Friday, December 20, 2019

Can Congress Remake the NCAA?

DECEMBER 20, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Can Congress Remake the NCAA?

U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala is not a fan of the NCAA, and she wants Congress to make it better.

Shalala, a Miami Democrat, introduced legislation Thursday to create a two-year congressional commission with a sweeping mandate to examine the NCAA.

A former president at the University of Miami and the University of Wisconsin, in addition to Hunter College, Shalala has first-hand knowledge of the workings at major college athletics’ highest levels.

Under the legislation, introduced with Republican Rep. Ross Spano of Florida, the Congressional Advisory Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics would examine the links between athletics and academics, the financing of college sports, recruitment policies as well as NCAA policies on oversight, health and safety and rules enforcement.

>> Why It Matters: Higher education receives over $130 billion in federal student support and are subsidizing athletic programs with little or no financial controls.

>> What They're Saying: “College sports, as overseen by the NCAA, have undergone a massive transformation in recent years. As profits, compensation for coaches, and spending on luxurious athletic facilities have ballooned, the association has repeatedly failed to address systemic problems with respect to the health and well-being of student athletes." - Shalala.

>> The Big Picture: Earlier this year, Shalala told McClatchy that the NCAA has “absolutely no clout with me.” “Now the conferences have some clout with me,” she said when asked about NCAA lobbying efforts. “If the head of the ACC (John Swofford) or Jim Delany, who is about to step down from the Big Ten, picks up the phone and calls me, I’ll listen to them. I have far more respect for their student-centered approach than I do for the NCAA.”

>> Go Deeper from Brian Murphy, McClatchy
>> Read the Press Release

2.  Stagg Bowl Preview 

The 47th Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl takes place tonight at 8 p.m. EST in Shenandoah, Texas between North Central and UW-Whitewater. Here is our preview.
#5 North Central (13-1) vs. #7 UW-Whitewater (13-1)
  • This is the third meeting all-time between the schools. The Warhawks won both previous matchups - 2007 second round and 2010 quarterfinal.
  • UWW is playing for its seventh national championship, while NCC seeks its first-ever crown.
  • The Cardinals rank second in D-III in total offense (559.6 ypg) and scoring offense (52.6 ppg). 
  • QB Broc Rutter is NCC's all-time leader in pass completions (998), attempts (1,476), yards (14,002) and TDs (138).
  • WR Andrew Kamienski caught four scoring passes last weekend to set a DIII single-season mark (30). He is 275 yards away from the all-time DIII record of 2,157.
  • RB Ethan Greenfield leads the nation in rushing (2,031) and all-purpose yards (2,409).
  • The Warhawk offense is no slauch, averaging 31.2 points and 377 yards per game. The U-Dub defense allows just 16.5 ppg.
  • QB Max Meylor ran for 85 yards and threw for 188 more, accounting for two TDs in the semifinal win against Saint John's.
  • LB Matt Anderson, the NCAA Elite 90 award winner, is second on the team with 85 tackles, including 7.0 for loss. 
  • DL Jordan Brand has 13.5 sacks and 17.0 TFL this season.
>> Meylor Breaks Out as UWW Quarterback (Joe Sager,
>> Everything's Lining Up for North Central (Adam Turer,

>> Live Stats
>> Live Audio (WONC 89.1 FM)
>> Live Audio (KOOL 106.5 FM) (WBHR 660 AM)
>> Watch on ESPNU

3.  Lux et Lax

Another day, another spring preseason poll.

Lacrosse (M) - US Lacrosse
  1. Williams
  2. Salisbury
  3. RIT
  4. Amherst
  5. Tufts
  6. Cabrini
  7. Franklin & Marshall
  8. Denison
  9. York
  10. Union
11-15: Gettysburg, Wesleyan, Lynchburg, Stevenson, St. John Fisher.
16-20: St. Lawrence, Ursinus, Washington and Lee, Cortland, Rhodes.

>> Conference Call: NESCAC (4), Centennial (3), Liberty (3), Capital (2), ODAC (2), America East (1), Empire 8 (1), MAC (1), North Coast (1), SAA (1), SUNYAC (1).

Lacrosse (W) - US Lacrosse
  1. Middlebury
  2. Gettysburg
  3. Salisbury
  4. Tufts
  5. York
  6. Wesleyan
  7. Washington and Lee
  8. St. John Fisher
  9. TCNJ
  10. William Smith
11-15: Catholic, Amherst, F&M, Mary Washington, Colorado College.
16-20: Claremont-M-S, Brockport, Bowdoin, Cortland, Illinois Wesleyan.

>> Conference Call: NESCAC (5), Capital (3), Centennial (2), SUNYAC (2), CCIW (1), Empire 8 (1), Landmark (1), Liberty (1), NJAC (1), SCIAC (1), ODAC (1), Independent (1).


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4. All-America 

The 2019 Associated Press Division III All-America Team.

QB-Broc Rutter, Sr., North Central; RB-Robert Shufford, Jr., Birmingham-Southern; RB-Ethan Greenfield, Soph., North Central; OL-Sharmore Clarke, Jr., North Central; OL-Quinn Meinerz, Jr., UW-Whitewater; OL-Nic Vetter, Sr., Wartburg; OL-Sean Sherman, Sr., Mount Union; OL-Dan Greenheck, Sr., Saint John's; TE-Ryan Curtiss, Sr., Muhlenberg; WR-Andrew Kamienski, Jr., North Central; WR-Justin Hill, Sr., Mount Union; AP-Willie Julkes III, Sr., Concordia-Moorhead; K-Anthony Avila, Soph., Mary Hardin-Baylor.

DL-Frankie Feaster, Sr., Muhlenberg; DL-Dallas McRae, Sr., Wheaton; DL-Joey Longoria, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor; DL-Michael Nobile, Soph., Delaware Valley; LB-Scottie Bobeck, Sr., Benedictine; LB-Dante Capozzoli, Jr., Kean; LB-Anton Clark, Sr., East Texas Baptistl; DB-Jeff Hector, Sr., Redlands; DB-Spencer Rowland, Sr., Wheaton; DB-Jake Beesley, Jr., North Central; DB-Kordell Ford, Jr., Mount Union; P-Zach Warcola, Sr., TCNJ.

>> Complete Team

5. Weekend Preview  

Basketball (W)
  1. Tufts
  2. Scranton (vs. Rosemont)
  3. Bowdoin
  4. Hope
  5. Mary Hardin-Baylor
  6. Amherst
  7. Wartburg (vs. St. Mary's MN)
  8. DePauw
  9. George Fox
  10. DeSales

Basketball (M) -
  1. Swarthmore
  2. Emory
  3. Wittenberg
  4. Middlebury
  5. St. Thomas MN 
  6. Marietta
  7. Randolph-Macon
  8. Nebraska Wesleyan (vs. UW-River Falls)
  9. UW-Platteville
  10. Washington U.

Wrestling (Dual Meet) - NWCA
  1. Wartburg (vs. #10 North Central, Trine, Northern State)
  2. Loras
  3. Augsburg
  4. Wabash (at #5 Johnson & Wales, #16 Messiah, USMMA)
  5. Johnson & Wales (vs. #4 Wabash, #16 Messiah, USMMA, Muhlenberg)
  6. Mount Union
  7. Baldwin Wallace
  8. Coe
  9. UW-La Crosse (vs. #10 North Central, Trine, Minot State)
  10. North Central (vs. #1 Wartburg, #9 UW-La Crosse, Trine)

6.  Comings and Goings

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