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    Re: SoCon 2019 Off-Season

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    “In two weeks, the N.C.A.A.’s primary legislative body, the Division I Council, will vote on a measure that could severely restrict graduate transfers. The proposed rule change would require that colleges accepting graduate transfers be docked a scholarship the next year if the transfer does not earn his secondary degree within a year.”


    Uh-oh...this could affect some SoCon schools’ recruiting approaches. Not naming any names. No sense in airing dirty luggage here.
    I have tried, without success, to find out how many graduate transfers actually complete their programs (or even come back for the second semester). I suspect a very large number of them do not finish. Whether or not that is the case at the school where players are taught how to take the dirty luggage to your hotel room, I am not sure.

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    Re: SoCon 2019 Off-Season

    Thanks!!

    +1 for WCUGrad95 - WCU’s best Fan (cuz he started out as a Paladin!)
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    Re: SoCon 2019 Off-Season

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    I saw Coach Vogt this morning & he was ‘blown away’ & most grateful to see those donations from other SoCon peeps. Think he had some dust in his eyes, or something, when he mentioned it to me.
    Though we don't often show it on here, there are things that are much more important than football.

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    Re: SoCon 2019 Off-Season

    I donated and shared/RT on my twitter account
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    Re: SoCon 2019 Off-Season

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    I donated and shared/RT on my twitter account
    Atta guy! THANKS!! +1

    I saw Coach Conklin reTweeted Coach Lamb’s Tweet about it...



    ...and was going to share that on “Terrier Fans,” but you guys are too mean to FUBeAR over there, so I opted out. FUBeAR has feelings too, y’know?

    I saw Chatt’s HC & Coastal’s HC & OL Coach (an FU Alum, btw) had also donated. Almost there!
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    Re: SoCon 2019 Off-Season

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    Thanks!!

    +1 for WCUGrad95 - WCU’s best Fan (cuz he started out as a Paladin!)
    Just saw WCU’s Head Coach Speir dropped in a nice donation. Makes me happy now that he got that contract extension. The Lord works in mysterious ways.

    JK...really cool to see all these SoCon peeps coming together for a worthy cause.



    ....Now, we need to come together for another worthy cause...winning OOC games to boost Playoff selection chances. I still think if Mercer had beaten Yale or CIT beaten Towson last year (or both), then Furman would have made the Playoffs.

    As it seems Stella is almost set to get her Pup (THANKS Y’ALL!!)...thought maybe we could return this thread to Off-Season FOOTBALL...see next FUBeAR post...
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    Re: SoCon 2019 Off-Season

    So...here are all the SoCon's FCS OOC schedules vs. FCS Teams. We all know that winning over an FBS is unlikely (in general) and will certainly help a Team's at-large Playoff chances (almost) regardless of who that FBS Team is. And, we all know that a win over a non-D1 is essentially meaningless, but a loss is a (almost) certain Playoff killer...so let's just look at these FCS games and discuss...

    Which ones are 'must wins' for SoCon 'prestige' (like I think CIT @ Towson and Mercer @ Yale were last year)
    Which ones are 'can't lose' without really hurting SoCon prestige?
    What's your projected FCS OOC record for your Team? For ALL Teams?
    Whatever else y'all think is relevant and worthy of discussion on this topic...

    17 Games - 11 Home Games, 4 Away Games, 2 Neutral Site Games (Samford vs. YSU in "The Gump" & Samford vs. AL AM&M in B'Ham) - Projected SoCon Record in these games?

    BTW - FUBeAR sees a CLEAN SWEEP - 17-0!!! (C'mon Chatt!!!)

    CHATTANOOGA

    08.29.19 - 7:00 P.M. - EASTERN ILLINOIS - CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - FINLEY STADIUM
    09.07.19 - 7:00 P.M. - JACKSONVILLE STATE - JACKSONVILLE, ALA.
    09.21.19 - 4:00 P.M. - JAMES MADISON - CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - FINLEY STADIUM


    ETSU

    SEP
    21
    SA
    T
    Austin Peay William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium


    FURMAN

    Sat. AUGUST 31 Charleston Southern GREENVILLE


    MERCER

    SEP 14 (SAT) TBA - AUSTIN PEAY - MACON, GA. FIVE STAR STADIUM
    SEP 28 (SAT) TBA - CAMPBELL - MACON, GA. FIVE STAR STADIUM


    SAMFORD

    AUG 24 (SAT) 2:00 PM (CT) - YOUNGSTOWN STATE - MONTGOMERY, ALA
    AUG 31 (SAT) 6:00 PM (CT) - TENNESSEE TECH - COOKEVILLE, TENN.
    SEP 21 (SAT) TBD - VS ALABAMA A&M - BIRMINGHAM, ALA.


    THE CITADEL

    AUG 31 (SAT) TBA - VS TOWSON - CHARLESTON, S.C. JOHNSON HAGOOD STADIUM
    SEP 7 (SAT) TBA - ELON - ELON, N.C.
    SEP 21 (SAT) TBA - VS CHARLESTON SOUTHERN - CHARLESTON, S.C. JOHNSON HAGOOD STADIUM


    VMI

    Sat, Sep 21 // TBA - vs.Robert Morris - Lexington, Va.


    WESTERN CAROLINA

    Sat, Oct 5 // TBA - vs.Gardner-Webb - E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field


    WOFFORD
    AUG 31 (SAT) 6:00 PM - SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY - ORANGEBURG, S.C.
    SEP 21 (SAT) TBA - GARDNER-WEBB UNIVERSITY - SPARTANBURG, S.C. GIBBS STADIUM
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    Re: SoCon 2019 Off-Season

    I think Furman has to beat Charleston Southern.

