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NCAA Division 3

The Teams: (The first round seems to have been regional, rather than by seeding so the first number is their rank. Unranked teams are alphabetical.)
#1 Mount Union (Ohio) 10-0 (539-96) post season: 98-15 with 13 titles
#2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) 10-0 (623-64) post season: 36-15 with 1 title
#3 St. John’s (Minn) 10-0 (470-93) post season: 42-23 with 4 titles
#4 Brockport State (NY) 10-0 (447-76) post season: 5-5
#5 Wisconsin-Whitewater 9-0 (349-64) post season: 48-9 with 6 titles
#6 Frostburg State (Md) 9-0 (379-120) post season: 2-1
#7 Hardin-Simmons 9-1 (Texas) (522-206) post season: 14-16-2
Lost to Mary Hardin-Baylor 0-26
#8 John Carroll 9-1 (Ohio) (402-146) post season: 8-5
Lost to Mount Union 10-23
#9 North Central (Ill) 9-1 (448-141) post season: 13-11
Lost to Wheaton (Ill) 30-52
#10 Whitworth (Wash) 9-0 (355-131) post season: 1-4
#11 Bethel (Minn) 9-1 (373-125) post season: 0-0
Lost to St. John’s (Minn) 16-34
#12 Trine (Ind) 10-0 (462-211) post season: 3-4
#13 Delaware Valley (Pa) 9-1 (361-132) post season: 9-7
Lost to Wesley (Del) 10-34
#14 Johns Hopkins (Md) 9-1 (482-150) post season: 6-9
Lost to Susquehanna (Pa) 35-37
#20 Berry (Ga) 9-1 (363-163) post season: 1-1
Lost to Trinity (Texas) 17-21
#23 Muhlenberg (Pa) 9-1 (383-162) post season: 3-7
Lost to Johns Hopkins 16-27
#24 Centre (Ky) 9-1 (414-183) post season: 4-3
Lost to Berry 35-38
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Ca) 7-3 (226-163) post season: 0-0
Lost to Puget Sound (Wash) 35-45, Pacific Lutheran (Wash) 7-10, and Pomona-Pitzer (Ca) 19-24
Denison (Ohio) 8-2 (437-214) post season: 0-1
Lost to Southwestern (Texas) 21-42 and Wittenberg 66-68
Eureka (Ill) 9-1 (441-) 0-3
Lost to Lakeland (Wisc) 55-56
Framingham State (Mass) 8-2 (335-179) post season: 0-3
Lost to Cortland State (NY) 19-57 and Plymouth State (NH) 28-29
Hanover (Ind) 7-3 (365-164) post season: 2-13
Lost to Centre 18-28, Thomas More (NY) 18-27 and Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) 15-19
Husson (Me) 8-2 (407-145) post season: 1-3
Lost to Union (NY) 7-30 and Western New England 28-31
Martin Luther (Minn) 9-1 (365-196) post season: 0-0
Lost to Gustavus Adolphus (Minn) 20-32
Maryville (Tenn) 7-2 (238-141) post season: 1-1
lost to Berry 3-38 and Centre 6-40
M.I.T. (Mass) 9-1 (231-106) post season: 1-1
Lost to Worchester Tech (Mass) 6-13
Randolph-Macon 8-2 (398-263) post season: 0-3
Lost to Johns Hopkins 31-63 and Ferrum (Va) 23-28
R. P. I. (NY) 8-1 (252-154) post season: 3-5
Lost to Union (NY) 10-34
St. Norbert (Wisc) 9-1 (348-96) post season:1-12
Lost to Wisconsin-Eau Claire 23-30
Wartburg (Iowa) 8-2 (476-176) post season: 10-12 Lost to Monmouth (Ill) 18-24 and Simpson (Iowa) 36-37
Washington & Jefferson (Pa) 9-1 (397-185) post season: 23-25-1
lost to Westminister (Pa) 20-27
Western New England (Mass) 8-2 (448-203) post season: 1-4
Lost to Springfield (Mass) 21-42 and Endicott (Mass) 38-41


First Round

Mount Union 60 Denison 0
College football/Mount Union 60, Denison 0: Purple Raiders reign in playoff opener
Even with its starting QB out, Mount Union completely dominated, using three quarterbacks who each produced touchdowns. Jake Keeney passed for four of them Ernie Burks ran for one and Kyle Moore’s only pass was for 41 yards and a score.

