Friday, November 15, 2019

How The Cortaca Jug Came to Met Life

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NOVEMBER 15, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  How the Cortaca Jug Came to Met Life



To see a big plan through to conclusion, collaboration is needed and not always at the highest levels.
The thought of Division III football teams playing in a stadium that hosted a Super Bowl in 2014 and is home to two NFL teams on its face seems absurd.
But come 1 p.m. Nov. 16, Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland will play the 61st edition of the Cortaca Jug at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
So many things had to fall into place, but it’s possible the relationship between the schools’ athletic directors was the biggest factor in making it a reality.

>> Situational AwarenessMarc Hudak (Ithaca '90), the president of the New York City chapter of the National Football Foundation, made the original proposal to Ithaca AD Susan Bassett in June of 2018. "We saw the potential. There’s a strong downstate contingency for both Cortland and Ithaca, especially with the alumni base, with a lot of our alumni being from down there, still living in the area," said Bassett.

>> Reality Check: “For Ithaca College, this is the largest gathering of alumni ever in the history of the college,” Bassett said. “It’s a tremendous visibility opportunity, a tremendous alumni and student-engagement opportunity for both Cortland and Ithaca. - Bassett

>> The Bottom Line: “With this going to MetLife and hitting almost a national high-pitched level, the exposure for our programs has been extraordinary. I can’t believe the amount of interest and notes and letters and emails I’m getting from all over the place. … So many people are talking about it from an excitement standpoint and you see it from the numbers. Our campus is getting unbelievable exposure.” - Mike Urtz, Cortland AD

>> Of NoteGreg Sankey, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, has tweeted about the annual game to anyone interested in a college football story outside the SEC. Sankey is a proud graduate of Cortland. And Doug Morrone, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and former TE coach for the Red Dragons, also had some comments about his biggest game.

>> Keep Reading courtesy of Rob Centorani, Ithaca Journal
>> Go Deeper courtesy of Adam Turer, D3football.com

 
2.  Land of Hope and Dreams
 
What a weekend we have in store for you! Cross Country holds eight regional championships with teams and individuals looking to qualify for the national meet next weekend. Field Hockey plays its Round of 16 and quarterfinal matches on the road to next weekend's Final Four. By the end of the day Sunday, men's and women's soccer will be down to the Sweet 16, while women's volleyball will have determined its Elite Eight.

If that's not enough ... football determines its 32-team field and bracket on Sunday, while the regular season continues in basketball, ice hockey, swimming and wrestling.

Whew! But this is why we got into the business. Enjoy a great weekend of action.

 

3.  Runnin' Down a Dream
 

The 2019 NCAA Division III cross country regional championships take place Saturday at eight locations around the country. Links will take you to host site information/results.

 
4. Hoping to Get to the Nook 

Round of 16
#6 Franklin & Marshall at #1 TCNJ; MIT vs. #17 Geneseo
#14 Babson at #2 Middlebury; #20 Endicott vs. #9 Kean
FDU-Florham at #3 Salisbury; #16 Lynchburg vs. #8 Rowan
#11 Messiah at #5 Johns Hopkins; Denison vs. #4 Tufts

Final Four
Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 23-24 at Spooky Nook Sports Complex, Manheim, PA

>> What to Watch For: Middlebury has the longest home winning streak in D-III (34), while Babson has the third-longest road win streak (8). TCNJ's Cayla Andrews leads the country with 31 goals and has 74 for her career.
 
5. Volleyball 

Regionals
#15 Saint Benedict d. UW-Eau Claire, 3-1; Northwestern-St. Paul d. #23 St. Olaf, 3-1
#3 Calvin d. DePauw, 3-0; #10 Ohio Northern d. Aurora, 3-0
#10 Hope d. UT Dallas 3-2; #14 Muskingum d. Wittenberg, 3-1
UW-Stevens Point d. #16 Augsburg, 3-2; #12 St. Thomas d. Dubuque, 3-1

bold indicates host

at Emory (begins today)
at Clarkson (begins today)
at Johns Hopkins (begins today)
at Tufts (begins today)
at Christopher Newport (begins today)
at Chicago (begins today)

>> What to Watch For: Johns Hopkins is the only unbeaten team (29-0) in the field. The Blue Jays are attempting to become just the fourth D-III team to post an undefeated season, joining Central (41-0, 1999), Washington-St. Louis (40-0, 1992) and Bates (36-0, 1989). Saint Benedict's Madison Weiss tops D-III in blocks per set (1.69) and is second in hitting percentage (.425). Clarkson's Kate Isaksen is eighth on the all-time D-III dig chart (3,112).

