This morning on my radio show, “On the John”, which airs Monday through Friday from 9-11am CT on ESPN Radio 1570, I was joined by former USD defensive coordinator and current Rocky Mountain College head football coach Jason Petrino. The Battlin’ Bears just wrapped up the spring season. Coach Petrino talks about his new job, his time at USD, Carson Wentz – who he game planned against, and Drew Iddings getting a chance in the NFL.
Doane College football was once relevant. It competed for conference championships, was ranked in national polls and even made it to the playoffs. Since 2003, the Tigers haven’t been ranked, not even close, until today. The NAIA announced its weekly top 25 poll this afternoon and Doane sat at No. 21. This is the first ranking in the national poll for the Tigers since the September 9, 2003 poll that had Doane at No. 23. Continue reading
In game one of the day Davenport blasted Cedarville 81-58 to advance to the semifinal round on Monday. The Panthers found their stride midway through the first half and never let up. DU was paced by 14 points from Carrie Grubius, who made four three-point shots, and Abby Neff with 11 points. The Panthers shot 42 percent from the field in route to the win. Senior Kristi Boehm was a spark plug for the Panthers in the win. Boehm blocked a three-point shot attempt and forced Cedarville into turnovers. Continue reading
The official bracket for the NAIA DI Men’s national tournament was announced this evening via the Victory Sports Network selection show. Robert Morris (Ill.) earned the top overall seed in the tournament with a 30-1 record. Concordia (Calif.) (30-3), Mountain State (W. Va.) (29-3) & LSU Shreveport (29-3) round out the top four.
Thirty two total teams are headed to Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, one will leave with a championship.
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The NAIA DI Women’s National Tournament has been officially announced via a selection show from the Victory Sports Network. The tournament is scheduled to begin March 16 in Jackson, Tenn. Union University (Tenn.) has been dominant in the national tournament in the past decade. They will again be a No. 1 seed with a 31-1 record. The other No. 1 seeds in the tournament include Oklahoma City (25-3), Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (28-5) and Campbellsville (Ky.) (28-3).
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The Victory Sports Network will have the exclusive broadcast of the NAIA DI Women’s Basketball and Men’s Basketball Bracket Announcement tonight. The NAIA DI WBB Show will be at 6:00 p.m. CT while the NAIA DI MBB Show will follow at 7:00 p.m. CT. Both shows can be watched live via the Victory Sports Network Livestream Channel.
The official bracket for the NAIA D2 Men’s Basketball National Tournament has officially been released via a selection show on the Victory Sports Network. Walsh University (Ohio) is the overall No. 1 in the tournament after finishing the season 29-1. Northwood (Fla.) is the No. 2 seed while Cornerstone (Mich.) and Bellevue (Neb.) round out the top four.
The field is set with 32 teams heading to the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. next week. Here is a look at the bracket. More thoughts on the matchups coming later.
The official bracket for the NAIA D2 Women’s Basketball National Tournament has officially been released via a selection show on the Victory Sports Network. Davenport University (Mich.) is the overall No. 1 in the tournament after finishing the season 33-0. The other three No. 1 teams include Morningside (Iowa), Northwestern (Iowa) and Walsh (Ohio).
The field is set with 32 teams heading to the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa next week. Here is a look at the bracket. More thoughts on the matchups coming later.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Victory Sports Network (VSN) will be the exclusive home for the 32-team bracket announcement on all four 2011 Basketball National Championships. VSN, led by founder Jason Dannelly, will produce a live, free video-streaming broadcast on two separate days, March 2 and March 9.
