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Sports Forum / Re: Chowan accepts full membership in new conference
« on: June 02, 2018, 04:33:49 AM »
The CIAA should scrap divisions for basketball like the ACC and seed the tournament 1-12.

There's a good case for that to happen, especially since there's no guarantee you'd have a North/South championship game matchup under the current bracket format.

I wonder if you could potentially see some MEAC or SIAC classics played at that stadium once the renovations are complete. Just throwing that out there.

Sports Forum / Re: WHAT THE HECK? !! T.U.
« on: November 11, 2016, 01:06:17 PM »
I actually previewed the Virginia State-Tuskegee as the prime game to watch in my Week 11 preview:

Also, for what it's worth, from reading the quotes from VSU's head coach, I get a vibe that if VSU had no chance at all of reaching the playoffs, I doubt they would've taken this game. But, as we've seen in the past, crazier things have happened in the last week of the season.

Sports Forum / Re: Many are shaking their heads at Albany State
« on: November 09, 2016, 03:30:53 PM »
My .02 as an outside and 'disinterested' neutral observer:

1. 'Skegee already played - and defeated - Albany State, 28-18, on Sept. 10. What exactly does ASU gain from a rematch that is designed to make TU playoff eligible, especially when the two teams have already faced each other?
2. I'll grant that TU may have dropped the ball by not scheduling a replacement game after Stillman dropped football. At the same time, scheduling an out-of-conference game in the middle of October is a lot easier said than done, given the way other conferences in the region (SAC, GSC) have their schedules set up. Even in December, there aren't a lot of options at TU's disposal or, for that matter, the majority of teams in similar situations.
3. I can understand if non-conference obligations from other SIAC teams prevented this from happening this season, but the easiest way to prevent these scheduling issues in the future is (1) eliminate the conference championship game and (2) a round-robin schedule with the first two weeks for OOC games (either FCS 'money games' or in-region games against CIAA, GSC or SAC teams.
4. Even if the SIAC chooses to stage a championship game, the league has to reconsider using divisional games only instead of divisional and inter-divisional games when determining a division champion, similar to how the CIAA format.
5. This situation could've been handled differently, that's for sure. But, kudos for Virginia State for stepping up and agreeing to this game. The SOS boost from playing an 8-2 VSU team helps Tuskegee, who more likely than not, has a path to the NCAA playoffs regardless of the outcome of this game, especially with the SAC overall being, well, lousy.

Sports Forum / Re: WHAT THE HECK? !! T.U.
« on: November 06, 2016, 12:45:01 AM »
i honestly believe Tuskegee's AD & coaching staff knew the risk of a regular season loss when they published this 9 game schedule with only 3 home games. There was discussion about having to go undefeated and play in the SIAC championship game to qualify for the D2 playoffs.

Second thought is the SIAC should not separate division record from conference record the champion should be determined by the conference record. Look at other major conferences, it's as if your non-division games don't count. Now Kentucky State has three conference losses and is playing for the conference championship !

the AD's and Presidents of the SIAC need to seriously correct this scheduling/record malfuntion.


Short of the SIAC going to a round robin schedule - especially since there are 10 football teams with Paine and Stillman dropping football - what other options exist?

Sports Forum / Re: NCAA Division II Football Regional Rankings 10-31-16
« on: November 05, 2016, 02:00:26 AM »
The conference champions should automatically get a bid to the playoffs.

That's been discussed, but I don't get a sense that there's a consensus on that issue. I did an interview with Reid Amos, the Mountain East Conference commissioner and one of the D2 football national committee members, earlier this week. I had brought up the state of the playoff system, but I didn't even think to ask about AQ.

Sports Forum / Re: NCAA Division II Football Regional Rankings 10-31-16
« on: November 05, 2016, 01:58:10 AM »
I posted a little more of an explanation of why the regional rankings came out the way they did:

Hopefully, that should answer some questions TU fans have about SR2's rankings and for CIAA fans about SR1.

I thought they got rid of the earned access rule and replaced it with the seventh team? Without the earned access rule in place, it is going to be very hard for CIAA and SIAC schools to make the playoffs going forward. Next year when the CIAA is moved to SR2, that includes SIAC, there may be no HBCUs making the playoffs. The main reason is that our overall conferences are weak overall. We are going to have to beat more PWS in non-conference games to start getting more of our schools in.

Earned access means that when the top team from any conference in the regional rankings when ranked eighth, that team would qualify for the playoffs under Earned Access. To their credit, WSSU and 'Skegee both have quality wins in recent years over PWS teams; it's just a matter of the rest of the CIAA and SIAC catching up and following suit. But, you're correct that Earned Access does help the CIAA and SIAC more so than it does in other leagues (though, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference might end up in that boat; their league isn't that great at football this season, to be honest).

