Friday, April 24, 2020

The Gloves Are Off

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APRIL 24, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. The Gloves Are Off

College Admission: Colleges resort to previously banned recruiting ...
by Jon Marcus, Washington Post




"Free classes! Free parking! Prime dorm rooms! More cash!

The more they worry about whether students in this year of the coronavirus will show up in the fall, the more admissions officers responsible for filling seats at colleges and universities have started sounding like the salesmen on late-night TV infomercials.

“The gloves have come off,” said Angel Pérez, vice president for enrollment and student success at Trinity College in Connecticut. He laments this trend. “You’re talking about a scenario where colleges need to enroll students at any cost.”

But wait! There’s more!

Put down a deposit and, at some schools, your tuition will never go up. Like to sleep in? Other colleges will give you early registration privileges so you don’t get stuck with morning classes. Still others are throwing in free food, free football tickets, even free books autographed by celebrity faculty members in residence.

All of this is driven, of course, by the existential danger that too few students will sign on for college this fall because of the pandemic, which is wrecking family finances and raising fears that campuses will not reopen anyway, forcing a continuation of online teaching."

>> The Big Picture: But while such factors as more financial aid and bigger discounts might benefit applicants who know how to get them or have parents or college counselors who do, they’re likely to elude those who need them most: low-income, first-generation students. If they even had access to college counselors in their high schools, they do not now, because they’re isolated at home.

>> Game On: Some institutions, including Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, have even reopened their application windows. Admitted applicants at Albion College in Michigan are being entered in a sweepstakes once they put down their deposits. Prizes include free room and board for a semester, a $250 credit toward textbooks and free parking for a year.

>> What They're Saying: “Summer’s going to be especially brutal, because schools are going to be desperate,” said Gregory Eichhorn, vice president for enrollment and student success at the University of New Haven. “It’s going to be survival of the fittest," said George Wolf, vice president for enrollment management at Siena Heights (Mich.) University.

>> Keep Reading

2. State of DIII


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It has been a few years since Division III found itself at a place where so many important decisions needed to be made along with other events needing time and attention. However, never in NCAA history have we found ourselves with winter championships cut short, no spring sports at all, and more questions than answers for what might happen with fall sports and beyond.

Our good friend Dave McHugh interviewed our good friend Dan Dutcher, vice president for NCAA Division III, about how the decisions to shut down winter and spring championships came to be. Plus, how COVID-19 continues to impact the division, NCAA, schools, and conferences around the country. Dutcher explains how this year's DIII budget was impacted and if there will be any impact down the road. And Dutcher discusses how NIL is taking form in DIII along with the latest on Regional Realignment and Expansion.

>> Listen to the podcast


3.  Enrollment Flexibility for DIII

Division III student-athletes now can compete during their final season of eligibility while enrolled in school less than full time in the final term of a minor or undergraduate certificate program.

The Division III Management Council approved the change during its meeting this week. Effective immediately, the change allows student-athletes to attend school less than full time if they are completing the necessary credits for a minor or undergraduate certificate program during their final season of eligibility. The new legislation expands the current exception, which  allows Division III college-athletes to be enrolled less than full time if they are taking classes toward their degree.

The council supported changes to sport committee rosters to coincide with a new regional alignment model that provides more efficiency in the selection process with fewer teams per region, which will allow regional advisory committees and national sport committee members to more thoroughly evaluate teams in the region. The model will take effect in 2021-22.

>> Go Deeper




4.  #WatchD3



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."


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2019 Men's Basketball 

UMass Boston at Holy Cross
It doesn't happen very often when a Division III school stands toe-to-toe with a Division I opponent. Watch when the Beacons take on the Crusaders.

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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5.  The List American Football on Apple iOS 13.3




How many Division III football players have been drafted by NFL teams since 2000?

2015 - Ali Marpet, OL, Hobart (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2nd round)
2012 - Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion (Detroit Lions, 5th)
2011 - Cecil Shorts, WR, Mount Union (Jacksonville Jaguars, 4th)
2008 - Andy Studebaker, DE/LB, Wheaton, Ill. (Philadelphia Eagles, 6th)
2008 - Pierre Garcon, WR, Mount Union (Indianapolis Colts, 6th)
2007 - Michael Allen, TE, Whitworth (Kansas City Chiefs, 7th)
2007 - Derek Stanley, WR, UW-Whitewater (St. Louis Rams, 7th)
2003 - Ryan Hoag, WR, Gustabus Adolphus (Los Vegas Raiders, 7th)
2002 - Tony Beckham, CB, UW-Stout (Tennessee Titans, 4th)
2002 - Michael Coleman, WR, Widener (Atlanta Falcons, 7th)
2000 - Tim Watson, DE, Rowan, (Seattle Seahawks, 6th)

>> Complete List

>> Saint John's OL Ben Bartch (pictured above with NFL Network's Colleen Wolfe) shows off his formula for gaining 60 pounds, versus the quarantine 15.



