Monday, September 20, 2021

Champs Committee Recap

 

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1. Champs Committee Recap


Division III | NCAA.org - The Official Site of the NCAA
by Jeremy Villanueva, NCAA


"The Division III Championships Committee is recommending the Management Council approve funding to broadcast the 2022 Division III Women's Basketball Championship game.

This one-time agreement will be similar to the contract agreement for Division II women's basketball to broadcast its semifinals and championship games.

The committee had previously approved funding for production costs for the 2023 championship game during the joint women's basketball championship with Divisions I and II in Dallas. At the request of the Championships Committee, the NCAA broadcast services staff continues to explore a long-term solution for the Division III Women's Basketball Championship game to be televised annually."

Elsewhere ... 

  • Approved a pilot program this academic year that each sport committee, where applicable, will post the first published regional rankings alphabetically. 
     
  • Approved that the softball championship date formula be moved one week later to match the dates of the baseball championship, effective with the 2023 championship.
     
  • Endorsing being more lenient on what is considered viable commercial space, including 6 a.m. departures, multiple splits and driving farther to the airport. 

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2. The Weekend Past
 

Men's Soccer Takes Down No. 2 Ranked Franklin & Marshall, 2-0

Field Hockey

Football

Soccer (W)

Soccer (M)

Volleyball (W)

GOLF

3.  Rankings
 

The latest DIII men's and women's golf rankings were released on Friday and the Methodist men and Carnegie Mellon women hold down the top spots.

Men

  1. Methodist
  2. Illinois Wesleyan
  3. Huntingdon
  4. Carnegie Mellon
  5. Emory
  6. Guilford
  7. Piedmont
  8. Washington and Lee
  9. Denison
  10. Wittenberg
>> Movers: Sewanee (+7), Claremont-M-S (+6)
>> Newbies: Berry, Saint John's, NYU, Babson

>> Complete Men's Poll

Women
  1. Carnegie Mellon
  2. Methodist
  3. George Fox
  4. Emory
  5. Williams
  6. Redlands
  7. Centre
  8. St. Catherine
  9. Washington and Lee
  10. NYU
>> Going Up: NYU (+11), Amherst (+8), Pomona-Pitzer (+8)

>> Complete Poll 
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    6.  Foiling Fires?



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    In Axios PMwe showed you the base of the world's largest tree, the General Sherman sequoia, wrapped in a fire-resistant aluminum blanket to protect against wildfire. (See it here.)

    It turns out that foil is now a thing for houses, too.

    • Photo above: Martin Diky encased his house near Lake Tahoe in $6,000 of fire-resistant aluminum foil as fire approached Meyers, Calif.

    The company where Diky bought his wraps, Firezat Inc. in San Diego, gets 95% of sales from the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service, AP reports.

    • The Forest Service has wrapped 600 to 700 buildings, bridges, communication towers and other structures this year alone.
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    Friday, September 17, 2021

    The Bar Is Open

     

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    1. The Bar is Open



    by Laine Higgins, Wall Street Journal / photo by Bryan Cereijo, AP

    "There once was a time when college football was so flush with cash that it could afford to turn up its nose at partnerships with “sin industries”—alcohol, cannabis and sports gambling. The pandemic changed that. 

    Universities are throwing their moral qualms out the window as they struggle to recover from the massive financial blow dealt by truncated seasons and fanless football games in 2020. The result is a lot more booze for sale in stadiums and a lot more betting partnerships in college sports.

    More universities have started selling alcohol in their stadiums on game days as a means of milking more concessions revenue out of patrons."

    >> Court Awareness: "College football is also cozying up to sports betting, as states increasingly legalize sports gambling. Last September, a few months after Colorado gave residents the greenlight to bet on sports, Colorado made gambling company PointsBet an official athletic department sponsor."

    >> What They're Saying: “That negative stigma and taboo is slowly fading away, because it’s so common right now. You can’t watch an NFL game without seeing somebody promoting [sports betting],” said Jose Moreno, the Fiesta Bowl’s chief marketing officer. “This is going to be the wave of the future.”

    >> Worth Noting: "This week, DraftKings launched a partnership with Simplebet, which uses machine learning to set odds, that will allow fans in seven states to place in-game “micro-bets” for college football games on things like whether a scoring drive will be successful and whether the next play will be a rush, pass or punt. These types of in-game bets are new in the U.S. but make up the majority of sports gambling activity in Europe, where betting has been legal for longer."

