Friday, August 30, 2019

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1. How The SEC Geared Up to Sell Beer

It will become one of the great debates amongst Division III institutions. Do you sell beer and wine at sporting events?

In the spring of 2018, the NCAA Division I Council removed rules restricting the sale of alcohol at the division's championships. Division II decided not to pursue alcohol sales last fall and Division III engaged in substantive discussions on the topic through the first half of the year. In the end, DIII decided that the potential drawbacks outweighed any benefits.

But when you look around major college football stadiums this fall, beer and wine is now being sold by many of the country's Power Five programs. For example, Arkansas, LSU, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt are all taking advantage of an SEC rule change that allows schools to decide at the campus level whether they want to sell beer and wine at their athletic events.

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>> Resort Status. State of Mississippi law bans the sale of alcohol on college campuses. But Ole Miss' stadium was approved for what the state calls "resort status, so the University can now make its decision.

>> DYK?: LSU plans on bringing in 80 tons of ice to keep the beer cold. Once poured into a cup, the cans will need to be recycled - an estimated 45,000 cans.

Preseason polls have been released for cross country, field hockey, football, soccer and volleyball. Today we continue with cross country. 

2. Preseason Polls: Cross Country (W)

  1. Washington-St. Louis
  2. Johns Hopkins
  3. UW-Eau Claire
  4. Williams
  5. MIT
  6. Carleton (tie)
  7. Geneseo (tie)
  8. Pomona-Pitzer
  9. Rensselaer
  10. Chicago
T11. Tufts, T11. Wartburg, 13. Dickinson, 14. Claremont M-S, 15. Rochester, 16. Baldwin Wallace, 17 Middlebury, 18. Oberlin, 19. St. Thomas, 20. UW-La Crosse, T21. Hope, T21. Wesleyan, 23. Carnegie Mellon, 24. Emory, 25. St. Lawrence, 26. St. Olaf, 27. TCNJ, 28. Centre, 29, Wheaton, Ill., 30. Haverford, 31. Otterbein, T32. Coast Guard, T32. UC Santa Cruz, 34. UW-Stevens Point, 35. Brandeis.

Also receiving votes: Washington and Lee, Gustavus Adolphus, Ithaca.

>> Conference Call: The UAA led all conferences with six teams in the preseason poll. The NESCAC was second with four, while the Centennial, Minnesota and Wisconsin conferences each placed three teams in the top 35.

>> Looking Back: Washington-St. Louis won its first championship since 2011 with a thrilling one-point victory over two-time champ Johns Hopkins. It was just the second one-point decision in the meet's history. Middlebury edged Amherst, 144-145, at Wilmington College in 2006.

>> Who to Watch: There are eight returnees among the top 20 finishers at the NCAA championship last fall, headlined by defending champion Paige Lawler.

  • Paige Lawler, Sr., Washington-St. Louis
  • Kaitlyn Mooney, Jr., Coast Guard
  • Caelyn Reilly, Sr., Johns Hopkins
  • Sophia Gorman, Jr., Colby
  • Sophie Watterson, Sr., Washington-St. Louis
  • Hannah Roeske, Jr., Wheaton, Ill.
  • Carina Collet, Jr., Wartburg
  • Genny Corcoran, Sr., Geneseo

>> Poll courtesy of USTFCCCA

3. Preseason Polls: Cross Country (M)

  1. North Central
  2. Washington-St. Louis (tie)
  3. Williams (tie)
  4. Wartburg
  5. Pomona-Pitzer
  6. UW-La Crosse
  7. Carnegie Mellon
  8. MIT
  9. Carleton
  10. Johns Hopkins
T11. Calvin, T11 Geneseo, 13. Chicago, 14. Rensselaer, 15. Otterbein, 16. Haverford, 17. Amherst, 18. Claremont M-S, 19. Case Western Reserve, 20. Bates, 21. UW-Stevens Point, 22. Middlebury, 23. Berea, 24.UW-Stout, 25. DePauw, 26. Elizabethtown, 27. UC Santa Cruz, 28. St. Olaf, 29. Emory, 30. Brockport, 31. St. Thomas, 32. UW-Oshkosh, 33. Dickinson, 34. UW-Eau Claire, 35. WPI.

Also receiving votes: Washington and Lee, Loras, Occidental.

>> Conference Call: The UAA and Wisconsin Conference led the way with five representatives apiece in the top-35. The NESCAC was next with four, followed by the Centennial and Minnesota Conferences with three.

>> Looking Back: North Central made it three championships in a row with a convincing 43-110 victory over runner-up Washington-St. Louis. It was the Cardinals' sixth title since 2010.

>> Who to Watch: Nine runners who finished in the national top 20 a year ago return in 2019.

  • Josh Schraeder, Sr., UW-La Crosse
  • Ryan Cox, Sr., Williams
  • Nick Matteucci, Sr., Washington-St. Louis
  • Matt Osmulski, Sr., North Central
  • Jared Pangallozzi, Jr., Johns Hopkins
  • Patrick Watson, Sr., Stevenson
  • Lucas Mueller, Jr., Carleton
  • Andy Vasquez, Sr., Nebraska Wesleyan
  • Ryan Cutter, Jr., Chicago

>> Poll courtesy of USTFCCCA

4. Weekend Preview

The biggest games as the 2019 fall season gets underway.

Field Hockey

Friday, August 30
(3) Rowan at (19) Ursinus
(16) Christopher Newport at (4) Messiah
Sunday, September 1
(9) Rochester vs. (16) Christopher Newport (at Spooky Nook)

Soccer (M)

Friday, August 30
(4) Rochester at (11) Cortland
Sunday, September 1
(3) Chicago at (12) St. Thomas

Soccer (W)

Friday, August 30
(5) William Smith at (10) Hardin-Simmons
(8) TCNJ at (14) Swarthmore
Saturday, August 31
(3) Washington-St. Louis at (15) Hope
(24) Stevens at (7) Messiah
(11) Lynchburg at (16) Johns Hopkins


Friday, August 30
(8) Johnson & Wales at (1) Emory
(2) Calvin at (23) Ohio Northern
(3) Juniata at (22) Christopher Newport
(4) UW-Eau Claire at (22) Christopher Newport
(19) Berry at (11) Ithaca
(13) Illinois Wesleyan at (23) Ohio Northern
(15) Mary Hardin-Baylor at (17) Trinity, Texas
Saturday, August 31
(2) Calvin vs. (13) Illinois Wesleyan
(3) Juniata vs. (4) UW-Eau Claire
(6) Wittenberg vs. (13) Illinois Wesleyan
(6) Wittenberg at (23) Ohio Northern
(10) Aurora vs. (18) Gustavus Adolphus
(15) Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. (25) Saint Benedict
(25) Saint Benedict at (17) Trinity, Texas

5. Comings ... 

  • Kyle Marsh named assistant men's lacrosse coach at Mitchell.

6.  and Goings ... 

7. Today's Tweet

8. 1 Holiday Thing

Enjoy the last fling of summer and the start of the 2019-20 Division III sports season.

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