Mary Hardin-Baylor 27 Hardin-Simmons 6
UMHB tops Hardin-Simmons 27-6 in playoff rematch
Editorial: I’m concerned about what has happened with this division. You used to see different teams in the championship game every year but now it’s the same teams, over and over. And most games, especially most playoff games, were competitive. Now we are seeing games with astronomical margins of victory. MH-B beat ten teams by an average of 62-6 during the regular season. They won their opener 91-7, won another game 77-7 and won consecutive 80-7 games later in the season. Their closest regular season game was a 26-0 win over Hardin-Simmons, (both schools are named after Mary and James Hardin, whose contributions saved each from bankruptcy during the depression), which was essentially repeated here. But with all the big numbers being put – The top five teams in the rankings won 24 games by 50 or more points – I feel that some DIII schools have put together programs more appropriate to a higher level but remain here to beat up on schools that are putting academics first. I think the top schools now would have beaten the champions of a generation ago badly because of that and many good programs have bene left behind, including the Ithaca Bombers who became a favorite of mine when they went to a then record 7 title games from 1974-91 and won three championships. They are still a winning program but far behind the Mount Unions and Mary Hardin-Baylors of the world. There should be a means of moving schools up and down the divisions, similar to the English soccer leagues, based on their ability to compete and their opponent’s ability to compete with them.

In this game, “the Cru”, (Crusaders) had to resort to their defense to control the game when their high-powered offense got held to 237 yards to 315 for H-S. But four takeaways determined the outcome. A 65 yard drive, an 88 yard pick six and a 58 yard bomb gave MH-B a 21-6 halftime lead and a field goal duel in the second halve never threated the outcome.

St. John’s 84 Martin Luther 6
Johnnies do some damage to record book in 84-6 playoff win
Point taken. A playoff game should never have a score like this. It was 42-0 after one quarter. The Johnnie out-gained their overmatched opponents 375-97 and out-passed them 342-69. Sure martin Luther was a famous man but he’s only 1 guy against 11!

Brockport State 40 Framingham State 27
No. 3 Brockport Dances on to Sweet 16, bypassing Framingham 40-27
New York used to be a hot bed of D3 football. The Golden Eagles represented our best chance at a title run in years, having totally dominated local opposition. They bolted to a 24-0 halftime lead on Framingham and coasted home. The final score was a close as the Rams got, despite 450 yards of passing. Brockport had 320 of their own and out-rushed the visitors 169-3. Joe Germinero passed for 320 yards and 3 scores and ran for 47 yard s and another score. Joe Benedict of Sandy Creek High in Section III had 58 yards rushing and a score.

Wisconsin-Whitewater 67 Eureka 14
No. 5 UW-Whitewater Earns Win, Ticket to NCAA Second Round
Whitewater is another D3 team that seems to have risen above the rest of the division with 6 titles since 2007. Eureka had little to be ex cited about when they were down 0-50 at halftime. White water rushed for 500 yards and passed for 149 more. Ronny Ponick rushed for 200 yards and 3 TDs. Alex Peete rushed for 116 and three more scores.

Frostburg State 42 Western New England 24
Frostburg advances after dispatching Western New England
This one wasn’t a complete blow-out but Frostburg built a 28-10 third quarter lead and were never threatened after that. Connor Cox had 381 yards and three TD passes. The Bobcats also rushed for 201 yards.

Randolph-Macon 23 John Carroll 20
R-MC Football Earns First NCAA Tourney Win in 23-20 Victory at JCU
The Yellow Jackets won their first ever NCAA tournament game by controlling the ball for 44 minutes. Their offense was unspectacular but balanced with 144 yards rushing and 141 passing but their defense prevented the Blue Streaks from streaking, holding them to 135 yards and taking the ball away 4 times.

