Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Football Rules Recap

MARCH 3, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Football Rules Committee Recap
Players disqualified for targeting might be able to remain on the sidelines starting with the 2020 football season.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee, which met last week in Indianapolis, recommended the rules change Friday. All rules proposals must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to discuss proposed football changes April 16.

If the rule is approved, players flagged for targeting would remain disqualified from the game. But instead of being ejected and required to head to the locker room following a targeting foul — which has been the rule since 2013 — players would be permitted to remain in the team area. All other aspects of the targeting rule would remain the same.

Last season, instant replay officials were instructed to examine all aspects of the play to confirm a targeting foul when all elements of targeting are present. If any element of targeting could not be confirmed, the instant replay official overturned the foul. The option of “stands” was removed, and the number of targeting fouls that were enforced improved the accuracy of implementation.

>> Kickoffs: Committee members considered whether to make any changes to kickoff plays but after a thorough discussion decided to leave the play as is.

>> Duplicate Numbers: The committee recommended that no more than two players may wear the same jersey number. The rules regarding players using duplicate numbers would continue to require that they play different positions and aren’t on the field at the same time.

>> Read More from the NCAA

2.  Track and Field Tuesday Person Running on Apple iOS 13.3Woman Running on Apple iOS 13.3

Monday's D3Playbook was filled with basketball, wrestling and spring sports. Today, we look back at the weekend in track and field.

Conference Champions.

>> All-Around Athlete
  • UW-Eau Claire senior Dylan Cooper (pictured) tied the Division III record in the heptathlon, scoring 5,441 points in winning the WIAC championship. His total equaled the mark set by Central's Will Daniels in 2019.

>> Top Performances (M)
  • Teammate Kyler Lueck recorded the fastest 800-meter time of the year, winning the WIAC title in 1:51.80. Stout junior Noah Zastrow posted the best pole vault of the year, clearing 5.39m (17-8 1/4).
  • Loras senior Patrick Mikel posted the top 400-meter time of the season (47.90) in winning the A-R-C title, edging Dubuque's Colfay Pointer who posted the second-fastest (48.53).
  • MIT senior Alec Reduker posted the best performance of the season in the high jump, clearing 2.17m (7-1 1/4).
  • Saint Mary senior Kyle Lichttenegger registered the top long jump of the season, winning the MIAC title at 7.56m (24-9 3/4). 
  • Brockport senior Tony DeYoung posted the top performance of the season in the shot put, winning the SUNYAC crown with a heave of 17.86m (58-7 1/4).
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>> Top Performances (W)
  • Dubuque senior Alison Beeman won the A-R-C 200 meters in season-best time of 24.47.
  • TCNJ senior Samantha Gorman (pictured) posted the year's top time in the 400 (55.63).
  • Ithaca sophomore Parley Hannan was at it again, recording the top time in the mile (4:53.38).
  • Wheaton (Ill.) senior Favor Ezewuzie hit the tape with the fastest time of the season in the 60 hurdles (8.60).
  • UW-Stout senior Heather Beecher posted the top effort in the pole vault in 2020, clearing 3.91m (12-10).
  • UW-La Crosse soph Syke Digman put the shot a season-best 14.72m (48-3 1/2).

3.  Merger Talks

by Matt Bittle, Delaware State News

"The boards of trustees for Wesley College and a potential partner approved a merger pending legal review and the signing of a final agreement about three weeks ago. Documents received from the Office of Management and Budget through a Freedom of Information Act request indicate a merger between Wesley and the unspecified institution is likely very close.
Delaware announced on Feb. 5 Wesley, which has been facing serious financial difficulties, would receive $3 million in state funding in return for some concessions, including providing regular updates to the state.
Most importantly, should the school fail to come to terms on a merger, it will have to surrender possession of the old Dover Public Library to the state. The college purchased the South State Street property from the city in 2016 for $1."

>> What They're Saying: “Both Boards and respective institutional leadership teams recognize the significant potential for the two institutions coming together to become a stronger institution while maintaining the character and quality at Wesley, as well as enhancing those with the national capabilities and market reach of our potential partner,” a letter from President Robert Clark says.

>> Be Smart: More information, including the name of the other university, is redacted.


