Friday, October 23, 2020

Hurry Up and Wait

 


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OCTOBER 23, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Hurry Up and Wait
 

by Travis Lazarczyk, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel / photo by Michael G. Seamans


"Like many people, Red Gendron has a lot on his mind these days.

“I look at how hard so many people have worked under intense pressure,” said Gendron, University of Maine men’s hockey coach. “It’s inspirational to me.”

Gendron is preparing his team for a season during the coronavirus pandemic that could begin in late November or, perhaps, not at all.

He’s not alone; many college hockey programs across the state are anxiously waiting to see what comes of a 2020-21 season.

Colby and Bowdoin colleges, who compete in Division III, received some clarity when the New England Small College Athletic Conference announced it had canceled conference competition and championships for the 2020-21 winter sports season.

Others, like the University of Southern Maine and the University of New England, are in a wait-and-see mode.

“The hard part is all the unknowns,” said USM women’s hockey coach John Lauziere. “We could be doing all the right things, and something could happen at an opponent’s school that shuts it all down.”

USM’s conference, the New England Hockey Conference, will not begin play until January. The same goes for the Commonwealth Coast Conference, of which the University of New England is a member.

>> The Big Picture: Both UNE hockey teams are holding practices with 12 players — approximately half their squad — at a time.

>> Between The Lines: It remains to be seen if the state will sign off on collegiate athletic teams traveling out of state for games, as well as allowing out-of-state opponents into Maine for competition.

>> Quotable: “We’d certainly love to play next semester, but there’s things that are out of control as a team and as a university,” said UNE women’s hockey coach David Venditti.

>> Go Deeper

 

2.  No National Duals
 
 

On Wednesday, the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced the cancellation of the upcoming 2021 Multi-Division National Dual Championships presented by ARMS Software, Defense Soap, and the United States Marine Corps. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic prompted the event’s cancellation to occur at the Kentucky Expo Center (Louisville, KY) on January 8-9.

“On behalf of the NWCA Board of Directors, we have to, unfortunately, announce the suspension of the 2021 Multi-Division National Dual Championships,” said Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director. “We based this decision for our 90-team event on several factors, including our student-wrestlers’ health and safety and the ongoing uncertainty of the upcoming wrestling season (travel restrictions, COVID-19 protocol, competition start dates, etc.). We look forward to next year’s event and wish everyone a safe and successful 2020-21 season.”

The 2022 NWCA Multi-Division National Dual Championships hosted by NUWAY will occur January 7-8, 2022, at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, KY.

 


3. #D3Votes

 

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The US Presidential Election is less than two weeks away, and the Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee encourages all DIII student-athletes to vote this cycle. In the thread below, D3 SAAC members reflect on what voting means to them.


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4.  Data Download

A majority of admissions directors at all institution types are concerned about meeting their institution's goals for new students, according to this Inside Higher Education graphic.

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5. Comings and Goings
 
 
6.  1 Big Apple Thing



Photo: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

Fog rises off the Hudson River as the sun rises behind lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York City.
 

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Management Council Recap

 


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OCTOBER 22, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Management Council Recap
 


by Jeremy Villanueva, NCAA
 

"The Division III Management Council is forwarding a recommendation to the Presidents Council to allow all Division III student-athletes to compete up to the established dates of competition/contest maximums without being charged a season of intercollegiate participation for this academic year.

The Presidents Council will review the recommendation during its Oct. 28 videoconference.

The blanket waiver request would not charge student-athletes a term of attendance for any term (semester/quarter) during the 2020-21 academic year in which they were eligible for competition.

The council noted that the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to dramatically affect higher education at least through the end of this academic year and likely beyond, and student-athletes are feeling the impact from both an academic and athletics perspective. The uncertainty regarding the extent of their athletics participation and the related eligibility repercussions contribute to a growing list of concerns for student-athletes.

Almost three-quarters of the Division III conferences recommended the season-of-participation blanket waiver, and it also was supported by several governance committees, including the Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee."

Elsewhere ... 

  • The Management Council this week also approved a slew of recommendations from the Division III Championships Committee, including an item that maximizes the brackets and field sizes for all 2021 winter and spring sport championships at 75 percent
  • The council received an executive summary of a report on collegiate officiating, A Strategic Analysis of the State of Collegiate Officiating.
  • The council approved an official interpretation from the Interpretations and Legislation Committee confirming nontraditional coursework may be used to satisfy full-time enrollment requirements for practice or competition

>> Continue Reading

 

 

2.  It's Not What's for Dinner

by Louise Radnofsky and Andrew Beaton, Wall Street Journal


"The NFL season has been sacked by bursts of Covid-19 cases over the last several weeks. Games have been postponed. Teams have been shut down. Safety protocols have been overhauled.


