Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Board of Governors Starts NIL Process

OCTOBER 30, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  Board of Governors Starts NIL Process

In the Association’s continuing efforts to support college athletes, the NCAA’s top governing board voted unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.
The Board of Governors’ action directs each of the NCAA’s three divisions to immediately consider updates to relevant bylaws and policies for the 21st century, said Michael V. Drake, chair of the board and president of The Ohio State University.
“We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” Drake said. “Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as a part of higher education. This modernization for the future is a natural extension of the numerous steps NCAA members have taken in recent years to improve support for student-athletes, including full cost of attendance and guaranteed scholarships.”
Specifically, the board said modernization should occur within the following principles and guidelines:  
  • Assure student-athletes are treated similarly to non-athlete students unless a compelling reason exists to differentiate. 
  • Maintain the priorities of education and the collegiate experience to provide opportunities for student-athlete success. 
  • Ensure rules are transparent, focused and enforceable and facilitate fair and balanced competition. 
  • Make clear the distinction between collegiate and professional opportunities. 
  • Make clear that compensation for athletics performance or participation is impermissible. 
  • Reaffirm that student-athletes are students first and not employees of the university. 
  • Enhance principles of diversity, inclusion and gender equity. 
  • Protect the recruiting environment and prohibit inducements to select, remain at, or transfer to a specific institution.

>> What They're Saying: "There's no question that the legislative efforts in Congress and in states has been a catalyst to change. It's clear that the schools and the presidents are listening and have heard loud and clear that everybody agrees that this is an area that needs to be addressed." — NCAA president Mark Emmert

>> Rebuttal: "The NCAA's latest move is all wind and stall. It's nothing more than an attempt to slow the landslide," writes the Washington Post's Sally Jenkins.

>> Gamer's Delight: The return of the "NCAA Football" video game seems like the surest thing at the moment. As for how the rest of this will work, yesterday's news doesn't change anything. Not yet.
>> Read entire news release from the NCAA

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2. One Shining Swat Moment

Yesterday, it was hockey. Today, it is men's basketball's turn to turn the spotlight on its preseason rankings. And the 2019 national finalists are in the top two slots for 2020.
  1. Swarthmore (16)
  2. UW-Oshkosh (8)
  3. North Central (1)
  4. Amherst
  5. Wittenberg
  6. Emory
  7. Washington-St. Louis
  8. Nebraska Wesleyan
  9. Christopher Newport
  10. Nichols
11-15: Texas-Dallas, Saint John's, Middlebury, Wabash, St. Thomas.

16-20: WPI, Augustana, Marietta, Guilford, Whitman.

21-25: Wooster, Baldwin Wallace, Augsburg, Randolph-Macon, St. John Fisher.

>> Conference Call: MIAC (3), NCAC (3), CCIW (2), NESCAC (2), OAC (2), ODAC (2), UAA (2), American Rivers (1), ASC (1), CAC (1), Centennial (1), CCC (1), Empire 8 (1), NEWMAC (1), NWC (1), WIAC (1).

3.  The Best XC Meet Names

According to Lincoln Shryack, these are the top names of collegiate cross country meets of 2019. Naturally, we've included only the DIII meets.

10. Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle (Logan Twp., NJ)
Is this meet trying to give me directions?

9. Principia Cowbell Invite (Elsah, IL)
Needs more cowbell.

8. Cross Country Only Conference (Geneva, NY)
No track allowed.

7. Oberlin College Inter-Region Rumble (Oberlin, OH)
More inter-regional squabbling

6. Runnin' Monks Invitational (Standish, ME)
This sounds like a cover band of some sort.

5. Beloit College Olde English Invitational (Beloit, WI)
Geoffrey Chaucer loved XC.

4. Running of the Cows (Northfield, MN)
For those not quite ready for the Running of the Bulls, consider cows.

3. Beaver Dam Invite (Bluffton, OH)
Did anyone ask the beavers if they were cool with a race taking place on their house?

