Monday, September 30, 2019

The Wild West

SEPTEMBER 30, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  The Wild West

"They did it despite their reservations. They did it because they saw no other choice. Under pressure from the Justice Department, admissions officers and college counselors on Saturday voted to delete portions of their ethics code. And just like that, the rules of competition among colleges changed.

Previously, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, known as NACAC, barred colleges from offering incentives, such as special housing or better financial-aid packages, exclusively to applicants who apply under binding early-decision programs. The organization’s “Code of Ethics and Professional Practices” also said colleges must stop recruiting a student once he or she has submitted a deposit to another institution. And the code said colleges can’t solicit transfer applications from a previous applicant or prospect unless that student inquires about transferring. Now all three provisions are gone."

>> What They're Tweeting: "Welcome to the Wild West."

>> Why It Matters: "Last fall High Point University, in North Carolina, offered incentives through its website to students who applied for early decision. Those included “first priority” in choosing their housing and creating their class schedules, and moving in a day earlier than other students. Such offers, a no-no under the old policy, could become commonplace."

>> Reality Check: The problem, according to those who favored NACAC's action, was that the measures NACAC took eliminated procedures that prevented poaching of students. While colleges value holding on to some students after May 1, the reality is that most colleges don't fill their classes by that date. And the Justice Department views poaching as a legitimate right for students.

>> Read More from the Chronicle of Higher Education ($) and
2. The First Televised Football Game

80 years ago today, Fordham University — a national power at the time — hosted tiny Waynesburg College (now University) in the first football game ever televised.
  • The backdrop: TV was a sensation at that year's World's Fair in Queens, but it was still very much an experiment and only ~500 people tuned in to see Fordham win 34-7.
  • The details: The game took place on Randall's Island in New York City and was broadcast on an experimental station called W2XBS, which is now WNBC, NBC's flagship station.
What they were saying:
"When I returned to my home in Youngstown, Ohio, I told my wife about it. She was all excited, asking me what television was and how did it work. Of course, I did not know."
— Game official Jack McPhee
>> Go deeper: When Fordham introduced football to television (WSJ)

- courtesy of Axios Sports

3. Riders Up!

The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics has voted in support of a proposal to add equestrian to the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program in Division III.
Equestrian has been designated an emerging sport for women in Divisions I and II since 2002, but it has remained independent of the NCAA in Division III. The new legislative proposal, submitted by 21 Division III schools, seeks to change that, bringing Division III equestrian under the NCAA umbrella and, as a result, increasing the sport’s chances of being considered for NCAA championship status.
The Division III Management Council, Presidents Council and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will take positions on the proposal this fall before it goes to a Division III membership vote at the 2020 NCAA Convention in January.

>> Situational Awareness: 16 Division III schools have equestrian teams - Alvernia, Becker, Bridgewater State, Delaware Valley, Hartwick, Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Morrisville State, Mount Holyoke, Nazareth, Salve Regina, Sarah Lawrence, Skidmore, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY New Paltz, Sweet Briar, and Wilmington.

>> Quotable: “By supporting equestrian as an emerging sport, we are demonstrating a commitment to providing participation and championship opportunities for women. The sport of equestrian allows institutions to expand their diversity of offerings and be able to reach women who may not otherwise participate in athletics."  - Denise Udelhofen, chair of the Committee on Women’s Athletics and athletics director at Loras.

    4. Weekend Review

    Football -
    1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (d. Howard Payne, 65-0)
    2. Mount Union (d. #12 John Carroll, 37-14)
    3. UW-Whitewater (idle)
    4. Saint John's (d. Carleton, 56-10)
    5. North Central (d. North Park, 77-0)
    6. St. Thomas (lost at UW-Eau Claire, 21-19)
    7. Hardin-Simmons (d. Louisiana College, 51-6)
    8. Bethel (d. Gustavus Adolphus, 35-33)
    9. Muhlenberg (d. Juniata, 42-5)
    10. Berry (d. Millsaps, 31-14)

    Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
    1. Tufts (d. Bates, 1-0, 2OT)
    2. Amherst (d. Williams, 2-0; tied Middlebury, 1-1, OT)
    3. John Carroll (lost at Messiah, 3-0)
    4. Chicago (Fri vs. Kalamazoo, ppd)
    5. Washington and Lee (d. Transylvania, 3-0)
    6. Franklin & Marshall (d. #21 Haverford, 2-1)
    7. Calvin (d. Manchester, 5-1)
    8. Luther (lost to Central, 2-1)
    9. Johns Hopkins (d. Gettysburg, 2-1)
    10. Puget Sound (lost at Whitman, 1-0)

    Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches
    1. Messiah (d. Misericordia, 3-1)
    2. Middlebury (d. #21 Connecticut C, 2-0; d. New England C, 3-0)
    3. Christopher Newport (d. York, 5-1)
    4. William Smith (d. Skidmore, 3-1)
    5. Johns Hopkins (tied at Washington C, 0-0, 2OT)
    6. Washington-St. Louis (idle)
    7. College of New Jersey (d. Ramapo, 7-0)
    8. Wheaton, Ill. (d. Elmhurst, 4-0)
    9. Pomona-Pitzer (d. Redlands, 5-1)
    10. Case Western Reserve (d. John Carroll, 3-1)

    Field Hockey - NFHCA
    1. Middlebury (d. Connecticut C, 6-1; d. Amherst, 2-1)
    2. Rowan (lost at Lynchburg, 4-3)
    3. College of New Jersey (idle)
    4. Salisbury (d. Gwynedd Mercy, 6-0)
    5. Tufts (d. #14 Bates, 3-2)
    6. Vassar (d. Rensselaer, 3-1)
    7. Bowdoin (d. #17 Trinity, 4-2)
    8. Franklin & Marshall (d. Haverford, 1-0)
    9. Johns Hopkins (d. Washington C, 8-1)
    10. Ursinus (d. Gettysburg, 3-0)

    Volleyball - AVCA
    1. Emory (idle)
    2. Calvin (d. #19 Hope, 3-0)
    3. Chicago (d. Aurora, 3-1)
    4. Claremont-M-S (d. Cal Lutheran, 3-1; d. Whittier, 3-0)
    5. Johnson & Wales, R.I. (d. Anna Maria, 3-0; d. Emmanuel, 3-0; lost to Bowdoin, 3-1; lost at #24 Tufts, 3-0)
    6. Carthage (idle)
    7. Berry (d. Sewanee, 3-2; Sun vs. Centre)
    8. Juniata (lost to #23 Johns Hopkins, 3-1; d. Saint Vincent, 3-0; d. Messiah, 3-0)
    9. Saint Benedict (d. UW-River Falls, 3-1; d. Simpson, 3-0)
    10. Trinity, Texas (idle)

    5.  Comings and Goings

    6.  Plays of the Day

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