Steven Wright is probably a comedian that most people don’t remember but he had a joke that went, “Change is inevitable…except from vending machines.” Well, the West Region is certainly no vending machine as we’ve seen three new DIII programs added in the last few years and this upcoming season we will get a fourth.…… Continue reading Looking Back and Forward with our New DIII Schools
Nothing says Texas like a good old fashion shootout. Heck, they happen on my block every couple of weeks and we love celebrating the winners and watching the kids shove the loser down the sewer drain. I’ve heard some blocks have incorporated the loser into a communal compost heap so the circle of life and…… Continue reading The Texas Shootout!
Over on the left side, I’ve added a link called “NCAA Tournament Brackets”. This is my summer project and consists of recreating all of the NCAA Tournament brackets. If you go to the NCAA site that has the DIII Tournament results you’ll notice that only 4 brackets are preserved, which seems like a shame to…… Continue reading Summer Projects
This is my second installment dealing with the schedules from the West Region. You can find my first installment here. A lot of schools have published their schedules since the first installment and my Latvian spies have been hard at work uncovering a few others. (In the first installment I mentioned that two of my…… Continue reading Schedule Analysis Part 2
One of the more significant changes coming to the NCAA will be the proposed realignment of regions. For volleyball, this means (most likely) increasing from 8 regions to 10 and the adjustment of teams from the three larger regions (New England, New York and Mid-Atlantic). The AVCA currently uses 10 regions so we have a…… Continue reading Realignment – Impact on Regional Rankings
Last year I did a number of schedule analyses for individual programs. Towards the end of those articles, a lot of what I had to write was duplicated because the West Region schools share a lot of the same constraints. Those constraints meant that a lot of the schedules ended up being very similar. This…… Continue reading Schedule Analysis Part 1 or “Why I Love the Northwest Conference”
The Presidents Council met this past week and approved some recommendations that will impact DIII volleyball. The first is that DIII student-athletes may soon be permitted to be included in the NCAA Transfer Portal. Currently this is available only to DI and II student-athletes. This would be optional and would begin this upcoming academic year.…… Continue reading Presidents Council Notes