Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Committee Delivers Draft Constitution


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1. Committee Delivers Draft Constitution

NCAA streamlines constitution, set to give power to schools | www.WDIO.com

"The NCAA Constitution Committee today shared its draft constitution with NCAA member schools and conferences. The draft provides significant authority to the divisions, giving each the ability to reorganize and restructure itself.

NCAA members will meet virtually at a Special Convention on Nov. 15 to discuss their feedback on the draft constitution. The Constitution Committee will provide its final recommendations to the Board of Governors by Dec. 15. A new constitution will be voted on at the 2022 NCAA Convention in January. In the months after the 2022 Convention, each division will adopt additional changes to be effective Aug. 1 for the following school year, with more expected after that date."

>> Quick Look: "It embraces athlete compensation (name, image and likeness), remakes the Board of Governors and gives athletes a larger role in decision-making, among other things. To the casual fan, these are uninteresting matters. To school administrators, these are significant changes that will lead to even more significant, and interesting, changes to the Division I structure." - Ross Dellenger, Sports Illustrated

>> The Key Stat: "Divisions II and III will still get their revenue cuts (produced by Division I), according to the proposed draft. The two lower divisions share a combined 8% of the revenue, which is a prickly issue with some in D-I, since D-II and D-III don’t generate revenue for the pot. Why cut them in? Because in order for a new constitution to be passed, two-thirds of the membership must vote to approve it. This is a bargaining chip from Division I. Here’s your money, now vote to let us have more powers." - Dellenger

>> Yes, But: "It allows each division to organize itself in a different way than previously done. That includes creating “subdivisions” or a “new division,” the constitution says. This is Step 2 of the process. After the constitution is approved in January, a separate working group will reorganize Division I to allow the money-making, blue-blood programs more power in making rules. FBS teams may split in some way while remaining under the NCAA umbrella."

>> Quotable: "Thanks to the feedback from member schools and conferences, advocacy groups, coaches and students, this process has been an example of how we can work together to modernize college sports and meet the needs of students engaged in intercollegiate athletics—today and for the future," Jack DeGioia, NCAA Board of Governors chair and Georgetown president, wrote in a memo to NCAA members."

>> Read NCAA Release
>> Read Sports Illustrated article
>> Read the Constitution draft


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2. Soccer Championship Fields

The NCAA announced its 64-team fields for the 2021 soccer championships yesterday. The first two rounds will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Host team in bold

Beloit at Washington (Mo.); Hanover vs. Dominican
UW-Superior at St. Catherine; UW-La Crosse vs. Wartburg
Fontbonne at Loras; Calvin vs. MSOE
Covenant at Centre; Emory vs. Wittenberg
Cabrini at Christopher Newport; F&M vs. Western Connecticut
Hardin-Simmons at Trinity (Texas); Pomona-Pitzer vs. Pacific Lutheran
Chatham at Case Western; Ohio Northern vs. Hope
Rhodes at Chicago; UW-Oshkosh vs. Wheaton (Ill.)

Nazareth at Scranton; Geneseo vs. Connecticut College
Westfield State at TCNJ; Messiah vs. Virginia Wesleyan
Bryn Athyn at Misericordia; Lynchburg vs. Middlebury
John Jay at William Smith; Hamilton vs. Johnson and Wales
Penn State Behrend at Wesleyan (Conn.); Ithaca vs. Stevens
Lesley at Amherst; Johns Hopkins vs. Gordon
Maine Maritime at MIT; Brandeis vs. Farmingdale State
Penn State Harrisburg at McDaniel; Carnegie Mellon vs. Trine

>> Printable Bracket

New England College at Tufts; Swarthmore vs. Stevens
Gordon at Montclair State; Washington College vs. St. Lawrence
Trinity (Texas) at Pacific Lutheran; Redlands vs. Concordia (Texas)
Salem State at Connecticut College; NYU vs. St. Joseph's (Maine)
Baruch at Washington and Lee; Denison vs. Covenant
Mount St. Vincent at Rowan; Christopher Newport vs. Eastern Connecticut
Mount Aloysius at Messiah; Kenyon vs. Catholic
Centre at Emory; Lynchburg vs. Hanover

