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  1. The AD would likely go 0-for-15. Almost none of those guys would leave a great situation for a small 5A program that's had four winning seasons in 30 years (and, as Coach KJ mentioned, the school board has had a reputation for being impatient, which may be unfair to the current board, because the school administration is fantastic). Again, you're comparing high school and college football. College teams may have war chests of money to go out and buy a high-level Tier I coach. High schools don't. Public schools are limited in pay often by union contracts (which set the teacher pay scale). Coaching stipends are often part of that contract. There's *some* wiggle room in those, but not much. And that said, the difference between one public school and another is often miniscule. Some schools do pay teachers more than others, but the differences aren't astronomical. A coach is going to leave one school for another often for a better environment, culture, or because he sees a few thin classes coming up. It's widely known that p/ps pay far less than public schools as they deal with more limited budgets, so you'll see a successful p/p coach like Kevin O'Shea or Phil Mason go to a public school, because it *is* a raise for them. But they're not getting paid more than the average teacher at those schools. It's not like NC came to O'Shea with a six-figure contract. It wouldn't be allowed to. It has to offer the teaching pay/coaching stipend that is offered to every other teacher/coach in the building. For someone coming from a p/p like LCC, that would probably be a significant increase in pay. For someone coming from another public school, it might not be.
  2. Comparing Earlham with high school programs is comparing apples and tomatoes. They're completely different. Colleges are based on administrative and institutional support and rely on recruiting (and at D3s like Earlham, financial aid). High schools are based on community support and numbers, and field their rosters through developing a youth program and keeping players involved. Indiana HSFB has been growing, but around 320 schools playing football for a long time. One or two programs shutting down or struggling with numbers is not a trend. Let's see where we are in 10 years. Will we see some programs close? Sure - but that may be more to do with demographics (people are moving out of rural areas and into suburbs) as anything. The suburban schools aren't shuttering football. Schools in rural areas aren't shuttering it because they're non-competitive, they're shuttering it because their populations are declining and football requires the largest pool of athletes. Earlham had great difficulty getting traction. It's a very expensive school, didn't seem to commit many resources to football (although it has a beautiful stadium) and most of its roster seemed to come from out of state. It never was competitive once it joined the HCAC, and struggled to have numbers for years (a couple of years ago, I saw them play with about 35 players ... they literally had no second string on offense or defense). It was very well-coached, but seemed to have no support. I hope for their sake they can get the program re-started, but it's going to be difficult to get players to come to a program that has been shut down. On the other hand, having eight schools makes scheduling much easier in the HCAC, since the odd number meant every team had to have a bye week (and MSJ always had one in Week 11, so they were done the week before everyone else). Hopefully, the HCAC schools can scramble to fill their suddenly open dates next year. If I were the HCAC commish, I'd move the Rose-MSJ game to Week 11 (since RHIT played Earlham) so every team plays in the final week.
  3. D3s (and Butler/Valpo) cannot give scholarships at all. The D3s must give their pool of athletes no more than the percentage of financial aid (academic or need based) as the rest of the student body. The majority of the small-college programs in the state are D3s. D2s get 36 scholarships, which can be divided (e.g., two players can get 1/2 tuition and count as one scholarship) NAIAs get 24, which can be divided. FCS gets 60, FBS 85.
  4. Indiana State & Valpo are also FCS (ISU is scholarship, Butler/Valpo non-scholarship). Before St. Joseph closed, that was another D2 football-playing school. And, of course, IU/PU/ND/BSU at FBS. We have a LOT of schools who play football for a fairly small state.
  5. crimsonace1

    Success Factor movement

    This cycle's 5A map was one of the best they've come up with in some time.
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    If Wood indicates to the IHSAA its intention to have a varsity schedule in *either* 2019 or 2020, it will be classified and assigned a sectional. I would expect that to happen. Same with Noll (which has already stated it plans to return to varsity FB). The problem with the two Elkhart schools is, combined, they'll be a 6A enrollment playing in the 5A tourney. There is no provision for the IHSAA to reclassify when schools consolidate mid-cycle, so it will play "down" a class. I tried to get someone to propose a bylaw change a few years ago when Muncie Central consolidated (and was 3A in all non-football sports with an enrollment of 1400+), but it didn't go anywhere.
  7. One reason why NP has been so successful has been that the coaches teach all-out effort and doing things the right way every play, no matter who is on the field, so teaching players to intentionally fail is not going to be part of the plan. Understand that the team was also preparing for a 5A tournament, and the varsity offense got one or two possessions in the third quarter of blowout games *late in the year* to have an opportunity to get into shape of playing past halftime. In the aforementioned games (Delta, Anderson), the varsity offense was still done by the midpoint of the third quarter. One was Week 9 when you knew Zionsville was the next opponent, the other was a sectional final.
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    Does Wheeler accept transfers from other districts?
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    There were a couple of programs that didn't play football this year that are planning to re-start football (Noll being one), but I could see 5A being down to 32-33 teams. That could simply be because Avon isn't accepting transfers (not sure if they do or not), but just about every first-ring suburban school that does accept transfers in Indy has students from neighboring school districts.
  10. I could see Tech picking up students from them (especially BR & Arlington), but IPS has been shrinking as a district for years, so I don't know how much that will actually boost Tech's enrollment. Also, likely, a lot of BR students might have either opted to go to North Central (which is technically out-of-district, but much closer as Broad Ripple is actually in Washington Township) or charter schools. Herron High & its new sister Riverside are both pretty good-sized schools.
  11. Spegal & the No. 1 offense played only a half in most of NP's games this season, and played into the fourth quarter about four times this year (CG, Zionsville, Pendleton Heights, Harrison). He could have a lot more. He (and the line) are good. This is going to be a great game. Both teams have a lot to be confident about. But there's no reason to diminish a student-athlete's accomplishments.
  12. I wouldn't go that far. They've played decent teams since then, just none with winning records. Beat two sectional champions in that stretch (one of them, obviously, in the regional). NP beat a 6A regional champ in Week 2. The Duneland is a great conference, so a .500 team playing a Duneland schedule is still a pretty good team.
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    Success Factor movement

    5A has a minimum of 32. 6A has a hard limit of 32 - minimum and maximum. As long as there are 320+ schools playing football, 6A will always have 32. 4A-1A will always have 64 and 5A will get the remainder as long as it is above 32. If there are fewer than 320 schools playing football, 6A and 5A will have 32 each and each class will get progressively smaller from 4A-1A by one school (e.g., if there were 319, 4A would have 63 teams and the others 64. If there were 318 at the next classification, 4A & 3A would also have 63).
  14. Note to Michigan City fans (or any other fans) coming to the game: DO NOT try to access NPHS from the main entrance off U.S. 52, which is probably where your GPS will direct you. There are gates blocking off access to most of the parking lot and both parking & access to Kelso Stadium are limited from there. Instead, if you're coming from U.S. 52, turn SOUTH (right) at Gem Road/CR500W (it's the first stoplight after you enter the New Palestine "town," so it's hard to miss) and enter the campus from the southwest. There's a large parking lot south of Kelso Stadium from there. If using GPS/phone/Google Maps to direct you, set it to go to New Palestine Elementary School, as it will take you to the Kelso Stadium parking lot. The stadium sits between the two schools.
  15. I highly doubt very many Park Tudor students are going to Tech. That's an exclusive private school in Washington Township (North Central) - anticipate most students transferring out of there would end up at Brebeuf, Cathedral or Guerin (or Carmel/Zionsville). Washington & Park Tudor haven't closed as schools. They're still around, so it likely wouldn't affect enrollments of other schools as much.
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