Friday, January 31, 2020

1 vs. 2

JANUARY 31, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  #1 vs. #2

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It is one of the rarest things in Division III basketball - No. 1 vs. No. 2.

It has happened just 11 times in women's basketball since 1999-2000 and will occur for the 12th time tonight as #1 Tufts (18-0) travels to Brunswick to take on #2 Bowdoin (19-0). A full house is expected and Bowdoin will be issuing tickets at the door to comply with the 1,400-seat capacity at Morrell Gym.

Erica DeCandido leads the Jumbos in scoring at 15.7 ppg., while Maddie Hasson tops the Bears at 15.3. The teams are 1-2 in the NESCAC in scoring offense and defense.

For the record, the top-ranked women's team is 10-1 against its No. 2 foe, while the home team is also 10-1.

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Women (11 since 1999-2000)
  • Mar 10, 2000 - #1 Washington U. d. #2 UW-Eau Claire, 81-63 (NCAA Sweet 16)
  • Jan 21, 2001 - #1 Washington U. d. #2 NYU, 72-37
  • Mar 15, 2003 - #1 UW-Eau Claire d. #2 Hope, 74-56 (NCAA Quarterfinal)
  • Mar 12, 2004 - #1 Bowdoin d. #2 Southern Maine, 59-55 (NCAA Sweet 16)
  • Nov 30, 2004 - #1 Bowdoin d. #2 Southern Maine, 63-55
  • Mar 12, 2005 - #1 Scranton d. #2 Bowdoin, 49-43 (NCAA Quarterfinal)
  • Mar 15, 2008 - #2 Howard Payne d. #1 Hope, 53-49 (NCAA Quarterfinal)
  • Dec 1, 2013 - #1 DePauw d. #2 Washington U., 74-62
  • Mar 14, 2015 - #1 Thomas More d. #2 St. Thomas, 75-58 (NCAA Quarterfinal)
  • Dec 30, 2015 - #1 Thomas More d. #2 Illinois Wesleyan, 92-69
  • Feb 4, 2017 - #1 Amherst d, #2 Tufts, 36-35
Men (7 since 2006-07)
  • Feb 4, 2006 - #2 Wooster d. #1 Wittenberg, 86-77
  • Mar 10, 2006 - #2 Illinois Wesleyan d. #1 Lawrence, 71-68
  • Jan 20, 2008 - #1 Rochester d. #2 Brandeis, 74-68
  • Nov 22, 2008 - #1 Washington U. d. #2 Augustana, 87-82
  • Mar 14, 2009 - #2 Washington U. d. #1 St. Thomas, 79-64 (NCAA quarterfinal)
  • Mar 2, 2014 - #1 UW-Stevens Point d. @2 UW-Whitewater, 74-57
  • Dec 6, 2016 - #1 Amherst d. #2 Babson, 99-97 (OT)

Bold indicates home team
thanks to the team at, especially Gordon Mann, for his assistance in compiling the list.

2.  Endowment Returns Solid

College and university endowment returns averaged 5.3 percent, net of fees, in the 2019 fiscal year, according to an annual study released today by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
The 2019 average return dipped from an average 8.2 percent return in 2018 and 12.2 percent in 2017, reflecting generally lower equity market returns. But it was still enough to push the 10-year average return to 8.4 percent. That’s because 2009, when endowment returns cratered amid the financial crisis, dropped out of the 10-year average.

Below are the five largest endowments in the country plus Division III institutions in the top 25 and their changes in size between the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years. Change in size is not the rate of return referenced throughout this article. It includes several additional factors that can affect endowment size in additional to investment gains and losses: withdrawals, gifts and contributions, and management and investment fees.
Top Endowments by Value, 2019 Fiscal Year
Institution2019 Endowment Funds (in $1,000s)2018 Endowment Funds (in $1,000s)Change in Market Value (percent)
1. Harvard39,427,89638,298,0872.95
2. U. of Texas30,958,23930,886,0180.23
3. Yale30,314,80029,351,1003.28
4. Stanford27,699,83426,464,9124.67
5. Princeton26,116,02225,917,1990.77
6. MIT17,569,32816,529,4326.29
15. Chicago8,263,8687,928,4854.23
16. Washington University7,953,9867,594,1594.74
17. Emory7,872,3817,292,1657.96
21. Johns Hopkins6,275,9394,190,52049.77

