Friday, March 13, 2020

Over and Out

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MARCH 13, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Over and Out

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"Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities."

Never, did I think I would see this in my professional lifetime.

>> A Father's Thoughts: "I’m sorry for every other NCAA championship-bound senior in every other winter and spring sport, all of whom had their college careers ended Thursday in a completely unimaginable way. I’m sorry for the ones you’ve heard of, like Cassius Winston and Sabrina Ionescu, but also for the ones you haven’t. I’m sorry for the wrestlers and the runners and the rowers and the softballers, all of whom worked (and worked, and worked) to get to this point. And, yes, for all the senior swimmers we've gotten to know and love and cheer for. You all deserve a better sendoff than this." - Pat Forde, Sports Illustrated

>> Fallout: “I’m surprised we’ve made a decision in March not to hold baseball and softball events in June. I’d love to know what went into those decisions.” - Greg Sankey (Cortland '87), commissioner, Southeastern Conference

>> The Final Word

 

2. Conference Shutdown
 
Here is a list of Division III conferences that made league-wide decisions over the past two days. Apologies if I missed a conference or school.

Conferences That Canceled Spring Season (5)
Empire 8, NESCAC, NEAC, Ohio, SCIAC.

Additional Schools That Canceled Spring Season (18)
Brandeis, Carleton, Cortland, Covenant, DePauw, Emory, Gallaudet, Grinnell, Fredonia State, Oberlin, Plattsburgh State, Rochester, Rowan, RPI, Skidmore, Southern Maine, William Peace, Wittenberg.

Conferences That Suspended Spring Season (6)
Centennial, Landmark, MASCAC, Middle Atlantic, Northwest, SCAC.
 


3.  What About the Staff?
 

Coronavirus Cases Causes Johns Hopkins To Ban Fans At NCAA Division III Basketball Tournament
by Karen Weaver, Forbes
NOTE: filed prior to NCAA postseason announcement


"As a veteran of many NCAA postseason events, I have been wondering about how the NCAA would respond to the coronavirus outbreak. There are a number of postseason events that are going on in March and April.

By my count, that’s 15 sport championships times three divisions— equaling up to 45 postseason championships. The decisions to compete at all—or in front of just parents and friends, or to ask fans and others to decide for themselves whether to stay home—is fraught for one specific group of athletic staff employees that, so far, I haven’t heard anyone talk about.

When a school bids to host an NCAA event on or near campus, it is saying in effect, “Our athletic department staff are willing to spend the extra hours to staff this event.” Staff members who volunteer (or by their very title are “volunteered”) to work such an event (sometimes lasting four or five days), are rarely mentioned in the decision-making process, yet they spend the longest amount of time in these arenas, aquatic centers and other venues."

>> The Big Picture: "How is it right, then, that we ask the athletics communications staff, or the athletics training staff or the facilities and housekeeping staff, to stay and risk their own health?"

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4.  A Refund Quandry

by Emma Whitford, InsideHigherEd.com
"Students across the country are making hurried plans to move out of their dorm rooms as the number of campus closures over coronavirus concerns skyrocketed past 200 Thursday.

Away from their dorms and dining halls, many students and parents are wondering if and when they’ll be refunded room and board fees.

But for colleges relying on such fees -- called auxiliary fees -- to support their operating revenue, refunds could be devastating.

“Every residential college and university in America relies on that auxiliary revenue stream. It is baked into the budget,” W. Joseph King, president of Lyon College and co-author of How to Run a College, said in an email. “Significant refunds will cause real problems at many institutions. It will just be worse for those with tighter or deficit budgets.”

>> Situational Awareness: "Auxiliary services are becoming an increasingly important part of colleges’ operating revenue, especially for private, four-year institutions."

>> What They're Saying: “Refunds are a sticky business since they are definitely not in the budget. Any significant refunding will create a budget hole,” King said. “It just depends on how it is prorated. Most institutions have policies about refunds (or no refunds) if a student withdraws. Few (if any) have closure policies.”

>> Of Note: "A wealth gap may be emerging between colleges that choose to close or cancel in-person classes and those that, so far, will remain open. In Pennsylvania, West Chester University -- with an endowment of $40 million -- decided to end face-to-face instruction Wednesday, while Mansfield University of Pennsylvania -- with a $1 million endowment -- did not."

>> The Final Word: "Effectively, the crisis has the potential to create a double whammy -- unexpected [costs] and highly unpredictable future revenue at tuition-driven institutions," said Brian Mitchell, King's co-author on How to Run a College and the founder of Brian Mitchell & Associates, a higher education consulting firm.

