Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Back to the PAC


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

"Dr. Hilary L. Link, the 22nd president of Allegheny College, has announced the College’s plans to re-enter the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) as the league’s 11th full-time member, effective July 1, 2022.

The announcement marks a renaissance for the College, as it will be returning to an athletic conference where it was previously a member from 1958 through the spring of 1984. During its prior tenure in the PAC, Allegheny collected more than 45 team championships, earned the school’s first team national championship (1983 men’s golf), and had five student-athletes win NCAA Division III individual national titles.

Link noted that rejoining the PAC will offer several enhancements to the experience for student-athletes, including reduced travel time to athletic competitions."

>> What They're Saying: “Allegheny College is excited to re-enter the Presidents’ Athletic Conference next year,” Link said. “This return aligns with all three of the strategic priorities that make up our Renaissance Vision for Allegheny College’s future. These priorities include engaging more fully with our local context, owning and articulating our unique interdisciplinary academic brand, and focusing on holistic student success — to make the best Allegheny experience the typical Allegheny experience."

>> Of Note: "Allegheny fields 23 varsity athletic teams. The College will retain its current affiliation as a full-time member of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) until June 30, 2022. As a founding member of the NCAC, Allegheny has competed in the league since its inception in 1984. Allegheny intends to remain an affiliate member of the NCAC in the sport of field hockey after that time, as the PAC does not currently sponsor the sport."

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2. Preseason Poll

The American Volleyball Coaches Association released its preseason top 25 on Monday.

  1. Trinity, Texas
  2. Colorado College
  3. Calvin
  4. Emory
  5. Carthage
  6. Johns Hopkins
  7. Hope
  8. Berry
  9. Chicago
  10. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

>> Conference Call: CCIW (3), Ohio (3), SCAC (2), ASC (2), Landmark (2), Michigan (2), NESCAC (2), SAA (2), Centennial (1), Heartland (1), MIAC (1), SCIAC (1), UAA (2), UMAC (1)

>> National Championships: Washington (Mo.) 10, UC San Diego 7, Calvin 3, Central 3, Elmhurst 2, Emory 2, Juniata 2, La Verne 2, UW-Whitewater 2.

>> Complete Poll
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3.  Winningest Men's Programs

The 2021 Division III men's soccer season gets underway next Wednesday. Here is a list of the winningest programs as discoverable on the web.

600 Victories

  1. Wheaton, Ill., 910-338-123 (1st season - 1935)
  2. Ohio Wesleyan, 866-245-101 (1913)
  3. Haverford, 839-607-154 (1901)
  4. Messiah, 828-187-60 (1967)
  5. Cortland, 746-384-102 (1925)
  6. Rowan, 732-328-83 (1956)
  7. Keene State, 730-410-97 (1948)
  8. Drew, 720-310-105 (1954)
  9. Johns Hopkins, 702-405-112 (1935)
  10. Lynchburg, 677-430-102 (1954)
  11. Colorado College, 674-372-88 (1950)
  12. Montclair State, 648-335-97 (1958)
  13. Swarthmore, 639-532-119 (1916)
  14. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 633-262-79 (1968)
  15. Franklin & Marshall, 633-495-110 (1926)
  16. Muhlenberg, 630-430-99 (1943)
  17. Plattsburgh State, 622-345-90 (1950)
  18. Brandeis, 617-397-80 (1951)
  19. Salisbury, 615-384-110 (1934)
  20. Kean, 615-404-77 (1961)
  21. Wilmington, 602-355-70 (1959)
  22. Hope, 600-312-68 (1963)

NOTE: Despite our research, we are aware that we may be missing some 600-win teams.
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    4.  Comings and Goings
    1 THING

    5. College Students Back Vax Mandates

    Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

    The Delta variant is keeping college students from resuming campus life as normal, Neal Rothschild writes from a new Generation Lab/Axios poll.

    • In our poll of 846 students nationwide from 2-year and 4-year schools (margin of error: ±3.4 points), we asked about going to an indoor party ... dancing with others ... and close conversations without masks.
    • 55% of students considered none of those to be safe.

    College students are big fans of vaccine mandates — in many cases, bigger fans than their university administrators.

    • 73% say their school should implement a vaccine mandate for those on campus. 52% say their schools are doing so.
    • 86% say they're fully vaccinated. 6% say they definitely won't get the shots.
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