Monday, October 11, 2021

Constitution Work Continues


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Constitution Work Continues

"NCAA Board of Governors chair Jack DeGioia and President Mark Emmert updated NCAA members Friday on the work of the Constitution Committee and the additional steps that will be required as the Association continues its efforts to transform its governance.

The vote on a new constitution at the 2022 Convention in Indianapolis in January is the first step in the process. A new constitution will provide divisions the flexibility they need to act on the second step, which will require that each division review the rules governing the division to ensure that changes are consistent with the principles agreed upon in the new constitution. The work of rewriting rules for each division must be completed by August 2022, in time for the start of the new academic year.

The second step will be the responsibility of the governance structures of each division. The Division I Board of Directors will oversee the rewriting of the rules governing Division I, and the Division II Presidents Council and the Division III Presidents Council will each have the responsibility for their respective divisions."

>> What's Next: "A Special Convention will be held virtually on Nov. 15. In the week prior to the convention, a draft of a proposed new constitution will be shared with the membership for review and consideration. The November convention will provide an opportunity to share feedback and to hear from others in the membership about their views on the draft."

>> To read DeGioia and Emmert's message in its entirety, click here. For more on the Constitution Committee, click here.

>> Go Deeper

"It's been a long
A long time coming
But I know a change gonna come
Oh, yes it will"

Sam Cooke
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2.  Back to the Future

A worker mows the grass at Rosenbloom Field at Grinnell College before an NCAA college football practice, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in Grinnell, Iowa. Football is back at Division III Grinnell College, and with a new coach, lots of new players and a new look, the program is on its way to thriving rather than just surviving as it has in the past. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
By Eric Olson, Associated Press / photo by Charlie Neibergall

"Football is back at Grinnell College. There’s a new coach and lots of new players.

The Division III Pioneers have traveled a long way in a short time.

Grinnell, which didn’t play in 2020 because of the pandemic, drew national attention in 2019 when players voted to shut down the season after three games. The 38-man roster had shrunk to 28 because of a run of injuries. Players believed it was unsafe to continue, but they also wanted to send a message.

“That decision was a call to action, and we owe a lot to the seniors in the class of 2020 because they sacrificed their senior season so this program might have a future,” senior tight end Nat Jordan said. “It was a protest to demand more support from the administration. And to their credit, President (Anne) Harris and the college administration have answered that call in a big way, and you’re seeing the results right now.”

>> Situational Awareness: "Football at the small liberal arts school dates to 1889, beginning with a 24-0 win over the University of Iowa in the first college game played west of the Mississippi River. That might have been the high point. The Pioneers have finished with winning records in only 38 of 130 seasons (no games in 1943-44), just four in the last 50 years. The future of the program was in doubt in 2019 when the Pioneers were outscored 114-3 in three games before they called it a year."

>> Investments: "The number of full-time coaches has gone from three to four, the locker room was refurbished and new uniforms were purchased. The team has built a greater social media presence and its branding has been updated. Two busses now transport the team to away games rather than one."

>> Payoff: "The joy is back this fall, never more than when the Pioneers beat Lawrence University 35-28 in overtime on Sept. 18 for its first conference win since 2014. As the game progressed, word spread around campus that a win could be brewing, and more and more fans showed up. When Grinnell’s defense kept Lawrence out of the end zone to secure the victory, the school’s baseball team came running down the grass bank in the south end zone to lead a storming of the field."

>> What They're Saying: “When we won our first home game, we had students on the hill, we had students in the stands, we had students everywhere,” Harris said, “and it really did feel like community coming together."

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3. Golf Glory

Vikings capture first UMAC men's golf title since 2013  Northwestern wins wire-to-wire UMAC Women's Golf Championship by one stroke

Upper Midwest Athletic Conference


Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
  • Rose-Hulman set a tournament record in winning the HCAC women's title for the third straight year. The Fightin' Engineers registered a 54-hole team total of 947. Rachel Zhang took the medalist honors (227) which featured a second-round score of 69, setting a HCAC Championship record. 

North Atlantic Championship

The Warhawks have now won five straight WIAC championships and seven in the program's history. (Photo by Steve Frommell)

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Little East Conference
The American Rivers and St. Louis Intercollegiate women's championships wrap up today.

4. About Last Weekend

Photo by Carlos Barron.
photo by Carlos Barron

Soccer (W)

Field Hockey


Soccer (M)

Volleyball (W)

Scoreboards -  XC  |  FHK  |  FB  |  MSOC  |  WSOC  |  VB

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