Friday, April 10, 2020

Back to School

D3Playbook
APRIL 10, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

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1. Back to School

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Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, Emory medicine associate dean Dr. Carlos del Rio and NCAA chief medical officer Dr. Brian Hainline will discuss how college sports can return from a pandemic.
 

2.  Best QB Prospect You've Never Heard Of


by Kevin Fishbain, The Athletic
 
"With a name like Broc Rutter, you’d better be a good athlete.

John Rutter was coaching football at St. Charles when they played Waubonsie Valley. The opposing quarterback’s name? Broc Kreitz.

So with that in mind, Rutter told his wife that when their son was born, he wanted to name him Broc, and “she was all about it.”

Broc has never met his namesake, but he already had some expectations to live up to with a father who played football and was a longtime athletic director and football and basketball coach in the area.

“People have said, ‘You have to be a quarterback with that name,’” Broc said.

Rutter did become a quarterback and he put up four seasons of ridiculous numbers at North Central College in Naperville. In his senior season, he led North Central to the Division III national title and he won the Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in D-III. Now, he is on the NFL radar leading up to the draft."

>> Luck of the Draw: "Rutter had April 10 circled on the calendar. That was supposed to be the Bears’ local Pro Day at Halas Hall, where prospects who went to college or high school nearby get an extra shot to work out in front of a pro team. But while hundreds of NFL Draft hopefuls who didn’t get that exposure and have been scrambling to post videos of workouts, Rutter worked out at Northern Illinois on March 4. Six days later, Rutter threw in front of reps from all 32 teams at Northwestern. The next night, Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, and the world changed."

>> Siren Sound: He redshirted his first year at Indiana State before transferring to his hometown school - North Central. The opportunity to start and win brought him home.

>> Quotable: “He’s got the physical tools and the ability to throw the ball, but what’s between his ears is just different,” NCC head coach Jeff Thorne said. “Everything’s faster. It’s going to be a lot different than what he’s accustomed to from a physical standpoint. But his ability to learn an offense and understand defense, along with his accuracy, I think it gives him a chance.”

>> Last Word: “As a competitor, you like to think you’re the best,” Rutter said. “You like to think if given the right opportunity, you would be able to thrive and have success. I give so much to the game of football that I’m not sure anyone else in the class can say they’ve given as much as I do. If a team gets me in the facility and gets to know me, I think they’ll fall in love with me and realize, wow, this kid can really play the game of football. He understands it and he would be a great addition to our team.”

>> A great #whyD3 read ($)

 


3.  #WatchD3

 
Junior C Matt Verrier blocks the plate and applies the tag to an Ithaca base runner at the NCAA Division III College World Series (photo by Don Frankle of Lehigh Photos).

Our campaign to have past Division III athletics contests made available to those quarantined and looking for quality viewing continues.

 
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2013 Baseball Elimination Game

Ithaca vs. Southern Maine
 
In a game that sent to winner to the finals, the Bombers and the Huskies played a 13-inning classic, complete with clutch hitting, outstanding relief pitching, and controversy. 
 
 
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4. The List
 
Each day, we'll provide a list of what we think is a fun fact about Division III sports. Hopefully, you'll find the walk down memory lane to be an interesting read.

Most DIII Baseball Tournament Victories Without a Title
  1. Wooster (70)
  2. Salisbury (60)
  3. Carthage (56)
  4. Johns Hopkins (54)
  5. TCNJ (50)
  6. Methodist (48)
  7. Aurora (46)
  8. UW-Stevens Point (46)
  9. Emory (41)
  10. Wheaton, Mass. (41)

 
5.  Comings and Goings
 
 
6.  1 Egg Thing
 
Grocery stores across the U.S. have struggled with a shortage of eggs as quarantined Americans stockpile and "stress-bake" ahead of Passover and Easter, Axios' Rashaan Ayesh writes.
  • Wholesalers saw orders from egg retailers increase up to 600%, and it's been difficult to keep up, USA Today writes.
  • But after last month's hoarding, the egg market has calmed down over the past two weeks with prices plateauing as availability increased, according to the USDA.
The egg shortage also hit Israel for Passover, per The Times of Israel.
  • Hard-boiled eggs play a traditional role at the Seder.

 
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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Indy Update

D3Playbook
APRIL 9, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

Our goal is to keep you - the influencers in DIII athletics - apprised of what's happening around Division III - the games, polls, news, happenings, awards, calendar of events, and much more. We hope you enjoy d3Playbook and that you'll share this with your friends, colleagues and co-workers.