Yet there’s a sliver of hope for football—and many other sports—in this rash of cases. The virus doesn’t appear to have spread from team to team on the field. That echoes the experience of other professional sports that have played during the pandemic without transmitting the virus during competition.

It’s everything else that’s the problem. Traveling and sharing a locker room are more suspect than humongous people tackling one another. And one ritual may be scarier than everything else: having dinner together.

>> Situational Awareness: "The question is how the virus spreads. The conclusion emerging from the absence of documented cases of inter-team transmission is that most fields of play are far safer than an indoor meal. As the winter approaches, however, some indoors sports like hockey—especially at the recreational or youth level—may yet face problems."

>> Why It Matters: "Early in its season, (Notre Dame) gave out grab-and-go meals to players and staff to avoid gathering large groups of ravenous people chowing down unmasked and indoors, a triple whammy of conditions favoring the spread of the virus. When 25 players suddenly tested positive in September, coach Brian Kelly said afterward that the outbreak occurred when the team skirted its own rules and held a large pregame meal together before playing the University of South Florida on Sept. 19."

>> Reality Check - Ice Hockey: “The ice rink provides a venue that is likely well suited to Covid-19 transmission as an indoor environment where deep breathing occurs, and persons are in close proximity to one another,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote."

>> Go Deeper


 

3.  Chasing Your Dream


by Gary Johnson, UW-Eau Claire

"Clint Overby hadn’t figured out a clear career path in the mid-1990s when as a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire undergraduate he landed a part-time job in the school’s sports information office. Overby just figured it might be fun to sit courtside compiling statistics at Blugold basketball games.

One day Overby was in the office of then-sports information director Tim Petermann when Overby’s boss asked him to retrieve the National Directory of College Athletics from a shelf. Overby grabbed the hefty directory and paged through it, looking at the thousands of names in the publication.

“I thought, ‘All these people have jobs in college sports?’” Overby recalls. “This is a profession? Who knew? I said, ‘Shoot, that’s for me.’

More than a quarter-century later, the UW-Eau Claire alumnus is vice president of ESPN Events, a division of the iconic sports network that produces 35 collegiate sporting events nationwide, including early-season football games, bowl games, basketball events, award shows and a softball event. The events reach nearly 64 million viewers and attract more than 800,000 attendees each year."

>> Between The Lines: “It gave me the opportunity to be involved in as much as I wanted to be involved in, the opportunity to grow and expand myself,” Overby says of those diverse activities on the UW-Eau Claire campus. “It offered me, a small-town kid, the ability to see the larger world that I wasn’t seeing at the time.”

>> The Big Picture: “Get involved and foster your passions,” Overby says. “I think the thing I would tell people is just because it’s not a traditional route doesn’t make it not right. Just because your box doesn’t align with the boxes provided doesn’t mean there isn’t an opportunity for you.” 

>> Lessons Learned

 

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4.  Conference Call

Today we conclude our look at our Division III landscape with the oldest collegiate athletic conference in the country.

 
Conference: Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Commissioner: Penny Allen-Cook
Headquarters: Freeland, Mich.
WebsiteMIAA.org 
  • Founded: March 24, 1888
  • Remaining Charter Members (2): Albion, Olivet
  • Core Members (7): Kalamazoo (1896), Alma (1902), Adrian (1908), Hope (1926), Calvin (1953), Saint Mary's (1997), Trine (2004)
  • Associates (1): Finlandia (FB)
     
  • Oldest: Kalamazoo (1833)
  • Largest: Calvin (3,415)
  • Smallest: Olivet (933)
  • Longest Trip: 206 miles (Alma to Saint Mary's)
  • Championship Sports: 23

sources: Google Maps, EADA

 
5.  Comings and Goings
 

 
6.  DIII and the World Series

 

Thanks to those who wrote and shared the names of Division III baseball players who have participated in the World Series.
 


Schools That Were Not D-III At Time (D3 began in 1973-74)

  • Dal Maxvill, St. Louis Cardinals, 1964-67-68, Oakland Athletics, 1972-74 (Washington U.)
 
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Could Cutting Sports Be a Good Thing?

 


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OCTOBER 21, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Could Cutting Sports Be a Good Thing?


by Tom Farrey, New York Times / photo courtesy of Gettysburg College club baseball
 

The executive director of the Aspen Institute's Sports & Society Program, Farrey has penned an article that posits that few of the cut programs will perish. Rather they would transition to club teams that would allow athletes to continue playing more on their terms.

"Since April, more than 250 teams in about two dozen sports have been eliminated across collegiate sports, including all three N.C.A.A. divisions, affecting schools like MinnesotaIowaDartmouth and Connecticut.

Many are pushing back against the cuts: athletes and alumni of these programs; politicians; and of course, the entrepreneurs at the center of the $30 billion-plus youth sports industry — from recruiting services to travel tournament operators — helping families chase coveted N.C.A.A. roster spots for their children."

