Monday, November 30, 2020

Saints Land on Probation


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NOVEMBER 30, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Saints Land on Probation

 

Incoming student-athletes at Emmanuel (Massachusetts) received financial aid at a disproportionate rate in comparison to the general student body, according to a decision by the NCAA Division III Committee on Infractions.

The committee said the disparity occurred, in part, because a larger number of incoming student-athletes took advantage of a process that allowed them to appeal their initial financial aid packages. Some of the college’s coaches knew about the process and informed prospects of the opportunity to appeal. The coaches’ efforts unintentionally resulted in a larger number of prospects using the appeals process, which led to the college awarding student-athletes financial aid packages in a pattern distinguishable from all students. Division III rules do not permit financial aid packages for student-athletes to be clearly distinguishable from the general pattern of all financial aid at the school.

The college failed to monitor the disbursement of financial aid to incoming student-athletes. The committee said the college did not provide adequate NCAA rules education to admissions and financial aid staff members and did not have the necessary monitoring systems in place to detect the disproportionate packaging and awarding of the additional financial aid following the appeals.

The penalties include the following:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Two years of probation.
  • During the probation period, the university must request a level II review from the NCAA Division III Committee on Financial Aid and must follow any recommendations made by the reviewer.
  • The college’s president must provide a letter to the COI affirming that the college’s current athletics policies and practices conform to all requirements of NCAA regulations prior to the conclusion of probation.


>> Go Deeper
>> Public Infractions Decision
 


2. Season Remains On Ice

Bulldogs Pull Away Late in Close Opener for Men's Hockey
by Brian Lester, US College Hockey Online

 

"While most NCAA Division III hockey teams have had their seasons put on ice for now because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a handful of teams in the west region have actually gotten onto the ice.

Though no official conference games have been played, schools were given the chance to schedule games at their own discretion.

All three west region conferences are expected to make a decision soon on the fate of the 2020-21 season. 

Meanwhile in the east, hockey won’t be played until January at the earliest."

Decision Forthcoming
CCC, MIAC, NCHA, UCHC, WIAC

Season Canceled
MASCAC, NESCAC, NEHC, SUNYAC
 

>> Continue Reading
 

3. Calendar

November
30 - Emerging Leaders Seminar application deadline
 

4.  COVID Scorecard


We continue to update the winter competition seasons for schools and conferences.

Reminder: For winter sports sponsored by more than 200 institutions, at least 60 percent of those schools must participate in order for the NCAA to offer a national championship in that sport - 70 percent for sports with 200 or fewer sponsoring institutions (i.e., men’s and women’s ice hockey). 

Moving Forward

Waiting to Make Call

Canceled Conference Play and Championships

Canceled Winter Competition

Institutions Opting Out 

5. Weekend Stars Star on Apple iOS 14.2
 
  • Mary Hardin-Baylor men's basketball posted back-to-back road wins over the weekend, downing Hardin-Simmons, 83-80, and McMurry, 94-84. Josiah Johnson poured in 30 points vs. the Cowboys and 26 vs. the War Hawks.
 
6.  Comings and Goings
 
 
7.  1 College Town Thing

Slide 25 of 52: Northfield’s motto is “Cows, Colleges and Contentment” in homage to the farming industry and Carleton College, one of the country’s finest liberal arts colleges. As its tagline suggests, the town used to be a hub for dairy farmers, but these days you’re more likely to see cornfields and hogs. Nature-lovers will appreciate the Cowling Arboretum here, which has 800 acres of forest, wetlands, oak savannahs and prairies. Now check out the most adorable small town in every state.

Think of college towns and green campuses, manicured lawns, great halls and grand libraries spring to mind. However, there's more to these stunning and studious places. From tiny hamlets to mountain metropolises, these beautiful college destinations score an A+. 

Microsoft News recently posted a list of every state's most beautiful college town. Here are the DIII winners.

  • Cal Tech, Pasadena (Calif.)
  • Centre, Danville (Ky.)
  • Carleton, Northfield (Minn.)
  • Washington U., St. Louis (Mo.)
  • Rutgers-Newark (N.J.)
  • Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson (N.Y.)
  • Lewis & Clark, Portland (Ore.)
  • Franklin & Marshall, Lancaster (Pa.)
  • Lawrence, Appleton (Wis.)

 
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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Is This the End of College As We Know It?

 


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NOVEMBER 24, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Is This The End of College as We Know It?
 