    >> Be Smart: Beer in the stands? It's not coming ... it's here.

    >> Continue Reading

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    2.  'Mr. Eli' in Haiti
     

    Brooks with his middle school class
    by Mary Beth Gallagher, MIT News

    "Eli Brooks was only supposed to stay in Haiti for a few weeks. Like many college students, the mechanical engineering senior’s original plans for the summer of 2020 were scrapped due to the pandemic. He had an opportunity to volunteer at Have Faith Haiti Mission and Orphanage in Port-au-Prince for four weeks. As his month in Haiti was coming to a close, Brooks had a change of heart thanks to a persuasive toddler.

    “People were asking me to stay, and it’s pretty hard to say no to a three-year old saying ‘Mr. Eli, can you stay here and teach me?’” recalls Brooks. He decided to take a leave of absence from MIT during the fall 2020 semester and stayed in Haiti for five more months.

    The six months Brooks spent in Haiti would be transformative for both him and the children he worked with."

    >> Court Awareness: "At first, his role was similar to a camp counselor. In the morning, he would set up obstacle courses for the kids and referee water balloon tosses. During the afternoon, he’d teach younger children how to read and discuss books with the older children. It was this experience teaching that ignited a spark in Brooks."

    >> Quotable: “Once I started teaching kids how to read, I fell in love with it. That’s when I decided to take on more of a teaching role, and I think that was the greatest decision I’ve made, maybe ever,” he recalls."

    >> What's Next: "As he enters in final year at MIT, Brooks, a member of the football team, is now exploring career paths in teaching. He recently applied to graduate school programs for a master’s in education with a specialization in teaching in the inner city."

    >> The Bottom Line: “I think going there taught me a lot about how to be happy and how to deal with mental health,” he says. “These kids have nothing and they were happier than I was. I really learned just how to live life a better way.”

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    3.  What We're Watching
     

    Here's a list of the games/matches/events that we are keeping an eye on this weekend.

    Cross Country
    St. Olaf Invitational (live stats)

    Field Hockey
    #11 Bowdoin at #1 Middlebury (watch), 12:00
    #4 TCNJ at #7 Messiah (watch), 1:00

    Football
    #25 Berry at #3 UW-Whitewater (watch), 12:00 CDT
    #4 North Central at #5 Wheaton (watch), 6:00 CDT
    #11 Linfield at Redlands (watch), 7:00 PDT

    Soccer (M)
    #11 Bowdoin at Middlebury (watch), 12:00
    #20 Luther at #15 Chicago, (watch), Sunday, 1:00 CDT

    Soccer (W)
    #7 Clark at #22 MIT (live stats), 1:00
    Calvin at #10 Chicago (watch), 1:00 CDT

    Volleyball
    #18 Northwestern vs. #3 Trinity, Texas (watch), Friday 7:00 CDT
    #4 Colorado College at #1 Johns Hopkins (watch), 1:00
    #25 Concordia, Wis. at #11 Wisconsin-Whitewater (watch), 12:00 CDT
    #19 Washington, Mo. at #13 Chicago (watch), Sunday 12:00 CDT

    INFRACTIONS

    4. Rhodes On Probation



    The NCAA Division III Membership Committee upheld its June decision and placed Rhodes College on probation. 

    Rhodes did not satisfy the Constitution 3.2.4.16 attendance requirement at the 2021 Regional Rules Seminar. As a result, the institutions will enter a probationary year beginning September 1, 2021, with the corresponding once-in-three-year probationary period to conclude September 1, 2024. The institutions will also be required to complete an Athletics Program Assessment by May 15, 2022.

    The committee denied requests from Rochester Institute of Technology and Union College to waive NCAA Bylaw 20.7.1.1 (Division III application) to permit the institutions to provide athletically related financial aid to their Division I student-athletes. Specifically, the committee noted no Division III institution sponsoring a Division I sport has an opportunity to receive a waiver if the institution did not sponsor a Division I sport and receive a waiver to offer athletically related financial aid prior to January 1, 2004.

