Wednesday, November 18, 2020

ODAC Onward



NOVEMBER 18, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. ODAC Onward

"Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) leadership has continued its thorough review of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on athletic opportunities throughout the league’s membership. The ODAC Presidents’ Council, in consultation with the ODAC Board of Directors, has endorsed a plan for a return to collegiate competition during the 2021 spring semester.

The ODAC considered several different scheduling models as part of its return to competition plan. The resulting framework provides regular season and conference championship structures for fall and winter sports in addition to the unaltered previously established spring sport schedules and championships. Basketball, indoor track & field, and swimming will maintain their opportunities to qualify for NCAA championship participation. Second semester competition is scheduled to begin on January 23 with men’s and women’s basketball. All other sports will begin later as the semester progresses."

>> What They're Saying: “As we have all learned over the past nine months, prudent planning and the capacity to respond quickly to changing circumstances go hand in hand. We believe putting detailed plans in place now for a return to competition beginning in January is the best way to honor the commitment we make to all of our students," said David Bushman, president, Bridgewater College.

>> Spring Football?: Looks that way. Football is scheduled to begin a spring season on Friday, February 26. A full game schedule has not yet been finalized. The intention is to compete a season in upwards of five games for each team.

>> Three's Company: The ODAC joins the Heartland Collegiate and the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conferences with plans to play in the spring semester.

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2. A Broken, Corrupt System

by Dan Wetzel, Yahoo!Sports

"A month after being accused of physically abusing players and an assistant coach — among other boorish behavior — Gregg Marshall stepped down as Wichita State’s men’s basketball coach.

He received $7.75 million to do so.

This is amateur athletics, supposedly. This is college sports, where consequences for the adults are rare and even when they do come, so does a seven-figure check.

The school investigated the brutal allegations, including punching a player and choking an assistant in addition to the general bullying of many, following reports from the Athletic and Stadium. While Marshall hasn’t admitted any mistakes, he chose to leave on Tuesday.

Wichita State is now without a coach and without a lot of money. While it would be easy to just point a finger at it, it isn’t alone. This stuff can, and does, happen everywhere."

>> Why It Matters: "Inside college sports there may not be anyone even capable (or willing) of stepping back from the scrum and wondering why the system is the system."

>> The Big Picture: "College sports continues to argue to politicians and judges that it can’t afford to cut the athletes in for any revenue. It continues to eliminate teams citing as an excuse the loss of revenue due to COVID-19. And it continues to try to enforce a rule book that hammers on petty crimes in an effort to protect its billions and dodge taxes."

>> Worth Noting: "Last month, a former University of Massachusetts tennis player named Brittany Collens had a conference title stripped from her due to the discovery of an accounting error that overpaid her $252 for a dorm phone she never used because she had moved to an off-campus apartment."

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3.  Wasps Leave DIII Nest for DII


Athletics • Emory & Henry

by Mark Berman, Roanoke Times

"The Old Dominion Athletic Conference will still have 12 schools for men’s and women’s basketball after Emory & Henry departs.

The football membership, however, will not be as robust.

Emory & Henry, an all-sports ODAC member, announced Tuesday it plans to leave the NCAA Division III conference for Division II and the South Atlantic Conference.

The ODAC was already going to be down a football team after this school year. ODAC football-only member Southern Virginia announced last December that it will become an all-sports member of the USA South next summer.

Once Emory & Henry leaves as well, the ODAC will be down to seven football members. That is the minimum number a league needs to keep its automatic Division III football bid under NCAA rules."

>> Situational Awareness: "Emory & Henry hopes to become a provisional Division II member in the 2021-22 school year, then play a full South Atlantic Conference schedule the following year."

>> Quotable: “We’re going to need some time to see how this impacts football, as well as other sports, and whether we’re going to make any other decision about membership in the future," said Brad Bankston, ODAC commissioner."

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4.  COVID Scorecard

We continue to update the winter and spring competition seasons for schools and conferences.

Moving Forward

Waiting to Make Call

Canceled Conference Play and Championships

Institutions Opting Out 

5.  Comings and Goings
6.  A Good Zoom Thing

There won't be a Zoom time limit on Thanksgiving, the company announced.

  • ⏰ The "no limits" clock starts at midnight ET on Nov. 26 and runs through 6a.m. ET on Nov. 27.

Why it matters: Many families will opt for virtual get-togethers, and this removes an obstacle for the less tech-savvy members of your brood.

- courtesy of Axios


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