>> Bracket with links

 
 
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6. Soccer (W) 

16 sites hosting for first two rounds
  • Messiah, Hardin-Simmons, MIT, TCNJ
  • Wheaton IL, St. Thomas,, Ohio Northern, Carnegie Mellon
  • Washington-St. Louis, Cal Lutheran, Wartburg, Chicago
  • William Smith, Middlebury, Johns Hopkins, Amherst
>> What to Watch For: Hardin-Simmons' Taylor Bernal has played in more matches (115) than any other active collegian. St. Scholastica's Morgan Friday leads the country with 29 goals. MIT's Ava Gillikin tops the D-III charts in goals-against average (0.128) and save percentage (.958).

>> Bracket with links
 
    7. Soccer (M) 

    16 sites hosting for first two rounds
    • Keene State, Mary Washington, RPI, Oneonta
    • John Carroll, Trinity TX, F&M, Kenyon
    • Catholic, Christopher Newport, Tufts, W&L
    • Hope, Luther, Calvin, North Park
    >> What to Watch For: Oneonta's Witman Hernandez leads D-III with 10 game-winning goals. WPI's Rufus Adams tops the country in goals-against average (0.429) and save percentage (.889).

    >> Bracket with links


     
    8. Weekend Preview

    Football - D3Football.com
    1. Mount Union (at Marietta)
    2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (at Sul Ross State)
    3. UW-Whitewater (vs UW-Oshkosh)
    4. Wheaton, Ill. (at Elmhurst)
    5. Muhlenberg (vs. Moravian)
    6. North Central (at Millikin)
    7. Salisbury (at William Paterson)
    8. Saint John's (vs. Rose-Hulman)
    9. Bethel (at #17 St. Thomas)
    10. John Carroll (at Baldwin Wallace)
    Two Games to Watch
    WIAC Championship: Whitewater vs. Oshkosh
    MWC Championship: Monmouth vs. St. Norbert


    Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
    1. Norwich (at #5 Hobart; at Skidmore)
    2. Geneseo (at Cortland; vs. #3 Oswego)
    3. Oswego (vs. Brockport; at #2 Geneseo)
    4. Augsburg (vs. #8 UW-Eau Claire)
    5. Hobart (vs. #1 Norwich; vs. Castleton)
    6. UW-Stevens Point (at Saint John's; at Bethel)
    7. Trinity (vs. Connecticut College; vs. Tufts)
    8. UW-Eau Claire (at Gustavus; at #4 Augsburg)
    9. Adrian (H/H vs. Finlandia)
    10. St. Norbert (A/A vs. Trine)

    Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
    1. Plattsburgh (exhbition vs. Bishop's)
    2. Adrian (A/A vs. Marian)
    3. Elmira (vs. William Smith)
    4. UW-River Falls (vs. UW-Stevens Point; at Northland)
    5. Hamline (A/H vs. Augsburg)
    6. Williams (A/A vs. Colby)
    7. Norwich (vs. UNE; at Trinity)
    8. UW-Eau Claire (at Northland; at UW-Superior)
    9. Gustavus Adolphus (H/H vs. St. Catherine's)
    10. Middlebury (A/A vs. Connecticut College)
    H/H - home/home; H/A - home/away; A/H - away/home; A/A - away/away


    Basketball (M) D3hoops.com
    1. Swarthmore (at Neumann)
    2. UW-Oshkosh 
    3. North Central (vs. Greenville)
    4. Amherst
    5. Wittenberg (at Brooklyn)
    6. Emory 
    7. Washington-St. Louis (at UW-Whitewater; at UW-Platteville)
    8. Nebraska Wesleyan (vs. McMurry; vs. Hardin-Simmons)
    9. Christopher Newport (vs. Marywood; vs. TBA)
    10. Nichols (vs. E. Connecticut; vs. TBA)

    Basketball (W) D3hoops.com
    1. Amherst (vs. New Jersey City)
    2. Tufts (vs. Roger Williams; vs. New Paltz)
    3. Scranton (at Ursinus; vs. TBA)
    4. Wartburg (at #19 UW-La Crosse; at UW-Eau Claire)
    5. Bowdoin (at Endicott)
    6. Hope (vs. Finlandia; vs. Hanover)
    7. Mary Hardin-Baylor (vs. Wayland Baptist)
    8. George Fox  (vs. Pomona-Pitzer; vs. UC Santa Cruz)
    9. St. Thomas 
    10. DePauw (at UW-Whitewater)

