Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Planning for the Fall

MAY 26, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Planning for the Fall

by Greg Johnson, NCAA

"The planning for the 2020 fall NCAA championships is moving forward with the idea to prepare for adjustments in these unpredictable times.

During the latest NCAA Social Series, Senior Vice President of Championships Joni Comstock, Division I Competition Oversight Committee Chair Lynda Tealer and Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline discussed how they are leading preparations as college sports attempts to return during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The discussions are centered on ways to protect the health, safety and well-being of student-athletes, coaches, administrators and spectators. At the foundation of the talks is maintaining fair and equitable selection protocol and retaining the same formats under the same timelines and at the same previously determined sites.

However, alterations may have to occur due to local, state or national health and safety mandates."

>> Situational Awareness: "Sharing information from the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel, which is headed by Hainline, is part of the process, so the individual sports committees have all the information to make decisions should they have to alter any selection, seeding and bracketing procedures."

>> What They're Saying: “We are in early discussions right now of looking at ‘Does it make sense for us to move up the regular season and try to conclude fall championships on, around or before the week of Thanksgiving?’” Comstock said. “If we can, and it makes sense, we certainly would like to have a complete experience for the student-athletes this fall.”

>> Be Smart: "Hainline also said there is a new point-of-care test being developed that could be used in settings like a doctor’s office. Test results could be known in five to 10 minutes. The first round of this testing proved to be around 80% accurate. If the testing becomes more accurate, it would mark another breakthrough."

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2.  Fauci Speaks

Dr. Anthony Fauci carries Jesuit tenets 'precision of thought ...
by Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY

"Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s most prominent epidemiologist, on Friday added his voice to the body of experts describing the need for coronavirus testing of college athletes when moratoriums on the athletes’ on-campus activities begin to lift.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gave an interview to The Chronicle of Higher Education in which he addressed a wide range of issues related to universities’ efforts to resume amid the pandemic.

He said one potential model is to “essentially test all the students before they come in, just so that you know what the baseline of infection is” and then do intermittent random surveillance testing of parts of the student population."

>> Quotable: “The athletes that tend to come back the earliest are the football players,” he told The Chronicle. “That’s a very intensive contact sport. What I think would be important if they’re going to do that is to test all the players and make sure that when they do come in, they come in all negative at the same time and then do the same sort of surveillance of them and make sure the people who are associated with them — the people who serve their meals, the people who are involved in training with them — also are protected in the sense of wearing masks and doing social distancing to the extent possible.”

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3. New Kids in Town
The NCAA Division III Management Council approved Manor (Pa.) College for an exploratory year beginning in September. Bob Jones (S.C.) University and Warren Wilson (N.C.) College will also begin the provisional membership process in the fall.

4.  Fall Plans

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, here’s a complete alphabetical list of Division III colleges that have either disclosed their plans, mentioned them in news reports, or set a deadline for deciding.

as of May 25, 3:12 p.m. EDT



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    5.  Calendar

    May 26-29 - Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee
    May 28-31 - Career in Sports Forum
    June 2-5 - Ice Hockey Rules Committee
    June 8 - Men's Basketball Committee
    June 10 - Track and Field Committee
    June 10-11 - Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport committee
    June 15-16 - Championships Committee
    June 24-25 - Membership Committee

    6.  Comings and Goings

    7. 1 Hitchin' A Ride Thing

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