Thursday, July 1, 2021

Welcome to the Jungle


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

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1. Welcome to the Jungle

NCAA's NIL era arrives, some athletes are ready to cash in
by Dennis Dodd,

"As details of name, image and likeness deals for college athletes rolled in Wednesday, the prospect of midnight on July 1 becoming an NIL version of New Year's Eve became reality. The NCAA Division I Board of Directors made it so by approving an interim policy that removes restrictions from athletes hoping to earn unprecedented riches. 

The NCAA couldn't afford to go past midnight without some sort of policy addressing the years-long NIL battle it eventually lost. So, it essentially waived Bylaw 12.5.5, a portion of its amateurism rules.

Athletes will celebrate the stroke of 12 by being compensated for use of their names, images and likenesses – rights with which the rest of us received upon our birth and never lost by choosing to play NCAA sports.

Advertisers and athletes will crow about their new partnerships. College athletics will be changed forever."

>> The Big Picture: "Sources say some of the hottest endorsers in this early NIL era are going to be women, non-revenue sports athletes and those competing at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Deion Sanders going to Jackson State is viewed as cool."

>> The Bottom LineHaley and Hanna Cavinder are a pair of guards for (Fresno State) who have come along at exactly the right time for NIL. They have cultivated a TikTok following of three million. They are playful, talented, attractive, and oh, and they can play a little basketball. The Cavinders might the hottest NIL property right out of the gate as the clock strikes midnight when NCAA amateurism rules basically go away. The twins' value has already been estimated $1 million by Opendorse CEO Blake Lawrence."

>> The Final Word: "Today's decision from the NCAA is a welcome acknowledgment that college athletics must do more for college athletes," said Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) in a statement. "However, today's interim action is no substitute for a national standard that not only gives our student athletes the ability to control their own Name, Image, and Likeness rights, but also includes health care, safety, scholarship, and transfer protections."

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2. Interim NIL Policy Adopted

by Michelle Brutlag Hosick, NCAA

NCAA college athletes will have the opportunity to benefit from their name, image and likeness beginning Thursday. Governance bodies in all three divisions today adopted a uniform interim policy suspending NCAA name, image and likeness rules for all incoming and current student-athletes in all sports.

The policy provides the following guidance to college athletes, recruits, their families and member schools:

  • Individuals can engage in NIL activities that are consistent with the law of the state where the school is located. Colleges and universities may be a resource for state law questions.
  • College athletes who attend a school in a state without an NIL law can engage in this type of activity without violating NCAA rules related to name, image and likeness.
  • Individuals can use a professional services provider for NIL activities.
  • Student-athletes should report NIL activities consistent with state law or school and conference requirements to their school.

Division III Presidents Council chair Fayneese Miller, president at Hamline, said the Association will continue to work with Congress to develop a national law that will help colleges and universities, student-athletes and their families better navigate the name, image and likeness landscape.

>> Quotable: “The new interim policy provides college athletes and their families some sense of clarity around name, image and likeness, but we are committed to doing more. “We need to continue working with Congress for a more permanent solution.”

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3.  Putting Money Where Mouth Is

Colby Athletics Facility $200 million Mules
by Eben Novy-Williams, Sportico

"On Oct. 19, as much of the college sports world was dealing with COVID-related budget cuts, the Colby College women’s basketball team was practicing in its brand new 25,000-square-foot arena. Across the hall, the school’s swim teams were using their new aquatics center. Upstairs the squash teams practiced across nine new championship courts.

All 32 varsity programs, in fact, were either practicing, training or working out in the same building, a luxury afforded by the school’s new $200 million Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center, which was funded entirely through donations and finished in the midst of the pandemic.

It’s a building that college president David Greene says will “transform” an athletic department that aspires to be the most dominant in Division III."

>> Situational Awareness: "As some of college sports’ biggest programs went into COVID-inspired austerity in 2020 - eliminating programs, furloughing staffers and pausing capital projects—Colby did the opposite. The private liberal arts college in Maine checked the final boxes on the three-floor, 354,000-square-foot facility, which will house not only the school’s varsity programs but also its intramurals and school-wide gym."

>> What They're Saying: "The mere fact of a $200 million facility dedicated to athletics and recreation, at a school of this size, is proof to people that we actually are serious about athletics and the importance it has in our education,” athletic director Mike Wisecup said in an interview. “We're putting our money where our mouth is.”

>> Yes, But: "The facility has already helped lure a handful of transfers from Division I, Wisecup said. Which raises the question: When a Division III school builds a Division I-caliber facility, does it foreshadow a jump to the NCAA’s top tier? “I would not say that’s where my head is right now,” Wisecup said. “Right now I want to do the best with what we have, and become the most competitive Division III program in the country. I don’t want to get ahead of my skis and start to look too far down the road.”

