GUESS Reports – SAC Top Rated Conference, Again!

GUESS Reports for Season 98 came out.

No shocking developments here as the South Atlantic Conference again takes tops in DII.

Mars Hill leads the league ranked 6th overall with the 8th overall recruiting class.

Tusculum is right behind Mars Hill with the 7th overall team while pulling in the 10th ranked recruiting class.

Shepherd makes the trifecta perfect in 8th with an impressive number 6 recruiting class.

WV Tech comes in 19th overall and 25th in recruiting, WV Wesleyan clocks in at 75th/129th, Carson-Newman 88th/108th, Presbyterian 125th/133rd.

Should be a competitive year between the haves and the have nots in the SAC.  What team from the lower 4 will make the big run to the top?  We started from the bottom… now we here.

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SAC East Offensive MVP Watch List

Gents, it is that time of year where all eyes turn to the gridiron and people cringe to hear about your “Fantasy Fantasy Football Team.” I’ve (ed note: MJRyan) taken a gander at the SAC East side and have a few guys to keep an eye on.  

Tusculum: A rankings darling, Tusculum doesn’t rebuild, they just reload. You need an edge? Clememp has a “spreadsheet” for that. His small army of tiny cyborgs do their due diligence on the recruiting trail, but strangely his best offensive weapon (besides the much maligned Jeff George…er Robert Abbot) is a kicker. Yep, Roy Porter is a difference-maker. The Pioneers just need to hit the 40 on any given drive for Porter to drop the hammer. Maybe this is the year we give love to kickers? Sure, why the hell not. 

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Editors Note: Senior Running Back Michael Schmidt looks to seize the starting tailback spot and has his sights set on a 2,000 yard, 20 score season.

Mars HillFlipdog is a fan of interchangeable parts. The game plan never changes, so expect his best (and only) punch every week. It doesn’t matter who is hurling the rock, Mars will always have stud wideouts. Look for Charles Turner to make a strong run at the POY coming off a 152 reception campaign for 1,506 yards and ten scores. The only question is how much can they throw to keep everyone happy? Hey, this guy owns me, so someone give him a run. Please?

Carson-NewmanCarson-Newman has an interesting advantage on the offensive side. In a year where all the big boys are witnessing quarterback turnover, the Eagles have a redshirt senior who could take all the gloss. A Shelbyville, Kentucky native, Thomas Nieves has the skills to be a true dual-threat signal-caller, improving his passing game last season to finish with 15 touchdown passes against just five picks. He looks to be the top thrower in the SAC, so tread lightly.

I also think we should talk about “Shelbyville” more. That place has got to be a patch of scorched earth. Egad.

CatawbaLet’s face it. Catawba is junk. Enjoy the bye week.

PresbyterianWowsers, remember the days when Progators held the SAC in his, well,sack? We could all chalk that up for a loss until we started to get wise and cut in on his fertile recruiting. His loss was the SAC’s gain, building the best conference in Division II. Somewhere, I’m sure he is nestled softly in a blanket of SIM’s, winning his 15 games a year, suckling at the teet of non-competitive play. Anyway, their best bet for a POY this year is senior quarterback Charles Hunter, who will look to fill the big shoes of Prespo-past. Drdvh, you have a strong legacy, look forward to seeing the turnaround.

WingateWhere the Hell is Wingate? Why do we care?

Best of luck this year and look forward to seeing the action!

SAC West Offensive MVP Watch List

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Shepherd red-shirt senior tailback William Sexton looks to improve on his junior season and return Shepherd to the SAC Title game this season.

The SAC Times has announced the 98th Watch List for Offensive MVP for the SAC Conference.

Shepherd red-shirt senior tailback William Sexton.  Sexton is a complete back and dominated opposing defenses last season on the ground and plucking passes out of the backfield.  He scored 30 times, with 28 of them coming after his 2,000 yard rushing attack, while garnering over 700 yards in the passing attack.

West Virginia Tech counters with a junior all purpose back in James Ritter.  Ritter rushed for 1,632 yards last season scoring 10 times.  He added to his all purpose yards with 700 receiving and slipped into the end zone twice.

Newberry senior flanker Raymond Werner is a burner.  He took it to the house 5 times last season while amassing 628 yards.

West Virginia Wesleyan has a returning starter in senior wide-out Kenneth Lyons nominated.  He scored 4 times in the air accumulating 583 yards.

Sim Ai Teams – note these teams are available for qualified DIII Coaches to take over next season.  For referral to Gridiron Dynasty click here.

Sim coached Glenville nominated senior slot receiver David Clark.  Clark caught 73 balls last year for 696 yards.  Glenville is available for new coaches who qualify for a DII job in the Rockne world.

