Friday, April 17, 2020

Strategic Value of Sports

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APRIL 17, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

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1. Strategic Value of Sports
 
2019 ITA NCAA Division III All-Americans Announced
by Timothy Russell, ITA

Mr. Russell, the executive director of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, writes a letter in response to a call to eliminate collegiate tennis and other olympic sports, as all colleges face the financial challenges of the coronavirus.

>> Situational Awareness: "Address the true role of sports on college campuses and not simply the what if’s of a downward spiral of financial dominos, starting with a sad and unnecessary premise that schools must, or should, or may have to eliminate sports now."

>> Between The Lines: "Athletic directors and college presidents should actually make a pledge to avoid such cuts at this time and commit to structural reconfigurations of the entire athletic enterprise and not simply use these circumstances to make quick fixes while leaving the flawed fundamental business structure in place. Let me suggest that history will not be kind to those who might kill off Olympic sports on college campuses."

>> Reality Check: "Intercollegiate athletics have historically held a very important place in higher education. Let’s not simply reference DIII, let’s celebrate the spirit of DIII and that same spirit that lives on the DI campuses that host 26 or 32 sports, and the DI Athletic Directors who have been adding sports in recent years."

>> The Key Stat: "The suggestion that because the USTA doesn’t need college to field a small Olympic team is a reason to possibly cut over 600 Division I college tennis programs makes false equivalences to suggest unnecessary outcomes."

>> Of Note: "Be clear, college tennis is not simply an “American enterprise,” any more than music departments and engineering departments are simply for Americans within the higher education enterprise. Arguing that tennis should be cut as a major college sport because of the number of international players might be simple to do but, in my opinion, is an unwise course of action."

>> Keep Reading

 

2.  Rivalry Response

The Day - Local roundup: Steele leads Conn past Coast Guard - News ...
photo by Dana Jensen, The Day

Wow!

To our readers. Thank You. The response to our rivalry question was beyond our wildest expectations. So ... who did we miss?

The Across The Street Rivalries
  • Cabrini vs. Eastern
  • Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Pomona-Pitzer
  • Coast Guard vs. Connecticut College
Not Across The Street Rivals
  • Albright vs. Alvernia
  • Aurora vs. Benedictine
  • Bluffton vs. Defiance
  • Central vs. Wartburg
  • Chicago vs. Washington U.
  • Clarkson vs. St. Lawrence
  • Fontbonne vs. Webster
  • Johns Hopkins vs. McDaniel
  • Moravian vs. Muhlenberg
  • Nazareth vs. St. John Fisher
  • Whitman vs. Whitworth
  • Wittenberg vs. Wooster

As a former Yalie ... we were taught early on that the rivalry is Yale-Harvard and that it is not in alphabetical order. Right Dick Quinn?

so ... which school gets your blood boiling? Let's keep it going.

 


3.  #WatchD3

 
Episcopal Academy grad Conner Delaney the hero for Johns Hopkins ...

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

We are thankful to all of you who have made your games available. A lot of games are not available. #WatchD3 is becoming a thing.

"Rebroadcast rights, or the ability for a network to show a game it originally aired, can be restrictive. Now we're starting to understand at the end of games exactly what 'without the expressed written consent of the league' really means," said David Carter, Southern California associate professor and sports business expert. "The lifeblood for these sports networks is live sports. So now, all the sudden, a league's library of old games has a lot more value."

 
Television on Apple iOS 13.3   Today's Feature  Television on Apple iOS 13.3

2020 Men's Basketball Conference Final

Johns Hopkins vs. Swarthmore
 
A top-10 showdown between the #1 Garnet and the #8 Blue Jays for the Centennial Conference championship. And the game was decided at the buzzer by the CC Player of the Year.
 

all we ask is that you add #WatchD3 as a hashtag when you post a video from a past game at your institution.
 

 
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4.  Furloughs Today
 

5. The List

<b>Williams College (Mass.) EphsMascot: </b>The school mascot is famously the Purple Cow.A 1907 vote gave Williams College its mascot, named after a student humor magazine on campus.
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.

