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Thursday, April 30, 2020

BOG Supports NIL, To a Point

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APRIL 30, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  BOG Supports NIL, To a Point
 

 
"At its meeting this week, the (NCAA) Board of Governors supported rule changes to allow student-athletes to receive compensation for third-party endorsements both related to and separate from athletics. It also supports compensation for other student-athlete opportunities, such as social media, businesses they have started and personal appearances within the guiding principles originally outlined by the board in October.

While student-athletes would be permitted to identify themselves by sport and school, the use of conference and school logos, trademarks or other involvement would not be allowed. The board emphasized that at no point should a university or college pay student-athletes for name, image and likeness activities.

The board directed all three divisions to consider appropriate rules changes based on recommendations from its Federal and State Legislation Working Group."

>> What They're Saying: "“The NCAA’s work to modernize name, image and likeness continues, and we plan to make these important changes on the original timeline, no later than January 2021,” said Gene Smith, Ohio State senior vice president and athletics director and working group co-chair. “The board’s decision today provides further guidance to each division as they create and adopt appropriate rules changes.”"

>> What's Next: "The board’s recommendations now will move to the rules-making structure in each of the NCAA’s three divisions for further consideration. The divisions are expected to adopt new name, image and likeness rules by January to take effect at the start of the 2021-22 academic year."

>> Be Smart: "Still: Whether the modernization is reluctant or willing no longer matters. The fact that it is happening matters. The fact that the NCAA is prepared to push forward despite an avalanche of side effects, consequences and problems is what matters." - Pat FordeSports Illustrated

>> Keep Reading

>> Go Deeper

 

2.  Driving Through a Fog


by Len Gutkin and Maximillian Alvarez, Chronicle of Higher Education

"In the last two months, the coronavirus crisis has forced colleges to shutter their classrooms and dormitories and move instruction online. What will happen next semester? The Chronicle Review talked (via Zoom, of course) with G. Gabrielle Starr and Leon Botstein, the presidents, respectively, of Pomona College and Bard College, to get a sense of how the leaders at smaller, undergraduate-focused liberal-arts schools are handling this critical period.

Starr and Botstein discussed when and how to reopen, the advantages and risks of education technology, the importance of the arts and public culture, disaster preparedness, and the virtues of horror movies.

>> Quotable: "Places like Pomona and ourselves are in a terrifically privileged position because they’re small. We’re not giant tankers trying to move around. We have an obligation to be in the leadership of restoring public culture, and education is part of that public culture. It’s vital to a democracy. We don’t have a choice. We’re not a luxury enterprise." - Botstein

>> Quotable II: "For a whole swath of schools, day-to-day survival is really going to be jeopardized. In terms of job-force development, lost creativity, lost productivity, the United States can’t afford to lose good schools that are serving the country." - Starr

>> Why It Matters: "To use your metaphor about looking under the hood — well, I liken this to driving a car in a thick fog. You go very slowly. You get out of the car and make sure the deer isn’t in the middle of the road. Then you get back in the car and move another few inches." - Botstein.

>> Reality Check: "I think that right now, when it’s time for us to recreate community, the arts are going to be crucial. The arts bring us together. All of the human stories — right now it’s journalism bringing those stories into our lives. But it’s going to be artists, as well, who will be chronicling some of what this has meant for the country." - Starr

>. Keep Reading

 

3. Game On!

The College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin's (CCIW) men's and women's basketball coaches recently united to raise money for COVID-19 relief.  CCIW coaches were challenged by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) to donate funds to the Jeremy Lin Foundation, which go directly to "Feeding America" and "Direct Relief". Along with their donation efforts, the CCIW coaches challenged the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (WIAC) men's and women's basketball coaches to raise money for COVID-19 relief.


 

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4.  #WatchD3
 
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Our campaign to have past Division III athletics contests made available to those quarantined and looking for quality viewing continues.
 
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2016 MAC Commonwealth Final

Messiah vs. Stevenson

https://gomustangsports.com/MustangRewind/20200428-wvb

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5.  Comings and Goings
 

 
6.  1 Snack Thing
 

 
Hundreds of thousands of pounds of potatoes are at risk unless Belgians eat more french fries during the coronavirus crisis, Romain Cools, the secretary-general of the country's potato industry group, told CNBC.
  • "We're working with supermarkets to see whether we can launch a campaign asking Belgians to do something for the sector by eating fries — especially frozen fries — twice a week," he said.
The big picture: Frozen potatoes account for 75% of Belgium's potato processing capacity, and demand has been crushed with restaurants shuttered and freezers filled up.

