Thursday, March 11, 2021

Reversal of Fortune


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1. Reversal of Fortune

NWCA Division III Coaches Association to host National Championships March  12-13. | NWCA

On Wednesday, February 3, the NCAA Division III Administrative Committee announced the cancellation of DIII championships for the winter season. In a reversal of fortune, the National Wrestling Coaches Association - in cooperation with its sponsors - will hold the NWCA Division III Championship on Friday and Saturday at the XStream Center in Coralville, Iowa.

"It is truly amazing to think that an event of this magnitude could be put together in just four short weeks," said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "I hesitate to start thanking anyone because the chances are high that I will miss some of the countless volunteers, sponsors, donors, and wrestling ambassadors who played pivotal roles in making all of this possible."

There will be no team scores and the top eight finishers will be named NWCA All-Americans.

>> Quotable: "I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our NWCA DIII Leadership group for their unselfish and relentless efforts to ensure that our DIII wrestlers would not have to endure a second straight year without access to a national championship. In addition to the countless hours of work the committee dedicated to the effort, several members coach intercollegiate programs that are unable to compete in the national championships. That is the definition of “servant leadership.” - Moyer

Top Seeds

  • 125: Samuel Braswell, Averett
  • 133: Robbie Precin, North Central
  • 141: Kristian Rumph, Wartburg
  • 149: Brett Kaliner, Stevens
  • 157: Tristan Birt, Millikin
  • 165: Bradan Birt, Millikin
  • 174: Kyle Briggs, Wartburg
  • 184: Paul Detwiler, Coast Guard
  • 197: Jonathan Wagner, Coast Guard
  • 285: Nico Ramirez, Southern Virginia

>> Weight Class Previews
>> Event Program


2. Former Officials Blow Whistle

by Daniel Libit, Sportico

"In an unprecedented show of collective dissent from those who have served within the NCAA’s ranks, six former NCAA employees filed an amici curiae brief Wednesday in support of former college athletes who are suing college sports’ governing body over antitrust claims related to scholarship restrictions.

In a “friends-of-the-court” petition in the Supreme Court case NCAA v. Alston, five former NCAA investigators and a one-time senior executive have said the association’s position has failed to keep up with the times.

“Though they once supported and enforced all of the NCAA’s rules,” the brief states, “with the benefit of further experience and hindsight, amici have come to believe that the NCAA’s current restrictions on college athletes’ receipt of education-related benefits do not promote ‘amateurism,’ which the NCAA itself has admitted has no fixed definition.”

>> Situational Awareness: "Among the group, the most notable petitioner is Mark Lewis, who served as NCAA executive vice president until 2016. In 2014, Lewis was among the NCAA’s key trial witnesses in the separate class action lawsuit brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon over the publicity rights of college athletes. The other five pro-Alston petitioners—Tim NeviusRenee GomillaMark NeylandAngela O’Neal and Jasmine Williams—worked in various enforcement roles within the NCAA."

>> The Key Stat: "Although the former NCAA employees constitute a tiny faction of those who have worked for the organization, their joint statement is nonetheless remarkable, considering how rare it is for insiders to speak out against the core doctrine of the association’s canon."

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3. 2021 Baseball

DIII College Baseball - Home |

We continue our look at spring sports with baseball.

This Week's Top 10

  1. Trinity, Texas
  2. Cal Lutheran
  3. North Central, Ill.
  4. Chapman
  5. Salisbury
  6. Babson
  7. Washington, Mo.
  8. Rowan
  9. Johns Hopkins
  10. Southern Maine
>> Complete Poll

Preseason Conference Favorites

Players to Watch
  • Mo Hanley, P, Adrian
  • Jake Holloway, P/UTIL, Centre
  • Hank Zeisler, OF, Chapman
  • Jordan Kaplan, IF, Coe
  • Bill Wojci, 3B/DH, Marymount
  • Kyle Bouchard, 1B, Nichols
  • Luke Barber, 1B, Otterbein
  • Josh Wagner, IF, Penn State Behrend
  • Matt Nickles, P, Randolph-Macon
  • Paul Giacomazzi, OF, Rhodes
  • Drew Ryback, P, Rowan
  • Kenneth Westbrook, P, St. John Fisher
  • Josh Thorp, OF, St. Thomas, Minn.
  • Justin Meekins, OF, Salisbury
  • Connor Harding, SS, Scranton
  • Keegan Woolford, 1B, Shenandoah
  • Ben Lambert, P, Southern Maine
  • Alex Rodriguez, C, Trinity, Conn.
  • Matt O'Sullivan, P, UW-Whitewater
  • Max Ruvo, OF, Washington College
  • Ben Swords, 3B, Webster
  • Sam Recihart, C, Wheaton, Ill.
Winningest Teams 2010-19
  • Cortland, 348-82-2
  • UW-Whitewater, 329-101
  • Concordia Chicago, 322-105
  • Trinity, Texas, 314-100
  • Shenandoah, 313-100-1
  • Webster, 306-113
DYK: 2019 was a record-setting year in DIII as 24 no-hitters were recorded, breaking the old standard of 23 set the previous year. 

source: NCAA Statistics



4.  The Challenge Facing SIDs

Lenny Reich - Staff Directory - CoSIDA  

How do you promote, publicize and cover fall, winter and spring sports ... in one two-month period? How do you staff multiple athletic events on your campus with scorers, PA announcers, and camera operators for live streams?

Welcome to the world of sports information 2021. We spoke with two legends in the profession - Lenny Reich at Mount Union and Ann King at Sage for their thoughts in this week's D3Playbook Interview.
How many sports is your institution participating in this spring?
R: Mount Union has 24 total varsity sports and as of today 17 of them are still in season. 

K: We are participating in 16 of our current 18 sports as three of our new sports will commence their participation in 2021-2022.
What is the size of your staff?
R: Aside from myself, there are two assistant SIDs that are part-time positions that get paid hourly with room and board.

K: My staff consists of myself and a graduate assistant, Barryn Shark
Have you been permitted to get more student-workers or go outside for part-time help?
R: Yes and Yes. Student-workers have been the heart and soul of our office for a long, long time and they do so much and get some great real-world experience. Some of the student workers are work-study positions and others are practicum students within our Sport Business department so they are getting academic credit to work. 
K: The key is trying to find student workers and per diem help! I am blessed to be in region with several colleges and we have a tremendous network of helping one another when needed. So many of us rely on student-athletes. Additionally, we are requiring all of our workers, myself included, to follow mandated covid-19 protocols. 
Since few spectators, if any, are going to be permitted, most parents/fans will rely on a livestream? What challenges has this posed?
R: We were already streaming many events before this started but we have tried to add and enhance what we had. For starters we added five camera feeds to indoor track and field so we could have a single camera in particular event areas since no fans were allowed in. We are in the process of adding cameras and high speed internet to our off-campus baseball and softball venues to add video to the audio broadcasts we have done in the past. 
K: One challenge that we are facing right now is we made a switch in our streaming service. Sadly, my equipment needed for streaming is on backorder and we are not able to even start that process. Thankfully, our coaches (for indoor sports) now have a huddle camera that was installed in our gym and we have been able to stream our first few home basketball games on YouTube. 

Other comments you'd like to share?
R: If it is one thing I have told people is that just try and solve today and then worry about tomorrow when it comes, this last year has taught us not to get caught looking to far forward.

K: Patience and planning and don’t put your schedule in ink! We are just two weeks into this and we have already been adjusting our schedules and work assignments numerous times. There are going to be things we can’t control and we are all working with limited resources and a shortage of enough hours in the day. 

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