Friday, December 27, 2019

Shaw Named Officiating Coordinator

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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
Go Deeper with the Salem Statesmen Journal

 
 
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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) D3hoops.com
  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) - D3hoops.com
  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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Monday, December 23, 2019

Great Day to Be a Cardinal

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DECEMBER 23, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  'Great Day to be a Cardinal'
 

North Central College quarterback Broc Rutter (9) runs past Wisconsin-Whitewater defensive linemen Jermaine Copeland (77) during the second quarter of the NCAA Division III championship game in Shenandoah, Texas. (Jason Fochtman / AP Photo)

North Central (Ill.) capped off a memorable season with a convincing 41-14 victory over UW-Whitewater in the 47th Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

QB Broc Rutter, the Gagliardi Trophy winner, threw for 263 yards and a pair of TDs, while RB Ethan Greenfield ran for 138 yards and found the end zone three times for the Cardinals. WR Andrew Kamienski hauled in nine of Rutter's aerials for 134 yards and a score, setting a DIII record for TD catches in a season (31). Rutter set a Division record with 14,261 career passing yards.

But the stars of the night were the members of NCC's offensive line - Will Ebert, Sharmore Clarke, Jarod Thornton, Ricky Strba, and Colton Bauknecht - a unit that allowed the explosive Cardinal offense to average 47.4 points per game in the playoffs.

>> What They're Saying: “It’s a dream that was launched in 2002 when my dad (John) took this program over,” head coach Jeff Thorne said. “So many people have put so much into this, from the administration, to the players, alums, parents. To see it to completion and be able to hand that trophy to my dad was very special.”

>> Be Smart: “It’s cool to get that acknowledgement, but again, it’s all the offensive line,” Greenfield, the game's MVP, said. “I want them to have that award. I wouldn’t want to run behind anyone else. Their hearts explode out of their chests. They care so much and play so hard. They give everything to this team. Everything we accomplished is because of them.”

>> Keep Reading (Naperville Sun)
>> Go Deeper (D3Football.com)
>> Great Day to Be a Cardinal (Naperville Sun)
 
2. All-America 

D3football.com released its annual All-America team on Friday.
First Team Offense
QB-Broc Rutter, Sr., North Central; RB-Robert Shufford, Jr., Birmingham-Southern; RB-Josh Parks, Sr. St. Thomas; WR-Justin Hill, Sr., Mount Union; WR-Andrew Kamienski, Jr., North Central; TE-Dan Allen, Sr., Delaware Valley; T-Ben Bartch, Sr., Saint John's; G-Sharmone Clarke, Jr., North Central; C-Zach Smith, Sr., Hope; G-Garrett Garza, Sr., Texas Lutheran; T-Joe Krall, Sr., Monmouth

First Team Defense
E-Michael Nobile, Soph., Delaware Valley; T-Dallas McRae, Sr., Wheaton; T-Joey Longoria, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor; E-Frankie Feaster, Sr., Muhlenberg; LB-Tevin Jones, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor; LB-Dillon Keefe, Jr., Chapman; LB-Emmett Forde, Jr., Hobart; CB-Danial Shelton, Sr., Susquehanna; S-Jefferson Fritz, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor; S-Raeqwon Greer, Jr., Alfred; CB-Obasi Dees, Sr., Cal Lutheran.

First Team Specialists
K-Jon Alberts, Sr., Central; P-Alex Berg, Sr., Concordia-Moorhead; RET-A.J. Jackson, Fr., Lake Forest; ST-Willie Julkes, Sr., Concordia-Moorhead.

Complete Team

 
3.  Best of the Decade

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



Champions: UW-Whitewater (4), Mount Union (3), Mary Hardin-Baylor (2), North Central.

Runner-Up: Mount Union (5), St. Thomas (2), UMHB, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Whitewater.

Final Four Appearances: Mount Union (9), UW-Whitewater (7), UMHB (5), St. Thomas (3), UW-Oshkosh (3), Wesley (3), Linfield (2), North Central (2), Bethel, Brockport, John Carroll, Johns Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Saint John’s.


Friday: Tennis.
 


4.  ICYMI
 

The weekend on the mat ... 
  • No. 1 Wartburg remained undefeated with a 24-9 victory over No. 10 North Central. The Knights top-ranked 184 Kyle Briggs decisioned No. 7 Cody Baldridge, 11-7.
  • No. 4 Wabash turned back two nationally-ranked foes, downing Merchant Marine, 34-12, No. 16 Messiah, 32-12, and No. 5 Johnson and Wales, 19-17. Maxwell Bishop decisioned sixth-ranked Michael Dirnardo, 4-2, at 285 to secure the win vs. J&W.

The weekend in hoops.
  • UW-River Falls toppled No. 8 Nebraska Wesleyan, 84-82. Noah Hanson led the Falcons (6-3) with 23 points. Nate Schimonitz tallied 39 in a losing cause for the Wolves (10-2).
  • Ripon handed Division II Northern Michigan an 80-75 defeat. Seth Kostroski led three players in double figures with 16.
  • La Roche's Tyler Frederick scored 34 points and gathered 12 rebounds as the Hawks defeated Pitt-Greensburg, 89-73.
 

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5. Weekend Review

Basketball (W) D3hoops.com
  1. Tufts
  2. Scranton (d. Rosemont, 100-44)
  3. Bowdoin
  4. Hope
  5. Mary Hardin-Baylor
  6. Amherst
  7. Wartburg (d. St. Mary's MN, 91-54)
  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 (lost vs. UW-River Falls, 84-82)
  9. UW-Platteville
  10. Washington U.

Wrestling (Dual Meet) - NWCA
  1. Wartburg (d. #10 North Central, 24-9; d. Trine, 44-4; d. Northern State, 31-6)
  2. Loras
  3. Augsburg
  4. Wabash (d. #5 Johnson & Wales, 19-17; d. #16 Messiah, 32-12; d. USMMA, 34-12)
  5. Johnson & Wales (lost vs. #4 Wabash, 19-17lost vs. #16 Messiah, 19-16; d. USMMA, 24-11; d. Muhlenberg, 27-16)
  6. Mount Union
  7. Baldwin Wallace
  8. Coe
  9. UW-La Crosse (d. #10 North Central, 21-15; d. Trine, 41-7; d. Minot State, 35-7)
  10. North Central (lost vs. #1 Wartburg, 24-9lost to #9 UW-La Crosse, 21-15; d. Trine, 41-5)

 
6.  Comings and Goings
 
7. 1 Holiday Thing



Eddie Murphy returned to NBC's Saturday Night Live and reprised a number of the old hits, including Mister Robinson's Neighborhood and Gumby to name a few. But you'll be seeing this one in SNL Christmas montages from now on. Happy holidays!
 
 
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