Is This the End of College as We Know It? - WSJ
by Douglas Belkin, Wall Street Journal

"Rachael Wittern earned straight As in high school, a partial scholarship to college and then a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She is now 33 years old, lives in Tampa, earns $94,000 a year as a psychologist and says her education wasn’t worth the cost. She carries $300,000 in student debt.

Dr. Wittern’s 37-year-old husband worked in a warehouse for several years before becoming an apprentice electrician. He expects to earn comparable money when he’s finished—minus the debt. When and if they have children, Dr. Wittern says her advice will be to follow her husband’s path and avoid a four-year degree.

“I just don’t see the value in a lot of what I studied,” she says. “Unless they have a really specific degree in mind we’d both prefer they take a more pragmatic, less expensive route.”

For traditional college students, the American postsecondary education system frequently means front-loading a lifetime’s worth of formal education and going into debt to do it. That is no longer working for millions of people, and the failure is clearing the way for alternatives: Faster, cheaper, specialized credentials closely aligned with the labor market and updated incrementally over a longer period, education experts say. These new credentials aren’t limited to traditional colleges and universities. Private industry has already begun to play a larger role in shaping what is taught and who is paying for it."

>> Background: "Faith in the four-year degree traces back to the 1960s, when Civil Rights activists pushed for everyone to attend college and become a professional.High schools began to direct students toward college-prep classes and away from vocational training. The federal government started lending money to many more students to pay for college. Universities grew into manicured playgrounds. The proportion of Americans with a four-year college degree climbed to 36% last year from 9% in 1965. But those gains came at a price."

>> The Big Picture: "Between 1979 and 2010, enrollment at two- and four-year colleges and universities more than doubled to 18 million. Since then it has fallen by about 2 million as the number of high-school graduates shrinks and the return on investment for graduates flattens. To adapt, more schools are offering larger tuition discounts, forcing many of them to cut costs, edging them closer to a death spiral. The pandemic and the resulting economic anxiety have accelerated these trends."

>> Reality Check: "Americans aren’t turning their backs on education; they are reconsidering how to obtain it. Enrollment in short-term credential classes during the pandemic increased by 70% to nearly 8 million over the same period last year, according to Jonathan Finkelstein, chief executive of Credly, a digital credentialing network. That increase came as freshman college enrollment dropped by 16%."

>> The Final Word: “College-for-all has been a catastrophically bad system,” says Oren Cass, executive director of American Compass. “It has to change.”

>> Food For Thought

 

2. Simply The Best

Credit: Sewanee Athletic Communications
by ITA Tennis


"In the history of college tennis, some of the most decorated coaches have represented their institutions in a highly successful way. Not only have they transformed the lives of their students-athletes, they also coached their teams to victory.

Matt Turk, CSUN Athletics, dove into the dual match records to find the top women’s tennis coaches of each division.

The following coaches were named to the All-Time Winningest Coaches list in Division III Women’s Tennis. To be selected, the coach had to have at least 10 years of head coaching experience at an NCAA school, and it includes all victories as a coach at a four-year institution."

Victories (DIII only)

  1. Conchie Shackelford, Sewanee, 1987-present, 593-213
  2. Jon Carlson, Gustavus Adolphus, 1990-present, 582-194
  3. Kathy Campbell, Vassar, 1978-present, 571-248-1
  4. Sarah Hatgas, Rhodes, 1976-2014, 481-201
  5. Lynn Imergoot, Washington, Mo., 1975-2005, 435-164
  6. Jackie Bagwell, Amherst, 1991-present, 433-115
  7. Amy Bryant, Emory, 1999-present, 408-103
  8. Rusty Hughes, Franklin, 1988-present, 394-213
  9. Terry Peck, St. Thomas, Minn., 1993-2019, 394-129
  10. Su Oertel, Luther, 1975-2006, 394-196

>> The Lists
 

 

3.  COVID Scorecard
 

We continue to update the winter competition seasons for schools and conferences.

Reminder: For winter sports sponsored by more than 200 institutions, at least 60 percent of those schools must participate in order for the NCAA to offer a national championship in that sport - 70 percent for sports with 200 or fewer sponsoring institutions (i.e., men’s and women’s ice hockey). 

Moving Forward

Waiting to Make Call

Canceled Conference Play and Championships

Canceled Winter Competition

Institutions Opting Out 

 

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4.  Cookies for Caregivers
 

Two Dads Lead Effort to Bake, Deliver Thousands of Cookies for Frontline  Coronavirus Workers
by Morgan Smith, PEOPLE

"Scrolling through Facebook one morning in April, middle school English teacher Jeremy Uhrich noticed something unusual: his friend Scott McKenzie showing off his homemade chocolate chip cookies.

