Thursday, July 16, 2020

Women of the Year

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JULY 16, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  220 Nominated for Woman of Year
 

 

NCAA member schools have nominated a record 605 female college athletes for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Rooted in Title IX, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 to recognize graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

The nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, including 259 nominees from Division I, 126 from Division II and 220 from Division III. Nominees competed in 24 sports, with multisport student-athletes accounting for 128 of the nominees.

Conference offices will select up to two nominees each from their pool of member school nominees. All nominees who compete in a sport not sponsored by their school’s primary conference, as well as associate conference nominees and independent nominees, will be considered by a selection committee. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.

>> NCAA Women of the Year (Division III)


>> The list of nominees

 


2.  Tommies Are DI Bound


by Joe Christensen and Megan Ryan, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

 

"The University of St. Thomas is officially going Division I, making an unprecedented leap all the way from Division III after getting the NCAA’s formal approval Wednesday.

It’s the first time in the NCAA’s modern era that a school has received permission to reclassify from Division III to D-I.

Tommies fans get one more school year to savor their century-old Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) rivalries, including the fabled one with St. John’s.

Then, starting with the 2021-22 school year, St. Thomas will join the Division I Summit League with North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State and others – for every sport except football and hockey."

On the gridiron, the Tommies will join the non-scholarship Pioneer League and compete with San Diego, Jacksonville and others. For women's ice hockey, St. Thomas joins Minnesota in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), while the men's program continues its search for a home.

>> What They're Saying: “When you’re climbing what feels like an insurmountable mountain, it’s difficult to stop and kind of enjoy how far you’ve come,” St. Thomas athletic director Phil Esten said.

>> What They're Saying II: “St. Thomas brings the full package – an excellent academic reputation, experienced leadership, a massive alumni network and a winning culture,” Summit League commissioner Tom Douple said

>> Why It Matters: "If the 14-month journey from that moment to Wednesday seemed long for St. Thomas, it wasn’t as long as the NCAA’s original mandate that schools wait 12 years to transition from Division III to D-I, including a five-year stop at D-II."

>> Keep Reading 

 

3.  Tracking the Fall
 



What You Missed Yesterday.

  • Becker, Eastern Nazarene, Emmanuel, Gallaudet, Lesley, Norwich, Occidental, Rhodes, Southern Maine, St. Mary's (Md.), Eastern Collegiate Football Conference, Empire 8 Conference, New England Collegiate Conference.


Follow along with the schools and conferences that have announced fall decisions at d3playbook.com/2020/07/tracking-fall-cancellations.html

You can also access this map from the Daily Pennsylvanian that shows U.S. colleges' fall plans.

 


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4.  A New Look Top 25
 

Back years ago in May, we posted the Street & Smith preseason top 25 for Division III football. We thought it might be worth revisiting, given the changes in the landscape.

  1. North Central, Ill.
  2. Wheaton, Ill.
  3. UW-Whitewater
  4. Mount Union
  5. Mary Hardin-Baylor
  6. Saint John's
  7. Delaware Valley (conference games only)
  8. Muhlenberg (season cancelled)
  9. Salisbury
  10. Central
  11. UW-Oshkosh
  12. Chapman
  13. Susquehanna (season cancelled)
  14. Union (season cancelled)
  15. Bethel
  16. Aurora
  17. Brockport (season cancelled)
  18. Middlebury (season cancelled)
  19. Texas Lutheran
  20. Linfield
  21. Case Western Reserve (season cancelled)
  22. John Carroll (conference games only)
  23. St. Thomas, Minn.
  24. Wartburg
  25. Wesley

 
5.  Comings and Goings
 

 
6.  1 Cutout Thing

Coronavirus: German soccer club to fill stadium with cardboard ...

"Your real self might not be able to enjoy a game at Dodger Stadium this season, but your virtual self can.

The Dodgers are the latest team to join the cutout craze: Submit a photo and the team will turn it into a cutout and display it in a seat all season. If the camera locks in on just the right spot, you could see your face at a game while you watch on television.

The Dodgers will hold a presale for season ticket holders Tuesday afternoon, with cutouts available to the public Wednesday."

>> Quotable: “Cutouts cannot be used to cheer on an opposing team.”

>> Caveat Emptor: In the event the team is allowed to sell tickets later in the season, the Dodgers said they would “reserve the right to relocate or remove fan cutouts,” with no refunds or credits to buyers of the cutouts.

>> The Final Word: Strange days, indeed.

