raider 68 on February 20, 2024, 08:41:30 PMAs many have read about JCU moving to the NCAC in 2025, I am wondering who could join the OAC going forward if any school. JCU is leaving for a chance to become a top dog in the NCAC vs. always going against the Raiders for post season opportunities. While there also the academic considerations, I do not see the conferences be equal in sport teams. JCU has always been a major player in all OAC sports, so I am missing their logic with this move.

Mount will have an opportunity to see a more competitive non-conference schedule if they can play teams with better programs than the last several years.

Maybe two open dates can bring about a more competitive schedule in 2025 and beyond.


going to be tough to replace JCU's almost standard 9-1/8-2/7-3 on the Raiders schedule.  Mount really needs to go after the top of the PAC if/when they re-open their conference to OOC games


hey, hey, since 2013 we've only had 2 seasons finishing worse than 8-2...

sounding a lot like a slightly more successful BW....

BW's record of mediocrity.
#6
Quote from: D3fanboy on February 20, 2024, 11:33:57 AM
Quote from: The Third Division on February 20, 2024, 09:59:20 AM
Quote from: Kira & Jaxon's Dad on February 20, 2024, 08:32:59 AMHow about those Streaks and their future plans?

Now Mount Union will never lose the OAC!!!

those Mount-JCU playoff matchups will be something, probably look a lot like the past games in this "rivalry"

If JCU can get past DePauw, Dennison, Witt and Wabash.
#7
An update on D3boards.com / Re: An update on D3boards.com
February 20, 2024, 11:47:54 AM
Thanks Pat and Crew!
#8
How about those Streaks and their future plans?
#9
Quote from: D3fanboy on December 18, 2023, 02:32:47 PM
Quote from: Kira & Jaxon's Dad on December 18, 2023, 02:19:04 PM
Quote from: D3fanboy on December 18, 2023, 02:13:20 PM
Quote from: Kira & Jaxon's Dad on December 18, 2023, 02:03:50 PM
Quote from: D3fanboy on December 18, 2023, 01:55:08 PM
Quote from: Kira & Jaxon's Dad on December 18, 2023, 01:18:50 PM
Watching the National Championship Game, I was thinking that Athletically Mount Union could play with those two teams.  I think what is missing is teamwork and passion.

In the past, the team was very Self-Confident and showed it in their play.  Now that Mount has come back to the field a bit, and others have improved, you can't just step on the field and hope the other teams piss down their legs.

Mount needs to get some swagger back, as well as the focus that LK/VK had instilled in the team.  Coaches can give all the speeches they want, but the best "Culture" teams I have been around (as a Coach's son, a player and a Coach) have been player led.

Key Upperclassmen on Offense and Defense need to take the lead in the offseason and bring back the mojo of Raiders past.

I wish that "The Standard" would go the way of the "Welcome to the Machine" playoff banner.  Neither is true any longer and like you said nobody is scared to play these Raiders.  That could change back in the future seasons, but these kids need to earn it.  The swagger needs to be there against the best competition, not just the Wilmingtons and Otterbeins of the D3 landscape. 

I've joked with my buddies that covid might have killed the Mount program.  We've had basically the same really talented team for 4 years, but I'm not sure that they ever got much better over that 4 year stretch.  Kind of stagnant. Was is lack of player leadership?  Lack of toughness? Coaching not up to the program's typical level? Lack of institutional help, i.e. Hire a Strength and Conditioning coach?

It has been a weird era with covid-years in D3FB, hopefully its almost over and we'll be back to four year players instead of 23/24 year olds on the field.  But with the transfer portal, I don't know that we'll ever be back to true D3 football

Who has run the S&C program recently?

according to https://athletics.mountunion.edu/staff-directory

its probably a part-time position...for the entire athletic department.  Good luck finding that at any other top D3fb program, let alone "the standard"

I'm assuming that the Football coaches run their own specific program.