2. Berry Watermelon Run (Rome, GA)
Brought to you by Starburst

1. Tornado Watch Invitational (Leander, TX)
This race gets cancelled every year.

>> See the entire list


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4. Polls

Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
  1. Amherst (12-0-2)
  2. Calvin (17-1)
  3. Johns Hopkins (12-2-1)
  4. Franklin & Marshall (13-2)
  5. Tufts (10-2-2)
  6. Chicago (8-1-5)
  7. John Carroll (13-2-2)
  8. Rensselaer (13-1-2)
  9. Luther (13-3-1)
  10. Oneonta (15-2)
11-15: Messiah, Kenyon, W&L, Connecticut College, North Park
16-20: Claremont-M-S, Central, Roanoke, Mary Washington, PSU Behrend
21-25: Catholic, Christopher Newport, Hardin-Simmons, Loras, Colorado College

>> Hello: Mary Washington, Colorado College
>> Goodbye: Ithaca, Pacific Lutheran

Soccer (M) -

  1. Amherst (12-0-2)
  2. Calvin (17-1)
  3. Tufts (10-2-2)
  4. Johns Hopkins (12-2-1)
  5. Kenyon (13-1-2)
  6. Messiah (13-2-2)
  7. Oneonta (15-2)
  8. Chicago (8-1-5)
  9. Franklin & Marshall (13-2)
  10. John Carroll (13-2-2)
11-15: W&L, RPI, Christopher Newport, Mary Washington, Roanoke
16-20: Connecticut College, Hardin-Simmons, PSU Behrend, Oglethorpe, Ohio Wesleyan
21-25: Catholic, Ithaca, Eastern Connecticut, Middlebury, Luther

>> In: Eastern Connecticut, Luther
>> Out: St. Joseph's, Maine, Buffalo State

Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches
  1. Messiah (15-1-1)
  2. William Smith (13-1-1)
  3. Washington-St. Louis (13-1-1)
  4. College of New Jersey (13-1-1)
  5. Johns Hopkins (11-1-4)
  6. MIT (15-1-2)
  7. Wheaton, Ill. (14-1-1)
  8. Christopher Newport (15-1-2)
  9. Pomona-Pitzer (13-1-1)
  10. Middlebury (11-1-2)
11-15: Centre, Chicago, Tufts, Geneseo, Arcadia
16-20: Dickinson, Otterbein, Stevens, St. Thomas, Ohio Northern
21-25: Amherst, RIT, Carnegie Mellon, Hardin-Simmons, Trinity TX

>> Hello: Amherst, Hardin-Simmons
>> Bye-Bye: Wesleyan, Williams

Soccer (W) -

  1. Messiah (15-1-1)
  2. Washington-St. Louis (13-1-1)
  3. William Smith (13-1-1)
  4. College of New Jersey (13-1-1)
  5. Wheaton, Ill. (14-1-1)
  6. Centre (18-0)
  7. Johns Hopkins (11-1-4)
  8. Christopher Newport (15-1-2)
  9. Middlebury (11-1-2)
  10. MIT (15-1-2)
11-15: Chicago, Pomona-Pitzer, Dickinson, Tufts, Randolph-Macon
16-20: Amherst, W&L, Stevens, Arcadia, Emory
21-25: Trinity TX, Otterbein, Hardin-Simmons, Pacific Lutheran, Williams

>> In: Pacific Lutheran
>> Out: Swarthmore

Field Hockey - NFHCA

  1. College of New Jersey (15-0)
  2. Middlebury (13-1)
  3. Salisbury (15-1)
  4. Bowdoin (13-1)
  5. Tufts (12-2)
  6. Franklin & Marshall (15-1)
  7. Williams (12-2)
  8. Johns Hopkins (13-2)
  9. Kean (17-2)
  10. Rowan (12-3)
11-15: Messiah, Ursinus, CNU, Centre, Vassar
16-20: Babson, Bates, Colby, Lynchburg, Amherst

Volleyball - AVCA
  1. Chicago (24-1)
  2. Emory (23-2)
  3. Carthage (23-3)
  4. Calvin (20-2)
  5. Claremont-M-S (22-3)
  6. Trinity, Texas (29-4)
  7. Johns Hopkins (25-0)
  8. Colorado College (28-3)
  9. Berry (21-4)
  10. Ohio Northern (22-4)
11-15: St. Benedict, Augsburg, Hope, Tufts, Muskingum.
16-20: UW-Whitewater, Babson, Susquehanna, Carnegie Mellon, Wesleyan CT
21-25: Juniata, St. Thomas MN, Johnson & Wales RI, Transylvania, Washington-St. Louis

5.  Tweet of the Day

6.  Comings and Goings

7.  1 Internet Thing

Fifty years ago yesterday, the Internet was born. Watch how the TODAY show, Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric struggle to describe it 25 years ago.

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