Thursday, July 23, 2020

48 Hours

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JULY 23, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  48 Hours
Coronavirus Concerns Prompt Industry Conference Cancellations ...

What have we seen since we last met on Tuesday? Eight conferences suspended or cancelled fall championships and competition, while two institutions shut down fall play for the remainder of the calendar year.

  • Atlantic East Conference
  • Capital Athletic Conference
  • City University of New York Athletic Conference
  • Colonial States Athletic Conference
  • Liberty League
  • North Coast Athletic Conference
  • Northwest Conference
  • Old Dominion Athletic Conference
  • Manhattanville
  • Washington University

Now, word has it that the NCAA Board of Governors could cancel this year's Division III fall championships as early as Friday with the recommendation of the DIII Management Council.

Still on the board are these 10 conferences that have yet to make a public announcement.

  • Allegheny Mountain (AMCC)
  • American Rivers
  • American Southwest
  • College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW)
  • Landmark
  • Little East
  • New Jersey (NJAC)
  • Northern Athletics (NACC)
  • Skyline
  • WIAC (Wisconsin)
While these 12 conferences have announced their intention to have conference-only or another hybrid form of competition.
  • Heartland
  • Michigan
  • Middle Atlantic
  • Midwest
  • Minnesota
  • Ohio
  • Presidents
  • St. Louis
  • SCIAC
  • UAA
  • Upper Midwest
  • USA South
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.

>> Between The Lines: These decisions have taken a human toll as well on presidents, athletic directors and commissioners. No one wanted to make these calls. Remember that when the calls of protest inevitably come in. Unfortunately, the virus sets the timetable.

>> Be SmartLooking at the COVID Tracking Project map, it is hard to believe that these conferences will be able to hold onto to some semblance of a fall season.

 

2.  Street Smarts
 

The NCAA announced the 42 recipients of its Postgraduate Scholarships for the 2019-20 spring campaign and 20 Division III students were on the list.

Women's Recipients (11)
Anna Foley, DePauw (golf)
Kaitlyn Fox, Virginia Wesleyan (lacrosse)
Peyton Greco, Ithaca (golf)
Grace Haigh, DePauw (tennis)
Michelle Karabin, Carnegie Mellon (outdoor track and field)
Delia Labatt, Bethel (outdoor track and field)
Melissa Livermore, Texas-Dallas (softball)
Audrey Miller, Loras (outdoor track and field)
Alyssa Olson, Coe (softball)
Olivia Robb, Washington College (rowing)
Jennifer Su, Johns Hopkins (outdoor track and field)

Men's Recipients (9)
Titus Bera, Wooster (tennis)
Will Daniels, Central (outdoor track and field)
Benjamin Jacobson, Coe (baseball)
Eungjae Kim, Emory (baseball)
Michael Merical, Nebraska Wesleyan (outdoor track and field)
Nicholas Russello, Lycoming (lacrosse)
Maxwell Scott, Oberlin (lacrosse)
Zachary Shelley, Johns Hopkins (outdoor track and field)
Wesley Wagner, Wooster (lacrosse)

>> Conference call: American Rivers (5), North Coast (5), Centennial (3), UAA (2), Liberty (1), ASC (1), MAC (1), Minnesota (1), ODAC (1).

 

3.  Management Council Recap


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by Jeremy Villanueva, NCAA

"The Division III Management Council approved a proposal to allow schools and conferences to have flexibility in conducting and/or continuing fall sports practices and competition into the spring. The action is effective immediately, pending a request for expedited ratification by the Presidents Council. The Management Council met by videoconference Sunday through Tuesday.

The Playing and Practice Seasons Subcommittee recommended the proposal, which waives current bylaw parameters and allows schools to define the playing season by a certain number of days instead of weeks, and those days do not have to occur in consecutive weeks. The measure applies to all sports and eliminates the distinction between traditional and nontraditional segments. Basketball, ice hockey and wrestling will be able to start practice Oct. 1 but maintain the existing competition start dates.

The Management Council also recommended the NCAA Board of Governors cancel this year’s Division III fall championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Council members committed to continue monitoring and assessing the evolving conditions and making recommendations in the best interest of Division III student-athletes, coaches and staff.

The recommendation will go to the Board of Governors and Presidents Council. The Board has the authority to suspend NCAA championships. Its next scheduled meetings are July 24 and Aug. 4.

>> Elsewhere: The Council advanced two legislative concepts on name, image and likeness that the Working Group recommended last week. The group also approved an official interpretation related to hardship waivers and competition in the second half of the season. 

