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|29 weeks 19 hours ago||Great season for B1G Lacrosse going by the first round||
Really nice post. First round weekend is wrapping up and the Big Ten is looking good. Ohio State knocks off the defending champs, Duke. Hopkins destroys perennial Virginia. And Maryland gets by Yale. So all three B1G teams continue.
I'm fine rooting for Hopkins and Maryland as they are now B1G teams and I have to root for Ohio State for the same reason. I usually root for anyone playing ND and this is a double bonus as Albany is the crowd favorite to watch with Lyle Thompson. Then you add a goalie that scores against Cornell to create a Sportcenter #1 highlight and my field is set.
This is really good to have the B1G teams do well. It cannot hurt and probably will help Michigan recruiting. Just like the other sports, a stronger conference gets you better ranking and thus easier to get a playoff berth.
Next week's games look to be great matchups. Can't wait!
|1 year 4 weeks ago||He did bring in Lacrosse||
I will always be indebted to Dave Brandon for bringing Varsity Lacrosse to Michigan. By doing so he has helped create the B1G Lacrosse Conference which will be one of the stronger conferences. Too bad it had to end this way....
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Good point||
"AQs are for those other teams....."
|1 year 26 weeks ago||They have to do something.||
Losing the Terps means the ACC needs one more but the cynic in me says they will grab the only team without a home, Air Force. But what a crazy place for AFA.
But to be hopeful with you for a moment, maybe Boston College can be shamed by Boston U into creating a team and is already in the ACC. They would have no shortage of talent and probably be decent from the get-go ala BU. Great natural rivalry to go along with the hockey wars.
I would love to see Clemson go. That would almost be as big a deal as Michigan going. But Wake, Va Tech, or NC State would also be great adds. Besides the ACC schedule, they would have close teams to play in Furman, High Point, NC, Richmond, and VMI.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||ESPNU||
had the feed from the overhead camera they called "spidercam." interesting view. sometimes dizzying as the spun around the play.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||True but,||
Notre Dame's Sergio Perkovic is from Michigan. The DII and the DIII Champs had kids from Michigan on the roster. And he would have been the MOP if Notre Dame had won. The DII and the DIII Champs had kids from Michigan on the roster. So there is talent here.
I don't root for ND not so much because they are ND but their coach is not what I would want in a college coach. (Much prefer the Danowski type.) But ND is a sign that Lacrosse can flourish west of the Appalachia's. Almost was rooting for a Denver - ND final. That would have been a trip.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||We know who the next two D1 teams and they are||
U Mass Lowell and New Jersey Tech in 2015. This doesn't really make us happy as it really will not help to spread the sport to the Midwest. Obviously maybe this wonderfully done 3 part series, ( thank you so much L'Carpetron Dookmarriot!) should be thought of as only talking about bringing D1 to non-tradional areas.
Travel costs seem to play much into the costs for the schools. In the southeast the small schools there make all there programs DII because to play in a DIII league they would have to travle much further and it is self promoting.
I do think the first type school profiled for bringing a D1 team to life is the far more likely. Recently announced was a new DII program at the University of Indianapolis. Who??? Right. Already working.
I do have a question about B1G Network. Does the entire B1G share in the revnue from Lacrosse broadcasts or only the Lacrosse schools? If it is only the Lacrosse schools, then perhaps once they revenue starts, (if it starts,) flowing will schools like NW, MSU, and the others jump on board?
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Scholarships are part of it||
Scholarships are part of it but not the whole picture. It's participation as well. The participation opportunities need to be proportional to the student body as well. Football is not just a problem for scholarships but there are so many athletes on the football team it takes about 3 or 4 women's sports to have an equivalent number of athletes.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Why should they add is the question.||
Schools are adding DII and DIII programs like crazy in the Southeast and Midwest. They can easily do it because the programs fund themselves. That many kids paying tuition to play Lacrosse actually pays for it. So why do they do it. Sure it's another activity for the kids and all that. But they also find that they now have publicity in the best demographics group in the country. Parents that are college educated and have the funds to pay tuition for all of their kids.
Albion College in Michigan now has their name pop up on computer screens in Maryland and New York. They have a great record of getting kids into Med School but if no one ever hears of them it doesn't matter. As these teams spread the other schools will find it even easier to start programs as travel costs go down.
So I think that while the ability to add is a great discussion, another maybe even more important question is why would a D1 school add a varsity program. For Furman it was the publicity. Before they hired Richie Meade and said, "We want to be a player," who had ever heard of them? It's a good school and now their name shows up on the east cost in monied homes. Furman recently tried to cut their storied golf prgram until a benefactor saved it. The school actually said they didn't get much, (read publicity,) out if it. So now you also have High Point, Richmond, Boston U.
