Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Essential Business


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III
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1. Essential Business

FOS College: Small Schools' NIL Reality - Front Office Sports
by Sara Germano, Financial Times
photo: Concordia University Chicago Athletics/Design: Alex Brooks


"In the autumn of 2019, Bo Nix set scoring and passing records as the starting quarterback for Auburn University. He led the American football team to nine wins and helped drive more than $97m in revenues to the prestigious college football programme, but Nix, then 19, earned nothing for his efforts.

For nearly a century, as US college sports ballooned into a more than $14bn industry, student athletes have been forbidden from receiving any pay for their performances or for rights to their name, image, and likeness, or NIL, as the National Collegiate Athletic Association payment policy is known. The governing body has long argued that paying players beyond tuition scholarships would take the emphasis away from education, and make sports for undergraduate university students indistinguishable from professional leagues.

But this year the NCAA, defenders of some of the most steadfast amateurism rules remaining in sport, in effect threw open the floodgates. Under pressure from imminent changes to state laws that from July 1 would have explicitly given student athletes the right to payment, and a landmark Supreme Court ruling which blasted the NCAA’s business model as “flatly illegal”, the Indianapolis-based organisation voted to suspend enforcement of the NIL policy entirely.

The result is a dealmaking free-for-all between college stars such as Nix, who now has his own lawyer to vet deals, sponsors and an emerging cottage industry catering to the new marketplace. Confusion remains, however, as to how a thickening patchwork of state laws and possible federal legislation will regulate this fledgling image rights market for college athletes."

>> Quotable: “It’s clear that the status quo in college sports is not going to hold,” says Amy Privette Perko, chief executive of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, an advocacy group which has long argued that athletes should be compensated beyond being given scholarships and having the costs of attending university covered."

>> Quotable II: "But, given the traditions around one of the most treasured facets of American culture, “no one wants to be held responsible for ruining college sports”, says Victoria Jackson, a former college athlete and sports historian at Arizona State University, who is critical of the NCAA for not creating a sensible NIL framework earlier."

>> What's Next: "The bigger question for the college sports industry is whether and when there will be some form of overarching regulation, either by the NCAA or by Congress."

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2. Membership Committee Recap

Could the conference automatic qualification drop from seven to six teams? The NCAA Division III Membership Committee met via videoconference on September 16 and discussed this proposal and others ahead of the Management Council meeting on October 18-19. 

  • Selection of Teams and Individuals for Championships Participation – Reduce the Conference Automatic Qualification Minimum to Six Institutions. The committee recommends that Management Council support the proposal, noting that the reduction in the automatic qualification minimum could provide more conference stability. The committee also noted that lowering the automatic qualification minimum could allow for more meaningful experiences at the national championship level for student-athletes in sports that are less broadly sponsored.
  • Single-Sport Conference – Reduce Number of Member Institutions. The committee recommends that Management Council support the proposal, noting that reducing the number of institutions needed to form a single sport conference would help ensure that a single sport conference does not have to satisfy a higher standard to form a signal sport conference than it does to earn an automatic qualification.
  • Sport Classified in Division I – Applying Division I Financial Aid Legislation. The committee recommends that Management Council take no position on the proposal, noting that while the principle of competitive equity is core to the NCAA as a whole, the issue of financial aid is a core tenet of the Division III philosophy. The committee further noted that taking a position on this proposal that is integral to the Division III philosophy may influence the vote of the Division III membership instead of encouraging each voting member to evaluate the merits of the proposal on its own and come to its own conclusion.
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3.  The Pride of the Purple

Breaking: The Comets are named Capital's new mascot | The Chimes

"Over the past several months, our CapFam has been on a mission to choose a new champion to represent the school, our students, athletic teams, and the entire campus community. Out of all the ideas submitted for consideration, one outshined all the rest. We are proud to announce and become the CAPITAL COMETS!

The selection and symbolism of the Comet logo represent many of the values and distinctions of Capital University. As the oldest university in central Ohio, the logo pays homage to the capital city where our campuses reside. The two stars represent our Bexley and downtown locations and the double “C” calls attention to our new identity as the Capital Comets. And like the brilliant comets found in our solar system, the Comet symbol will remind us of the opportunities we have to shine, blaze new trails, discover our potential and move forward in confidence."

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4.   Still The Ones

Selena Esten Earns NACC Player of the Week Honors
Selena Esten, Concordia (Wis.)

