Saturday, November 20, 2010

LSC Game Day Roundup 11-20

College buzz: Division II, NAIA football playoffs start today - Kansas City Star
Northwest Missouri, 9-1 and ranked third in the nation, begins its NCAA Division II football title defense today at noon in Kirksville, Mo., with a first-round playoff game against Missouri Western, 8-3. The winner will travel to face fourth-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville, 10-1, on Nov. 27.

Bearcats coach Mel Tjeerdsma is 11-1 in opening-round games and 17-3 at home in the playoffs.

•Central Missouri, 9-2 and ranked eighth, will play host to its first Division II playoff game at 1:05 p.m. today in Warrensburg against No. 14 West Texas A&M, 8-3. The winner travels to face second-ranked Abilene Christian, 11-0, next week.

The Mules are led by quarterback Eric Czerniewski, the MIAA offensive player of the year who has thrown for 4,150 yards and 34 touchdowns against 12 interceptions.

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Mules Will Host First Ever Football Playoff Game Today -
The University of Central Missouri Mules will play host this afternoon to the West Texas A&M Buffaloes this Saturday in an NCAA-II playoff game at Walton Stadium/Kennedy Field. For the Mules, this will be only their second playoff appearance in school history.

The Mules finished the regular season with a mark of 9-2, and a record in the MIAA of 8-1. West Texas A&M would finish their season at 8-3, and would finish 8-2 in the Lone Start conference.

This will be the second NCAA Playoff appearance in school history for Central Missouri. Their other playoff game was in 2002. The Mules will also be making more history today as this will be their first ever home playoff game.

The Super Region Four bracket features three MIAA teams and three Lone Star Conference teams, with the top two seeds receiving first round byes.

Abilene Christian is the number one seed, awaiting the winner of the Mules-Buffaloes contest today.

Texas A&M-Kingsville is the second seed. The Javelinas will play the winner of an All-MIAA game as sixth-seeded Missouri Western will play at No. 3 seed Northwest Missouri State this Saturday.

NW Missouri St. rolling into Division II playoffs - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller Times

Mel Tjeerdsma has experienced his share of success in 16 seasons as Northwest Missouri State’s football coach.

Eleven Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association championships and three NCAA Division II national gold balls are ensconced in Tjeerdsma’s trophy case. He credits most of that the success to the players and the strength of the MIAA.

If this year’s results are any indication, the defending national champion Bearcats have passed their tests sufficiently to become postseason-ready.

Seeded third in the Super Regional Four rankings, 9-1 Northwest Missouri hosts fellow MIAA foe Missouri Western (8-3) in the opening round of the playoffs Saturday afternoon at Bearcat Stadium in Maryville. The winner faces second-seeded Texas A&M-Kingsville in next week’s regional semifinal at Javelina Stadium.

Three of the Bearcats’ final four victories have come by a combined eight points. That fact tells Tjeerdsma that the Bearcats are rounding into form.

“I do think that’s a factor, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” said Tjeerdsma, who, with 29 wins in his previous 12 playoff appearances is the winningest Division II postseason coach in history. “Our kids are used to playing in tough football games. And I think the Lone Star is, too. There’s three or four teams that they know they’re going to have battles against each other.”

EMPTY FEELING: Carr pays high price as ASU hopes crash - Nathan Wright, San Angelo Standard Times
Unfortunately for Angelo State University players and fans, the 2010 football season will be remembered more for what happened after it was over than what was accomplished during it.

Shortly after the Rams defeated Central Oklahoma 49-35 in their season finale a week ago, head coach Dale Carr and four of his assistants were informed that they contracts would not be renewed.

The search for just the third coach in the last 28 years at ASU is under way.

Athletic Director Kathleen Brasfield announced the non-renewals Monday, saying, “It is time to move in a different direction with our football program.”

The firings came on the heels of a 5-5 season, which fell below the expectations of the coaching staff and the administration.

But it did have its moments.

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