Monday, January 18, 2021

SAAC Expresses Disappointment


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JANUARY 18, 2021 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  SAAC Expresses Disappointment

The Division I, II and III Student-Athlete Advisory Committees and the Board of Governors Student-Athlete Engagement Committee issued a joint statement for their peers regarding the pause in the process of voting on name, image and likeness legislation.

Due to recent judicial, political and governmental enforcement events, all three divisions tabled or withdrew votes on changes to how student-athletes can use their name, image and likeness.

Leaders from each division’s SAAC, as well as the Student-Athlete Engagement Committee, collaborated to voice their disappointment in the delay along with their understanding for its need. They released their statement this afternoon. It is available below. 

Statement on name, image and likeness legislation for student-athletes

"On behalf of the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committees of Divisions I, II, III, and the Board of Governors Student-Athlete Engagement Committee, we would like to express our disappointment in the need to delay the 2021 NCAA Convention vote on Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL). Although we recognize the United States Department of Justice’s concerns about our NIL proposals, we are confident that the recommendations developed within each division align with NCAA student-athletes’ best interests. The work to be done with NIL is far from over, as this is only a pause in the process. There also is a need to further the federal, state, and local understanding of the intricacies of each divisional structure within the NCAA. We are committed to ensuring any legislation changes are in the best interest of every student-athlete in each division and dedicated to seeing this passed as soon as possible. We encourage you, our fellow student-athletes, to use this time to continue to work with your SAAC representatives, and within your campuses and communities to serve as advocates for the modernization of college athletics."


2. Convention Wrap

 by Jeremy Villanueva, NCAA

No action was taken on name, image and likeness legislation at the Division III business session during the 2021 virtual NCAA Convention on Friday.

The Division III Presidents Council, which sponsored the proposal, withdrew the lone item on the division’s legislative proposals list Thursday during its meeting. The decision was discussed with the membership at Thursday’s issues forum where Division III schools and conferences asked questions about the withdrawal with representatives from the Presidents Council, Management Council, Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and NCAA staff.

The membership elected five new Management Council members whose terms will become effective at the conclusion of the 2021 NCAA Convention and expire in January 2025.

  • Catherine Corcoran, senior associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator at Cabrini.
  • Tom DiCamillo, commissioner at State University of New York Athletic Conference.
  • Angela Marin, associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator at Texas-Dallas.
  • Betsy Mitchell, director of athletics at Caltech.
  • Bill Stiles, director of athletics at Alvernia.

NCAA Vice President of Division III Dan Dutcher said goodbye to the Division III membership at his final NCAA Convention after a 25-year career leading the division. Dutcher, who has served as the Association’s Division III vice president since January 1996, will retire at the end of the month after 34 years with the NCAA. He began his career at the national office in 1986 as a legislative assistant before becoming director of legislative services from 1991-96.

Joe Onderko, commissioner of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and current president of the Division III Commissioners Association, was among those who shared farewells to Dutcher. Onderko said the DIIICA’s Meritorious Service Award will be renamed the Daniel T. Dutcher Meritorious Service Award.



3.  Preseason Poll

Jimmy Morton putting at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Ill.

The Golf Coaches Association of America released its pre-spring poll on Friday and Illinois Wesleyan remains on top for the sixth consecutive ranking dating to last season.

11-15: Greensboro, Claremont-M-S, Gustavus Adolphus, Hardin-Simmons, New York U.
16-20: Aurora, Wittenberg, UW-Eau Claire, Oglethorpe, Southwestern
21-25: Calvin, Washington and Lee, East Texas Baptist, Nebraska Wesleyan, Trine

>> Complete Poll


4. Calendar

21 - Membership Committee

2-3 - Championships Committee
8-9 - Financial Aid Committee
16 - Nominating Committee
16-17 - Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports
18-19 - Interpretations and Legislation Committee


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