Well the playoff appearance for the USA South was once again short lived. To make it to the second round is something that the USA South conference representative rarely does.
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When you start a season, everyone is statistically equal. While we enter the season with predictions of who will win, these are not always accurate as we found out this past season in the USA South. The question comes up about the conference's competitiveness on a national scale. Every team has a goal of winning their conference, but there are programs outside the USA South that winning the conference is almost a foregone conclusion. These teams such as
Mt. Union (OH) and University of Wisconson-Whitewater are the preseason favorite to compete in the Stagg bowl for the national championship. There may be a conference title that they have to win first, but their season really begins in late November.
Since 1993, Mt. Union has won the national championship 10 times. They are a powerhouse of DIII football.
When I look at their roster, I see a team that is not all that different in size than Ferrum, or other USA South teams. So what will it take to make a team from the USA South competitive? What will it take to see the conference rep. go past the second round? What will it take for a USA South school to make it to the Stagg Bowl? Wouldn't be cool for Ferrum to play in the Stagg Bowl in Salem, VA (Only @ 30 miles from campus)
So I want to hear from you- Here is the discussion question.
What do you think needs to be done to make the USA South a stronger conference and a contender on the national level?
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