Thursday, July 30, 2020

Rolling On

JULY 30, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

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1.  Rolling On
College Sports: Iowa Conference now American Rivers Conference (8 ...

Outlier. a person or thing differing from all other members of a particular group or set.

The American Rivers Conference has bucked the trend around Division III and announced its commitment to proceeding with conference competition during the fall 2020 semester.

The A-R-C will use a reduced schedule in football and a single round-robin in other sports. The conference sponsors fall sports in men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s tennis, and volleyball.

Further, non-conference competition is permitted at the discretion of the conference’s nine institutions. Any changes in conference-tournament format will be announced with the revised sports schedules. The conference’s underlying philosophy is to provide a meaningful and worthwhile experience for the entire A-R-C athletics community.

Schedules will be announced as soon as the revised drafts pass through the conference’s governance groups. The Presidents Council and conference leadership will continue to monitor public health in the region and will adjust the schedules accordingly.

>> Read the official conference release


2.  Should I Stay or Should I Go
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There are still four other conferences that are slated for fall competition as of this morning. Of those, the AMCC made the most recent statement regarding play back on July 23.

>> See our complete Division III list

3.  Tweet of the Day

Higher education.

4.  Many COVID Cases Linked to Colleges

by Weiyi Cai, Danielle Ivory, Mitch Smith, Alex Lemonides and Lauryn Higgins, New York Times

"As college students and professors decide whether to head back to class, and as universities weigh how and whether to reopen, the coronavirus is already on campus.

A New York Times survey of every public four-year college in the country, as well as every private institution that competes in Division I sports or is a member of an elite group of research universities, revealed at least 6,300 cases tied to about 270 colleges over the course of the pandemic. And the new academic year has not even begun at most schools.

“What is clear,” the article states, “is that despite months of planning for a safe return to class, and despite drastic changes to campus life, the virus is already spreading widely at universities.”

>> Situational Awareness: "There is no standardized reporting method for coronavirus cases and deaths at colleges, and the information is not being publicly tracked at a national level. Of nearly 1,000 institutions contacted by The Times, some had already posted case information online, some provided full or partial numbers and others refused to answer basic questions, citing privacy concerns. Hundreds of colleges did not respond at all."

>> Between The Lines: "Though hundreds of universities responded to The Times’s request for data — including a mix of public and private colleges, both small and large, in states across the country — others declined to cooperate. Some said they were not tracking such cases. Others invoked privacy concerns, even though The Times asked for aggregate case totals, not a list of individuals who were infected. Others did not respond at all."

>> Be Smart: There is no way to completely eliminate the risk.

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5.  A Golden Season, The Final

With all the difficult news coming out about the fall 2020 season, we thought it might be time to dust off some anniversary seasons from the past. Today, we'll continue with the 1995 NCAA men's soccer championship tournament.

Each edition of D3Playbook, we'll bring you the results of a round of play, culminating today with the final. 

The Final - Methodist vs. Williams

The 22nd Division III national final pitted a pair of teams that had not lost a match during the 1995 season. 

After a scoreless first 45 minutes, the Ephs took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Brad Murray in the 49th minute. It was his eighth tally of the tournament - a record that stands to this day.

Williams extended its lead to 2-0 in the 72nd on a Jason Horowitz goal with an assist to Nick Trebat. Methodist's Kari Reynisson cut the deficit in half just six minutes later, but it was not enough as the Monarchs fell for the first time in the 1995 campaign.

It was a fitting climax for the Ephs, who dedicated the season to tri-captain Matt Stauffer who was diagnosed with leukemia prior to the start of the season. 

  • "The team says that I’ve been their inspiration for the year,” Stauffer said. “But they’ve been my inspiration, too. Just like they won the NCAA title, I will beat leukemia.”
  • Unfortunately, Stauffer lost his battle with the disease in January 1998. But his memory lives on in Williamstown with a memorial tree and marker and his #10 jersey has been retired.

I hope you've enjoyed our look back at the 25th anniversary of the Division III men's soccer tournament.


6.  Comings and Goings

7.  1 Sweet Thing

Photo: Dandelion Chocolate

As a side project, a senior industrial designer at Tesla has re-engineered the chocolate chip because "the 80-year-old teardrop shape is ill-suited to its function," Bloomberg's Larissa Zimberoff writes.

  • "The chip isn't a designed shape," says the engineer, Remy Labesque. "It's a product of an industrial manufacturing process."

His redesign for Dandelion Chocolate, an artisanal supplier in S.F., is "a square, faceted pyramid, kind of like a flattened diamond. Two edges are thick, and two exceedingly thin, for even more textural pleasure," per Bloomberg.

- courtesy of Axios

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