Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Grinnell Cancels Football Season

OCTOBER 2, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1. Grinnell Cancels Football Season

"Grinnell College has made the decision to withdraw the football team from competitive play for the rest of the season to protect the health and safety of its student-athletes. Team members have received numerous injuries this season, leaving 28 players on the 39-member roster healthy and qualified for play."

A press release sent by the College to the Grinnell College Scarlet & Black newspaper emphasized that the decision was made in order to preserve players’ health and safety, stating that “the current state of the football team precludes the College from providing a safe environment”.

>> Between The Lines: The team's remaining games will be "no contests," rather than forfeits. Grinnell concludes the 2019 campaign with a 0-3 record.

>> The Key Stat: All team and individual statistics from the three games played stand. The Pioneers were outscored, 114-3.

2. Wilkes Unveils Bruggeworth Field

Wilkes (Pa.) University will unveil its $8 million Bruggeworth Field at Ralston Athletic Complex this Saturday during Homecoming ceremonies. The multi-purpose turf field will be used for men's and women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse and women's field hockey. It also includes a new turf baseball field, a scoreboard, press boxes and stadium lights.

>> Quotable:  "More than 500 student athletes play across our 23 athletic teams. With the addition of Bruggeworth Field, more teams can simultaneously compete and practice at Ralston Athletic Complex, centralizing athletic competitions on turf fields that can withstand changing weather conditions," - Patrick F. Leahy, president


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3. The MIAC at 100

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019-20 and is recognizing many of the student-athletes, coaches and administrators who helped build the MIAC into one of the most accomplished and respected in the NCAA.

Recently, the MIAC featured one of the first commissioners in Division III - Carlyle Carter.

>> The Big Picture: Carter's time in the MIAC (1994-2005) was historically significant beyond the borders of Minnesota as well, as his 1994 hiring made him the first person of color ever to head an NCAA conference not comprised of historically black colleges and universities.

4. Polls
Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
  1. Tufts (7-0)
  2. Amherst (6-0-2)
  3. Calvin (10-1)
  4. Franklin & Marshall (8-1)
  5. Washington and Lee (7-1-2)
  6. Chicago (3-1-4)
  7. Johns Hopkins (7-2)
  8. Ithaca (8-1-1)
  9. Loras (9-1-1)
  10. John Carroll (7-1-1)
11. Mary Washington, 12. Penn State-Behrend, 13. Hardin-Simmons, 14. SUNY Oneonta, 15. Middlebury, 16. Kenyon, 17. Rowan, 18. Luther, 19. Rensselaer, 20. Catholic, 21. Connecticut College, 22. Claremont-M-S, 23. Messiah, T24. SUNY Cortland, T24. Kalamazoo.

>> Moving Up: Kenyon (+6)
>> Moving Down: Luther (-10), Connecticut College (-10), John Carroll (-7)
>> Hello: Middlebury, Catholic, Claremont-M-S, Messiah, Cortland, Kalamazoo.
>> Goodbye: Puget Sound, Wheaton, Ill., Haverford, Capital, Mount Union, Belhaven

Soccer (M) -
  1. Tufts (7-0)
  2. Amherst (6-0-2)
  3. Calvin (10-1)
  4. Kenyon (9-1)
  5. SUNY Oneonta (8-1)
  6. Franklin & Marshall (8-1)
  7. Hardin-Simmons (9-0)
  8. Johns Hopkins (7-2)
  9. John Carroll (7-1-1)
  10. Mary Washington (6-1-2)
11. Ithaca, 12. Washington and Lee, 13. SUNY Cortland, 14. Connecticut College, 15. Roanoke, 16. Rowan, 17. Loras, 18. Rochester, 19. Chicago, 20. Rensselaer, 21. Middlebury, 22. Mount Union, 23. Messiah, 24. Catholic, 25. Penn State-Behrend.

>> Higher: Kenyon (+12), Cortland (+11), Oneonta (+9), Connecticut C (+7)
>> Lower: Chicago (-13), PSU-Behrend (-13), Loras (-8), W&L (-7)
>> In: Roanoke, Rochester, Mount Union
>> Out: Luther, Claremont-M-S, Kalamazoo

Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches
  1. Messiah (8-1)
  2. Middlebury (7-0-1)
  3. Christopher Newport (8-0-2)
  4. William Smith (6-1-1)
  5. Johns Hopkins (7-1-2)
  6. Washington-St. Louis (8-1-1)
  7. College of New Jersey (8-1)
  8. Pomona-Pitzer (8-0-1)
  9. Wheaton, Ill. (8-1-1)
  10. Case Western Reserve (9-0)
11. MIT, 12. Chicago, 13. Tufts, 14. Arcadia, 15. Centre, 16. SUNY Geneseo, 17. St. Thomas, 18. Rochester, 19. Dickinson, 20. Otterbein, 21. Wesleyan, Conn., 22. Williams, 23. Puget Sound, 24. Stevens, 25. Connecticut College.

