SCRC Evaluates Affiliation Options

SCRC Conference Commissioner Marty Bradley has been spending hours calling, talking, thinking and evaluating options for affiliation for the SCRC since the collapse of USA Rugby. The possibilities for conference affiliation are many, each one with opportunities and challenges.

We are grateful for the work of Marty on these important matters for the conference. He hopes to bring proposals to the conference Board of Directors at our next meeting that is scheduled for late May.

USA Rugby Cancels Competitions

USA Rugby canceled all post season play in the USA. On March 20th they issued the following statement.

All sanctioned competition and rugby activities are suspended for the foreseeable future, effective March 20, 2020. Members and clubs are asked to refrain from match play, training or team gatherings during this period. Accident and Liability claims will not be accepted during the above window of time. Information on when rugby activities will potentially be able to resume will be communicated by USA Rugby before June 1.”

SCRC Commissioner Marty Bradley noticed member teams that the conference Olympic Rugby tournament would be cancelled for 2020. It will not be rescheduled.

2019 All Conference Teams Announced

The Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference has announced the selections to the 2019 All Conference Teams.

This year, the conference has selected an all-conference team from the D1AA competition, an all-conference team from the DII competition, and an overall first 15 Dream Team.  Each team was given the opportunity to nominate players from their own team plus identify players from the fall competition that they then could also nominate.

Tennessee’s Ben Schwartz

The D1AA All-Conference team is lead by a very talented group of men, including Kennesaw State’s Ben Dorsey at center, Kentucky’s Brendon Esson at flyhalf and Tennessee’s Ben Schwartz at fullback.   Forward standouts include locks Greg Janowick (UT) and Campbell Robinson (KSU), and Alabama’s Ethan Miner at Flanker.

The DII All-Conference team is led in the forwards by Memphis’  front rowers Austin Kelley and Musa Banat, along with Auburn’s Jerome Bohuslavizki at #8.  Standout backs included centers JJ Greatrex (MTSU), Calvin Gentry (Memphis) and Sam Delmerico (Georgia Tech).   

Memphis’ Austin Kelley

The 2019 15s D1AA Player of the Year is the University of Tennessee’s Ben Schwartz.  Schwartz (Senior Mechanical Engineering major from Knoxville, TN) led the Volunteers at fullback in a season that saw more teams than ever before turn to tactical kicking.  He capped the year with 16 points in the conference championship match (4 conversions, 1 penalty kick and 1 try).  The MVP of the conference championship match is also the 2019 SCRC D1AA Player of the Year.

The 2019 15s DII Player of the year is the University of Memphis’ Austin Kelley.  Kelley (Sophomore Pre-Law major from Collierville, TN) led the Tigers at prop in a season that saw Memphis win the SCRC DII regular season title and advance to the USA DII National round of 8.

2019 Dream Team

1Austin KelleyMemphis
2Dirk van den BergKentucky
3Nick BruneAlabama
4Greg JanowickTennessee
5Campbell RobinsonKennesaw St
6Ethan MinerAlabama
7Andy LloydTennessee
8Patrick BeacomTennessee
9Luke DaviesTennessee
10Brendan EssonKentucky
11Jacob GeoppnerKentucky
12Ben DorseyKennesaw St
13JJ GreatrexMTSU
14Chris BagbyKennesaw St
15Ben SchwartzTennessee

2019 SCRC D1AA All Conference

Backs 
Caleb StrumAlabama
Matt PikowskiAlabama
Shea O’HanlonKennesaw State
Ben DorseyKennesaw State
Chris BagbyKennesaw State
Josh InglisKennesaw State
Brendon EssonKentucky
Jacob GoeppnerKentucky
Connor HoeferSouth Carolina
Luke HarrisSouth Carolina
Ben SchwartzTennessee
Luke DaviesTennessee
  
Forwards 
Ethan MinerAlabama
Nick BruneAlabama
Michael CurranGeorgia
Campbell RobinsonKennesaw State
Dirk van den BergKentucky
Anthony MenciniKentucky
Tommy MaxwellSouth Carolina
Greg JanowickTennessee
Andy LloydTennessee
Patrick BeacomTennessee
Creighton CouchTennessee

