Monday, August 2, 2021

NCAA Calls for Constitutional Convention


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. NCAA Calls for Constitutional Convention

What If We Held a Constitutional Convention and the Right-Wingers  Prevailed? – Mother Jones
by Meaghan Durham, NCAA

"Saying the time is now to transform college sports, the NCAA Board of Governors took a historic step Friday to convene a special constitutional convention in November, with action expected to be taken at the NCAA's scheduled Convention in January.

The special constitutional convention is intended to propose dramatic changes to the NCAA Constitution to reimagine aspects of college sports so the Association can more effectively meet the needs of current and future college athletes.

The redrafting of the NCAA constitution will be led by a 22-person Constitution Review Committee, which will feature presidents, commissioners, athletics directors, students from Divisions I, II and III, and independent members of the NCAA Board of Governors.

The committee will be charged with identifying the core principles that define college sports and proposing a new governance model that allows for quicker change without sacrificing broader values."

The committee will also propose a new system of governance and rules enforcement that further contemplates the role of national oversight and places appropriate responsibility at the school and conference levels."

>> Quotable: "This is not about tweaking the model we have now," NCAA President Mark Emmert said. "This is about wholesale transformation so we can set a sustainable course for college sports for decades to come. We need to stay focused on the thing that matters most — helping students be as successful as they can be as both students and athletes."

>> What's Next: "Leadership bodies from all three NCAA divisions will be asked to provide nominations for the review committee by Aug 6. From those nominees, the board will appoint the 20 committee members, including university presidents, independent board members, athletics directors, conference commissioners and college athletes." Division III will have a minimum of three representatives - at least one president, one athletics director and another designee of their choice - while three student-athletes with no divisional restriction will also participate.

>> Timetable: "In November, the Constitutional Review Committee will submit for membership feedback a working draft of its proposals, which will be discussed at a special virtual convention to be convened no later than Nov. 15. The final proposals will be provided to the NCAA Board of Governors by Dec. 15 and scheduled for votes in January by the full NCAA membership at the Association's national Convention in Indianapolis."

>> History Lesson: "The last time the NCAA held a special convention was June 29-30, 1987, to take up issues that involved cutting costs and maintaining a proper balance between intercollegiate athletic and academic programs."

>> Official Announcement
>> Constitutional Review Committee Charter


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2. Gold for Wilson

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courtesy of Emory University athletics / photo by Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography

"Andrew Wilson. Olympic Gold Medalist.

Former Emory University swimmer Andrew Wilson achieved what many dream of but very few accomplish, and that's winning a Gold medal at the Olympic Games.

The United States captured a first-place team finish in the men's 4x100m medley relay Sunday in Japan thanks to a finals lineup featuring Ryan MurphyMichael AndrewCaleb Dressel and Zach Apple that combined to post a new world record time of 3:26.78, taking down the previous 12-year-old record. Great Britain won silver at 3:27.51 with Italy taking bronze at 3:29.17.

By virtue of swimming in the preliminaries on Saturday, Wilson will receive a Gold medal for his efforts, capping off an outstanding Olympic week for the former Division III swimmer and Emory Eagle."

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3.  Uncertainty Remains for High Schoolers

How does NIL affect high school athletes in New York? -
by Kristi Dosh, Business of College Sports; photo by Dennis Nett,

"College sports headlines were dominated in July by student athletes exercising their new rights to monetize their name, image and likeness. It would be easy to think the benefit of these new rights would trickle down to the high school level, especially since the NCAA specifically stated in its FAQ document that prospective student athletes could engage in the same activities as current student athletes without impacting their college eligibility.

However, just because their college eligibility isn’t impacted doesn’t mean their high school eligibility won’t be. In fact, the National Federation of State High School Associations made their stance quite clear in a message from its executive director, Dr. Karissa Neihoff, on July 7:

“While it is not our position to debate the merits of current college athletes earning money from their NIL, it should be understood that these changes do not affect current high school student-athletes. Current high school student-athletes CANNOT earn money as a result of their connection to their high school team.”

>> Court Awareness: "To date, only California has given clear guidance that high school student athletes can monetize their NIL. The New York State Public Athletic Association expects to take action at its Executive Committee meeting October 20. Meanwhile, Illinois, Mississippi and Texas all have specific language in their NIL laws that prohibit student athletes from engaging in commercial activities related to their NIL prior to enrolling in college."

>> What They're Saying: "If you are, in fact, playing with your high school team, then you want to be really, really sure that you understand your state association regulations and bylaws or even before that, if your school is even a member of the state association, if it's a private school that may not be. In some states, parochial schools are not members of that state association and they may not have rules governing NIL or amateurism, so to speak." - Neihoff

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    4. Vaccination Nation


    Here is an updated list compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education of colleges and universities requiring students and/or employees to be vaccinated prior to returning to campus for the 2021 fall semester. There are 232 Division III institutions among the 623 identified by the Chronicle.

