Wednesday, December 11, 2019

How to Deal With NIL

DECEMBER 11, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. How to Deal With NIL

Names. Images. Likenesses. NIL for short.

Thanks to the state of California, the NCAA has set out a schedule for hearing feedback from each of the divisions, and for further discussion, with a deadline of September 1, 2020 for the DIII Presidents Council to sponsor legislation implementing their new NIL policies. Votes on the solutions are scheduled for Jan. 13-16, 2021.

Len Simon, an adviser to state Sen. Nancy Skinner, the lead sponsor of California's NIL law, is one of the state's top sports attorneys. The Athletic interviewed him about some of the key issues that must be resolved. We highlight the Division III-centric information ... Simon says: 
  • The NCAA should regulate as little as possible, and focus on the only serious problem - recruiting through NIL. It's legitimate to prohibit phony NIL deals which are really playoffs to recruits to attend a specific school.
  • Divisions II and III have the easiest jobs because they have the fewest athletes who could get NIL payments. If there were time, I would urge these two Divisions put out their rules first, and these could serve as DI lab experiments.
  • One simple rule should be added: No NIL deals can be signed, negotiated or discussed until the student commits to a school, or registers for classes.Thus, for example, an NIL deal cut by a quarterback at Amherst in September of his freshman year should be totally legit.
  • What can the NCAA do to avoid NIL-related controversies? Stop regulating NIL activities unrelated to recruiting or pay for play entirely. Dylan Dethier, a golf star at Williams College, should not lose his eligibility for writing a book about traveling and playing golf during his gap year. (See Oct. 15 Playbook) There should not be any issue about Nathan Bain (Stephen F. Austin basketball hero for hitting the game-winning shot against Duke) having a GoFundMe account (via the school’s compliance department) to rebuild his home and a church destroyed in a hurricane.
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2.  Top CFB Coaches of All Time


ESPN has posted its list of the top 150 college football coaches of all time.

>> The Key Stat: Take this list, pour a beverage, and read it and weep. Or weed it and reap the benefit of knowing better than the panel. It is, as always, for entertainment purposes only. -- Ivan Maisel

Editor's Note: We have included those who coached at D-III institutions when they competed in D-III (1973 and beyond)

16. John Gagliardi, Saint John's (1953-2012, 465-132-10)
Gagliardi's teams became better known for what they didn't do than what they did. They didn't tackle in practice. They didn't lift weights. They didn't practice longer than 90 minutes. And they didn't lose -- not very often, anyway. Gagliardi won four national championships at St. John's and, between the two campuses, 30 conference titles. That's one way to look at his career. The other is that he began as a head coach during the Truman Administration and retired after Barack Obama's re-election.

28. Larry Kehres, Mount Union (1986-2012, 332-24-3)
In 27 seasons at Mount Union, Kehres' teams stockpiled 11 Division III national titles, 21 unbeaten regular seasons and 23 conference championships. His teams had winning streaks of 54 and 55 games. His .929 winning percentage is the best among any coach at any NCAA level.

39. Frosty Westering, Pacific Lutheran (1972-2003, 261-70-5)
The former United States Marine Corps drill instructor lived by one mantra in life: "Make the Big Time Where You Are." And that's exactly what Westering did at Pacific Lutheran, a school of about 3,100 students in Tacoma, Washington. He guided the Lutes to 261 victories, NAIA Division II national titles in 1980, '87 and 1993 and an NCAA Division III national championship in 1999. He is one of only 13 college football coaches to have won at least 300 career games.

76. Jim Butterfield, Ithaca (1967-93, 206-71-1)
He learned on the job in an era when that was allowed. The Bombers went 29-29 in his first seven seasons. In the next 20 years under Butterfield, Ithaca reached the playoffs 11 times, winning three Division III championships and losing four other national championship games.

