Friday, October 29, 2021

Council Supports Proposals


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1. Council Supports Proposals


The N.C.A.A. Says It's Working to Change. Next Year, at the Soonest. - The  New York Times  
by Jeremy Villanueva, NCAA  |  photo by Aaron M. Sprecher, Associated Press

"The Division III Presidents Council supported three membership-sponsored legislative proposals Wednesday in preparation for the 2022 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis. 

Division III member schools with Division I sports could soon apply all Division I legislation, including Bylaw 15 (financial aid), to their Division I sports. The Presidents Council supported the proposal that would provide consistent framework to the 2% of Division III schools sponsoring a Division I sport. Currently 10 schools in the division sponsor a sport in Division I, with five of them able to offer athletics aid dating back to a waiver granted in 2004.

The council also backed a proposal that specifies only competition would trigger the use of a season. If adopted, student-athletes would be provided flexibility to maximize seasons of participation. A student-athlete would only be charged with a season of eligibility if the student-athlete competes at any point during the traditional season.

A proposal to use the NCAA Eligibility Center in certifying the amateur status of international student-athletes to provide more consistency and efficiency to the certification process was supported, as well."

>> Gender Equity Report: "The Presidents Council heard from Kaplan, Hecker & Fink on its second gender equity report, which was released Tuesday at the Board of Governors meeting. The second phase of the review looked at the equity of all NCAA championships (except basketball). The report noted the student-athlete experiences in Division III championships were overall more equitable than other NCAA championships, but some disparities existed concerning the venues for final rounds of the tournaments."

>> Constitution Committee: "The Presidents Council approved a recommendation to establish the legislative timeline for divisional constitutional provisions after the NCAA Special Convention on Nov. 15."

>> Next Up: "Troy Hammond, president at North Central (Illinois), was selected as the next chair of the council while Jim Schmidt, chancellor at Wisconsin-Eau Claire, was voted in as the next vice chair."

>> Continue Reading


2.  Harrier Hopefuls

DIII North Central College Is The Ultimate NCAA Cross Country Dynasty -  FloTrack

har·​ri·​er  |  a runner on a cross-country team.

It's Conference Championship Weekend for Division III cross country. Here are the longest consecutive conference winning streaks that teams are looking to extend ... or end.

Cross country is not an automatic qualifier sport ... teams meet at NCAA regional qualifiers in two weeks.

Men's Consecutive Winning Streaks
46 - North Central, CCIW
30 - Calvin, MIAA
6 - Elizabethtown, Landmark
6 - Geneseo, SUNYAC
5 - Washington and Lee, ODAC
5 - Greenville, SLIAC

Women's Consecutive Winning Streaks
12 - Johns Hopkins, Centennial
10 - Claremont-M-S, SCIAC
9 - Geneseo, SUNYAC
6 - Hunter, CUNYAC
6 - Elizabethtown, Landmark
6 - Washington, Mo., UAA

>> Championship Weekend Preview
>> Championship Meet Information

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3. Administrators Are Not The Enemy

by Brian Rosenberg, President Emeritus, Macalester College

"It appears at times as if the condescension of some faculty members toward the administrative staff of a college or university — a group that by definition includes everyone from the president to the most newly hired admissions officer — is nearly limitless. In a recent article in Inside Higher Ed, administrators are characterized as both autocrats and “widget makers.” The authors of another recent piece, in The Chronicle, opine that “the authority of academic administrators is only solid to the extent that they themselves are credible practitioners of the scholarly life”: that is, unless one is or has been a faculty member, one has no right to tell faculty members what they should or should not do.

No nonfaculty employee at any college campus in the United States will be surprised in the least by these observations, which may be especially blunt but are by no means unusual. One of the many unexamined but implicitly acknowledged truths on these campuses is that they are — despite the rhetoric of equity and inclusivity — deeply hierarchical. Or, to cite again the same piece in The Chronicle, “Traditionally, authority in the academy has been hierarchical and related to assigned functions, the most important of which is faculty teaching.”

>> Court Awareness: "Universities are built around the primacy of expertise. Everything from the organization of academic departments to the most common forms of pedagogy rests on the assumption that in order to do a job well, one needs an appropriate level of training, knowledge, and experience. Yet the definition of expertise is for many very narrow: Expertise in an academic discipline — traditionally defined through the possession of a Ph.D. or its equivalent and through the production of scholarship — is legitimate and provable. Expertise in other areas without which the university could not function is at best less important and at worst nonexistent."

