Monday, September 27, 2021

Constitution Committee Dives In


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Constitution Committee Dives In

by Charlie Henry, NCAA

"The NCAA Constitution Committee met again this week, discussing the survey results from the campus outreach that occurred last month. An executive summary and the full results are available on the committee's page.

"The Constitution Committee has been meeting for a month while engaging with colleagues through conversations, conducting a comprehensive survey, receiving presentations from segments of college athletics and studying the financial model," said Robert M. Gates, Constitution Committee chair and independent member of the NCAA Board of Governors. "As part of our existing governance model, changes must be made across the Association, which requires all three divisions to engage and participate."

"Successfully drafting a new constitution will unlock the ability of the three divisions — especially Division I — to make the changes required to not encounter these setbacks again and to continue governing itself," said Jack DeGioia, Board of Governors chair, Constitution Committee member and Georgetown president. "The passage of a new constitution in January 2022 sets the stage in the months to follow for the divisions to begin work on reimagining their own governance model, rules and standards."

For more on this week's meeting of the Constitution Committee, read the committee's statement.

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2. The Weekend Past


Field Hockey

  • Ashley Zigler scored a second-period goal as No. 13 Trinity (6-0) blanked No. 7 Williams (5-2), 1-0. The Bantams are off to their best start since 2009.
  • No. 15 Ursinus (5-2) put the wood to No. 8 Franklin & Marshall (4-3) with a 6-0 triumph. It was the second top-10 victory for the Bears in the week.
  • Scranton (7-0) may move into the top 20 after a 3-0 shutout of No. 17 Susquehanna (6-1). Katie Redding had a hat trick for the Royals.


Soccer (W)

  • No. 12 Misericordia (8-0) showed who the top dog is in the MAC with a 3-1 win at No. 5 Messiah (4-2-1). Michaela Fasolino (pictured) tallied twice for the Cougars.
  • Saint Mary's (7-0-1) got a pair of goals from Jordyn Matthews to topple St. Catherine (4-1-2), 2-1.
  • Megan Weber scored six goals as Keystone (1-3) defeated Valley Forge (0-5), 14-0. She becomes the 78th DIII player to achieve the feat.
Soccer (M)

Volleyball (W)

  • No. 3 Trinity, Texas (13-1) swept No. 4 Colorado College (13-2). Annie Rose Leggett had 15 kills for the Tigers.
  • No. 10 Wartburg (17-0) handed Gustavus Adolphus (13-4) a 3-1 defeat as Zaiah Quirk recorded 15 kills.
  • UW-Stevens Point (15-2) handed No. 14 Millikin (11-4) a 3-1 loss. Ashley Kopp put down 18 kills for the Pointers.
Scoreboards -  XC  |  FHK  |  FB  |  MSOC  |  WSOC  |  VB

3.  Good Works

Jaran Roste  Blackman

The annual Allstate AFCA Good Works Team was announced on Friday and two Division III football players were recognized.

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team was established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. 

Allstate is pledging $1 million to honor the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, as well as their non-profits of choice, for their remarkable commitment to community service. Made possible by new NCAA Name Image Likeness (NIL) rules, Allstate has an opportunity to financially empower athletes who serve their communities, opening the door to new possibilities for players and beyond.

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    5.  Comings and Goings
    1 THING

    6.  The Power of Sport

    by Tom Gillespie, Sky News

    "Fulham footballers players have been praised for creating "a beautiful moment in the beautiful game" after celebrating a goal with a disabled supporter who had been bullied online.

    Several of the London team's players ran over to Rhys Porter, who was sat in the front row of one the stands, after Aleksandar Mitrovic put Fulham in front in the second half.

    The 13-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, plays as a goalkeeper for the Feltham Bees disability team.

    After posting a video of himself saving a goal on the social media platform TikTok, Rhys received hundreds of abusive comments from other users.

    Fulham responded by making Rhys an honorary member of their team and listed him as a first team goalkeeper on their site."

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