77. Ron Schipper, Central (1961-96, 287-67-3)
Schipper won 18 conference titles in 36 seasons. He won one Division III championship in 1974, was the runner-up in 1988 and made 12 playoff appearances. But here's how good he was: He never had a losing season.

78. Lance Leipold, UW-Whitewater (2007-14, 109-6)
Perhaps more impressive than winning six Division III national championships in eight seasons at Whitewater, Leipold took down the dynasty that was Mount Union. The Warhawks had winning streaks of 46 and 32 games under Leipold. It took him four seasons to take Buffalo to a MAC East title.

81. Bob Reade, Augustana (1979-94, 146-23-1)
85. Mike Kelly, Dayton (1981-2007, 246-51-1)
92. Roger Harring, UW-La Crosse (1969-99, 261-75-7)
118. Dave Maurer, Wittenberg (1969-83, 129-23-3)
126. Jeff Devanney, Trinity, Conn. (2006-present, 96-19)
138. Dick Farley, Williams (1987-2003, 114-19-3)
148. Bill Manlove, Widener (1969-91), Delaware Valley (1992-95)
149. K.C. Keeler, Rowan (1993-01)

>> The Entire List of CFB's Top 150 Coaches
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3.  Best of the Decade 

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

Champions: St. Thomas (2), UW-Stevens Point (2), UW-Whitewater (2), Amherst, Babson, Nebraska Wesleyan, UW-Oshkosh.

Runner-Up: Augustana (2), Williams (2), Benedictine, Cabrini, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Swarthmore, UW-Oshkosh, Wooster.

Top Four Finishes: Williams (4), Amherst (3), St. Thomas (3), Augustana (2), Babson (2), Christopher Newport (2), Illinois Wesleyan (2), UW-Oshkosh (2), UW-Stevens Point (2), UW-Whitewater (2), Benedictine, Cabrini, Guilford, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Middlebury, MIT, Nebraska Wesleyan, North Central, Ramapo, Randolph-Macon, Springfield, Swarthmore, Virginia Wesleyan, Wheaton IL, Whitman, Wooster.

Champions: Amherst (3), Thomas More (3), DePauw, FDU-Florham, Illinois Wesleyan, Washington U.

Runner-Up: Bowdoin (2), George Fox (2), Tufts (2), Hope, Washington U. Whitman, UW-Whitewater

Top Four Finishes: Amherst (7), Thomas More (4), Tufts (4), St. Thomas (3), Bowdoin (2), Christopher Newport (2), George Fox (2), Illinois Wesleyan (2), Wartburg (2), Washington U. (2), UW-Whitewater (2), DePauw, FDU-Florham, Hope, Montclair State, Rochester, Scranton, Whitman, Williams.

Thursday: Ice Hockey.

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4.  About Last Night 

 UMass-Boston sent shock waves around New England as the Beacons knocked off Division I Holy Cross, 69-66, in overtimeCharles Mitchell led UMB with 21 points and eight rebounds.

  No. 25 Amherst handed No. 21 Springfield its first loss of the season with a 76-70 victory. The Mammoths put five players in double figures to offset a 31-point outburst by Jake Ross.

 No. 10 Hamline downed No. 5 UW-Eau Claire, 3-2, in a top-10 women's ice hockey showdown in St. Paul. Madison Davis tied the game at 2-2 with 4:06 remaining and Molly Garin notched the game-winner with 1:25 left.

5.  Comings and Goings

6.  SportsPerson of the Year

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Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has been named Sports Illustrated's 2019 Sportsperson of the Year for her part in the USWNT's World Cup win and for "being a vocal activist for equality." Rapinoe, 34, is just the fourth woman in the award's 66-year history to win unaccompanied.
"Rapinoe challenged perceptions of her, of female athletes, of all women. She led her teammates, three months before their tentpole tournament, to sue the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay; to declare in advance that they would not visit the White House when they won the Cup; to score 13 goals in a group-stage match against Thailand, without apology." — Jenny Vrentas, Sports Illustrated

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