“I work at a small college here in Huntingdon and I was furloughed back in April,” McKenzie, 58, tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. “So instead of sitting around and feeling sorry for myself, I told myself I was going to learn something new every week.”

The associate athletic director at Juniata College continues: “I never made cookies from scratch before, but I made them for the first time and they weren't half bad! So like everybody in my generation, I had to brag about what I did on Facebook, and Jeremy here put up on Facebook that he had made cookies the same day and he bet his were better than mine.”

Uhrich, 42, challenged his friend to a bake-off. McKenzie accepted and proposed they let some of the frontline heroes in their Huntingdon, PA community judge the treats as a thank-you for their help during the pandemic."

>> Why It Matters: "The pair created Cookies for Caregivers, a Facebook group where other residents could volunteer to make treats for first responders and business owners. Since April, more than 100 bakers have joined the group, baking and delivering more than 15,100 snickerdoodles, sugar cookies, cakes and more to workers at local hospitals, grocery stores, fire departments and more."

>> What's Next: Each week, McKenzie and Uhrich brainstorm a list of workers that could use a sweet pick-me-up, or bakers in the group nominate people. Bakers drop the cookies off at Uhrich’s house, then he and Scott organize and deliver them to the businesses in large containers.

>> Worth Noting: It's the editor's hometown and he's proud.

>> The Final Word: “There aren’t enough people to thank,” McKenzie says. “Kindness doesn’t have an expiration date.”

>> A Nice Story
>> Washington Post feature

 

5.  Nicknames

Carthage College recently retired its Redmen and Lady Red nicknames for its athletic teams. The quest was on for new team name suggestions and the College received over 450. Every submission was reviewed and here are the some of the semifinalists! The remainder will be released today.
  • Lake Hawks
  • Vanguard
  • Fleet
  • Phoenicians
  • Railsplitters
  • War Elephants
  • Navigators
  • Ice Wolves
     
6.  Comings and Goings
 
 
7.  1 Side Dish Thing


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What about dessert? Every region enjoys pumpkin pie. But beyond that, there are three Americas: The America that disproportionately has apple pie (New England and the Middle Atlantic), the America that has pecan pie and sweet potato pie (the assorted South), and the America that consumes cherry pie (the Midwest and West).

Enjoy your holiday! See you Monday.

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Monday, November 23, 2020

More Than Wins and Losses at Stake

 

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NOVEMBER 23, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  More Than Wins and Losses at Stake



by Associated Press


"As more than 300 teams prepare to start a season that will look nothing like any before it, the conversation isn’t so much about who will be cutting down the nets at the end of March Madness as much as it whether anyone will cut down the nets at all.

If some team, any team, does climb a ladder in Indianapolis — and the top (men's) candidates include the usuals, with No. 1 Gonzaga, Duke, Kentucky and Kansas among them — then consider the season a success.

Anything short of that, and nothing less than the future of college sports could hang in the balance.

This is the new world created by a COVID-19 crisis that is mushrooming to more than 190,000 new cases a day across America just as (men's Division I) college basketball gets set to tip off its season Wednesday."

>> Situational Awareness: "CBS and various cable affiliates are scheduled to pay around $800 million this season to televise America’s most frenetic sports celebration for three weeks each March and April. That’s on top of the millions the biggest conferences generate in media revenue during the regular season. Most of it is money earmarked for distribution by the NCAA and the conferences to the schools, which combine hoops and football revenue to fund smaller sports in their programs."

>> Quotable: “When you look around the country, this has potential to force some schools to recalibrate what they’re capable of supporting,” said John Tauer, the coach at St. Thomas, the Minnesota school that is moving from Division III to Division I. “It’s a complicated question that every school is going to answer differently.”

>> Worth Noting: "Though there’s always a lot of hand-wringing about the outsized role of money — passed both legitimately and under the table — in college basketball, there is no debate about this: Without any games, the money will dry up and college sports as we know it will be reshaped, too."

>> Keep Reading

 


2. Hobart's "Soul Patrol"

Blaxers Blog: The Inside Story of Hobart's Historic 'Soul Patrol' | US  Lacrosse Magazine
by Brian Simpkins, US Lacrosse Magazine
 

"Every generation in NCAA men’s lacrosse possesses a few Black and Indigenous standouts who shape how offenses are run. In the mid-1980s, a brotherhood of three lacrosse pioneers was born on Hobart’s scenic campus. Hobart’s all-Black midfield line, dubbed the “Soul Patrol,” would help the Statesmen maintain their storied success as a small college program.