>> Truth: "The truth is that being a mental-health counselor or a residential-life director or a financial-aid officer — or a college president — is different from being a faculty member but not necessarily (or even typically) easier or less dependent upon the expertise that comes with training and experience. When people who hold those positions hear and read regularly — and if they read the academic press, they do read this regularly — that they are not only unimportant but actually impediments to the “real” work of the university, it makes their already challenging jobs even more difficult."

>> The Final Word: "Here is an idea: The next time a student overdoses in a residence hall, call a faculty member; the next time a family pleads for more financial aid, call a faculty member; the next time an institution has to figure out a way to navigate safely through a global pandemic, call a faculty member. They are, after all, the experts."

>> An Entertaining Read

4. Undefeated, Untied

There are 26 undefeated and untied field hockey, football, soccer and volleyball teams in Division III entering the weekend, according to NCAA statistics.

Field Hockey (4): Johns Hopkins, Middlebury, Washington and Lee, Wilson

Football (19): Birmingham-Southern, Central, Cortland, Delaware Valley, Ithaca, Lake Forest, Linfield, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Merchant Marine, Mount Union, North Central (Ill.), Saint John's, Susquehanna, Trinity (Conn.), Trinity (Texas), Union, Wesleyan (Conn.), Williams, Wisconsin-Whitewater

Women's Soccer (1): Scranton

Volleyball (2): Johns Hopkins, Wartburg


5.  Weekend Spotlight

Women's Soccer Opens Season with 3-1 Victory at Fontbonne
Jess Shapiro, Washington U.

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

Field Hockey

  • No. 18 Vassar (11-5) vs. No. 19 New Paltz (13-2)
  • No. 17 Haverford (13-3) vs. Swarthmore (11-5)
  • York, Pa. (14-3) vs. Christopher Newport (10-4)
  • Shenandoah (13-2) vs. Lynchburg (12-5)
  • Wilson (15-0) vs. Keystone (12-5)


  • No. 18 Susquehanna (7-0) at No. 20 Johns Hopkins (6-1)
  • No. 8 Hardin-Simmons (6-1) at Howard Payne (6-1)
  • No. 12 Union (7-0) vs. Hobart (6-1)
  • No. 15 Ithaca (7-0) at RPI (6-1)
  • No. 24 Washington & Jefferson (6-1) at Grove City (6-1)

Ice Hockey (M)

  • Adrian vs. Utica
  • UW-Stevens Point vs. Lake Forest

Soccer (M)

  • No. 23 Johns Hopkins (11-2-2) at No. 16 Franklin & Marshall (13-2-1)
  • No. 3 Trinity, Texas (14-0-1) at Colorado College (10-3-1)
  • No. 13 Emory (8-1-4) at No. 15 NYU (9-3-1)
  • Concordia, Texas (9-3-3) at Mary Hardin-Baylor (11-3)
  • Whitman (11-4) at Willamette (10-3-1)
  • Wilmington (12-1-3) at John Carroll (9-3-4)

Soccer (W)

  • No. 3 Washington, Mo. (12-0-1) at No. 11 Case Western Reserve (12-1-1)
  • No. 2 Johns Hopkins (13-0-2) at Franklin & Marshall (11-2-2)
  • No. 24 Western Connecticut (15-1) at Southern Maine (11-2-3)
  • Connecticut College (9-3-3) at Middlebury (11-3-1)
  • Capital (8-6-2) at Otterbein (13-2)
  • Virginia Wesleyan (10-5-1) at Bridgewater (14-1-2)
  • No. 4 Calvin (23-2) at No. 6 Hope (19-2)
  • No. 11 Emory (19-3) vs. No. 14 Berry (18-2)
  • No. 9 Juniata (21-1) vs. Scranton (23-5)
  • Washington and Lee (21-5) at Berry (18-2)
  • Susquehanna (20-5) at Elizabethtown (20-6)
  • Mount Union (19-5) at Ohio Northern (18-5)
  • Williams (12-3) at Amherst (13-3)

6.  Comings and Goings

7.  Best Play You'll See Today

    High school defensive end Wakeem Page of Cathedral Prep (Pa.) last Friday made one of the most unbelievable plays you'll ever see.

    • Channeling his inner Troy Polamalu, Page timed the snap perfectly to intercept a backfield pitch, returning it for an easy score.

