Post by Pakachoag Phreek on Apr 17, 2021 17:16:46 GMT -5
Seedings are announced tomorrow.
Four sites in the Northeast and Virginia. Orono, Villanova, Delaware. JMU. Orono is probably out. Guessing that JMU, Delaware, Monmouth, HC, VMI, Sacred Heart are seeded one-six for this part of the country. If that holds, 3 and 4 would play each other, maybe at Villanova, if JMU and Delaware get home field.
The 8 first round games will each be played at one of these sites:
Newark, Delaware – Delaware Cheney, Washington – Eastern Washington Jacksonville, Alabama – Jacksonville State Harrisonburg, Virginia – James Madison Kennesaw, Georgia – Kennesaw State Orono, Maine – Maine Springfield, Missouri – Missouri State Murray, Kentucky – Murray State Grand Forks, North Dakota – North Dakota Fargo, North Dakota – North Dakota State Huntsville, Texas – Sam Houston Brookings, South Dakota – South Dakota State Villanova, Pennsylvania – Villanova Ogden, Utah – Weber State
Latest Hero Sports Bracketology has us going to South Dakota. At least we know they’ll allow plenty of fans.
It's 230-250 more miles to JMU versus the other 3 places. In these (Covid) times, makes no sense for HC to be sent there.
Because the FCS playoff bracket has traditionally always been very regional, there likely won't be any difference in the amount of travel this year. With out without COVID, the NCAA creates the bracket to maximize the number of games where the opponents are less than 400 miles apart.
Typically the teams that end up flying to their first game are those that end up being the "odd man out" in their region. Looks like Hero Sports has us as such this year and has us booked for South Dakota State.
If anything, teams will travel further on average for their first postseason game since the field shrinks from 24 to 16 for this one year.
I think it's more likely we'll head to Monmouth or Delaware than JMU. Let's see...
Monmouth is not a host site. The only sites with a chance to host a first round game are the 14 I listed above. Some of those sites are the homes of teams that will not be in the field. Not clear to me whether those sites may host games even if their team isn’t playing.
The only four sites to which most of us could consider driving are Maine, JMU, Delaware and Villanova. The schools who might like those sites in Hero’s projected field are JMU, Richmond, Monmouth, SHU, HC, VMI, Delaware. Assuming JMU and Delaware host, three of Monmouth, Richmond, SHU, HC and VMI are headed for a long trip unless two of those three play at a neutral site like Villanova or Maine. Even then, one team is headed to a place like SDSU.
Post by Pakachoag Phreek on Apr 18, 2021 6:40:10 GMT -5
I don't think the CAA gets two at-large invites in a 16 team tournament. And I don't know what the rules are if a team cannot play because of COVID.
If you look at the first round of the 2019 playoffs, HC was paired with Monmouth, CCSU paired with Albany, Austin Peay with Furman, Kennesaw St and Wofford, Illinois St. with SE Missouri St., but Villanova paired with SE Louisiana, UNI paired with San Diego, and Nicholls paired with North Dakota. After the first round, there seemed to be little attempt at pairings that accounted for travel. other than Monmouth at JMU (JMU won 66-21.) and UNI and S. Dakota State.
I believe the NCAA covers each team’s travel expenses for the FCS playoffs. Thus, the entire team and coaches will presumably travel. I found this online:
The NCAA annually spends more than $90 million on 89 national championships in three membership divisions.
The NCAA covers travel expenses for the official travel party (mostly student-athletes and coaches) at virtually every round of every NCAA championship.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does the NCAA cover travel expenses for championships?
NCAA championships are regarded as the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics competition. Travel costs could discourage deserving teams from competing if expenses were not covered, thus devaluing the championship. Further, requiring teams to pay for championships travel would penalize teams that succeed in a range of sports.
Are there guidelines for NCAA championships travel?
Yes. Committees seek to limit travel as much as possible when they bracket tournament fields. Bus travel is required within certain distances. Where air travel is required, a travel provider is charged with finding the most competitive rates.
Air travel expenses are so volatile. How does the NCAA budget for the spikes?
Sports committees, aware that travel expenses can suddenly spike, budget conservatively for championships expenses. If the money is not used for travel in a particular year, it can always be applied for other purposes, such as supplemental distributions to the membership or to build reserves.
Does the NCAA cover travel expenses for postseason football?
The NCAA covers expenses for the Division I Football Championship (that is, the championship for the Football Championship Subdivision) and for the Divisions II and III Football Championships.
Richmond vs VMI at Villanova (245 and 325 miles) Davidson at JMU (273 miles) Monmouth at Delaware (192 miles) HC vs SHU at Orono (277 and 389 miles)
This works geographically. Not sure people will like one of HC and SHU being guaranteed a spot in the quarterfinals.
It would be the other end of the spectrum equivalent of forcing South Dakota State to play North Dakota in the first round. Or it would be like having the Patriot League champ play the America East champ in the Round of 64 in men's hoops.
IIRC, some were projecting Davidson to go to Jacksonville State in Alabama.
In the regular 24-team format, it would pretty much be a lock that we'd play SHU in the first round.