Tuesday, October 4, 2022

FBS Schools Begin Sabre Rattling

 

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1.  FBS Schools Begin Sabre Rattling



by Dennis Dodds, CBS Sports


"Last month, the professional organization representing FBS (Football Bowl Series)  athletic directors issued what amounted to a veiled ultimatum. The "overwhelming majority" of those ADs at a Lead1 Association meeting in Washington D.C. had a "strong preference" the NCAA continue running major-college football if the association "can be more streamlined and less bureaucratic."

Or else … what?

The answer has opened the door to perhaps not a breakaway of major college football and basketball but at least a forming picture of what a new structure would look like. A growing number of those ADs believe they have a unique and powerful hammer as leverage if the NCAA doesn't clean up its act.

"If not," a Lead1 executive said. "We would explore other options."

>> Court Awareness: "Among those implied options, CBS Sports has learned, is leveraging schools' participation in the NCAA Tournament. While a separate basketball tournament operated outside of the NCAA isn't likely anytime soon, the ADs' realization they could create such an event provides a picture as to how the NCAA's two biggest sports will be run in the future."

>> Reality Check: "Basketball is involved in the discussion because the revenue from the NCAA Tournament is used by the association to essentially run major-college football. The NCAA does not sponsor an FBS championship. Meanwhile, the tournament is the mother's milk of the association itself bringing approximately $800 million per year. Approximately 80% of that goes back to the members."

>> Of Note: "For the first time during that Lead1 meeting, a price tag was put on what it would take to run the FBS: $65 million annually. That figure was revealed during a slide presentation by Kathleen McNeely, the NCAA's former CFO and currently a Lead1 consultant."

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BROADCASTING

2.  DIII Churns Out Announcing Talent



by Jake Baskin, Sports Broadcast Journal
 

"If you look at the list of the best sports broadcasting schools in America, published by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America, you’ll note some trends:

Power 5 mainstays such as Syracuse (Bob Costas), Arizona State (Al Michaels), or much of the Big Ten Northwestern (Brent Musburger); an assortment of smaller D1 state schools like Ball State or Ohio University, or a mid-sized of those around a major city—think Hofstra or Fordham. Those schools have earned built reputations over the years.

But without nearly as much fanfare, Division II, Division III, and non-NCAA schools have consistently churned out top play-by-play announcers as well. From longtime national mainstays,  Greg Gumbel (Loras) and Kenny Albert (NYU) to current network leads Brian Anderson (St. Mary’s of Texas) and Kevin Burkhardt (William Paterson), Howie Rose (Queens College), this trend isn’t going away anytime soon. Even studio hosts such as Curt Menefee (Coe) and sideline reporters like Kaylee Hartung (Washington and Lee) have proven you can find great sports media figures anywhere. One reason is simply so many more jobs available."

But who’s coming up next? I came up with a list of eight play-by-play announcers under the age of 45 who went to schools not labeled Division I. Some have already made it to the big time, some aren’t far from it, but all deserve your attention."

Division III Grads

  1. Brendan Burke, Ithaca (TNT’s #2 NHL announcer)
  2. Joe Davis, Beloit (#2 NFL announcer, voice of the World Series)
  3. Lowell Galindo, Emerson (Longhorn Network)
  4. Aaron Goldsmith, Principia (voice of Seattle Mariners)
  5. Stephen Nelson, Chapman (PBP for Apple TV MLB package, and co-host of Intentional Talk)
  6. Wayne Randazzo, North Central (NY Mets #2 play-by-play announcer)
  7. John Sadak, Rowan (Cincinnati Reds TV voice)
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NCAA

4.  Calendar


October
4 - Webinar, Division III Diversity Grants, 1:30 ET
6 - Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee
17-18 - Management Council
19 - Interpretations and Legislation Committee
19 - Membership Committee
25 - Championships Committee
25-26 - Presidents Council

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5.  Comings and Goings
 
1 THING

6.  Happy Meals for Adults



McDonald's is serving up nostalgia with new "boxed meals" for adults with "a surprise inside," Axios' Kelly Tyko reports.