Lenoir-Rhyne counters with junior power back Theodore Berry.  He started every game last season and rushed for 175 yards.

 

 

Big Recruiting Year in the SAC

Mars Hill has 16 scholarships open in the SAC tied with Cataba for second largest class after WV Tech’s 17.

Tusculum, Newberry and Presbyterian are tied for 3rd with 14 student-athletes needed.

Wingate 12, Glenville 11, Shepherd and Carson Newman with 9 and Lenoir-Rhyne only needing 6.  Should be a hot year for top talent in the Carolinas and the Appalachian area!

Guess Reports “SAC Highest Rated Conference”

Proof of the SAC Being the Best

For you newer owners in GD.  The G.U.E.S.S. Reports are one of the most entertaining comparisons between GD Teams.  For instance – the link here shows that for the 97 season that the SAC was statistically the highest rated conference.

Check out the site and the depth of the reports.  This is a great way to help to improve your team and recruiting by seeing how the game works.

Another great tool is available on the GD Reports page – Yatzr’s Recruiting Tool.  This allows you to automate and use powerful search and ranking tools as well as scheduling recruiting actions.

People that donate to Yatzr also get more powerful tools to be able to get ‘potentials’ back and also utilize the speed of multiple threads.  Flipdog0, Mjryan and clememp all are donors and it helps them to recruit effectively and efficiently.

Reigning SAC Champion Tusculum Shocked by Departure

Reigning SAC Champion Tusculm

Tusculum lost to Winston Salem State in the final game of the 97 season. Senior QB Thomas Reid decided to walk away from the program leaving a single redshirt freshman signal caller, “I know I still have a year of eligibility left, but since I`m not getting a lot of playing time I`ve decided to move on. It doesn`t look like it will payoff for me to stick around. See ya later.”

Coach Clememp caught up with the media in Greeneville, “Jason Clark is ready to start. We look forward to getting him some competition for playing time. It’s a great time to be a standout prep QB if you are looking to join the right program.”

Tusculum matriculated Thomas Anderson who led all of DII with 58 passing touchdowns last season before joining the Canadian Football League trying to make the Rough Ryders roster.

Welcome to the SAC 98

The South Atlantic Conference welcomes a new coach at West Virginia Wesleyan Indy_Indians for the 98th season in the Rockne World of Fantasy Fantasy football.

The SAC has 8 coaches under contract this season.  Last season the SAC was ranked as the most powerful conference according to the GUESS Reports by .02 points over the Northern Sun.

The SAC has some of the top coaches in Division II with great success. The preeminent coach in the league is dawgnuts. His Shepherd team contends annually for the SAC Title game from the West Division. He won the National Championship in Season 96 to add to his 14 conference championships.

Next in tenure and similar Air Raid offensive tendencies is flipdog0 at Mars Hill. Flip collects top talent well and is a recruiting junkie. His offense is tailored to the top talent that he drags onto campus, sometimes with under the table envelopes, throwback jerseys and other infractions have been alleged by the WhatifSports Commissioners Office in the past decade. Flip has one SAC Title belt that he failed to return to the league office.

Clememp has Tusculum back on track appearing in the title game last season, but has a tremendous rebuilding project in head of the coach for the 98th season. Clem has won 4 SAC Championships and is renowned for player development and flexible offensive schemes to showcase talents that he acquires on the recruiting trails.

MJRyan is a interesting case. He won a SAC Championship at Carson-Newman before taking over an Ivy League team, then returning to the Cradle of Champions in the South Atlantic Conference, or he got caught on a motorcycle with an intern. Well he relocated to West Virginia Tech where his 3-4 defense and amazing stable of running backs look to contend as a national power.

Abdfl joined the league the same year Mjryan returned and took over Carson-Newman after one year of simai recruiting on autopilot after the team was abandoned in mid-season. Abd has the team in a rebuild and has been recruiting classes to get Carson Newman back on track. He has 9 conference wins in the last 3 seasons.

Drdvh and Kings/40s are both WhatifSports compadres and joined the league last year respectively at Presbyterian and Newberry. They are setting up their dynasties and playbooks for the cutthroat competition for the SAC Title.

Special Notes:  

The SAC Preseason Player of the Year Polling opens for the Sports Information Directors of the SAC. Please submit nominations before signing day.

Intern positions are available at the SAC Times.  Please see clememp for more information.

Recruiting begins on January 28th at Noon.  Remember there is a 24 hour ‘dead period’ to begin before 3 hour cycles begin.  Remember to keep our footprint clean of offending coaches.  Report any contact to the SAC Social Media Director.

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