Source: 2019 NACUBO-TIAA Study of Endowments

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3. Weekend Preview  

Basketball (W)
  1. Tufts (FRI at #2 Bowdoin; SAT at Colby)
  2. Bowdoin (FRI vs. #1 Tufts; SAT vs. Bates)
  3. Hope (vs. Kalamazoo)
  4. DePauw (vs. Oberlin)
  5. Bethel (vs. Macalester)
  6. UW-Whitewater
  7. Transylvania (at Defiance)
  8. Amherst (FRI at Wesleyan)
  9. Whitman (FRI at Pacific Lutheran; SAT at Puget Sound)
  10. Wartburg (vs. Central)
>> Others to Watch: #25 Emory at #15 Chicago; Simpson at #12 Loras; #13 Mary Hardin-Baylor at Hardin-Simmons; #17 St. Thomas at #23 Gustavus Adolphus.

Basketball (M) -
  1. Swarthmore (at Gettysburg)
  2. Saint John's (vs. Hamline)
  3. Randolph-Macon (vs. Emory and Henry)
  4. Elmhurst (vs. Wheaton)
  5. Colby (FRI at Bates; SAT at Tufts)
  6. Wittenberg (at Allegheny)
  7. St. Thomas (at Gustavus Adolphus)
  8. Emory (FRI at Chicago; SN at #11 Washington U.)
  9. Nebraska Wesleyan (vs. Dubuque)
  10. Middlebury (FRI at Trinity; SAT at Connecticut College)
>> Others to Watch: Muhlenberg at #14 Johns Hopkins; Lynchburg at #18 Virginia Wesleyan; Manhattanville at #24 Yeshiva.

Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
  1. Norwich (FRI at UMass Boston; SAT at #9 Babson)
  2. UW-Eau Claire (FRI/SAT vs. Stout)
  3. Geneseo (FRI/SAT at Morrisville)
  4. Trinity (FRI vs. Amherst; SAT vs. Hamilton)
  5. Utica (SAT at Nazareth)
  6. Lake Forest (FRI/SAT at #13 Adrian)
  7. Hobart (FRI/SAT vs. Skidmore)
  8. U. of New England (FRI/SAT vs. Curry)
  9. Babson (FRI vs. Castleton; SAT vs. #1 Norwich)
  10. Augsburg (FRI/SAT vs. Saint Mary's)

Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
  1. Plattsburgh
  2. Middlebury (FRI/SAT at Hamilton)
  3. UW-Eau Claire (FRI/SAT vs. Stevens Point)
  4. Elmira (SAT at Neumann; SUN at Manhattanville)
  5. Gustavus Adolphus (FRI/SAT vs. #9 Hamline)
  6. Adrian (SAT/SUN vs. Lake Forest)
  7. Norwich (FRI at Salem State; SAT at Johnson & Wales)
  8. UW-River Falls (FRI/SAT vs. Northland)
  9. Hamline (FRI/SAT at #5 Gustavus Adolphus)
  10. Endicott

all games/matches Saturday unless indicated

4. Weekend Preview   

Swimming (W) CSCAA
  1. Denison (vs. Ohio Wesleyan/Youngstown State)
  2. Emory (at Georgia)
  3. Kenyon (FRI vs. Ohio Wesleyan; SAT at Cleveland State)
  4. Johns Hopkins (at #12 Carnegie Mellon)
  5. NYU
  6. Tufts
  7. Chicago (at Illinois-Chicago Diving Invitational)
  8. MIT (vs. #17 Amherst)
  9. Washington U.
  10. Williams (FRI-SAT at Middlebury Invitational)

Swimming (M) - CSCAA
  1. Kenyon (FRI vs. Ohio Wesleyan; SAT at Cleveland State)
  2. Denison (vs. Ohio Wesleyan/Youngstown State)
  3. Emory (at Georgia)
  4. MIT (vs. #17 Amherst)
  5. Johns Hopkins (at #10 Carnegie Mellon)
  6. NYU
  7. Washington U.
  8. Chicago (at Illinois-Chicago Diving Invitational)
  9. Claremont-M-S (at Whittier/Occidental)
  10. Carnegie Mellon (vs. #5 Johns Hopkins)

