Friday, January 17, 2020

The Hot Topic - NIL

JANUARY 17, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  The Hot Topic - NIL

Name, image and likeness is a hot topic around college sports. With the 2020 NCAA Convention beginning next week, Jack Ford sits down with Vice President of Academic and Membership Affairs Dave Schnase, Vice President of Division II Terri Steeb Gronau and Vice President of Division III Dan Dutcher to discuss what they’re hearing from member schools and student-athletes about the current status of NIL and the process moving forward.

>> Listen to the College Sports Insider podcast hosted by Jack Ford (44:27)
>> Tennessee Proposes NIL Bill

2.  BOG to Review Sexual Assault Policies

"The NCAA will review its stance regarding athletes accused or convicted of sexual assault, the college sports organization said Wednesday, amid pressure from Congress calling for an independent study of the NCAA’s lack of accountability for such athletes.
Both the congressional call and the NCAA’s commitment to reviewing its policies come on the heels of a USA TODAY Network investigation that exposed how college athletes can keep playing sports even after being found responsible for sexual assault.

>> Why It Matters: The NCAA notoriously metes out punishments to student athletes for bad grades, smoking marijuana or accepting money and free meals. But nowhere in its 440-page Division I rulebook does it cite penalties for sexual, violent or criminal misconduct, the USA TODAY Network found."

>> Coming Attractions: Called the Congressional Advisory Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics (CACIA) Act, the measure would establish a two-year independent commission to review, among other issues, “the NCAA’s lack of accountability for athletes who commit sexual assault, other serious misconduct, and the practice of transferring to other institutions,” said Christofer Horta, a legislative assistant for U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Florida.

>> What They're Saying: “That really goes to not only the integrity of the NCAA but the integrity of the colleges themselves,” Shalala said. “The NCAA clearly does not have clear rules on sexual assault and transferability. What we’re interested in is everyone being accountable for their behavior, and for the NCAA to be accountable specifically for the behavior of athletes.”

>> Read More from USA TODAY


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3. Weekend Preview  

Basketball (W)
  1. Tufts (FRI at Hamilton; SAT at #4 Amherst)
  2. Bowdoin (FRI vs. Williams; SAT vs. Middlebury)
  3. Hope (SAT at St. Mary's)
  4. Amherst (FRI vs. Bates; SAT vs. #1 Tufts)
  5. DePauw (at Ohio Wesleyan)
  6. UW-Whitewater (vs. Stout)
  7. Wartburg (at Coe)
  8. Whitman (FRI at Pacific; SAT at #16 George Fox)
  9. Transylvania (at Rose-Hulman)
  10. Scranton (at Catholic)
>> What Else We're Watching: #15 Augsburg at #21 Gustavus Adolphus; McMurry at #17 Mary Hardin-Baylor; #24 Albright at Messiah; Birmingham-Southern at #23 Oglethorpe (SUN).

Basketball (M) -
  1. Swarthmore (at Dickinson)
  2. Wittenberg (at #20 Wooster)
  3. Emory (FRI at NYU; SUN at Brandeis)
  4. Saint John's (vs. Bethel)
  5. Middlebury (FRI vs. Colby; SAT vs. Bowdoin)
  6. Randolph-Macon (vs. Guilford)
  7. UW-Platteville (at #14 La Crosse)
  8. Marietta (at Ohio Northern)
  9. St. Thomas (at St. Mary's)
  10. Elmhurst (at Wheaton)
>> What Else We're Watching: #13 Washington U. at Case Western (FRI); #19 Springfield at Emerson; #22 Amherst at Tufts; #23 Va. Wesleyan at Roanoke

Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
  1. Trinity (SAT vs. Bowdoin; SUN vs. Colby)
  2. Geneseo
  3. UW-Eau Claire (FRI/SAT at Concordia-Moorhead
  4. Norwich (FRI at Southern Maine; SAT at New England College)
  5. Hobart (FRI at Suffolk; SAT at Johnson & Wales)
  6. Utica (FRI at Wilkes; SAT at King's)
  7. Lake Forest
  8. U. of New England
  9. Augsburg (FRI at Bethel; SAT vs. Bethel)
  10. Salve Regina (vs. Endicott)
>> What Else We're Watching: Brockport at Anna Maria (FRI); Babson at UMass Boston (FRI); Stevenson at Elmira (SAT).

Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
  1. Plattsburgh (FRI/SAT vs. Canton)
  2. Middlebury (FRI/SAT at Wesleyan)
  3. Elmira (SAT at Stevenson; SUN vs. Alvernia)
  4. Adrian (FRI/SAT vs. St. Scholastica)
  5. UW-Eau Claire (vs. Superior)
  6. Norwich (at Plymouth State)
  7. Gustavus Adolphus (at St. Olaf)
  8. UW-River Falls (FRI/SAT at Stevens Point)
  9. Hamline (FRI vs. St. Benedict)
  10. Endicott (FRI at U. of New England; SAT vs. UNE)
  11. St. Thomas (FRI/SAT vs. St. Mary's)
>> What Else We're Watching: Williams vs. Amherst (FRI/SAT).

all games/matches Saturday unless indicated

4. Weekend Preview   

Swimming (W) CSCAA
  1. Denison (FRI at Pitt; SAT at #12 Carnegie Mellon/#21 Calvin)
  2. Emory (vs. West Florida/Delta State)
  3. Kenyon
  4. Johns Hopkins (at #22 Rowan/WPI/Swarthmore)
  5. NYU (at West Chester)
  6. Tufts (vs. Wheaton)
  7. Chicago (FRI vs. Lewis/Olivet Nazarene; SAT vs. UW-Milwaukee)
  8. MIT
  9. Washington U. (vs. Truman State)
  10. Williams (vs. Connecticut College)
>> What Else We're Watching: #15 Bates at #20 Bowdoin (FRI).

Swimming (M) - CSCAA
  1. Kenyon
  2. Denison (FRI at Pitt; SAT at #10 Carnegie Mellon/#15 Calvin)
  3. Emory (vs. West Florida/Delta State)
  4. MIT
  5. Johns Hopkins (at #14 Rowan/WPI/Swarthmore)
  6. NYU (at West Chester)
  7. Washington U. (vs. Truman State)
  8. Chicago (FRI vs. Lewis/Olivet Nazarene; SAT vs. UW-Milwaukee)
  9. Claremont-M-S (vs. Redlands)
  10. Carnegie Mellon (vs. #2 Denison/#15 Calvin)
>> What Else We're Watching: #20 Franklin & Marshall at #23 Mary Washington.

Wrestling (Dual Meet) - NWCA
  1. Wartburg (at Cornell College Invitational)
  2. Augsburg (at Cornell College Invitational)
  3. Loras (at Cornell College Invitational)
  4. Wabash (vs. #23 Millikin/Manchester/Kentucky Wesleyan)
  5. Coe (at Cornell College Invitational)
  6. Johnson & Wales RI (SUN at NEWA Duals)
  7. TCNJ (at Ursinus Abele Tournament)
  8. Baldwin Wallace
  9. NYU (vs. McDaniel/Johns Hopkins/Gettysburg/#21 Muhlenberg)
  10. Coast Guard (SUN at NEWA Duals)
>> What Else We're Watching: Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference championship (SAT); Middle Atlantic Conference championship (SAT).

all contests Saturday unless indicated

5.  Comings and Goings

6.   MIA

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Only one known copy of the footage of Super Bowl I in 1967 exists. The copy is owned by Troy Haupt, a 50-year-old nurse anesthetist in North Carolina. Haupt found two reels of bulky two-inch videotape in his mother’s attic, but it remains unseen by the public because of a legal standoff between him and the NFL. Now, with Haupt’s blessing, two filmmakers want to change that—and they say they will take the NFL to court to make it happen. The filmmakers say if they raise $1.5 million, they will complete a documentary on the legal fight, and stream the game online for free.

