The American Collegiate Rugby Championship is the name of the fall 15s competition that pits the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, East Coast, Empire, Keystone, MAC and Rugby East conferences against one another.
The winner of each conference, all of which have begun regular season play, receive an automatic bid to the quarterfinals. The Rugby East runner-up also gets in. The second place teams from the other conferences will pair off in bowl games played Nov. 16.
Quarterfinal and bowl pairings and seeds will be determined by a committee, and the quarterfinals and semifinals will be held on the campuses of the higher seeds Nov. 16 and 23, respectively.
The inaugural American Collegiate Rugby Championship final will be played at Furman's John S. Roberts Field in Greenville, SC December 7, and the prize will be the Dudley DeGroot Cup.
DeGroot was a member of the 1924 Gold Medal Olympic Rugby Team who went on to coach college and professional football. He played for Pop Warner at Stanford and coached UCSB (then Santa Barbara State), San Jose State, West Virginia, Rochester, New Mexico, as well as the Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Dons. He also played basketball at Stanford and coached basketball in Santa Barbara.