Tuesday, March 2, 2021

A Good Day

 


MARCH 2, 2021 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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TOP STORY

1.  A Good Day
 

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In fact, one of the better days we've seen throughout Division III since the start of the pandemic.

Four conferences announced their intention to resume competition during the spring sports season:


>> What They're Saying: “While we plan to move forward with Liberty League spring competition and championships, we respect and support those decisions and understand that institutional policies and circumstances may dictate that schools opt out or suspend spring athletics competition," said Tracy King, commissioner of the Liberty League.

>> The Big Picture: "As part of this decision, the (NEWMAC) will require ongoing testing, universal masking and other modifications to game management standards as part of its health and safety protocols for student-athletes, coaches, officials and game personnel at institutions choosing to participate this spring. These additional precautions exceed the current NCAA guidance for spring sports."

>> Be Smart: It's wonderful news to hear that schools and conferences are making plans for competition. But it's important to note that we are far from out of the woods.
 
ADMISSIONS

2.  The End of Deadlines
 

by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
 

"May 1 has for years been the theoretical end of the admissions cycle for four-year colleges and universities. Students have been admitted or rejected and have had time to weigh their offers and the financial aid they have been awarded. Meanwhile, other campus offices have the task of planning for students' arrival in the fall. Orientation needs to be scheduled. Housing must be assigned, based on the exact number of students a college expects to enroll.

The reality, of course, has been different. Except for the colleges that are the most competitive in admissions, May 1 may have stayed in place as a goal, but one that was rarely met. Most colleges routinely recruited and accepted students far later in the summer. But they didn't generally advertise this fact."

>> Why It Matters: "Last year, the coronavirus pandemic broke out just as most colleges had admitted students in mid-March but before May 1. Colleges scrambled quickly to respond, and many colleges were flexible about May 1 deadlines. This year, after 12 months of the pandemic, will be a little different. One college, Queens University of Charlotte, has formally moved the date by which students must secure their spot in the incoming class from May 1 to June 15."

>> What We're HearingKen Anselment, vice president for enrollment and communications at Lawrence University, said, "I think the pandemic will, once again, make May 1 a movable feast." Last year, Lawrence gave students a choice of deadline, offering them May 1, May 15, June 1 and June 15 "so we could give students time to visit -- back when we thought students might actually be able to visit -- and make sense of the ever-shifting information landscape."

>> Worth Noting: “I expect many/most (less selective public and private schools) to miss their class goal by their deposit deadline, be that May 1 or June 1. Since higher education is an ecosystem, the dominos will start to fall as selective schools go to their wait lists, which will create even more problems for colleges already ‘hearing alarm bells in the vault.’” - Rick Clark, director of undergraduate admission at Georgia Tech.

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FINANCES

3. Elmira Transitions Lacrosse



Elmira College announced it will transition its men's and women's varsity lacrosse programs to club status, effective June 1, 2021. The decision to transition the lacrosse programs to club status is part of a College-wide initiative to maintain financial stability as it restructures for a sustainable future.

"Given the current economic climate and challenges the College has faced over the past year, we must focus our limited resources where there is the greatest potential for growth and impact," said Renee Carlineo, associate vice president of athletics.
 
With the change, Elmira will sponsor 16 varsity sports: baseball, softball, cheerleading, field hockey, men's golf, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's wrestling, and esports.

>> Of Note: Last summer Elmira dropped men's and women's cross country along with women's golf.

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BASKETBALL
 
4.  Holding Steady

ODAC plans to play hoops tournaments, though NCAA scrapped DIII  championships | College Sports | richmond.com
photo by Alexa Welch Edlund, Richmond Times-Dispatch


The weekly D3hoops.com polls are out and the Hope women and Randolph-Macon men remain securely in the top spots.

Women

  1. Hope (13), 13-0, 223
  2. East Texas Baptist (2), 21-0, 206
  3. Trine, 12-2, 175
  4. Wartburg, 12-1, 162
  5. Oglethorpe, 7-1, 148
  6. Millsaps, 11-1, 135 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  7. Hardin-Simmons, 15-3, 103 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  8. DePauw, 7-1, 102 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  9. Texas-Dallas, 9-3, 93 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  10. Simpson, 8-0, 77 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
11-15: Wheaton (Ill.), Whitman, Messiah, John Carroll, UW-Eau Claire

>> Complete Poll


Men

  1. Randolph-Macon (15), 8-0, 265
  2. Trine (3), 14-0, 232 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  3. Wheaton, Ill., 10-0, 222 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  4. Yeshiva, 5-0, 213 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  5. St. Thomas, Minn., 4-0, 204 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  6. Marietta, 9-1, 167 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  7. Dubuque, 10-0, 159 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  8. Illinois Wesleyan, 5-1, 136
  9. UW-Oshkosh, 5-1, 115 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
  10. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 14-3, 102 Chart Increasing on Facebook 4.0
11-15: UW-Platteville, DePauw, Berry, UW-La Crosse, Heidelberg

>> Complete Poll

 

TRANSACTIONS

5.  Comings and Goings
 
 
1 THING

7.    Yahoo!
 

The Truth Behind Wilt Chamberlain's 100-Point Game | Bleacher Report |  Latest News, Videos and Highlights
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On this date in 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a game against the New York Knicks, an NBA record that still stands. (Philadelphia won, 169-147, in a game played at HersheyPark Arena). Go Deeper for the story behind the iconic photo

Thirty-three years later, the Internet search engine website Yahoo! was incorporated by founders Jerry Yang and David Filo. Yes, I feel old, especially knowing that many subscribers to D3Playbook weren't born yet.
 


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