Thursday, July 22, 2021

Olympic Dreams

 

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1. Olympic Dreams


When Do the Olympics Start? Here's the Schedule for Tokyo - The New York  Times

 

Twelve athletes and two coaches will represent Division III at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches are competing at the Games, representing 100 countries.

American Samoa
Tyler Paige, Tufts, Sailing

Canada
Joey Lye, Williams, softball

Germany
Luke Campbell, Salisbury, track and field

Haiti
Emilie Grand'Pierre, Bowdoin, swimming

Israel
Mitch Glasser, Macalester, baseball
Nate Mulberg, Rochester, baseball (coach)

Qatar
Tala Abujbara, Williams, rowing

Saint Lucia
Mikaili Charlemagne, Springfield, swimming

United States
Gary Aldrich, Carnegie Mellon, track and field (coach)
Kristi Kirshe, Williams, rugby
Meghan Musnicki, Ithaca, rowing
Margaret Shea, Connecticut College, sailing
Andrew Wilson, Emory, swimming

Yemen
Nuna Bamatraf, DePauw, swimming

>> College Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics (courtesy of NCAA)

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2. Coaching at the Highest Level
 
  • Head Coach Mike Budenholzera 1992 graduate of Pomona, led the Milwaukee Bucks to the 2021 NBA title. Pat St. Andrews, a 2013 graduate of Penn State Behrend, is an assistant coach for the Bucks.
     
  • The Washington Wizards have named Wes Unseld Jr. as the franchise’s new head coach. Unseld Jr. played collegiately at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and played high school basketball at Loyola High School in Towson, MD. He is the son of franchise legend/Hall-of-Famer Wes Unseld Sr., the greatest player in franchise history and one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.
     
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has hired Spencer Carbery as an assistant coach. Carbery joins the Maple Leafs after three seasons with the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals. Last season, Carbery was honored with the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL's outstanding coach after leading the Bears to a 24-7-2-0 record. He played collegiately at St. Norbert.

 

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3.  Federal Judge Backs Indiana

 
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by Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed

"A federal judge sided with Indiana University in a lawsuit filed by eight students who challenged the university’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate and related face-masking and testing requirements.

The ruling is the first evaluating the constitutionality of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

In denying the students’ motion for a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Court Judge Damon R. Leichty ruled that the students failed to show a likelihood they will succeed on their claim that IU lacks a rational basis for its vaccine requirement. The students had claimed that the vaccine requirement violated their due process rights under the 14th Amendment."

>> Why It Matters: "Several of the students also cited deeply held religious objections to the additional testing and masking requirements they would be subject to as a consequence of their unvaccinated status. Leichty’s opinion notes that students who receive an exemption from the vaccine requirement “must participate in more frequent mitigation testing, quarantine if exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, wear a mask in public spaces, and return to their permanent address or quarantine if there is a serious outbreak of COVID-19.”

>> Quotable: “These students argue that they have rights to refrain from wearing a mask and to refuse nasal testing,” Leichty wrote. “But there is no fundamental constitutional right to not wear a mask … Nor is there a fundamental constitutional right to not be tested for a virus before entering a place of public accommodation.”


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MEN'S LACROSSE

4.  60-Second Clock Reset Approved
 
by Greg Johnson, NCAA


"Beginning in the 2021-22 academic year, the shot clock in men's lacrosse will reset to 60 seconds when the offensive team retains possession after taking a valid shot and in other specific situations in the offensive half of the field. The change was approved Wednesday by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel.

The shot clock will not reset during flag down, slow whistle scenarios. Once adjudicated, the shot clock will reset to 60 seconds after loose-ball technical fouls in the offensive half of the field. If a foul is committed and the clock is above 60 seconds, the shot clock will be reset to 80 seconds. 

When the visible all-possession shot clock was implemented in spring 2019, the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee wanted a clock that could display the 20 seconds a team has to clear the defensive half of the field and then reset the shot clock to 60 seconds once a team crossed midfield. However, financial and technology obstacles at that time did not allow the committee to fully implement this concept. The result was a visible 80-second all-possession shot clock."

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5.  Comings and Goings
 
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6. Protecting GOAT and POTUS



by Greg Auman, The Athletic

"Ali Marpet’s job in winning a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers was to protect Tom Brady, but on Tuesday morning, he caught up with an old college teammate who can do one better: protecting the President of the United States.

As the Bucs visited the White House to be greeted by President Joe Biden as Super Bowl champs, Marpet had a minute with Dom Ellis, who played fullback at Hobart College when Marpet was an offensive lineman there. He’s now an officer in the Secret Service active detail, working in the West Wing on Tuesday, and a little more excited than most to see the Bucs visit.

“I’ve been a Bucs fan since the beginning, so this is even better for me,” said Ellis, a St. Petersburg native who played at Northeast High before going to Hobart, graduating like Marpet in 2015.”

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Emmert Pushes for Change

 

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1. Emmert Pushes for Change
 

With NIL reform in limbo, NCAA heading toward busy June
courtesy of NCAA

"NCAA President Mark Emmert addressed media Thursday at a critical time in college sports. Interim policy has created new opportunities for college athletes to use their name, image and likeness, but state laws on the topic vary across the country. According to Emmert, the door is open for more change.

“The new environment is one that creates some pretty remarkable opportunities for the schools and the Association to rethink and reconsider a lot of the long-standing components of what college sports has been about,” Emmert said. “I think that could be very exciting for where we are in college sports and what we can do.”

