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Date Posted: 16:30:25 03/17/04 Wed
Author: wiutsuoru
Subject: Western to play Quincy

Just saw a short clip that the Leathernecks will play Quincy - apparently this year. Good grief!! I don't see any advantage here,unless it is late in the year and allows Western's starters to heal up for possible playoff games. I'm disappointed on this,surely a good D-II school could be found.

But, I know it's hard to get people out of the conference to play Western in Macomb. Maybe if North Dakota State is also on the schedule ( with Nebraska) this fills a date on the schedule. Oh,well, it will be a victory- but can't help on selection for possible I-AA play-offs.

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[> Re: Western to play Quincy -- wiutsuoru, 16:45:20 03/17/04 Wed

2004 schedule just released. Nebraska on Sept.4, CHENEY University on Sept.11, QUINCY on Sept 25--travel to HAMPTON on Sept. 18.

Conference games as scheduled. I know two games I won't be going to Macomb to watch.

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[> Re: Western to play Quincy -- Leatherhead, 17:03:40 03/19/04 Fri

Where is Cheney University from? What league are they in? What division are they? Couldn't we have gotten one of the Dakota schools instead?

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[> [> Re: Western to play Quincy -- wiutsuoru, 18:30:16 03/19/04 Fri

I don't know the answer to any of your questions. Apparently NDSU wanted to play at home this year, and things couldn't get worked out.

I believe Cheney is D-II. Quincy is -I think- now a NAIA school.

Hopefully this won't hurt when playoff time comes- provded Western is in the hunt.

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[> Re: Western to play Quincy -- wiuato, 12:09:12 03/22/04 Mon

Weak schedule = weak team? Does Coach P know something we don't?

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[> [> Re: Western to play Quincy -- wiutsuoru, 13:22:43 03/22/04 Mon

I'm afraid this could be possible. Didn't want to say much on the Gateway Connection, but this crossed my mind too.

They-Western- is putting on a good face regarding Quincy-saying it will increase interest in West Central Illinois with area schools competing.Quincy likes the money. I just don't see what Western has to gain with this game in particular.

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[> [> Re: Western to play Quincy -- Leatherhead, 17:37:42 03/22/04 Mon

“We are certainly pleased to have finalized our schedule,” said Director of Athletics Dr. Tim Van Alstine. “Football scheduling has become more and more difficult as we try to balance the financial need for a I-A guarantee game and finding I-AA opponents who are willing to play us. This situation is not unique to Western Illinois as our colleagues at McNeese, Montana, Maine, Wofford and other high-speed I-AA teams are finding it more and more difficult to schedule games."

So, why don't we try to schedule McNeese, Montana, Maine, or Wofford? Quincy I can tolerate, but I would have rather went to North Dakota than host Cheyney.

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[> [> [> Re: Western to play Quincy -- RockyBDog, 20:02:06 03/27/04 Sat

I agree with you. Why not play Knox or Monmouth while we're at it? At least the backups can get some experience.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Western to play Quincy -- wiutsuoru, 09:16:40 03/28/04 Sun

Monmouth/Knox-heh, that's pretty good.

The more I think about the schedule, the more I wonder about the strength of Western this year. I think these built in victories might be good padding for an overall won/lost record.

Actually, I think Monmouth or Knox would be better competition than Cheney or Quincy.

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