Wrestling (Dual Meet) - NWCA
  1. Wartburg
  2. Augsburg
  3. Loras (Loras Open)
  4. Wabash (FRI at Kentucky Wesleyan)
  5. Coe
  6. TCNJ (vs. Lycoming)
  7. Baldwin Wallace
  8. Johnson & Wales (at Springfield/Cortland/Castleton)
  9. NYU (at #15 Stevens)
  10. Mount Union (at Wheaton Invitational)

all contests Saturday unless indicated

5.  Comings and Goings

6.   ICYMI


  Top-ranked Wartburg remained undefeated with a 24-12 victory against No. 5 Coe on Thursday night. Kristian Rumph, ranked first at 133 in the nation, recorded a 4-2 decision, while second-ranked Kyle Briggs sealed the win with a second-period fall at 184.

  UW-Stevens Point (11-6-3) scored a power-play goal in overtime to trip No. 12 UW-Superior, 6-5. Trailing 5-2, the Yellowjackets scored three times in a 1:23 span of the second period to tie the game. Zach Zech notched the game-winner just 32 seconds into the extra stanza.

  Simcha Halpert poured in 33 points as No. 24 Yeshiva improved to 16-1 with an 86-73 victory over visiting SUNY Purchase.

7.  1 Super Bowl Thing

Katy Perry in the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show, performing with the awkward costumed dancer who will forever be known as Left Shark.

The New York Times chimes in on watching the Super Bowl. Surprisingly, not everyone in America loves football. With the growing concern over the violence of football, what are the ethics of watching the biggest U.S. sporting event of the year? Ken Belson, who has been reporting on the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated hits to the head, told Remy Tumin of the Briefings team.

What keeps fans coming back?
It’s an event that transcends the sport. The N.F.L. has been brilliant in turning it into a spectacle, and there’s nothing like it. That’s partly because of how the league has structured it — one final game, winner takes all, in a neutral city, on the first Sunday of February, every year. Other sports don’t have the same permanency.
You’ll be watching from the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. What can you see that viewers can’t?
Often when there’s an injury timeout, they go to commercial. I’ll be able to see doctors tending to players, including a neuro-trauma consultant who is on the sidelines (and wears a red hat). If the consultant gets involved, it means someone has had a concussion.
What would you say to fans who are having moral issues?
It’s a collision sport at heart, and if you don’t want see it, turn on something else. If you can’t reconcile that violence — and it is violence — then there are other sports. I think it’s O.K. to watch it and have misgivings. It’s human nature — you can both admire and be horrified by the same thing.

>> More morality plays from the NY Times

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Trustees Fear for Future

JANUARY 30, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. More Trustees Fear for the Future

"Trustees have grown significantly more concerned about the future of higher education in the last year, according to new polling released today that points to financial sustainability and the prices students pay as top sources of anxiety.
And trustees aren’t just worried about the sector as a whole. A majority are also concerned about the future financial sustainability of their own institutions or systems.
The data also seem to indicate college and university trustees will need to raise their level of performance, according to experts at the membership organization that released the survey, the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) of Universities and Colleges. They lamented stark differences in the number of hours board members report working on corporate boards versus college and university boards.
Those on corporate boards report spending nearly two and a half times as many hours on board work as do their counterparts on higher ed boards. But higher ed board members have equal fiduciary responsibilities and are facing a swiftly changing market."

>> Reality Check: “It requires a considerable investment of time to stay abreast of change and challenges in the business model and changes in student needs and expectations,” said Merrill Schwartz, AGB senior vice president. “I’ve been working at AGB for over 20 years, and I’ve seen a real change over this period of time from trusteeship being an honorific position for many to a serious commitment and calling.”

>> The Key Stat: More than four in 10 trustees, 42 percent, said they were very concerned about the future of the higher education sector in the United States over the next decade, according to the polling, which AGB commissioned from Gallup. That was 14 percentage points higher than in 2018, when only 28 percent of trustees reported being very concerned about higher ed’s future.

>> Of Note: Concern was higher at private nonprofit institutions, where 60 percent of respondents said they were concerned or very concerned. But public institutions weren’t far behind, with about 55 percent expressing concern.

