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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.
  6. crimsonace1

    Success Factor movement

    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.
  8. crimsonace1

    Success Factor movement

    Does Wheeler accept transfers from other districts?
  9. crimsonace1

    Success Factor movement

    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.
  13. crimsonace1

    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.
  16. They have - every day in practice. Zach Neligh was a 1,000/1,000 guy last year and is in line to do so again this year even though he hasn't run the ball as much. These are two very good, evenly-matched teams. NP is huge up front and strong, with an attacking D. MC is huge up front and strong, with an attacking D. Both teams have playmakers all over the place on offense. NP has a power back, MC has speed guys. Both have good dual-threat QBs. This is going to be a great matchup and whoever goes to Lucas Oil will have deserved it.
  17. That *could* happen. Football is exempt from the rule that success factor teams no longer bump down the smallest enrollment school in a class (which appeared to be squarely aimed at one particular school with a really good softball team). Football is locked into 32 or 64 teams per class. Every other sport has flexible sectional groupings. So, 6A would be 32 teams regardless of size, even with the success factor teams bumping up. 4A-1A will always be 64 teams. 5A is the flexible one - it gets the remainder (unless things drop below 320, then I believe 5A would have 32 and 4A->1A would get smaller).
  18. crimsonace1

    Regional Scores

    The MIC is 1/4 of 6A (and the HCC is basically another 1/4, and will be once Zionsville moves up), but that's unbelievable.
  19. That 23-play drive was one of the most amazing things I've seen. Two fourth-down conversions, lots of 3-4 yard carries. Tied the game at 7-7 and Harrison had some life when NP fumbled a snap on the 8, but forced back-to-back 3-and-outs and turned them into 10 points. Harrison had another 9.5-minute drive to start the second half down 17-7 and took it to the NP 39, but a holding penalty & two sacks killed the drive and they had to punt. NP had an 87-yard drive to finish that one - Spegal took the last two plays 27 & 15. Spegal then went 96 yards in 5 carries on the final drive. Most of his rushing yards came in the 4th. NP had just over 12 minutes possession time. Spegal was 11.1 ypc coming in, so it'll drop a little but not much ;). NP-MC should be an incredible game next week (Saturday 4 p.m. EST/3 p.m. CST at New Palestine's Kelso Stadium).
  20. Back in the day before video, teams used to have scouts that would go to the following week's opponent's game and watch them. Now that we have easily-distributed film, that's likely superfluous (although coaches do often go scout future opponents if they play on Saturday or have a bye week). When I coached girls basketball, we usually played 2 home games/week & spent at least 2-3 other nights in the gym watching future opponents. We watched almost every regular season opponent & sectional foe at least twice in person and a couple more times on film (which, given there's no mandatory trade in basketball, meant getting it from common opponents).
  21. crimsonace1

    Regional Broadcasts

    New Palestine @ Harrison with yours truly on the call. https://tunein.com/radio/New-Pal-Radio-s229444/
  22. crimsonace1

    IDOE numbers

    Enrollment will be based on 9-12 (which means last years 8-11 grades). There's often a lot of movement from 8th grade to 9th grade, especially in suburban/urban areas where you see the most movement between classes, which is why I tend to not use those numbers quite as much. Usually, the numbers come out in late fall, but they've been getting later and later each year.
  23. And 2 rush TDs to tie Darren Evans' state record of 61 rushing touchdowns. It's been incredible watching him carry the rock behind that OL this year. Harrison has a very good, aggressive defense, which makes this matchup intriguing. NP is a clear favorite, as NP's defense is also outstanding and Harrison averages about 225 ypg. Harrison will need to force some turnovers and get some short fields to give themselves a chance, and NP simply has not turned the ball over this year (2 INTs vs. New Castle & a fumble against Zionsville are the 3 turnovers the varsity offense has had this year in 11 games). I'm looking forward to going to - and working from - a new venue this weekend. Haven't been to Harrison yet. Last time I was in West Lafayette, I saw the Dragons win a state championship (in softball), so looking forward to the trip again.
  24. crimsonace1

    New Pal against the MIC

    Acestrack doesn't post here often, but I love it when he does. You can even narrow #2 down to one or two teams in the MIC (mostly WC) & Cathedral. I'm not quite sure the fixation on NP from those two particular fanbases, but that's fine. One thing I'll note about comment #3 - New Pal & Columbus East have had a very healthy competitive rivalry over the years, but those two programs have an insane amount of respect for each other. The level of competition from playing each other in big, meaningful tournament games four straight years (when the winner went to Lucas Oil each year, and 3x won the state title) has bred a ton of mutual respect between the two. They're both great programs full of very good players led by outstanding coaches who do things the right way and it shows.
  25. IHSAA does not control regular season games, so those are at the mercy of the host school policies. Not sure about tournaments. I know we had a basketball regional several years ago at Greencastle where I was broadcasting, along with 3 or 4 other radio stations. The host school AD (who was leaving the post at the end of the year) would not allow ANYONE (including the broadcasters) to enter more than 1 hour before tipoff ... and we did a 30-minute pregame show. That meant we had 30 minutes to get our gear in, set up, interview both coaches right before their warmups and gather lineups, et al. It was an absolute nightmare. Have never had that experience anywhere else in any sport at any level.