Friday, September 4, 2020

"Must Let Head Coach Know"

 


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SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. "Must Let Head Coach Know ..."

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by Luke Cyphers and Daniel Libit, The Intercollegiate


"Even before those questionable COVID-19 waivers, college athletes were subject to all kinds of overbearing, strange, intrusive, discriminatory and legally dubious team rules. Here's what we discovered from just last season.

For as much as the college sports establishment insists publicly (and in court) that college athletes are just regular collegians, team rulebooks tell a much different tale. “I am aware that what I expect of you as part of this program is not necessarily what’s expected of normal college students,” read last year’s Fresno State men’s tennis handbook. “But none of you are normal.”

Team rules have long been a staple of interscholastic and intercollegiate sports, with pledges of individual sacrifice for the good of the team an almost universal part of the culture. But what once served as simple goal-setting tools have become cogs in a vast regulatory machine imposed on college athletes of all stripes, in both revenue and non-revenue sports, a system that invades, inspects, lords over, stereotypes, discriminates and pronounces judgment on multiple aspects of players’ personal lives."

>> Situational Awareness: "This is repeatedly borne out in the thousands of pages of 2019-20 team-specific rules and athlete conduct policies we obtained, through public records requests, from 236 different college sports programs across 52 D-I universities. The rulebooks range from bulky binders with various sections and subsections, to those distilled into a few, axiomatic sentences. You can find our full collection here."

>> Why It Matters: "Sports teams, like any organization, need to set boundaries and establish some level of discipline to succeed. But taken together, the documents are a striking testament to the wide range of demands placed on college athletes — from legal-aged drinking restrictions to academic performance minimums to bodily hygiene directions to even more personal issues."

>> Reality Check: "Taken as a data set, the documents revealed much about college sports, including its cultures, values, and biases. We discovered:  

  • Men’s teams (27.3 percent) were far less likely than women’s teams (51 percent) to specify written alcohol restrictions on 21-and-over athletes.
  • Women’s basketball teams (the lone college sport that is both female and plurality Black) were by far the most likely to have written rules about players’ personal appearance or hygiene. In fact, more than half of the women’s basketball rulebooks we obtained included specific instructions about off-the-court looks and cleanliness.
  • While hazing rituals are universally prohibited on D-I campuses — and illegal in 44 states — we found that football and swimming and diving were the most likely sports to include anti-hazing language in their team rules. 
>> Of Note: "Some of the restrictions we discovered reached deeply into the most personal of interactions — athletes’ love lives, especially those of female athletes — and most particularly, gay relationships among teammates."

>> Worth Your Time

 

2. Test Advancements Key to College Sports


by Ross Dellenger, Sports Illustrated
 

"As Week 1 in college football arrives, so do thousands of rapid, point-of-care COVID-19 tests for the dozens of programs planning to play this year. While these tests aren’t significantly impactful to a fall football season—the ID Now machine, for instance, can process only one test at a time—the true game-changers aren’t far behind, experts say. Quickly moving down the pipeline is a wave of new-generation rapid tests set up for at-site results (point of care). One doctor is even hopeful that a self-administering at-home test—“the Holy Grail,” he calls it—could be available by the time March Madness is scheduled to start.

But that’s not even the best news. Abbott has a newer innovation that has college administrators and doctors alike buzzing. The Abbott BinaxNOW is even quicker, cheaper and potentially more accurate than the ID NOW. And though it’s not yet widely available—and might not be until late this fall—industry experts believe the BinaxNOW is a true game-changer for society and sports. Even the most cautious of physicians are excited about the possibilities of a device they compare to a drug store pregnancy test.

One of the ID NOW’s biggest benefits is the ability to bypass a lab process that can take 24–72 hours to produce results. That’s how it significantly differs from another advancement approved by the FDA a couple of weeks ago, SalivaDirect, which garnered hype that was overblown, physicians say."

>> The Big Picture: "ID NOW is maybe better suited as a weekly surveillance test for sports with smaller rosters, such as basketball and volleyball. Also, the ID NOW is mobile enough for road trips and affords administrators the opportunity to quickly test any symptomatic individuals on game day."

