Monday, November 30, 2020

Saints Land on Probation


NOVEMBER 30, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Saints Land on Probation


Incoming student-athletes at Emmanuel (Massachusetts) received financial aid at a disproportionate rate in comparison to the general student body, according to a decision by the NCAA Division III Committee on Infractions.

The committee said the disparity occurred, in part, because a larger number of incoming student-athletes took advantage of a process that allowed them to appeal their initial financial aid packages. Some of the college’s coaches knew about the process and informed prospects of the opportunity to appeal. The coaches’ efforts unintentionally resulted in a larger number of prospects using the appeals process, which led to the college awarding student-athletes financial aid packages in a pattern distinguishable from all students. Division III rules do not permit financial aid packages for student-athletes to be clearly distinguishable from the general pattern of all financial aid at the school.

The college failed to monitor the disbursement of financial aid to incoming student-athletes. The committee said the college did not provide adequate NCAA rules education to admissions and financial aid staff members and did not have the necessary monitoring systems in place to detect the disproportionate packaging and awarding of the additional financial aid following the appeals.

The penalties include the following:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Two years of probation.
  • During the probation period, the university must request a level II review from the NCAA Division III Committee on Financial Aid and must follow any recommendations made by the reviewer.
  • The college’s president must provide a letter to the COI affirming that the college’s current athletics policies and practices conform to all requirements of NCAA regulations prior to the conclusion of probation.

>> Go Deeper
>> Public Infractions Decision

2. Season Remains On Ice

Bulldogs Pull Away Late in Close Opener for Men's Hockey
by Brian Lester, US College Hockey Online


"While most NCAA Division III hockey teams have had their seasons put on ice for now because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a handful of teams in the west region have actually gotten onto the ice.

Though no official conference games have been played, schools were given the chance to schedule games at their own discretion.

All three west region conferences are expected to make a decision soon on the fate of the 2020-21 season. 

Meanwhile in the east, hockey won’t be played until January at the earliest."

Decision Forthcoming

Season Canceled

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3. Calendar

30 - Emerging Leaders Seminar application deadline

4.  COVID Scorecard

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

Reminder: For winter sports sponsored by more than 200 institutions, at least 60 percent of those schools must participate in order for the NCAA to offer a national championship in that sport - 70 percent for sports with 200 or fewer sponsoring institutions (i.e., men’s and women’s ice hockey). 

Moving Forward

Waiting to Make Call

Canceled Conference Play and Championships

Canceled Winter Competition

Institutions Opting Out 

5. Weekend Stars Star on Apple iOS 14.2
  • Mary Hardin-Baylor men's basketball posted back-to-back road wins over the weekend, downing Hardin-Simmons, 83-80, and McMurry, 94-84. Josiah Johnson poured in 30 points vs. the Cowboys and 26 vs. the War Hawks.
6.  Comings and Goings
7.  1 College Town Thing

Slide 25 of 52: Northfield’s motto is “Cows, Colleges and Contentment” in homage to the farming industry and Carleton College, one of the country’s finest liberal arts colleges. As its tagline suggests, the town used to be a hub for dairy farmers, but these days you’re more likely to see cornfields and hogs. Nature-lovers will appreciate the Cowling Arboretum here, which has 800 acres of forest, wetlands, oak savannahs and prairies. Now check out the most adorable small town in every state.

Think of college towns and green campuses, manicured lawns, great halls and grand libraries spring to mind. However, there's more to these stunning and studious places. From tiny hamlets to mountain metropolises, these beautiful college destinations score an A+. 

Microsoft News recently posted a list of every state's most beautiful college town. Here are the DIII winners.

  • Cal Tech, Pasadena (Calif.)
  • Centre, Danville (Ky.)
  • Carleton, Northfield (Minn.)
  • Washington U., St. Louis (Mo.)
  • Rutgers-Newark (N.J.)
  • Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson (N.Y.)
  • Lewis & Clark, Portland (Ore.)
  • Franklin & Marshall, Lancaster (Pa.)
  • Lawrence, Appleton (Wis.)

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