>> Continue Reading

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Campus Health Centers Under the Gun

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JULY 14, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Campus Health Centers Under Gun

Adrian College | Health & Counseling Center
by Jenn Abelson, Nicole Dungca, Meryl Kornfield and Andrew Ba Tran, Washington Post


"As millions go back to school during the pandemic, the ability of campus health services to safeguard and care for students will be tested as never before — and many colleges appear unprepared for the challenge.

To assess the landscape of student health services at roughly 1,700 four-year residential campuses, The Washington Post interviewed more than 200 students, parents and health officials and examined thousands of pages of medical records and court documents and 5,500 reviews of student health centers posted on Google.

College students reported they commonly waited days or weeks for appointments and were routinely provided lackluster care. Dozens of students ended up hospitalized — and some near death — for mistakes they said were made at on-campus clinics.

>> Situational Awareness: "Student health centers are akin to the Wild West of medical care. There are no national regulations, and most are not licensed by states. Only about 220 campus medical clinics of the thousands nationwide are accredited by outside health organizations as meeting best practices, according to a Post analysis. In one case, Georgetown University stated on its website that its student health center was accredited but removed the claim after being asked about it by reporters."

>> Reality Check: "Students are planning to descend on campuses in a matter of weeks as many states are experiencing a surge of coronavirus cases, including an increasing number of young people who have tested positive. Health experts have described colleges as cruise ships on land, ideal places for the novel coronavirus to spread quickly through shared dorm rooms, communal bathrooms and dining halls."

>> Questions: (1) Are college health centers prepared to handle a pandemic? (2) Can students afford care at on-campus centers? (3) Can schools handle the financial crisis for student health care? 

>> Between The Lines: "Stephen Beckley, a consultant with Hodgkins Beckley Consulting, which has evaluated health programs at more than 200 colleges and universities nationwide, said many schools treat on-campus clinics as if they are no different from the bookstore, dining hall or any other student service."

>> Of Note: "About 250 residential colleges have no campus medical clinics or provide services only to athletes, according to a Post analysis of about 1,500 four-year schools with at least 500 students enrolled. Some offer students telemedicine or partner with off-campus providers."

>> The Final Word: “What if an institution does not have access to or cannot afford that kind of testing?” Lee Tyner, general counsel at TCU asked. “This will certainly be the case for hundreds of institutions across the country — small, tuition-dependent private colleges, under-resourced, public two-year community colleges and four-year regional universities.”

>> Worth Your Time

 

2.  The Nickname Game

Capital University Dropping 'Crusaders' Team Name And Mascot ...
courtesy of Capital University
 

Capital University announced that it is will be retiring its Crusaders nickname as well as sidelining its mascot, Cappy. The timeline for the change is to be determined.

The school's decision comes on the same day the NFL's Washington Redskins announced that it would be retiring its franchise's name and logo (see below). The wide belief was that the name was disrespectful towards Native Americans. 

Capital becomes the seventh NCAA Division III school to move away from the Crusader nickname, joining Alvernia (now the Golden Wolves), Clark (Cougars), Eastern Nazarene (Lions), Maranatha Baptist (Sabercats), Susquehanna (River Hawks) and Wheaton, Ill. (Thunder).

>> What They're Saying: "We believe that the University nickname and mascot should be a unifying symbol that enhances school spirit and pride for all who are affiliated with Capital.  In recent years, our nickname has been challenged by students and faculty for its connection to the historic Crusades. The detailed study found a significant portion of the Capital Family shares this perspective."

>> Read More

>> Go Deeper (The Making of a Mascot)


 

3. A Spring Swim?


DI Men's College Swimming & Diving - Home | NCAA.com

by Ben Delia, Franklin & Marshall


"Uncertainty rules the roost in 2020. COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Championships for Divisions I and III, and it forced the mid-meet cancellation in Division II. Looking ahead to the 2021 championships, there is still a great deal that we don’t know about what schools, conferences, and the NCAA may allow. While many colleges and universities are poised to attempt a return to in-person, on-campus learning this fall, the fate of athletics is hanging in the balance, especially for non-revenue generating sports like swimming.

Swimming is characterized as a winter sport within the NCAA, with a season approximately corresponding to the short course season. This puts most conference championships and NCAA Championships in the mid-February to late-March time frame. A traditional NCAA season features dual meets in the fall, invitationals around Thanksgiving, training trips in December and January, followed by a resumption of dual meets and then championships in January through March.

The rapid escalation of cases around the country creates the reality that campuses that do open in the fall will almost certainly see Covid-19 cases in their student populations. In addition to the obvious safety benefits from forgoing competition during a period of heightened risk, planning now for a spring season avoids the near certainty of cancelling scheduled fall competitions, and can provide for a well thought out and planned spring 2021 competitive phase."