- courtesy of Axios



 
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Cause for Concern

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APRIL 29, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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>> Good Wednesday morning!

>> Today's Word Count: 991. An easy morning read.

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1.  Cause for Concern
Significance of May 1 in admissions cycle continues to diminish

by Rick Seltzer, InsideHigherEd.com

"As the traditional May 1 college decision day approaches, admissions leaders have been expressing concern that a significant number of students who’ve paid deposits promising to attend certain campuses will opt against enrolling because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Such decisions could upend the models colleges and universities use to build their freshman classes -- and to balance their budgets.

Today, newly released data from polling of U.S. high school seniors suggest admissions officers may have good reason to be worried.

About 12 percent of such students who have already made deposits no longer plan to attend a four-year college full-time, according to the polling. The findings are being shared today by the consulting firm Art & Science Group, which polled 1,171 high school seniors from April 21-24."

>> Why It Matters: “Here you are before May 1, and you may already have lost a very important component of your class that you’ve been banking on coming,” said Nanci Tessier, senior VP at Art & Science.

>> Reality Check: "About 40 percent of students hadn’t made a deposit anywhere when the Art & Science polling closed. Coming this late in the admissions cycle, that statistic may reflect students’ uncertainty about college this fall. More than four-fifths of students who have not sent in a deposit said they doubted their ability to attend the college or university that is their first choice."

>> Worth Noting: "Taken on the whole, the data could suggest colleges and universities should try to double down on student outreach over the summer. That means staying in touch with any students who were wait-listed, those who may still deposit and even those who have already deposited."

>> Go Deeper

 
2. Money Bag on Apple iOS 13.3 News Up,   American Football on Apple iOS 13.3  News Down
 

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, finance and business news websites have seen a 42% increase in web traffic compared to the same time last year, while sports news websites are down 22%.
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3. Fall Plans.


From the Chronicle of Higher Education, here’s an alphabetical list of Division III colleges that have either disclosed their plans, mentioned them in news reports, or set a deadline for deciding.
  • George Fox University — plans to open campus in the fall
  • New York University — “proceeding on the basis that it will resume in-person operations” in the fall
  • Randolph College — planning to resume on-campus, residential operations
  • University of Chicago — plans to decide by the end of June
  • University of Maine system (Farmington, Presque Isle, Southern Maine) — planning for in-person classes
  • University of Maryland system (Salisbury) — planning to start in-person, but some larger classes may be online
  • University of Pittsburgh (Bradford, Greensburg) — says "back to normal probably is not likely" for the fall
  • Wheaton College (Mass.) — “We have affirmed our intention to deliver an on-campus fall semester” subject to the guidance of public-health experts.
  • Whitworth University — plans to reopen the campus and resume in-person classes

as of April 28, 6:42 p.m. EDT


 
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4.  #WatchD3
 


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

2011 Midwest Conference WBB Final

Monmouth vs. St. Norbert
 

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5.  The List
 
Lindsey Thayer - Softball - St. John Fisher College Athletics

Strikeouts - Career by a Pitcher
1,540 - Lindsey Thayer, St. John Fisher, 2015-18
1,457 - Hayley Feindel, Coast Guard, 2009-12
1,359 - Caroline Brehm, McDaniel, 2012-15
1,332 - Alex Hill Montclair State, 2011-14
1,315 - Allyson Fournier, Tufts, 2012-15
1,243 - Ashlee Simon, Coe, 2009-12
1,130 - Molly Rathbun, Eastern Connecticut, 2009-12
1,165 - Jennifer Martinez, St. Joseph's (L.I.), 2006-08
1,125 - Laura Heise, St. Scholastica, 2003-06
1,121 - Kelly Schade, Simpson, 1996-99

source: NCAA

 
6.  Comings and Goings
 
 
7.  1 Sad Thing Beer Mug on Apple iOS 13.3

Empty glass bottles including those from wine and beer
 
The coronavirus pandemic forced event centers, sporting venues, bars and restaurants to close across the U.S. — leaving millions of gallons of beer unused and at risk of going stale, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Brewers and distributors will also take a hit from the postponement of Major League Baseball's season, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and European soccer.

The state of play: The unsold or expired beer could cost the industry as much as $1 billion, per the Journal.
  • Brewers are struggling to figure out what to do with the excess suds. In March, roughly 10 million gallons were abandoned in venues, according to an NBWA estimate.
  • Large quantities of beer can't be dumped into the water stream because environmental regulations say it can negatively impact the pH balance, reduce oxygen and produce bad bacteria.

