Friday, December 17, 2021

BOG Accepts Final Recommendations


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. BOG Accepts Final Recommendations

United States Constitution

"The NCAA Board of Governors on Thursday unanimously agreed to accept the final recommendations from the Constitution Committee for a new constitution to govern college sports.

The foundational document was developed in coordination with feedback from NCAA members during several steps since the summer, including at November's Special Convention and through surveys and meetings over the past several months.

The entire membership will vote on the constitution Jan. 20 at the 2022 NCAA Convention. The formal legislative proposal will be shared with members Jan. 7."

>> New Concepts: "Similar to the first two drafts, this version of the constitution includes new concepts such as the number of Board of Governors members and student-athletes serving on all three presidential committees (Division I Board of Directors, Division II Presidents Council and Division III Presidents Council)."

>> Of Note: "It also codifies some existing priorities and principles into the constitution for the first time. It prohibits pay-for-play but embraces providing additional educational and other benefits, including those for name, image and likeness. It maintains existing revenue allocations and championship opportunities for each division, and each division would have oversight of its own budget, expenditures and distribution to its members."

>> Point: "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,"  - Georgetown president Jack DeGioia

>> Counterpoint: "What the NCAA is really saying as it changes its Constitution: “We have shown the NCAA can move quickly to steer the ship long after it hit the iceberg and dumped everyone in the water. Please join us in congratulating ourselves for our ineffectiveness.” - Jay Bilas

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2.  Hall of Fame Title Game


Here's what you need to know before Friday's Stagg Bowl in Canton
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor players warm up Wednesday during a practice at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton. | photo by Kevin Whitlock, Massillon Independent

The 2021 NCAA Division III football champion will be crowned tonight in Canton, Ohio, as reigning champ North Central (Ill.) squares off with Mary Hardin-Baylor. You can watch the game on ESPNU beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

No. 1 North Central (14-0) vs. No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (14-0)

  • Scoring Offense: NCC 54.8 (1), UMHB 48.3 (3)
  • Scoring Defense: NCC 11.2 (8), UMHB 9.0 (3)
  • Total Offense: NCC 559.2 (2), UMHB 471.3 (15)
  • Total Defense: NCC 235.0 (10), UMHB 233.4 (8)
  • Turnover Margin: NCC +3 (81), UMHB +12 (35)
  • Closest NCC Game: d. Wheaton 20-7; d. Mount Union 26-13
  • Closest UMHB Game: d. Hardin-Simmons 34-28
(#) NCAA Division III rank

Players to Watch
  • QB Luke Lehnen, NCC, 496 rush, 3082 pass, 32 TDs
  • RB Ethan Greenfield, NCC, 1672 rush, 23 TDs
  • WR Andrew Kamienski, NCC, 67 rec, 1150 yds, 11 TDs
  • DL Daniel Gilroy, NCC, 8.5 sacks
  • QB Kyle King, UMHB, 2246 pass, 32 TDs
  • RB Aphonso Thomas, UMHB, 1068 rush, 12 TDs
  • WR K.J. Miller, UMHB, 67 rec, 812 yds, 9 TDs
  • DB Keith Gipson, UMHB, 5 Int
>> UMHB Excited to Be Back
>> NCC Plug-and-Play Line Does Just Fine
>> What to Know About the Stagg Bowl
>> Five Thoughts About the Game

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3. Health and Safety Survey

The Sport Science Institute health and safety survey will again be sent to Division III athletics health care administrators in 2021-22.

The survey is designed to collect information on the administrative and organizational aspects of Division III sports medicine programs. Data from the survey will allow schools to assess how they compare with peer institutions on issues related to athletics health care delivery and administration. Last year, just over 50% of the membership participated in this voluntary survey.

The survey will be available to the Division III membership Dec. 9 through Jan. 21 and is to be completed by the institution’s athletics trainers/athletics health care administrators. The NCAA will make the aggregate and institutional survey data available through the Institutional Performance Program.


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4.  Weekend Preview

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

Basketball (M)

  • No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan at No. 15 Washington, Mo.
  • No. 10 Roanoke at Wartburg
  • No. 19 Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. LeTourneau
Basketball (W)
  • No. 1 Hope at No. 7 Trine
  • No. 3 John Carroll vs. Marietta

5.  Comings and Goings

6.  Feliz Navidad, Charlie Brown

"A Charlie Brown Christmas." Photo: ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

Few realize that "A Charlie Brown Christmas" has a Mexican American godfather, reports Axios' Russell Contreras.

  • Bill Melendez directed the CBS special when few Hispanics worked in the entertainment business.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" will air on most PBS stations on Dec. 19.

Photo: Ted Streshinsky/Corbis via Getty Images

Above: Melendez directs children recording the dialogue for "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" in 1967.

- courtesy of Axios
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