North Central 52 Hanover 0
North Central Opens Postseason with Shutout of Hanover
Back to the blow-outs. 52-0 was the third quarter score here. NC outgained Hanover 482-16t and forced 4 turnovers. Hanover gained 31 yards in the second half. Five different players scored for the winners.

Whitworth 48 Claremont Mudd-Scripps 6
Whitworth Beats CMS in Football First Round Game
This one at least had a different script. CM-S had a 6-3 lead after 1 quarter. The rest of the game was 0-45. Whitworth out passed them 321-251 but out-rushed them 192-37. Leif Ericksen, (I kid you not), passed for 258 yards and 3TDs.

Bethel 41 Wartburg 14
https://bethelclarion.com/2018/11/17/bethel-football-blitzes-wartburg-41-14-in-first-round-of-ncaas/
There’s no shortage of bethels in small college football. This one is in Minnesota and they took care one of my favorite school names, Wartburg, 41-14. This one was 35-0 at halftime, thanks to a 28 point third quarter. The winners had s light edge in rushing yardage: 387 to -42. Jaran Roste wasn’t much for passing: 3 for 12 for 18 yards but he ran for 154 yards and 3 scores on 10 carries.

St. Norbert 31 Trine 7
https://www.d3football.com/seasons/2018/contrib/20181117um39sy
Trine came in with a glittering 10-0 record and #12 national ranking but could only muster 173 yards of total offense and 6 turnovers didn’t help much, either. Still, they actually scored first on an interception but it was all downhill from there. St. Norbert only gained 304 yards themselves but with all those takeways, they couldn’t help but score.

Muhlenberg 20 Delaware Valley 13
https://www.d3football.com/seasons/2018/contrib/20181117el6j2s
Delaware Valley also got off to a good start, leading 13-0 after one period but laying goose eggs after that. They gained 417 yards but were thwarted by 5 turnovers. The Mules, (who were once coached by Ben Schwartwalder back in the day), pulled even after three quarters and won the game in the fourth with a 65 yard pick six. Max Krimm had 155 yards on 6 catches for the winners, although he never scored.

Johns Hopkins 49 MIT 0
https://www.d3football.com/seasons/2018/contrib/201811177or4qk
Quick- who has the smarter students, johns Hopkins or MIT? I hope it’s Johns Hopkins if I need surgery. The better football team belongs to the Blue Jays, who led 42-0 at halftime. MIT had a balanced offense: 100 yards rushing and 100 passing. They gave up 687 yards. Heh! They were +3 in turnovers or it could have been worse. David Tammaro threw for 321 yards and 3 scores for the winners.

Berry 31 Maryville 0
http://www.berryvikings.com/sports/fball/2018-19/releases/ncaa_maryville
Sweetness prevailed over romance as Berry shut out Maryville. They out-gained them 378-113. Joey Conners gained 105 yards on just 9 carries and scored twice, once on a 74 yarder.

Centre 54 Washington & Jefferson 13
https://gopresidents.com/news/2018/...s-no-14-w-j-from-division-iii-postseason.aspx
Way, way, way back in the day, these two schools made history. On October 29, 1921, little Centre Collage of Kentucky, the “Praying Colonels”, upset mighty Harvard, (when Harvard was mighty), 6-0. On January 1, 1922, Washington and Jefferson played California, generally considered the 1920 national champs and looking for two in a row in the Rose Bowl and held the favored Golden Bears to a 0-0 tie. On November 17, 2018, however, The Colonels were much better than the Presidents, (they didn’t know more than the Colonels). They quickly moved out to a 17-0 lead and had a 27-0 second half to make it a tout. The yardage was 593-240. Colin Burnam rushed for 163 yards and 3 scores and two different quarterbacks threw two TD passes each.