>> Go Deeper
 

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Putting Athletes First

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APRIL 28, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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>> Good Tuesday Morning. The first "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" was held 27 years ago. Look how far we've come. 

>> Today's Word Count: 921. Brief, concise, smart. With pictures.

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1.  Putting Athletes First


by Ivan Maisel, ESPN

"It may seem obvious now, when we have lived without sports and concerts and all public entertainment for several weeks. But when we awoke on the second Thursday in March, the coronavirus pandemic had not yet ground the world to a halt.

Faced with the looming unknown, NCAA officials didn't equivocate. They didn't postpone, didn't give anyone any hope, didn't shirk from making the decision no one wanted to make. They sacrificed the Final Fours, their biggest financial engine, for more important objectives. They chose to preserve the health of student-athletes, coaches and fans rather than the bottom line.

It's the kind of swift, decisive leadership that college sports needed, and it stands out even more because swift and decisive is exactly what the NCAA has not been regarding the most important issue facing intercollegiate athletics. How could the NCAA get coronavirus so right and get name, image and likeness so wrong?

The NCAA refused to prepare for NIL, even as public opinion shifted in favor of allowing the Joe Burrows of the world to benefit from an LSU jersey being sold because it has the name "BURROW" across the shoulder blades. You can tell public opinion swung because politicians from sea to shining sea have swung with it, in favor of student-athletes and against the NCAA.

As the NCAA dithered, state governments filled the vacuum. In the NCAA, state politicians found an institution respected less than government. They heard the siren call of a cost-free ticket for public approval. Give a politician the chance to toady to the public will, then make a bowl of popcorn and watch.

>> The Big Picture: "Think about it. The California Legislature's votes early last September to grant NIL rights to college athletes in the state look like the scores of buy-an-opponent games played in early September: 73-0 (Assembly) and 39-0 (Senate). In Colorado this month, the 35-member Senate passed its bill unanimously while the House had to settle for a 55-9 victory. In a time of polarized politics, on what other issues do Republicans and Democrats agree unanimously?"

>> What They're Saying: "We've had a vacuum of leadership to some degree in intercollegiate athletics," said Roy Kramer, the former commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. "There are not very many who want to face this issue for these hard, tough decisions. The common approach of most education leaders is to appoint a committee. They don't want to make a decision."

>> Worth Noting: "Amateurism is at best a beau ideal, the belief that an athlete should play only for the glory of competition. That beau ideal also has been, since the dawn of college football, worshipped by rule makers and dismissed by the coaches, players and fans more interested in victory."

>> The Final Word: "Somehow, the NCAA is chasing the parade it should be leading. The NCAA may well catch up when the Division I Council meets. But let's not confuse belated acceptance of responsibility with leadership."

>> Keep Reading


2.  Fall Plans


From the Chronicle of Higher Education, here’s an alphabetical list of Division III colleges that have either disclosed their plans, mentioned them in news reports, or set a deadline for deciding.
  • Beloit College — shifting to a “module based semester” to allow flexibility to move toward either online or in-person classes
  • Chapman University — "optimistically planning for a safe return in the fall with social distancing and safety constraints in place"
  • Centre College — block-scheduling courses in shorter segments to allow flexibility to shift toward either in-person or remote learning
  • Christopher Newport University — “We are planning for our classes to resume on campus in the fall“ depending on the state of coronavirus and guidance from state and federal authorities.
  • Claremont Colleges — “Committed” to in-person fall classes, but no final decision expected till July 1
  • Emory University — likely to decide by early May, according to the student newspaper
  • Haverford College — “We expect on-campus learning to resume for the fall semester.”
  • Macalester College — "Our strong preference is to complete two full semesters of on-campus instruction," but says academic calendar may be tweaked and — only if necessary — instruction could be online
  • Shenandoah University — plans to make a decision by around July 1
  • Trine University — planning to reopen in the fall
  • University of Mary Washington — intends to start in-person instruction in August but says "we should also be prepared for the unknown"
  • Williams College — plans to announce by July 1

as of April 27, 6:45 p.m. EDT


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

1996 NCAA Men's Basketball Semifinal

Illinois Wesleyan vs. Rowan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAhnjpm1XxA
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    4.  Looking Back

    Could this be the new normal? What conference standings looked like 50 years ago during the 1969-70 seasons? Note the number of games played. And also only by the men.

    Middle Atlantic Conference Soccer (M)



    Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Basketball (M)

    Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball




    5.  Comings and Goings


    6. 1 (or More) Banjo Thing

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