I'm sure. I think I heard something about Klaus being the S/C for football.  I guess you just get green eyes for other D3 programs having S/C coaches, offensive coordinators, things like that

LOL
#10
Quote from: D3fanboy on December 18, 2023, 02:13:20 PM
Quote from: Kira & Jaxon's Dad on December 18, 2023, 02:03:50 PM
Quote from: D3fanboy on December 18, 2023, 01:55:08 PM
Quote from: Kira & Jaxon's Dad on December 18, 2023, 01:18:50 PM
Watching the National Championship Game, I was thinking that Athletically Mount Union could play with those two teams.  I think what is missing is teamwork and passion.

In the past, the team was very Self-Confident and showed it in their play.  Now that Mount has come back to the field a bit, and others have improved, you can't just step on the field and hope the other teams piss down their legs.

Mount needs to get some swagger back, as well as the focus that LK/VK had instilled in the team.  Coaches can give all the speeches they want, but the best "Culture" teams I have been around (as a Coach's son, a player and a Coach) have been player led.

Key Upperclassmen on Offense and Defense need to take the lead in the offseason and bring back the mojo of Raiders past.

I wish that "The Standard" would go the way of the "Welcome to the Machine" playoff banner.  Neither is true any longer and like you said nobody is scared to play these Raiders.  That could change back in the future seasons, but these kids need to earn it.  The swagger needs to be there against the best competition, not just the Wilmingtons and Otterbeins of the D3 landscape. 

I've joked with my buddies that covid might have killed the Mount program.  We've had basically the same really talented team for 4 years, but I'm not sure that they ever got much better over that 4 year stretch.  Kind of stagnant. Was is lack of player leadership?  Lack of toughness? Coaching not up to the program's typical level? Lack of institutional help, i.e. Hire a Strength and Conditioning coach?

It has been a weird era with covid-years in D3FB, hopefully its almost over and we'll be back to four year players instead of 23/24 year olds on the field.  But with the transfer portal, I don't know that we'll ever be back to true D3 football

Who has run the S&C program recently?

according to https://athletics.mountunion.edu/staff-directory

its probably a part-time position...for the entire athletic department.  Good luck finding that at any other top D3fb program, let alone "the standard"

I'm assuming that the Football coaches run their own specific program.
#11
Quote from: D3fanboy on December 18, 2023, 01:55:08 PM
Quote from: Kira & Jaxon's Dad on December 18, 2023, 01:18:50 PM
Watching the National Championship Game, I was thinking that Athletically Mount Union could play with those two teams.  I think what is missing is teamwork and passion.

In the past, the team was very Self-Confident and showed it in their play.  Now that Mount has come back to the field a bit, and others have improved, you can't just step on the field and hope the other teams piss down their legs.

Mount needs to get some swagger back, as well as the focus that LK/VK had instilled in the team.  Coaches can give all the speeches they want, but the best "Culture" teams I have been around (as a Coach's son, a player and a Coach) have been player led.

Key Upperclassmen on Offense and Defense need to take the lead in the offseason and bring back the mojo of Raiders past.

I wish that "The Standard" would go the way of the "Welcome to the Machine" playoff banner.  Neither is true any longer and like you said nobody is scared to play these Raiders.  That could change back in the future seasons, but these kids need to earn it.  The swagger needs to be there against the best competition, not just the Wilmingtons and Otterbeins of the D3 landscape. 

I've joked with my buddies that covid might have killed the Mount program.  We've had basically the same really talented team for 4 years, but I'm not sure that they ever got much better over that 4 year stretch.  Kind of stagnant. Was is lack of player leadership?  Lack of toughness? Coaching not up to the program's typical level? Lack of institutional help, i.e. Hire a Strength and Conditioning coach?

It has been a weird era with covid-years in D3FB, hopefully its almost over and we'll be back to four year players instead of 23/24 year olds on the field.  But with the transfer portal, I don't know that we'll ever be back to true D3 football

Who has run the S&C program recently?
#12
Watching the National Championship Game, I was thinking that Athletically Mount Union could play with those two teams.  I think what is missing is teamwork and passion.