TCNJ and W&L remain atop the weekly soccer rankings this week from the United Soccer Coaches and

Women (United Soccer Coaches)

  1. TCNJ, 9-0
  2. Johns Hopkins, 7-0-1
  3. Washington, Mo., 9-0-1
  4. Christopher Newport, 9-0
  5. MIT, 11-0-1
  6. William Smith, 8-1-1
  7. Chicago, 9-0-1
  8. Trinity, Texas, 8-0-1
  9. McDaniel, 10-0
  10. Case Western Reserve, 9-0
Women (
  1. TCNJ, 9-0
  2. Christopher Newport, 9-0
  3. Johns Hopkins, 7-0-1
  4. Chicago, 9-0-1
  5. MIT, 11-0-1
  6. Washington (Mo.), 8-0-1
  7. William Smith, 8-1-1
  8. Trinity (Texas), 8-0-1
  9. McDaniel, 10-0
  10. Misericordia, 9-1
>> Complete Poll

>> Goal Scoring LeadersMyah Croze (Western Connecticut) 16; Selena Esten (Concordia, Wis.) 15; Delaney Parker (Westfield State) 15

>> Matches We're Watching This Week
  • Johns Hopkins (7-0-1) at Gettysburg (6-1), Wed.
  • Franklin & Marshall (8-0-1) at McDaniel (10-0), Wed.
  • Amherst (7-1-1) at Wesleyan (6-0), Sat.
  • Loras (10-0-1) at Central (7-2), Sat.
Men (United Soccer Coaches)
  1. Washington and Lee, 8-0-1
  2. Trinity (Texas), 9-0
  3. Tufts, 8-0-1
  4. Ohio Wesleyan, 8-0-2
  5. Oneonta, 8-0-1
  6. Johns Hopkins, 7-0-2
  7. Messiah (tie), 7-0-2
  8. NYU (tie), 7-1-1
  9. Washington (Mo.), 7-1
  10. Cortland, 10-2-1
>> Complete Poll

Men (
  1. Washington and Lee, 8-0-1
  2. Tufts, 8-0-1
  3. Messiah, 7-0-2
  4. Ohio Wesleyan, 8-0-2
  5. Trinity (Texas), 9-0
  6. NYU, 7-1-1
  7. Oneonta. 8-0-1
  8. Amherst, 8-1
  9. Montclair State, 10-1-1
  10. Johns Hopkins, 7-0-2

>> Goal Scoring LeadersDeante Anderson (Saint Joseph, Conn.) 13; Chase Rider (Pitt-Bradford) 12

>> What We're Watching This Weekend
  • Lebanon Valley (8-1) at Messiah (7-0-2)
  • Carnegie Mellon (6-1-3) at NYU (7-1-1)
  • New Paltz (9-2) at Oneonta (8-0-1)
  • Tufts (8-0-1) at Middlebury (6-2), Sun.
  • Emory (6-1-2) at Washington, Mo. (7-1), Sun.

5.   Beavers on the Move

Game Preview: No. 13 Field Hockey vs. WPI
Lauren Curley, Babson / photo by Jon Endow

Babson made the biggest leap in this week's National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, moving seven spots into the No. 6 position.

  1. Middlebury, 10-0
  2. Johns Hopkins, 10-0
  3. Kean, 12-0
  4. Tufts, 6-1
  5. Trinity, Conn., 8-1
  6. Babson, 8-1
  7. Messiah, 8-2
  8. Amherst (tie), 7-2
  9. Williams (tie), 8-2
  10. Ursinus, 7-2
>> Undefeated: There are seven unbeaten teams in Division III entering the week - Middlebury, Hopkins, Kean, Washington and Lee, Cortland, Scranton and Wilson

>> Goal Scoring LeadersVictoria Docherty (Ramapo) 18; Jillian Miele (Johnson and Wales) 17

>> Matches to Watch
  • No. 10 Ursinus (7-2) at No. 2 Johns Hopkins (10-0), Sat.
  • No. 3 Kean (13-0) at No. 12 Rowan (7-2), Sat.
  • No. 16 Cortland (10-0) at New Paltz (7-2), Sat.
  • No. 4 Tufts (6-1) at No. 1 Middlebury (10-0), Sun.
>> Complete Poll

6.  Comings and Goings

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