Thursday, September 3, 2020

Idle in Indy


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SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Idle in Indy

Introducing the NCAA Headquarters | Fan Fuel HQ
by the Associated Press

"The NCAA will furlough its entire Indianapolis-based staff of about 600 employees for three to eight weeks in a cost-saving move, according to memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

The memo from NCAA president Mark Emmert went out to the association's more than 1,200 member schools Wednesday. The furloughs will not affect senior executives.

Starting Sept. 21 through the end of January 2021, all national office staff will be subjected to a mandatory three-week furlough, Emmert wrote. Some staff will be furloughed up to eight weeks, depending on position and "seasonal timing of their duties.

The latest belt-tightening measures include voluntary separation and early retirement packages being offered to many NCAA employees.

>> Quotable: "There decisions are unfortunate but necessary as we continue to identify ways to cut costs across the national office," Emmert wrote. He said all the measures represent "top of budget cuts in every national office group totaling nearly half our operating budget."

>> Be Smart: "The NCAA took a massive financial hit when it canceled the men's college basketball tournament in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament accounts for almost all of the NCAA's annual revenue, which reached $1.1 billion last year."

>> The Final Word: We are committed to supporting our member schools and conferences and student-athletes in every way possible, and yet I expect that some of our services to membership may be limited or delayed during this period furloughs," Emmert wrote. 

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2.  Battle of Gettysburg

Visit Gettysburg College - Gettysburg College
by Teresa Boeckel, Hanover Evening Sun

"Gettysburg College is requiring all of its students to quarantine for the rest of the week because of dozens of coronavirus cases.

The all-student quarantine was issued on Tuesday, according to the college's website.

As of Sunday evening, 33 students had tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 23, according to the website.

Classes will be taught remotely. Students will not be able to leave their rooms except to use the restroom, pick up food and take it back to their room, or to go for a scheduled COVID-19 test.

Anyone who does not comply with the rules will be sent home, the college said."

>> What They're Saying: “I’d much rather be cooped up for about a week instead of having to be sent home and be cooped up in my house for the next couple months like we have been,” student Lily Morrell told the local ABC affiliate. “So I think it’s good that the school is really cracking down on making sure these cases don’t grow more.”

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3.  Pulling the Plug

by Zach James, Sioux City Journal

"Chuck Yrigoyen doesn’t consider postponing the majority of the American Rivers Conference fall sports season a failure.

The commissioner of the local NCAA Division III conference — which includes Buena Vista University in Storm Lake — did call the decision a disappointment.

The American Rivers Conference announced on Aug. 11 that it would move the football, volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer seasons to the spring due to safety concerns around COVID-19.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was the lack of testing schools would have been able to do at the institutions. The NCAA released a recommendation earlier in the month stating “that testing will be performed in accordance with local/federal mandates and school policy in the same way it is for the broader student population."

>> Thought Bubble: “I do feel that it's disappointing that we were not able to at least give it a try, but you know the reality is that we really were not given an option,” Yrigoyen said.

>> The Bottom Line: “There really just wasn't any option for us because of the cost and the logistics of testing. Cost, meaning if a school decided to try and bring all of that testing obligation in-house, that's a huge cost,” Yrigoyen said.

>> What's Next: "Yrigoyen’s main focus now shifts to keeping the golf, tennis and cross country athletes healthy throughout the fall."

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4.  Data Download

Noninstructional Pay for Employees by Sector 2018-19

4-Year Public Institutions

  1. Management ($109,320)
  2. Public Service ($72,105)
  3. Research ($68,214)
  4. Computer, engineering and science ($67,171)
  5. Business and financial operations ($63,956)
  6. Community, social service, legal, arts, design, entertainment, sports and media ($62,823)

4-Year Private Institutions

  1. Management ($113,452)
  2. Public Service ($89,366)
  3. Research ($76,166)
  4. Computer, engineering and science ($73,523)
  5. Business and financial operations ($69,974)
  6. Health-care practitioners and technical ($63,223)
  7. Community, social service, legal, arts, design, entertainment, sports and media ($60,052)
source: Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S. Department of Education

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5.  Conference Call

Today we continue our look at Division III conferences with a glance at those formed in the 1990s.

North Atlantic Conference Primary Logo - NCAA Division III Conferences  (DivIII ) - Chris Creamer's Sports Logos Page - SportsLogos.Net

Conference: North Atlantic Conference
Commissioner: Marcella Zalot
Headquarters: Waterville, Maine
  • Founded: 1997
  • Charter Members (1): Maine Maritime
  • Other Members (11): Northern Vermont-Johnson (2001), Husson (2003), Thomas (2003), Maine Farmington (2003), Northern Vermont-Lyndon (2008), Maine Presque Isle (2018), SUNY Canton (2018), SUNY Delhi (2019), Cazenovia (2020), SUNY Cobleskill (2020), SUNY Poly (2020).
  • Associates (2): MCLA (MGOLF, TEN), Salem State (MGOLF)
  • Founded as the North Atlantic Women's Conference; Renamed in 1999
  • Oldest: Maine-Farmington (1863)
  • Largest: SUNY Canton (2,743)
  • Smallest: Maine-Presque Isle (621)
  • Longest Trip: 686 miles (Maine Presque Isle to Cazenovia) 
  • Championship Sports: 17

>> Tomorrow: American Southwest Conference

>> PreviouslyAtlantic East SAA | NECC | NACC | Landmark | NEAC | NEWMAC | AMCC

sources: Google Maps, EADA

sources: Google Maps, EADA

6.  Comings and Goings

7.  1 Terrificly Sad Thing



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