RPI beat Husson 38-14
https://www.d3football.com/seasons/2018/contrib/20181117k5bxic
When my brother was at Hamilton College back in the 60’s the one team the Continentals could always beat was RPI, who lost 34 games in a row at one point, (then had a tie and lost 9 more). They scored 246 points in those 43 games, an average of less than 6 points a game. But they are nobody’s patsy these days – they’ve had 4 losing records since 1987! (I wish SU could say that.)

It was another game where both teams passed the ball well, (Husson won that battle 288-273) but the winner ran it much better, (173-48). Husson also had the game’s only 3 turnovers. George Marinopoulos threw for 3TDs for the Engineers and Keaton Ackermann caught 6 passes for 150 yards and a 56 yard score.


Second Round

Mount Union 51 Centre 35
http://athletics.mountunion.edu/sports/fball/2018-19/releases/20181124m1abi5
The first half of this one was a typical Purple Raiders blow-out: it was 51-7 at the half. But the Colonels rallied to make it respectable with a third quarter TD and three more in the fourth. Josh Petruccelli gained 162 yards on 16 carries for the winners, scoring 4TDs, all in the first half, of course. Amazingly, the total offense favored Centre, 471-326. MUU, (do they call it “Mooo?”), intercepted four passes, blocked a punt and returned one for 51 yards in that first half. Centre was playing without Southern Athletic Association Player of the Year in quarterback Tanner Young. His back-up, John Walton, passed for 271 yards and 3TDs but misfired on 23 of 38 passes, four of which were picked off.

Mary Hardin-Baylor 75 Berry 9
https://www.d3football.com/seasons/2018/contrib/2018112459fgkv
Berry was a perfectly legitimate 10-1 team that had given up 163 points all season and shut out their first round opponent. But they became the victim of still another horrendous blow-out at the hands of “The Cru”. This one was 48-0 at halftime. The game stats suggest a dominant performance but not a 66 point win: 575 yards to 205 with the turnovers even at 2-2. Bad punting contributed: The Vikings averaged only 29.7 yards on 13 punts. Markeith Miller and Marcus Duncan both ran for 3 TDs for the winners.

St. John’s 45 Whitworth 24
https://www.d3football.com/seasons/2018/contrib/201811240nr11o
The Johnnies pulled away in the second half to advance to the quarterfinals. The halftime score was 28-17. It was still another game where the passing was relatively even (332-311) but the winners dominated on the ground, (156-57). Jackson Erdmann completed 20 of 34 for 305 and 5 TDs with no interceptions for the Johnnies. Whitworth quarterback Leif Ericksen threw for 311 yards and 3 scores but he had to throw 60 times to do it. He completed 40 for an average gain of 7.8 yards per catch to 15.25 for Erdmann.

RPI 21 Brockport State 13
https://www.d3football.com/seasons/2018/contrib/201811248btp2y
Five turnovers and a blocked punt derailed Brockport’s hoped for title run. They outgained the Engineers 327-248 and out-rushed them 233-106 but you can’t keep giving the ball up and win. Still, the Golden Eagles led at halftime 13-7. They just couldn’t get anything going in the second half. Sandy Creek’s Joe Benedict had 38 yards on 4 carries but didn’t score.

Wisconsin- Whitewater 54 St. Norbert 21
https://www.d3football.com/seasons/2018/contrib/20181124oqdcjt
Whitewater blew away St. Norbert with a 30-7 second half. The Warhawks outrushed the Green Knights 397-83. Alex Peete rushed for 158 yards and Rony Ponick 131 for the winners.

Johns Hopkins 58 Frostburg State 27
https://www.d3football.com/seasons/2018/contrib/20181124l5k3us
in similar fashion, the Blue Jays turned a 19-20 game at halftime into a rout with a 39-7 second half keyed by a 29-0 third quarter. And they did it by rushing for 400 yards to 125 for their opponents. Tyler Messinger ran for 231 yards and 4TDs while David Tammaro passed for yards and 3TDs.

