The 2016 season came to an end this past Saturday and, for the sixth time, the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats were the last team standing as they knocked of the North Alabama Lions 29-3 in a snowstorm at Childrenís Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas in front of what looked to be about 5,000 fans. While the game was played in less than favorable conditions, it caught the eye of almost 800,000 people across the country on ESPN2, making it the highest rated D2 National Championship game in some time.
Roughly three and half months ago, 170 Division II teams began the journey that will culminate this weekend at Childrenís Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The two left standing are both unbeaten in D2 play this year, and just happen to be the two programs with the most playoff appearances (21) and playoff wins in Division II history. The Lions of the University of North Alabama are looking for their 36th playoff win and fourth title in five tries, having won it all three straight times from
Itís been an eventful week since the last MIAA blog, as three conference teams were in action in postseason games, one of those teams will be playing in the National Semifinals, and the two open head coaching positions have been filled. As if that wasnít enough to write about, another bombshell hit the MIAA (and D2) landscape when rumors surfaced that NWMSU Head Coach Adam Dorrel has been offered and has accepted the same position at NCAA FCS Abilene Christian University. Now, it is very important
The NCAA Division II Playoffs are down to the Super Regional finals, and the four games this upcoming Saturday will determine the National Semifinalists. With the Bearcats and Hornets playing each other last week, it was ensured an MIAA team would play in the regional final for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons (only the 2014 season being the exception since the 2004 campaign, which was also the year the playoffs expanded to from 16 to 24 teams). For the fourth time in the last 5 seasons (again,
The first weekend of the postseason is over, and the Hornets of Emporia State are still alive and doing well. Very well. For the second straight year, the Hornets beat a traditional NSIC power in the first round of the playoffs, this time knocking off the flagship program Minnesota Duluth. Granted, UMD hasnít won the outright overall NSIC title since their 2010 National Title season, but that fact doesnít tarnish the accomplishment for a team that made the playoffs for the fourth time in their