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    4.   Championship Field

    • The NCAA announced its 64-team fields for the 2020 basketball championships yesterday. The first two rounds will be held Friday and Saturday. Host team in bold.
    Tufts vs. SUNYIT; Cortland at Western New England
    Williams vs. Albright; New England College at Ithaca
    Husson at New Paltz; DeSales vs. Smith
    Eastern Connecticut vs. St. John Fisher; Keystone at Messiah
    Brooklyn at Bowdoin; NYU vs. Emmanuel
    Trine vs. Benedictine; Redlands at UW-Whitewater
    Randolph-Macon at Transylvania; Oglethorpe vs. William Peace
    Wheaton, Ill. vs. Whitman; Monmouth at Wartburg
    Framingham State at Amherst; Rowan vs. Merchant Marine
    George Fox vs. Montclair State; Gettysburg at Marymount
    Texas-Dallas at Trinity, Texas; Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Austin
    Christopher Newport vs. Widener; Endicott at Scranton
    Webster at DePauw; Loras vs. UW-La Crosse
    UW-Oshkosh vs. Edgewood; Bethany Lutheran at Bethel
    Haverford at Baldwin Wallace; Chicago vs. La Roche
    Illinois Wesleyan vs. Berea; Grove City at Hope

    >> Printable Bracket
    • DePauw is in the field for the 17th straight year - the longest streak in DIII women's basketball. Amherst is second at 13, followed by Tufts (9).

    Brooklyn at Swarthmore; Babson vs. Ithaca
    Centenary, La. at Texas-Dallas; LeTourneau vs. Whitworth
    Coast Guard at Brockport; Middlebury vs. Westfield State
    Western Connecticut at Tufts; Rensselaer vs. New England College
    Concordia, Wis. at UW-Platteville; St. Thomas vs. St. Norbert
    Ripon at Saint John's; Whitman vs. UW-Eau Claire
    Methodist at Emory; Centre vs. Pomona-Pitzer
    Grove City at Wooster; Elmhurst vs. Lycoming
    Cairn at Mount Union; York, Pa. vs. St. John Fisher
    La Roche at Wittenberg; Benedictine vs. Susquehanna
    Wesley at Randolph-Macon; Marietta vs. TCNJ
    PSU Harrisburg at Johns Hopkins; WPI vs. Yeshiva
    SUNY Canton at Springfield; Hobart vs. St. Joseph's, Conn.
    Nichols at Stevens; Colby vs. Christopher Newport
    Webster at Nebraska Wesleyan; Washington U. vs. Bethany Lutheran
    Adrian at North Central, Ill.; UW-Oshkosh vs. Transylvania

    >> Printable Bracket
    • Wooster is in the tournament for the 18th consecutive year - the longest streak in Division III. Emory is second at eight, while Marietta has made six straight tourneys.

    5.  Wrestling Qualifiers 

    The NCAA Division III Wrestling Committee announced today the participants in the 2020 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships.
    The championships will be held March 13-14 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The American Rivers Conference will serve as the host.
    A total of 180 participants will compete in the championships. Student-athletes qualified for the championship by placing top-three in their respective weight classes at one of the six NCAA regional tournaments held on Feb. 28, 29 and March 1.

    >> The Full List of Qualifiers

    6.   Hockey Poll

    • On the Move (M): Williams (+3), UW-Stevens Point (+2), Endicott (+2).
    • Greetings: Wilkes.
    • What We're Watching: #15 Wilkes at Utica (FRI-SAT); #5 Hobart at #1 Norwich (SAT); #11 St. Norbert at #6 Adrian (SAT); #4 UW-Eau Claire at #7 UW-Stevens Point (SAT).
    • On the Move (W): Endicott (+1), Adrian (+1)
    • Hello: Augsburg
    • What We're Watching: #6 UW-River Falls at #3 UW-Eau Claire (SAT).

    7. 1 Tube Thing Television on Apple iOS 13.3

    "Judge Judy," one of television's top-rated syndicated shows, will end after its 25th season next year, per The Hollywood Reporter.
    • Host Judy Sheindlin, earning $47 million per year, is currently the highest-paid personality on TV.
    It's not the end of Sheindlin's media empire, as she plans to launch "Judy Justice" — its format and home are still unclear — after her current show takes its bow.

    - courtesy of Axios

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