UW-Superior vs. Washington (Mo.); Carleton at North Park
Dominican at St. Olaf; North Central (Ill.) vs. Loras
Chicago vs. Webster; Trine at Otterbein
Knox at Ohio Wesleyan; Rochester vs. Calvin
Amherst vs. Rosemont; Cabrini at Babson
Nazareth at Cortland; Gettysburg vs. Kean
SUNY Poly at Franklin & Marshall; Middlebury vs. Oneonta
Bethany at John Carroll; Johns Hopkins vs. Penn State Harrisburg

>> Printable Bracket


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    3.  Volleyball Championship Field


    The NCAA announced its 64-team fields for the 2021 women's volleyball championship yesterday. The first three rounds will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Host team in bold

    Eastern Nazarene at MIT; Haverford vs. Mass-Boston
    Susquehanna vs. Maine Maritime; Bowdoin vs. Johnson and Wales

    Framingham State at RIT; Wesleyan (Conn.) vs. Scranton
    Babson vs. Endicott; Juniata vs. Gallaudet

    Cabrini at Johns Hopkins; Rowan vs. Springfield
    Tufts vs. Eastern; Cortland vs. Merchant Marine

    Berry vs. Transylvania; Southwestern vs. Washington and Lee
    Christopher Newport vs. Texas-Dallas; Southern Virginia at Emory

    Penn State Behrend at Calvin; Wittenberg vs. St. John Fisher
    Otterbein vs. Westminster (Pa.); UW-Whitewater vs. Ithaca

    Greenville at UW-Eau Claire; Gustavus Adolphus vs. Chicago
    Northwestern vs. Illinois Wesleyan; Hope vs. Whitworth

    Cornell at Wartburg; Ohio Northern vs. Colorado College
    UW-Stevens Point vs. Bethel; Claremont-M-S vs. Aurora

    NYU vs. Brooklyn; Clarkson vs. Stevenson
    Middlebury vs. Stevens; Trinity (Texas) vs. Cedar Crest

    >> Printable Bracket

    4.  Preseason All-America

    The 2021-22 D3hoops.com preseason All-America men's basketball team was released recently. The team is chosen from previous years' All-American and All-Region nominations.

    First Team
    G-Buzz Anthony, Sr., Randolph-Macon
    G-Jack Nolan, Sr., Washington (Mo.)
    F-Josiah Johnson, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
    F-Ryan Turell, Sr., Yeshiva
    F-Luke Rogers, Sr., Tufts

    Second Team
    G-Donyae Baylor-Carroll, Sr., Penn State Harrisburg
    G-Nick Bowman, Sr., Trine
    F-Miles Mallory, Jr., Randolph-Macon
    F-Matt Leritz, Sr. Illinois Wesleyan
    F-Gabe Leifer, Sr., Yeshiva

    >> Complete Team


    5.  Morrisons Make $1M Gift to MIT

    Sherie and Don Morrison `61 recently donated $1,000,000 in support for the endowment of the director of track and field and cross country/track and field head coach position that will be named in honor of Halston Taylor, who is retiring from MIT after the 2021 cross country season.

    Coming to MIT in the fall of 1957, Morrison was a member of the MIT track and field team from 1958-1961 and still ranks among the program's all-time leaders in the long jump. In the spring of 2017, Sherie and Don had the newly-renovated outdoor track and field facility named in their honor after generously supporting that project as well.

    "As a freshman, the track meets and the close relationship I had with the head track coach Art Farnham gave me confidence and I survived my freshman year," said Don. "I eventually became a decent student, but my high quality of life at MIT was mostly due to Art and the track program. I had one year with legendary coach Oscar Hedlund, four years with Art. I also competed for two varsity seasons with Gordon Kelly and have kept in close touch with Halston Taylor during his four-plus decades at MIT. MIT in general and track in particular have been a huge part of any success that I have had. That is why my wife Sherie and I feel so good about our various gifts to MIT Track, including our recent $1,000,000 to help endow the head track coach position, along with the indoor jumping pit and the naming of the outdoor track."

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