Muhlenberg 35 Randolph-Macon 6
https://www.d3football.com/seasons/2018/contrib/20181124hcn54q
The Mules ground out and old-fashioned type of dominating win, scoring twice in the first quarter and once in each of the last three quarters while holding to Yellow Jackets to just 98 yards total offense. It wasn’t a big stat game, (Muhlenberg only gained 346 yards) but Michael Hnatkowsky threw three TD passes for the winners.

Bethel 27 North Central 24
https://www.d3football.com/seasons/2018/contrib/20181124gtincn
A 14-10 game got livened up by four fourth quarter touchdowns. Bethel extended their lead to 20-10 with 12:40 left with a 14 play 94 yard drive ending in a 1 yard run by Jaran Roste North Central responded with a 6 play 71 yard drive that ended in their own 1 yard scoring run from Dominick Muoghalu to make it 20-17 with 6:56 left. Bethel struck back quickly on a 43 yard pass from Roste to Drew Larson to make it 27-17 with 5:51 left. Cameron Moore scored on a 26 yard pass from Broc Rutter to make it 27-24 with 1:34 left. “The Cardinals forced a Bethel punt, taking possession on their own nine-yard line with 4:13 to play, but were unable to move the sticks and turned the ball over on downs.”

Quarterfinals

Mount Union 38 Muhlenberg 10
https://www.cleveland.com/sports/20...over-muhlenberg-in-division-iii-playoffs.html
The Purple Raiders’ defense stuck the Mules in the mud, holding them to 152 total yards while their rushing attack ground out 253 yards and slow built the score up to the final result. They used the wildcat formation for much of those yards. Josh Petruccelli carried the ball 35 times for 219 yards and 3 scores.

Mary Hardin-Baylor 21 St. John’s 18
https://www.d3football.com/seasons/2018/contrib/20181201zn1mba
Two teams that had won playoff games by 84-6 and 75-9 got together to play perhaps the best game of the playoffs. Neither team could run the ball much: MH-B had 80 yards to 47 for the Johnnies. St. John’s out-passed The Cru 418-235 but were -3 in turnovers. “The Cru took a 21-11 lead when Jase Hammack hit T.J. Josey for a 51-yard touchdown strike with 10:32 left to play. Saint John's would turn the ball over on downs on its next two possessions and Elijah Cross intercepted a Jackson Erdmann pass at the UMHB two-yard line on the next drive. The Cru could only run 43 seconds off the clock before Ryan LaCosse broke through to block a UMHB punt. Erdmann hit Will Gillach for a six-yard touchdown strike on the next play to cut the gap to 21-18 with 1:49 remaining. Austin Solors perfectly executed an onside kick to give the Johnnies the ball back at their own 48-yard line two seconds later. Erdmann hit Adam Essler with a 27-yard completion on the next play to put the ball at the Cru 25-yard line. His throw into the end zone deflected off of Gillach's hands on the next play and Fritz pull it down for his second pick of the day to clinch the victory for UMHB.”

Wisconsin-Whitewater 26 Bethel 12
https://www.d3football.com/seasons/2018/contrib/20181201wlt4ed
Whitewater took a 16-0 lead and it held up to send them to the semi-finals. They did it almost entirely on the ground, completing just one pass for 8 yards. They out-rushed the Royals 230-65 and picked off four passes. Their running tandem of Alex Peete and Rony Ponick again carried the load with Peete getting 123 yards on 24 carries for one score and Ponick getting 117 on 21 carries and 2 scores.

Johns Hopkins 37 RPI 14
https://www.d3football.com/seasons/2018/contrib/201812019rmknc
These Johnnies dominated RPI in still another game where both teams could pass, (284-296) but only one could run, (237-42). There wasn’t a turnover in the game. David Tammaro threw for 284 yards and a score and Stuart Walters ran for 115 yards and 2TDs, including a 52 yarder that opened the scoring.

Semi-Finals

Mount Union 28 Johns Hopkins 20
https://www.d3football.com/playoffs/2018/semifinal-johns-hopkins-at-mount-union
The Blue Jays don’t just play Lacrosse: they gave mighty Mount Union a fierce battle until a ball David Tammaro was trying to throw away got picked off and returned for a clinching touchdown. The Jays out-passed the Purple Gang 326-210 but got out-rushed 41-165. They also came to regret going for it on fourth down rather than kicking field goals twice: they didn’t make it either time.