>> Worth Noting: "Meanwhile, Abbott’s newest innovation, BinaxNOW, could possibly meet what infectious disease experts describe as the trifecta in testing: speed, cost and accuracy. Priced at $5 a test, BinaxNOW needs no machinery, using instead a handheld portable tool. A nasal swab specimen is applied to the credit-card sized tool that, a few minutes later, produces a result via a color strip."

>> Yes, But: "Shortages of testing resources are commonplace in labs across the country, especially the supplies connected to the more intrusive PCR tests. Most of those resources—nasal swabs, plastic consumables, liquid reagents—are single-use. The infamous delays in return times are rooted in insufficient supply and labs that have reached their testing capacity. This creates backlogs, turning a 24-hour return time to 72 hours."

>> Go Deeper

 


3.  Battle in the Bubble
 

by Adam Zagoria, Forbes SportsMoney


"The NCAA has filed a trademark for "Battle in the Bubble” and intends to use a bubble for potentially multiple sports. The organization also plans to sell “Battle in the Bubble” clothing.

“The application was filed about five days ago for “Battle in the Bubble,” Josh Gerben, a trademark lawyer from Gerbenlaw.com based in Lancaster, Pa. who first reported the news on Twitter, said in a phone interview.

“In this case, the NCAA filed it based on an intent to use the trademark that’s in the application. They signed a sworn statement saying that under penalty of perjury they have a bona fide intent to use this trademark in the marketplace...In all likelihood this is something that they’re planning to use going forward in the next couple months.

Dan Gavitt, vice president of the NCAA men's basketball championships, said he’s in favor of bubble-type environments for conference and non-conference games."

>> Quotable: “In the application, they said it could apply to any collegiate athletic competition,” Gerben said. “They did not limit it to basketball....It could be football. It could be any other NCAA sports where they determine, hey if we want to do it for the season this year, we’re going to operate in some kind of bubble format.”

>> Be Smart: Given the furloughs just announced by the NCAA, the national office intends to do everything it can to produce March Madness in 2021.

>> Read More

 


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4.  Scholar-Athletes
 
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Loras College women's cross country and track and field graduate Audrey Miller and North Carolina State men’s swimming and diving alumnus Andreas Vazaios have been named the 2019-20 National College Athlete Honor Society Scholar-Athletes of the Year, Chi Alpha Sigma announced today.

The Scholar-Athlete of the Year award recognizes one male and one female student-athlete who have each demonstrated academic and athletic achievement, as well as service and leadership both on-campus and in the community. Nominees must be junior or senior Chi Alpha Sigma inductees who have maintained a minimum of a 3.40 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) throughout their collegiate careers and demonstrated how their experiences as scholar-athletes have influenced and empowered them to be successful after graduation.​

Miller (Sr. | Appleton, Wis.) competed in both cross country and track and field at Loras where she was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. Miller was the 2016 runner-up at the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championship and placed 25th as a senior, making her a two-time NCAA Division III All-American and USTFCCCA Scholar All-American. She holds the program record in 6,000-meter races and is the highest national finisher in program history. A four-time Academic All-Conference honoree in cross country, Miller also earned four All-America nods in track and field. She finished her career holding the 3,000- and 5,000-meter records indoors, along with the 5,000- and 10,000-meter records outdoors.

In the classroom, Miller graduated this past spring with a degree in chemistry. She was the Freshman and Senior Chemistry Award winner as well as a McElroy Graduate Fellowship recipient and has presented her research at multiple national conferences. Earlier this summer, Miller was also nominated for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award and was announced as a recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She will continue her education at the University of California-Davis where she will work towards a Ph. D in Geochemistry/Planetary Sciences.

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5.  Conference Call

Today we continue our look at Division III conferences with those formed in the Clinton years.
 