7.  1 Snack Thing

They're on your airplanes and in your company's snack rooms, but the story of stroopwafels in America goes straight to Brooklyn, Cara Cannella reports for Medium.
  • Anna "Gordon began selling her hand-pressed stroopwafels at the Brooklyn Flea after moving to New York. ... In 2014, [she and her now-husband] opened a brick-and-mortar bakery in Brooklyn."
  • "Around that time, Rip Pruisken founded Brooklyn-based company Rip Van Wafels."
  • "While crashing on the couch of his brother ... at Stanford, Pruisken visited more than 90 tech companies in the Bay Area. Uber, Yelp, Twitter, Square, Google, and Facebook all became Rip Van Wafel customers."
  • "That buzz helped him get his snacks into Starbucks."

We refer to them as "Stroopies" here at the home office. And we like them.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020


JANUARY 16, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. DOJ and NCAA

GP: UCLA forward Ed O'Bannon
Ed O'Bannon (courtesy of Getty Images)

NCAA executives met with the Justice Department’s antitrust chief in November to discuss the association’s plan to change its rules that prevent student-athletes from profiting on their names, according to people familiar with the matter.
Several officials, including the NCAA’s chief lawyer, Donald Remy, met with Makan Delrahim to explain the organization’s views on the issue and its thinking on changes it is considering, said the people, who declined to be named because the conversation was deemed confidential. Delrahim, assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, meanwhile, told the NCAA that the antitrust division is following the issue, the people added.
The meeting highlights the mounting political pressure the NCAA is facing to change a system that critics have argued is unfair or even akin to price fixing, putting it in potential violation of federal antitrust laws. State governments are threatening to force change upon the NCAA through legislation. But the specter of the DOJ bringing suit against the organization – should it wish – puts a powerful set of eyes on the NCAA as it formulates its policies.

>> Why It Matters: The NCAA has acknowledged a need to modernize its policies. But it has also said it is intent on protecting student-athletes from becoming money-driven employees, rather than education-focused students. The organization does not want student-athletes to benefit from special treatment.

>> The Big Picture: Representatives for the NCAA told the DOJ that it does not support the California bill, nor any state law that would create patchwork regulation, one of the people familiar with the talks said.

>> Worth Noting: A person familiar with the DOJ’s thinking said that, in the meeting, the antitrust chief warned NCAA representatives that if it announces new policies in April the DOJ views as anticompetitive, the department is willing to take appropriate action.

>> Be Smart: Delrahim called amateurism a “laudable goal,” but said it in of itself “does not grant antitrust immunity, and rules designed to promote amateurism need to be carefully tailored so they don’t unreasonably limit competition.”

>> Keep Reading courtesy of Lauren Hirsch, CNBC

2. Blink and You'll Miss It

Notre Dame v Stanford
Stanford University fell behind in 2017-not in academics, or in athletics (they are consistently ranked #1 in the Learfield Directors' Cup for best overall sports program), but in stadium Wi-Fi performance. In 2011, they were the first FBS stadium to install the technology, and by mid-2017, they were falling behind. The tech was working fine—it’s just that more was being demanded—more video uploading, more selfies, more downloading statistics, etc.
The University of Notre Dame undertook a massive project in 2017. Called “Campus Crossroads”, the $400 million project took a very creative approach to putting in public Wi-Fi in their upgrades—through placing handrails in lower bowl seating areas (required by the Americans for Disability Act), they were able to create 1,096 new Wi-Fi access points inside the stadium. Notre Dame Senior Associate Athletics Director Rob Kelly told Edscoop in 2018, “We didn’t have handrails in the lower bowl (originally), because the construction happened in the 1930s; the handrails helped accomplish distribution of the access points throughout the lower bowl. The connectivity has been one of the top three positive customer feedback items throughout the season.”

>> Between The Lines: "It’s a daunting, unnoticed part of the arms race in college sports. A great game day experience that keeps people in their seats longer must include high speed cellular or broadband technology. It's a very expensive proposition for an older facility (which many college stadiums and/or arenas are) and must be a part of the planning for any athletic facility, practice or game."

>> Read More from Karen Weaver, Forbes

3.  Preseason All-America 

Image result for alex mumme, ursinus has released its 2020 preseason All-America team.