Mary Hardin-Baylor 31 Wisconsin-Whitewater 14
https://www.d3football.com/playoffs/2018/semifinal-uw-whitewater-at-mary-hardin-baylor
The Crusaders had lost to the Warhawks three times in the playoffs in past years: 2007, 2008 and 2013. This time the broke through and beat them to advance to the championship game for the third year in a row. Mount Union and Whitewater had met for the title 9 times in 10 years from 2005-2014. The next chapter will have to wait for another year. The yardage was relatively equal: rushing: 179-154, passing: 133-107. The difference was 4 Warhawk turnovers to just one for “The Cru”, who built up a 17-0 halftime lead and never lost control of the game. Markeith Miller ran for 168 yards and 3 scores for the winners, negating a combined 135 yards and 1Alex Peete and Rony Ponick.


Championship

Mary Hardin-Baylor 24 Mount Union 16
https://www.d3football.com/playoffs/2018/mary-hardin-baylor-wins-second-national-championship
These were the same two teams that played in last year’s final, won by mount Union 12-0. The Purple Raiders seemed bound to repeat after jumping out to a 10-0 first quarter lead. But The Cru controlled the rest of the game, 24-6 to win their second title in three years. It started with two long passes, the second a 36 yard TD pass from Jase Hammack to T. J. Josey. A blocked field goal began another scoring drive which gave them the lead for good at 14-13 heading to halftime. After trading field goals “UMHB extended the lead to 24-16, including a bruising fourth-quarter drive in which Hammack converted on several long runs before finding K.J. Miller for an easy 16-yard touchdown pass. Miller was left wide open after late substitutions created confusion on the Mount Union defense. Hammack completed 11 of 19 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns, while Markeith Miller ran for 90 yards and a touchdown in the win… Josh Petruccelli was held to 57 yards on 16 carries, with 23 of those yards coming on a fake punt” for Mount union. Both teams gained exactly 303 yards, Mount Union winning the air war 194-147 but the Cru winning on the ground, 156-109. Each team had one turnover.

The entire game:

Mary Hardin-Baylor’s final line: 15-0 (801-127) ranked #2 post season: 41-15 with 2 titles
 
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Your commentary regarding the lack of parity in D3 is 100% spot on. I played D3 ball at Alfred, and we have gotten two shots at Mount Union (once during my freshman year, once after I graduated). Both were only marginally competitive, the second one a bit more than the first. The Mount Union, Whitewater, Mary Hardin-Baylor's of the world really are a step above everyone else. You hope that an upstate New York team can rise again and challenge one of these behemoths. But many of them have disadvantages. IC & RPI are expensive private schools, Alfred and Morrisville are in the middle of nowhere, my guess is that you're going to have to see one of the other D3's emerge in order to get a big power back in the mix.
 
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I'm not sure I agree with some of the conclusions. I played my college ball at Brockport in the 60s. During that era, Ithaca had a run of National Championships much like Mary Hardin Baylor and Mt. Union have more recently. However, Brockport may be the next in this process. In 2017 they were undefeated and made it to the final four, and yes, lost to one of the above. This past season they were once again undefeated and lost in the first round to RPI and did not look like the team they were during the season, (in a snow storm, as I recall. You can watch these games streaming online).

Next year they have most of the pieces returning and may get to the final four again. Northeast football is better than given credit for. You can follow D-III here:

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I'm not sure I agree with some of the conclusions. I played my college ball at Brockport in the 60s. During that era, Ithaca had a run of National Championships much like Mary Hardin Baylor and Mt. Union have more recently. However, Brockport may be the next in this process. In 2017 they were undefeated and made it to the final four, and yes, lost to one of the above. This past season they were once again undefeated and lost in the first round to RPI and did not look like the team they were during the season, (in a snow storm, as I recall. You can watch these games streaming online).

