Friday, December 20, 2019

Can Congress Remake the NCAA?

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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, D3football.com)
>> Everything's Lining Up for North Central (Adam Turer, D3football.com)

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>> 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) D3hoops.com
  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) - D3hoops.com
  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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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Joining Forces

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DECEMBER 19, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Joining Forces

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference and the Empire 8 Athletic Conference are joining forces to create a swimming and diving championship in 2020.

Known as the Allegheny Empire Swimming and Diving Championship, the event will be hosted February, 19-22 at the Webster Aquatic Center in Webster, NY.

The AMCC will bring six teams - Penn State Behrend, Alfred State College, Pitt-Bradford, Penn State Altoona, Franciscan University and SUNY Delhi - while the E8 contingent will include Alfred, Hartwick, Nazareth, and Utica Colleges.

This is not the first time the AMCC and E8 have participated in joint championships.  Previously the AMCC had partnered with the Presidents Athletic Conference and the E8 with the Liberty League.  Both conferences have operated season-ending meets on a smaller scale the past several years with just their league members.  The coaches in both conferences lobbied for a return to an expanded field and the excitement it brings.  AMCC Commissioner Donna Ledwin and Empire 8 Commissioner Chuck Mitrano, frequent collaborators at the NCAA legislative and committee levels, brokered the agreement.

>> Quotable: “We are excited to partner with the AMCC to enhance the student-athlete experience,” said Mitrano. “There is a lot of enthusiasm about collaborating with a peer conference in the spirit of fierce competition and collegiality.”

>> Quotable II: “This is a wonderful opportunity to enhance the championship experience for the student-athletes in both conferences,” stated Ledwin.  “It will be a high quality competition that will push all of the swimmers and divers to achieve their potential in a first class aquatics facility.”
 

2. Preseason Baseball Poll 
 
Collegiate Baseball released its preseason Top 40.
  1. Chapman
  2. Webster
  3. Heidelberg
  4. Trinity (Texas)
  5. Kean
  6. Southern Maine
  7. Washington U.
  8. Cortland
  9. Denison
  10. Birmingham-Southern
11-20: Coe, Wooster, Salisbury. Adrian, UW-Whitewater, Trinity (Conn.), Texas Lutheran, Aurora, North Central (Ill.), Tufts.

21-30: Cal Lutheran, UMass Boston, Hendrix, Penn State Harrisburg, Saint John's, Farmingdale State, Misericordia, Johns Hopkins, Babson, Washington & Jefferson.

31-40: Concordia-Chicago, Christopher Newport, TCNJ, Shenandoah, Rowan, Ithaca, New England College, Randolph-Macon, Baldwin Wallace, Piedmont.

>> Complete Poll


3.  Best of the Decade 


We continue our "Best of the Decade" series with a look at the champions, runners-up and World Series participants in softball.

Champions: Tufts (3), Virginia Wesleyan (2), East Texas Baptist, Linfield, Pacific Lutheran, Texas Lutheran, UT-Tyler.

Runner-Up: Linfield (2), Christopher Newport, Cortland, Emory, Illinois Wesleyan, Messiah, Salisbury, St. John Fisher, UT-Tyler.

Final Four Appearances: UT-Tyler (6), Luther (5), Illinois Wesleyan (4), Linfield (4), Tufts (4), DePauw (3), Eastern Connecticut (3), Montclair State (3), St. Thomas (3), Trine (3), CNU (2), Cortland (2), East Texas Baptist (2), Emory (2), Ithaca (2), Messiah (2), MIT (2), Rowan (2), Salisbury (2), St. John Fisher (2), Virginia Wesleyan (2), Williams (2), Alfred, Alma, Amherst, Anderson, Case Western, Central, East Texas Baptist, Kean, Moravian, Ohio Northern, Pacific Lutheran, Plattsburgh State, Randolph-Macon, Roanoke, Rochester, St. Catherine, Texas Lutheran, UW-Whitewater.