Separated by just 15 miles, Davenport University and Cornerstone University have certainly built a cross-town rivalry. Although in town, it is never easy to go into the other team’s facility and pick up a win. Both road team’s struggled in this one and both road team’s were higher rated. Neither game had a conference championship on the line, but both lower rated teams were looking for upsets to try and secure a spot in the respective NAIA National tournament. Continue reading
The NAIA football season is coming to a close, quickly. With just two games on the docket this weekend, the ending light is beginning to beam through the end of the tunnel. Saturday evening two teams will be making plans to visit Rome, Georgia and play for a National Championship. It’s no real surprise the top four teams entering the postseason are the four teams still remaining. All four teams remain unbeaten heading into this weekend. Carroll will attempt to hold down an explosive Saint Xavier offense that is averaging 51 points per game. Sioux Falls has kept its three-peat hopes alive under first-year head coach, Jed Stugart. Continue reading
HOLY DEFENSE, BATMAN! Two of the nation’s top defenses will meet on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the NAIA Championship Series. Both defenses have been ranked in the top five all season in the “Scoring Defense/Game” and “Total Defense/Game” categories. Morningside dominated Dickinson State in the first round while MNU needed all 60 minutes to top Georgetown College. The Pioneers have played pretty good football at home and may have had a wakeup call against the Tigers. Can either of these two offenses muster up much production in this game or could this one come down to special teams? Continue reading
The quarterfinal round of the NAIA Championship Series has been announced by the NAIA National Office in Kansas City. All four MSFA teams picked up a victory in the first round and will play in three of the four games next Saturday. The only game not involving a MSFA team will be in Olathe, KS where Morningside will meet MidAmerica Nazarene. One game, Saint Francis vs Saint Xavier is a rematch from a couple of weeks ago that decided the MSFA Mideast League title. Continue reading
McPherson will host McKendree in the Victory Sports Network Game of the Week this Saturday in McPherson, Kan. McPherson enters the game with an unblemished record, while McKendree has two losses this season. The Bearcats were blown out by Marian (Ind.) earlier this season before losing a close one on the road at Saint Francis (Ill.). In the end McKendree claimed its seventh league title and enters the postseason for the ninth time. McPherson is into the postseason for the second time in school history. The first was last season, a 40-24 setback at MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.). The Bulldogs are in search of their first-ever postseason victory. McPherson and McKendree are set to meet for the first time in the two programs history. Continue reading
Four teams from the Mid-States Football Association will play Saturday in the NAIA Championship Series. Saint Xavier will play at home, while Saint Francis (Ind.), McKendree (Ill.) and Marian (Ind.) will be in the road in the first round. William Penn was left out of the postseason despite one loss on the year. Nonetheless, there are four teams that will represent the MSFA in the postseason. Continue reading
With the announcement of the NAIA Championship Series qualifiers there are teams excited to play next week, while others may feel they got snubbed. I am not one that will spend a lot of time saying the NAIA gets things wrong, but Sunday the voters got something wrong. I feel very confident behind my reasoning, but I can also understand why the NAIA voters did what it did.
Arguments will be made for Northwestern (Iowa) and Missouri Valley on why their season should continue on Saturday. The one team that has a legit argument to be in that was left out is William Penn (Iowa). The Statesmen finished the season 10-1 and will be sitting at home while six teams will be playing next weekend with two or more losses. The question came down to the final spot, would it be 10-1 William Penn or would 7-3 University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) make the necessary six spot jump to claim the final spot.
Let’s look at both of these teams. Continue reading
Northwestern Oklahoma State University is a win away from guaranteeing itself a spot in the NAIA Championship Series. A loss could still allow NWOSU into postseason play, but a win will guarantee it. Southern Oregon doesn’t have the same hopes for this game. They can play spoiler and end the season on a high note. SOU began the season with two wins, but ran into a buzz saw and the Raiders find themselves 3-6 on the season. NWOSU began 0-2, but has reeled off seven straight to win the Central States Football League.
Last season Langston was the CSFL Champion. The Lions had to close the season at Azusa Pacific, an Independent similar to Southern Oregon. The Lions lost the game and it nearly cost them a position in the postseason. NWOSU doesn’t want that to happen and leave their postseason hopes in the hands of the voters. Continue reading
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The Victory Sports Network splits this week to cover two games that have postseason and conference championship implications written all over them. MidAmerica Nazarene hosts Missouri Valley in one of the top ten battles this week. The Pioneers defeated Lindenwood earlier this season and are in the driver’s seat to win the Heart of America Athletic Conference. One scenario is pretty simple; if the Pioneers win they are conference champions. If Missouri Valley is victorious in this game and the Vikings and Lions win out there would be a three way tie at the top of the conference. Continue reading
We closed out the 2009 season with a fantastic matchup between Sioux Falls and Lindenwood. The two teams battled it out for the National Championship in Rome, Ga with Sioux Falls claiming the 25-22 victory. The two programs have started as the top two teams in the country and rightfully so. Some people are wondering if the Coo can repeat, while others have LU picked to win the title. Some folks are expressing interest in Carroll College and Saint Xavier as well. What if we had a repeat for the national championship this season? Would the same teams win? How do they match-up? Continue reading