Next year they have most of the pieces returning and may get to the final four again. Northeast football is better than given credit for. You can follow D-III here:

The home for NCAA Division III football
I've used that site for years and watched most of these games live:
Division III football playoff history

Ithaca was in the title game in 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1988 and 1991, winning in 1979, 1988 and 1991, (all over teams that had previously beaten them in the final). Union made the finals in `1983 and 1989. Wagner won it in 1987. That's 10 appearances in 18 years. No NYS team has made the final since 1991. That's 27 years with no appearances.

It used to be you'd see different schools in the final almost every year. Augustana in the mid 1980's was the only real dynasty. Now the rest of the country seems to have trouble competing with Mount Union, Whitewater, Mary Hardin-Baylor and a few other schools like St. John's and St. Thomas.

My impression i that those schools have, despite not being able to give out scholarships, have built their programs up in to something beyond what was intended for DIII and the rest of the division, including the NYS teams have stayed at the same level they were in the 70's and 80's. I'm not sure it's an area the NCAA bothers to look at but when I look at some of these scores, (playoff games of 84-6 and 75-9), I wonder if maybe they should.
 
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As a Bomber, I’d love to see Ithaca back. It seems that athletics were de emphasized for awhile. Either that or we just kind of sucked across the board. Over the last couple of years, things have started to turn around again. I’m looking forward to Cortaca at Met Life this fall. Hopefully championships will return to South Hill!
 

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As a Bomber, I’d love to see Ithaca back. It seems that athletics were de emphasized for awhile. Either that or we just kind of sucked across the board. Over the last couple of years, things have started to turn around again. I’m looking forward to Cortaca at Met Life this fall. Hopefully championships will return to South Hill!

That's what I'm wondering about. Are Mount Union, Whitewater, MB-Baylor, etc. doing things that the Ithacas and Augustanas who used to be regular contenders haven't done and those things that a DIII school should be doing?
 
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UW Whitewater and the rest of their conference (WIAC) should be in DII, similar to DII teams in MN & MI) for they are head and shoulders larger in enrollment and stadium size vs. many other DIII schools. My oldest son went and played football at DIII Augustana (IL) and it was on or below par from his high school team. He stopped after 1 1/2 yrs and focused on academics and is now a CPA working at a cool start-up company in Chicago.
 
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That's what I'm wondering about. Are Mount Union, Whitewater, MB-Baylor, etc. doing things that the Ithacas and Augustanas who used to be regular contenders haven't done and those things that a DIII school should be doing?
I think it’s more that some schools’ attitudes toward competition have changed. Some D-3 schools have teams for the sake of having teams and some are out to win championships. From stats I’ve seen, the entering classes at Williams, the Stanford of the D-3 Directors’ Cup both in academics and sustained athletic prowess, are about 25% recruited athletes. They win a lot of their conference’s Olympic sports championships and advance reasonably far in the D-3 NCAAs.
 

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I think it’s more that some schools’ attitudes toward competition have changed. Some D-3 schools have teams for the sake of having teams and some are out to win championships. From stats I’ve seen, the entering classes at Williams, the Stanford of the D-3 Directors’ Cup both in academics and sustained athletic prowess, are about 25% recruited athletes. They win a lot of their conference’s Olympic sports championships and advance reasonably far in the D-3 NCAAs.

Of course, they don't play in the football tournament. I don't understand schools that eschew post season games in football but play them in other sports.
 
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UW Whitewater and the rest of their conference (WIAC) should be in DII, similar to DII teams in MN & MI) for they are head and shoulders larger in enrollment and stadium size vs. many other DIII schools. My oldest son went and played football at DIII Augustana (IL) and it was on or below par from his high school team. He stopped after 1 1/2 yrs and focused on academics and is now a CPA working at a cool start-up company in Chicago.
My nephew is a CPA in Chicago and is looking for a new job. Just got his MBA (I think) from University of Chicago. If your son knows of anything, hit me up!
 


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