>> Monday: football.


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4.   Polls  

Wrestling (Dual Meet) - NWCA
  1. Wartburg (3-0)
  2. Loras (4-0)
  3. Augsburg (2-0)
  4. Wabash (1-0)
  5. Johnson & Wales (5-1)
  6. Mount Union (6-0)
  7. Baldwin Wallace (5-1)
  8. Coe (4-0)
  9. UW-La Crosse (1-2)
  10. North Central (5-0)
11-15: Coast Guard, TCNJ, Ithaca, RIT, NYU.
16-20: Messiah, Millikin, UW-Whitewater, Central, Castleton.
21-25: John Carroll, Stevens, Brockport, Washington and Lee, Olivet.

Individual Rankings - NWCA
125-Mike Tortorice, UW-Whitewater
133-Levi Engleman, Ferrum
141-Brendan Ladd, Alma
149-Brett Kaliner, Stevens
157-Antwon Pugh, Mount Union
165-Ryan Epps, Augsburg
174-Darden Schurg, Wabash
184-Kyle Briggs, Wartburg
197-Taylor Mehmen, Cor
285-Drew Kasper, Otterbein

Individual Rankings - D3wrestle.com
125-Mike Tortorice, UW-Whitewater
133-Victor Gilva, Augsburg
141-Troy Stanich, Stevens
149-Brett Kaliner, Stevens
157-Antwon Pugh, Mount Union
165-Ryan Epps, Augsburg
174-Darden Schurg, Wabash
184-John Boyle, Western New England
197-Taylor Mehmen, Coe
285-Drew Kasper, Otterbein

>> Complete Rankings
 

5. About Last Night
 

  No. 6 Marietta (8-0) impressed with a 96-70 victory against Albion, handing the Brits just their second loss of the season. Jason Ellis led the Pioneers, who made 18 threes in the win, with 19 points.

  UW-Whitewater (4-5) needed 20 extra minutes to finally subdue Beloit (2-6), 95-94, in four overtimes. Riley Jensen provided the game-winner as the buzzer sounded. Tristan Shoup had 33 markers for the Buccaneers.

  No. 15 Transylvania (6-1) staged a furious 16-2 run in the final period to defeat Monmouth (6-2), 55-52. Ashton Woodard tallied a game-high 21 points and scored the game-winning basket with 7.4 left.


 
6. Comings and Goings
 
 
7.  1 Gymnastics Thing



The NCAA gymnastics season begins the first week of January and comes on the heels of a 2019 campaign shrouded in controversy over scoring bias, writes Axios Sports contributor Katherine Weaver.
Background: Over the same weekend, two gymnasts from D-I powerhouse Florida and D-III Wisconsin-Stout earned wildly different scores for similar vaults, causing a social media uproar that resulted in the NCAA sending a memo to judges warning them to "make sure scores are justifiable."
The state of play: This phenomenon — where scoring is influenced by the judges' perceived value of the gymnast or team for which she's competing — is called "leotard bias," explains Katie Norris in College Gym News.
The big picture: Concerns about fair scoring in gymnastics extend beyond just leotard bias. But unlike elite gymnastics, which is considering the adoption of robot judges, the NCAA hasn't made real moves to fix the problem.
  • Much of the oversight comes from the sport's fanbase, whose social media presence arguably brought awareness to the problem to begin with.

 
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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

NCAA Award Winners

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DECEMBER 18, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. NCAA Award Winners

The NCAA has announced its annual awards that will be presented at the NCAA Convention in Anaheim in January.

Former New Jersey City basketball captain Bob Delaney is the recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Award - the highest honor given by the Association - given to an individual who exemplifies the ideals of college sports.

His story is amazing and one that is worth your time - going deep undercover to cozy up to Mafia families and learn firsthand how organized crime infiltrated legitimate businesses in New Jersey; dealing with post-traumatic stress; turning to basketball officiating and working his way up to the NBA; and becoming a champion and a proponent of a less clinical approach to mental health issues, focusing on education and awareness of post-traumatic stress.


