Thursday, June 24, 2021



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


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Alston vs NCAA
by Nina Totenberg, NPR

"Faced with the prospect of reshaping college athletics, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a narrow but potentially transformative ruling Monday in a case that pitted college athletes against the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

At issue in the case were NCAA rules that limit educational benefits for college players as part of their scholarships.

The athletes maintained that the NCAA has, in effect, been operating a system that is a classic restraint of competition — in short, a system that violates the nation's antitrust laws. The NCAA countered that its rules are largely exempt from antitrust laws because they are aimed at preserving amateurism in college sports and because the rules "widen choices for consumers by distinguishing college sports from professional sports."

On Monday, however, a unanimous court ruled that the NCAA rules are not reasonably necessary to distinguish between college and professional sports."

>> Situational Awareness: "So what is likely to happen now that colleges and universities recruiting student athletes can offer all manner of educational benefits? "This is a victory for students," declared Oliver Luck, a former top NCAA official, a former NFL player and the father of three former college athletes. "If you're a star gymnast and you're 17 years old and choosing between three different schools, those schools theoretically could offer you all sorts of academically related benefits," said Luck. "A year abroad, internships. They could pay for your law school or medical school if you decided to."

>> Yes, But: "Len Elmore, a former NBA and college basketball star, and a lawyer who teaches sports law at Columbia University, worries about an arms race in college recruitment that would defeat the quid-pro-quo that inspired athletic scholarships — namely, that the athletes get a free education they could not otherwise afford, graduating without debt."

>> Quotable: "Hopefully, it will also swing the doors open to further change, so that we can finally see a fair and competitive compensation system in which these incredible players get to benefit from the economic fruits of their labors and pursue their educational objectives," Jeffrey Kessler, lead counsel for the athletes said. "Only then will the NCAA truthfully be able to say it is devoted to the welfare of the student athletes."

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2. NCAA Expected to Adopt Solution

by Ross Dellenger, Sports Illustrated

"NCAA officials are targeting a new, simplified solution to allow athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness—just in the nick of time, too.

The organization, having abandoned exhaustive NIL legislation that’s been ready for months, is expected to now adopt a more permissive, alternative model most similar to the one proposed last week by six Division I conference commissioners, sources tell Sports Illustrated.

A week before a cascade of state laws threatens to plunge college sports into a proverbial inequitable playing field, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, the division’s highest ranked governing body made up of school presidents and chancellors, is scheduled to meet virtually Thursday and further explore the alternative model."

>> Why The Rush: "At least six states have an NIL law that takes effect July 1: Texas, New Mexico, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Thirteen more states have passed laws that take effect at a later date, including two, Nebraska and Oklahoma, that could kick in at any point. Five more bills await a governor’s signature to become law, including an Oregon bill that takes effect July 1."

>> Background: "Under the plan, effective July 1, the NCAA would mostly exempt itself from NIL. Schools in states with an NIL law may follow that law without penalty, and schools located in states without a statute are granted permission to each create and administer their own NIL policy, as long as they use guiding principles such as prohibiting NIL ventures designed as pay-for-play or recruiting inducements."

>> What's Next: "As part of this solution, the Board of Directors would not create new policy but would grant relief of existing legislation, sources say, such as waiving the enforcement of NCAA bylaws that prohibit athletes earning compensation from their NIL."

>> DIII Take: The Interpretations and Legislation Committee reintroduced January's NIL proposal as noncontroversial legislation with an effective date of July 1 or immediate if after July 1. The change in effective date aligns with the states that have passed NIL legislation with an effective date of July 1. Any action taken by the Administrative Committee this summer would be reported to and ratified at the 2022 NCAA Convention.

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3. PROP Goes the Rulebook

The NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel has been busy over the last few days with announcements in the sports of soccer, swimming, wrestling and women's volleyball.


  • Approved extending a rules change from the 2020 season that enhanced the penalty for spitting at or biting an opponent, or anyone involved in a men’s or women’s soccer match, to a two-game suspension and categorizing it as a violent behavior II red-card violation.
  • The COVID-19 waivers from the 2020 season also will be extended into the 2021 season. Those waivers include allowing the coaching and team areas to be extended beyond 20 yards from the 5-yard neutral zone and allowing the referee to visually/verbally verify the box score information is correct if using a paper official NCAA box score.

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  • Approved clarifying the rule regarding the minimum number of officials who must be present to conduct an official swimming and diving meet. The minimum number of officials required for dual meets is two, and the minimum for invitational meets is four.
  • Approved adjusting the wording around the bona fide competition criteria for USA Swimming and USA Diving meets that may be part of a team’s schedule, including the competition must be between two or more teams of the same gender from different collegiate schools and at the same time and site.
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  • Approved wrestling rules changes that allow the referee to correct timing errors when that referee has reasonable knowledge of the correction that needs to be made.   
  • Approved changing the first sudden-victory overtime period to two minutes in length.
  • Moving weigh-ins to two hours or sooner before the start time of each day of competition in multi-day individual or team advancement tournaments.
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  • Approved an experimental rule allowing teams to begin a match with two video coach’s challenges in conference matches only for the 2021 season. If a match reaches the fifth set, each team would be awarded an additional challenge. Teams would be allowed to carry a maximum of two challenges into the fifth set.
  • For nonconference matches, the current rules that allow each team three challenges per match, regardless of the outcome of the video review, will be used.
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Assistant Athletic Director for Communications

Oversees daily operations of the university’s athletics department communications. Manages the publicity of the university's athletic department and disseminates information about student athletes and their accomplishments to support and promote university athletics. Represents the university's athletic department as a liaison with local media as well as with other university departments. Manages website content to include game day results, student athletes and their accomplishments, and athletic team related information. Oversees athletics marketing and promotions, digital media, social media and communications planning as needed. For more information, click here.

Assistant Coach, Women's Soccer

Muhlenberg College, a Division III institution and a member of the Centennial Conference is seeking applications for a part-time Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach opening. Coaching or collegiate playing experience and a four-year college degree are preferred. Responsibilities include assisting the head coach in all phases of the soccer program within the college, conference, and NCAA rules and regulations; including evaluating, identifying, and recruiting prospective student-athletes; and planning and implementing strategies into daily practices. For more information, go to the Muhlenberg College website

Head Athletic Trainer

Bryn Athyn College invites applicants to apply for the full-time position of Head Athletic Trainer. Responsibilities include administering a co-ed sports medicine program for intercollegiate sports, ensuring quality care of all student-athletes through practice and game coverage, injury prevention, evaluation, management, treatment of new and pre-existing injuries, short & long-term rehabilitation of athletic injuries, education and counseling of student-athletes, and athletics- related health care administration in consultation with and under the supervision of the team Physician and Director of Student Health and Wellness. For more information, go to the Bryn Athyn College website.

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4.  Comings and Goings


5. Pic du Jour

Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP

Pope Francis meets Spider-Man at the end of a weekly general audience. The masked man works with sick kids in hospitals.

- courtesy of Axios

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