>> What They're Saying: "These are unprecedented times, and they are challenging us to think ‘out of the box’ and encouraging us to think about how our business can be conducted in ways we haven’t historically done," said Heather Benning, executive director of the Midwest Conference and chair of the Council.

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4.  Tying It All Together

Washington University football player Lloyd Yates
by Stu Durando, St. Louis Post Dispatch

"Football and fashion have made for a combination that Lloyd Yates has embraced since the start of high school.

The roots of his love for impeccable dress date to the early 1900s, but the Washington University football transfer also hopes to make it his future while seeking to revive his football career.

The budding entrepreneur will bring his love of ties, which he has turned into a business, and other apparel to campus along with two years of eligibility while pursuing a master’s degree at the Olin Business School.

It started with a desire to look good on game days and took on a life of its own. Now, Yates can wear his own creations to games and give teammates a higher bar for style."

>> Situational Awareness: Yates was a three-star recruit out of high school and matriculated at Northwestern looking to start at QB in the Big Ten. Instead, he was moved to receiver but could not get on the field.

>> Quotable: “I’m definitely a quarterback, but that doesn’t mean I can’t contribute elsewhere,” Yates said. “When I graduated, I felt like I had so much more in the tank that I couldn’t showcase at Northwestern. My expectation was to get a fair shot."

>> What's Next: Because he redshirted his first year and graduated so quickly, he has two years of eligibility remaining. That’s handy because it matches the length of the MBA program he is entering.

>> Knotty Issue: "Besides football and school, Yates will put a lot of time into Tylemen Ties. He started the business after his freshman year of college when his father gave him a box of old ties, which Yates decided to sell. He transformed his dorm room operation into a larger endeavor. Yates created a website for sales and began making business deals with universities. He said the business is moving close to profitability."

>> Keep Reading


 

5.  A Golden Season, 2nd Round


With all the difficult news coming out about the fall 2020 season, we thought it might be time to dust off some anniversary seasons from the past. Today, we'll continue with the 1995 NCAA men's soccer championship tournament.

Each edition of D3Playbook, we'll bring you the results of a round of play, culminating on July 30 with the final. Now, we know you can look this up online if you choose ... but maybe you'll just want to follow along.

Williams (host) d. Amherst, 3-0
TCNJ d. Stockton, 4-1

Ithaca d. Fredonia (host), 4-1
Muhlenberg d. Messiah (host), 1-0 (3 ot)

Methodist (host) d. Virginia Wesleyan, 2-1
Washington U. d. Wheaton, Ill. (host), 2-1

Ohio Wesleyan (host) d. Hiram, 1-0 (2 ot)
Chapman d. UC San Diego (host), 1-0

>> Headlines: Williams and Methodist are remain undefeated on the season with wins. TCNJ advanced to the third round for the second straight year. Virginia Wesleyan suffered its first loss of the season. Host teams went 3-4 in the second round.

>> Quarterfinals: Williams at TCNJ; Ithaca at Muhlenberg; Methodist at Washington U.; Ohio Wesleyan at Chapman.

>> Third Round Results coming Monday
 


 
6.  Comings and Goings
 

 
7.  1 Summer Thing
 

Ah those summer days by the water. And if you're Rich Gilbride, a shortstop on the Suffolk University baseball team, you never stop practicing. Because practice makes perfect.

Have a great weekend.


 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Can You Afford COVID-19?

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JULY 21, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Can You Afford COVID-19 Costs?

Mass Antibody Blood Testing: The Path Forward to Combating COVID-19?
by Megan Ryan, Minneapolis Star-Tribune


"The NCAA’s new COVID-19 testing recommendations released this week have seriously derailed lower-division sports’ hope for fall competition, coaches and athletic directors from Minnesota colleges said Friday.

“Although I think the NCAA puts together plans that are in the best interest of our students and their health and well-being,” Macalester AD Donnie Brooks said, “I immediately thought that this is going to price non-Power Five schools out of fall sports.”

Per the NCAA’s guidelines, which aren’t requirements, student-athletes in high-contact risk sports such as football, soccer and volleyball will need COVID-19 testing within 72 hours of every game. The cost of that, as St. John’s football coach Gary Fasching put it, is “astronomical.”

“It’s incredible costs that I don’t know that we could absorb at this time,” Fasching said.

>> Reality Check: "The cost of testing could become a tipping point. Brooks estimated for just his D-III fall sports high-risk teams — men’s and women’s soccer, football and volleyball — testing would cost more than $300,000."

>> Reality Check II: "At St. John’s, Fasching expects what could be his biggest-ever roster of 220 players arriving on campus Aug. 22. Testing for each of the seven remaining games on the D-III Johnnies’ schedule could cost $154,000."