>> Go Deeper​

5.  About Last Night


Quinn Gudaitis pitching

  Illinois Wesleyan (7-3) handed UMass Dartmouth its first loss of the season by a 4-2 count. Quinn Gudaitis went the distance, striking out 10, for the Titans.

  #10 Salisbury (8-3) struck for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to come-from-behind and down #11 Shenandoah, 9-7. Justin Meekins drove in three runs for the Sea Gulls.

  Merchant Marine's Joe Raab struck out 12 batters over nine innings, while counterpart Zack Jones of Rockford fanned 10 in 10 innings. Neither was involved in the decision - a 4-0 USMMA (2-4) victory in 11 innings.

 
6.  Comings and Goings
 
 
7.  1 Thing We All Need

We could all use a virtual hug right now. So here you go. Be Safe!


 
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Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Fall of Spring Sports

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MARCH 12, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. The Fall of Spring Sports


Where do we begin? The last 24 hours has seen a flurry of colleges and universities making decisions to stem the advance of COVID-19 and making social distancing a new part of our lexicon. Tom Hanks and his wife have the coronavirus and the NBA has suspended its season.

The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) fired one of the first salvos, canceling the spring sports season for its 11 schools. Other institutions, such as  DePauwMITRochester, and Trinity (Texas) have pulled the plug on their spring campaigns, while many others has suspended activity until further notice.

It appears that many conference members are leaning on each other for support, as the future of those seasons are currently being decided in executive committee.

"Each institution will respond in ways that depend on their size, their wealth, the characteristics of their constituencies and the likely risk associated with this virus," John Lombardi, former president of the University of Florida and the Louisiana State University system, as well as the author of How Universities Work, said via email to InsideHigherEd.com. "Small, rich, liberal arts colleges can do lots of things without much fallout because they have money, because they often are highly risk averse, and because they may well believe their [students'] parents are especially risk averse."

>> Be Smart: All told, the COVID-19 outbreak looks to get worse before it gets better and we may have to come to grips with the fact that the 2020 seasons will be truncated at best and eliminated at worst.
2.  Essential Staff and Limited Family



"The NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel recognizes the fluidity of COVID-19 and its impact on hosting events in a public space. COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in the United States, and behavioral risk mitigation strategies are the best option for slowing the spread of this disease. This is especially important because mildly symptomatic individuals can transmit COVID-19. Given these considerations, coupled with a more unfavorable outcome of COVID-19 in older adults – especially those with underlying chronic medical conditions – we recommend against sporting events open to the public. We do believe sport events can take place with only essential personnel and limited family attendance, and this protects the players, employees, and fans."

3.  Smarts

2019-20 Academic All-America® NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Team Announced
DePauw’s Sydney Kopp headlines the 2019-20 Academic All-America® NCAA Division III women's basketball teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and announced Wednesday.

Kopp, a political science major from Burr Ridge, Illinois, has been named as the Academic All-America® NCAA Division III for women’s basketball.

Kopp is the NCAC Player of the Year and a Jostens Award finalist after leading DePauw to a perfect 16-0 league record and the 2020 NCAC championship. A three-time first team All-NCAC honoree, Kopp led all players in scoring and was seventh in rebounding.

First Team
Taite Anderson, Bethel, 3.7, Biokinetics
Sydney Kopp, DePauw, 3.75, Political Science
Katie McShea, Marymount, 4.0, Biology
Yuleska Ramirez-Tejada, Emmanuel, 3.89, Criminal Justice
Eva Reinertsen, UW-Superior, 4.00, Social Work

>> Complete Team

2019-20 Academic All-America® NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Team Announced
Muskingum’s Marcus Dempsey headlines the 2019-20 Academic All-America® NCAA Division III men’s basketball teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and announced Wednesday.

Dempsey, a junior business management major from Zanesville, Ohio, has been named as the Academic All-America® NCAA Division III for men’s basketball.

Dempsey, a 2018 third team Academic All-America®, earns his second AAA nod this year after averaging 30.6 points per game on his way to a second All-OAC first team honor. In 2017-18, he finished third in the nation in scoring and he is currently second in the country this season.

First Team
Booker Coplin, Augsburg, 3.6, Biopsychology
Marcus Dempsey, Muskingum, 3.89, Business Management
Kena Gilmour, Hamilton, 3.7, Government
Matthew Kirmse, Milwaukee School of Engineering, 4.00, Business Administration
Conor Riordan, Simpson, 3.94, Mathematics

>> Complete Team

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4. Softball Poll Softball on Apple iOS 13.3

The latest NFCA Division III poll has been released.
  1. East Texas Baptist (15-0)
  2. Texas Lutheran (17-1)
  3. Christopher Newport (12-1)
  4. Illinois Wesleyan (7-1)
  5. Virginia Wesleyan (11-1)
  6. Eastern Connecticut (0-0)
  7. Linfield (12-2)
  8. Central (6-1)
  9. Kean, tie (9-1)
  10. Williams, tie (0-0)
11-15: Mary Hardin-Baylor, Salisbury, DePauw, Carthage, Geneseo.
16-20: Transylvania, Berry, Tufts, Randolph-Macon, MSOE, St. John Fisher.
22-25: Manhattanville, Ferrum, Wartburg, Emory.

