Monday, August 23, 2021

Probation for Elmira


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Probation for Elmira

"Elmira committed major financial aid violations when it awarded merit-based scholarships to student-athletes at a disproportionately higher rate than other students, according to a decision released by the Division III Committee on Infractions.

The NCAA enforcement staff and school agreed that Elmira awarded approximately $144,909 in financial aid to 36 student-athletes across 13 sports in violation of NCAA rules. Division III schools may not provide financial aid to student-athletes or teams at levels clearly distinguishable from the general pattern of financial aid for all students at the campus.

During the 2018-19 academic year, college athletes had 91% of their financial need met on average, while those who were not student-athletes had only 64% of their need met. Similarly, during the 2019-20 academic year, student-athletes had 83% of their financial need met, while others had only 61% of their need met. The committee found that this variance was clearly distinguishable."

>> Of Note: "Further, the former vice president of enrollment management — who was responsible for implementing the financial aid awards — failed to cooperate in this case by refusing to participate in an interview and failing to provide information relevant to the investigation, resulting in a violation of NCAA ethical conduct rules."

The committee prescribed the following penalties and corrective measures:

  • Two years of probation.
  • A two-year show-cause order for the former vice president of enrollment management. During that period, he must attend NCAA Regional Rules Seminars, and any NCAA member school employing him must restrict his involvement with NCAA financial aid legislation by requiring direct oversight from the athletic department's senior leadership on financial aid-related responsibilities.
  • The director of financial aid, current vice president of enrollment management and associate vice president of athletics must attend a NCAA Regional Rules Seminar in either 2021 or 2022. (Self-imposed.)

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2. Running to a Record

Interview with Lauren Cupp, World Speed Golf Champion <
by Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal

"In the time it takes you to read this story, golfer Lauren Cupp can complete a par-4 hole. 

She might even birdie it.

That sounds like an exaggeration, or something I’m just flat-out making up. I’m not. 

Look: Cupp’s already running down the fairway, about to hit her second shot to the green. 

Lauren Cupp is the fastest women’s golfer in the world."

>> Course Awareness: "The 36-year-old out of Rome, N.Y., is the world’s No. 1 women’s player in “Speedgolf,” the caffeinated version of earth’s most maddening game in which players are scored not only for how they play over 18 holes, but also for how fast they run—that’s right, run, we’re not talking Coors Lights in motorized carts here—around the course. Total strokes plus time of round equals your “Speedgolf” score."

>> Why It Matters: "Cupp’s record is a rebuke to anyone who’s ever taken six minutes to decide how to hit a third putt for double bogey. Turns out you don’t need a lot of time to play great golf. Turns out you don’t need a lot of clubs, either."

>> What They're Saying: “You just want to keep it in front of you,” says the head coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams at Hamilton College. “If you start hitting it farther, you have to run farther, also. In speed golf, you never want to go over a green. It costs too much time. You don’t have many options for wedges. Hitting it straight is key.”

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3.  95 Marathons, 95 Days

by Kait Hanson, TODAY

"When Alyssa Clark (Williams '15) began running daily marathons in early 2020 as a way to cope with COVID-19 lockdowns, she had no intentions of setting a world record.

The 28-year-old high school teacher and professional runner was living in Italy, where her husband was assigned with the U.S. Navy, when the pandemic began.

Clark, who has been a runner since high school, watched as all the races she had planned to run were canceled.

"I had been training for these races all winter and felt very prepared to compete, so I felt I needed something to test the fitness I had developed," she said.

After talking with her coach, Clark ran her first marathon on March 31, 2020 on a treadmill."

>> Quotable: "We were supposed to have some restrictions lifted on April 14, so I thought I would do about 15 marathons," Clark explained. "But when it was extended to May 1, the game was on."

>> Quotable II: "I never went into it thinking I’m going to run 100 marathons," she said adding that she knew the record for consecutive marathons stood at 60. "So I took every marathon as a gift and I never took any of them for granted."

>> Why It Matters: "On Aug. 11, 2021, after submitting "a whole lot of paperwork to make it official," Clark was named the women’s Guinness World Record holder for most consecutive days to run a marathon distance, a title previously held by Alice Birch of the U.K. with 60 marathons."

>> Go The Distance

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    4.  New FAR Orientation

    The New FAR Orientation will be conducted Feb. 17-19 at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis. Because the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association is not having an in-person annual meeting in 2021-22, this orientation is being held as a stand-alone event.  

    Faculty athletics representatives with less than two years of experience are invited to apply for the program, which focuses on understanding the Division III model of athletics and exploring the role of a Division III FAR. Participants will have the opportunity to build networks of new and experienced FARs and to establish goals for engagement in the role. 

    Applications will be open in the NCAA Program Hub from Oct. 1 to 5 p.m. Eastern time Nov. 15. Selections will be announced Dec. 1. Contact Leah Kareti with any questions.


    5.  Comings and Goings
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    6.  No Shot, No WiFi

    Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

    As colleges and universities welcome students back to campus, some schools are using disciplinary actions as a way to promote adherence to COVID protocols, Axios' Erin Doherty reports.

    • A nationwide surge of coronavirus cases, largely from the Delta variant, is driving questions about how best to reopen campuses safely.

    Quinnipiac University will fine students weekly for failing to submit their vaccination status, per CNN. Additionally, students who don't fulfill the vaccine requirement will lose access to WiFi.

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