>> Why It Matters: "The normal travel schedule that takes place during the fall semester of an NCAA swimming season presents an untenable situation in the current Covid-19 era, with too much student-athlete movement from September through the winter flu season. Leaving out the possibility of a second wave, with the resurgence of the first wave, current travel plans are being curtailed for the fall. More schools and conferences are likely to limit or suspend non-essential travel."

>> Thought Bubble: Delia opines teams returning to campus on January 18 with conference championship meets around April 22-25. Allowing 3 1/2 weeks to the beginning of nationals, the NCAAs would be May 19-22.

>> The Big Picture: "If we want to save our seasons for our teams and athletes, now is the time to take bold action, delay the season start, and plan for a spring 2021 NCAA swimming season."

>> Continue Reading

 

4.  Tracking the Fall
 



Clark (Mass.)Dean (Mass.) and Union (N.Y.) became the latest institutions to cancel fall semester competition.

Follow along with the schools and conferences that have announced fall decisions at https://www.d3playbook.com/2020/07/tracking-fall-cancellations.html

You can also access this map from the Daily Pennsylvanian that shows U.S. colleges' fall plans.

 


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    5.  Comings and Goings
     
     
    6.  Hail to the Red ---
     

    Now that Washington's NFL team has retired its nickname and logo ... what should take its place. Here's what the New York Post thinks might be the front-runners.

    Washington Warriors: A known favorite alternative for team owner Daniel Snyder, who once owned trademark rights to the name. But, with team names like the Blackhawks, Braves and Indians as the next under scrutiny, Warriors soon might be interpreted as derogatory.

    Washington RedTails: This would be a 180-degree turn from cultural insensitivity to honoring the Tuskegee Airmen, all-black fighter pilots who painted the backs of planes during World War II. RedTails won a prize in a fan-voted contest and has quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ vote.

    Washington Red Wolves: Star defensive lineman Jonathan Allen endorsed this option on social media, creating stadium nicknames like “The Den.” Like RedTails, it provides minimal disruption to the team’s social media hashtag, fight song and color scheme by keeping the “Red.”

    Washington Hogs: Some fans already wear pig noses to games to celebrate the nickname earned by the team’s offensive linemen during the Super Bowl-winning glory years of the 1970s and 80s. Maybe even make it Red Hogs.

    >> Let's go Buffalo.


     

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    Monday, July 13, 2020

    Endowments and Canceling Fall Sports

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    JULY 13, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
    your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

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    1.  Endowments and Canceling Fall Sports

    Students reveal financial fears as they embark on university life

    Is there a correlation between the size of an institution's endowment and the decision (as of July 10) to not conduct athletics during the 2020 fall semester?

    Top 10 Division III Endowments (in billions)
    1. MIT ($17.569) *
    2. Chicago ($8.263)
    3. Washington U. ($7.953)
    4. Emory ($7.872)
    5. Johns Hopkins ($6.275)
    6. New York U. ($4.345)
    7. Cal Tech ($2.975)
    8. Williams ($2.888) *
    9. Carnegie Mellon ($2.542) *
    10. Amherst ($2.473) *
    Top Endowments - Division III Liberal Arts Institutions (in billions)
    1. Williams ($2.888) *
    2. Amherst ($2.473) *
    3. Pomona ($2.324) *
    4. Wellesley ($2.173) *
    5. Swarthmore ($2.131) *
    6. Grinnell ($2.069) *
    7. Smith ($1.913) *
    8. Bowdoin ($1.743) *
    9. Washington and Lee ($1.676) *
    10. Berea ($1.218)
    * canceled fall competition

    Other Institutions That Cancelled (in millions)
    • Case Western ($1,866,500)
    • Middlebury ($1,157,786)
    • Wesleyan, Conn. ($1,004,806)
    • Hamilton ($969,362)
    • Oberlin ($943,469)
    • Bryn Mawr ($907,976)
    • Carleton ($892,353)
    • Claremont-McKenna ($865,475)
    • Mount Holyoke ($794,204)
    • Rensselaer ($739,648)
    • Yeshiva ($665,001)
    • Trinity, Conn. ($623,153)
    • Haverford ($529,487)
    • Scripps ($375,585)
    • Bates ($329,723) 
    • Connecticut College ($313,510)
    • Pratt Institute ($215,667)
    • Pitzer ($144,365)
    • Sarah Lawrence ($117,046)
    • TCNJ ($32,189)
    • Bay Path (approx $31,000)
    • Cazenovia, Mass Boston, SUNY Purchase (N/A)
    Top Endowments of Liberal Arts Schools That Have Not Cancelled
    1. Berry ($1,058,605)
    2. Denison ($877,592)
    3. Colby ($869,927)
    4. Macalester ($770,782)
    5. Colorado College ($766,910)
    6. DePauw ($730,341)
    7. Principia ($707,266)
    8. Whitman ($565,256)
    9. St. Olaf ($544,840)
    10. Wheaton, Ill. ($503,366)