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    Thursday, October 28, 2021

    King Named Campbell Finalist


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    1. King Named Campbell Finalist

    Joshua King Campbell Trophy Finalist

    "The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the finalists for the 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy®, college football's premier scholar-athlete award that annually recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership. The 13 finalists will each receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2021 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments.

    Selected from an impressive list of 176 semifinalists nationwide from among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA, the 13 finalists includes:

    • Joshua King, LB - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy [NY] (3.73 GPA - Marine Engineering)
    Submitted by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the Campbell Trophy® must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

    Maintaining an outstanding 3.73 GPA, King will graduate in June 2022 with a degree in marine engineering and shipyard management. He has earned high honors on the Dean's List every trimester of college.
    This season, King is second on the Mariners with 44 tackles and third on the team with 5.5 tackles for loss while also adding 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. The team captain has guided USMMA to a 7-0 start and the top spot in the NEWMAC standings.

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    2. History-Making Matchup

    by Jeff Day, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

    "It's just a two-mile journey down Snelling Ave. from Hamline to Macalester, but on Saturday night in St. Paul that short distance will bridge a historic gap for collegiate athletics in Minnesota.

    When Hamline head football coach Chip Taylor takes the sideline across from Macalester interim head coach KiJuan Ware, it will mark the first time in the over 100-year history of the MIAC that two Black head coaches have faced each other, in any sport.

    It draws attention to two career coaches who never want the focus on themselves.

    "It will be something that I won't think about it on Saturday night," Taylor said. "But maybe 10, 15 years, you go, 'Wow that was a big deal.' "

    >> Situational Awareness: "Taylor took over as head coach of Hamline in 2016 and said diverse representation in the university's leadership could not be ignored when it came to getting hired. For Ware, who became interim head coach at Macalester in June, his journey to this position was born of an endless determination to achieve a dream."

    >> Worth Noting: "One of the challenges for conferences and member institutions is finding a way to celebrate these monumental moments — like Taylor and Ware facing off — while also acknowledging the shortcomings that created the moment."

    >> Quotable: "You have to be qualified. And to take it a step further, you have to have people in position to hire you," Taylor said. "Representation, I think, matters. We have a Black female president [Fayneese Miller] and I have a Hispanic AD [Jason Verdugo]. Those are unique people in positions that when guys like myself or coach Ware are qualified for a job, then we can get those opportunities."

    >> Of Note: The (Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic) conference is looking at success it had in increasing female coaching hires as a model. When it came to balancing gender hires, the conference rose from 38.1% female head coaches in 2013-2014 to 47.2% in 2020-2021, according to the University of Minnesota's Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport."

    >> Continue Reading


    3.  About Last Night

    • Volleyball: Denison (19-5) ended Wittenberg's 14-year run as regular-season NCAC champions with a five-set triumph against the Tigers (17-7). Lucy Anderson had 18 kills and 10 blocks for the Big Red.

      Top-ranked Johns Hopkins made history by winning its 61st consecutive match with a three-set triumph against Washington College. The old Division III record for longest unbeaten streak was 60 set by Central (1998-2000).
    • Soccer (W): No. 3 Christopher Newport (13-0-1) took its first blemish of the season as Mary Washington (4-7-2) battled the Captains to a 1-1 draw. CNU outshot UMW, 36-12, but Allison Nork made 14 saves for the Eagles.
    • Soccer (M)Jonah Dias scored his second goal of the match in the 109' to give Rutgers-Newark (12-4-3) a 3-2 overtime win at No. 5 Montclair State (16-2-1). 
    • Field HockeyBailey Prete scored the game-winning goal late in the second period as No. 8 Bowdoin (12-3) downed No. 3 Tufts (12-3), 3-1.

    4.  Players of the Week

    Hannah Roth

    Cross Country

    Field Hockey




    5.   Regional Rankings (in order)

    The second weekly regional rankings were released Wednesday. Here are the top two teams in each sport for each region.