    Wrestling NWCA
    1. Wabash (vs. Manchester)
    2. Loras (at Luther Open)
    3. Wartburg (at Luther Open)
    4. Mount Union
    5. Augsburg
    6. UW-Whitewater (tie) (at Luther Open)
    7. UW-La Crosse (tie) (at Luther Open)
    8. Stevens (vs. #15 Ithaca)
    9. Baldwin Wallace (tie)
    10. Coe (tie) (at Luther Open)

     
    9.  Comings and Goings
     
     
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    Thursday, November 14, 2019

    When CBS Came to Town

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    NOVEMBER 14, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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    1. #CFB150: When CBS Came to Town



    In 1982, CBS was required by its $131.75 million contract with the NCAA to show four Division III football games that season. When NFL players went on strike, CBS decided to fulfill its obligation on one day. Four games were selected - UW-Oshkosh at UW-Stout, West Georgia at Millsaps, Baldwin Wallace at Wittenberg, and U. of San Diego at Occidental.

    >> Reality Check: CBS wanted to show Division I games but was prevented by TBS who sought payment for rights by CBS or a two-year extension of an agreement on TBS telecasts of college football. Now, Turner and CBS have a 22-year partnership with the NCAA.

    >> Worth Noting: #1 Widener (playing Muhlenberg), Bowdoin (playing Amherst) and Wesleyan (playing Tufts) declined to switch their games from Saturday.

    >> The Big Picture: "This is the way college football was meant to be played." - Tom Brookshier, CBS analyst

    >> Keep Reading from Sports Illustrated, circa 1982
    >> Watch a feature from Through the Lens of CBS Sports


    Did you know that Grinnell College holds a special place in college football history? On November 16, 1889, the Pioneers played the University of Iowa in the first intercollegiate football game to be played west of the Mississippi. Grinnell won the game, 24-0.

    >> Watch a feature from WHO-TV


    2. Field Hockey 1st Round

    >> Updated Bracket


    3.  NCAA Streaming Schedule


    It's the opening round of the NCAA DIII Women's Volleyball championship. Click on the links to watch all the action.

    Calvin Regional (Grand Rapids, MI)
    Texas-Dallas vs. #10 Hope, 12:30 EST
    Muskingum vs. Wittenberg, 3:00
    #10 Ohio Northern vs. Aurora, 5:30
    DePauw at #3 Calvin, 8:00

    St. Thomas Regional (Saint Paul, MN)
    UW-Eau Claire vs. Saint Benedict, 1:30 EST
    Northwestern-St. Paul vs. #23 St. Olaf, 4:00
    #16 Augsburg vs. UW-Stevens Point, 6:30
    Dubuque at #12 St. Thomas, 9:00


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    4.   Calendar

    Nov. 14 - Strategic Planning and Finance Committee teleconference
    Nov. 19-20 - Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, Indianapolis
    Nov. 21-23 - Women's Volleyball championship, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Nov. 23 - Men's and Women's Cross Country championship, Lousivlle
    Nov. 23-24 - Field Hockey championship, Manheim, Pa.
    Dec. 6-7 - Men's and Women's Soccer championship, Greensboro, N.C.
    Dec. 20 - Football championship, Shenandoah, Texas

    5. Football Regional Ranking

    There are 27 automatic bids and five Pool C (at-Large) berths into the 32-team football championship field.

    East
    1. Salisbury (8-0)
    2. Wesley (7-1)
    3. Delaware Valley (8-1)
    4. Union (9-0)
    5. Brockport (8-1)
    6. Western New England (8-1)
    7. Cortland (8-1)
    8. Hobart (7-2)
    9. Stevenson (7-2)
    10. Endicott (7-2)
    AQ: Framingham StateSUNY Maritime
    Undecided: NEWMAC (MIT IN w/win vs. Springfield)

    North
    1. Mount Union (9-0)
    2. Wheaton (9-0)
    3. North Central (8-1)
    4. John Carroll (8-1)
    5. Hope (8-1)
    6. Aurora (8-1)
    7. Wabash (7-2)
    8. Olivet (8-1)
    9. Hanover (8-1)
    10. Baldwin Wallace (7-2)
    South
    1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (9-0)
    2. Muhlenberg (9-0)
    3. Bridgewater (9-0)
    4. Susquehanna (8-1)
    5. Case Western (9-0)
    6. Berry (8-1)
    7. Randolph-Macon (7-2)
    8. Texas Lutheran (7-2)
    9. Hardin-Simmons (7-2)
    10. Trinity TX (7-2)
    Undecided: SAA (Berry IN w/win vs. Austin), USA South (Huntingdon IN w/win vs. LaGrange)

