Friday, December 27, 2019

Shaw Named Officiating Coordinator

DECEMBER 27, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Shaw Named Officiating Coordinator

"Steve Shaw, a highly respected football officiating and rules expert, has been selected to be college football’s next national coordinator of officials. Shaw, who currently serves the Southeastern Conference and Sun Belt Conference as coordinator of officials, will assume the national role in March 2020.
“Steve stands out as a leader in college football officiating. His care for the sport and how it is played will be critical moving forward,” said Jon Steinbrecher, chair of the College Football Officiating board of managers and commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. “I’m confident that Steve will move the national officiating program forward and continue to improve our game.”
Shaw also serves as the secretary-rules editor of the NCAA Football Rules Committee, a position critical to the development of competition rules and policies. Shaw replaces Rogers Redding, who announced his retirement in October after nine years as national coordinator."
>> Quotable: “I look forward to building on the foundation established by Rogers Redding in this position and to the challenges ahead in continuing to enhance officiating performance while we work to develop trust in the overall program."
2.  Where Is D3?

There are nearly 450 NCAA Division III schools. Where are they located? Explore this and other membership/sport maps using the NCAA's updated dashboard.

>> Click here for the NCAA map. Then play around a little bit.

3.  Willamette Football and Pearl Harbor

"Two college football teams boarded the SS Lurline at Pier 35 in San Francisco on the last Thursday in November 1941. The San Jose State College Spartans and Willamette College Bearcats were giddy with anticipation for their voyage west to the Hawaii Territory.
Over 13 days on Oahu, each team would play the University of Hawaii and also play one another. The players planned to swim in the blue of the Pacific and frolic on the sands of Waikiki Beach. Sure, the threat of war loomed over the players, just as it did over the entire nation. But for all the debate in Washington, war remained separate from reality -- somewhere out there in the future along with graduation, and finding a job, and finding someone you could build a life with.
Except that, on the last Wednesday in November 1941, Japanese submarines began moving east toward Hawaii."
>> Situational Awareness: The invitation to play Hawaii had been quite a coup for both San Jose State and Willamette. In an era with only three bowl games, the San Jose States of the world never received this type of season-ending trip, one that included a whopping $5,000 guarantee. Maybe San Jose State and Willamette received the invitation because they agreed to accept it. Few mainland schools had interest in spending a week on a ship to play Hawaii. Air travel to Oahu took 16 hours from the California coast and cost a lot of money.
>> Between The Lines: "We expected the trip to be canceled because of war tensions right up until we sailed. But once we got underway and landed there, we never thought an attack would occur. The place was so beautiful, and who would attack such a heavily fortified place?" - Wayne Oben, Willamette

>> Of Note: San Jose State defeated Willamette, 20-6, on Dec. 6.

>> Reality Check: On Dec. 7, the teams planned to eat breakfast at the hotel and take a 9:30 a.m. bus to tour Oahu, the local hospital and Pearl Harbor. The buses never arrived.

Keep reading this incredible story from Ivan Maisel, ESPN
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4. Best of the Decade 

We continue our "Best of the Decade" series with a look at the champions, runners-up and semifinalists in tennis.

Champions: Emory (3), Amherst (2), Middlebury (2), Bowdoin, Claremont-M-S, Williams

Runner-Up: CMS (4), Middlebury (2), Amherst, Bowdoin, Emory, Kenyon

Final Four Appearances: Middlebury (7), CMS (6), Emory (6), Washington U. (5), Amherst (4), Chicago (4), Bowdoin (3), Williams (3), Kenyon, Trinity TX.

Champions: Williams (6), Emory (2), Claremont-M-S, Wesleyan.

Runner-Up: Emory (5), Amherst (2), Chicago, CMS, Williams.

Final Four Appearances: Emory (10), Williams (9), Amherst (6), CMS (5), Middlebury (4), Chicago (3), Bowdoin,  Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan.

5. Weekend Preview  

Basketball (W)
  1. Tufts (vs. Christopher Newport; vs. TCNJ)
  2. Scranton (vs. #9 George Fox)
  3. Bowdoin (at Cal Lutheran)
  4. Hope
  5. Mary Hardin-Baylor (vs. Illinois Wesleyan)
  6. Amherst (vs. #10 DeSales; vs. Keene State)
  7. Wartburg (vs. #14 Baldwin Wallace)
  8. DePauw
  9. George Fox (vs. #2 Scranton; vs. U. of New England)
  10. DeSales (vs. #6 Amherst)

Basketball (M) -
  1. Swarthmore
  2. Emory (vs. UW-Oshkosh)
  3. Wittenberg (vs. Elmira)
  4. Middlebury
  5. St. Thomas MN 
  6. Marietta (vs. Salisbury; vs. York)
  7. Randolph-Macon (vs. Lebanon Valley)
  8. Nebraska Wesleyan
  9. UW-Platteville (at LeTourneau; at Mary Hardin-Baylor)
  10. Washington U.

Wrestling (Dual Meet) - NWCA
  1. Wartburg
  2. Loras
  3. Augsburg (at Citrus Invitational)
  4. Wabash (at Midlands Championship)
  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 Fright Thing
A couple in High Point, N.C., woke up to a loud banging inside their house on Christmas morning, per WGHP-TV.
  • They dashed to a closet and hid in fear, then dialed 911.
  • Sheriff's deputies searched the home, and found ... the couple's new robot vacuum, stuck and banging against a wall.
They had named it Harry.

- courtesy of Axios
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