Thursday, December 17, 2020

Indy and the Supremes


"Virginia's Championship City"


DECEMBER 17, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Indy and the Supremes

from the Associated Press

"The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to review a court decision that the NCAA has said blurred "the line between student-athletes and professionals" by removing caps on education-related money certain football and basketball players can receive.

The case will be argued in 2021 with a decision expected before the end of June.

The high court's action comes after a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in May. The panel upheld a lower court ruling barring the NCAA from capping education-related compensation and benefits for student-athletes in Division I football and basketball programs. Division I conferences can still independently set their own rules. 

In August, Justice Elena Kagan had denied the NCAA's request to put lower court rulings in favor of the student-athletes on hold at least temporarily while the NCAA formally petitioned the Supreme Court to take up the case."

>> Situational Awareness: "The NCAA is in the process of changing its rules to permit athletes to be compensated for the use of their names, images and likenesses. That should open opportunities for athletes to be paid for endorsement and sponsorship deals, for appearances and for promoting products or events on social media accounts."

>> NCAA Statement: "We are pleased the U.S. Supreme Court will review the NCAA’s right to provide student-athletes with the educational benefits they need to succeed in school and beyond," said Donald Remy, chief legal officer. "The NCAA and its members continue to believe that college campuses should be able to improve the student-athlete experience without facing never-ending litigation regarding these changes.”

>> Worth Noting: "While the Supreme Court has heard several cases involving college sports—including the 1988 case NCAA v. Jerry Tarkanian, where the Court held the NCAA is not a “state actor” and thus doesn’t have to adhere to constitutional safeguards—Alston is arguably the most significant player-related decision since the 1984 ruling in NCAA v. Board of Regents.” - Michael McCann, Sportico (link)

>> Be Smart: "The NCAA would like greater restrictions to be put in place; however, the Supreme Court could conceivably hold that no form of payment, whether it be tied to education or not (i.e., payment for performance in the form of a salary), may be limited by the NCAA. In essence, an athlete-friendly decision has the potential of further narrowing the differences between college athletes and professional athletes with regard to their earning capacities." - Daniel Heitner, Above The Law (link)



2. DIIICA Releases Strategic Plan Process

DIIICA Releases Initial Collegiate Officiating Strategic Plan Process

"The Division III Commissioners Association (DIIICA) Officiating Committee recently teamed with the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) to conduct a video webinars releasing an initial presentation of its Collegiate Officiating Strategic Plan. This strategic plan stems from the DIIICA's Comprehensive Assessment of Officiating Report "A Strategic Analysis of the State of Collegiate Officiating” which was released this past September and included data gathered by The Pictor Group. 

This latest dive into the state of collegiate officiating was preceded by six regional officiating report webinars which took place earlier this month. Those sessions included specific data related to DIIICA's report. The NADIIIAA webinar allowed the DIIICA to release its strategic plan mission statement, detail the pillars which will sustain it and answer questions from membership."

>> Click here to view the planning webinar


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3.  Men's Soccer Finals

DIII Men's College Soccer - Home |

Here is our list of the top 10 NCAA Division III men's soccer championship matches.

1.  TCNJ d. Kenyon, 2-1 (4OT), 1996
Mark Laurenaitis scored his second goal of the match with :06 remaining in the fortuh OT period. Moments earlier, GK Rob Jordan made a stellar foot save to keep the match tied. (video highlights)

2. Rowan d. Scranton, 2-1 (4OT), 1981
Scott Salisbury scored the unassisted golden goal at 12:26 of the fourth overtime for the Profs. (link) (Championship Program)

3. Babson d. Scranton, 1-0 (OT), 1980
Senior John Sisk scored the first goal of his collegiate career at the most opportune time, launching a 35-yard boot into the upper left corner of the goal to lift the Beavers to their second straight title. (Replay)

4. Bethany d. Johns Hopkins, 1-0 (2OT), 1994
Pat Ricci
 tallied the golden goal on a 15-yard shot that glanced off the left post to give the Bison their first NCAA title. All five Bethany games in the tourney went extra time, including three decided by penalties. (link)

5. Messiah d. Rutgers-Camden, 2-1 (2OT), 2013
The Falcons took the title on a header by Jeremy Payne off a cross by Josh Wood in the 104th minute. (Replay) (Recap)

6. Tufts d. Calvin, 1-0 (2OT), 2016
Tyler Kulcsar
 made his first goal of the season a memorable one, tallying in the 104th minute to give the Jumbos the championship. (Replay) (Recap)

7. Brandeis d. Brockport, 2-1 (2OT), 1976
After missing the last 15 minutes of regulation due to a kick to the face, Cleveland Lewis made his return a triumphant one, scoring his second goal at 9:47 of the second OT. (Recap)

8. Messiah d. Lynchburg, 2-1 (OT), 2010
Geoff Pazan
 notched the title-winner in the 97th minute. (Championship Goal) (Highlights)

9. Wheaton, Ill. d. Brandeis, 2-1 (3OT), 1984
Dave Kouwe
 made his penalty kick count, finding the right side of the goal for the golden goal. (Championship Goal)

10. Babson d. Lock Haven, 1-0 (4OT), 1979 semifinal
Jim Fisher's
 golden goal in the 138th minute lifted the Beavers past the two-time defending national champions. (Highlights)


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4.  Scorecard

We continue to update the winter and spring competition seasons for schools and conferences that have made formal announcements. Others have yet to indicate plans for the upcoming seasons.

According to, 87 institutions have opted out of competition in winter sports in 2020-21.

Please let us know if we've missed your league or conference.

Moving Forward (15)

Waiting to Make Call (6)

Canceled Conference Play and Championships (14)

Canceled Winter Competition (3)

No Formal Announcement (7)
  • Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
  • College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
  • Little East Conference
  • Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
  • New Jersey Athletic Conference
  • Skyline Conference
  • Upper Midwest Athletic Conference


5.  Comings and Goings


6.  1 Greyhound Thing

While doing a live shot from Bethlehem, Pa., the Weather Channel's Jim Cantore met Mo, the Moravian College greyhound mascot, out for a walk with President Byron Grigsby.

>> Watch


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