C-Alex Kachler, Methodist
1B-Tim Johnson, Sul Ross State
2B- Harry Witwer-Dukes, Wooster
SS-Max Lahn, Denison
3B- Daniel Montgomery Jr., Southwestern
OF-Connor Harding, Scranton
OF-Alex Mumme, Ursinus
OF-Bret Williams, Penn State Harrisburg
DH-Dan Harding, Wooster
U-David Larson, WPI
SP-Jonathan Cole, Franklin & Marshall
SP-Nolan McCarthy, Occidental
SP-Zach Pronschinske, UW-La Crosse
SP-Luke Summers, Fontbonne
RP-Nick Garcia, Chapman

>> Complete Team


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4.   About Last Night

  Whittier ended Pomona-Pitzer's 11-game win streak, downing the No. 24 Sagehens, 97-93Ahmad Young scored 28 for the Poets.

  UW-Stevens Point edged No. 7 UW-Platteville, 66-64Blake Ehrke led the Pointers with 21.

  Aiden Gilbert scored a career-high 42 points as Grinnell defeated Illinois College, 135-107. The Pioneers made 24 of 55 three-point attempts.

  The No. 6 UW-Whitewater women posted a huge 66-52 road win at No. 18 UW-La Crosse. Johanna Taylor had a double-double with 14 points and 10 caroms.

  Dejah Terrell tallied 33 points to go along with 17 rebounds to lead No. 24 Albright past Widener, 83-72.

5. Comings and Goings

6.  Squash. Not Just for Dinner Anymore

Michael Craig '20 won, 3-2, at No. 2 in the lineup

Does your institution have squash among its varsity sport offerings? Did you know that Trinity (Conn.) won every men's national title from 1999-2011? Do you know how squash is played?
Invented in 1830, squash is often referred to as "physical chess." It's played by two players (singles) or four players (doubles) in a four-walled court measuring 31 feet x 21 feet x 18.5 feet.
  • The basics: Don't let the ball bounce twice, and don't hit it below the bottom line on the front wall (aka, the "tin") or above the top line (aka, the "outline") on any wall.
  • Avoiding contact: Once you play a shot, you must get out of the way of your opponent. If you don't, your opponent gets a point (known as a "stroke"). If you try to get out of the way but can't (known as a "let"), the point is replayed.
  • How a point starts: The ball is served from the back quarter of the court with one foot in the small "service box," and the serve must go above the middle line (aka, the "service line") and below the top line.
  • Match structure: Best three out of five games. Games are to 11, and you must win each game by two points.
Word of the day: The "T zone" refers to the intersection of lines at the center of the court. When playing a ball, it's advantageous to get yourself to the T, as it gives you the best chance of playing the next shot.

>> Keep Reading courtesy of Axios
>> National Rankings
>> Past Champions

7.  1 Work Thing

St. Louis Fed researchers found that more than 3% of American employees primarily worked from home in 2017, up from 0.7% in 1980, per Axios' Felix Salmon.
  • That number rises to 4% for workers in sales and 5% for workers in management, business and finance.
  • In Boulder, Colorado, 9% of full-time employees work primarily from home.
  • At Axios, 12% of full-time employees work from home.
As Axios' Erica Pandey points out, the growing acceptance of remote work could lead to new opportunities for people who live too far from jobs. But working from home remains a privilege only available to middle- and high-skilled workers in jobs that can be done on a computer or over the phone.
  • It also requires a fast, reliable broadband connection for video conferencing and workforce-collaboration platforms.
The bottom line: America's self-employed have been working from home for decades. Now full-time employees are beginning to discover the attractions of avoiding the open office.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Liberal Arts Pays Off

JANUARY 15, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Liberal Arts Pays Off