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2. Linking Athletes With Sponsorships

"From the moment California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 206 into law in late September, paving the way for college athletes to profit from the use of their name, image and likeness through endorsements and other third-party agreements starting in 2023, speculation began as to how this brave new world might function.
For instance, would financial inducements from school boosters — offered and accepted under the table for decades, leading to NCAA infractions investigations for breaking the association’s “amateurism” rules — suddenly rise above board?
But why wait on university presidents, politicians and bureaucrats to put forth a concrete framework for the future? That’s how Zachary Segal felt, anyway.
Last fall, after SB 206 became law, Segal, a Denver entrepreneur, founded, a website that employs crowdfunding techniques to connect college athletes with sponsorship opportunities available at schools. In doing so, he created the first known company to take a theoretical concept for name, image and likeness compensation and bring it to life."

>> Why It Matters: He decided to sponsor the starting quarterback position for each of the teams ranked in the top 10 at $10,000 per player, believing the loosening of NIL rules will lead to an emerging market in the world of digital advertising.

>> Quotable: “The distinction between college sports and professional sports is getting smaller and smaller every day. The fans of college sports are more rabid than pro sports, and the ability in this day and age of these players to reach out on their different social media platforms is bigger than it ever has been before. I think you’re going to see a lot of really strong social media influencers develop from this.”

>> Between The Lines: At this early stage, here’s how would work, using Toco Warranty’s 10 pledges to starting quarterbacks as the scenario:
The $10,000 isn’t promised to a specific recruit. It would be offered to the quarterback who wins the starting job for that season at, say, Baylor. That player would have been able to check during his recruitment and see that benefit would be available to him if he were to become the starting quarterback and compare it to other benefits pledged to other schools, factoring that into his decision.
Baylor’s quarterback would then have the option of accepting the payment in exchange for doing a series of short ads for Toco Warranty from his various social media channels. From Basmajian’s perspective, that would fulfill his obligation to Toco.

>> Keep Reading, courtesy of J. Brady McCullough, Los Angeles Times

3.  Wrestling Rankings  

>> Complete Team Rankings
>> Complete Individual Rankings


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4.   About Last Night

  Allegheny won its first game against the Wooster men since 1998 with an 89-84 road triumph. The victory snapped a 48-game losing streak to the No. 17 ScotsJordan Rawls had 27 points for the Gators.

  Down goes No. 4! Augustana knocked off Elmhurst, 94-93, as Micah Martin poured in a career-high 27. Watch the game-winning shot by Pierson Wofford.

  Drew Johnson set a school and Capital Athletic Conference record by making 13 threes in Mary Washington's 107-76 win vs. Southern Virginia. He finished with, yes, 39 points. The Eagles made 27 triples as a team.

  The University of St. Joseph toppled No. 19 Albertus Magnus, 98-79. Delshawn Jackson Jr. led the way with a career-high 36 points as the Blue Jays won their 15th straight game.

  Maddie Schmitz finished with a game-high 23 points as Saint Benedict (9-9) upended No. 23 Gustavus, 64-53.

  Gettysburg's women (17-1) tied a Centennial Conference record with their 17th straight win in a 71-53 victory at Franklin & Marshall. Ashley Gehrin tossed in 21.

5. Comings and Goings

6.  1 Fun Thing

Axios' Ina Fried with the mega pro-tip.

Screenshot: Ina Fried/Twitter

Credit is due to AJ, Ina’s partner and a 20-year nanny.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Ursinus On Probation

JANUARY 29, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Ursinus On Probation
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The former Ursinus vice president and dean of enrollment management improperly considered athletics participation and coaching staff input when formulating financial aid packages for prospects, according to a decision by the NCAA Division III Committee on Infractions.
The committee said the violations stemmed from the former vice president’s strategy to increase enrollment by identifying prospects who were most likely to enroll at the university and awarding them additional financial aid based on characteristics that included diversity, academics and athletics participation.
As a part of the strategy, the former vice president and his staff considered information provided by coaching staff members, including the coaches’ athletic ratings of prospects. In addition, the former vice president asked coaching staffs to tell him the amount of financial aid needed to gain certain prospects’ enrollment, which included information about the prospects’ backgrounds, socioeconomic status and other characteristics.  
In total, the committee said the university awarded approximately $335,300 of financial aid in a manner contrary to NCAA rules to 64 student-athletes across 17 sports.
The university failed to exercise institutional control and monitor the conduct and administration of its athletics program, according to the committee.