Ten exceptional former student-athletes, including two from Division III, will be recognized as the 2020 Today's Top 10 Award winners, recognizing former student-athletes for their successes on the field, in the classroom and in the community. 
>> Cassandra Laios, Case Western Reserve
>> Hannah Orbach-Mandel, Kenyon

Six former college athletes, including a Division III standout, will receive the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award that annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers.

>> Dr. Carla Ainsworth, Kenyon


2.  Dutton Named NEAC Commissioner


Interim Commissioner Stephanie Dutton has been named the next Commissioner of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), as announced by the NEAC Presidents’ Council.
Dutton joined the NEAC in January 2017 as the Assistant Commissioner for Sports Information before assuming the role of Interim Commissioner in August. Since August, she has led the efforts to add a new member to the NEAC in recently announced St. Mary’s College of Maryland, coordinated a conference-wide SAAC Mental Health Awareness initiative in October and worked closely with the Board of Athletic Directors and the Presidents’ Council to begin reorganizing conference operations.
“The NEAC is proud to announce that Stephanie Dutton has accepted the full-time Commissioner position beginning January 1, 2020,” said Dr. Davie Gilmour, Penn College President, and NEAC Presidents’ Council Chair. “In her previous roles, Stephanie has demonstrated her leadership, her commitment to our student-athletes, and her strong support of both the NEAC Presidents’ Council and athletic directors. We are fully confident in her vision for the future as we strive to be a national leader in Division III athletics.”

>> What They're Saying: “I’ve had the chance in the last few months to see first-hand that the presidents and athletic directors are dedicated to building a future for the NEAC that is rooted in open communication, collaboration, and a steadfast commitment to all facets of the student-athlete experience." - Dutton


3.  Best of the Decade 

We continue our "Best of the Decade" series with a look at the champions, runners-up and World Series participants in baseball.

Champions: Marietta (2), Cal Lutheran, Chapman, Cortland, Illinois Wesleyan, Linfield, Trinity TX, UT-Tyler, UW-Whitewater

Runner-Up: Birmingham-Southern, Chapman, Cortland, Emory, Keystone, Southern Maine, Texas Lutheran, UW-La Crosse, Washington & Jefferson, Wheaton MA

Final Eight Appearances: Cortland (4), Webster (4), Emory (3), Kean (3), Linfield (3), Salisbury (3), UMass Boston (3), UW-Whitewater (3), Chapman (2), Concordia-Chicago (2), Heidelberg (2), Johns Hopkins (2), Keystone (2), Marietta (2), Oswego State (2), Southern Maine (2), St. Thomas (2), Trinity TX (2), UW-La Crosse (2), UW-Stevens Point (2), Washington & Jefferson (2), Wheaton MA (2), Babson, Baldwin Wallace, Birmingham-Southern, Buena Vista, Cal Lutheran, Christopher Newport, Frostburg State, Illinois Wesleyan, Ithaca, LaRoche, Manchester, Millsaps, Misericordia, North Central, Ramapo, Randolph-Macon, Roanoke, Shenandoah, St. John Fisher, Swarthmore, Texas Lutheran, UT-Tyler, Western New England, Whitworth, Wooster.
Coming Thursday: Softball.


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4.  About Last Night 

 Michael Phifer scored 36 points and collected 10 rebounds as Greensboro (7-2) improved to 7-2 with a 99-95 win against La Grange (2-5).

  Nolan Beirne knocked down a pair of free throws with 2.8 remaining in overtime as St. Norbert (5-2) defeated defending national champ UW-Oshkosh (5-4), 96-95.

  Maya Davis scored on a put-back with 1.9 left and Betsy Knox blocked a last-second attempt as Middlebury (7-1) edged Nazareth (6-2), 83-82, in overtime. Davis finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Rachel Benedict led the Flyers with 29 points.

