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DIAA Playoff Update - Missouri Punches Ticket

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DIAA Playoff Update - Missouri Punches Ticket

Missouri now looks to the DIAA playoffs.

The University of Missouri won two games over the weekend without taking the field and now Mizzou is officially the Heart of America conference champs with a 7-0 record.

Both Iowa State and Nebraska were on the schedule to play Missouri this weekend, but Iowa State forfeited some time ago and Nebraska forfeited this week, leaving Mizzou with no one to play.

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"We're pretty frustrated," said Missouri Head Coach Don Corwin. "I've spoken with [conference administrator] Bill Sexton about this issue and how we can have a conference where we can get games. The guys are rally hungry to play."

Missouri has played actual conference rugby games, beating Kansas State 14-7, Kansas 31-19, Oklahoma State 83-0, Washington University 86-3, and Truman State 76-0. Their defense has been excellent, and with Marcus Makovicka and Michael Watson providing the leadership, they have talent, too.

But, added Corwin, who took Missouri to the national playoffs three years ago, this team has as good a feeling of unity as any he has coached.

Missouri's clinching puts another piece in the DIAA playoff puzzle.Western Washington and Grand Canyon have clinched the NCRC and Gold Coast, respectively. Here's how things look for the DIAA playoffs this spring:

March 25
Yale is at Brown in the Ivy League play-in.

The SIRC playoffs are held. Middle Tennessee State v Central Florida and Kennesaw State v Florida State. Finals on Sunday.


March 31
Penn is at Princeton in the Ivy League play-in.


Note: With Utah Valley University reportedly getting an invitation to the Varsity Cup, UVU will not be the Mountain States representative to the DIAA playoffs. So, instead, on April 1 Dixie State is slated to play Cal State Long Beach for a slot.


April 1
Pac West Conference playoffs, including UC Davis, Chico State, and likely UCSC and Nevada.

Dixie State at CSULB for a play-in.

April 2
The winner of Penn v Princeton plays winner of Yale v Brown for Ivy League playoff spot.


In addition - North Texas has apprently been offered an at-large spot after some solid spring results, including wins over SMU, Texas A&M, and Spring Hill, and some comptitive losses in DIA.


April 8-9
East Regional
#1 Seed SIRC Champion v #4 North Texas
#2 Missouri (HOA Champion) v #3 Ivy League team (Yale, Penn, Princeton, or Brown)

West Regional
#1 Pacific West Champion v #4 Dixie State or CSULB
#2 Western Washington (NCRC Champion) v #3 Grand Canyon (Gold Coast Champion)

This is a two-game weekend for each bracket.

Then on April 22-23 the spring semifinals and final will be held at Stanford.

The winner will play Notre Dame College in the full-season DIAA final in Marietta, Ga.