American Southwest Conference

Conference: American Southwest Conference
Commissioner: Amy Carlton
Headquarters: Richardson, Texas
WebsiteASCsports.org
  • Founded: May 23, 1996
  • Charter Members (5): Hardin-Simmons, Howard Payne, McMurry, Ozarks, Sul Ross
  • Other Members (7): Mary Hardin-Baylor (1997), East Texas Baptist (1998), LeTourneau (1998), Texas-Dallas (1998), Concordia Texas (1999), Louisiana College (2000), Belhaven (2015)
  • Associates (3): UC Santa Cruz (WGOLF), Southwestern (FB), Trinity Texas (FB)
     
  • Oldest: U. of the Ozarks (1834)
  • Largest: Texas-Dallas (16,656)
  • Smallest: Howard Payne (812)
  • Longest Trip: 900 miles (Belhaven to Sul Ross State)
  • Championship Sports: 16
  • Top Team Moments: 4 NCAA championships - Howard Payne (2008 w. basketball), East Texas Baptist (2010 softball), Hardin-Simmons (2010 w. soccer), Mary Hardin-Baylor (2013 w. golf)

>> Tuesday: Liberty League

Previously
Atlantic East SAA | NECC | NACC | Landmark | NEAC | NEWMAC | AMCC | NAC | ASC

sources: Google Maps, EADA
 

6. Comings and Goings
 
 
7.  1 Derby Thing
 

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The 146th Kentucky Derby - The Run for the Roses - finally takes place this Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Can Tiz the Law make it 2-for-2 after winning the Belmont Stakes.

Nothing says tradition on Derby Day like the Mint Julep. Although known more as a drink for the first Saturday in May ... perhaps you can make an exception for the first Saturday in September.

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You can also download the Kentucky Derby party pack, courtesy of NBC Sports.

However you spend your weekend, make it a safe and healthy Labor Day holiday.

 

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Idle in Indy

 


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SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Idle in Indy

Introducing the NCAA Headquarters | Fan Fuel HQ
by the Associated Press


"The NCAA will furlough its entire Indianapolis-based staff of about 600 employees for three to eight weeks in a cost-saving move, according to memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

The memo from NCAA president Mark Emmert went out to the association's more than 1,200 member schools Wednesday. The furloughs will not affect senior executives.

Starting Sept. 21 through the end of January 2021, all national office staff will be subjected to a mandatory three-week furlough, Emmert wrote. Some staff will be furloughed up to eight weeks, depending on position and "seasonal timing of their duties.

The latest belt-tightening measures include voluntary separation and early retirement packages being offered to many NCAA employees.

>> Quotable: "There decisions are unfortunate but necessary as we continue to identify ways to cut costs across the national office," Emmert wrote. He said all the measures represent "top of budget cuts in every national office group totaling nearly half our operating budget."

>> Be Smart: "The NCAA took a massive financial hit when it canceled the men's college basketball tournament in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament accounts for almost all of the NCAA's annual revenue, which reached $1.1 billion last year."

>> The Final Word: We are committed to supporting our member schools and conferences and student-athletes in every way possible, and yet I expect that some of our services to membership may be limited or delayed during this period furloughs," Emmert wrote. 

>> Continue Reading

 


2.  Battle of Gettysburg
 

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by Teresa Boeckel, Hanover Evening Sun


"Gettysburg College is requiring all of its students to quarantine for the rest of the week because of dozens of coronavirus cases.

The all-student quarantine was issued on Tuesday, according to the college's website.

As of Sunday evening, 33 students had tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 23, according to the website.

Classes will be taught remotely. Students will not be able to leave their rooms except to use the restroom, pick up food and take it back to their room, or to go for a scheduled COVID-19 test.

Anyone who does not comply with the rules will be sent home, the college said."

>> What They're Saying: “I’d much rather be cooped up for about a week instead of having to be sent home and be cooped up in my house for the next couple months like we have been,” student Lily Morrell told the local ABC affiliate. “So I think it’s good that the school is really cracking down on making sure these cases don’t grow more.”

>> Keep Reading

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3.  Pulling the Plug

by Zach James, Sioux City Journal
 

"Chuck Yrigoyen doesn’t consider postponing the majority of the American Rivers Conference fall sports season a failure.

The commissioner of the local NCAA Division III conference — which includes Buena Vista University in Storm Lake — did call the decision a disappointment.

The American Rivers Conference announced on Aug. 11 that it would move the football, volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer seasons to the spring due to safety concerns around COVID-19.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was the lack of testing schools would have been able to do at the institutions. The NCAA released a recommendation earlier in the month stating “that testing will be performed in accordance with local/federal mandates and school policy in the same way it is for the broader student population."

>> Thought Bubble: “I do feel that it's disappointing that we were not able to at least give it a try, but you know the reality is that we really were not given an option,” Yrigoyen said.

