Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Arseways

 


D3Playbook

NOVEMBER 10, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Arseways
 


by Nancy Armour, USA TODAY

"You didn’t need to be a world-renowned epidemiologist to see Notre Dame’s debacle coming.

Despite a surge in COVID-19 cases — the seven-day rate on campus alone soared from 18.9 cases to 30.7 cases in one week — Notre Dame treated its Saturday night showdown against top-ranked Clemson as if it was a run-of-the-mill game against Navy. Most of the 11,000-plus in the stands were students, despite athletic director Jack Swarbrick acknowledging after the fact that keeping them in their seats was never going to happen and Notre Dame making little effort to even try.

"Our philosophy of giving our preference to attend the game to students results in a very different dynamic than all the other places we go, where they allocated them to traditional fans. Those people will sit in their assigned seats without exception. Our students are going to move around more. They just are," Swarbrick told the South Bend Tribune on Sunday.

Worse, Swarbrick seemed largely unbothered by the students who rushed the field after the double-overtime victory, turning Notre Dame Stadium into a potential petri dish for the coronavirus. Kids will be kids and all that. Swarbrick even did it when he was a student."

>> Why It Matters: "A team can test every day and have rigorous contact tracing, and it is still going to be vulnerable to an outbreak. There are simply too many people from the "outside" — dozens, if not hundreds — who have daily interaction with players and coaches to keep the virus at bay."

>> Reality Check: "This isn’t enjoyable for any of us. We all want our old lives and sense of normalcy back. But we’re not there yet, not anywhere close. And every time someone acts as irresponsibly as everyone at Notre Dame did last weekend, the further off it is."

>> Our Take: We may not like the choices we have been forced to make in Division III, but they certainly seem more responsible now with the rising number of cases around college campuses everywhere.

>> Continue Reading Her Opinion Piece

 

2. COVID Update


Two more conferences joined out list of those canceling conference competition and championships for the winter season - the Liberty League and the New England Collegiate Conference.

It is interesting to note those schools who belong to Division III conferences but participate in Division I hockey, such as ClarksonSt. Lawrence, and Union, have yet to make the call on the ice season.

Conferences

Institutions


 
3.  W&L Unveils New Center
 

DSC30191-scaled-800x533 W&L Unveils New Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center

"After two years of construction, Washington and Lee University this fall opened the Richard L. Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center, a brand new, state-of-the-art indoor facility for athletics, intramurals and recreation.

The Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center, which is named for project supporter and 1944 W&L graduate Richard L. Duchossois, encompasses a restoration of the existing Doremus Gymnasium and a rebuild of what had been known as the Warner Center. The result is an expansive, 165,489-square-foot facility that features the latest in equipment and technology while retaining a bit of the old buildings’ charm in the form of unique design details.

The Duchossois Center houses three gymnasiums, including one devoted entirely to intramural and recreational use; a larger and updated fitness center, regulation-size raquetball and squash courts, and improved locker rooms. It is also home to expanded golf practice facilities, expanded multipurpose rooms for group exercise, nicer offices for coaches and athletics staff, and a showcase for the Athletic Hall of Fame.

>> Take a Virtual Trip Around The Facility

 

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4.  2021 NCAA Convention


Registration for the 2021 NCAA Convention opened Tuesday, Oct. 27. The virtual 2021 Convention will occur the same week the Convention was originally scheduled (Jan. 12-16), and online educational programming will be offered throughout January.

Key events include the State of College Sports (formerly the Plenary Session) on Tuesday, Jan. 12; the Honors Celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 13; and the Association-wide keynote address Thursday, Jan. 14. The Division III Issues Forum will be Thursday, Jan. 14. The Division III keynote address will occur the morning of Friday, Jan. 15, before the Division III legislative business session.

Visit the 2021 Convention resource webpage to access this year’s Convention resources. Staff will post key information (for example, the Official Notice, legislative proposal Q&A guide and education session PowerPoint) on this page as it becomes available.
 

5.  Best of the Decade

We continue our "Best of the Decade" series with a look at the champions, runners-up and final four participants in men's and women's swimming.

 


Champions: Denison (5), Kenyon (4), Emory.

Runner-Up: Denison (4), Kenyon (4), Emory (2).

Top Four Finishes: Denison (10), Kenyon (10), Emory (9), Johns Hopkins (6), MIT (3), Williams (2), Kalamazoo.



Champions: Emory (10).

Runner-Up: Kenyon (5), Denison (3), Williams (2).

Top Four Finishes: Emory (10), Denison (10), Kenyon (10), Williams (9), Johns Hopkins.

>> Tomorrow: Basketball
 

6.  Comings and Goings
 
 
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