Monday, January 6, 2020

Growth of Women's Sports

JANUARY 6, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Do NCAA Rules Prevent Growth of Women's Sports

Dawn Staley is the prominent head basketball coach of the South Carolina women's basketball team. And she is also a rules follower. Just ask her.
  • “I’m a rules type of gal, meaning you tell me what the rules are, I stay within those rules. I do have an issue with talking out of both sides of your mouth, in that if we’re trying to grow the game, let’s grow the game. Let’s not allow a young girl to come up to somebody that’s been in the game a long time…and get to the point where we can’t take a picture with a young, aspiring little girl or little boy.”
Jay Bilas, ESPN college basketball analyst, agrees.
  • “The rule isn’t sinister, it’s just dumb. It provides no advantage. In my view, the more college coaches interact with young people, the more college is promoted.”
Staley was talking about NCAA recruiting rules that prevent contact with prospective student athletes during certain times of the year. While Staley understands the purpose behind the no-contact recruiting rules, she takes issue with the extent to which they are applied, especially when trying to be an ambassador for the women’s game.

Recently, a young girl wanted to have a picture taken with Staley. The coach had to decline. When asked how she would have felt had that happened to a young Dawn Staley, she replied, “I would have thought poorly of that. That would have crushed my dreams.”

>> The Big Picture: When you talk about what advantages schools have in recruiting a player, aesthetics come to mind. Universities investing millions into facilities, new locker rooms, and top-of-the-line athletic gear. These things are celebrated and are certainly meant to entice a player to play to attend that school. Yet the intangibles, having a positive impact on a young player and being an ambassador for the sport, simply due to Staley’s profession as a head coach, can be seen as NCAA violations.

>> Reality Check: Recruits are not the ones asking for pictures with Staley and that taking a picture, in and of itself, will not alter whether or not a player attends a certain school. “You’re not going to not get a kid because they took a picture with Vivian Stringer or me,” Staley said. “You’re not going to lose a kid off that.”

>> Keep Reading courtesy of Kelsey Trainor, High Post Hoops

2.  20/20 Predictions for 2020

The Athletic ($) asked sports industry leaders and analysts to give their predictions for 2020 and discuss the stories they’ll be most interested in following this year. Here’s what they said.
Amy Perko, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics CEO:
Federal legislation that provides uniformity in rules to allow student-athletes to receive compensation for the use of their names, images and likenesses (NIL) will be the major focus of leaders in 2020. As important as this issue is, it is overshadowing the bigger issue — the current structure for FBS football and NCAA Division 1 is broken. The last structural overhaul was in the 1970s when the current Divisions 1, 2 and 3 were created. While the commerce side of college sports has exploded since then, the NCAA structure and policies have stayed pretty much the same. A new configuration is overdue. We think it is time to consider alternative structures, like a new division within the NCAA or separating FBS football into a new association since the College Football Playoff (CFP) already operates outside of the NCAA.

Andrew Zimbalist, Smith College economics professor:
In college sports, athlete NIL rights will progress, as they should, but watch out for the impact of sports betting. On the media front, new technology and distribution patterns will create further audience fragmentation, the onset of uneven revenue challenges and new inter-team tensions. 

Tomorrow: Predictions from DIII influencers

3.  Plattsburgh Wins Showdown

Madison Walker (photo by Gabe Dickens)

The top-ranked Plattsburgh State women's ice hockey team improved to 11-1 on the season with a 6-3 victory over No. 3 Norwich on Sunday.

The Cardinals scored three times in a 61-second span of the second period, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 advantage. Nicole Unsworth led Plattsburgh with a goal and an assist while Ashley Davis turned away 28 Cadet shots.


