Thursday, January 23, 2020

Management Council Reports

JANUARY 23, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Management Council Reports

At its meeting Wednesday at the 2020 NCAA Convention in Anaheim, California, the Division III Management Council voted to support a proposed amendment allowing an institution to provide practice expenses for golf during an official vacation period regardless of location.
The latest proposal eliminated swimming and diving from the original amendment proposed in October. The Division III Presidents Council will consider the new recommendation regarding golf practice expenses at its meeting Thursday. Then, the proposal will be voted on at Saturday’s Division III Business Session.
The Management Council also voted to take no position on a resolution that asks the Division III Softball and Baseball Committees to work together on a plan to address concerns about timing of those sports’ championship tournaments. The council noted that relevant governance committees are considering related changes to championship timing, and any plan should account for additional factors such as budgetary impact. The council agreed to explain the status of the issue during the Division III Business Session on Saturday.

>> What They're Saying: “We recognize that practicing golf has specific challenges related to weather. For these student-athletes, practicing indoors doesn’t necessarily translate to success in competition,” said Stevie Baker-Watson, chair of the Management Council and DePauw associate vice president for campus wellness and athletics director. “We agree with the sponsors’ rationale that this proposal will allow golf student-athletes to practice in conditions consistent with the competition and remove constraints under the current bylaws.”

>> Of Note: The Management Council adopted legislation to require schools to report annually all sport-related concussions in student-athletes, including the resolution of those concussions.

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2. Admissions Upheaval in Mass.

"College admissions often thinks of itself as the cliched mix of art and science: Part marketing and data analytics, but still a lot of old-school relationship building.
In recent years though, an industry-wide spike in the number of applications from high school students has complicated the fine-tuned formula for figuring out which students – and how many – will ultimately enroll.
The application surge has sent acceptance rates and yield rates, which measures how many enroll, haywire in the last decade, according to a Worcester Business Journal review of federal admissions data for four-year colleges based in Central Massachusetts."

>> The Big Picture: High school graduates peaked in Massachusetts in 2013, according to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, which projects a 12% drop in the following two decades from that time.

>> Of Note: Nichols College in Dudley – where applications are up 23% for the decade, but first-year enrollment is down 9% – has been working to encourage more students to apply as early-admissions students. Those cases used to account for just one out of 10 applicants but today is half, said William Boffi, Nichols’ vice president for enrollment. Early-admissions students are more likely to enroll, so Nichols has been working to get more of them.

>> Worth Noting: Another factor has been credited for Anna Maria’s rise in popularity: football. Anna Maria started playing the sport in 2009, a year when applications doubled. The team has opened the way for more liveliness on campus, John Hamel, vice president of enrollment, said. “It creates socialization and fun,” Hamel said. “For alumni, they love to come back and reminisce.”

>> Keep Reading from Grant Welker, Worcester Business Journal

3.  Preseason Top 25 

  1. Chapman
  2. Webster
  3. Trinity (Texas)
  4. Birmingham-Southern
  5. Heidelberg
  6. Southern Maine
  7. Cortland
  8. Washington U.
  9. Babson
  10. Wooster
11-15: Kean, Denison, Salisbury, Johns Hopkins, Adrian.
16-20: UMass Boston, UW-Whitewater, Coe, Concordia-Chicago, Washington & Jefferson.
21-25: North Central (Ill.), Texas Lutheran, Concordia (Texas), Rowan, Christopher Newport.


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4.   About Last Night


  Lauren Tipton (pictured) broke Geneva program record with 40 points and 27 rebounds in an 86-53 win against Thiel.

  Alaina Vance drained a pair of free throws with 2.8 on the clock to lift MacMurray past Westminster, 66-64. It is the first win for the Highlanders over the Blue Jays since Jan. 6, 2007 - a stretch of 24 games.

  Simpson made it 10 in a row with a 66-62 victory over No. 7 Wartburg. Cassie Chubb drained five triples for a team-high 17 points for the Storm.

  Nathan Bower-Malone scored 36 points as Mount Union (13-3) routed No. 6 Marietta (14-2), 107-70, to pull into a tie for first place in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

  Crazy night in Ohio. Last-place Denison (5-11) knocked off No. 14 Wooster, 72-71Freeman Brou scored a career-high 21.

  Congrats to Curry who snapped a 77-game Commonwealth Coast Conference losing streak with a 73-71 win against Western New England. It is Curry's first CCC win since 2015.

  Brennen Miller scored with 1:11 left in regulation as UW-Stevens Point (9-6-2) salvaged a 3-3 tie with No. 4 UW-Eau Claire (12-3-2). It was UWSP's fourth game in the last five against a top-5 team with the Pointers going 4-0-1 in that stretch.

5. Comings and Goings

6.  What Analytics Has Wrought


7.  1 Old-School Thing

Do you remember the old "Backyard" computer game series (baseball, basketball, football, etc.)? Who were you?

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