It might take a while. But in the long run, an education at a liberal arts college, particularly at one of the most selective ones and those with large numbers of science, technology, engineering and math majors, pays off more than an education at other colleges, finds a study released today by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
In the short term, the return for liberal arts institutions “starts out rather low,” the study found, because it takes time for students at four-year colleges to graduate and begin earning money.
After 10 years, the return on investment at liberal arts colleges was $62,000, about 40 percent less than the $107,000 median ROI for attending all colleges, found the study, which used data made available on the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard to calculate the net present value of degrees and credentials from different colleges over short and long time frames.
But 40 years after enrollment, the return at liberal arts colleges reached $918,000, more than 25 percent higher than the $723,000 median gain at all colleges.
>> Surprise: The study found that liberal arts colleges were the third most lucrative among 14 types of colleges, as defined by the Carnegie Classification system. They trailed only doctoral universities with the highest and second-highest amounts of research activity -- including well-known ones like the California Institute of Technology, Duke University and Harvard University, many public flagship universities, and institutions with strong pre-professional programs like Chapman, Hampton and Villanova Universities.

>> Bottom Line: “Given these challenges, it is worth asking: How do students who attend the 210 or so liberal arts colleges in the United States actually fare financially once they enter the labor force?” the study said. “It turns out that they fare quite well.”

>> Keep Reading from Inside Higher Ed

2.  A New Look

Sweet Briar College has added a new logo to the athletics brand: the FIERCE Vixen. This fresh and dynamic logo joins the legacy Vixen identity to create an expanded, powerful and meaningful brand.

Sweet Briar College spent the past year reflecting on what Vixen athletics means to the Sweet Briar family and worked closely with athletes, coaches and alumnae to develop the FIERCE Vixen. The bold use of Sweet Briar's pink and green is complemented by strong strokes and accents of midnight blue, which project the intrinsic connection of the college and athletics.

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3.  Eyeing Future Profits

Companies are moving quickly to capitalize on a market that does not yet exist based on the prospect of college athletes being able to earn compensation for the use of their name, likeness and image.
Officials in the National Collegiate Athletic Association are still in the early stages of discussion about permitting athletes to profit from their personal celebrity, sponsorship deals and other benefits of using their name, image and likeness, or NIL. The association’s division leaders and a working group exploring new guidance and policies will not report updates to the NCAA Board of Governors until April. The NCAA has also said that any updated guidance should be “consistent with the collegiate model,” which doesn’t suggest much significant change to the current structure, said Audrey Anderson, litigation counsel for the law firm Bass, Berry & Sims, who specializes in athletics department issues.
But two companies noted in Sports Illustrated’s “Sports Business Predictions for 2020” have already developed business models based on potential NIL benefits.

>> What's Next: One company,, is a new crowdfunding platform similar to that will allow anyone -- college sports fans, alumni and large companies -- to donate funds to a specific collegiate athletic program or player position.

>> Of Note: Another company,, that would provide legal representation to athletes, was recently started by Dustin McGuire, a family practice lawyer in Illinois and former Division I men’s basketball player for Saint Louis University. His company could help athletes navigate sponsorship deals and provide other opportunities to profit from their NIL, such as fan autograph exchanges and social media advertising.

>> The Final Word: “It is a very large opportunity -- athletes need to realize that they’re a business,” McGuire said.

>> Go Deeper with Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed


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4.  About Last Night 

   Morina Bojka (pictured) scored a career-high 35 points as Mount Saint Mary won its 40th straight regular season conference game with a 75-63 triumph at Mount Saint Vincent.
  Matthew Cuce had a goal and an assist while Chris Janzen made 45 saves as unranked Elmira (9-3-1) toppled No. 2 Geneseo, 4-2.

  Mia DelRosso handed out four assists as Amherst (8-3-2) won its sixth consecutive game with a 4-1 win vs. No. 6 Norwich.

  No. 18 Muhlenberg won the final two bouts to upend East Stroudsburg, ranked 19th in Division II, by a 25-17 count. It was the Mules' first-ever win against ESU.

5.  Comings and Goings

6.  Play of the Day

7.  1 Jeopardy Thing 

Photo: Eric McCandless/ABC via AP
Ken Jennings won the "Jeopardy!" greatest-of-all-time title (and $1 million) by being bold, per AP:
  • In "Final Jeopardy," Jennings bet all 32,800 of his points on the clue: "This area of Greece, home to Pan, is synonymous with a rural paradise; it's a setting for Vergil's shepherd poems the 'Ecologues.'"
  • He correctly answered: "What is Arcadia?"

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