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4. Affected by the Effect

When do state's name, image and likeness rules go into effect and the 147 Division III institutions that are affected in the next three months.


  • Nebraska (1)
    • Nebraska Wesleyan
  • Pennsylvania (59)
    • Albright
    • Allegheny
    • Alvernia
    • Arcadia
    • Bryn Athyn
    • Bryn Mawr
    • Cabrini
    • Cairn
    • Carnegie Mellon
    • Cedar Crest
    • Chatham
    • Clarks Summit
    • Delaware Valley
    • DeSales
    • Dickinson
    • Eastern
    • Elizabethtown
    • Franklin & Marshall
    • Geneva
    • Gettysburg
    • Grove City
    • Gwynedd Mercy
    • Haverford
    • Immaculata
    • Juniata
    • Keystone
    • La Roche
    • Lancaster Bible
    • Lebanon Valley
    • Lycoming
    • Marywood
    • Messiah
    • Misericordia
    • Moravian
    • Mount Aloysius
    • Muhlenberg
    • Neumann
    • Penn College
    • Penn State Abington, Altoona, Behrend, Berks, Harrisburg
    • Pitt-Bradford, Greensburg
    • Rosemont
    • Saint Vincent
    • Scranton
    • Susquehanna
    • Swarthmore
    • Thiel
    • Ursinus
    • Valley Forge
    • Washington & Jefferson
    • Waynesburg
    • Westminster
    • Widener
    • Wilkes
    • Wilson
    • York
July 1, 2021
  •  Alabama (2)
    • Birmingham-Southern
    • Huntingdon
  • Georgia (8)
    • Agnes Scott
    • Berry
    • Covenant
    • Emory
    • LaGrange
    • Oglethorpe
    • Piedmont
    • Wesleyan
  • Mississippi (3)
    • Belhaven
    • Millsaps
    • Mississippi College for Women
  • Texas (15)
    • Austin
    • Concordia Texas
    • East Texas Baptist
    • Hardin-Simmons
    • Howard Payne
    • LeTourneau
    • Mary Hardin-Baylor
    • McMurry
    • Schreiner
    • Southwestern
    • Sul Ross State
    • Texas-Dallas
    • Texas Lutheran
    • Trinity
    • U. of Dallas
  • Kentucky (4)
    • Berea
    • Centre
    • Spalding
    • Transylvania
  • Ohio (19)
    • Baldwin Wallace
    • Capital
    • Case Western Reserve
    • Defiance
    • Denison
    • Franciscan
    • Heidelberg
    • Hiram
    • John Carroll
    • Kenyon
    • Marietta
    • Mount St. Joseph
    • Mount Union
    • Muskingum
    • Oberlin
    • Ohio Wesleyan
    • Wilmington
    • Wittenberg
    • Wooster
  • Oregon (5)
    • George Fox
    • Lewis & Clark
    • Linfield
    • Pacific U.
    • Willamette
  • Illinois (22)
    • Augustana
    • Aurora
    • Benedictine
    • Blackburn
    • Chicago
    • Concordia Chicago
    • Dominican
    • Elmhurst
    • Eureka
    • Greenville
    • Illinois College
    • Illinois Tech
    • Illinois Wesleyan
    • Knox
    • Lake Forest
    • Millikin
    • Monmouth
    • North Central
    • North Park
    • Principia
    • Rockford
    • Wheaton

September 1, 2021

  • Connecticut (9)
    • Albertus Magnus
    • Coast Guard
    • Connecticut College
    • Eastern Connecticut
    • Mitchell
    • Saint Joseph
    • Trinity
    • Wesleyan
    • Western Connecticut

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5.  Comings and Goings


6. Crazy Fair Food

Buffalo Chicken Doughscuits. Photo: Minnesota State Fair

Food offerings at the Minnesota State Fair, back Aug. 26 after a COVID hiatus, include the Buffalo Chicken Doughscuit (above) — a doughnut stuffed with shredded chicken, then drizzled with Buffalo sauce icing and bacon bits, Axios Twin CitiesNick Halter writes. Also on the menu:

  • The Spufull Puff by Potato Man & Sweety: Mashed sweet potatoes blended with sweetened cream cheese, wrapped in dough and fried.
  • Herbivorous Butcher, the wildly popular meatless butcher in Minneapolis, will make its fair debut with a ChoriPop — meatless Chorizo dipped in corn-dog batter and fried.
  • Fluffy's Hand Cut Donuts will serve donuts topped with soft-serve ice cream.

What we're not so sure about: The Blue Raspberry Blitzed, a "traditional hand pie filled with a raspberry, blueberry and apple blend infused with UV Blue Vodka and topped with cotton candy sugar."

  • Dig in: 27 new menu items for Minnesota State Fair.

- courtesy of Axios

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