    Field Hockey

    I. Babson, U. of New England
    II. Middlebury, Tufts
    III. New Paltz, Cortland
    IV. Rowan, Kean
    V. Johns Hopkins, Susquehanna
    VI. Washington and Lee, Christopher Newport

    >> Complete List

    Soccer (W)

    I. Wesleyan, Hamilton
    II. MIT, Brandeis
    III. William Smith, RIT
    IV. Misericordia, TCNJ
    V. Scranton, Johns Hopkins
    VI. Christopher Newport, Centre
    VII.Case Western Reserve, Carnegie Mellon
    VIII. Washington (Mo.), Chicago
    IX. Loras, St. Catherine
    X. Trinity (Texas), Southwestern

    >> Complete List

    Soccer (M)

    I. Amherst, Tufts
    II. MIT, Coast Guard
    III. Cortland, Rochester
    IV. Montclair State, NYU
    V. Messiah, Johns Hopkins
    VI. Washington and Lee, Emory
    VII. Ohio Wesleyan, Otterbein
    VIII. Chicago, Washington (Mo.)
    IX. St.Olaf, Gustavus Adolphus
    X. Trinity (Texas), Mary Hardin-Baylor

    >> Complete List

    Volleyball (W)

    I. Wesleyan, Tufts
    II. MIT, Springfield
    III. RIT, Cortland
    IV. NYU, Stevens
    V. Johns Hopkins, Juniata
    VI. Emory, Berry
    VII. Calvin, Hope
    VIII. UW-Eau Claire, UW-Whitewater
    IX. Wartburg, Northwestern
    X. Claremont-M-S, Trinity (Texas)

    >> Complete List

    6.  Comings and Goings
    1 THING

    7.  Top 10 Halloween Costumes

    10 most popular Halloween costumes this year, via Google's fun FrightGeist tracker (tip of the cape to USA Today):

    • Witch
    • Rabbit
    • Dinosaur
    • Spider-Man
    • Cruella de Vil
    • Fairy
    • Harley Quinn
    • Cowboy
    • Clown
    • Chucky

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    Wednesday, October 27, 2021

    Board of Governors Recap


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    1. Board of Governors Recap

    NCAA will wait before potentially moving March Madness out of Idaho -  Outsports
    by Michelle Brutlag Hosick, NCAA

    "The NCAA Board of Governors at its quarterly meeting Tuesday discussed two important issues shaping college sports: the work of the Constitution Committee and the independent gender equity review of NCAA championships. The board also named a new vice chair. 

    The Constitution Committee provided an update on its work, with initial concepts of a new NCAA constitution expected to be delivered to member schools and conferences by Nov. 8. A Special Convention will be held virtually Nov. 15 and will provide members an opportunity to share feedback. Board of Governors chair Jack DeGioia, president at Georgetown, and NCAA President Mark Emmert recently outlined a timeline of events required for the Association to transform its governance.

    A new constitution is the first step in the process and will provide divisions the flexibility they need to act on the second step, which will require that each division review and update its rules to ensure that changes are consistent with the principles agreed upon in the new constitution.

    The board received the second report from Kaplan, Hecker & Fink's independent gender equity review. The first report focused on men's and women's basketball, while the second covers equity at all remaining NCAA championships."

    >> What They're Saying: "It's important all member schools and conferences understand the two steps required to bring the transformational change the Board of Governors envisioned when it initially called for next month's Special Convention," DeGioia said. "A new constitution, the critical first step, should provide greater autonomy for each division to update their rules in the second step to better support the needs of student-athletes."

    >> Of Note: "The (gender equity) report identified important recommendations, which we will prioritize and sequence so they can be implemented for impactful change. These changes may require altering budgets and business models while evaluating the balance between resources devoted to championships that produce revenue and resources for those that do not." - NCAA Board of Governors statement

    >> Read More


    2. Numbers Still Falling

    Where have all the students gone?: Western Pa. colleges struggle with  declining enrollment |
    by Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed  |  photo: Kristina Serafini, Tribune-Review

    "The post-pandemic enrollment rebound everyone wished for has not come to pass.

    College and university enrollments are still on the decline for most institutions, early data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show. Undergraduate enrollment across the board fell by 3.2 percent this fall, echoing last fall’s 3.4 percent decline. Since fall 2019, undergraduate enrollments have dropped by 6.5 percent.

    The top-line findings paint a bleak picture for higher education’s recovery.

    "Students still have not returned to college at the rate they left, and it will likely take years of work to bring them back into the fold," said Doug Shapiro, vice president of research and executive director of the research center.

    >> Point: "A closer look at the data shows a more varied picture. Wealthy and prestigious institutions -- public and private -- have nearly recovered whatever enrollments they lost last fall. In fact, selective institutions saw enrollment gains this fall. Highly selective private, nonprofit institutions saw an 11.7 percent increase in freshman enrollments this fall, compared with an 8.7 percent decline last fall."

