Wednesday, September 25, 2019

2020 Legislation

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1. 2020 Legislation

The 2020 SPOPL - or the second publication of proposed legislation - is now available online in preparation for the NCAA Convention to be held in Anaheim on January 22-25. This publication includes all membership-sponsored proposals as modified and includes all proposals sponsored by the Presidents Council or Management Council.

>> What's Next: The amendment-to-amendment period is now underway, allowing submissions of amendments to the proposals. These may not increase the modification of the provisions; they must fall between the provisions of the original proposed amendment and the current provisions.

>> Worth Noting: Included are three proposals to add emerging sports for women - acrobatics and tumbling, equestrian, and women's wrestling.

2. What is a Sport? (cont.)
Last Friday, we posted a query from Kendall Baker at Axios Sports about what is a sport? Baker polled some of his subscribers for their thoughts on the following 25 "sports" to determine whether they are, in fact, sports.

>> The Key Stat: Doesn't look promising for athletic directors to recommend darts, fishing, cornhole or chess to an emerging sports list anytime soon.

>> The Final Word: Of the 25 listed, which do you believe is a sport? Which do you think is not? Let's have some fun. Let me know at

3. Soccer Community Turns Out to Honor Keene State Coach
by Paul Miller, The Keene Sentinel

"Ron Butcher laments that he never won the big one; a national championship, that is.
Saturday, in front of fans, colleagues and decades of former players, his voice cracked with emotion when he spoke of that regret, the only void — if one can call it that — in a long, distinguished, record-filled career.
Such is the competitive makeup of the self-made soccer coach who amassed 596 wins and a .679 winning percentage over more than four decades.
It’s an asterisk, as he sees it. There is nothing he wanted more to deliver to the college community of which he was so much a part.
It was telling that he mentioned it on this resplendent, sun-dripped September day meant to honor his remarkable legacy and to celebrate the naming of the college’s soccer complex Dr. Ron Butcher Field."

>> What They're Saying: College President Melinda Treadwell, a former Keene State student-athlete, recalled how “terrifying” it was to practice and play in his presence, but, at the end of the day, how he “always modeled excellence, high expectations and success.”

>> Why It Matters: “I owe everything to Butch … everything,” Mickey Rooney, arguably one of Keene State’s greatest players, said. “He changed my life.”

>> The Big Picture: “I don’t know how many former players are here today,” said 1980s goalkeeper Keith Brown, “but just look around. Butch sticks with his players; he remembers them when they’re gone. It’s not a four-year relationship with him. It’s not just a coach-player relationship that just ends at that.”

4. Polls
Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
  1. Tufts
  2. Amherst
  3. John Carroll
  4. Chicago
  5. Washington and Lee
  6. Franklin & Marshall
  7. Calvin
  8. Luther
  9. Johns Hopkins
  10. Puget Sound
11. Connecticut College, 12. Ithaca, 13. Loras, 14. Mary Washington, 15. Rensselaer, 16. Penn State-Behrend, 17. Hardin-Simmons, 18. SUNY Oneonta, 19. Wheaton, Ill., 20. Rowan, 21. Haverford, 22. Kenyon, 23. Capital, 24. Mount Union, 25. Belhaven.

>> Moving Up: Luther (+11), Puget Sound (+10), Ithaca (+9), Franklin & Marshall (+7)

>> Moving Down: SUNY Oneonta (-16), Capital (-11), Hardin-Simmons (-9), Johns Hopkins (-6)

>> Hello: Rensselaer, Wheaton, Haverford, Kenyon, Mount Union, Belhaven

>> Bye-Bye: Stevens, North Park, Luther, Augsburg, Texas-Dallas, Brandeis

Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches
  1. Messiah
  2. Middlebury
  3. Christopher Newport
  4. William Smith
  5. Johns Hopkins
  6. Washington-St. Louis
  7. College of New Jersey
  8. Wheaton, Ill.
  9. Pomona-Pitzer
  10. Case Western Reserve
11. MIT, 12. St. Thomas, 13. Arcadia, 14. Centre, 15. Chicago, 16. Tufts, 17. SUNY Geneseo, 18. Claremont-M-S, 19. Dickinson, 20. Rochester, 21. Connecticut College, 22. Otterbein, 23. Wartburg, 24. Amherst, 25. Emory.

>> Moving Up: Arcadia (+6), MIT (+6), Chicago (+5)

>> Moving Down: Amherst (-17), St. Thomas (-4)

>> Hello: Tufts, SUNY Geneseo, Dickinson, Rochester, Connecticut College, Emory.

>> Bye-Bye: Williams, NYU, Swarthmore, Lynchburg, Trinity, TX, Springfield.

Field Hockey - NFHCA
  1. Middlebury
  2. Rowan
  3. College of New Jersey
  4. Salisbury
  5. Tufts
  6. Vassar
  7. Bowdoin
  8. Franklin & Marshall
  9. Johns Hopkins
  10. Ursinus
11. Montclair State, 12. Williams, 13. Messiah, T14. Bates, T14. Christopher Newport, 16. Centre, 17. Trinity, 18. Babson, 19. Colby, 20. Kean.

>> Moving Up: TCNJ, Williams, Centre (+2)

>> Moving Down: Tufts (-2)

>> Hello: Kean

>> Bye-Bye: Rochester

Volleyball - AVCA
  1. Emory
  2. Calvin
  3. Chicago
  4. Claremont-M-S
  5. Johnson & Wales, R.I.
  6. Carthage
  7. Berry
  8. Juniata
  9. Saint Benedict
  10. Trinity, Texas
11. Colorado College, 12. Carnegie Mellon, 13. UW-Whitewater, 14. Augsburg, 15. Ohio Northern, 16. UW-Eau Claire, 17. Babson, 18. Transylvania, 19. Hope, 20. Wesleyan, Conn., 21. St. Thomas, 22. Wittenberg, 23. Johns Hopkins, 24. Tufts, 25. Muskingum.

>> Moving Up: Babson (+4), Transylvania (+4), Chicago (+3), Carthage (+3), Augsburg (+3)

>> Moving Down: Wesleyan (-5), UW-Eau Claire (-3), St. Thomas (-3), Wittenberg (-3)

>> Hello: Johns Hopkins, Tufts, Muskingum

>> Bye-Bye: Clarkson, Ithaca, Heidelberg


5.  Comings ... 

... and Goings 

6.  Today's Number: 43

A new research paper, led by a Duke University economist, found 43 percent of the white applicants accepted to Harvard University between 2009 and 2014 were athletes, the children of alumni, or the children of donors and faculty. The researchers found athletes alone make up over 16 percent of admitted students who are white, and the admission rate for white athletes was 87 percent, compared to 5 percent for applicants who are not athletes. White children of alumni, also known as legacy students, had an admission rate of 34 percent.

- courtesy of Slate

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