>> Climbing: UMHB (+8), Carthage (+6).
>> Welcome to the Neighborhood: Transylvania, Berry, MSOE, St. John Fisher, Wartburg, Emory.

5.   About Last Night  Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3 Softball on Apple iOS 13.3 

  (W) #8 Norwich (23-4-2) advanced to the next round in the NCAA women's ice hockey tournament with a 3-1 victory at #9 Amherst behind a two-goal effort by Kelley Madden. Next up - #1 Plattsburgh State.

  (W) #5 UW-River Falls (22-5-2) moved on in the tournament with a convincing 4-1 win over #4 Gustavus Adolphus. Hailey Herdine and Julia Stelljes scored in a 74-second span of the third period to break open a 1-1 game. Next up - #3 UW-Eau Claire.

Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3  (M) #9 Gettysburg scored the game's final four goals, including the game-winner from Michael McCormick with :47 remaining to down Washington and Lee, 12-11.

Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3  (M) Kerry Lyne scored five times and assisted on another to power #10 Union (4-1) to a 16-11 victory over #12 St. John Fisher.

Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3  (W) Courtney Patterson tallied the game-winning goal with 1:50 left in overtime to power #6 Gettysburg (4-1) past #7 Salisbury, 12-11.

Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3  (W) Madeline McHugh scored seven goals and handed out six assists as North Central (Ill.) improved to 5-0 with a 20-2 win over Benedictine.

Softball on Apple iOS 13.3  Sophomore Kamryn McCool faced one batter over the minimum in twirling a no-hitter as Mount St. Joseph (7-6) blanked Carthage, 2-0. She fanned 13, allowing just one runner to reach base via a HBP in handing the Lady Reds their first loss of the season.


5.  Comings and Goings
  • Ryan Hall named head men's water polo coach at Redlands.
  • Nnenna Akotaobi resigned as associate athletic director at Swarthmore to accept position as acting executive director of Black Women in Sport Foundation.
  • Kyle Gurganious resigned as assistant commissioner of the Atlantic East Conference.

6.  1 Food Thing Hamburger on Apple iOS 13.3

Beginning tomorrow, McDonald's will add a four-patty Double Big Mac to its menu for a limited time, per CNN.
  • The Double Big Mac, which costs $5.49, has 720 calories and 43 grams of fat.
  • A regular Big Mac (two patties) costs $3.99 and has 540 calories and 30 grams of fat.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Spring Ends Before It Begins

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MARCH 11, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Spring Ends Before It Begins


The COVID-19 virus has struck down a number of Division III athletic programs for the spring. The institutions listed below have moved classes online and, in many, cases, suspended athletic competition and practice. Many of these institutions have also advised students to prepare to be away from campus for the remainder of the semester.

  • Amherst (Mass.)
  • Babson (Mass.)
  • Berea (Ky.)
  • Colorado College
  • Grinnell (Iowa)
  • Kenyon (Ohio)
  • Middlebury (Vt.)
  • Mount Holyoke (Mass.)
  • Mount St. Mary (N.Y.)
  • Skidmore (N.Y.)
  • Smith (Mass.)
  • St. Lawrence (N.Y.)
  • Tufts (Mass.)

>> Worth Noting: "Concerns remain over the other resources students have. Mildred Garcia, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, pointed out that many students at regional colleges are low income, and while many institutions have policies for loaning laptops, it may not be enough to cover everyone who needs one."

>> Reality Check: "There also could be economic effects, Rebecca Anne Glazier, an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, said. "Working students might have their shifts cut if people are staying home and not using services. Those in the service industry might get fewer customers and thus fewer tips. “As professors, we just need to recognize how many pressures our students are under,” she said. “Maybe just give a little bit of grace.”

>> What They're Saying: "The NCAA continues to assess how COVID-19 impacts the conduct of our tournaments and events. We are consulting with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel, who are leading experts in epidemiology and public health, and will make decisions in the coming days."

>> Yes, But: "With every academic campus that announced a switch to online learning — from USC to Ohio State to Rutgers — it ramped up the pressure on the NCAA to make a decision about what its tournament will look like. The entire day felt like a tipping point for a drastically altered American sports landscape amid the confusion and uncertainty of the coronavirus."