>> The Bottom Line: “There really just wasn't any option for us because of the cost and the logistics of testing. Cost, meaning if a school decided to try and bring all of that testing obligation in-house, that's a huge cost,” Yrigoyen said.

>> What's Next: "Yrigoyen’s main focus now shifts to keeping the golf, tennis and cross country athletes healthy throughout the fall."

>> Read More

 

4.  Data Download


Noninstructional Pay for Employees by Sector 2018-19

4-Year Public Institutions

  1. Management ($109,320)
  2. Public Service ($72,105)
  3. Research ($68,214)
  4. Computer, engineering and science ($67,171)
  5. Business and financial operations ($63,956)
  6. Community, social service, legal, arts, design, entertainment, sports and media ($62,823)

4-Year Private Institutions

  1. Management ($113,452)
  2. Public Service ($89,366)
  3. Research ($76,166)
  4. Computer, engineering and science ($73,523)
  5. Business and financial operations ($69,974)
  6. Health-care practitioners and technical ($63,223)
  7. Community, social service, legal, arts, design, entertainment, sports and media ($60,052)
source: Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S. Department of Education
 

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5.  Conference Call


Today we continue our look at Division III conferences with a glance at those formed in the 1990s.

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Conference: North Atlantic Conference
Commissioner: Marcella Zalot
Headquarters: Waterville, Maine
WebsiteNACathletics.com
  • Founded: 1997
  • Charter Members (1): Maine Maritime
  • Other Members (11): Northern Vermont-Johnson (2001), Husson (2003), Thomas (2003), Maine Farmington (2003), Northern Vermont-Lyndon (2008), Maine Presque Isle (2018), SUNY Canton (2018), SUNY Delhi (2019), Cazenovia (2020), SUNY Cobleskill (2020), SUNY Poly (2020).
  • Associates (2): MCLA (MGOLF, TEN), Salem State (MGOLF)
  • Founded as the North Atlantic Women's Conference; Renamed in 1999
  • Oldest: Maine-Farmington (1863)
  • Largest: SUNY Canton (2,743)
  • Smallest: Maine-Presque Isle (621)
  • Longest Trip: 686 miles (Maine Presque Isle to Cazenovia) 
  • Championship Sports: 17

>> Tomorrow: American Southwest Conference

>> PreviouslyAtlantic East SAA | NECC | NACC | Landmark | NEAC | NEWMAC | AMCC

sources: Google Maps, EADA


sources: Google Maps, EADA

 
6.  Comings and Goings
 

 
7.  1 Terrificly Sad Thing

 


 

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Stevens Named Administrator of the Year

 


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SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Stevens Named Administrator of Year


Meg Stevens Nike Administrator of the Year Women Leaders 2020
by Drew Wilson, Averett Athletic Communications


"Averett University Director of Athletics Meg Stevens was selected as the Nike Division III Administrator of the Year, the Women Leaders in College Sports announced Tuesday as it released its 2020 award recipients.

Stevens is among the recipients who will be honored with the Nike Celebration of Women social media campaign starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, and during the Nike Celebration of Women feature during Women Leaders X, the organization's first virtual convention. Recipients were nominated by their peers and selected by the Women Leaders Awards Committee for their service during 2019-2020.

Stevens has served as Averett's Director of Athletics since July 2013, and during that time has transformed the culture of Averett athletics. Stevens has collaborated with faculty, student-athletes and staff to develop and strengthen a "3-2-1" philosophy that has pushed Averett toward the top of the USA South Conference."

>> What They're Saying: "Meg Stevens has been a tremendous instrument of positive change across our university," Averett President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks said. "Through her leadership, the Department of Athletics has excelled and she has taken on responsibilities for broader institutional activities which she has executed with determination, great competence, positive results and sheer passion. Her 'One Team' philosophy has not only permeated athletics, but has influenced students across our campus."

>> The Bottom Line: "Stevens is known for her commitment to hiring, mentoring and developing young head coaches. In fact, 27 of her 28 head coach hires have been first-time head coaches, and she has promoted nearly a half dozen former Averett graduate assistant coaches into head coaching roles. Many of Averett’s graduate assistant coaches and staff have gone on to become head coaches or full-time assistant coaches in all levels of athletics."