5.  Comings and Goings

6.   Thing


Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Axios Visuals
The long battle over which Christian denomination's sermons go longest is perhaps over:
  • The Pew Research Center used “computational techniques to identify, collect and analyze the sermons that U.S. churches livestream or share on their websites” over a stretch of eight weeks.

- courtesy of Axios
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Conference Shuffle

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DECEMBER 17, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  The Conference Shuffle

The Division III conference landscape shifted once again as two more members of the Capital Athletic Conference - Southern Virginia and St. Mary's (Md.) - made the leap to new leagues.

That leaves Christopher Newport, Mary Washington and Salisbury as the remaining members of the Capital. UMW is the only remaining original member of the group.

Capital Athletic Conference (founded 1989)
  • founding members: Catholic (joined Landmark 2007), Gallaudet (joined NEAC 2010), Mary Washington, Marymount (joined AEC 2018), St. Mary's (joined NEAC 2021), York (joined MAC 2020).
  • 1991: added Goucher (joined Landmark 2007)
  • 1993: added Salisbury
  • 2005: added Hood (joined MAC 2012), Stevenson (joined MAC 2012)
  • 2006: added Wesley (joined AEC 2018)
  • 2010: added Frostburg State (moved to DII 2019)
  • 2013: added Christopher Newport, Southern Virginia (joined USA South 2021)
  • 2014: added Penn State Harrisburg (joined NEAC 2019)

A look back at recent moves involving full-time membership among conferences.

> Commonwealth Coast Conference
Suffolk (leave GNAC, effective 2020-21)

> Middle Atlantic Conference
York (leave CAC, effective 2020-21)

> North Atlantic Conference
Cazenovia, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Poly (leave NEAC, effective July 2020)

> Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
St. Norbert (leave Midwest, effective 2020-21)

> Presidents Athletic Conference
Franciscan (leave AMCC, effective 2020-21)


Change in Full-Time Membership Since 2009 (31 conferences)
Allegheny Mountain, American Rivers, American Southwest, Capital, CCIW, Colonial States, Commonwealth Coast, CUNYAC, Empire 8, Great Northeast, Heartland, Landmark, Liberty, Little East, Middle Atlantic, Midwest, Minnesota, NEAC, NECC, NEWMAC, North Atlantic, North Coast, Northern Athletics, Old Dominion, Presidents, SCAC, SCIAC, Skyline, SLIAC, Upper Midwest, USA South.

Constant Full-Time Membership since 2009 (10)
Centennial, Massachusetts, Michigan, NESCAC, New Jersey, Northwest, Ohio, SUNYAC, UAA, Wisconsin.

New Conferences since 2009 (3)
Atlantic East, American Collegiate (ACAA), Southern Athletic Assn. (SAA).


>> Be Smart: Four of the 10 constant conferences are primarily comprised of public institutions - MASCAC, NJAC, SUNYAC, WIAC.

>> The Final Word: If there is one thing that we can count on in Division III, it's that a majority of its members are constantly looking over their shoulder for a better offer. Be prepared for a busy 2020.

2.  Knight Commission Speaks (Again)

Leading up to today's appearance by Mark Emmert at the Aspen Institute, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics informed Emmert and the NCAA that it will "examine new models to restructure college sports, citing the challenges created by the “highly commercialized environment” for Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football and some NCAA Division I sports, particularly men’s basketball."

In an appearance last week at a Sports Business Journal conference in New York, co-chair Arne Duncan offered some restructuring ideas that might be explored. For example, big-revenue athletics programs might be placed in a new division or organized and managed outside of the NCAA.

“Just let them play by a different set of rules – and be upfront about it and be honest about it,” said Duncan, the former U.S. Secretary of Education.

The existing structure of the NCAA “works extraordinarily well for 95, 96, 97 percent of students and schools,” Duncan said, but he warned that in Division I revenue sports, the relentless quest for more dollars has driven things “absolutely out of whack, and the best interests of students has been lost.”
>> Reality Check: Here is a link to the recent history of Knight Commission statements.

