Some college rugby observations for January.
Where are we on the D1A competition?
Indiana University center Bryce Campbell has been selected as the recipient of the 2016-17 Rody Scholz Award.
We’re down to four in the DIA playoffs as Saint Mary’s, BYU, Arizona, and Life all won.
Of those four games, Life v Lindenwood was easily the closest, although Indiana put up a a fight against BYU.
So there's the little matter of the DIA Quarterfinals Saturday, with eight teams left with a rugby game and a dream.
Baylor hosts Arizona, broadcast live by FloSports.
DIA is down to eight teams, and there is a marked difference between some of them.
It’s not easy to get capped as an undergraduate college player.
It’s even harder to do that and become a regular. And it’s hard still to do all of that and continue to contribute to your college team back home.
The finalists for the 2016-17 Rudy Scholz Award have been named, as the search for the top men's DI-level college rugby player is now down to four.
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)
Indiana defeated Penn State in a pre-playoff clash between two of the strongest DIA performers in the fall.
Two college rugby teams came out of the fall shining a little bit more than the rest.
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.