Friday, January 24, 2020

Year-Round Football

JANUARY 24, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Year-Round Football

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Not THAT football. 
A report by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Tannenwald has revealed that NCAA Division I men’s soccer is close to heading towards a full-season schedule, expanding the current fall schedule that sees the College Cup finish up around mid-December.
Tannenwald’s report, which cites Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski who has led the charge for a full calendar season, states that the new proposal would drop the regular season schedule from 25 to 23 total games, but would expand the campaign across the entire school year. The first half would consist of 13 games and end around Thanksgiving, before picking back up in the spring with nine official games. Three exhibitions would be spread around the season, as opposed to the current setup of five meaningless exhibition games all set in the spring offseason.
The main goal of the plan, which is years in the making, is to eliminate midweek games, helping to cut down on missed class time for players. At least, that’s what Cirovski is selling to the NCAA. His true goal is to help players get used to a full professional schedule, knowing that currently, collegiate players tend to hit a wall in their first few professional seasons, holding their careers back.
>> Between The Lines: Tannenwald reports that the eventual vote, which will be held in April, will consist of 64 total submissions. Each Power 5 conference will have four votes each, while the Group of 5 conferences get two votes each and the remaining conferences get one vote each. To pass, the proposal needs a full majority, meaning 33 yes votes are required out of the 64. The report states that the Atlantic 10 confirmed to the Inquirer that they will vote yes to the proposal, while the Ivy League said it will vote no.

>> Quotable: “The college coaches on the men’s side are going to be working hand in hand for the next three months to try to get us to the finish line, to do something that is transformational, an evolutionary and positive change, and a game-changer in this country for not only college soccer, but we feel for soccer in general,” Cirovski said.

>> Be Smart: What begins at Division I ... eventually trickles down to Division III. Keep an eye on this one.

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2.  Honored

The Division III Commissioners Association recognized three of its members at its Convention meeting in Anaheim on Thursday. Middle Atlantic Conference executive director Ken Andrews and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference commissioner Gary Karner were presented with the Dennis Collins Lifetime Achievement Award. Both are retiring at the end of the academic year. Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference commissioner Donna Ledwin received the Meritorious Service Award.


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3. Weekend Preview  

Basketball (W)
  1. Tufts (at Bates)
  2. Bowdoin (at Colby)
  3. Hope (at Olivet)
  4. DePauw (at Kenyon)
  5. Amherst (at Hamilton)
  6. UW-Whitewater (at UW-Oshkosh)
  7. Wartburg (at Nebraska Wesleyan)
  8. Loras (vs. Luther)
  9. Transylvania (vs. Anderson)
  10. Bethel (at Hamline)
>> What Else We're Watching: Rensselaer at Ithaca; Maine-Farmington at Thomas; William Peace at N.C. Wesleyan.

Basketball (M) -
  1. Swarthmore (vs. McDaniel)
  2. Saint John's (at Carleton)
  3. Randolph-Macon (at Roanoke)
  4. Elmhurst (at North Park)
  5. Colby (at Bowdoin)
  6. Marietta (vs. Baldwin Wallace)
  7. Wittenberg (vs. Oberlin)
  8. Emory (FRI vs. Carnegie Mellon; SUN vs. Case Western)
  9. St. Thomas
  10. Nebraska Wesleyan (vs. Wartburg)
>> What Else We're Watching: #24 Brandeis at #13 Washington U. (FRI); #15 Johns Hopkins at Haverford; Endicott at Western New England; Rensselaer at Ithaca; Albion at Trine; Maine-Farmington at Thomas; Linfield at Whitman.

Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
  1. Trinity (FRI at Connecticut College; SUN at Tufts)
  2. Norwich (FRI vs. Skidmore; SAT vs. #6 Hobart)
  3. Geneseo (FRI vs. Potsdam; SAT vs. Plattsburgh)
  4. UW-Eau Claire (FRI/SAT vs. #10 UW-Superior)
  5. Utica (SAT vs. Neumann; SUN vs. Manhattanville)
  6. Hobart (FRI at Castleton; SAT at #2 Norwich)
  7. Lake Forest (FRI/SAT vs. St. Scholastica)
  8. Augsburg (FRI/SAT vs. Saint John's)
  9. U. of New England (FRI/SAT vs. #12 Salve Regina)
  10. UW-Superior (FRI/SAT at #4 UW-Eau Claire)
>> What Else We're Watching: New England College at Babson (FRI)

Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
  1. Plattsburgh
  2. Middlebury (FRI/SAT vs. Colby)
  3. UW-Eau Claire (SAT vs. UW-Stevens Point)
  4. Elmira (SAT vs. Chatham; SUN vs. Lebanon Valley)
  5. Gustavus Adolphus (FRI/SAT vs. St. Thomas)
  6. Adrian (FRI/SAT at Finlandia)
  7. UW-River Falls (SAT at UW-Superior)
  8. Norwich (FRI at Castleton; SAT at New England College)
  9. Hamline (FRI/SAT at Concordia-Moorhead)
  10. Endicott (FRI/SAT vs. Salve Regina)
>> What Else We're Watching: Manhattanville at Nazareth (FRI).

all games/matches Saturday unless indicated

4. Weekend Preview   

Swimming (W) CSCAA
  1. Denison (FRI vs. Indianapolis)
  2. Emory
  3. Kenyon
  4. Johns Hopkins
  5. NYU (FRI at #10 Williams/#8 MIT)
  6. Tufts (vs. #8 MIT)
  7. Chicago (at Illinois-Chicago/DePauw)
  8. MIT (FRI at #10 Williams/#5 NYU; SAT at #6 Tufts)
  9. Washington U. (at Lindenwood)
  10. Williams (FRI vs. #5 NYU/#8 MIT; SAT at Hamilton)

Swimming (M) - CSCAA
  1. Kenyon
  2. Denison (FRI vs. Indianapolis)
  3. Emory
  4. MIT (FRI at #11 Williams/#6 NYU; SAT at #13 Tufts)
  5. Johns Hopkins
  6. NYU (FRI at #11 Williams/#4 MIT)
  7. Washington U. (at Lindenwood)
  8. Chicago (at Illinois-Chicago/DePauw)
  9. Claremont-M-S
  10. Carnegie Mellon (at Western PA Invitational)
>> What Else We're Watching: #14 Rowan at #16 TCNJ

Wrestling (Dual Meet) - NWCA
  1. Wartburg (at #20 Central/Buena Vista/Dubuque)
  2. Augsburg (at Saint John's Open)
  3. Loras (at Nebraska Wesleyan/#17 Luther/#5 Coe/Simpson)
  4. Wabash (FRI at Millikin)
  5. Coe (at Nebraska Wesleyan/#3 Loras/#17 Luther/Simpson)
  6. Johnson & Wales (at #24 Stevens/#9 NYU/Manchester; at Roger Williams Quad; SUN vs. Wildcat Open)
  7. TCNJ (vs. Scranton/Oneonta/#19 RIT)
  8. Baldwin Wallace (at Muskingum/Otterbein/Heidelberg)
  9. NYU (vs. #6 JWU/Manchester)
  10. Coast Guard (All-Academy championship)
>> What Else We're Watching: #22 John Carroll at #11 Mount Union.

all contests Saturday unless indicated

5.  Comings and Goings

6.   Play of the Day

Doesn't have thing one to do with Division III ... just a very cool video. Or as some would say, why we need collegiate bocce?

7.  1 Sleep Thing

As many of you prepare to head east after the conclusion of the 2020 NCAA Convention, a primer for you as you try to catch up on some shut-eye.

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