6. Comings and Goings


7.  1 Weekend Thing


Enjoy your weekend.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Coaches' Groups Speak Up

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APRIL 23, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Coaches' Groups Speak Up
 

Representatives of 17 coaches’ associations have written to NCAA President Mark Emmert opposing a recent proposal from a group of college conference commissioners that the association consider providing schools temporary relief amid the coronavirus pandemic from several Division I membership requirements, including one that sets the minimum number of varsity teams Bowl Subdivision schools must field.

At present, FBS schools must field at least 16 teams, with a minimum of six men's teams and a minimum of eight women's teams. Division I schools must field at least 14 teams.

In a letter to Emmert dated April 10, the commissioners of the Group of Five conferences – the American Athletic, Conference USA, the Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt – said: "In order to provide NCAA Division I institutions flexibility in addressing the challenges for the foreseeable future, we request temporary relief from several regulatory requirements for a period of up to four years. A blanket waiver for relief will provide institutions the ability to make prudent and necessary decisions for the financial well-being of the institution.”

>> Who's On Board: American Volleyball Coaches Association, National Wrestling Coaches Association, United Soccer Coaches, College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America, Collegiate Gymnastics Association, Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, American Baseball Coaches Association, Intercollegiate Tennis Association, National Collegiate Equestrian Association, Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association, American Hockey Coaches Association, Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches, Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, Golf Coaches Association of America, Women’s Golf Coaches Association, National Field Hockey Coaches Association, National Fastpitch Coaches Association, Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association.

>> Why It Matters: "Last year, NCAA Division I institutions provided educational opportunities for 141,483 students in Olympic sports. These are not just exceptional athletes, but outstanding students with graduation rates and donation rates higher than their non-athletic peers. These student-athletes generated $3.6 billion in tuition and fees to their universities, an amount nearly equal what it costs to provide these opportunities."

>> Between The Lines: "America’s students have had so much taken from them. Now is not the time to cut them off from yet another critical institution that makes university life so special."

>> Be Smart: How would the elimination of these sports affect Division III? Athletes will always look for a place to play. And the world is changing daily.

>> Read the entire letter from the Intercollegiate Coach Association Coalition.

 

2. NCAC Coaches Unite in COVID-19 Effort
 
NCAC Basketball Coaches Unite In COVID-19 Relief Effort
The North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) men’s and women’s basketball coaches have united in an effort to raise money for COVID-19 relief, donating funds to the Jeremy Lin Foundation. Along with the donation efforts, the NCAC coaches have challenged the men’s and women’s basketball coaches from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) and the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) to raise money for COVID relief.

Donations to the Jeremy Lin Foundation go directly to “Feeding America” and "Direct Relief”, which are a pair of organizations supported by former NBA player Jeremy Lin. Lin has pledged $500,000 upfront and will match any more public donations up to $500,000. So far, public donations have exceeded $137,000 through Thursday, April 22. For more information on the Jeremy Lin Foundation, Click Here.

If you would also like to contribute to the COVID-19 relief efforts, Click Here.

 
3.  #WatchD3
 


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

 
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2015 NCAC Men's Lacrosse Final

#18 Denison vs. #3 Ohio Wesleyan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2LZX4QeGj0

The Big Red and the Battling Bishops met for the NCAC title and played yet another classic that wasn't decided until an errant clearing pass led to the game-winning goal by a freshman.

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4.  NVU Gets Stay
 
"A proposal to consolidate two state colleges and lay off employees from the Vermont State Colleges System has now been withdrawn.

The announcement came Wednesday morning from Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding, who said he and the system's board of trustees would work on a new plan alongside the state Legislature.

The proposal, which was first announced on April 17, would have closed the Johnson and Lyndon branches of Northern Vermont University and transferred their liberal arts programs to Castleton University in light of financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

>> What They're Saying: “Our Board of Trustees heard loud and clear from thousands of students, employees, communities, and the State’s elected leadership and determined that my recommendations would be damaging on many levels and would not be acceptable," Spaulding said in a statement.