2019 SCRC DII All Conference

Backs 
Sam DelmericoGeorgia Tech
Brittin RoedelMemphis
Alec SiscoMemphis
Calvin GentryMemphis
John DentamoreMississippi State
Cam MassengilMississippi State
JJ GreatrexMTSU
Devauntae BeasleyMTSU
  
Forwards 
Jerome BohsulavizkiAuburn
Mason WilliamsonAuburn
Jermiah RussellGeorgia Tech
Andrew AllenGeorgia Tech
Jas PyneniGeorgia Tech
Austin KelleyMemphis
Musa BanatMemphis
Jason LeonardMississippi State
Colby PearlMTSU
Jaxon WallaceMTSU

2019 All Conference Olympic Teams Announced.

The Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference has announced the 2019 All Conference Olympic (7s) Team based on the performance at this year’s championship event in Columbia, South Carolina.  

First Team

Caleb Strum (Alabama)
Matt Pikowski (Alabama)
Obum Imonugo (Georgia)
Chris Bagby (Kennesaw State)
Ben Dorsey(Kennesaw State)
Brendon Esson (Kentucky)
Grant Broeder (Kentucky)
Cam Massengill (Mississippi State)
Danny Callahan (South Carolina)
Patrick Beacom (Tennessee)

Second Team

Patrick Feimer (Alabama)
Jerome Bohuslaviski (Auburn)
Shea O’Hanlon (Kennesaw State) 
Jacob Goeppner (Kentucky)
Ty Lewis (Kentucky)
Colby Pearl (Middle TN State)
Antonio Liberti (Mississippi State)
Walker Graham (South Carolina)
Conner Hoefer (South Carolina)
Ben Schwartz (Tennessee)

Kentucky Claims Olympic Rugby Championship

The University of Kentucky captured the 2019 SCRC Olympic Rugby Championship with a 26-14 victory over Kennesaw State University in the final.  The one day event proceeded under threatening skies in Columbia, South Carolina with the Gamecocks serving as excellent hosts. 

In what proved ot be the most competitive sevens event in conference history, UK emerged from pool play with narrow victories over Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi State.  Kennesaw State advanced to the final with equally narrow victories over Tennessee, South Carolina, Auburn and MTSU.  

Kentucky 7s Team
Kennesaw State 7s Team

Pool A

D  Kennesaw State12
A  South Carolina10
C  Tennessee8
E  MTSU6
B  Auburn4

Pool B

F  Kentucky12
H  Alabama10
J  Miss State8
I  Georgia6
G  Ole Miss0

Schedule / Results

9:00 AMAvBSouth Carolina12Auburn7
9:20 AMCvDTennessee5Kennesaw State14
9:40 AMFvGKentucky15Ole MissFFT
10:00 AMHvIAlabama21Georgia14
10:20 AMBvEAuburn0MTSU35
10:40 AMAvCSouth Carolina27Tennessee0
11:00 AMGvJOle MissFFTMiss State15
11:20 AMFvHKentucky10Alabama7
11:40 AMAvDSouth Carolina5Kennesaw State17
12:00 PMCvETennessee33MTSU14
12:20 PMFvIKentucky17Georgia10
12:40 PMHvJAlabama24Miss State14
1:00 PMBvDAuburn12Kennesaw State19
1:20 PMAvESouth Carolina26MTSU7
1:40 PMGvIOle MissFFTGeorgia15
2:00 PMFvJKentucky20Miss State5
2:20 PMCvBTennessee36Auburn19
2:40 PMDvEKennesaw State21MTSU12
3:00 PMHvGAlabama15Ole MissFFT
3:30 PMIvJGeorgia12Miss State19
4:15 PM5th PlaceTennessee12Miss State5
4:45 PM3rd PlaceAlabama17South Carolina14
5:15 PM1st PlaceKentucky26Kennesaw State14

SCRC Conducts 2019 Annual Meeting and Admits Memphis and Georgia Tech

Announces competition realignment for 15s

In the annual general meeting on April 07 the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference completed several items of business related to membership, competition and leadership.

Present:  Alabama, Auburn, Kennesaw State, Kentucky, Middle TN State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee
Absent:  Georgia

Meeting Opening at 8:00 PM EST

Elected Leadership
Commissioner – Marty Bradley
Treasurer / Secretary – Jim Farrar

Appointed Leadership
Competitions Director – Gary Anderson
Discipline Director – Charles Dube
Referee Director – Dave Haines

Membership
University of Memphis
Georgia Institute of Technology
Both teams were accepted by a unanious vote.

