Life University's joining of the Rugby East this coming fall is the latest move in an interlocking sequence of gears within the college game.
The New England Independents won their second straight NCR All-Star Championship on Sunday, defeating the Pacific Coast Grizzlies 28-0.
The tournament echoes some of the old ways of playing, with top players coming together in regional squads to play each other in what is intended to be a higher-level step to even greater heights.
Cal Poly Humboldt’s national men’s small-college victory over Wayne State was a statement victory in a number of ways.
It showed that a Californian or West Coast team can win a fall playoff; it showed that adherence to a game plan that fits your players works; it showed that an all-domestic college team can win.
Endicott defeated Catholic University 33-19 to take 3rd in the NCR Small College playoffs, running out to a commanding 28-0 lead and holding on from there.
It was a wet day in Houston after the early morning rainstorms, and kickoff was delayed slightly due to lightning that, mercifully left and was not to return all day.
Virginia Tech defeated the University of Louisville 24-22 to claim their second straight NCR D1AA championship and putting an emphatic stamp on the value of a difficult schedule in honing good rugby players.