Thursday, October 10, 2019

An Unseen Admissions Scandal Victim

OCTOBER 10, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  An Unseen Victim of the College Admissions Scandal

One teammate made tennis his whole life. The other had a grandfather whose company invented Hot Pockets. Guess which one went to Georgetown as a Division I recruit.

by Daniel Golden and Doris Burke, ProPublica

In April 2017, students at the Sage Hill (Calif.) School gathered to celebrate seniors who were headed to college as recruited athletes. Three had committed to play Division I sports, while most were headed to Division III. The captains of the girls' volleyball and girls' soccer programs were bound for Columbia and Denver, respectively. The other headed to DI - Grant Janavs - would attend Georgetown as a tennis recruit.

Adam Langevin looked on in amazement. He had been Sage Hill's top tennis player for four years, trained long hours with renowned coaches, hit with college stars and budding pros, and acquitted himself well in regional and national tournaments. One of his coaches described his forehand as “pro potential, tour level.” Between tennis and classes, he’d had little time left for other extracurricular activities or a social life. In four years, he’d attended only two school dances, and had no romantic relationships, or even casual lunches with friends. He’d sacrificed it all for his goal of playing for the best Division I college tennis team he could. Earlier that month, he was told by California Polytechnic State University from the Big West Conference that there was no spot left on its team for him.

Now he looked on as Grant was being celebrated as a future Division I tennis player at Georgetown, knowing that Grant wasn't even on the Sage Hill team as a senior. When Adam told his parents, his father speculated that Grant's billionaire family had endowed a building at the university. 
Grant’s mother, Michelle Janavs, is the daughter of Paul Merage, who, with his brother, co-founded Chef America Inc., which created the Hot Pockets microwavable snack. Universities frequently reward donors by giving their children or grandchildren an edge in admissions.
Nearly two years later, in March, 2019, the actual explanation emerged.

>> Situational Awareness: The Georgetown tennis coach, Gordon Ernst, received more than $2.7 million in "consulting" fees to designate at least a dozen applicants as tennis recruits.

>> Between The Lines: Elite colleges created the conditions for the scheme, from the lower admissions standards for athletes to the ever-increasing selectivity that ratchets up parents’ desperation. They’ve tacitly sold admissions slots for decades to major donors, yet professed shock that their coaches would as well.

>> Reality Check: Once, Sage Hill’s hopes of defeating another school rested on a tiebreaker in Grant’s match. In the key rally, Grant made a correct line call in favor of his opponent on a close shot, depriving Sage Hill of victory. “Ninety percent of kids” would have called it the other way. He was very ethical and a great competitor. - A.G. Longoria, former Sage Hill coach

>> Keep Reading courtesy of ProPublica

2.  Everybody Made Money Off My NCAA Career, Except Me

An exuberant top-scoring floor routine by U.C.L.A.’s Katelyn Ohashi went viral this year, making her one of the most famous college gymnasts ever. But N.C.A.A rules prevented Ohashi from making any money from the performance. In this Video Op-Ed from the New York Times, Ohashi argues that college students should be given the ability to earn income from their athletic achievement.


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3.   Calendar 

Oct. 16-18 - NCAA Division III FAR Fellows Institute, Indianapolis
Oct. 21-22 - Management Council, Indianapolis
Oct. 29-30 - Presidents Council, Atlanta
Nov. 1 - Deadline for amendments-to-amendments and all resolutions for NCAA Convention
Nov. 3 - Daylight Savings Time Ends
Nov. 8-10 - Conference championship weekend (Field Hockey, Soccer, Volleyball)
Nov. 10-11 - Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Indianapolis
Nov. 11-12 - Financial Aid Committee, Indianapolis
Nov. 14 - Strategic Planning and Finance Committee teleconference
Nov. 19-20 - Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, Indianapolis
Nov. 21-23 - Women's Volleyball championship, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Nov. 23 - Men's and Women's Cross Country championship, Lousivlle
Nov. 23-24 - Field Hockey championship, Manheim, Pa.
Dec. 6-7 - Men's and Women's Soccer championship, Greensboro, N.C.
Dec. 20 - Football championship, Shenandoah, Texas

4. Polls

Cross Country (M) - USTFCCCA
  1. North Central (tie)
  2. Williams (tie)
  3. Wartburg
  4. Geneseo
  5. Washington-St. Louis
  6. Claremont-M-S
  7. Carnegie Mellon
  8. Johns Hopkins
  9. Pomona-Pitzer
  10. Otterbein
11. Chicago, 12. MIT, 13. Calvin, 14. Rensselaer, 15. John Carroll, 16. UW-La Crosse, 17. Bates, 18. St. Olaf, 19. Amherst, T20. Berea, T20. Middlebury

22. Dickinson, 23. UW-Stevens Point, 24. Emory, T25. Carleton, T25. Haverford, 27. Ithaca, 28. UW-Eau Claire, 29. Case Western, 30. UC Santa Cruz, 31. UW-Oshkosh, 32. NYU, 33. Trine, T34. Ramapo, T34. UW-Stout.

>> Moving Up: St. Olaf (+11), Geneseo (+9), Berea (+8), John Carroll (+8)
>> Moving Down: Case Western (-11), UW-La Crosse (-11), Carleton (-10)
>> Hello: UW-Oshkosh, NYU, Trine, Ramapo
>> Bye-Bye: WPI, Brockport, St. Thomas, Connecticut College

Cross Country (W) - USTFCCCA

  1. Johns Hopkins
  2. Chicago
  3. Washington-St. Louis
  4. Tufts
  5. Williams
  6. Dickinson (tie)
  7. MIT (tie)
  8. Pomona-Pitzer
  9. Geneseo
  10. Claremont-M-S
11. Oberlin, 12. Wartburg, 13. Carleton, 14. Rensselaer, 15. UW-Eau Claire, 16. St. Thomas, 17. Hope, 18. Middlebury, 19. Baldwin Wallace, 20. John Carroll.

21. RIT, 22. St.Olaf, 23. Case Western, 24. Centre, 25. Rochester, 26. Allegheny, 27. Elmhurst, 28. UC Santa Cruz, 29. Emory, 30. Wesleyan, Conn., 31. Coast Guard, 32. Washington and Lee, 33. UW-Stevens Point, 34. Otterbein, T35. Swarthmore, T35. Vassar.

>> Moving Up: John Carroll (+11), St. Olaf (+11), Baldwin Wallace (+8)
>> Moving Down: Washington and Lee (-10), Carleton (-5), Wesleyan (-4)
>> Hello: Allegheny, UW-Stevens Point, Otterbein, Swarthmore, Vassar
>> Bye-Bye: UW-La Crosse, Carnegie Mellon, Messiah, Occidental

5.  Comings and Goings 

6.  Play of the Day

7.  1 Sports Thing

Extremely sad photo of Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it immediately brings to mind what the great Theodore Roosevelt once said...
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. ... The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena ... who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming."

- courtesy of Axios Sports

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