    West
    1. UW-Whitewater (9-0)
    2. Chapman (8-0
    3. Redlands (8-1)
    4. Saint John's (8-1)
    5. Central (8-1)
    6. Wartburg (8-1)
    7. Linfield (7-1)
    8. Bethel (8-1)
    9. UW-Oshkosh (7-2)
    10. Monmouth (6-2)
    AQ: Martin Luther
    Undecided: WIAC (winner of Whitewater v. Oshkosh), ARC (Central IN w/win), MWC (Monmouth-St. Norbert winner)

    bold indicates NCAA automatic qualifier

    6. Comings and Goings



    7.  Tweet of the Day




    8.  1 Coffee Thing

    The world's largest Starbucks is opening this week in Chicago, according to NBC Chicago.
    • Location: Intersection of Michigan Ave. & Erie Street.
    • Size: ~35,000 square feet across five stories.
    • "The interactive space will feature multiple brewing methods, a new menu of coffees and mixology and fresh baking on-site."
    - courtesy of Axios
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    Wednesday, November 13, 2019

    A Slide and a Lawsuit

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    NOVEMBER 13, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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    1.  He Told a Kid to Slide. Then He Got Sued.
     

    "John Suk sits with shoulders slouched and his head down at the defendant’s table in Courtroom 301, a stuffy wood-paneled space inside the Somerset County judicial complex. The 31-year-old middle school teacher scribbles in a notebook as his reputation is shredded.
    The plaintiff’s attorneys in Civil Docket No. L-000629-15 have spent two full days portraying the co-defendant as an inattentive and unqualified lout. He is, they argue, a villain who destroyed the future of a teenager he was supposed to protect.
    The attacks intensify when Suk takes the witness stand to defend himself on a split-second decision he made seven years earlier. He is accused of taking a reckless course of action that showed a callous disregard for another person's safety.
    He sounds like an awful person. Then you remember what Suk did to end up here.
    He instructed a player he was coaching during a junior varsity baseball game to slide."

    >> Why It Matters: If Suk is found liable for an injury that took place because of that slide — and if a seven-figure check is written because of his actions — what will happen to high school sports? Who will sign up for these coaching jobs knowing their reputation and livelihood might be in jeopardy? And how long before school districts drop sports entirely rather than pay skyrocketing insurance premiums?

    >> The Big Picture: Still, injuries happen. That is at the cold reality of sports. Did the coach sitting with his head down at the defense table really ruin this kid’s life?

    >> Reality Check: Suk was 23, still not a year removed from FDU-Florham, was the incident occurred. He had been coaching for just a few weeks. Lauren Palladino, one of the jurors in the case, is 22 and a rising senior at Rowan and played softball in high school.

    >> What They're Saying: "You have people just taking the extra $8,000 who don't know what the hell they're doing. Somebody's got to be responsible. Nobody is!" - Rob Mesar, father of the injured player.

    >> The Final Word: “It’s the end of high school sports. The coaching profession would be under heavy scrutiny for everything that happens. Coaches are going to have to have insurance like doctors have for malpractice. School districts are not going to want to take the risk of having sports.” - Suk when asked what would have happened if he lost.

    >> Keep Reading this incredible story from Steve Politi and NJ.com

     
    2. Trophy Games 



    When longtime NCAA Division III rivals Bridgewater State and Massachusetts Maritime Academy meet on a football field this weekend in Cape Cod, the winners will hoist the coveted Scoop trophy, a replica of the wooden tool used to harvest cranberries in the early 1900s.
    Four hours to the west in New York State, a pair of treasured Dutchman’s shoes will go to the winner of the Rensselaer Polytechnic-Union game, just as they have for nearly 70 years.

    The trophies range from big to small, bizarre to conventional, and the stories behind them help explain why rivalry is so deeply stitched into college football, a sport celebrating its 150th season. In these games, wins come with a prize that the winning team prominently displays until the next meeting — a traveling trophy.

    For those trophy games, there’s nothing like stomping your rival and lifting that trophy toward the sky, no matter how strange it might look. After all, what would a matchup between Minnesota foes St. Olaf and Concordia be without the winning team posing for photos with The Troll, a folksy trophy that looks like a Viking voodoo doll and was made with actual Norwegian forest debris? 

    >> Reality Check: Many trophies, like the Cranberry Bowl’s Scoop, are culturally significant in their corner of the country. The first commercial cranberry cultivation in the United States happened in southeastern Massachusetts, and a stretch of the road from Bridgewater State to Mass Maritime is called the Cranberry Highway.

