Monday, December 30, 2019

Bowl Games & Collegiate Values

DECEMBER 30, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Bowl Games & Collegiate Values

"The NCAA has pretty strict moral standards for advertisers and sponsors at college football bowl games, according to the organization’s postseason bowl handbook.
The 24-page document states that “pool halls” with adult entertainment are not permitted to be associated with these games. Casinos, beer, wine, and other alcoholic products also are listed as “impermissible,” among other potential sponsors. The goal is to make sure the commercial and sponsorship activities of bowl games are “consistent with the values associated with collegiate sports,” as stated in the handbook’s second paragraph.
So then why do at least 20 of the 40 postseason games list beer companies, liquor brands or casino companies as sponsors or partners on their websites? Why does the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville list at least seven hard liquor brands as “Chairman’s Club” partners?
And why is it permissible for the Las Vegas Bowl to be sponsored by Bud Light and several casino companies?"

>> Situational Awareness: The NCAA does not operate bowl games, but it does certify their right to host NCAA teams and ensures they meet minimum standards of governance.

>> Reality Check: With bowl games, the NCAA confirmed that, “in practice,” it generally only enforces these standards on sponsorship displays that could be seen by one of two audiences — viewers on television or NCAA athletes at bowl-related events.

>> What They're Saying: “We just make sure that if there is a sponsor in question, that the student-athletes aren’t going to see it, and nor will you see it on television,” said Mark Neville, CEO of the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl in San Diego.

>> Keep Reading from Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY

2. Directors Cup Standings

The final Learfield Directors' Cup standings for the fall have been released. 
  1. Johns Hopkins, 481.5
  2. Tufts, 354.5
  3. Chicago, 322.5
  4. MIT, 311
  5. Claremont-M-S, 305.5
  6. Middlebury, 305
  7. Washington U., 268
  8. Calvin, 260.5
  9. Pomona-Pitzer, 247.5
  10. Williams, 243
11-15: Wartburg, Trinity TX, Emory, Messiah, Geneseo.
16-20: Carnegie Mellon, Ithaca, Rensselaer, St. Thomas MN, Amherst.
21-25: North Central, Hope, Christopher Newport, Centre, Dickinson.

>> Top 100 Conference Call: NESCAC (9), Centennial (7), Minnesota (7), Liberty (6), North Coast (6), Ohio (6), SCIAC (6), UAA (6), Wisconsin (6), CCIW (5), New Jersey (5), Middle Atlantic (4), NEWMAC (4), ODAC (4), American Rivers (3), American Southwest (3), Capital (3), Commonwealth Coast (3), Landmark (3), SUNYAC (3), Upper Midwest (3), Atlantic East (2), Heartland (2), MASCAC (2), Michigan (2), Midwest (2), Northwest (2), SAA (2), SCAC (2), USA South (2), CUNYAC (1), GNAC (1), Little East (1), NECC (1), North Atlantic (1), Northern Athletics (1), Skyline (1).
3.  Best of the Decade

We continue our "Best of the Decade" series with a look at the champions, runners-up and top four finishers in golf.

Champions: Methodist (3), Rhodes (3), Claremont-M-S, NYU, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Williams.

Runner-Up: Gustavus Adolphus (2), UT-Tyler (2), Williams (2), DePauw, George Fox, UMHB, Wittenberg,

Top Four Finishes: Methodist (5), Williams (5), George Fox (4), UT-Tyler (4), Rhodes (3), Wittenberg (3), CMS (2), Gustavus (2), NYU (2), Saint Mary’s (Ind.) 2, UMHB (2), UW-Eau Claire (2), DePauw, Illinois Wesleyan, Washington U., Williams.

: Methodist (3), Claremont-M-S, Greensboro, Illinois Wesleyan, Oglethorpe, Schreiner, UT-Tyler, Wittenberg.

Runner-Up: Guilford (2), Huntingdon (2), Transylvania (2), Illinois Wesleyan, La Grange, Oglethorpe, Washington and Lee.

Top Four Finishes: Methodist (7), Huntingdon (4), Guilford (3), UT-Tyler (3), Wittenberg (3), CMS (2), Concordia TX (2), Greensboro (2), IWU (2), Oglethorpe (2), Saint John’s (2), Transylvania (2), W&L (2), Berry, Emory, La Grange, Redlands, Schreiner, Texas Lutheran.

Tuesday: Indoor Track and Field.



The weekend in hoops.
  • Salisbury's Gary Briddell scored 35 points to lead the Sea Gulls (5-8) past No. 6 Marietta, 88-80.
  • Sam Moore connected on a jumper with two seconds left to lift Mary Hardin-Baylor (9-1) over No. 9 UW-Platteville, 74-72.
  • Ben College scored 41 points for No. 14 Whitworth in a losing cause as No. 24 Wooster (9-1) downed the Pirates, 87-82.
  • Joie Grassi posted a double-double with 18 points and 11 boards as the UMass Boston (9-1) women knocked off No. 12 Messiah, 62-52. 

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5. Weekend Review

Basketball (W)
  1. Tufts (d. Christopher Newport, 70-65; d. TCNJ, 68-35)
  2. Scranton (lost vs. #9 George Fox, 54-44)
  3. Bowdoin (d. Cal Lutheran, 99-49)
  4. Hope
  5. Mary Hardin-Baylor (d. Illinois Wesleyan, 67-55)
  6. Amherst (d. #10 DeSales, 73-52; d. Keene State, 71-41)
  7. Wartburg (d. #14 Baldwin Wallace, 79-48)
  8. DePauw
  9. George Fox (d. #2 Scranton, 54-44; d. U. of New England, 80-45)
  10. DeSales (lost vs. #6 Amherst, 73-52)

Basketball (M) -
  1. Swarthmore
  2. Emory (d. UW-Oshkosh, 87-80)
  3. Wittenberg (d. Elmira, 81-51)
  4. Middlebury
  5. St. Thomas MN 
  6. Marietta (lost vs. Salisbury, 88-80; d. York, 92-86)
  7. Randolph-Macon (d. Lebanon Valley, 94-56)
  8. Nebraska Wesleyan
  9. UW-Platteville (d. LeTourneau, 74-66; lost at Mary Hardin-Baylor, 74-72)
  10. Washington U.

Wrestling (Dual Meet) - NWCA
  1. Wartburg
  2. Loras
  3. Augsburg (at Citrus Invitational)
  4. Wabash
  5. Johnson & Wales 
  6. Mount Union
  7. Baldwin Wallace (at Citrus Invitational)
  8. Coe
  9. UW-La Crosse
  10. North Central

6.  Comings and Goings

7. 1 Ball Thing

Photo: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images
For all the years I have spent looking at holiday pics, this is one I had never seen:
  • Landmark Signs workers install 192 Waterford Crystal triangles, with this year's "Gift of Goodwill" design, on the Times Square Ball for New Year's Eve.

Photo: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images
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