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1.  Indy Update
 


Dan Dutcher@NCAA VP of Division III, provides an update on the Name, Image and Likeness status as it currently stands leading into the spring governance meetings: http://ncaa.org/nil

 

2. Top-10 List

Quardell Young National Championship Shot - YouTube

Yesterday, we looked at the top-10 NCAA Division III women's basketball tournament games in history. Today, it's the men's turn.
 
  • Ben Strong scored 59 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Quakers. Jordan Snipes forced extra time with a 30-foot bank shot for Guilford. Earl Miller had 28 points for the Lions, including game-tying threes in the first and third OTs.
  • Colin Gassner's backdoor layup with :20 proved to be the difference. Mike Jones drilled a three with :18 left in the first OT to force extra time.
  • Tim Folan made two free throws with 4.6 remaining and then stole the inbounds pass to seal the victory.
10. 2000 Semifinal - Calvin d. Franklin & Marshall 79-77

>> Between The Lines: Now it's your turn. Think you have a game that belongs on the list. Email it to D3Playbook@gmail.com. Have a clip to go along with it? Even better.


 
3.  #WatchD3
 
2020 NC women's ice hockey championship bracket announced | NCAA.com

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2017 Women's Ice Hockey Final

Adrian vs. Plattsburgh State
https://www.ncaa.com/video/icehockey-women/2017-03-18/diii-women-ice-hockey-championship-plattsburgh-state-adrian

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4.  Calendar
 
Tentative, of course.

April 13-15 - Wrestling Rules Committee
April 15-16 - Committee on Women's Athletics
April 15-16 - Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee
April 18-19 - Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
April 20-21 - Management Council
April 28-29 - Presidents Council
May 6-8 - Basketball Rules Committees
 

5.  Comings and Goings
 

 
6.  1 Golf Thing

Verne Lundquist is best known as the voice of the SEC on CBS. I'll challenge you, though, to find a better golf call ever. If you're under 40 -- google the 1986 Masters.

 
7.  1 More Golf Thing 

"Nearly 24 years since its premier, the moment on the silver screen remains as entertaining—and memorable—as ever: Roy McAvoy, played by Kevin Costner, stands in the fairway on the 72nd hole of the U.S. Open, a par 5 whose green is guarded by water. Should he go for it in two or lay up? He needs a birdie to win. Talk about your ultimate risk/reward decision. McAvoy also isn’t just trying to win a major; he is trying to win the girl (Rene Russo).

You know what happens next, and the moment after that … and the moment after that. It’s McAvoy’s stubborn attempt to knock his approach shot over the water that makes “Tin Cup” as poignant today as it was when it came out in August 1996."

>> Quotable: "Everybody’s got a little Roy McAvoy in them, a little self-destructiveness. I’ve often felt more people are afraid of winning than they are of losing. To win, you then have to own it. You have to wear the crown and you have to defend the crown. That’s much harder than almost making it, and being competitive, and being a hell of a guy." - Ron Shelton, director

>> Be Smart: "I had to fight the studio, of course, but you always have to fight the studios. They wanted to re-cut the ending so he wins the Open and holes the shot. I said, “Look, if Ingrid Bergman walks away with Humphrey Bogart at the end of Casablanca, you’ll never remember the movie.” You can not have it all at the end of a movie, and be satisfactory. Rocky didn’t knock out Carl Weathers. He lost. He went the distance. You have to find that balancing act between what is emotionally satisfying to the narrative and what grounds you in some reality, even if it’s a comedy."

>> If You've Seen The MovieThis will bring a smile to your face on a Thursday. If you haven't seen "Tin Cup," what better time than the present?
 

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

An Uncertain Financial Future

D3Playbook
APRIL 8, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

 
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>> Good Wednesday morning! Passover begins at sundown. Chag Sameach!

>> Today's Word Count: 1,156. An easy morning read and a great list, if I do say so myself.

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1.  An Uncertain Financial Future
 
Hampshire College

by Janet Lorin, Bloomberg BusinessWeek

"The coronavirus pandemic threatens to remake U.S. higher education, speeding the closure of small, financially weak colleges and forcing others to make tough decisions about what they can afford. Even state schools may no longer be immune as tax revenue falls.