    >> Between The Lines: From 2006-18, Ocean Spray Cranberry Cooperative sponsored the Bridgewater State-Mass Maritime game with a value of roughly $5,000.

    >> Worth Noting: Here are some of the top trophy games scheduled for this weekend.
    • Victory Bell: Franklin at Hanover (first awarded 1931)
    • Monon Bell: Wabash at DePauw (1932, 125th Game since 1890)
    • Dutchman's Shoes: RPI at #14 Union (1950)
    • Old Goal Post: #19 Susquehanna at Juniata (1953)
    • Cortaca Jug: Cortland vs. #17 Ithaca at Met Life Stadium (1959)
    • Keystone Cup: Widener at #13 Delaware Valley (1981)
    • Secretary's Cup: Merchant Marine at Coast Guard (1981)
    • Academic Bowl: #20 Case Western at Carnegie Mellon (1986)
    • Lincoln Hat: Gettysburg at Franklin & Marshall (2000)
    >> Mapping the Rivalry Games
    >> Read More from Sports Business Daily


     
    3.   Leadoff Classic Teams Announced

    Reigning NCAA champion Texas Lutheran and national runner-up Emory headline the 24-team field for the 2020 NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic, scheduled for March 6-8 at the Lincoln Park complex in Tucson, Ariz.

    Joining Texas Lutheran and Emory at the event will be fellow NCAA Championship participants Illinois Wesleyan and St. Thomas (Minn.), plus Alma, Babson, Berry, Central, Christopher Newport, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, DePauw, East Texas Baptist, Emerson, Emory and Henry, George Fox, LeTourneau, Linfield, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Pacific Lutheran, Piedmont, St. John Fisher, Saint Benedict, Transylvania and Washington-St. Louis.

    >> Be Smart: The tournament will include 20 teams that competed last season in their conference tournament, and 12 that captured conference championships. Fifteen of those squads played in last year’s NCAA tournament, with six winning regional titles. Four claimed super regional crowns and were among the eight teams that advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship at Suddenlink Field in Tyler, Texas. The 24 teams combined to win 715 games last season with a .689 winning percentage.


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    4. Polls
     
    Field Hockey - NFHCA final regular season poll
    1. College of New Jersey (18-0)
    2. Middlebury (17-1)
    3. Salisbury (18-1)
    4. Tufts (14-4)
    5. Johns Hopkins (17-2)
    6. Franklin & Marshall (16-3)
    7. Bowdoin (14-2)
    8. Rowan (15-4)
    9. Kean (18-3)
    10. Williams (13-4)
    11-15: Messiah, Centre, Chirstopher Newport, Babson, Ursinus
    16-20: Lynchburg, Geneseo (tie), Vassar (tie), Bates, Endicott


    >> Hello: Endicott.
    >> Goodbye: Colby.


    Volleyball - AVCA
    1. Emory (29-2)
    2. Chicago (26-3)
    3. Calvin (24-2)
    4. Carthage (27-3)
    5. Claremont-M-S (26-3)
    6. Johns Hopkins (29-0)
    7. Trinity, Texas (33-4)
    8. Colorado College (30-4)
    9. Berry (26-5)
    10. Hope (22-7) and Ohio Northern (26-5)
    12-15: St. Thomas, Tufts, Muskingum, Saint Benedict.
    16-20: Augsburg (tie), Babson (tie), Susquehanna, Juniata, Transylvania.
    21-25: Johnson & Wales (Providence), Carnegie Mellon, St. Olaf, Washington-St. Louis, Wesleyan CT.



    >> Hello: St. Olaf, Washington-St. Louis.
    >> Outta Here: UW-Whitewater, UW-Eau Claire.

     
    5.  Streaming Schedule   


    It's the opening round of the NCAA DIII Field Hockey championship. Click on the links to watch all the action.
     
    6.  Comings and Goings
     
     

    7.  1 Fun Thing


     
    "Sesame Street" officially turns 50 this weekend. That's 50 years of Bert and Ernie, 50 years of Oscar and Big Bird, and 50 years of expanding minds, stretching boundaries and occasionally stirring up controversy, Axios' Ina Fried writes.
    >> Why it matters: As was the original intent, "Sesame Street" has played a huge role in teaching generations of kids not only how to read and count, but also about the world around them.
    "The wonderful thing about Sesame Street is there are birds and monsters and people and fairies and all kinds of wonderful different kinds of people that live together and we all have a great time." — The Count