>> Be Smart: “A lot of schools can ask ourselves, ‘Is it responsible of us to be using the test when there’s so many others in need of this testing as well?’ ” Brooks said. “ … Do [testing facilities] have the capacity?”

>> Continue Reading



 

2.  A New Meaning for Test Time

Colby College Announces New Financial Aid Policy | Business Wire
by Nick Anderson, Washington Post
 

"Before it reopens next month, Colby College will require all students coming to its campus in Maine to be tested for the novel coronavirus. But that’s just the beginning of its pandemic safety plan.

The private liberal arts school will require everyone on campus, from nearly 2,000 students to the college president, to swab their lower nasal cavities three times a week at the start of the semester. Then they’ll do it twice weekly until the term ends. A laboratory in Massachusetts will deliver results within 24 hours to the school in the riverfront town of Waterville.

It could add up this fall to 85,000 tests for Colby at a cost of as much as $2.5 million. That’s far more testing per capita than some major universities are projecting.

Of all the educational unknowns in an extraordinary year of disease and disruption, one of the most vexing for colleges and universities is this: How much viral testing is enough?

>> Situational Awareness: Colby, which plans to teach in person as much as possible, has staked out a maximalist position: Test everyone, and test often.

>> Yes, But: "The CDC has not endorsed universal testing at colleges. Citing a lack of research, the agency said on June 30 that it is “unknown” if a policy of testing everyone who enters a campus would curtail transmission of the virus more than measures such as social distancing, face covering, hand washing and intensive cleaning. “Therefore, CDC does not recommend entry testing of all returning students, faculty, and staff,” the agency said."

>> What They're Saying: “Yes, we’re going to be tested twice a week," said Genesis Cazalez, a rising senior from Houston. That eases the tensions a little bit for the students, but I don’t know that it will ease the tensions for the community.”

>> The Final Word: “Students want to be there, and we want to be there,” said government professor Dan Shea. “We all want to come together. That’s what we do.”

>> Continue Reading


 

3. A Golden Season
 


With all the difficult news coming out about the fall 2020 season, we thought it might be time to dust off some anniversary seasons from the past. Today, we'll start with the 1995 NCAA men's soccer championship tournament.

Each edition of D3Playbook, we'll bring you the results of a round of play, culminating on July 30 with the final. Now, we know you might remember how this ends ... or can look it up online if you choose ... but maybe you'll just want to follow along with us over the next 10 days.

1995 Men's Soccer Tournament
Amherst tied Middlebury, 1-1 (advanced on PKs)
Williams (host) d. Plymouth State, 2-0

TCNJ d. Connecticut College, 4-0
Stockton d. Rowan (host), 3-0

Ithaca tied Rochester, 1-1 (advanced on PKs)
Fredonia (host) d. St. Lawrence, 2-0

Muhlenberg d. Elizabethtown, 1-0
Messiah (host) d. Gettysburg, 3-1

Virginia Wesleyan d. Greensboro, 1-0
Methodist (host) d. Maryville, Tenn., 4-0

Washington U. d. Rhodes, 1-0
Wheaton, Ill. (host) d. UW-Oshkosh, 3-1

Hiram d. Hope, 1-0
Ohio Wesleyan (host) d. Kenyon, 1-0

Chapman d. Colorado College, 2-0
UC San Diego (host) d. St. Thomas, Minn., 4-0

Headlines: Williams, Virginia Wesleyan and Methodist are remain undefeated on the season with wins. Marlins (18-0-1) and Monarchs (18-0) meet in second round. Rowan is handed its first loss of the year.



 

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

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.  1 "Going Home" Thing
     


     

    "A dog named Cleo who disappeared from her home in Kansas earlier this month turned up a few days later at her old home in Missouri, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) away.

    Colton Michael told television station KMBC that the 4-year-old Labrador retriever-border collie mix showed up on the front porch of his family’s home in Lawson, which is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Kansas City.

    Cleo’s owners, who had moved to Olathe, Kansas, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Lawson, couldn’t believe it when Michael called and said the dog had turned up at their old home. They had posted on Facebook a week earlier about the missing dog. Neither family knows how Cleo made the trip, which would have required her to cross at least one river."

    >> Morale of the Story: Dogs.

    courtesy of Associated Press

     

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    Monday, July 20, 2020

    The Next Domino

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    JULY 20, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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    1.  The Next Domino

    Depression & the Domino Effect - hopetocope.com | Hope To Cope ...

    The question now becomes who's next?

    Division III now stands at 26 conferences that have altered, suspended or canceled their 2020 fall season.

