Thursday, April 23, 2020

Coaches' Groups Speak Up

APRIL 23, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Coaches' Groups Speak Up

Representatives of 17 coaches’ associations have written to NCAA President Mark Emmert opposing a recent proposal from a group of college conference commissioners that the association consider providing schools temporary relief amid the coronavirus pandemic from several Division I membership requirements, including one that sets the minimum number of varsity teams Bowl Subdivision schools must field.

At present, FBS schools must field at least 16 teams, with a minimum of six men's teams and a minimum of eight women's teams. Division I schools must field at least 14 teams.

In a letter to Emmert dated April 10, the commissioners of the Group of Five conferences – the American Athletic, Conference USA, the Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt – said: "In order to provide NCAA Division I institutions flexibility in addressing the challenges for the foreseeable future, we request temporary relief from several regulatory requirements for a period of up to four years. A blanket waiver for relief will provide institutions the ability to make prudent and necessary decisions for the financial well-being of the institution.”

>> Who's On Board: American Volleyball Coaches Association, National Wrestling Coaches Association, United Soccer Coaches, College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America, Collegiate Gymnastics Association, Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, American Baseball Coaches Association, Intercollegiate Tennis Association, National Collegiate Equestrian Association, Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association, American Hockey Coaches Association, Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches, Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, Golf Coaches Association of America, Women’s Golf Coaches Association, National Field Hockey Coaches Association, National Fastpitch Coaches Association, Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association.

>> Why It Matters: "Last year, NCAA Division I institutions provided educational opportunities for 141,483 students in Olympic sports. These are not just exceptional athletes, but outstanding students with graduation rates and donation rates higher than their non-athletic peers. These student-athletes generated $3.6 billion in tuition and fees to their universities, an amount nearly equal what it costs to provide these opportunities."

>> Between The Lines: "America’s students have had so much taken from them. Now is not the time to cut them off from yet another critical institution that makes university life so special."

>> Be Smart: How would the elimination of these sports affect Division III? Athletes will always look for a place to play. And the world is changing daily.

>> Read the entire letter from the Intercollegiate Coach Association Coalition.


2. NCAC Coaches Unite in COVID-19 Effort
NCAC Basketball Coaches Unite In COVID-19 Relief Effort
The North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) men’s and women’s basketball coaches have united in an effort to raise money for COVID-19 relief, donating funds to the Jeremy Lin Foundation. Along with the donation efforts, the NCAC coaches have challenged the men’s and women’s basketball coaches from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) and the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) to raise money for COVID relief.

Donations to the Jeremy Lin Foundation go directly to “Feeding America” and "Direct Relief”, which are a pair of organizations supported by former NBA player Jeremy Lin. Lin has pledged $500,000 upfront and will match any more public donations up to $500,000. So far, public donations have exceeded $137,000 through Thursday, April 22. For more information on the Jeremy Lin Foundation, Click Here.

If you would also like to contribute to the COVID-19 relief efforts, Click Here.

3.  #WatchD3

Our campaign to have past Division III athletics contests made available to those quarantined and looking for quality viewing continues.

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2015 NCAC Men's Lacrosse Final

#18 Denison vs. #3 Ohio Wesleyan

The Big Red and the Battling Bishops met for the NCAC title and played yet another classic that wasn't decided until an errant clearing pass led to the game-winning goal by a freshman.

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4.  NVU Gets Stay
"A proposal to consolidate two state colleges and lay off employees from the Vermont State Colleges System has now been withdrawn.

The announcement came Wednesday morning from Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding, who said he and the system's board of trustees would work on a new plan alongside the state Legislature.

The proposal, which was first announced on April 17, would have closed the Johnson and Lyndon branches of Northern Vermont University and transferred their liberal arts programs to Castleton University in light of financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

>> What They're Saying: “Our Board of Trustees heard loud and clear from thousands of students, employees, communities, and the State’s elected leadership and determined that my recommendations would be damaging on many levels and would not be acceptable," Spaulding said in a statement.

>> Keep Reading

5.  Comings and Goings
  • Paula Jurewicz named head women's soccer coach at Gwynedd Mercy.
  • Nick Margiasso named head tennis coach at New Jersey City.
  • Bill Rymer announced his retirement as head softball coach at Cairn. Jenna Collier named head coach.
  • Chris Palladino named head cross country coach at Cairn.

6.  1 Getaway Thing
Just take a deep breath ... close your eyes ... where would you rather be than right here, right now?

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