Friday, December 3, 2021

From QB to Financial Adviser


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


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1. From QB to Financial Adviser

Blaine Hawkins - Football - Central College Athletics
by Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal

"Nobody else in college football is doing what Blaine Hawkins is doing right now. 

After 12 games, the fifth-year senior from Ankeny, Iowa, has thrown an astonishing 61 touchdown passes—a little more than five per game.

Five touchdown passes per game.

That’s like having a career game, every game.

Hawkins is doing this on the smaller stage of Central College, a Division III football power in Pella, Iowa. The 12-0 Dutch are currently in the DIII playoffs, set for a quarterfinal showdown on the road Saturday against Wisconsin-Whitewater."

>> Field Awareness: "Hawkins’s 61 is tied with Brett Elliott of Linfield for the all-time NCAA single-season record across all divisions. The 23-year-old Hawkins has thrown one more touchdown than Joe Burrow tossed in 15 games during his magical championship year at LSU. Hawkins has 21 more touchdown passes than Heisman Trophy contender Bryce Young of Alabama, who’s thrown 40 through 12 games."

>> Why It Matters: "There are no athletic scholarships in Division III, so Hawkins, who could have graduated last spring, is playing this record-setting run on his own dime. Hawkins decided to make his additional time on campus busier by adding a second major. He’ll graduate with a degree in business management and economics, and his plan after college isn’t to try to extend his football life, but to start on a path of becoming a financial adviser."

>> What They're Saying: “It’s a little different than guys at larger schools who have those nice scholarships,” he said. “But at the same time, I think it’s been a good investment for myself, and for the rest of my teammates who came back.”

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2.  Quarterfinal Preview

No. 15 Muhlenberg (11-1) at No. 4 Mount Union (12-0), 12:00 EST

  • Scoring Offense: Mount Union 48.8, Muhlenberg 38.1
  • Scoring Defense: Mount Union 10.5, Muhlenberg 11.1
  • Players to Watch: Braxton Plunk, Mount Union QB, 3,819 yds, 40 TDs. Michael Hnatkowsky, Muhlenberg QB, 3,582 yds, 44 TDs

No. 8 Central (12-0) at No. 3 UW-Whitewater (12-0), 1:00

  • Scoring Offense: Central 55.8, Whitewater 42.9
  • Scoring Defense: Central 18.0, Whitewater 10.5
  • Players to Watch: Blaine Hawkins, Central QB, 4,186 yds, 60 TD; Alex Peete, Whitewater RB, 1,222 yds, 22 TD

No. 18 RPI (11-1) at No. 1 North Central (12-0), 1:00

  • Scoring Offense: RPI 22.2, North Central 57.4
  • Scoring Defense: RPI 14.2, North Central 11.5
  • Players to Watch: George Marinopoulos, RPI QB, 2,280 yds, 28 TD; Ethan Greenfield, North Central RB, 1,339 yds, 21 TD

No. 7 Linfield (11-0) at No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (12-0), 1:00

  • Scoring Offense: Linfield 50.0, UMHB 50.2
  • Scoring Defense: Linfield 13.0, UMHB 7.9
  • Players to Watch: Wyatt Smith, Linfield QB, 3,316 yds, 40 TD; Aphonso Thomas, UMHB RB, 929 yds, 12 TD

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3. Championships Committee Recap

The NCAA Division III Championships Committee met via videoconference on October 28. 
  • The committee recommended that the NCAA Division III Strategic Planning and Finance Committee approve a one-time allocation of $19,972 to equitably align officiating fee structures for Division III championships in baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s volleyball.
  • The committee approved a recommendation from the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Committee to move the 2022 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship semifinal games from Friday, March 18, to Thursday, March 17. This one-time adjustment mitigates concerns related to scheduling this year due to multiple events occurring at the host location.
  • The committee approved a recommendation from the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committees that the Division III men’s and women’s tennis individual (singles and doubles) regions expand from four to eight to align with the team regions and accordingly adjust the process by which individuals are selected to the singles and doubles championship fields.
  • The committee noted that field hockey remains the only fall team sport that does not have a selection show/announcement streamed online. The committee asked staff to explore with the Division III Field Hockey Committee recommendations to produce a selection show in future years.
The following sport committee appointments were made, effective immediately.
  • Golf (M). Brian Bruha, head coach, Lake Forest
  • Wrestling. Josh Malave, head coach, Case Western Reserve
The committee will meet again on December 21.

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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. 3 Randolph-Macon vs. No. 9 Roanoke
  • No. 5 Wheaton (Ill.) vs. No. 7 Elmhurst
  • No. 8 UW-La Crosse vs. No. 10 UW-Oshkosh
  • No. 12 Mount Union vs. Heidelberg
  • No. 20 Washington (Mo.) vs. Hendrix
Basketball (W)
  • No. 4 Bowdoin vs. Colby
  • No. 9 East Texas Baptist vs. No. 10 Hardin-Simmons
  • No. 19 Scranton vs. No. 25 Catholic
Ice Hockey (M)
  • No. 3 Utica vs. No. 11 Wilkes
  • No. 6 Norwich vs. No. 9 Babson
  • No. 8 Endicott vs. No. 13 Curry
Ice Hockey (W)
  • No. 4 Plattsburgh State vs. SUNY Canton
  • Denison Invitational
  • Pioneer Classic

5.  Comings and Goings

6.  Funny Money

by Neil Gluckman, Chronicle of Higher Education


"Not long ago, for a dark sort of fun, Joy Blanchard, an associate professor of higher education at Louisiana State University, calculated the difference between her salary and that of her university’s head football coach at the time, Edward Orgeron.

Blanchard’s base salary is “in the neighborhood” of $80,000 per year, plus she teaches three classes more than her contract stipulates, earns a stipend for being a program leader, and has a side job teaching spin classes at the university’s recreation center. Orgeron made more than $9 million per year before leaving LSU this fall, according to USA Today. Blanchard wanted to know how long it would take him, at his salary, to earn her salary.

The answer? Just 2.6 days.

Aside from paying Blanchard’s annual salary many times over, here’s a few other things that $95 million would cover at LSU or Michigan State:

  • LSU could pay for 111 assistant-professor salaries every year for 10 years, according to its posted average pay for an assistant professor in the 2018-19 academic year.
  • Michigan State could pay off the student loans of 3,000 graduates, assuming those graduates had about $31,700 in loans at graduation, which the Lansing State Journal reported was the average for those who took out loans, as of the 2017-18 academic year.
  • LSU could give all of its graduate assistants a $50,000 bonus.
  • Michigan State could pay for well over a third of East Lansing’s residents to attend Lansing Community College for a year.
  • LSU could buy a chicken-finger sandwich combo from a Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers in Baton Rouge for every resident of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi."

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