Friday, September 13, 2019

The NCAA Responds

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1. The NCAA Responds

The NCAA Board of Governors sent a letter Wednesday to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, making clear its belief that this bill would wipe out the distinction between college and professional athletics and eliminate the element of fairness that supports all of college sports. Complete text 
 
"The 1,100 schools that make up the NCAA have always, in everything we do, supported a level playing field for all student-athletes. This core belief extends to each member college and university in every state across the nation.
California Senate Bill 206 would upend that balance. If the bill becomes law and California’s 58 NCAA schools are compelled to allow an unrestricted name, image and likeness scheme, it would erase the critical distinction between college and professional athletics and, because it gives those schools an unfair recruiting advantage, would result in them eventually being unable to compete in NCAA competitions. These outcomes are untenable and would negatively impact more than 24,000 California student-athletes across three divisions.
Right now, nearly half a million student-athletes in all 50 states compete under the same rules. This bill would remove that essential element of fairness and equal treatment that forms the bedrock of college sports."

>> Situational Awareness: "The NCAA has consistently stood by its belief that student-athletes are students first, and they should not be employees of the university."

>> Be Smart: "The bill does not suggest schools should be responsible for giving any more money to their athletes than they already do. Nor does it guarantee that every student-athlete would be able to make more. It provides an opportunity for them to profit by selling the use of their name, image or likeness (NIL) to outside bidders."

>> Bottom Line: If the The Fair Pay to Play Act is passed and the NCAA doesn't change its rules before 2023, there could be a standoff between California and the NCAA that would likely be decided in court. In that scenario, California's laws would make it illegal for schools in the state to follow NCAA rules.

>> Reality Check: Eleven of California's 58 schools reside in Division III - Cal Tech, Cal Lutheran, Chapman, Claremont-M-S, Mills, Occidental, Pomona-Pitzer, UC Santa Cruz, La Verne, Redlands and Whittier.

 
2. Why a College Degree Matters



courtesy of Axios

 
3. Building a Better Helmet
 
(Bloomberg) - "The National Football League wants a better helmet, and for the first time, it’s willing to pay for it.
The richest and most-watched U.S. sports league has created the NFL Helmet Challenge, a $3 million, 18-month contest to see who can create a piece of equipment that outperforms anything in use. The money includes $2 million in development capital and a further $1 million winner’s prize."

>> Quotable: “There’s been an evolution in helmet design,” said Jeff Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president for health-and-safety innovation. “We think there’s room for some revolutionary change as well.”

>> 3-D Printing: Jeff Crandall, chairman of the NFL’s engineering committee and director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Applied Biomechanics, is talking about things like 3-D printing, which Miller said can speed the process of helmet design. Backed by data and innovation, he said, the NFL is moving toward position-specific helmet designs.

>> Why It Matters: Researchers have known for years that helmets actually don't do a great job of preventing concussions. In fact, most researchers agree they could actually have the opposite effect: wearing a helmet, studies suggest, can often make athletes more likely to use their heads as a weapon.

4. Weekend Top-25 Matchups

Today
Women's Soccer

(21) Stevens at (25) Swarthmore, 7:00 - watch LIVE

Saturday
Field Hockey

(1) Middlebury at (9) Bowdoin, 11:00 - watch LIVE
(7) Messiah at (5) TCNJ, 1:00 - live stats
(17) Amherst at (19) Hamilton, 11:00 - watch LIVE

Football
(22) Wesley at (13) Delaware Valley, 1:00 - watch LIVE

Men's Soccer
(25) Brandeis at (1) Tufts, 7:00 - watch LIVE

Sunday
Field Hockey

(1) Middlebury at (18) Babson, 12:00 - watch LIVE
(14) Rochester at (3) Tufts, 12:00 - watch LIVE

Men's Soccer
(3) Oglethorpe at (14) Washington and Lee, 3:00 - watch LIVE

Women's Soccer
(7) TCNJ at (21) Stevens, 12:00 - watch LIVE


Yesterday
Field Hockey

(3) Tufts d. (20) Endicott, 2-1

 

5.  Comings and Goings 

 

 

6.  1 Toy Thing

 


The smartphone is being considered for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame this year, the AP reports.
  • The other finalists: Care Bears, the coloring book, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Jenga, Magic the Gathering, Masters of the Universe, Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, Nerf Blaster, Risk, and the top, per AP.

 
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Strong Women

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1. Strong Women


The Top 30 honorees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award were named by the Woman of the Year selection committee.

The Top 30 honorees were selected from an initial pool of 585 school nominees, a program record. From there, the pool was narrowed by conference offices and a selection committee to move forward 151 nominees for consideration. The Top 30 honorees include 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions, and each has demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The honorees competed in 13 sports — including, for the first time, equestrian and rifle — and studied a broad range of academic majors, including neuroscience, anthropology, economics, chemical engineering, political science and communication.