Unique College Nicknames
  1. Centenary (La.) Ladies and Gentlemen
  2. Concordia-Moorhead Cobbers
  3. Connecticut College Camels
  4. Emory & Henry Wasps
  5. Heidelberg Student Princes
  6. Knox Prairie Fire
  7. Mary Baldwin Squirrels
  8. McDaniel Green Terror
  9. Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels
  10. Tufts Jumbos
  11. UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs
  12. Webster Gorloks
  13. Williams Ephs
Most Common Nickname
  1. Eagles
  2. Tigers
  3. Bulldogs
  4. Panthers
  5. Wildcats (yeah, you know where this link goes, We're all in this together.)


 
6.  1 More Bruce Thing
 
If this doesn't get your Friday morning started ... nothing will.

Hard to believe that this was 32 years ago. Sting, Peter Gabriel ... what a show!

Hang in there, D3 peeps!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXvGbWO_DIk&list=RD2d3NR0UEMlY&index=7

In the end, I will convert you to @springsteen

Have a great weekend!

 
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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Rivals

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APRIL 16, 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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>> Today's Word Count: 752. Brief, concise. Easy to digest.

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1.  Rivals
 


We are going to start our Thursday on an upbeat note, as the Division III SAAC asked a simple question yesterday.

So it got us thinking here at D3Playbook - what are the top rivalries in Division III? We prefer the rivalries that are steeped in tradition, history and geography, rather than who sits on top of the mountain during a given period of time. And a rivalry that cuts across all sports - not just one.

Army-Navy is a rivalry. Yale-Harvard is a rivalry. Alabama-Clemson is not.

We'll start by throwing out some of the best rivalry games in DIII. And we welcome your suggestions via email and we will post the best on Friday.

  • Amherst vs. Williams
  • Bowdoin vs. Colby
  • Calvin vs. Hope
  • Coast Guard vs. Merchant Marine
  • Coe vs. Cornell College
  • Cortland vs. Ithaca
  • DePauw vs. Wabash
  • Franklin vs. Hanover
  • Geneva vs. Westminster (Pa.)
  • Hampden-Sydney vs. Randolph-Macon
  • Haverford vs. Swarthmore
  • Knox vs. Monmouth
  • Occidental vs. Pomona-Pitzer
  • Rensselaer vs. Union
  • Saint John's vs. St. Thomas
     
Who is your biggest rival? What is your conference's most heated set of games? As the SAAC asked - Bring It On!

 

2. All Hands on Deck

What do you do when your season as a head coach abruptly ends? How do you recruit and prepare for the next season, not knowing when that will be? What is an athletic department to do?

At the University of Rochester, coaches are uniquely qualified to help in many areas on campus and are stepping up.
 
  • Some coaches worked in the daycare center at the UR medical center early on until reinforcements were found. With first-aid and CPR training, coaches made expert volunteers at watching the kids of doctors and nurses on the front lines.
  • UR coaches have been staffing two residence halls, Wilder and Hill Court, 24/7 that are housing students who were unable to return to their home states or countries when the campus shut down and switched to online learning.

>> Why It Matters: "“The students who weren’t able to get back home, we’re doing our part to keep them safe and healthy as possible,’ said head men's golf coach Dan Wesley.

>> Reality Check: “We are deeply indebted to our health care workers and the staff that support their work. I am pleased that many of our athletics staff members recognize that they play an important role in the life of the institution and are willing to redeploy to meet essential needs as they arise.” - George VanderZwaag, director of athletics

>> Keep reading from Leo Roth and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

 
3.  #WatchD3
 


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

 
Television on Apple iOS 13.3   Today's Feature  Television on Apple iOS 13.3

"A Saturday in October"

Franklin & Marshall vs. Widener Football

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArzX3MtPpS8&feature=youtu.be

The Diplomats and the Pioneers (now Pride) met in this 1974 classic between a pair of 5-0 teams. The game was filmed by NFL Films photographer Phil Tuckett, a winner of 30 Emmys, while the voiceover was done by John Facenda, news anchor at the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia and of NFL Films fame. And a tip of the cap to the man that made it all happen - F&M public relations assistant Art Petrosemolo - who gave a kid from Huntingdon, Pa. a chance as a SID intern at Dartmouth a long, long time ago.

all we ask is that you add #WatchD3 as a hashtag when you post a video from a past game at your institution.

 

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4.  Calendar
 
Tentative, of course.

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 Gaming Thing
 
If you're of a certain age, you remember playing various iterations of the EA video game - NCAA Football. If that's you - you'll appreciate this screen grab from the twitter feed of the sports editor of the Oklahoman.

