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Old 09-29-2011, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Pensacola, Florida
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Default Small College Football

I'm a graduate of two D2 schools and proud of it! Where are all of my 'small college' football friends?

My North Alabama Lions are 4-0 and ranked #2 in NCAA Division II!

ROAR LIONS!!
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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I'm keeping an eye on Bloomsburg (my parents' alma mater and also the school in my father's hometown); they are in the top 10. They're playing one of their big rivals, East Stroudsburg (another school I keep an eye on; they were/are the closest Division II school to where I grew up), this Saturday. If I lived closer to East Stroudsburg, I'd consider going (which is something I'd never thought I say about a Division II game I couldn't get into for free as recently as 3 years ago).

Kutztown (another school fairly close to where I grew up) is also ranked and I pay a little attention to them (though not as much as Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, and the school mentioned below).

I also follow IUP, my graduate school alma mater. They're doing OK so far. (When I was in graduate school, I did usually go to their games. Those games were actually fairly good quality, much better than the Division III football I saw at my undergraduate alma mater.)

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Old 09-29-2011, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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I'll also note I pay attention to 3 schools in Division III, Muhlenberg (close to where I grew up), Moravian (ditto), and Juniata (undergraduate alma mater). Juniata was one of the worst football teams at any level in 2010 and doesn't appear to be much better in 2011.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Pensacola, Florida
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Nice, I don't know much about D3 because their aren't many schools in the south in that division.

However, I'm very familiar with the PSAC teams you mention. UNA played IUP in the D2 Title Game the first year we won it in 1993. Bloomsburg has been good as of late but that conference has some sleepers that trip each other up like California-PA.
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Midtown Omaha
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I can't follow my DII any more, it got dropped.
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:13 AM
 
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my university was football free - but I always enjoyed some of the smaller schools and there are a ton of them in PA
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Pensacola, Florida
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I can't follow my DII any more, it got dropped.
UNO?? I still think that's the craziest thing I've heard in a while. And especially Wrestling!! Wow, Alberts really screwed that up good.
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Midtown Omaha
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UNO?? I still think that's the craziest thing I've heard in a while. And especially Wrestling!! Wow, Alberts really screwed that up good.
It was an unfortunate decision. He wanted to be D1 so bad no matter the cost. And yes that wrestling program was the saddest part, that is the real shame to me.

At least UNO is ranked 14th to start the season in hockey, first game tomorrow!
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Old 10-01-2011, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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It was an unfortunate decision. He wanted to be D1 so bad no matter the cost. And yes that wrestling program was the saddest part, that is the real shame to me.

At least UNO is ranked 14th to start the season in hockey, first game tomorrow!
Big whoopee on the hockey. To me it all starts with the football team. I can't believe that the alumni didn't put up a bigger fight and ride Trev out of town.

What a no class clown. Immediately after winning the D-II national wrestling championship, he informs the coach that the program has just been cut. They weren't even allowed 1 day to celebrate the title without having this bomb thrown on them.

UNO has been a real solid D-II football team through the years. It wasn't like the program was going through tough times.

What's really being gained by going D-I, especially in basketball? For crying out loud most REAL D-I programs pay their basketball coach more than the entire sports budget at UNO and somehow they're going to compete for a national title. The big goal now is to make the NCAA big dance and maybe win 1 game in the tournament.

What I LOVE about small colleges is that academics often don't take second fiddle to athletics. A majority of the athletes are really student-athletes, not recruited slaves taking general studies and dreaming of pro sports.
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Old 10-01-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Pensacola, Florida
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I have to agree jmgg (well, other than the hockey part). But they didn't really give anyone time to balk it was done so quickly.

Which, I guess when the decision has been made is a good thing. My alma mater (while not dropping any sports) made a big deal about it, let the students vote (which lost), polled alumni. All resoundingly saying stay in D2, but they had already made the decision and it seems that all of the input was just a show.

I so love small college sports for the balance of academics/athletics that you mentioned. But more and more schools feel they have to 'sell their souls' for the money.
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