>> What They Said: “It is incumbent on Division III members to thoroughly educate and monitor all personnel who have a touchpoint on the financial aid process,” the committee said in its decision. “Although the former vice president failed to seek guidance and ask questions when he should have, Ursinus should have had mechanisms in place to detect irregularities in the financial aid process.”

>> What's Next: The penalties include the following:
  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Two years of probation.
  • A vacation of wins in which an ineligible men’s lacrosse student-athlete competed while ineligible (self-imposed by the university).
  • A $2,500 fine (self-imposed by the university).
  • During the probation period, the university must request a level II review from the NCAA Division III Committee on Financial Aid and must follow any recommendations made by the reviewer (self-imposed by the university).
  • The university engaged a third-party consulting firm to review its policies and procedures related to financial aid and provide recommendations regarding best practices (self-imposed by the university).
  • Attendance at the 2020 and 2021 NCAA Regional Rules Seminars.

2.  Whitewater Considers Cuts

"The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is looking at potential layoffs in the wake of a "drastic" decline in enrollment this fall that resulted in almost 500 fewer students than the fall of the year before.
Chancellor Dwight Watson, who is entering his second semester at the university's helm, wrote in a campuswide letter that the university's budget will need to shrink by $12 million over the next two fiscal years to make up for the lost tuition revenue. 
UW-Whitewater's enrollment has now declined 8 percent over the past three years. In fall 2016, the university peaked at 12,628 students, compared to 11,586 last fall."

>> Situational Awareness: That gap translates to $11 million less in revenue for the university, Watson wrote, a loss that the campus' once-robust reserve dollars can't continue to sustain.

>> The Bottom Line: "I need you to understand that in order to meet our budget needs we will do some combination of contract non-renewals, reduction in appointment times and layoffs," Watson wrote.

>> What They're Saying: "Academics is what universities do," David Simmons, chair of the faculty senate, said. "You can use all the metrics you want, but that's the case. Two-thirds of this cut is going to come out of academic affairs and there's no way around the effects that's going to have on our academic mission, period."

>> Worth Noting: Cuts could include changes in certain benefits for employees, limits on hiring and even piloting a program that allows employees to take voluntary time off without pay.

>> Keep Reading, courtesy of Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

3.  Fastest Game on Two Feet  Image result for lax emoji

The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) and the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) have released their 2020 preseason rankings.

>> Conference Call: NESCAC (7), Capital (3), SUNYAC (3), Centennial (2), Landmark (2), Liberty (2), Empire 8 (1), NJAC (1), North Coast (1), ODAC (1), SCAC (1), SCIAC (1).

>> Conference Call: Centennial (4), NESCAC (4), Liberty (3), Capital (2), Middle Atlantic (2), ODAC (2), Atlantic East (1), Empire 8 (1), North Coast (1),


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4.  About Last Night 

   Jamal Allen led three players in double figures with 16 points as New England College (13-6) upset No. 22 Tufts, 59-56. It is the Grims' first win vs. the Jumbos in program history.

  Mikey Spencer ripped the cords for a school-record 43 points, including nine three-pointers, as Salve Regina (8-10) defeated Connecticut College, 97-86.

  Sophomore Jonathan Park scored the go-ahead basket with :09 remaining and blocked a potential game-tying shot in the final seconds as Nazareth (14-4) edged St. John Fisher, 75-73, to pull into a tie for first in the Empire 8.

  Mac-Dege Dessources scored 28 points and grabbed 21 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the year in York's (N.Y.) 78-55 loss to Hunter.


5.  Comings and Goings

6.  1 Image result for thermometer emoji Thing 
"In a new study, researchers from Stanford University argue ... the average normal human-body temperature is closer to 97.5 degrees Fahrenheit," The Wall Street Journal reports.
  • “People are taller, fatter and live longer, and we don’t really understand why all those things have happened,” Stanford's Julie Parsonnet told The Journal.
  • “Temperature is linked to all those things. The question is which is driving the others.”

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