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2.  Hidden Figures

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by Merritt Enright, Andrew W. Lehren and Jaime Longoria, NBC News

Katelyn Waltemyer, a junior at James Madison University in Virginia, was stunned by what she learned during a seemingly simple assignment for the campus newspaper: dissecting the school's tuition bill.

Buried in each student's yearly cost of almost $23,000 was a required fee of $2,340 solely to finance the school's sports teams. The money was not for using the gym, or for funding student clubs and activities. It was only for underwriting the costs of athletic teams — and a student could only find out about it by visiting and searching the school's website.

"For someone who doesn't care a whole lot about athletics, it seems a bit much for me to have to contribute," said Waltemyer. "I have two jobs. I'm a full-time student. And I'm paying for athletes' scholarships? To me, that hurt."

>> Why It Matters: "Students may not even see the fee on their tuition bill, and would need to visit the university website or, at some institutions, even file a public records request to find out how much they are being charged to support college athletics. And student fees have soared in the past decade, rising even faster than the overall cost of a public university education."

>> The Bottom Line: "For Waltemyer, the cost is excessive. She estimates that when she graduates next year, she will need to repay $20,000 in loans. Without a fee for sports teams, her loans would be half of that."

>> Reality Check: "Students often have little way to know how much they're paying towards athletics. Many schools, despite reporting large revenues from student fees in athletic finance documents, do not list an athletic fee on their website or tuition bills. NBC News examined actual tuition bills received by students from 20 schools in six states that collect athletic fees, and didn't find the fees listed on any of the bills. In more than half of those cases, we were able to determine the fees by looking at a school's financial website. In the rest, however, we had to ask a school official or file a public records request."

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3.  About Last Night 

Jordan Patterson


  Three Hood (6-4) pitchers combined for a no-hitter as the Blazers blanked Lancaster Bible, 11-0, in a seven-inning contest. Jordan Patterson pitched the first five innings and struck out five for the win.

  Tyler CauleyTyler Post and Spencer Brandt hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the second inning of Texas Lutheran's 16-3 win against DeSales.

Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3  (M) #8 Cabrini improved to 4-1 with a 16-6 victory over Hampden-Sydney as Kyle Tucker scored five times.

Tennis on Apple iOS 13.3  (M) #12 Case Western Reserve whitewashed #14 Carnegie Mellon, 9-0, in a UAA men's tennis match. The Spartans also topped Division I Lehigh, 6-1. James Hopper picked up a couple of wins at #1 singles.

4.  Rankings  Volleyball on Apple iOS 13.3

The latest D3Baseball.com poll is out.
  1. Cal Lutheran (16-1)
  2. Randolph-Macon (14-1)
  3. Chapman (11-3)
  4. Babson (2-1)
  5. Trinity, Texas (8-2)
  6. Washington U. (8-2)
  7. North Central, Ill. (7-0)
  8. Kean (7-2)
  9. Southern Maine (0-1)
  10. Salisbury (6-3)
11-15: Shenandoah, Rhodes, UMass-Boston, Rowan, Marietta.
16-20: UW-Whitewater, Johns Hopkins, Birmingham-Southern, Aurora, Webster.
21-25: Wooster, Concordia (Texas), Emory, Trinity (Conn.), Wheaton (Mass.).


>> Welcome: Concordia (Texas), Emory, Trinity (Conn.), Wheaton (Mass.).
>> Movers and Shakers: Rowan (+9), Marietta (+9), Shenandoah (+7), North Central (+6), Randolph-Macon (+5).

>> What We're Watching (WED-FRI): #10 Salisbury vs. #11 Shenandoah (THU); #8 Kean vs. #15 Marietta (THU); #18 BSC vs. #23 Emory (FRI); #13 UMass-Boston vs. #25 Wheaton (FRI).



Here's the latest AVCA men's volleyball ranking.
  1. Springfield
  2. NYU
  3. New Paltz
  4. Vassar
  5. Stevens
  6. Rutgers-Newark
  7. Dominican
  8. Lancaster Bible
  9. St. John Fisher
  10. Wells
11-15: Endicott, Carthage, MIT, Benedictine, MSOE.

>> On The Move: Lancaster Bible (+4)

>> What We're Watching (WED-FRI): #2 NYU vs. #3 New Paltz (WED); #14 Benedictine vs. Concordia-Chicago (WED); #7 Dominican vs. Stevenson (THU); #8 Lancaster Bible vs. #10 Wells (FRI).

5.  1 Count Thing


The Census Bureau soft-launched its website, making the form available online.
  • Tomorrow, the forms will be mailed far and wide.
  • Go deeper.

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