The irony is, that as far as SR2 goes, the South Atlantic Conference might be in danger of needed Earned Access if Newberry takes another loss.

Sports Forum / Re: Justice Dept. sues AT&T over Dodgers Channel blackout
« on: November 04, 2016, 12:39:21 AM »
And to make matters worse, DirecTV's parent company, AT&T - which owns several regional sports networks (ROOT Sports - Pittsburgh, Seattle, Denver and Houston) - is attempting to acquire Time Warner's entertainment division (ie. CNN, TBS, etc.). I don't think this complaint from the Feds will help that merger - a merger, BTW, that both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump oppose (which tells you something).

Sports Forum / Re: NCAA Division II Football Regional Rankings 10-31-16
« on: November 04, 2016, 12:35:22 AM »
I posted a little more of an explanation of why the regional rankings came out the way they did:

Hopefully, that should answer some questions TU fans have about SR2's rankings and for CIAA fans about SR1.

Sports Forum / Re: NCAA Division II Football Regional Rankings 10-31-16
« on: November 04, 2016, 12:33:55 AM »
How many people from the SIAC are on the committee.

There are two representatives from each conference on each regional committee: 2 from the GSC, 2 from the SAC and 2 from the SIAC (plus one rep from the independents in the case of Super Region 2).

Sports Forum / Re: NCAA Division II Football Regional Rankings 10-31-16
« on: November 02, 2016, 12:18:59 AM »
So tell me if I got this right. There is a possibility that there won't be any HBCUs in the playoffs????

As of right now, that is a distinct possibility. But, there's one more rankings release (Nov. 7) and there's still a CIAA championship game to be played. My gut feeling is that if the CIAA title game is between Bowie or Virginia State and Winston-Salem, then the winner of that game would move into the playoff picture, most likely as a seven seed. If Elizabeth City pulls off the upset against Bowie AND Virginia Union defeated Virginia State, resulting in ECSU making the CIAA title game, then WSSU would have to win to get the CIAA into the playoffs.

As of Tuesday night, there's still no word on what Tuskegee's status will be as far as either being granted a waiver or having to schedule a game on Nov. 12. Unless and until that's resolved, then SIAC representation is up in the air.

Sports Forum / Re: NCAA Division II Football Regional Rankings 10-31-16
« on: November 02, 2016, 12:15:09 AM »
Strength of Schedule took a hit after defeating a 1 win Central State Team.  It also took a slight hit when Kentucky State Lost.

Our Strength of Schedule number was just above UNC-P last week. My guess is that it is now just below UNC-P.

Weighted SOS (factoring opponents' winning percentage and opponents' opponents' winning percentage):

UNC-P: .495
Newberry: .490
Tuskegee: .489

Sports Forum / Re: Did I read this right? Gram 70, UAPB Zip?
« on: November 01, 2016, 01:17:23 PM »
I can't say the result is surprising, to be honest. UAPB lost to Oklahoma Panhandle, a D2 school which will be dropping to NAIA next season.

Sports Forum / Re: Re: NCAA Div II Football Rankings
« on: October 26, 2016, 12:27:20 AM »

As I stated before, GET RID OF THAT D@MN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME! You would not have this problem. Now, the conference, once again, looks like a pitcher of fools. I don't fault Tuskegee on this. No one expected Stillman to become an epic fail so close to the season and leave teams scrambling.

that's all...   ???

This wasn't exactly late breaking news.  Stillman announced it was dropping football and moving to NAIA 3 weeks after their 2015 season ended

I hate to say this, but I agree with that assessment. That said, I do have to wonder if the SIAC will re-think this championship game, unless it brings in enough money to make it worthwhile, especially with the SIAC down to 10 football schools.

Sports Forum / Re: KSU Thorobreds clinch division title
« on: October 26, 2016, 12:23:10 AM »
yes.  This put a dent into Tuskegee playoff run since they have only 9 games this year.

Oh wow, I didn't realize they were in the same division. But this doesn't necessarily knock TU out. Right now TU is ranked 3rd in the region. They only need 8 D2 games in the region, which they will have. Now they can't lose any more. Win out and they will not fall out of the top 8 in the region.

Yes and now. A minimum of 10 games is required for NCAA playoff consideration, short of receiving a waiver. Although Stillman's dropping football left a hole in the schedule that 'Skegee couldn't fill, missing the SIAC title game will probably leave TU out of the playoffs as they'll only have nine games total.

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