>> Moving Up: Chicago (+3), Tufts (+3)
>> Moving Down: Connecticut College (-4)
>> Hello: Wesleyan, Williams, Puget Sound, Stevens
>> Bye-Bye: Claremont-M-S, Wartburg, Amherst, Emory

Soccer (W) -
  1. Messiah (8-1)
  2. Middlebury (7-0-1)
  3. Christopher Newport (8-0-2)
  4. College of New Jersey (8-1)
  5. Johns Hopkins (7-1-2)
  6. Washington-St. Louis (8-1-1)
  7. William Smith (6-1-1)
  8. Wheaton, Ill. (8-1-1)
  9. Centre (12-0)
  10. Pomona-Pitzer (8-0-1)
11. Chicago, 12. MIT, 13. Tufts, 14. Williams, 15. Case Western Reserve, 16. Arcadia, 17. Amherst, 18. Emory, 19. Dickinson, 20. Washington and Lee, 21. Trinity, Texas, 22. Randolph-Macon, 23. Swarthmore, 24. Stevens, 25. St. Thomas.

>> Higher: Williams (+8), Centre (+6), TCNJ (+3)
>> Lower: St. Thomas (-8), Case Western (-5), William Smith (-3)
>> In: Amherst, Emory, Washington and Lee, Trinity, Texas, Randolph-Macon, Swarthmore
>> Out: Geneseo, Rochester, Otterbein, Wesleyan, Conn., Puget Sound, Connecticut College

Field Hockey - NFHCA
  1. Middlebury (9-0)
  2. College of New Jersey (7-0)
  3. Salisbury (8-1)
  4. Rowan (7-1)
  5. Tufts (6-1)
  6. Vassar (9-0)
  7. Franklin & Marshall (8-0)
  8. Bowdoin (7-1)
  9. Ursinus (7-1)
  10. Johns Hopkins (7-2)
11. Williams, 12. Christopher Newport, 13. Messiah, 14. Bates, 15. Centre, 16. Montclair State, 17. Colby, 18. Kean, 19. Babson, 20. Trinity, Conn.

>> Moving Up: Christopher Newport, Colby, Kean (+2)
>> Moving Down: Montclair State (-5)

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

>> Moving Up: Tufts (+7), Muskingum (+4)
>> Moving Down: Johnson & Wales (-10), Babson (-7)


5.  Comings ... 

... and Goings 
  • Kelsie Gory resigned as assistant AD at Johns Hopkins to accept the deputy AD job at Cleveland State.


6.  The NFL Team Run by Women

by Andrew Beaton, Wall Street Journal
Catherine Carlson was surprised when she scanned the room at her first executive meeting as a senior vice president with the Philadelphia Eagles this spring.
“I’m looking around,” she says. “And there are four other women at the senior leadership table.”
The Eagles front-office is an outlier in a sports world in which most jobs, especially high-ranking ones, are still held by men. Even though women make up nearly half of NFL fans, only 35% of jobs in the league office are held by women, according to the latest report from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. That number drops to 29% when it comes to senior executives.
The numbers are even lower at the team level. NFL franchise employees were only 28% women last year, and 18% at the VP-level and higher. Only 23 of the league’s 32 franchises reported employing more than one woman vice president last year.
But in Philadelphia, more than half of owner Jeffrey Lurie’s top advisers are women—and that makes them a leading exception in the NFL.

>> The Big Picture: Owner Jeffrey Lurie did not set out to hire women to make a point. Rather, he wanted to hire the best candidates available and was looking for diversity ... of thought. “That seems to result in lots of women winning these hiring decisions,” Lurie says. “It’s very interesting.”

>> Between the Lines: It’s difficult to imagine a football executive taking a longer path to the NFL than Carlson’s. The Eagles’ senior vice president of revenue and strategy is from Australia, a sports-crazed country that obsesses over a slightly different sport with an oblong-shaped ball. She’s a certified rugby-league coach who also worked for the country’s baseball governing body

>> Be Smart: There’s a growing body of research that indicates that diversity at the upper tiers of management is the best way to run any business. 

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