So besides who can pull it off, who would benefit from the program's publicity? Michigan felt that they wanted to be in that tier of programs with Duke and Princeton or at least as the sport grew wanted to be a step ahead of the rest of the pack. Which BCS school would bite? Northwestern should be in that pack. Texas should also. Maybe Louisville? Cincinnatti? Xavier? Stanford?
I don't know but certainly the when folks come knocking at the AD's door to add the sport, he is going to ask "Why?"
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Furman not a pushover||
Thanks for the synopsis. I would agree with pretty much everything except for the quality of one team: Furman
Furman is taking this Lacrosse thing seriously. They hired Richie Meade, the 2014 Men's National Lacrosse team head coach. His name and the school will attract some talent. I know a scrimmage is not necessarily a good judge of things but they did scrimmage perennial DII power Limestone evenly last weekend and lost to preseason #17, Lehigh, 13-6 today. While they are still a good target for a win, they will be tough. They certainly will not stink. I would at least move them up to the fair chance.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Free Wi-FI||
That is all it would take. Cell service would help as well.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Plenty of time to tool around||
I agree that spending time on the phone at a football game seems pretty lame. But when so much time is spent watching the redhat sell refrigerators, I also understand wanting to know what else is going on in the world cuz not much is happening in the stadium. UMich tries to keep things interesting but 4 hours for a football game? C'mon.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||New Big Ten teams||
Now that it seems there is a six team B1G Lacrosse conference on the horizon, does this add any impetus for other B1G schools to add lacrosse? Now that the conference has a bigger presence, lacrosse wise, on the East Coast, is there more reason for Illinois or Minnesota or hopefully Sparty, to add Lacrosse as a D1 sport?
|2 years 33 weeks ago||But the unexpected good||
The unexpected good thing about this event that while really cool thing for the Huskers to do for the kid, this video is winning the Top Video replay ever on ESPN. That means we won't have to watch Clowney knock Vincent Smith's head, (helmet,) off every week.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Naismith||
This has to be Burke's. He has carried his team further in the Dance than any of the others.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||You should get outside the||
You should get outside the Midwest….
Penn State – You should know this
Bellarmine – Louisville
Johns Hopkins - Baltimore
Army – West Point (That’s in NY)
High Point - High Point, NC
Hobart – Geneva, NY, (think Finger Lakes)
Fairfield – Fairfield, CN
Colgate – Hamilton, NY (think Syracuse)
Loyola - Baltimore
Air Force – Colorado Springs
Delaware – (do we have to pin it down any more?)
Ohio State – ummmm
Detroit – 3 guesses
St. Joseph's - Philadelphia
Denver – see Detroit
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Gerald Logan is now the||
Gerald Logan is now the starting goalie as Emil Weiss went back east. From person at the game, (one of the stripes,) he said that Logan was great. 6 goals against and 16 saves is pretty decent.
Tim Sullivan does a great job at Great Lax State and I cannot get on his site as well.
The MGoBlue recap is pretty good.
They played Marquette which is a first year team, (but supposed to be decent given their rookie status,) and dominated. Not saying a lot but could be a lot worse.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Kansas got 8 more first place||
Kansas got 8 more first place votes than last week while Michigan went up 13 from 1 vote to 14 votes. Duke lost all 20 of their #1 votes. Some coaches taking longer to decide Michigan is back?
|3 years 19 hours ago||as well||
as the fact they are giving me more credit for being smart and marrying my wife who is an alum as well! Bonus!!
|3 years 19 hours ago||Parking!||
I like it!
Not only does it matter in seat location, it matters to the parking lots. If you have enough points you get into one of the closer athletic department lots. I don't think the prices change with your location so it's a big deal whether you have more points. You could be by the tennis building down State street or by Oosterbaan and Yost.
With the money we sunk into the U the least they can do is give us a little credit for it.
|3 years 1 week ago||Adding one||
Northwestern is logical but with already having a Women's team the Title IX hurdle is bigger. But that is the most logical school for the lacrosse Demographic. MSU alumni are still mad at their school and they do not have the alumni interet in the club like Michigan did. At Minnesota the school is just starting to work with the club program.