The most immediate challenge is one that could soon spiral into a crisis: It’s hard to sign up this fall’s freshman class when families can’t travel to visit campuses and many international students are shut out of the U.S. The longer lockdowns continue, the more uncertain schools are about the size of their classes, how much aid they’ll need to offer to fill seats, and the tuition revenue they can count on. “Everybody’s worried,” says Kevin Cavanagh, vice president for enrollment management at Bloomfield College outside Newark, N.J., which draws about 1,700 students, mostly black and Hispanic. “You don’t know what the variables will be.”

Most colleges are already assuming that if they open in September, they’ll have fewer students, says Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges, a trade group for small schools. If they don’t open in the fall and classes remain online, they could lose a lot of their edge—with no prospect of Frisbee on a grassy quad and limited one-to-one interaction with professors and peers, many students may prefer online classes at less expensive public or community colleges, or wait a year."

>> Quotable: “We don’t know how much of the campus experience is related to the classroom,” Ekman says.

>> A Key Stat: "During the last recession, fundraising for colleges overall declined 12% over one year, according to data collected by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. “We expect to see declines of charitable support of higher education giving in the next two fiscal years,” says Ann Kaplan, who directs the group’s annual survey of fundraising."

>> Of Note: “Higher education is not going to be the first thing on a governor’s list” of funding priorities, Susan Shaman, co-author of The College Stress Test, says. “There will be so much less tax revenue, and so many states depend on sales tax. There is no sales tax if there are no sales."

>> An Important Read

 
2. Our Top 10 List

Inspiration. A sudden brilliant, creative, or timely idea.

Being the humble sort ... I'll go with creative and timely as I took yesterday's look back at a list of the top-10 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament games and hinted that we may put together a list of the top-10 Division III tournament games ... with room for audience participation.

Today ... we start with the women's tournament. We researched games dating to 1982 - the first year of the NCAA championship event. We reached out to our resident expert on D3 women's hoops - Gordon Mann - for his wisdom and assistance. So here we go.

1. NYU d. UW-Eau Claire, 72-70, in 1997 final
2. UW-Whitewater d. Amherst, 64-62, in 2013 semifinal
3. Hope d. St. John Fisher, 65-63, in 1993 final
4. Elizabethtown d. #1 Cal State Stanislaus, 66-65, in 1989 final
5. Central d. #1 Saint Benedict, 60-59, in 1993 semifinal
6. Trinity (Texas) d. Eastern Connecticut, 60-58, in 2003 final
7. #2 Howard Payne d. #1 Hope, 53-49, in 2008 quarterfinal
8. Capital d. UW-Oshkosh, 59-55, in 1995 final
9. Wilmington d. #1 Bowdoin, 59-53, in 2004 final
10. Washington U. d. #1 Amherst, 86-75 (OT) in 2010 semifinal

>> Between The Lines: With one exception, we focused on Final Four games. Now it's your turn. Think you have a game that belongs on the list. Email it to D3Playbook@gmail.com. Have a clip to go along with it? Even better.

 
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3.  #WatchD3
 


Our campaign to have past Division III athletics contests made available to those quarantined and looking for quality viewing continues.

But before we release today's feature ... we post our featured game(s) at 11:30 a.m. EDT (8:30 PDT) on our twitter feed ... you might be wondering how our engagements (interactions, clicks) have been on Twitter.

Top Five #WatchD3 Engagements
1,379 - 2019 Football 2nd Round Game: North Central vs. Mount Union (4/4)
230 - 2017 Softball Final: Virginia Wesleyan vs. St. John Fisher (4/5)
228 - 2014 Women's Basketball Final: FDU-Florham vs. Whitman (4/2)
184 - 2020 Men's Basketball: Saint John's vs. St. Thomas (4/5)
76 - 2019 Cross Country championship (4/6)

 
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1981 Men's Basketball Final

Augustana vs. Potsdam State
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPFQLX9i2XM

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4.  Comings and Goings
 
 
5.  Yesterday's Trivia Answer

N.C. State's David Thompson and UCLA's Bill Walton.


 
6.  1 Boss Thing
 

 
Bruce Springsteen and Andrea Bocelli each plan to reach their fans with music — The Boss as a guest DJ and the tenor with a live performance.
  • Bocelli will perform Easter Sunday on a livestream from the main historic cathedral in Milan, Italy.
  • Springsteen will appear on SiriusXM’s E Street Radio today at 10 a.m. ET.

>> Reality Check: Not a lot of work getting done at Wednesday at 10.
 

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