>> Situational Awareness: "Since the early 1990s, according to the NCAA, the amount of athletic scholarship aid dispensed at member institutions has grown to $3.5 billion from $377 million, with much of that bump because of the drastic rise in the cost of tuition. Official recruits also get preferential admission to selective colleges, a perk that has been known to drive some wealthier families to extremes."

>> Reality Check: "Children who flash early talent have more reason to train hard. But they are often specializing in one sport by age 12, suffering burnout and overuse injuries that were once rare, while families who can spend thousands of dollars a year on scouting showcases effectively push aside those with fewer resources."

>> What's Next: "Mine is not a call for the abolition of big-time football or basketball, or any revenue-producing sport. These are marketing tools for universities, and they’re not going away. Neither is Title IX, the federal law forbidding discrimination based on sex at educational institutions, which provides a level of protection for women’s teams that were established long after men’s programs had built up paying audiences."

>> The Final Word: "The only certainty is that a warped model for college sports is unraveling. Forward thinkers should embrace the disruption."

>> Continue Reading

 

 


2.  It's a D-III World (Series)
 

Rays' Josh Fleming set for debut, but family will have to watch from a  distance

As we mentioned on Monday, Webster University graduate Josh Fleming is on the roster of the Tampa Bay Rays for the World Series and pitched in last night's game. We have been challenged to find another player that participated in a World Series game, but have found at least four D-III general managers that have hoisted the MLB championship trophy at its conclusion.

  • Brian Cashman, Catholic '89 - New York Yankees 1996-98-99-2000-09
  • Ben Cherrington, Amherst '96 - Boston Red Sox 2004-07-13
  • Jed Hoyer, Wesleyan '96 - Chicago Cubs 2006
  • Bill Smith, Hamilton '80 - Minnesota Twins 1987-91


S/O to Kathryn Smith for the research

 

3.  Judges Vote No


Brandeis University joined the growing number of athletic programs and conferences that have opted out of competition during the 2020-21 winter season. 

"Due to the continued prevalence of the virus, as well as rising infection rates both regionally and nationally, Brandeis Athletics has decided that the university’s winter teams (men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s fencing, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving) will not compete in intercollegiate athletics this season.

“Even with the extensive university testing protocol in place, we ultimately decided that the risks to you, your coaches and our staff were simply too great to move forward with travel and outside competition,” Director of Athletics Lauren Haynie wrote in an email to student-athletes on Tuesday."

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4.  Thanks Doc


"The episodes in life that last so many years in memory are often measured in fleeting moments as they happen."
 

Mike "Doc" Emrick, who has broadcast 47 years of pro hockey, won eight sports Emmy awards and is a member of seven halls of fame, retired on Monday.

  • Why it matters: Emrick, affectionately known as "Doc" for his Ph.D. in communications, was as about close as a broadcaster can get to being universally beloved.
     
  • DIII Connection: He graduated from Manchester (Ind.) University in 1968 and taught speech and broadcasting at Geneva (Pa.) College from 1969-71.
     
  • Fun fact: Doc grew up in farm-country Indiana and never played hockey. He also doesn't know how to skate.


Play-by-play style: Known for his abundance of verbs, Emrick once used 153 different words to describe the movement of the puck during a USA-Canada game at the 2014 Olympics.

5. Conference Call
 
This week ... we wrap up our look at Division III conferences with the four oldest in the country.
Conference: Ohio Athletic Conference
Commissioner: Tim Gleason
Headquarters: Austintown, Ohio
WebsiteOACsports.org
  • Founded: October 10, 1902
  • Core Members (10): Heidelberg (1907), Mount Union (1914), Baldwin Wallace (1915), Ohio Northern (1916), Otterbein (1921), Muskingum (1922), Marietta (1926), Capital (1927), John Carroll (1932). Wilmington (2000)
     
  • Oldest: Capital (1830)
  • Largest: John Carroll (2,969)
  • Smallest: Marietta (978)
  • Championship Sports: 23
  • Longest Trip: 210 miles (John Carroll to Wilmington)
  • DYK: Ohio State (1902-12) was a founding member of the OAC

>> Tomorrow: Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association


sources: Google Maps, EADA

 
6.  Comings and Goings
 
 
7.  1 Remote Thing
 

"For the millions of Americans working remotely since March, it has been a year of challenges, opportunities, and getting really, really comfortable with Zoom.

Some have found unprecedented flexibility, fitting in workouts and lunch breaks where they couldn’t before, or moving to new places. Others have struggled to balance the demands of virtual school with back-to-back video conferences. Even those eager to keep working remotely in a post-pandemic future miss catching up with co-workers in the elevator and chatting in person with clients. Here’s how some of their lives have changed."

- courtesy of Wall Street Journal

 

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