>> Keep Reading

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 lacrosse.

Champions: Gettysburg (3), Salisbury (3), Middlebury (2), Cortland, Trinity.

Runner-Up: Trinity (4), Salisbury (2), Bowdoin, Hamilton, Middlebury, College of New Jersey.

Final Four Appearances: Cortland (6), Middlebury (6), Salisbury (6), Trinity (6), Gettysburg (4), Franklin & Marshall (3), TCNJ (3), Amherst, Bowdoin, Hamilton, Tufts, Washington and Lee, Wesleyan.



Champions: Salisbury (4), Tufts (3), Cabrini, Stevenson, Wesleyan.

Runner-Up: Salisbury (3), RIT (2), Tufts (2), Amherst, Cortland, Lynchburg.

Final Four Appearances: Salisbury (9), RIT (6), Tufts (6), Cortland (3), Gettysburg (3), Stevenson (3), Wesleyan (2), Amherst, Cabrini, Denison, Lynchburg, Roanoke, St. Lawrence, Washington College, Williams.

Tomorrow: Baseball


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    4. Polls  

    Basketball (W) D3hoops.com
    1. Tufts (8-0)
    2. Scranton (7-0)
    3. Bowdoin (9-0)
    4. Hope (10-0)
    5. Mary Hardin-Baylor (7-1)
    6. Amherst (4-1)
    7. Wartburg (8-1)
    8. DePauw (9-1)
    9. George Fox (6-1)
    10. DeSales (6-1)
    11-15: UW-La Crosse, Messiah, Whitman, Baldwin Wallace, Transylvania.
    16-20: Augsburg, St. Thomas, Marymount, UW-Whitewater, Chicago.
    21-25: Gustavus Adolphus, Trinity TX, Loras, Widener, Bethel.

    >> Hello: Widener, Bethel.
    >> Bye-Bye: UW-Platteville, Illinois Wesleyan.


    Basketball (M) - D3hoops.com
    1. Swarthmore (9-0)
    2. Emory (9-0)
    3. Wittenberg (7-0)
    4. Middlebury (9-0)
    5. St. Thomas MN (8-1)
    6. Marietta (6-0)
    7. Randolph-Macon (9-0)
    8. Nebraska Wesleyan (10-1)
    9. UW-Platteville (9-0)
    10. Washington U. (8-1)
    11-15: Saint John's, Babson, Johns Hopkins, Whitworth, UW-La Crosse.
    16-20: Elmhurst, Colby, Carthage, Benedictine, Amherst.
    21-25: Guilford, Hamilton, Illinois Wesleyan, Wooster, North Central IL.

    >> Greetings: Hamilton, Illinois Wesleyan, Wooster, North Central IL.
    >> Adios: Nichols, UW-Stevens Point, Springfield, Augustana.

    >> Looking Ahead: #10 Washington U. at #23 Illinois Wesleyan (12/19)


    5.  Comings and Goings 



    6.  1 Poll Thing


    In a recent Gallup Poll, about half of U.S. adults (51%) now consider a college education to be "very important," down from 70% in 2013. Over the same period, the percentages rating college as "fairly important" and "not too important" have both increased, to 36% and 13%, respectively.

    Perceptions that a college education is very important have declined in the U.S. among all age groups since 2013, but the drop has been especially pronounced -- 33 percentage points -- among adults aged 18 to 29. As a result, younger adults are now less likely than middle-aged adults and seniors to consider college as very important, whereas the different age groups held similar perceptions in 2013.

    >> The Key Stat: Extensive research still indicates a college degree leads to a higher-paying job, increased job security and healthier behaviors. Unfortunately, if a college education continues to feel out of reach for many and its value or political neutrality/integrity is questioned, fewer may take advantage of this unique and transformative experience.

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