    >> Bottom Line: We're not making any conclusions here. But it does appear that schools with smaller endowments are waiting to make their final decisions.
     

     

    2. Wesley Acquired by Delaware State

    by Andy Walter, Delaware State News
     

    "Wesley College now knows that its future lies as part of Delaware State.

    And there’s a lot of details that need to be worked out in the coming school year as Wesley becomes part of DSU.

    But Wesley officials also said on Thursday that they expect athletics to remain a part of its future.

    “Our athletic programs are focused on being the best we can be this year and in the years to come as part of the DSU system,” said Wolverines athletic director Tracey Short.

    Wesley has a proud tradition with our athletic programs of being successful in our conferences as well as regionally and nationally. As their D-III affiliate, we believe we can have even more success in the future.”

    >> Situational Awareness: “This is an unprecedented landmark in the long history of HBCUs. No HBCU has ever acquired a non-HBCU institution before, but I am not surprised that Delaware State University is leading the way,” Harry Williams, CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, said in a press release.

    >> What They're Saying: “I want to be very clear about that,” said Dr. Tony Allen in the two schools’ joint video press conference on Thursday. “I think Wesley’s brand has a lot of equity in the Dover community and in Delaware more specifically. How we use that equity is yet to be determined but I can assure you that we will use it."

    >> Be Smart: "With all that in mind, Clark said Wesley plans to proceed as normally as it can with its athletic programs this coming school year. He said the school’s acquisition by Delaware State hasn’t changed how the Wolverines see the future."

    >> Continue Reading
    >> Go Deeper


     


    3.  Blanket Waiver for Participation


    by Jeremy Villanueva, NCAA

     

    "Division III student-athletes will not be charged with participation for the 2020-21 season if their team can complete only 50% or less of the sport’s maximum contests/dates of competition due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Division III Administrative Committee on Wednesday approved a recommendation from the Division III Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement to provide a blanket waiver in all sports that are unable to reach the 50% threshold, providing student-athletes with the option of extending their participation.

    The committee noted that schools may be forced to shorten athletics seasons due to health and safety concerns, as well as related administrative concerns. Amending the criteria for a season-of-participation waiver would ensure student-athletes have four meaningful seasons of participation opportunities. The proactive blanket waiver allows student-athletes to make informed enrollment decisions prior to the academic year.

    Student-athletes whose teams complete more than 50% of the sport’s maximum contests/dates of competition during the 2020-21 season would not be eligible for the blanket waiver, regardless of whether the student-athlete competed in 50% or less of the season.  However, individual waiver requests could be pursued on a case-by case basis."


    >> Keep Reading

     

    4.  Tracking the Fall


    Follow along with the schools and conferences that have announced fall decisions at https://www.d3playbook.com/2020/07/tracking-fall-cancellations.html

     

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    5. Calendar
     
    • July 15 - Playing and Practice Seasons subcommittee
    • July 16 - Interpretations and Legislation committee
    • July 18-19 - Student-Athlete Advisory committee
    • July 20-21 - Management Council
    • July 21-23 - Baseball Rules committee
    • July 28 - Playing and Practice Seasons subcommittee
    • July 31 - Today's Top 10 Award nomination deadline
    • August 3 - Presidents Advisory Group
    • August 4 - COVID-19 and Waiver Update webinar
    • August 5 - Presidents Council


     

    6.  Comings and Goings
     
     
    7.  1 Snack Thing 



    Grilled chocolate sandwiches. Photo: James Ransom. Licensed by Axios.

    Behold the grilled chocolate sandwich, "a longtime favorite snack of children in Spain. Star chef and humanitarian hero José Andrés has popularized a dish of fancy chocolate on grilled bread drizzled with olive oil," Bloomberg reports.

    • "Inspired by him, [food writer Charlotte] Druckman arrived at her version."

    Why it matters: It's chocolate subbed in for cheese — what's not to like?

    - courtesy of Axios.

     


     

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