Clemson University Head Rugby Coach Steve Lynch announced today that Mickey Bateman has been hired as an Assistant Coach for Clemson University Men’s Rugby Program. Bateman comes to Clemson from Lindenwood University, where he was a four-year starter, two-time 7s National Champion, National MVP and multi-year 7s and 15s All-American.
If you're wondering why there's no confirmation on what teams are in what DIA conference, it's because there are still some decisions to be made.
Lindenwood University defeated Davenport 36-14 Saturday in a game that doubled as the final Mid-South league game and next week's DIA playoff.
Since Lindenwood and Davenport were slated to play in the DIA playoffs anyway, Lindenwood offered Davenport the option of making this game count twice, thus saving Davenport the trip to St. Charles, Mo. next week.
Baylor's defeat of LSU in the Red River Conference final puts the entire DIA playoff picture into some muddiness as we await the latest rankings.
(This article contains some changes from the original based on what teams will be playing in the playoffs ... basically we shouldn't have had Arkansas State in there, sorry -AG)
Life University finished off their Mid-South season with a 6-0 record after defeating Davenport 45-11 Saturday.
Life University is now 5-0 in the Mid-South with Saturday night's 32-10 defeat of Lindenwood.
The two teams traded early penalty goals and then Lindenwood took a lineout close to the Life line. Lindenwood won the lineout, and after a couple of pushes, hooker Jeremy Leber went over. Lungi Tshuma was good on the conversion and Lindenwood led 10-3 in the 28th minute.
Life University has improved to 4-0 in the Mid-South Conference with a very convincing 81-12 victory over Clemson.
The Running Eagles got off to a quick start with tries from Harley Davidson, Zander van Schalkwyk, and freshman Ryan Rees. Clemson got a try back, but a quick-tap from emerging talent Harley Wheeler and then another try from van Schalkwyk made it 29-5 at halftime.
Lindenwood University defeated Davenport 32-10 in the only Mid-South game of the weekend Saturday night.
It's not too early to look at the DIA playoff scenarios, and in fact we're almost at a point where the playoff teams could be mostly confirmed.
Here's the rundown:
Rugby East. Penn State won the Rugby East and will go to the Varsity Cup instead. The rest of the teams in Rugby East are playing 7s or the Varsity Cup, so we won't see a Rugby East team in the playoffs at all.
The Mid-South may well be all LIfe's now as the Running Eagles are 3-0, and Arkansas State and Lindenwood tied on Sunday.
Lindenwood just came from winning the Men's College 7s at the Las Vegas Invitational, and while Head Coach Josh Macy rested some players and left them home to prepare for Sunday's 15s game, he also brought his 7s players back quickly to help out.
Life University moved to 3-0 in the DIA Mid-South Conference after a 27-3 defeat of Davenport in Marietta, Ga.