  • The limited-edition combo meals launch today as part of the fast-food giant's collaboration with a popular streetwear fashion label, Cactus Plant Flea Market.

Why it matters: McDonald's said it is reimagining the "feeling of pure joy when you ordered a Happy Meal as a kid" to reignite "a new generation’s love for our food and the brand."

One of four toys is included with the meal (Big Mac or McNuggets) — three iconic McDonald's characters (Grimace, the Hamburglar, Birdie), along with a new "Cactus Buddy!"

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Monday, October 3, 2022

The Case For Division III

 

written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III
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1.  The Case For Division III

 

Nicole Lin and John Paul Phillips
by Michael Stott, Swimming World


"In September, Jason Weber began his 17th year as head men’s and women’s coach at the University of Chicago. In his tenure there, his teams (seventh and sixth, respectively, at 2022 D-III NCAAs) have produced 431 All-America performances and all 48 school records. As a college athlete, he swam all four years at Brown under a taskmaster now at Tennessee named Matt Kredich, so he knows what’s involved in swimming at the D-III and D-I levels.

“I think too many high school swimmers/divers have their sights set on competing D-I because it’s the most competitive level, and they don’t think about the opportunities that are available to them at D-III,” says Weber.

“I was the same way, thinking I’d make NCAAs and be one of the top D-I swimmers, but things didn’t go exactly as planned. Looking back, I would have loved the opportunity to still go to a great school, but be a bigger contributor and compete for a national title."

>> Situational Awareness: “Just like in the academic arena, there are many ways to succeed in the pool,” says Claremont-M-S coach Charlie Griffiths. “You can find coaches and team environments that can elicit excellence from you in each division. What I love about our environment in Division III and at CMS is that we’ve created a track record of swimmers who improve over their careers and enjoy the process, while also setting themselves up for post-graduate success."

>> Reality Check: “I encourage kids to look for fit," said Emory head coach Jon Howell. "We don’t fit neatly into the D-III category. We benefit from D-III nationals, having a target, a D-III championship, but we are not a stereotypical D-III team. We are trying to create something that is uniquely Emory—and that is a good fit for the right person."

>> The Big Picture: “(Crile Hart) was definitely the type of athlete who would have been welcomed on a D-I roster," said Kenyon head coach Jessen Book. "In comparing divisions, recruits need to be clear about what role they want to play on their team, in their conference and at the NCAA Championships. For the truly elite, that may be the D-I Championships. However, for many other talented and driven swimmers, that fit may be better at D-III,” he says."

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TENNIS

2. ITA Regional Champions
 

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association held more small college regional events this weekend. Winners qualify for the ITA nationals. 

Men

New England

  • Singles: Tristan Bradley (Bowdoin) d. Reid Staples (Bowdoin), 6-0, 2-1 INJ
  • Doubles: Vuk Vuksanovic / Derin Acaroglu (Tufts) d. Shawn Berdia / Jason Shuler (Williams) 6-3, 7-6

Northeast

  • Singles: Aidan Drover-Mattinen (RPI) d. Connor Griff (Hamilton), 6-4, 6-4
  • Doubles: Drover-Mattinen / Andy Zhu (RPI) vs. Sean Pesin / Jett Wright (Hobart)
Southeast
  • Singles: Thomas Yu (Johns Hopkins) d. Michael Melnikov (Swarthmore), 6-4, 3-6, 10-8
  • Doubles: James Yu / Thomas Yu (Johns Hopkins) d. Evan Erb / Evan Brady (Washington and Lee), 8-5

Midwest

  • Singles: Semifinals
  • Doubles: Quarterfinals
Southwest
  • Singles: Alessio Azzalini (Trinity, Texas) d. Joshua Bode (Concordia, Texas), 6-4, 6-4
  • Doubles: Azzalini / Rafael Candela Ruzi (Trinity) vs. Oscar Ray / Ashton Ellis (Southwestern)
Northwest
  • Singles: Rox Rogers (George Fox) d. Austin Stone (George Fox), 5-7, 6-0, 6-1
  • Doubles: Stone / Hunter Fujimori (George Fox) vs. Rogers / Lars Schmassmann (George Fox)
West
  • Singles: Advik Mareedu (Claremont-M-S) d. Caleb Wilkins (Chapman), 6-3, 6-4
  • Doubles: Christian Settles / Matthew Robinson (Claremont-M-S) d. Matthew Feng / Eshaan Lumba (Pomona-Pitzer), 6-3, 6-3
Women