Here are the Division III honorees.
  • Lauren Bondi, Smith College, NEWMAC, Basketball
  • Sabrina Degnan, Occidental, SCIAC, Track and Field/Volleyball
  • Colleen Doolan, Tufts, NESCAC, Swimming and Diving
  • Monica Feeley, Vassar, Liberty League, Field Hockey
  • Anna Kamp, Calvin, MIAA, Volleyball
  • Cassandra Laios, Case Western Reserve, UAA, Track and Field
  • Marin McCoy, Swarthmore, Centennial Conference, Soccer
  • Hannah Orbach-Mandel, Kenyon, NCAC, Swimming and Diving
  • Annie Rodenfels, Centre, SAA, Cross Country/Track and Field
  • Jillian Schulte, Cornell College, Midwest Conference, Volleyball
2. Getting Athletics Off the Bench in Your Marketing

(Inside Higher Ed.com) - Tim Jones, the chief communications and integrated marketing officer at Beloit (Wis.) College, writes that DIII athletics programs drive a lot of interest in your college, so embrace and showcase it.

>> Why It Matters: "The truth is that athletics drives a lot of attention for any institution. Successful programs can boost enrollment, heighten awareness, engage alumni and cultivate loyalty in ways that few other things can."

>> Reality Check: "The true potential of athletics in broad institutional marketing comes through stories, and what those stories say about the institution."

>> Be Smart: Athletic communications directors (SIDs) can be invaluable resources, as they often know the stories behind the student-athletes and what defines them both in and out of the classroom. Get to know them and find ways to partner.
3. Hurricane Dorian Relief

Sophomore Tyler Russell of the Emory University men's swimming and diving team and native of the Bahamas has teamed up with several other Bahamian students around campus in an effort to raise money for those affected from the recent Hurricane Dorian that hit the northernmost part of the islands this past week, leaving complete devastation in its wake. 
All donations received will be given to an organization called Headknowles, a community based organization that’s been beneficial in relief efforts for Matthew and Joaquin. For more information on Headknowles, click here: https://m.facebook.com/groups/headknowlesCLUB/?ref=group_header&view=group.
If you would like to help with Tyler's and the other Emory students relief efforts, please visit their GoFundMe page found here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/emory-hurricane-dorian-relief.

4. Top-25 Matchups

Today
Field Hockey

(20) Endicott at (3) Tufts - watch Live

Yesterday
Soccer (W)

(8) Johns Hopkins d. (7) TCNJ, 2-1


5. National Players of the Week

Field Hockey
Offense - Caroline Brotzge, Centre
Defense - Marcella Sabbagh, Christopher Newport

Volleyball

Sophie Srivastava, Chapman

6.  Comings ... 



... and Goings

7.  Price Cut


(CNN) - "It was once one of the most expensive colleges in the state. But now, Central College in Pella, Iowa, says it will drop its tuition price by $20,000. But sorry, current students -- the changes start next school year.

The price will decrease from over $38,000 to $18,600, room and board will stay the same, bringing the grand total to around $28,000, according to the school's website.

The change is highlighted in a bright red pop-up when you visit the college's website and takes you to a graphic page where students can to see the new total."

>> Quotable: "Central views it as our responsibility to help bring rationality to the price of a high-quality college education," Central College President Mark Putnam said in a statement. "Central's new tuition and financial aid pricing is clearer and easier to understand. It's an important commitment to our students, families, alumni and donors."

>> Dare to Compare: How does Central's total cost ($28,880) compare to other colleges in the American Rivers Conference - Wartburg ($53,210), Simpson ($49,486), Nebraska Wesleyan ($45,314). The University of Iowa charges $22,180 for in-state, $44,143 for out-of-state students.

>> Situational Awareness: Last year, four DIII institutions - Albright (Pa.), Capital (Ohio), Elizabethtown (Pa.), and Elmira (N.Y.) - reset their prices. This week alone, Central joins Hiram (Ohio) and Randolph (Va.) in announcing significant price resets. All still offer financial aid but at reduced levels.

>> Be Smart: Price resets are moving institutions to a more transparent pricing model which brings the published price closer to the actual price a student will pay.

>> Go Deeper (Forbes)


8.  1 Taco Thing

Texas Monthly is adding a taco editor, the first masthead position of its kind and possibly the best job in America:
  • Dallas-based José Ralat "began writing about tacos professionally a decade ago ... He has written for national and regional media outlets and most recently served as food & drink editor for Cowboys & Indians magazine. He also cofounded and curated the Taco Libre taco and music festival in Dallas."
  • Flashback: Texas Monthly hired Daniel Vaughn in 2013 to become the nation's first BBQ editor.
What's next: Chicken fried steak editor, or kolaches editor?

- courtesy of Axios AM

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

From the NFL to D-III

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SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1. From the NFL to D-III


(Aurora Beacon News) - The last time many of us saw Don Beebe, he was a member of the Buffalo Bills chasing down Leon Lett of the Dallas Cowboys. Beebe caught Lett, swatted the ball out of his hands, preventing an easy TD in Super Bowl XXVII.

Today, Beebe is the first-year head coach at Aurora University and riding high after his Spartans knocked off No. 25 St. Norbert, 50-40, in the season opener.

"I'm having the time of my life."