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    Cake and candles to University of Saint Joseph athletic director Amanda Devitt. A belated shout-out (9/16) to Moravian tennis coach Mariana Freitas and Gettysburg equipment manager Kelly Jones. Finally, early birthday wishes (9/19) to King's College SWA Megan Mundy and DIII alum Timothy Henningsen

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    TRANSACTIONS

    5.  Comings and Goings
     
    1 THING

    6. The 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time


    "In 2004, Rolling Stone published its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It’s one of the most widely read stories in our history, viewed hundreds of millions of times on this site. But a lot has changed since 2004; back then the iPod was relatively new, and Billie Eilish was three years old. So we’ve decided to give the list a total reboot.

    Where the 2004 version of the list was dominated by early rock and soul, the new edition contains more hip-hop, modern country, indie rock, Latin pop, reggae, and R&B. More than half the songs here — 254 in all — weren’t present on the old list, including a third of the Top 100. The result is a more expansive, inclusive vision of pop, music that keeps rewriting its history with every beat."

    The Top Five

    1. Aretha Franklin, Respect
    2. Public Enemy, Fight The Power
    3. Sam Cooke, A Change Is Gonna Come
    4. Bob Dylan, Like a Rolling Stone
    5. Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit
      >> You know you want to see where your favorite ranks

     

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    Thursday, September 16, 2021

    Get Your (Digital) Program

     

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    1. Get Your (Digital) Program


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    Remember the feeling of handing over a few dollar bills to the vendor and holding the hard copy of the game program in your hands?

    Looking at the cover. Opening to the middle where the Coca-Cola ad surrounded the football starting lineups. Looking at the head shots. Reading the preview/review/historical stories.

    Darn it. I'm old enough to remember putting those programs together myself at McDaniel, Cornell and Yale (yes, I'm dating myself).

    And now ... we've moved to digital.

    Whether it's trying to reduce the impact on the environment (UMass Boston), or becoming a completely eco-friendly department (Lasell), or a more sustainable campus (Middlebury), the days of the printed program have gone by the wayside.

    >> The Big Picture: "The new format will save an estimated 18,000 sheets of paper, or 35 reams and realize savings for printing and toner. The use of QR codes became more prevalent during the pandemic at restaurants and other businesses and will be familiar to many of our fans and spectators." - Middlebury

    >> What's Next: Laminated QR Codes are posted at venues, where fans will simply need to hover their cell phone camera over the code to pull up a website with game program information.

    >> Be Smart: This is not something new ... but it is taking hold throughout Division III. This ain't your grandparents' game program.

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    FOOTBALL

    2. Eastern Adds Football


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    "Eastern University is pleased to announce the addition of Football to its athletic offerings starting in the fall of 2022. The Eagles will begin competition in the Middle Atlantic Conference in the fall of 2023.

    While much of the groundwork has been done behind the scenes, today's announcement officially marks the beginning of a search for a coaching staff and the start of a recruiting push.

    Work is already being done to resurface the football field and track, and to update the indoor facilities. Eastern's Strength and Conditioning staff is already in process of updating the weight training facility on site, and several current Eastern teams have started off-season workouts in that space."

    >> Quotable: "We look forward to the many ways this will positively impact the student experience at Eastern," Athletic Director Eric McNelley shares of the new program. "With the addition of Football as well as Cheer, Dance, and a Pep Band, students will have more opportunities to engage with our athletic department in a variety of ways."

    >> In the Know: "Eastern football will join Albright, Alvernia, Delaware Valley, FDU-Florham, Lebanon Valley, Lycoming, King's, Misericordia, Stevenson, Widener, and Wilkes in the MAC."

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    RANKINGS

    3.  US News, Part Three
     

    The annual U.S. News college rankings were released on Monday and here are the top three regional colleges by conference and region.

    North
    AMCC: Alfred State, Pitt-Bradford, Mount Aloysius
    CSAC: Valley Forge, Keystone
    CUNYAC: York, Medgar Evers
    Empire 8: Elmira, Hilbert
    GNAC: Colby-Sawyer, Dean
    Little East: Keene State, Castleton
    MASCAC: Massachusetts Maritime
    NAC: Maine Maritime, Maine-Farmington, SUNY Canton
    NECC: Eastern Nazarene, Mitchell
    NEWMAC: Coast Guard
    Presidents: Thiel
    Skyline: Merchant Marine, Farmingdale State
    United East: Penn College, Morrisville

