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from Jacksonville University...


""I leave you now, 1981Drakefan.  You will interpret it. That's your right. But as I leave you, I want you to know: just think how much you're going to be missing. You don't have Nellie to kick around anymore. Because, 1981, this is my last press conference."



https://judolphins.com/news/2019/12/3/jacksonville-university-discontinues-football.aspx




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JU had some talent this season.  PFL Defensive Freshman of the Year Ethan Hull comes to mind.

Will Stetson be able to grab the best transfers?  Long term, the Hatters will be in a stronger position without the JU program.



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I'm going to send a rare AD email on this one:  with JU gone, Dartmouth now has an open date for 9/19/20.  Coach Teevens' sister-in-law is a Drake grad.  He and Ash were rumored to have planned a game at Soldier Field about 20 years ago...according to urban legend, the game fell through because Drake balked at the cost.  

Can we postpone the Lindenwood shindig to accommodate Dartmouth?  A couple years ago, when JU dropped Penn on short notice, Penn had to settle for Ohio Dominican.  We can offer something better.  Maybe use some of the $200k+ from the North Dakota State game to get them to Des Moines??  As everyone knows, Drake has never played an Ivy League football team.



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I like your thinking Lurking!
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mnbulldog - 12/3/2019
I like your thinking Lurking!

All are welcome on this train. I encourage you to send an email of your own.

Brian Hardin's email:
[email protected]




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It will be interesting to see what the PFL does with next season. Each team in the league has one PFL team that it does not play per year. For Drake it was Stetson this year.

I think Stetson is off the schedule again next year, I'm not 100% sure on that. Maybe they just plug in the "off" opponent in place of Jacksonville. It's not perfect, but it might be the best short term solution.

Stay tuned.
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The North Florida meat market is open.  Here's a partial shopping list:

--Logan Langemeier, right tackle, 6-4, 280.  3.91 GPA.  Perfect replacement for The Baconator?  He started six games this year as a true Freshman.  He's from Lake Tahoe, so he's been around cold weather.  He is already in the transfer portal. [12/16 edit:  Bacon will return for the 2020 season as a postgrad at Drake; Langemeier will play at a Sun Belt Conference school.]

--Ethan Hull, linebacker, 6-0, 220. 4.0 GPA.  A native of Kentucky, he is this year's PFL Freshman Defensive Player of the Year.  He redshirted in 2018.






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I like your thinking Lurking!

All are welcome on this train. I encourage you to send an email of your own.

Brian Hardin's email:
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No need to send those emails.  Mr. Hardin informed me that Drake is booked up for three non-league games. Dartmouth will not be one of those games.

Drake will play 8 PFL games next season. Total of 11.



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LurkingDog - 12/4/2019
The North Florida meat market is open.  Here's a partial shopping list:

--Logan Langemeier, right tackle, 6-4, 280.  3.91 GPA.  Perfect replacement for The Baconator?  He started six games this year as a true Freshman.  He's from Lake Tahoe, so he's been around cold weather.  He is already in the transfer portal.

--Ethan Hull, linebacker, 6-0, 220. 4.0 GPA.  A native of Kentucky, he is this year's PFL Freshman Defensive Player of the Year.  He redshirted in 2018.



JU players may have low viscosity blood.  Early transfer announcements include Langemeier to Georgia Southern and Calvin Turner to Hawaii.  I would not be surprised to see a few more go FBS.
After that, black colleges (NAIA through FCS) will likely pick up of many of Dolphin football's 65+ freshmen and rs freshmen looking for a team.



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Did Hardin express any interest in doing a home/home or even away/home/away with an Ivy League school?
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He did not mention Ivies specifically, nor will I press him on the subject.

Coach Stepsis, whom I copied on the email, replied to express his enthusiasm about playing an Ivy or two.  He left it at that. 

At this point, most of us understand that scheduling Ivy Leaguers will remain nothing more than a fantasy for the foreseeable future.  Home & home is a non-starter.  And neither side will be offering adequate guarantee money for a one off.  Paychecks are Drake's priority.  The Ivies don't see many reasons to play Drake. This last paragraph is my opinion only.



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