>> Keep Reading


5.  Comings and Goings
 
  • Paula Jurewicz named head women's soccer coach at Gwynedd Mercy.
  • Nick Margiasso named head tennis coach at New Jersey City.
  • Bill Rymer announced his retirement as head softball coach at Cairn. Jenna Collier named head coach.
  • Chris Palladino named head cross country coach at Cairn.

 
6.  1 Getaway Thing
 
Just take a deep breath ... close your eyes ... where would you rather be than right here, right now?



 
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Rules Recaps

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APRIL 22, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  NCAA Soccer Rules Recap


"The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved proposals that align collegiate soccer more closely with international rules.

Changes include new protocols for goalkeepers during penalty kicks and where attacking players can stand when the defending team has a wall of three or more players during free kicks.

The panel approved changes to the fighting rule, recategorizing many of the acts covered under the current rule into a violent behavior II red card violation.

And, video review can be used to correct timing issues. Timing issues must be corrected at the next stoppage of play and before the next restart."

>> Read the entire article from the NCAA

 
2. Field Hockey Rules Review
 

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a rule change regarding suspended games in field hockey.

If a game is suspended or interrupted and cannot be resumed, it is considered complete if 48 minutes (80%) of playing time has elapsed, unless the rule is overridden by a mutual agreement between the teams before the beginning of the game or by conference policy.

This change brings field hockey in line with other outdoor sports, such as lacrosse, soccer and baseball, which have similar rules.

The panel approved the formation of an NCAA Field Hockey Rules Subcommittee effective Sept. 1. The rules subcommittee will comprise eight members representing the existing Division I, II and III Field Hockey Committees, which select, seed and bracket the three NCAA championship tournaments.

>> Read the entire NCAA article

3. NCAA Football Rules Committee Meeting
 

Players disqualified for targeting will be allowed to remain on the sidelines starting with the 2020 football season.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the rules change Monday. Players flagged for targeting will remain disqualified from the game. But instead of being ejected and required to head to the locker room after a targeting foul — which had been the rule since 2013 — players will be permitted to remain in the team area. All other aspects of the targeting rule remain the same.

For the first time in football, the panel approved a guideline for instant replay officials to complete video reviews in less than two minutes.

This will be an overall expectation for replay officials, and reviews that are exceptionally complicated or involve end-of-game issues should be completed as efficiently as possible without a stated time limit.

The panel approved a rule that restricts the number of teammates wearing the same jersey number to two. The rules regarding players using duplicate numbers continue to require that they play different positions and aren’t on the field at the same time.

>> Read the entire NCAA article

 
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4.  #WatchD3
 


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2011 SCAC Baseball Tournament

Oglethorpe vs. Rhodes

We found a way to provide you with an entire day's worth of entertainment - a 21-inning baseball game. Yes, 2-plus games in what was - at the time - the longest DIII game on record. How long was it? Rhodes' Andrew Miller batted 11 times. Oglethorpe left 28 runners on base. The Lynx' Hunter Chandler threw 10 2/3 innings of 1-run relief, while the Petrels' Cory Leff tossed nine scoreless with 12 punch-outs.
 

And the box score, in case you don't have all day.

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

5.  The List

Women's 100-Meter Dash Record Progression
includes only active Division III members

11.78 - Lisa Dillard, Christopher Newport, 5/22/87
11.71 - Muffy Israel, Carthage, 5/25/02
11.66 - Ruby Blackwell, Methodist, 5/15/11
11.66 - Ashlynn Davis, Methodist, 5/15/11
11.65 - Tyra Abraham, CMS, 3/24/18 and 4/28/18

record-holder, 11.64 - Rhondale Jones, Lincoln, 1999

Men's Mile Record Progression
includes only active Division III members

4:14.9h - Russ Bonham, Whittier, 6/20/53
4:06.6h - Scott Barrett, North Central, 5/31/74
4:04.46 - Barrett, 5/31/75
4:03.9h - Dan Henderson, Wheaton, Ill., 1980
4:01.53 - Mark Beeman, Brandeis, 1985
4:01.35 - Isaac Garcia-Cassani, Geneseo, 4/21/18

Haverford's Karl Paranya ran a 3:57.6 on May 14, 1997, in a race that apparently isn't recognized by the USTFCCCA. 

 
6.  Comings and Goings
 
 
7.  Tweet of the Day


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