Monday, November 9, 2020

Making A Mistake?



NOVEMBER 9, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Making A Mistake?

by Mike Jensen, Philadelphia Inquirer / photo by Hunter Martin

"When it came to figuring out what to do with its Division I basketball season, when there were no good answers, the NCAA still might have figured out how to pick the most wrong one.

Let’s move the season back two weeks, to a Nov. 25 tipoff, cut some games, make everyone scramble in so many directions, still have them play nonconference basketball in November and December, even as the COVID-19 pandemic was forecast to begin a second wave, which is now basically here, even as the conferences have wildly varying protocols, because of wildly varying budgets.

Maybe we have it wrong, though. We checked with a couple of administrators. No, they agree. So many variables, but it’s all a mess. A TV analyst who is plugged in as anybody: “This two-week quarantine for a positive test makes the season very iffy in my mind. I pray I’m wrong.” We texted a dozen D-I coaches, all levels, mostly head coaches but some assistants, offered them a little anonymous survey on the NCAA scheduling plan.

A) Should have gone with the normal plan.
B) They came up with a good plan.
C) Should have started in January and not worried about when the season ends.
D) Should have gone with league-only play.

Got 10 responses back. We figured somebody would stick up for the status quo and choose B. Nope. Nobody.

Variations of C and D won in a landslide."

>> Quotable: “C has been my feeling all along. … Some programs have layers of [doctors] overseeing methods, and others have a single athletic trainer devising a plan and getting one team doctor to approve.”

>> Quotable II: “With the recent spikes and the inequity in testing believe it is time to hit pause and gear up for league-only with each league deciding on numbers of games that they can play. THE NCAA TOURNAMENT WILL BE PLAYED.”

>> Continue Reading

>> BonusWhen We Will See Swarthmore Basketball Again?


2.  COVID Update

Updating the postponements and cancellations for the winter and spring semesters. If we missed an announcement during our break, please let us know.



3.  ASC Issues Mask Mandate

The American Southwest Conference will immediately require persons attending competitions held at an indoor venue hosted by a Conference institution to wear a facial covering for the duration of the event. (i.e., mask or neck gaiter). In addition, host institutions will determine use of facial coverings at its outdoor competition venues.

The decision was made November 4 by the ASC Council of Presidents in an effort to help safeguard  student-athletes, athletics and event staff, and spectators. The facial covering requirement is for all indoor competitions hosted by ASC institutions.

Any additional Conference-wide spectator and attendance protocols will be announced by the ASC office in December.


4. Weekend Stars
  • Wartburg swept the team titles at the American Rivers Conference cross country championship on Saturday at Central College. The women repeated their 2019 title performance by placing all five runners in the top 10 for a team score of 24. Aubrie Fisher captured the individual title for the Knights, covering the 6k distance in 21:56.85. 
  • The Knight men were equally dominant, posting a team score of 27. Joe Freiburger was the individual champion, hitting the tape first in the 8k race in 25:38.54. 
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 ice hockey.

Champions: Plattsburgh State (5), Norwich (2), Amherst, Elmira, RIT.

Runner-Up: Norwich (3), Elmira (2), Adrian, Hamline, Middlebury, RIT, UW-River Falls.

Top Four Finishes: Plattsburgh State (8), Norwich (7), Elmira (5), Gustavus Adolphus (5), Middlebury (3), UW-River Falls (3), Adrian (2), Hamline (2), RIT (2), St. Thomas (2), Amherst.

Champions: St. Norbert (4), Norwich (2), UW-Stevens Point (2), Trinity, UW-Eau Claire.

Runner-Up: Oswego State (2), St. Norbert (2), UW-Stevens Point (2), Adrian, Norwich, Salve Regina, Trinity.

Top Four Finishes: St. Norbert (7), Norwich (6), Oswego State (5), UW-Stevens Point (5), Adrian (3), Geneseo (3), Amherst (2), Trinity (2), Colby, Hobart, Plattsburgh State, Salve Regina, Utica, UMass-Boston, UW-Eau Claire.

>> Tomorrow: basketball

6.  Comings and Goings

7.  Who Is Alex Trebek?

The world lost its quizmaster on Sunday with the passing of Alex Trebek, best known for his role as host of TV's Jeopardy.

Although there are many moments that capture Trebek at his best ... I have chosen this one for our #whyD3 audience. This could be you ... it could be someone you know ... nonetheless, may his memory be a blessing. 


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