The weekend in men's hoops.
  • Spalding junior G Marcus Montgomery set a SLIAC single-game scoring record with 55 points in the Golden Eagles' 145-133 loss to Greenville. The 55 points is the highest total in DIII this season.
  • Just a typical Saturday in the WIAC. Will Mahoney led four Oshkosh players in double figures with 21 points as the Titans handed #15 La Crosse its first loss of the season, 79-63.
  • Connor Raridon scored 18 of his team's final 22 points to held No. 25 North Central rally past Wheaton, 74-71. He finished with 36.
  • Austin Grunder scored 17 points to go along with 23 rebounds as Cortland slammed Cabrini, 102-62. The Red Dragons made 20 three-pointers.
  • Alex Dentlinger made 11 three-pointers in Iowa Wesleyan's 97-86 loss at Blackburn. 
The weekend in women's hoops.
  • Texas-Dallas shot 61 percent in the fourth quarter to run past No. 5 Mary Hardin-Baylor, 69-55. Raenett Hughes led all scorers with 28 for the Comets.
  • Alison Leslie set a school record with nine threes and finished with 33 points as Ripon downed Illinois College, 82-72.
  • No. 24 Widener and Edgewood fell from the ranks of the unbeaten on Saturday. No. 6 Amherst routed the Pride, 87-48, while Wisconsin Lutheran turned back the Eagles, 58-49.
On the ice ...
  • You won't do much better than Cortland did as the Red Dragons won the Northfield Holiday Tournament, defeating No. 6 Salve Regina, 5-4, and beating No. 4 Norwich in a shootout. Nick Modica made 53 stops vs. the Seahawks and 39 saves vs. the Cadets to earn tourney MVP honors.
  • Jack Stang scored twice and Al Rogers made 37 saves as Saint Mary's (Minn.) upset No. 14 Williams, 4-2. The Cardinals shut out No. 10 Oswego, 1-0, the night before.
  • No. 11 Utica and No. 7 Adrian combined for eight third-period goals but the Pioneers notched the game-winner in OT for a 7-6 win.
Elsewhere ...
  • Former Middlebury PK Stephen Hauschka booted four field goals, including the game-tying kick to force overtime, in the Buffalo Bills' 22-19 loss to the Houston Texans.

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5. Weekend Review

Basketball (W)
  1. Tufts (d. UMass Dartmouth, 73-43)
  2. Scranton
  3. Bowdoin
  4. Hope (d. Trine, 58-51)
  5. Mary Hardin-Baylor (lost vs. Texas-Dallas, 69-55)
  6. Amherst (d. #24 Widener, 87-48; d. Stevens, 80-39)
  7. Wartburg (d. Dubuque, 103-56)
  8. DePauw (d. Allegheny, 69-50; d. Hiram, 94-45)
  9. George Fox (lost vs. Willamette, 50-45; d. Linfield, 76-66)
  10. DeSales (lost at Cabrini, 69-62)

Basketball (M) -
  1. Swarthmore (d. Stevens, 74-71)
  2. Emory
  3. Wittenberg (d. Kenyon, 75-65)
  4. Middlebury (d. Colby-Sawyer, 91-80; d. Springfield, 74-71)
  5. St. Thomas MN (d. Concordia-Moorhead, 85-49)
  6. Marietta (d. Wilmington, 75-64)
  7. Randolph-Macon (d. Emory and Henry, 93-60)
  8. Nebraska Wesleyan (d. Loras, 99-85)
  9. UW-Platteville (d. UW-Stout, 89-67)
  10. Washington U.

Wrestling (Dual Meet) - NWCA
  1. Wartburg
  2. Loras (at Dubuque Flash Flanagan Open)
  3. Augsburg (d. Saint John's, 47-3)
  4. Wabash (1st of 17 teams at Manchester Spartan Classic)
  5. Johnson & Wales (at RWU Scott Viera Open)
  6. Mount Union (d. Alma, 35-13; d. #22 Stevens, 25-16)
  7. Baldwin Wallace
  8. Coe
  9. UW-La Crosse
  10. North Central

Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
  1. UW-Eau Claire
  2. Trinity (d. Plymouth State, 9-2; d. Suffolk, 7-0)
  3. Geneseo (d. King's, 11-0; d. Neumann, 7-4)
  4. Norwich (d. Assumption, 2-1; tied Cortland, 2-2)
  5. Augsburg
  6. Salve Regina (lost vs. Cortland, 5-4; d. Assumption, 4-1)
  7. Adrian (lost vs. #11 Utica, 7-6 and 4-3)
  8. Hobart (d. Saint John's, 4-2; d. Bryn Athyn, 5-4)
  9. U. of New England (lost vs. #14 Williams, 2-1; d. #10 Oswego, 4-3)
  10. Oswego (lost vs. Saint Mary's, 1-0; lost vs. #9 UNE, 4-3)

Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
  1. Plattsburgh (d. #3 Norwich, 6-3)
  2. Middlebury
  3. Norwich (lost vs. #1 Plattsburgh, 6-3)
  4. Gustavus Adolphus
  5. UW-Eau Claire
  6. Adrian (tied #8 Elmira, 2-2)
  7. UW-River Falls (d. Concordia-Moorhead, 5-1 and 5-1)
  8. Elmira (tied #6 Adrian, 2-2)
  9. St. Thomas
  10. Hamline (d. St. Norbert, 7-0; d. Lake Forest, 3-2)

6.  Comings and Goings

7. Play of the Day

Winner, Winner. Chicken Dinner!  No. 16 Elmhurst defeats Carroll, 82-81.

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