Central
  • Singles: Sylwia Mikos (Chicago) vs. Miranda Yuan (Chicago)
  • Doubles: Mikos / Shianna Guo (Chicago) vs. Perene Wang / Claudia Ng (Chicago)
West
  • Singles: Katherine Wurster (Claremont-M-S) d. Angie Zhou (Pomona-Pitzer), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
  • Doubles: Lindsay Eisenmann / Gabby Lee (Claremont-M-S) d. Alisha Chulani / Devon Wolfe (Claremont-M-S), 6-3, 4-6, 10-8
>> Complete Results
 
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FOOTBALL

3. Running in Place


Connor McNabb

There was no movement in this week's D3football.com Top 25 as the top-10 tams remained in place.

  1. North Central, Ill. (18), 4-0
  2. Mount Union (5), 4-0
  3. UW-Whitewater (1), 3-1
  4. Mary Hardin-Baylor (1), 4-1
  5. Trinity, Texas, 4-0
  6. Saint John's, 3-1
  7. Linfield, 3-0
  8. Johns Hopkins, 5-0
  9. UW-La Crosse, 3-1
  10. Hardin-Simmons, 3-1

>> This Weekend: No. 16 UW-Oshkosh at No. 17 UW-River Falls; No. 20 Wartburg at No. 24 Central; Shenandoah at Bridgewater.

>> Sack Master: Johns Hopkins DE Luke Schuermann had six sacks in the Blue Jays' 43-26 win at Franklin & Marshall. He leads DIII with 9.5 overall.

>> Six If By Air: Aurora QB Josh Swanson leads the country with 24 TD passes through five games.

>> Unbeaten: There are 29 teams with unblemished records after five weeks.

>> Complete Poll
CROSS COUNTRY

4. MIT, Chicago Top National Preview



The MIT men showed why it is ranked No. 2 in the country with a surprisingly easy win at the NCAA DIII National Preview Meet in East Lansing, Mich. The Engineers took down three other top-10 programs (#3 UW-La Crosse, #5 North Central, #8 UW-Whitewater) with 62 points. UW-La Crosse's Ethan Gregg took individual honors in 24:12.3.

The Chicago women also rolled to an easy win, nearly doubling up No. 7 MIT, 59-106. Loras' Kassie Parker crossed the line first by more than 20 seconds to capture the individual race.

>> Complete Results

NEWS 

5.  Lightning Round 


  Field Hockey

  • There are five teams with spotless records - Salisbury (10-0), Shenandoah (10-0), Johnson and Wales (9-0), Middlebury (9-0), and Rowan (9-0).
  Soccer (M)
  • There are four sides that are unbeaten and untied - UW-Eau Claire (13-0), Western Connecticut (12-0), Chicago (10-0), and Kenyon (9-0).

  Soccer (W)

  • There are four sides that are unbeaten and untied - Calvin (10-0), Montclair State (10-0), Case Western Reserve (9-0), and Mary Hardin-Baylor (9-0).

  Volleyball (W)

  • There are just one team remaining with an unblemished record - Claremont-M-S (15-0).

   Happy Birthday

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6.  Comings and Goings
 
1 THING

7. Cheers at 40



"One for the Road": The "Cheers" finale episode, in 1993. Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

"Cheers" first premiered 40 years ago on Sept. 30, 1982 — with last call more than a decade later, on May 20, 1993.

  • The show's 275 episode run helped launch the careers of actors Ted Danson, Woody Harrelson, Kirstie Alley and Kelsey Grammer, Axios' Herb Scribner reports.

"It was like going to camp — a good one, not one you wanted to call home every day," actress Rhea Perlman told ABC News about working on the show.

  • "It just was a very comfortable, fun place to be," Perlman added. "We had great writers, we had a great cast and we had fun."
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