Or this one.



Go Captains! #whyD3 #d3football

 
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Colleges Are in Jeopardy

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APRIL 15, 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! It's Jackie Robinson Day. 
Now if we only had baseball.  Keycap: 4 Emoji, Apple styleKeycap: 2 Emoji, Apple style

>> Today's Word Count: 798. An easy morning read.

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1.  "Colleges Are in Jeopardy"

Campus Information - Austin College
by Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Education

"The effects of the pandemic hit unevenly across higher ed.

College leaders spent the past month sending students home from campuses and overseeing a frantic pivot to remote learning. Now, before they’ve even taken a breath, new uncertainties loom: Can they reopen in the fall? Will students return? In what ways will colleges have to change? Will they survive at all?

Answers to most of these top-of-mind questions are still unknown. Still, you know things are dire when even the most steadfast defender of the viability of small colleges — Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges — now acknowledges that “quite a lot of colleges are in jeopardy.”
 
I’d never heard Ekman sound so concerned about small colleges’ survival. Usually he’s a reliable cheerleader, touting their ability to stave off closure with some last-ditch innovation or entrepreneurial venture, even as analysts and pundits predict their demise. But for institutions already struggling, the effects of Covid-19 could be decisive. As Ekman told me, “It’s just a lot harder if you don’t know if you’re going to be open in the fall.”

He’s worried not just for the students, professors, and other employees of these colleges, but also for the communities they’re in. Without these institutions, he said, “a lot of small towns would just die.”

>> Why It Matters: "College leaders are also worried about enrollment: whether freshmen will show up, whether current students will stick it out this semester in the remote format, and whether they’ll return in the summer or fall if courses are still online."

>> Between The Lines: "Regional state colleges could see some benefit, Garcia noted, if students feel strongly about staying close to home in the wake of the pandemic, or if they decide on the basis of affordability."

>> Reality Check: "The financial picture is confounding to just about everyone. Most state legislatures haven’t set their budgets for next year, so public colleges don’t know what to expect — although they know it will be bad.  Private colleges face a different challenge: Some are weighing layoffs or furloughs to ensure that they don’t fail the federal-financial responsibility test, which is based on assets and reserves held at the close of the fiscal year (typically June 30)."

>> Heard on the Street: “It’s the only leverage they have to reduce costs fast.” said Barbara Mistick, president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities."

>> Keep Reading


 
2. What Happens to the Swim Test?

MIT Swim Test | Flickr
compiled by Madeline St. Amour, InsideHigherEd.com

"At some colleges, students are required to complete swim tests or other physical tests to graduate.

The vestiges of those traditions have now gone virtual at many institutions due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Bloomberg.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology created two online classes for its physical education requirement, as well as an online program that teaches water safety and swimming basics so that students can fulfill the swim test requirement.

Other institutions have scrapped the swim test requirement altogether for seniors who hadn't yet completed it. Some, like Swarthmore College, are asking graduating seniors to fulfill the swim test remotely within one year."

 

3.  #WatchD3
 
Release: Stevenson Wins First NCAA Title | Inside Lacrosse

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

Television on Apple iOS 13.3   Today's Feature  Television on Apple iOS 13.3

2013 Men's Lacrosse Championship

#3 RIT vs. #4 Stevenson

A championship match that came down to the wire with one team overcoming a three-goal deficit in the final 15 minutes to overcome a NCAA record-tying performance by an opposing player.

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4.  The List

Basketball per-game average attendance in the day of ubiquitous sports channels.

1980 (ESPN began Sept. 7, 1979): 783
1990: (M) 581, (W) 170
2000: (M) 426, (W) 197
2010: (M) 409, (W) 227
2015: (M) 386, (W) 219
2016: (M) 396, (W) 233
2017: (M) 370, (W) 226
2018: (M) 340, (W) 218
2019: (M) 329, (W) 207

Sourceshttp://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_basketball_RB/2020/Attendance.pdf; http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/w_basketball_RB/2020/Attendance.pdf

 
5.  Comings and Goings
 
 
6.  1 Houston Thing

 

This was the front page 50 years ago yesterday — April 14, 1970 — after an oxygen tank explosion robbed Apollo 13 of a Moon landing,
  • Coolly guiding the three astronauts' safe return was Mission Control’s finest hour.
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