IND Columnist

IND Columnist

Craig Fenn is a biology professor who holds degrees from the University of New Haven and Penn State University.  He began following Division 2 football while a student at New Haven in the mid-to-late-1990’s, which included the 1997 run to the National Championship game when the Chargers were an Independent program. 

A native of the Waterbury, CT area, he now lives near Lancaster, PA with his wife, children, and cats.



Independents Season Recap Part 2

December 1st, 2021 9:00am

End Of Season Recap Part 2 – Looking forward to the 2022 season I’m going to come out and say it now –

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Independents Season Recap Part 1

November 30th, 2021 9:00am

End Of Season Recap Part 1 – Looking back at the 2021 season With the end of the 2021 season upon us, it’s time to put a cap on it. 

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Independents Round 1 Recap

November 22nd, 2021 12:00am

When I was younger and living in the Northeast, the big sports radio station was WFAN in New York City, the originator of the format.  They broadcasted New York Mets games, which I was generally indifferent to being a Boston Red Sox fan, but they had a great set of announcers led by the legendary Bob Murphy. 

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Independents Round 1 Preview

November 16th, 2021 8:00pm

“Lately it occurred to me…What a long, strange trip it’s been”.  With the conclusion of Week 11, the 2021 regular season is now over for five members of this column, but for one band of Wildcats from Ellensburg, Washington, their journey continues into the post-season with a first-round playoff game on the road in a place that was unexpected but much too familiar for the Wildcats. 

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Independents Week 11 Preview

November 11th, 2021 12:00am

Like Week 9, all the teams who won in Week 10 all won handily, but I promise there will be no rants this week.  Barton had one decent half and one really bad half in the Bulldogs’

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Independents Week 10 Preview

November 4th, 2021 12:00pm

“I’m warning you!...He’s got huge, sharp…er…He can leap about…Look at the bones!” While Week 9’s results weren’t necessarily unexpected in terms of who won and lost, the margins of victory were a bit on the surprising side. 

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Independents Week 9 Preview

October 28th, 2021 12:00am

Week 8 saw the race to the GNAC championship conclude with Central Washington winning their fourth straight GNAC championship.  The Wildcats won in dominant fashion for the second straight game against Western Oregon. 

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Independents Week 8 Preview

October 20th, 2021 7:00pm

For the second time this season, a team from this column has knocked off a highly-ranked and undefeated league leader.  Central Washington pulled off the feat in Week 5 by beating Midwestern State, and now Barton does it in Week 7 by beating #8 Wingate 26-20 in overtime. 

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Independents Week 7 Preview

October 13th, 2021 12:00pm

Week 6 saw a resounding win by Central Washington over rival Western Oregon as the Wildcats take control of the GNAC conference race and stay in the conversation for the Division 2 playoffs.  Bluefield State also won their first game after a 2-week layoff, although they were underwhelming in defeating Fort Lauderdale. 

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NCAA Independents Week 5 Recap and Week 6 Preview

Celebrate!  The Independents had their first undefeated week of the 2021 season, with all 4 teams who played winning their games. 

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NCAA Independents Week 4 Recap and Week 5 Preview

Week 4 saw the further emergence of Barton’s Jordan Terrell as a national star, and two defenses played a game of “Can you top this?” out in the Pacific Northwest. 

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NCAA Independents Week 2 Recap and Week 3 Preview

In Week 2, the main theme was Good News and Bad News.  The Good News was that history was made with two schools getting their first wins in decades. 

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Division II Independents 2021 Season Preview

Hello all,My name is Craig Fenn, and I am the new columnist covering Division II’s Independent teams.  I am a biology professor in Pennsylvania by trade, so writing about sports is a bit new. 

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NCAA Independents Week 1 Recap and Week 2 Preview

Overall, not the best week for the NCAA Independents and GNAC squads, finishing the week with a 1-5 record.  GNAC favorite Central Washington was the only winner, 66-24 over Eastern New Mexico. 

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NCAA Independents Week 3 Recap and Week 4 Preview

We have a winning streak!  Bluefield State won their second game in a row against the CIAA while Barton and Erskine fell on the road. 

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