2019 15s Competition Review
Tier 1: Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kennesaw State
Tier 2: Auburn, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Middle TN State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State

Features: 1 crossover for a total of 6 matches. Championship game in each tier. challenge / promotion match options.

2019 7s Competition Review
April 13 – Columbia, SC
Winner – USAR National Tournament Bid
Highest finishing SEC team – CRC Bid

Financial Report
Membership voted unaniously to leave 2019-2020 dues at 2018-2019 level and also approved budget to reflect previous year budget.

High Performance
Review of plans and proposal for all-star team and camps/clinics.

Contacts
Please update. 

Meeting Adjourned at 8:40 PM EST

2019 SCRC All-Conference Awards Announced

Brendan Esson Repeats as Player of the Year

Brentan Esson Player of the Year

The Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference has announced the 2019 All-Conference team after the conclusion of the 2019 Championship.

Deservedly, the Kentucky Wildcats lead the way with 4 first team selections including SCRC Player of the Year Brendan Esson.  Esson repeats as POY having also claimed the title in 2017 while leading the Wildcats to the conference championship.

SCRC 1st Team

Ignacio GuisasolaAlabama
Caleb StrumAlabama
Harrison DulgarianAlabama
Obum Imonugo Georgia
Tim Mercado Georgia
Campbell RobinsonKennesaw State
Brendan EssonKentucky
Logan ButlerKentucky
Dirk van den BergKentucky
Nick PratherKentucky
Ben BergeronMTSU
Walker GrahamSouth Carolina
Isaac Harding-DavisSouth Carolina
Thomas McDonaldSouth Carolina
Dylan CravenTennessee
Keenan KayserTennessee
Greg JanowickTennessee

SCRC 2nd Team

Ben RogersAlabama
Robert CollinsAlabama
Charlie DuffyAuburn
Jerome BohuslavizkiAuburn
Brian RadcliffGeorgia
Josh InglisKennesaw State
Chris BagbyKennesaw State
Tucker DonlonKentucky
Grant BroederKentucky
Alex TurnerMTSU
 Loyd RogersMTSU
Micheal ChiarovanoSouth Carolina
Josh DarrellSouth Carolina
Nesto RivasTennessee
Duke CookTennessee

SCRC Honorable Mention

Donald BinnsAuburn
Zach St. GeorgeAuburn
Joel LarsonGeorgia
Graham ColeburnGeorgia
Julian(Elvis) PressleyKennesaw State
Dom DiGeronimoKentucky
Austin BraunMTSU

2018 SCRC Olympic Rugby Championship

Gamecocks win 3rd Title

The 2018 Southeastern Olympic Rugby Championship was be held on April 07 in Knoxville at the Tennessee Rugby Park. South Carolina held off Kentucky in the final 7-5 to take their third title in as many years and claim the automatic bid to the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship and the USA Rugby National Championship.

Pool A (1,6,9)

1. South Carolina
2. Georgia
3. Florida

Pool B (2,5,8)

1. Kentucky
2. Mississippi State
3. Auburn

Pool C (3,4,7)

1. Alabama
2. Tennessee
3. Ole Miss

Pool Play

09:00 AM   A2 v A3   Georgia 7, Florida 12
09:20 AM   B2 v B3   Miss State 0, Auburn 17
09:40 AM   C2 v C3   Tennessee 14, Ole Miss 10
10:00 AM   A1 v A2   South Carolina 24,Georgia 0
10:20 AM   B1 v B2   Kentucky 27, Miss State 5
10:40 AM   C1 v C2   Alabama 12, Tennessee 5
11:00 PM   A1 v A3   South Carolina 34, Florida 0
11:20 PM   B1 v B3   Kentucky 24, Auburn 0
11:40 PM   C1 v C3   Alabama 33, Ole Miss 0