In the past, the team was very Self-Confident and showed it in their play.  Now that Mount has come back to the field a bit, and others have improved, you can't just step on the field and hope the other teams piss down their legs.

Mount needs to get some swagger back, as well as the focus that LK/VK had instilled in the team.  Coaches can give all the speeches they want, but the best "Culture" teams I have been around (as a Coach's son, a player and a Coach) have been player led.

Key Upperclassmen on Offense and Defense need to take the lead in the offseason and bring back the mojo of Raiders past.
#13
Quote from: bluestreak66 on December 18, 2023, 08:51:20 AM
Quote from: Kira & Jaxon's Dad on December 18, 2023, 07:13:10 AM
Quote from: edward de vere on December 17, 2023, 09:56:32 PM
Quote from: raiderpa on December 17, 2023, 09:24:31 AM
Congrats to Cortland!  What an exciting game. I still wonder why NC went for two on the conversion with three minutes to go.

Yeah, that was weird.  Has he stated his reasoning?

He did.  He said he thought they had the momentum.  They just had a 3 play 65 yard drive for a TD.  They hadn't shown many 2 pt Conversions on film this year and he had full confidence they could get 3 yards.  He said his only regret was the play call after the Timeout.
From my perspective, I didn't like the call because there was still so much time on the clock (at least with the way Cortland was moving the ball), and being up by one gets you no favors if the the other team gets into field goal range (which again, seemed like a real possibility with how Cortland's offense was moving), and missing and being down by one almost ensures a loss. Like if there had been 15 seconds left, you could chalk it up as high risk, high reward. But going for two with over a minute seemed like an unnecessary gamble.
For what its worth, I was watching the game at an official NCC watch party with several alums, and they all seemed to hate the call even before the ball was snapped
On a different note, in a weird way, Cortland winning the whole thing I feel like gives a certain sense of hope to the rest of the division. Like if a random team like that can win, maybe any random team (with in reason of course) can win!

I agree.  The Athletic Trainer for my HS is a NCC Grad and he and I were texting during the game.  I would have kicked the XPT and taken my chances with the remaining time in regulation and possible OT.
#14
Quote from: edward de vere on December 17, 2023, 09:56:32 PM
Quote from: raiderpa on December 17, 2023, 09:24:31 AM
Congrats to Cortland!  What an exciting game. I still wonder why NC went for two on the conversion with three minutes to go.

Yeah, that was weird.  Has he stated his reasoning?

He did.  He said he thought they had the momentum.  They just had a 3 play 65 yard drive for a TD.  They hadn't shown many 2 pt Conversions on film this year and he had full confidence they could get 3 yards.  He said his only regret was the play call after the Timeout.
#15
Quote from: D3fanboy on December 14, 2023, 12:09:00 PM
Quote from: raiderguy on December 13, 2023, 06:08:51 PM
Quote from: hsbsballcoach7 on December 11, 2023, 11:49:29 AM
Quote from: #1OacFan on December 10, 2023, 10:05:47 PM
LK's other daughter's name is Faith, which is what many of you need to have right now, Dartt winning % is .933!  For the record LK's winning % was .929 and was only .755 after his 1st 45 games. 

If we hire an OC we need to look at Wartburg's OC and Mount Grad Luke Summers.  Assuming he isn't the next HC at ONU.

I've heard good things about Luke throughout his playing time and through the years of coaching. To me, a huge perk to someone like him is his background in Strength and Conditioning, in addition to Oline coaching. Those guys just see things from a different perspective.rt

I just looked up Luke on the Wartburg sight and it said he spent 6years at FERUM before coming to Wartburg, Hmmmm? He was a member of three Natty's and captain his senior year and played on the international gold medal team in 2011 in Austria. Didn't Kevin Burke play on that team as well? He looks like a good prospect for the OC job except Wartburg has put a pretty good program together recently. They gave us a run last year in the semi's.

Burke was on the '15 Team USA (with Luc Meacham) that won the tournament in Canton

'11 Team also had Nate Kmic at RB, LK as the OC and Eric Raeburn as the OL coach.