    The Bucs are not a top 25 program, but are generally respectable. The Paladins will likely be favored, but have also had tough early opening slates the last few years. It'd be nice to see Furman come roaring out of the gate playing well instead of struggling a few weeks before turning up the heat.
    FU all the time.

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    Re: SoCon 2019 Off-Season

    Chattanooga wins against JSU and James Madison, as well as Citadel wins over Towson and Elon would really help the conference. Sammy should beat Youngstown, but we'll have to see how well they play with a new QB.

    In general, all the other non-VMI games would be expected to be SoCon wins and won't help much. Losses against GWU would hurt.

    I would heavily favor FU over CSU, but CSU has a new coach and a new scheme so there always a surprise factor there.

    FUBeAR - I'm surprised you think Trevor Lawrence and the Tiggers will beat my Terriers.

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    Re: SoCon 2019 Off-Season

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    Chattanooga wins against JSU and James Madison, as well as Citadel wins over Towson and Elon would really help the conference. Sammy should beat Youngstown, but we'll have to see how well they play with a new QB.

    In general, all the other non-VMI games would be expected to be SoCon wins and won't help much. Losses against GWU would hurt.

    I would heavily favor FU over CSU, but CSU has a new coach and a new scheme so there always a surprise factor there.

    FUBeAR - I'm surprised you think Trevor Lawrence and the Tiggers will beat my Terriers.
    I said "unlikely" and "in general" so the Terriers whipping the Tigers is not precluded.

    So...serious...here are FUBeAR's SoCon FCS OOC thoughts...

    Obviously Chatt has the toughest FCS OOC schedule & the overall most important for the SoCon's prestige with CIT and Sammy close behind...Realistically, I have no idea if they can win any of those 3. Their offense was pretty bad last year and the D lost their BIG ANCHORS...but, IMO, they have a MUCH IMPROVED Coaching Staff for 2019 and they always have Athletes in the fold. I don't know much about what JaxSt, EIU, or JMU have coming back...but all 3 Programs have certainly made BIG NOISE in the past with JMU and JaxSt being more recent heavy noisemakers. I'd just have to call all 3 of these games, "Toss-Ups" at best until we learn more about both sides of each contest.

    Although APSU lost their 'wunderkind' Coach to a BIG FBS Salary, I think they very well may have upgraded with hiring Mark Hudspeth as their HC...

    Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
    North Alabama Lions (Gulf South Conference) (2002–2008)
    2002 North Alabama 4–7 3–6 T–8th
    2003 North Alabama 13–1 9–0 1st L NCAA Division II Semifinal
    2004 North Alabama 5–5 4–5 T–6th
    2005 North Alabama 11–3 7–2 T–2nd L NCAA Division II Semifinal
    2006 North Alabama 11–1 8–0 1st L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
    2007 North Alabama 10–2 7–1 T–2nd L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
    2008 North Alabama 12–2 7–1 2nd L NCAA Division II Semifinal
    North Alabama: 66–21 45–15
    Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (Sun Belt Conference) (2011–2017)
    2011 Louisiana–Lafayette 1–4* 1–2* 3rd* (vacated) V New Orleans* (vacated)
    2012 Louisiana–Lafayette 5–4* 4–2* T–2nd* (vacated) W New Orleans
    2013 Louisiana–Lafayette 1–4* 0–2* T–1st* (vacated) V New Orleans* (vacated)
    2014 Louisiana–Lafayette 7–4* 5–1* 2nd* (vacated) W New Orleans
    2015 Louisiana–Lafayette 4–8 3–5 T–5th
    2016 Louisiana–Lafayette 6–7 5–3 5th L New Orleans
    2017 Louisiana 5–7 4–4 T–5th
    Louisiana–Lafayette/Louisiana: 29–38* 22–19*
    Austin Peay Governors (Ohio Valley Conference) (2019–Present)
    2019 Austin Peay 0-0 0-0
    Austin Peay: 0-0 0-0
    Total: 95–59*


    ...and even when they were TERRIBLE, APSU had good Players. They were VERY poorly Coached before Healy went there...and though they went backward last year, I wouldn't be surprised to see them rise up again this year...and give ETSU and Mercer all either of them want. If they Players buy into Hudspeth and the Staff quickly, I expect to see tough, close games with the Govs in both cases. Really, I'm between Toss-Up and slight edge to both SoCon schools in these games.

    I see Mercer having another tough game with Campbell. They are a scholarship program now and Mike Minter has surprised me in that he has stayed the course and is creating something there in Buies Creek. They should be at or near Full Scholarship level now as 2019 will be their 3rd class of Schollie recruits and I believe they have hit the Transfer ranks pretty hard. A quick glance at their roster shows about 10 Transfers. They weren't great last year, but I doubt the Bears will walk over the Camels...slight edge to Mercer in this one.

    Furman walks over ChuckSouth though...no question in my mind about that one...and FU's young QB has his 'real' debut.

    All about the QB for Sammy - if their QB, Welch or the transfer or Hatcher the Younger picks up where Hodges left off, they can win all 3 of their OOC games. If that position sputters, they could lose all 3...if I HAD to pick, I'd say they will be fine and win all 3. C'mon Coach Hatcher...get 'em reloaded (for OOC...only...of course)

    Gardner-Webb lays down (as usual) for Woffy & WCU...so those are wins...or should be. SC State takes their obligatory beating from Woffy and hopes the Terrier Fans spend A LOT of money in Orangeburg!

    VMI finds a way to beat Bob Morris...just because they should dangit!

    CIT....c'mon...ya gotta beat Towson in ChuckTown! Then catch Elon with a new staff and having lost a lot from last year...and y'all STILL owe ChuckSouth for cheating and knocking your best recent Team out of the Playoffs. CIT goes 3-0 in OOC!!!!
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