Playoffs

1:00 PM   Game 1 (#8) Mississippi State 24, (#9)  Ole Miss 7
1:20 PM   Game 2 (#2) Kentucky 29, (#7) Georgia 12
1:40 PM   Game 3 (#3) Alabama 27, (#6) Florida 7 
2:00 PM   Game 4 (#4) Tennessee 12, (#5) Auburn 5
2:20 PM   Game 5 (#1) South Carolina 25, (W1) Miss State 0
3:00 PM   Game 6 (W2) Kentucky 14, (W3) Alabama 10
4:00 PM   Game 7 (W4) Tennessee 5, (W5) South Carolina 17
4:20 PM   Game 8 (L2) Georgia 10, (L3) Florida 29
4:40 PM   Game 9 (L4) Auburn 38, (L5) Mississippi State 12
5:00 PM   Game 10 (L6) Alabama 19, (L7) Tennessee 15 (3rd / 4th)
5:20 PM   Game 11 (L8) Georgia 14, (L9) Mississippi State 0 (7th / 8th)
5:40 PM   Game 12 (W8) Florida 5, (W9) Auburn 10 (5th / 6th)
6:00 PM   Game 13 SCRC Championship South Carolina 7, Kentucky 5

2018 Final Ranking

1. South Carolina
2. Kentucky
3, Alabama
4. Tennessee
5. Auburn
6. Florida
7. Georgia
8. Mississippi State
9. Ole Miss

Scoring

Ranking Points

3 Pts    Win
2 Pts    Tie
1 Pt      Lose

Rank Determination

1.  Total Ranking Points

2.  Difference in points scored and allowed during pool play (point differential).

3.  Difference in number of tries scored and allowed during pool play.

4.  Points scored during pool play.

5.  Coin toss.

2017 SCRC All-Conference

Kentucky Sweeps Coach and Player of the Year

The Kentucky Wildcats lead the way with a total of 10 players selected as 2017 SCRC All-Conference. Kentucky’s Brendon Esson was selected as the 2017 Player of the Year and UK’s Gary Anderson received the well earned 2017 Coach of the Year. A total of 45 players were honored from 9 conference teams. 

2017 Player of the Year – Brendon Esson

Brendon Esson

Brendon attended High School at St Johns College in Harare, Zimbabwe before moving to Lexington in 2015.  Since joining the program Brendon has been a standout player and leader on and off the pitch, his leadership led him to be named team captain in 2017.  In this year’s SCRC Championship he scored twice including the go ahead score in the final minutes of the game.

2017 Coach of the Year – Gary Anderson

Coach Gary Anderson

Coach Anderson led the Kentucky Wildcats to their 1st ever SEC Championship going 12-0 on the season between the two sides. The key component to the wildcat’s success is the entirety of the coaching staff, Vince Gross, Scott Tungay, Jan DeBeer and Taylor Johnson. The staff does an outstanding job from recruiting quality talent to getting the student athletes to perform at their maximum level.

SCRC First Team

Front RowKeenan Kayser (UT)
Front RowTucker Donlon (UK)
Front RowShawn Dawley (UA)
LockIsaac Hamlin (UK)
LockNesto Rivas (UT)
Back RowCaleb Canter (UK)
Back RowDylan Craven (UT)
Back RowKerry Roberts (UT)
ScrumhalfTravis Vickers (UT)
FlyhalfBrendon Esson (UK)
Back  Shaq Suber (UK)
BackEli Warfield (UK)
BackChristian Harrell  (USC)
BackSean Barnes (USC)
BackIgnacio Guisasolo( UA)

SCRC Second Team

Front RowJames Campbell (UGA)
Front RowJosh Landon (UT)
Front RowJerome Bohuslavizki (AU)
LockBrandon Holmes (USC)
LockAshton Yates (MSU)
Back RowLogan Butler (UK)
Back RowMicah Stewart (USC)
Back RowTom Earl (UF)
ScrumhalfBrian Radcliff (UGA)
FlyhalfNicolae Toma (UM)
Back  Sam Hawkins (UT)
BackPorter Ramsey (UK)
Back Alex Schultz (MSU)
BackCaleb Strum (UA)
BackJohn Via (UT)

Honorable Mention

Rick Lafountain (UF)
Kolby O’Malley (UF)
Bobby Collins (UA)
Joel Larson (UGA)
Dom DiGeronimo (UK)
Kalon Gipson (UM)
Jacob Von Echenbach (AU)
Bobby Morgan (UA)
Chuck Deport (USC)
Mike Runion (UGA)
John Detamore (MSU)
Sameer Kahn (AU)
Josh Robertson (UM)
Michael Tomasin (MSU)
Dirk van den Berg (UK)