    >> Counterpoint: Public four-year enrollment has fallen 2.3 percent this year compared to 0.8 a year ago.

    >> Worth Noting: “A lot of those freshmen who didn’t show up last year -- they haven’t come back yet,” Shapiro said. “The longer students are away from school, the harder and harder it becomes for them to come back. It may well be that a majority of them might not ever make it back, and that’s very much a concern.”

    >> Continue Reading

    SOCCER (W)

    3.  Jersey Devils 

    United Soccer Coaches /

    1/1. TCNJ, 14-0-1
    2/2. Johns Hopkins, 12-0-2
    3/4. Washington, Mo., 13-0-1
    4/3. Christopher Newport, 13-0
    5/5. William Smith, 13-1-1
    6/6. Misericordia, 14-1
    7/7. McDaniel, 14-1
    8/9. MIT, 16-1-1
    9/13. Loras, 15-0-1
    10/8. Messiah, 12-2-1
    12/10. Chicago, 12-1-2

    >> USC Poll  |  D3soccer Poll

    >> Also Unbeaten: Scranton (13-0), Puget Sound (14-0-2), Hanover (12-0-3)

    >> Flipside: There are 12 teams without a win and five without a result

    >> Non-Conference Records: NESCAC (43-4-5, 875), UAA (65-8-6, 861), Michigan (47-20-1, 699), Centennial (44-19-7, 664), WIAC (54-27-9, 650)
    SOCCER (M)

    4.   W&L, Messiah Share Top Spot 

    United Soccer Coaches /

    1/2. Washington and Lee, 12-0-2
    2/1. Messiah, 13-0-2
    3/4. Trinity (Texas), 14-0-1
    4/5. Tufts, 10-1-2
    5/7. Montclair State, 16-1-1
    6/RV. MIT, 13-2-1
    7/11. Washington, Mo., 9-2-1
    8/15. Otterbein, 12-0-3
    9/16. Cortland, 14-2-1
    10/18. St. Olaf, 14-1-1
    10/6. Amherst, 11-2-1
    13/8. Emory, 8-1-4
    18/9. Calvin, 14-2-2
    14/10. Chicago, 10-4-1

    >> USC Poll  |  D3soccer Poll
    >> Winless: There are seven winless programs in Division III and four without a win or draw 

    >> Non-Conference Records: NESCAC (48-11-1, 808), UAA (47-15-11, 719), NEWMAC (48-20-5, 692), Centennial (43-18-9, 679), MAC Commonwealth (48-25-11, 637)

      5.   Hop Tops 


      1. Johns Hopkins, 25-0
      2. Trinity, Texas, 26-2
      3. Claremont-M-S, 22-1
      4. Calvin, 24-2
      5. Wartburg, 24-0
      6. Hope, 20-3
      7. Colorado College, 24-3
      8. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 23-1
      9. Juniata, 23-1
      10. Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 25-3

      >> Four To Go: Johns Hopkins and Wartburg are two of the remaining four unbeatens in NCAA women's volleyball along with Louisville and Texas.

      >> Still Searching: There are eight winless programs in Division III

      >> Non-Conference Records: NEWMAC (120-37, 764), SCAC (84-30, 737), WIAC (122-44, 735), NESCAC (85-34, 714), SAA (44-22, 667)

        6.   NESCAC Places Five in Top 10  


        1. Middlebury, 14-0
        2. Johns Hopkins, 15-0
        3. Tufts, 12-2
        4. Babson, 15-1
        5. Kean, 16-1
        6. Rowan, 12-2
        7. Amherst, 11-3
        8. Bowdoin, 11-3
        9. Messiah, 13-2
        10. Williams, 11-3
        >> Also Perfect: Washington and Lee (13-0), Wilson (15-0)

        >> Looking for #1: There are six teams without a win this fall.

        >> Non-Conference Records: NESCAC (47-5, 904), NJAC (52-16, 765), Centennial (47-24, 662), C2C (24-14, 632), Liberty (46-27, 630)

        >> Complete Poll

        7.  Comings and Goings
        1 THING

        8.  La Nina Winter Looms

        Data: NOAA; Map: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

        A second consecutive year of La NiƱa conditions favors a drier-than-average winter for much of the Southwest.

        • Foreshadowing: The ongoing atmospheric river event is delivering far less rain to Los Angeles and San Diego compared to San Francisco, Axios' Andrew Freedman reports.
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