>> Continue Reading


 


2.  Convention Moves Online


The annual NCAA Convention will be held online Jan. 11-15 in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shifting to a virtual Convention for 2021 reduces expenses and recognizes the need for chancellors, presidents, athletics directors and other delegates who regularly participate in the Convention to attend to campus matters.

The virtual Convention will occur the same week the Convention was originally scheduled and online educational programming will be offered throughout January. Divisional Business Sessions will be conducted virtually, with Division III voting on NIL legislation to take place Friday, Jan. 15.  The Division III Convention Planning Subcommittee is working to finalize the programming, and staff will update the membership in the coming weeks.

 

3.  Injury Inspires New Career Path
 

Jared Karas surveys the play
courtesy of LVC Athletics

 

"While playing ice hockey for LVC men's team, Jared Karas '21, M'22 suffered a concussion. As the recovery stretched on, causing him to miss most of the season, LVC's athletic trainers suggested visiting a speech pathologist for rehabilitation to alleviate the lingering symptoms.

"I had never heard of someone seeing a speech-language pathologist (SLP) for a concussion before, so I did some research into the field of what an SLP does," said Karas. "I was amazed by how wide of a field of study it is, and the medical rehab side of it was really interesting." 
 

  • Situational AwarenessSpeech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.


Not only did the rehab help, but it also turned Karas on to a new career.

As a speech-language pathology major, Karas has shadowed professionals in medical and educational settings and enjoyed studying the brain and how it functions during his Neuroscience of Communication course. He found it fascinating to learn how intricate a process talking is and how much goes into doing something many people consider to be such a simple task.  

>> Quotable: "It was a field that had the healthcare aspect that I enjoyed and was studying, and the psychological aspect that had always interested me. Everyone I talked to about the field couldn't have better things to say about it and encouraged me that it would be a great decision to switch majors to SLP," said Karas, who was previously studying exercise science."

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4.  Calendar

Sep 3 - Nominating Committee
Sep 8 - Championships Committee
Sep 13-15 - Championships Committee with Sport Chairs
Sep 14-15 - Committee on Women's Athletics
Sep 14-15 - Minority Opportunities Interest Committee
Sep 17 - Membership Committee
Sep 21-22 - Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport
Sep 22-23 - Interpretations and Legislation Committee


 
5. Conference Call


Today we continue our look at Division III conferences, going back to the 1990s.



Conference: Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
Commissioner: Donna Ledwin
Headquarters: North Boston, N.Y.
WebsiteAMCCsports.org
  • Founded: 1998
  • Charter Members (4): La Roche, Penn State Behrend, Pittsburgh Bradford, Pittsburgh Greensburg
  • Other Members (5): Penn State Altoona (1998), Hilbert (2005), Medaille (2005), Mount Aloysius (2006), Alfred State (2019)
     
  • Oldest: Mount Aloysius (1853)
  • Largest: Penn State Behrend (3,957)
  • Smallest: Hilbert (688)
  • Longest Trip: 254 miles (Medaille to Pittsburgh Greensburg)
  • Championship Sports: 16
  • Top Team Moment: La Roche won two games in the 2016 baseball championship tournament before being ousted by eventual national runner-up Keystone.

>> Tomorrow: North Atlantic Conference

>> PreviouslyAtlantic East SAA | NECC | NACC | Landmark | NEAC | NEWMAC

sources: Google Maps, EADA

 
6.  Comings and Goings
 
 
7.  1 Pumpkin Spice Thing 
 

Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Spice Dozen

by Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme', Food & Wine
 

"Each year, it seems that when the clock strikes midnight on September 1, pumpkins pop up everywhere. And this year, the arrival of the new month brings with it a new lineup at Krispy Kreme.

Starting September 1, Krispy Kreme's much-loved Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Collection is back in stores nationwide. The collection includes Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed Doughnut, Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut, Pumpkin Spice Original Filled Cheesecake Doughnut, and, for the first time, a Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Roll Doughnut.

The new addition this year, the Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Roll Doughnut, is a Pumpkin Spice Original Donut that's tossed in a pumpkin spice sugar blend. It's then topped with cream cheese frosting and a cinnamon schmear."

>> Worth Noting: You can debate whether it's too early for pumpkin spice season, but a dear friend and co-worker of mine once told me ... it's never too early.

 

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