Wednesday, March 17, 2021

A Racial Reckoning at Sewanee


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1. A Racial Reckoning at Sewanee

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by Nick Anderson, Washington Post / Photo: Stacy Kranitz

"Reuben E. Brigety II gazed at the smashed tequila bottle found outside the front door of his family's campus home and seethed. The first Black vice chancellor and president of the University of the South knew on that fall morning that the perpetrators he calls "phantoms" had struck again.

He resolved then, after suffering indignities in silence, to call out these unknown intimidators in public. So he delivered, in quiet, stern and measured tones, an explosive speech here on Feb. 7 at the All Saints' Chapel that launched a wave of introspection for the school known as Sewanee.

Over the weekend, another incident rocked Sewanee. On Sunday night, Brigety disclosed that a few Sewanee students attending a weekend lacrosse match had shouted the n-word and other racist epithets at a visiting team from Emmanuel College in Georgia. The visiting squad included African American, Asian American, Native American, White and Latino men, Brigety wrote. The Sewanee roster appears to be mostly White."

>> Background: “So pronounced were the shouted slurs in the third quarter that the game officials on the field ordered that Sewanee fans be cleared before play could continue,” Brigety wrote in an email to the campus community. He and the athletic director apologized to the visitors after the match and pledged to investigate. 

>> Data Download: "U.S. News & World Report ranks Sewanee among the top 50 liberal arts colleges. More than half its students come from Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina. About 4 percent of undergraduates identify as Black or African American and 5 percent as Hispanic or Latino, according to federal data. One percent of undergrads are Asian American, 3 percent are multiracial and 4 percent are international. The school has always been overwhelmingly White."

>> Reality CheckCameron Noel, 22, a Black senior from D.C., said he was walking on campus one day when some White men he didn’t know drove past and called him the n-word. He didn’t know where they were from. “I started yelling back,” he said. In classes with mostly White students, he said, it can be exhausting. “You don’t want to always be the spokesperson for racial equality,” he said.

>> The Final Word: “Many will understandably say that they do not recognize their Sewanee in these words,” (the University board of regents) wrote. “Others, however, will see the Sewanee of their experience captured all too clearly.”

>> An Important Read


2.  Playing Careers

by Tony Moss, ESPN Deputy Editor

Moss took on the challenge of ranking the playing careers of the 68 men's basketball coaches in the 2021 Division I tournament. We found some interesting nuggets on the list and think you will as well.

51. Mike Young, Virginia Tech. Four-year letterman and point guard at Emory & Henry.

47. Nate Oats, Alabama. Served as captain and earned All-Conference honors at Maranatha Baptist.

46. Brad Brownell, Clemson. Three-year starter for DePauw. Had ball in hands in final seconds of 1990 DIII championship game. May have been fouled.

45. Dan Engelstad, Mount St. Mary's. Four-time letterman at St. Mary's, Md., graduating as school's all-time assist leader.

42. Shaka Smart, Texas. Four-year starter and three-year captain at Kenyon. Remains Lords' career assist leader.

41. Robert Jones, Norfolk State. Named All-SUNYAC three times at New Paltz and still holds program's block record.

37. Andy Enfield, USC. DIII All-American at Johns Hopkins where he still holds career scoring record. Made 431 of 466 free throws in career (92.5%).

34. Mike Rhoades, Virginia Commonwealth. National Player of the Year in 1995 at Lebanon Valley. Holds school marks for points, assists and steals.

>> Complete List


3.  Around the Diamond

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This Week's NCBWA/ Poll

  1. Trinity (Texas), 9-1
  2. Cal Lutheran, 0-0
  3. Washington (Mo.), 5-0
  4. Chapman, 0-0
  5. Babson, 0-0
  6. North Central (Ill.), 4-1
  7. Salisbury, 2-0
  8. Webster, 6-1
  9. Rowan, 0-0
  10. Johns Hopkins, 0-0
11-15: Southern Maine, Randolph-Macon, Aurora, Kean, Marietta
16-20: Berry, Adrian, UW-Whitewater, Shenandoah, NC Wesleyan
21-25: Mass-Boston, Birmingham-Southern, Wooster, Wheaton (Mass.), Centenary (La.)

>> Conference Call: Little East (2), NEWMAC (2), NJAC (2), ODAC (2), SAA (2), SCAC (2), SCIAC (2), C2C (1), CCIW (1), Centennial (1), MIAA (1), NACC (1), NCAC (1), OAC (1), SLIAC (1), UAA (1), USA South (1), WIAC (1)

>> Games to Watch: #7 Salisbury vs. #12 Randolph-Macon (Wed); #3 Washington U. vs. DePauw (Sat); #6 North Central vs. Augustana (Sat); #7 Salisbury vs. #9 Rowan (Sat); #10 Johns Hopkins vs. Franklin & Marshall (Sat)

>> Complete Poll
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4.  Calendar

18 - Membership Committee
23 - Strategic Planning and Finance
26 - Convention Planning Subcommittee
27 - Passover begins

4 - Easter Sunday
10-11 - Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
12-13 - Management Council
14-15 - Committee on Women's Athletics
14-15 - Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee
15 - Membership Committee
20 - Championships Committee
28 - Presidents Council


5.  Women's Golf 2021

We continue our look at spring sports with women's golf.

WGCA Top 10

  1. Redlands
  2. Methodist
  3. George Fox
  4. Carnegie Mellon
  5. Washington, Mo.
  6. Williams
  7. New York U. (tie)
  8. Rhodes (tie)
  9. Washington and Lee
  10. Mary Hardin-Baylor
>> Complete Poll

Others to Watch

  • Berry, Carleton, DePauw, Illinois Wesleyan, UW-Whitewater, Wartburg
Players to Watch
  • Sarah Be Scarborough, Berry
  • Alexis Sudjianto, Carnegie Mellon
  • Brooke Leet, Chapman
  • Erica Whitehouse, Christopher Newport
  • Sarah Kmiecik, Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • Jillian Drinkard, Methodist
  • Hannah Jugar, Redlands
  • Madison Goldberg, Southwestern
  • Holly Davenport, Williams
Under The Radar
  • Madyson Millihorn, Concordia Texas; Daniela Miranda, Dubuque; Makensie Toole, George Fox; Morgan Kranz, Luther; Gabi Kigar, Redlands; Megan Kanaby, Washington and Lee; Caraline Oakley, Washington U
NCAA Championships
  • Methodist, 13
  • Rhodes, 3
  • Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 1
  • Mary Hardin-Baylor, 1
  • New York U., 1
  • Williams, 1
Most Top-4 Team Finishes Without A Title
  • DePauw, 8
  • Gustavus Adolphus, 5
  • George Fox, 4
  • Southwestern, 3
  • UW-Eau Claire, 3
  • Wittenberg, 3


6.  Comings and Goings

JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY (University Heights, Ohio)
Associate Athletic Director, Operations

The Assistant Athletic Director, Internal Operations reports to the Senior Director of Athletics and works in support of the goals and operations of the Department of Athletics. This position involves a supervisory role in sport oversight, facilities, equipment, and part- time/student staff as assigned, other duties pertaining to the operational needs of the department i.e., post season arrangements may be assigned as needed. For more information, go to the John Carroll University website

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