    Here is our list of the schools and conferences that have announced fall decisions at https://www.d3playbook.com/2020/07/tracking-fall-cancellations.html.

    Below are the conferences that have not made a public announcement as of this morning.
    • Allegheny Mountain (AMCC)
    • American Rivers
    • Atlantic East
    • American Southwest
    • Capital
    • CUNYAC
    • CCIW
    • Colonial States (CSAC)
    • Great Northeast (GNAC)
    • Heartland
    • Landmark
    • Little East
    • Michigan (MIAA)
    • New Jersey (NJAC)
    • North Atlantic (NAC)
    • Northern Athletics (NACC)
    • Northwest
    • Skyline
    • SUNYAC
    • WIAC (Wisconsin)
    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. DePauw ($730,341)
    6. Principia ($707,266)
    7. Whitman ($565,256)
    8. St. Olaf ($544,840)
    9. Wheaton, Ill. ($503,366)
    10. Earlham ($418,845)
    11. Skidmore ($384,280)
    12. Puget Sound ($380,507)
    13. Lawrence ($356,958)
    14. Wabash ($344,252)
    15. Wooster ($328,921)
    source: Chronicle of Higher Education

    >> Worth Noting: Of the conferences comprised of mostly public institutions, only the MASCAC has made an announcement. No decision yet from the CUNYAC, Little East, NJAC, SUNYAC and WIAC.

    >> Bottom Line: This could be a busy week for D3Playbook.
     

     

    2. Working Group Supports NIL Concepts
     

    NCAA allows profit from name, image, likeness
    by Jeremy Villaneuva, NCAA
     

    "The NCAA Division III Name, Image and Likeness Oversight Working Group recommended two legislative concepts to be considered by the Management and Presidents Councils at their upcoming summer meetings. 

    The first concept would allow student-athletes to use their status as athletes to promote their own work product or service. 

    Work product and service examples would include promotion of private lessons, camps and clinics; monetizing social media platforms; pay for autographs; promotion of creative and/or academic endeavors; promotion of their own business; and general promotion of other work product or service.

    The second concept would allow student-athletes to use their status as athletes to endorse third-party products or services, provided there is no institutional involvement in procuring promotional opportunities for student-athletes (except to the extent the school is involved with assisting students generally). Name, image and likeness opportunities would not be part of the recruiting process, and compensation would not be a substitute for pay for play. 

    >> Situational Awareness: "The recommendations come on the heels of the membership survey in June that collected feedback on the name, image and likeness concepts from Division III presidents and chancellors, athletics directors, conference commissioners and the national Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee."

    >> What's Next: Review by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Management Council, the Presidents' Advisory Group before the Presidents' Council meets on August 5.

    >> Read More

     


    3.  Sign of the Times?

    About Carthage | About Carthage | Carthage College
    by Daphne Chen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

     

    "Citing rising costs and changing student interests, Carthage College announced plans to eliminate up to 20% of faculty and restructure 10 academic departments last week, blindsiding some students who said the move “betrays” the institution’s identity as a liberal arts college. 

    Carthage Provost David Timmerman called the move “difficult but necessary.” 

    “Student interest is shifting, and they’ve been voting with their feet for the last 10 years,” Timmerman said. “In some cases, some departments have had higher numbers of faculty needed than students.”

    >> What's Next: "Ten standalone departments — biology, classics, English, modern languages, music, philosophy, physics, political science, religion, and sociology/criminal justice — will be combined into a smaller number of departments under the proposal. Between 15 to 30 faculty, including tenured faculty, will face layoffs."

    >> Between The Lines: "With a volatile economy and the cost of higher education greater than ever, colleges and universities have struggled to increase student enrollment revenues. Carthage College, like many other institutions, has increasingly invested in growing pre-professional programs such as nursing, data science and business."

    >> What They're Saying: “Since the student base is the one that is getting the education, I think we have a right to say what kind of education we want to have,” senior Bradley Morelli said."

    >> Be Smart: Just one example of what could happen on many campuses in the very near future.

    >> Continue 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 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 Smile to Go


    Chipmunk
    via Getty Images
     

    Plentiful acorns last fall meant a big buffet when chipmunks got busy breeding this spring, and now New England has a bumper crop of varmints, AP reports.

    • Small-mammal biologists are also seeing more squirrels, rabbits and mice.

    Chipmunks are digging holes in gardens, tunneling under lawns.

    • "We can't grow a tulip without them digging it up," said Steven Parren of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    What's next: Small-mammal populations boom and bust.

    • Such is life near the bottom of the food chain: Chipmunks are easy prey for owls, hawks, snakes, foxes and raccoons.

     
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