    >> Complete List

    South
    ASC: Ozarks
    ODAC: Ferrum
    USA South: Maryville, LaGrange, Huntingdon

    >> Complete List

    Midwest
    A-R-C: Loras
    C2C: Finlandia
    CCIW: Millikin, Carthage
    HCAC: Bluffton, Manchester, Defiance
    MIAA: Alma, Adrian, Olivet
    NACC: Wisconsin Lutheran
    NCAC: Hiram
    OAC: Ohio Northern, Marietta, Mount Union
    SLIAC: Eureka
    UMAC: Northland, North Central

    >> Complete List

    West
    ASC: McMurry, East Texas Baptist, Howard Payne
    SCAC: Texas Lutheran, Schreiner

    >> Complete List

    HONORS

    4.  Players of the Week
     

    Volleyball



    Morgan Jensen, who led Wisconsin-Whitewater to a 3-0 week, is the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III Player of the Week. She led the Warhawk defense last week with 58 digs (5.80 per set) and was named to the All-Tournament team at Carthage.

    Field Hockey

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    Middlebury senior midfielder Erin Nicholas was named the NFHCA Division III Offensive Player of the Week. She scored six goals and assisted on two others in a 3-0 week for the Panthers.

    Kean junior goalkeeper Jenna Flemings was named the NFHCA Division III Defensive Player of the Week. She played every minute of two double-OT shutout victories over #16 Vassar and Arcadia, in addition to posting a clean sheet vs. #19 Lynchburg.

    Soccer

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    Rowan sophomore Wilby Alfred has been named the Division III Men's Player of the Week by the United Soccer Coaches (USC), marking the first time ever that a Prof has earned this national honor. Alfred totaled four goals and one assist in #15 Rowan's two wins at Haverford's Jimmy Mills Tournament. 

    croze and wcsu ranked 091521

    Western Connecticut State University junior forward Myah Croze sits atop the leader board for game-winning goals in NCAA Division III.  The United Soccer Coaches Division III Player of the Week, she has scored four game-winners for WestConn. 

    Cross Country



    Loras College senior Kassie Rosenbum is the USTFCCCA Division III National Athlete of the Week. She distanced herself from the pack at the All-American Invitational hosted by Luther College this past weekend. The senior from Guttenberg, Iowa, broke a six-year-old course record with her winning effort of 17:41.0 (previous record was 17:42.6), which was 6.2 seconds faster than the runner-up.

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    Rowan's Justin Kelly has been named the National Athlete of the Week for Division III Men by the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Kelly, who joined the Profs after transferring from NCAA Division I Stony Brook, captured the individual title at the Salisbury University Fall Classic two weeks ago in his Rowan debut. The junior covered the 8k tract in 25:07.0, despite needing to backtrack halfway through the race when he realized the chase group wasn't behind him.

    POLLS

    5. Who's Number One?


    The first regular-season polls from the American Volleyball Coaches Association and the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association are now available.

    VOLLEYBALL
    1. Johns Hopkins
    2. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
    3. Trinity, Texas
    4. Colorado College
    5. Emory
    6. Calvin
    7. Berry
    8. Ohio Northern
    9. Hope
    10. Mary Hardin-Baylor
    >> Who's New?: Wartburg, Southwestern

    Matches We're Watching
    • #3 Trinity, Texas at #18 Northwestern (Fri.)
    • #4 Colorado College at #1 Johns Hopkins (Sat.)
    • #25 Concordia, Wis. at #11 Wisconsin-Whitewater (Sat.)
    • #19 Washington, Mo. at #13 Chicago (Sun.)
    >> Complete Poll

    CROSS COUNTRY (W)
    1. Johns Hopkins
    2. Washington, Mo.
    3. Wartburg
    4. Chicago
    5. Tufts
    6. MIT
    7. Dickinson
    8. Amherst
    9. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
    10. Middlebury
    >> Complete Poll

    CROSS COUNTRY (M)
    1. Wartburg
    2. Williams
    3. Geneseo
    4. Pomona-Pitzer
    5. Washington, Mo.
    6. MIT
    7. Wisconsin-La Crosse
    8. Johns Hopkins
    9. Calvin
    10. Lynchburg
    >> Complete Poll
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    6.  Comings and Goings
     
    1 THING

    7. Goal of the Day

     


     

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