Tahlequah Daily Press


September 25, 2013

Inside the MIAA

A weekly look inside the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.


Power rankings

1. Northwest Missouri State: The Bearcats aren’t putting up flashy numbers, but they keep winning convincingly. Wouldn’t expect that to change over the next three weekends (Nebraska Kearney, Northeastern State, Central Oklahoma).

2. Pittsburg State: Lost in the glowing numbers the Gorillas’ offense is putting up is the fact that Pittsburg State’s defense is second in the league in scoring defense. Also, John Brown is still really, really good.

3. Missouri Western: The Griffons have been so-so on the road, but they’re still 3-0. A rout should be in store this weekend against Fort Hays State, and then the verdict will be out a week later when Missouri Western ventures to Edmond to take on the Bronchos.

4. Washburn: The Ichabods are only allowing 11 points per game this season. That’s a solid recipe for success.

5. Emporia State: The Hornets will go as far as Brent Wilson will take them. So far he’s been the best quarterback in the league and has proven to be a dual threat on offense.

6. Central Missouri: The Mules finally post their first victory and now have to prepare for Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State after a non-conference clash this weekend.

7. Missouri Southern: The Lions’ rushing attack took a temporary hiatus at Northeastern State but clearly got back on track against Lincoln.

8. Lindenwood: The Lions played with fire in two close games against Lincoln and Southwest Baptist. Once the competition got stiffer, Lindenwood couldn’t keep up after halftime against Central Missouri.

9. Central Oklahoma: The Bronchos are 0-3, but at least they have Josh Birmingham, a threat to score anytime he touches the ball.

10. Nebraska Kearney: The Lopers showed some mettle while hanging tough with Missouri Western over the weekend. A tough slate will awaits Nebraska Kearney, but a win is out there somewhere.

11. Lincoln: The Blue Tigers came crashing back down to Earth after beating Grambling State. Allowing 600-plus rushing yards is a great way to spend a weekend.

12. Southwest Baptist: Hey, the Bearcats were only down by three points at the end of one quarter against Pittsburg State. Then, everyone blinked and the game was over.

13. Fort Hays State: The Tigers’ defense still can’t stop anybody, but at least they’re starting to score some points now.

14. Northeastern State: Injuries have depleted a team that sought respect in the league this year. With reserves seemingly all over the field, the RiverHawks are looking miracles to be able to move the ball on offense.

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    Three teams from Northeastern State University’s Bass Fishing Team competed in the Fishing League Worldwide College Fishing Tournament on Grand Lake in Grove on Saturday, June 21.

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    Northeastern State’s football program will include a pair of hometown brothers for the 2014 season.
    Mason McMillan returns for his sophomore season, and this year he will be reunited with his younger brother, Kourtland. The brothers graduated from Tahlequah High School – Mason in 2013, followed by Kourtland in 2014. At Tahlequah, Mason and Kourtland shared the gridiron for one season.

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    RiverHawks’ Ethan James returns to the line healthy and ready for 2014

    RiverHawks offensive lineman Ethan James will enter the 2014 season healthy – something the team, and James, were not in 2013.

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  • Sooners shifting several positions

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
    However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins

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  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

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  • BobBowlsby.jpg Media Week: Change is coming

    Changes are coming to college athletics.
    That was the theme of the state of the conference speech by Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby on the first day of Big 12 Football Media Days.

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    A year after the best defensive team in the Mike Gundy era, the questions now surround how those few returning starters and second-year defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer can maintain that high level of efficiency.

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