    • California (13): Caltech, Cal Lutheran, Chapman, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, La Verne, Occidental, Pomona-Pitzer, Redlands, UC Santa Cruz, Whittier
    • Colorado (1): Colorado College
    • Connecticut (6): Albertus Magnus, Connecticut College, Eastern Connecticut, Trinity, Wesleyan, Western Connecticut
    • DC (2): Gallaudet, Trinity Washington
    • Georgia (3): Agnes Scott, Emory, Oglethorpe
    • Illinois (6): Chicago, Dominican, Elmhurst, Illinois Tech, Knox, Lake Forest, 
    • Indiana (4): DePauw, Earlham, Saint Mary's, Wabash
    • Iowa (1): Grinnell
    • Kentucky (2): Berea, Centre
    • Massachusetts (36): Amherst, Anna Maria, Babson, Brandeis, Bridgewater State, Clark, Curry, Dean, Elms, Emerson, Emmanuel, Endicott, Fitchburg State, Framingham State, Lasell, Lesley, MCLA, MIT, Massachusetts Maritime, Mount Holyoke, Regis, Salem State, Simmons, Smith, Springfield, Suffolk, Tufts, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Wellesley, Western New England, Westfield State, Wheaton, Williams, WPI, Worcester State
    • Maine (5): Bates, Bowdoin, Husson, St. Joseph's, U. of New England
    • Maryland (9): Goucher, Hood, Johns Hopkins, McDaniel, Notre Dame, St. Mary's, Salisbury, Stevenson, Washington College
    • Michigan (2): Albion, Kalamazoo
    • Minnesota (7): Augsburg, Carleton, Gustavus Adolphus, Hamline, Macalester, St. Catherine, St. Olaf
    • Missouri (2): Washington U., Webster
    • Nebraska (1): Nebraska Wesleyan
    • New Hampshire (3): Colby-Sawyer, New England College, Rivier
    • New Jersey (14): Drew, Fairleigh Dickinson, Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Saint Elizabeth, Stevens, Stockton, TCNJ, William Paterson
    • New York (53): Alfred, Alfred State, Bard, Baruch, Brockport, Brooklyn, Buffalo State, Canton, Cazenovia, CCNY, Clarkson, Cobleskill, Cortland, Delhi, Farmingdale State, Fredonia, Geneseo, Hamilton, Hartwick, Hilbert, Hunter, Ithaca, John Jay, Keuka, Lehman, Manhattanville, Medgar Evers, Morrisville, Mount St. Vincent, Nazareth, New Paltz, NYU, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Pratt Institute, Purchase, Rensselaer, Rochester, RIT, Sage, St. John Fisher. St. Lawrence, Sarah Lawrence, Skidmore, SUNY Maritime, SUNY Poly, Union, Vassar, Wells, Yeshiva, York
    • North Carolina (2): Brevard, Salem
    • Ohio (6): Case Western Reserve, Denison, Kenyon, Mount St. Joseph, Ohio Wesleyan, Wooster
    • Oregon (4): Lewis & Clark, Linfield, Pacific, Willamette
    • Pennsylvania (21): Allegheny, Alvernia, Bryn Mawr, Cabrini, Carnegie Mellon, Chatham, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Gwynedd Mercy, Haverford, Immaculata, Muhlenberg, Neumann, Rosemont, Scranton, Susquehanna, Swarthmore, Ursinus, Washington & Jefferson, Widener
    • Rhode Island (4): Johnson and Wales, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams, Salve Regina
    • Tennessee (1): Maryville
    • Texas (1): Southwestern
    • Vermont (3): Castleton, Middlebury, Norwich
    • Virginia (13): Bridgewater, Christopher Newport, Eastern Mennonite, Hollins, Lynchburg, Mary Baldwin, Mary Washington, Marymount, Randolph, Randolph-Macon, Roanoke, Sweet Briar, Virginia Wesleyan
    • Washington (4): Pacific Lutheran, Puget Sound, Whitman, Whitworth, 
    • Wisconsin (3): Beloit, Carthage, Lawrence

    >> Complete List


    5.  Income Insurance at Augustana

    by Rick Seltzer, Higher Ed Dive

    "Augustana College, in Illinois, is piloting post-graduation income insurance for 20 students who transfer there by August 23, billing the program as the first of its kind in the U.S.

    The program promises students they will earn at least the average income for their academic fields for the first five years they work in those fields after graduating from Augustana. If they don't, they'll be paid the difference after five years.

    This type of insurance is different from other offerings, such as those available to cover tuition expenses for college students who withdraw because of unexpected events like accidents or illness. It is among several strategies institutions are using to minimize students' risk amid concerns about student loan debt and the return on investment of a college education. 

    >> Quotable: "You really only have one chance to get a customer in the college-admissions and college-selection game," Kent Barnds, executive vice president of external relations said.

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    7. Dating Apps for the Picky

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    Ever-more-specific dating apps are helping us find love efficiently as we emerge from COVID solitary, the Wall Street Journal reports (subscription).

    • Vegans and vegetarians can meet sans meat on Veggly.
    • Sober partners are on Loosid.
    • Pet owners have Dig and Tabby.

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