More expansion? If the ACC has cracks then perhaps Virginia would want to join. There are obviously better football schools but UVA would be my selfish pick for another Lacrosse team.
|3 years 1 week ago||Adding Lacrosse Schools||
Another case for Rutgers is they already play Men's Lacrosse. Conference's need 6 schools playing Lacrosse for that conference to get an automatic qualifier into the National Championship tournament. We've been wondering which B1G schools would add lacrosse. Forget that. Adding schools that already play is genius. Maryland is a power and Rugers is no slouch. So it's not like we wouldn't have good competition
So with Rutgers and Maryland, we'd be at five. Next?
|3 years 1 week ago||But this would be great for Lacrosse.||
OK, so I have no clue if this Maryland and Rutgers thing is real and it seems pretty crazy, but if both were to join the B1G it is a big deal for Michigan Men's Lacrosse. Yes we are part of the ECAC for Men's Lacrosse but with the addition of Rutgers and Maryland, The B1G would be at 5 schools playing lacrosse. One more and the B1G would have its own Auto Qualifier for the National Tournament. Still one away but if the confrence is really out shopping who know what other team might jump in.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Spring trip||
This is pretty typical for many northern teams. They take the Spring school vacation and make a southern trip out of it where they get a chance to practice outside and get a couple of games in against schools that are down there or other teams that have traveled as well. As Devotee points out this is what they did last year playing Jacksonville and Mercer one weekend in Jacksonville. Gets the kids out of Ann Arbor and into hopefully some decent weather.
Add to that the exposure to recruits from the area and it is a good plan. The club team used to hit California, Florida, Arizona for their spring trips. Hell, when we played club ball in the 70s we used to go drive to Miami. I always thought it was nice when they asked to see our U of M ID cards, like they were expecting us.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Detroit Game at Night||
The Detroit game will be a nice event. It's late in the season so the weather will be decent. It is on a Wednesday so since high school teams ususally play on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays they will be able to come. Should be a crowd that will rival the OSU game with a lot of kids and parents that would be at other games on a Saturday.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||That's rich.||
This year maybe they aren't favored so all of a sudden a call for responsible discourse. @#$@$# That!
|3 years 7 weeks ago||USC may not be that far off||
The other thought is Stanford where again the same demographics that made Michigan a good fit for lacrosse could see Stanford adopt. Stanford has plenty of big young money that could fund a new sport.
But you are right that the geography is an issue. That didn't stop USC from elevating women's lacrosse to a varsity status. But adding Women's lacrosse beforehand doesn't help because now you already have the women's roster counted for Title IX so you don't have that sport to add to balance the addition of the Mens roster which is larger and acutally needs more than a womens team roster to get equal participation.
And as you mention we have Air Force and Denver in Colorado. They put a lot of fans in a stadium for the CSU vs Colorado game each year. With Denver's rise and the general high popularity of lacrosse in Colorado, those two state schools should consider it.
The way Richmond added Men's lacrosse was interesting. They actually cut men's soccer. That to me is unthinkable due to soccer's popularity. But Richmond said that they had a far better chance of getting close to a championship because while there are many D1 soccer teams there are 60 something D1 lacrosse teams.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Don't count out Texas||
There is a great deal of interest in Lacrosse at Texas. They just spent $4 milliion dollars to renovate a rec sports area. It is now called the Caven Lacrosse and Sports Center at Clark FIeld. Used for other sports and activities? sure. But those artist renditions and the lines on the field at dedication were lacrosse field markings.
Wolv, this may be one of those places where the club helps bring a varsity program to the school. Texas adding might even be a bigger deal than Michigan adding. The Aggies in that state would be salivating as well....
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Agreed||
With Laxalum. And Detroit was in the running for an NCAA berth in their own confernce so they probably aren't looking to leave.
I don't know if Furman has declared where they intend to go for league affiliation. They won't be championship material for some time but with a coach like Richie Meade they certainly aren't thinking about just participating. Michigan will hopefully be ready much sooner but Furman might be a choice.
That and it would be a nice place to go for a game in the early part of the season.....
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Club teams do not necessarily help||
Michigan went D1 because of the demographics fit, a progressive AD, and an energized alumni base due to JP's efforts. The club program was also an affect of this. Do not expect a strong club program at MSU to create the D1 team. The club at MSU has very little ties to the athletic administration there.
There are some strong alumni supporters for D1 lacrosse at MSU but they are not working with the club.
The best demographics to fit lacrosse would be Northwestern. But I think more BCS teams will have to show up before the other B1G ADs get serious about lacrosse. When USC and Texas start programs then maybe the schools like Illinois and Minnesota will start thinking about it.
Michigan needs to be in a strong conference for the competition for development and rankings. A B1G league would not serve that purpose for many, many years.