Friday, December 4, 2020

Commission Calls for New Entity



DECEMBER 4, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Commission Calls for New Entity

Knight Commission Sees Integrity of College Sports at Risk - Knight  Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
by Dennis Dodds,

"The Knight Commission on Thursday recommended separating major-college football and the College Football Playoff from the NCAA as part of a sweeping reform of college athletics. 

The new football entity would be called the National College Football Association. The NCFA – made up of the 130 current Football Bowl Subdivision schools -- would be funded by the CFP. The new group would manage all issues related to education, health, safety, litigation, eligibility, enforcement and revenue distribution in major-college football.

The NCAA would then govern only basketball as major revenue-generating sport in Division I. It would continue to oversee the other so-called minor sports. The NCAA is made up of approximately 1,100 schools, 350-plus of those play Division I basketball. The recommendations were shared with NCAA president Mark Emmert earlier Thursday. The association and CFP did not immediately have comment. 

>> Situational Awareness: "The commission's move comes from a long-standing frustration that FBS and the Power Five  conferences have a weighted advantage in NCAA voting on issues, particularly when it comes to NCAA revenue distribution."

>> Why It Matters: "major-college sports are reaching a tipping point. The NCAA is defending multiple lawsuits attacking its amateurism model while trying to implement athletes' name, image and likeness rights. Athlete empowerment is on the rise. The association and its schools are increasingly going to the federal government for help in protecting the status quo."

>> The Key Stat: "With the NCFA breaking off from the NCAA the Knight Commission believes the association would adhere more to "core principles of higher education."

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2.  Duff Doing Her Part

Under normal conditions, Sarah Duff would have just completed her senior year on the Worcester State University field hockey team, perhaps having won her second-consecutive Little East Conference championship, thus leading her team back to the NCAA Tournament.

Her plans for her senior season got completely derailed, however, by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it appears the nursing major from Warren, Mass. may have already played her final game in a Lancer uniform.

Long before her senior season got cancelled, Sarah stepped up when the virus reared its ugly head in March, working directly on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sarah proves that the future is in good hands.

>> Situational Awareness: "Sarah, a First Team All-LEC selection who helped Worcester State win its first ever Little East championship in 2019, usually works as a patient care assistant (PCA) on the telemetry medical surgical floor at UMass Memorial Medical Center in downtown Worcester, Mass. In the early stages of the pandemic, she was transferred to a unit dedicated strictly to patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. She has since moved to the cardiovascular intensive care unit, but still regularly works with COVID-positive patients."

>> Quotable: “It is very scary working at times like this, especially since I am in the thick of it, but it is also very rewarding knowing that I am helping people," said Duff. "I think about how each person in this room is the family member of someone, and how I, right now, am this person’s sense of ‘family,’ which to me makes this risk so much more justifiable.”

>> The Big Picture: "Having seen what can happen firsthand, Sarah shared some advice on how to flatten the curve. “The biggest thing others can do right now is take the stay at home [orders] seriously and stay inside,” she said. “Coronavirus is real and it is scary, so others need to do their part as well.”

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3. Top Women's Soccer Finals

We go out on a limb and choose our top Division III women's soccer championship matches. Feel free to add to our list at @D3Playbook or

#1 - 1994 - #2 TCNJ d. #1 UC San Diego, 4-3 (3 OT)
Kerri Shembari scored the "golden goal" at 123:57 as the #2 Lions completed an undefeated season (15-0) against the #1 Tritons.

#2 - 2003 - Oneonta d. Chicago, 2-1 (OT)
The Maroons were 29 seconds away from the national title when the Red Dragons notched the equalizer on a Brooke Davis tally. Sanada Mujanovic won it 2:54 into overtime when her cross from the right flank caught the upper left corner of the goal for the championship.

#3 - 2000 - TCNJ d. Tufts, 2-1
Cara Gabage headed home a loose ball with :03 left for win. She also had triple-OT winners vs. Messiah and Ohio Wesleyan in tourney.

#4 - 1998 - Macalester d. TCNJ, 1-0 (4OT)
The third of three sisters at Mac, Tawni Epperson scored on a breakaway a minute into the fourth overtime to lift the Scots past the Lions for the national title.

#5 - 1988 - William Smith d. UC San Diego, 1-0 (3OT)
Ann Haggerty converted a pass from Karen Miller in the 126th minute to lift the Herons past the Tritons for the school's first NCAA title.

#6 - 2014 - Lynchburg d. Williams, 0-0 (4-3 PKs)
The #1 Hornets capped an undefeated season (27-0-1) with a shootout win against the Ephs. The teams combined for 32 shots, including 14 on goal, during 110 minutes of scoreless soccer. Lynchburg hit the crossbar at the end of regulation and again in the 2nd OT.

#7 - 2007 - Wheaton, Ill. d. Messiah, 1-0
The top-ranked Thunder used a Jami Herrmann goal in the 43rd minute and a diving save by Kristen Eggert in the 88th to edge the #2 Falcons. It was Wheaton's 45th consecutive win and the first loss of the year for Messiah.

#8 - 2002 - Ohio Wesleyan d. Messiah, 1-0 
Erika Howland's first-half goal was all the Battling Bishops needed for a repeat championship. OWU (24-0) did not allow a goal in its five NCAA matches.

#9 - 2013 - William Smith d. Trinity, Texas, 2-0
Chelsea Dunay made nine saves for her 18th shutout of the season as the #3 Herons blanked the #2 Tigers. William Smith did not allow a goal in its six NCAA matches.



4.  Return to Play Decisions

The Midwest Conference has opted to not sponsor league competition, including championships, for fall and winter sports during the 2020-21 academic year. The Conference continues to work diligently toward a spring season for baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field. 

The Landmark Conference has postponed a decision on a return to play until January to allow more fact-finding and time for local and regional decisions to be made. If conditions allow, the conference will conduct a men’s and women’s basketball schedule and postseason that will begin no earlier than Friday, February 5. The conference will not conduct an Indoor Track and Field Championship due to in-person gathering restrictions and the number of staff needed to successfully conduct the event. The conference is exploring alternate models and competitive opportunities for swimming & diving. 


5. DIII Notebook

NFL: Preseason-New York Giants at New England Patriots
  • Former Monmouth College standout Alex Tanney is likely to be signed by the New York Giants on Saturday prior to this week's contests against Seattle. Tanney's brother - Matt - is the athletic director at Wabash.
  • Tip of the hat to the East Texas Baptist women's basketball team who toppled Division I McNeese State last night, 68-67. Bridget Upton led ETBU with 20 points.
  • College runners seeking to pursue their spot during the pandemic are flocking to Flagstaff, Ariz., including 14 runners from Johns Hopkins who are living and training together, as well as taking classes online.


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