Thursday, April 29, 2021

Presidents Council Recap


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III


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1. Presidents Council Recap

by Jeremy Villanueva, NCAA

"The Division III Presidents Council made a motion of support Wednesday for the Division III Administrative Committee to act on name, image and likeness legislation between quarterly governance meetings.

With the NCAA Board of Governors, the Association’s top governing body, reinforcing its commitment Tuesday to modernizing NCAA rules around name, image and likeness this summer, the council affirmed the Administrative Committee’s authority to take action between the Management and Presidents Councils’ standing quarterly meetings, conducting items of business necessary to promote the normal and orderly administration of Division III.

The division’s legislative proposal on name, image and likeness focuses on two concepts. The first concept would allow student-athletes to use their status as athletes to promote their own work product or service. The second concept would allow student-athletes to use their status as athletes to endorse third-party products or services, provided there is no institutional involvement in procuring promotional opportunities for student-athletes (except to the extent the school is involved with assisting students generally).

Elsewhere ...

  • The Division III Presidents Council approved a blanket waiver allowing student-athletes in the upcoming academic year to participate while enrolled less than full time for both semesters.
  • The Presidents Council will sponsor 2022 NCAA Convention legislation permitting the council to adopt emergency legislation by at least a three-fourths majority of council members present and voting. The process would be used when the division must respond to, or comply with, a court, alternative dispute resolution or government order and the use of the regular legislative cycle is likely to cause undue hardship to the Association or division membership because of the delay.

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2. Hale of a Gift for Conn

courtesy of Connecticut College

"Students, faculty and staff gathered on the glorious expanse of Tempel Green this afternoon as President Katherine Bergeron and trustee leadership joined to announce the largest philanthropic gift in the College’s history: a gift of $30 million from Rob ’88 and Karen Hale ’P20 that, in combination with their prior gift of $20 million, invests $50 million in financial aid, athletics, career and an expansive 21st-century liberal arts education.

Bergeron noted that the Hales’ newest gift prioritizes three areas: $10 million for financial aid, $10 million for athletics and $10 million for immediate improvements to campus infrastructure. This gift builds on their original 2015 contribution of $20 million—previously, the largest gift in the College’s history—that set the stage for the current campaign.

The gift will support the goals and objectives of the College’s recent Action Plan for Competitive Success, which seeks to elevate the student-athlete experience through investments in coaching, facilities and team support."

>> Notable: Hale, a 1988 graduate, still remembers the pain he felt the day that men's lacrosse coach Fran Shields cut him from the team during his sophomore year. "At the time, it was bitterly disappointing. But by the same token, it became an important life lesson. I realized that I had something very, very special by being on the team," Hale said. "And I wanted back badly. So I rededicated myself to making the team. They were some of the best times of my life."

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3.  Meinerz Awaits Call

Chargers Prospect Interview: UW Wisconsin OL Quinn Meinerz
 by Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

"In the summer of 2018, Denver Broncos scout Scott DiStefano stood on the sideline at Wisconsin Whitewater’s first full-pads practice of the year. DiStefano had traveled to the Division III powerhouse to study a senior offensive lineman named Nate Trewyn. Almost every team had sent a scout to evaluate Trewyn, and Whitewater Coach Kevin Bullis had grown used to the routine. A scout would come, watch Trewyn and then ask him if there was anybody else worth keeping tabs on.

After practice, DiStefano walked up to Bullis and dispensed with the usual question. He had already identified another player he wanted to know more about.

“Hey,” DiStefano asked. “How about the guy with the gut?”

>> Situational Awareness: "Quinn Meinerz has become one of the most fascinating figures of the NFL draft. A prospect from Division III, where the coronavirus pandemic canceled fall seasons, Meinerz improved his draft stock despite — or maybe, in retrospect, because of — not playing football for more than a year. He turned into a spring revelation after a dominant Senior Bowl performance, charmingly accompanied by viral photos of his stomach, boosted his draft position."

>> What's Next: "After high school, Meinerz received no big-school scholarship offers and wondered how many more years of football he had left. In the early spring, he hoped he would be drafted in the sixth or seventh round, just so he could hear his name called. By the fall, he might be your favorite team’s starting center."

>> Quotable: “He wants to show everybody that he’s special,” Bullis said. “I don’t say that as he’s arrogant. … He is humble as all get-out. But he knows that he’s talented, and he knows he was missed in high school. He’s not going to be missed with his opportunity here.”

>> The Final Word: Meinerz has been back in Wisconsin training at NX Level, and he has seen the Watt brothers (JJ, TJ) in recent weeks. Out of respect, he has avoided interrupting their work with an introduction. When reminded that next season he might have to block them, he offered a clarification. “I get to,” Meinerz said."

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Division III Draftees since 2007

  • Ben Bartch, OL, Saint John's, Jacksonville, 4th round, 2020
  • Ali Marpet, OL, Hobart, Tampa Bay, 2nd round, 2015
  • Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion, Detroit, 5th round, 2012
  • Cecil Shorts, WR, Mount Union, Jacksonville, 4th round, 2011
  • Andy Studebaker, DE/LB, Wheaton, Ill., Philadelphia, 6th round, 2008
  • Pierre Garcon, WR, Mount Union, Indianapolis, 6th round, 2008
  • Michael Allan, TE, Whitworth, Kansas City, 7th round, 2007
  • Derek Stanley, WR,RET, UW-Whitewater, Rams, 7th round, 2007


4. Regional Rankings Thursday

Here are the top teams in each region in this week's regional rankings.

Lacrosse (M)

  1. Tufts
  2. RIT
  3. Salisbury
  4. Lynchburg
  5. Illinois Wesleyan
Lacrosse (W)
  • E: Ithaca
  • GL: Denison
  • MA: Messiah
  • N: Framingham State
  • NE: Emmanuel
  • S: Salisbury
  • W: Chicago

Golf (W)

  • C: St. Catherine
  • E: Williams
  • GL: Carnegie Mellon
  • SE: Methodist
  • W: Redlands
Golf (M)
  • C: Illinois Wesleyan
  • GL: Denison
  • MA: Carnegie Mellon
  • NE: Rochester
  • SE: Methodist
  • W: Trinity, Texas


5. TLU Back on Top

Kelly Jurden (photo by Tim Clark)

This Week's NFCA Top 10

  1. Texas Lutheran (8), 27-4
  2. Virginia Wesleyan, 31-5-1
  3. (tie) Birmingham-Southern, 28-4
  4. (tie) Eastern Connecticut, 20-0
  5. DePauw, 25-2
  6. Belhaven, 27-8
  7. East Texas Baptist, 23-5
  8. Linfield, 31-5
  9. Moravian, 18-0
  10. Emory & Henry, 23-5
11-15: Berry, St. John Fisher, Salisbury, CNU, Wartburg
16-20: Randolph-Macon, St. Scholastica, TCNJ, Mount Union, Concordia (Wis.)
21-25: Rowan, St. Olaf, Williams, MSOE, Rochester

>> Hello: Williams, Rochester
>> Rising: Concordia, Wis. (+4), Birmingham-Southern (+3)
>> Slipping: MSOE (-7), Mount Union (-4)

>> Games to Watch: #8 Linfield vs. George Fox (Sat/Sun.); #22 St. Olaf vs. St. Catherine (Sat.); 

>> Complete Poll



6.  Comings and Goings

7.  It's About Time

President Biden opened his first joint address to Congress lauding the momentous nature of Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's presence behind him.

>> Why it matters: This is the first time the No. 1 and No. 2 people in the line of presidential succession are both women, Axios' Kadia Goba writes. "No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it’s about time," Biden said Wednesday night.

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