The moniker “Soul Patrol” was jokingly created by two of the group’s members, Dr. Malcolm Anderson and Mark “Skip” Darden, after their pregame routine of watching musical performances on “Soul Train.” Hobart’s coaches made the nickname commonplace as they shouted substitution instructions at practice. Hobart normally assigned each line a color, and the Soul Patrol’s previous designations were the Blue and Black midfield lines. But “Soul Patrol” had a distinctly better ring to it.

When Hobart head coach Dave Urick shouted “Soul Patrol,” Anderson, Darden and Ray “Tiny” Crawford came running. And opposing defenses quickly went into panic mode."

>> Background: "From 1984-87, Hobart outscored opponents 912-487, averaged 16 goals per game and went 12-0 in the NCAA tournament. In the opening round of the 1986 NCAA Division III tournament, Hobart routed Roanoke 29-1. Urick, who would go on to coach at Georgetown and was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, led the Statesmen to 10 straight national titles from 1980-89, part of a 12-year streak that’s unlikely ever to be matched in the sport."

>> Reality Check: “We are standing on the shoulders of our predecessors like Morgan State,” Anderson said. “It shows everyone that playing ability and success comes in all colors. We had a chip on our shoulders. We had a curtain wall of pride and responsibility.”

>> The Key Stat: "There is great optimism that one day soon more college programs will recruit and cultivate their own versions of the Soul Patrol. Even though chance brought them together, Anderson, Crawford and Darden unintentionally paved the way for dynamic offenses as we now know them."

>> Go Deeper

 

3. Fifty Years of Championships
 
The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference office and UW-Stout sports information director Layne Pitt recently sat down with former WWIAC Commissioner Judy Kruckman to discuss the beginnings of the WWIAC. Pitt also spoke with former Stout professor and coach Kay Carter.

As women around the United States were rallying for equal rights in the 1960s and 1970s, Eau Claire State’s Judy Kruckman and Stout State’s Kay Carter were there at the beginning to see Wisconsin colleges – state and private - build a women’s athletic conference.
 
The Wisconsin Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WWIAC), which has since merged with the Wisconsin State University Conference (WSUC) to form the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), was officially launched Jan. 31, 1971, at a two-day weekend gathering at Eau Claire with a group of representatives from 11 schools in attendance. 
 
At the time, Kruckman was teaching physical education and coaching swimming at Eau Claire. Carter was teaching physical education and coaching gymnastics at Stout.  
 
Initially, women’s sports and recreation were limited to the local campuses, with women’s athletic associations participating amongst themselves. Sports days for women were common within the state and around the country. A host school would invite a number of schools to attend the day, generally a Saturday, and participate in different sports. Volleyball would be played in the fall, basketball in the winter and softball in the spring.  
 
“But you couldn’t go as a team,” Kruckman said. “They would split you up.” 

>> Between The Lines: “We wanted to get recognized and wanted to be treated the same as an athletic program,” Kruckman said. “Notice I'm not saying as a men’s program. We walked the biggest tight rope. The women didn’t want to mimic the men’s programs. We didn’t want scholarships. We wanted FTE (full-time equivalency) release time to be able to coach and work with the teams. We wanted the recognition that women were spending their own time and money to get this conference going.” 

>> Be Smart: “The women athletes themselves have proven how worthy this cause is,” Kruckman said.

>> And Worthy Of Your Time

 

4.  COVID Scorecard


We continue to update the winter competition seasons for schools and conferences.

Moving Forward

Waiting to Make Call

Canceled Conference Play and Championships

Institutions Opting Out 


 
5. Weekend Stars Star on Apple iOS 14.2
 

 
6.  Comings and Goings
 
 
7.  1 Burger Thing


Drone's-eye view. Photo: DroneBase via Reuters


Police in Aurora, Colo. — 10 miles east of Denver — reported a 14-hour wait yesterday for the opening of the state's first In-N-Out Burger:

  • "[T]he line wrapped around the mall twice, and there were some nearby hwy backups. Right now we estimate the line to be 1.5-2 miles long."

The California-based In-N-Out, which has a cult following à la Krispy Kreme, expects to sell 60,000 burgers in Aurora over the weekend. (Denver Post)
 

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