>> Quotable"One surprise to me was how passionate kids are,” Beebe said of the NCAA Division III level. “They pay their own way, some work. I’ve never seen kids so great at time management. They juggle so much."

>> Fame:
 "I'm reminded of (the Super Bowl) play almost every day," says Beebe with a laugh. "I'm not kidding you or exaggerating. At this time of year, it's a half dozen times per day around Super Bowl time. It blows my mind."

>> Lessons Learned"I hadn't realized this before, but I realized that playing in the NFL wasn't about me," he says. "It was about the platform that I had to impact people. I wish more players would understand this, what they really mean to the fans and kids in schools.
"I still use that platform today to impact kids and people and I gotta tell you, it's the greatest reward you can have to do that. The Leon Lett play stapled that for me."
>> Watch the Play no matter how painful it is for me as a Bills fan.
2. Stevenson, Ravens Team Up to Hit GenZ

(Front Office Sports) - "Sandwiched between the Philadelphia Eagles to the north and Washington Redskins to the south, the Baltimore Ravens have always had to work extra hard to get and keep fans.
While studying fan research provided by the NFL, the Ravens realized they had a hole in their fan base, according to Brad Downs, the team’s vice president of marketing.
Growing up, kids in the Baltimore area are avid Ravens fans. But some lose interest when they get to college, according to Downs. That’s a concern for a club that wants them to buy season tickets after they graduate and start their careers. And a problem for the NFL, which is trying to figure out how to reach Generation Z. 
To keep these young customers from flying away, the franchise is testing a new fan engagement program with Stevenson University.
The Ravens call their fan groups around the country “flocks.” But the franchise doesn’t see their first college “flock” as the typical fan group.
Students at Stevenson who sign up will also get an education in sports business, said Downs. Some will intern at Ravens headquarters in nearby Owings Mills, Md. Team executives from various departments will visit the campus in Stevenson, Md., to teach them the ins and outs of the pro sports industry."
>> Why Stevenson?: Stevenson is a natural for the Ravens’ first college flock. The private university is only 10 minutes from Ravens headquarters in Owings Mills. The team has held public practices on campus. Head coach John Harbaugh delivered the keynote commencement address to graduating Stevenson seniors in 2015. The coach was awarded the school’s highest academic degree: a doctorate in Humane Letters.

>> Why It Matters: Dr. Takisha Toler, associate professor of marketing, serves as the faculty lead for digital marketing at Stevenson. She plans to incorporate the flock into some of her classes, with students creating marketing strategies for their “client.” “We’ll also have people from the Ravens come out. Not just players but also professionals in the accounting department, the law department,” she said. “They can talk about how to combine your passion with your career. That’s what our students are excited about.” 
3. Polls, Polls, Polls


Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
  1. Tufts
  2. SUNY Oneonta
  3. Oglethorpe
  4. John Carroll
  5. Johns Hopkins
  6. Amherst
  7. Chicago
  8. Claremont-M-S
  9. Augsburg
  10. North Park
11. SUNY Cortland, 12. Franklin & Marshall, 13. Capital, 14. Washington and Lee, 15. Calvin, 16. Loras, 17. Puget Sound, 18. Connecticut College, 19. Stevens, 20. Mary Washington, 21. Ithaca, 22. Penn State-Behrend, 23. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 24. Luther, 25. Brandeis.

Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches

  1. Williams
  2. William Smith
  3. Messiah
  4. Christopher Newport
  5. Middlebury
  6. Wheaton, Ill.
  7. College of New Jersey
  8. Johns Hopkins
  9. St. Thomas
  10. Washington-St. Louis
11. Trinity, Texas, 12. Amherst, 13. Pomona-Pitzer, 14. Lynchburg, 15. Otterbein, 16. Misericordia, 17. NY, 18. MIT, 19. Loras, 20. Centre, 21. Stevens, 22. Case Western, 23. Chicago, 24. Trinity, Conn., 25. Swarthmore.

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

Rising: Bowdoin (+6), Ursinus (+6), Christopher Newport (+4), Montclair State (+3), Salisbury (+3).

Falling: Rochester (-5), Williams (-5), Babson (-4), Johns Hopkins (-3), Messiah (-3), Trinity (-3)

Hello: Endicott.

Bye-Bye: Washington & Jefferson.


Volleyball - AVCA

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

Rising: St. Benedict (+10), Chicago (+5), Berry (+4), Hope (+4)

Falling: Ithaca (-7), Wittenberg (-6), UW-Eau Claire (-5), Mary Hardin-Baylor (-5)

Hello: Carnegie Mellon, Augsburg, St. Thomas

Bye-Bye: Christopher Newport, Washington-St. Louis, Gustavus Adolphus, Illinois Wesleyan.

4. Top-25 Matchups

Soccer (W)
(8) Johns Hopkins at (7) TCNJ - watch

5.  Comings ... 



... and Goings

6.  1 Calendar Thing


Happy #PalindromeWeek everyone! Thanks to MIT engineering.



>> For the Numbers Challenged: Since it’s the 19th year of the century and the 9th month of the year, you can read the dates, numerically, the same backwards or forwards starting 9-10-19 through 9-19-19.
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