Emmert emphasized that although the need for a federal NIL law still exists, members of Congress still want more from NCAA member schools and conferences.

>> Quotable: “You can do one of two things: You can lean back and do nothing and wait and see what happens. Or you can say, ‘Look, this is a new era. We need to take advantage of it,’” Emmert said.

>> What's Next: "He went on to outline three priorities for the future: providing new opportunities for students; reconsidering the roles of conferences, schools and the national office; and rethinking how nonrevenue sports are supported."

>> The Final Word: "The NCAA is a membership-driven association, meaning the rules are created and enforced by member schools and conferences. Emmert added that any changes to rules will come from them, and he understands it will take time."


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2. Vaccine Waiting Game

by Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed


"Stockton University in New Jersey is one of hundreds of colleges requiring students get vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus this fall. Students have until Aug. 1 to provide the university with proof of vaccination status or to request an exemption on medical or religious grounds.

There’s an incentive for Stockton students to submit their paperwork early: students who submitted proof of vaccination by July 8 were eligible for a drawing to win a year of free tuition or room and board, and university officials are planning for two additional drawings in August.

But just two weeks before the Aug. 1 deadline, the percentage of students who have submitted proof of vaccination or an exemption request is hovering right around a third. Stockton officials report that about 90 percent of the 3,500 students who have submitted documentation so far have provided proof of vaccination status, while about 10 percent have requested an exemption."

>> Situational Awareness: "Nationally, young adults age 18 to 29 have the lowest COVID vaccination rates of any adults. A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health this week by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that close to a quarter (24 percent) of young adults age 18 to 25 expressed hesitancy about getting a COVID vaccine, with their most common concerns centering around safety and possible side effects."

>> What They're Saying: “We still have a few weeks until the deadline,” said Joe Cardona, a spokesman for Rowan University, a public university in New Jersey, which is crediting students' accounts $500 or, for on-campus students, $1,000, if they get the vaccine. “As of now, about 30 percent of the students have responded. This is pretty normal when collecting any type of documents. There is a rush at the beginning and a rush at the deadline.”

>> Yes, But: "Goucher College, a private college in Maryland, had a deadline of Monday, July 12, for students to submit their vaccine paperwork. Aarika Camp, Goucher’s vice president for student affairs and dean of students, said she does not yet have an estimate of the percentage of students who have submitted proof of vaccination."

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3.  WOTY Nominees
 



"NCAA Division III member schools nominated 177 female student-athletes for the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award is rooted in Title IX and recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their NCAA eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female college athletes by nominating them for the Woman of the Year award. Schools can recognize two nominees if at least one is a woman of color or international student-athlete."

>> What's Next: "Conferences will select up to two nominees each from their pool of member school nominees. All nominees who compete in a sport not sponsored by their school’s primary conference, as well as associate conference nominees and independent nominees, will be considered by a selection committee. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose 10 women from each division to make up the Top 30."

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4. Breaking Ground
 

Mya Urba poses on turf at Alumni Stadium while holding football
courtesy of Hanover College

"Though just 19 years old, Mya Urba ’24 has pursued her passion to coach football for the past five years. Through her journey, she has shaken off stereotypes while stockpiling knowledge, acquiring more responsibility and earning the respect of athletes, coaches and opponents.

“From an outsider’s perspective, I’m a 5-foot, curly-haired blondie who wears football stuff,” stated Urba. “I’ve been asked multiple times, I’ll be at [a local store] and I’m wearing the [Hanover] football sweatshirt and they’re like, ‘Oh, who’s your boyfriend on the team?’ I am like, no, I coach.”

This year, Urba became the first female on-the-field coach in Hanover College’s 135-year football history. Working side-by-side with Defensive Coordinator Aarik Gault, she coached linebackers and, during games, signaled defensive alignments prior to each of the opposition’s plays."

>> Situational Awareness: "Urba, who also plays defense for Hanover’s lacrosse team, served as an assistant coach while a student at Westfield (Ind.) High School. Her involvement with the Shamrocks’ football program, which began on a whim prior to her freshman year, transformed an initial curiosity into a passion."

>> The Opportunity: "While visiting campus, she met with members of the Panthers’ football staff. Head Coach Matt Theobald ’96 immediately witnessed her sincerity and appetite for the game. An offer to coach was quickly extended. “She just kind of fit right in with us,” said Theobald, who has guided the Panthers since 2016. “Sometimes we get people from the outside that want to be a part of this but aren’t all in. I would say Mya is 100 percent all-in with Hanover football.”

>> What They're Saying: “There aren’t many jobs where you’re not going to interact with a female in a certain position of power,” said Theobald. “I think it’s important for our guys to be able to work with women and see them not just as a [figurehead], but see them as a person, and a person that they’re going to have to take direction from, work with and work alongside. Hopefully, that will translate later in life.”

>> Quotable: “Am I exhausted when I get back? Yes,” said Urba. “Do I get to start my homework at 8 p.m. and have to get up that next morning for classes again? Yep. And do it all over again. I absolutely adore it. It is so cool and so rewarding to be able to do both.”

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FOOTBALL

5.  New Bowl in Town
 

The CCIW and WIAC will participate in the newest postseason football game in Division III - The Isthmus Bowl. It'll be the first postseason college bowl game in Wisconsin state history.

The winners of the respective leagues will receive automatic berths to the NCAA tournament while the top team remaining - that does not receive an at-large bid - in each conference will qualify for the Isthmus Bowl.

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