Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The 3.18% Solution


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. The 3.18% Solution

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One of the most discussed topics among Division III administrators through the years has been the revenue allocation for the Division - 3.18 percent.

According to the NCAA Constitution - section - "members are guaranteed revenue through allocations made to each division from the Association's general operating revenue. Division II shall receive at least 4.37 percent of the Association's annual general operating revenue. Division III shall receive at least 3.18 percent of the Association's annual general operating revenue."

For 2021-22, that works out to $35.1 million for Division III and $53.3M for Division II. 

Approximately 75% of the Division III budget is devoted to supporting the division’s 28 national championships, providing postseason competition experiences to more than 18,000 student-athletes each year. The other 25% supports member schools and conferences through non-championship programming, educational resources and initiatives.

>> Court Awareness: Did you know that in 1996, Division III's allocation actually rose by 0.25 percent from 2.93 percent? The quarter-of-a-point raise was offered during the negotiations on federation.

>> Yes, But: "The likely intent of the legislation was to make clear to the rest of the membership that revenues earned by Division I would stay with Division I, and Division II and III should not expect support beyond the payment of expenses for their teams to participate in NCAA national championships and the benefits of limited association-wide programs, such as providing catastrophic insurance for all NCAA athletes."

- Gerald Gurney, Donna Lopiano, Andrew Zimbalist,
Unwinding Madness: What Went Wrong with College Sports
and How to Fix It, 2017

>> Large: Division III is home to more than 440 institutions and 195,000 student-athletes — the most in any division. In 1973, there were 268 members.

>> And In Charge?: Did you know that Divisions II and III have the votes to stop constitutional changes that Division I wants, as long as they remain together? According to the NCAA Constitution, "A dominant provision is a regulation that applies to all members of the Association and is of sufficient importance to the entire membership that it requires a two-thirds majority vote of all delegates present and voting in joint session at an annual or special Convention."

Translated, there are 350 schools in Division I, 309 in Division II and 443 in Division III for a total of 1,002 in the NCAA. It requires two-thirds or 735 votes if all delegates are present and vote at an annual Convention to adopt changes to a dominant provision.

>> What Do We Want?: Just like 25 years ago ... "Access to NCAA championships, continuation of catastrophic insurance coverage, continuation of per diem for championship participation, and continued participation in the governance of the NCAA, preferably as currently structured."

- John Galaris, AD, Salem State, 1994

>> The Fear: For as long as Division I has controlled the purse strings in the NCAA, Division III has feared that the Power Five would take its ball - and the March Madness revenue - and go home, leaving the division empty-handed. Since 1997 when federation took place, DIII has taken its piece of the pie that DI offers and has happily gone along with its voting support of DI actions.

>> Be Smart: Division III does not have to act like lemmings in this latest power play. Stand strong. Ask for what the Division needs ... not what you think the Power Five will allow. The time to act is upon us.

>> The latest Constitution draft


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2. Booster Requirements Growing

The list of Division III institutions that will require students and employees to have received a booster shot is at eight and growing.

Connecticut (1): Wesleyan
Maine (2): Bowdoin, U. of New England
Massachusetts (2): Emerson, Smith
Minnesota (2): Carleton, St. Olaf
Vermont (1): Middlebury

>> Complete Vaccination List

On the flip side, dozens of colleges are rolling back their Covid-19 vaccination mandates after a federal judge temporarily blocked the Biden administration’s order requiring the shots at all institutions that hold contracts with the federal government. There are no DIII institutions on the list.

>> List of Rollbacks


    3.  Pool Sharks


    The latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) top 25 was released recently. And while the top five spots remain occupied by the same teams, there was some shuffling among the men's teams.

    Kenyon remained atop the women's poll, followed by Emory, Denison, Johns Hopkins and NYU in the same positions as the last rankings.

    >> On the Move: Tufts jumped four spots into the No. 6 position, while Bates leaped eight slots and ended just shy of the top-10 at No. 11. Amherst suffered the biggest fall from No. 14 to No. 23.

    >> Hello: Mary Washington

    Emory moved into the top spot on the men's side, supplanting Kenyon who fell three slots to No. 4. Denison, Johns Hopkins and Chicago rounded out the top five.

    >> Keep an Eye On: MIT jumped four spots to No. 6, while Tufts and TCNJ advanced six slots to No. 11 and 13, respectively. 

    >> Welcome: UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stevens Point, Bowdoin, Birmingham-Southern

    >> Complete Rankings


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    4.  Players of the Year

    The United Soccer Coaches announced their 2021 NCAA Division III Players of the Year on Monday.

    German Giammattei

    Amherst senior striker German Giammattei was recognized as the men's Player of the Year for the second straight season. Giammattei previously won the highest individual honor in Division III soccer as a sophomore in 2019 and after the award was not given in a 2020 season where most teams did not compete, he becomes the first student-athlete to win consecutive national player of the year awards and only the second two-time recipient since the award was introduced in 1996. Messiah's Jeremy Payne won the award in 2012 and 2014 with teammate Josh Wood earning the honor in 2013.

    >> Read More

    National Player of the Year 2021 Riley Cook

    Christopher Newport senior Riley Cook was selected as the women's Player of the Year. For the third time in her career, Cook eclipsed 50 points in a season after logging 24 goals and five assists in her final run for a 53-point campaign. Cook arguably pieced together the greatest offensive performance in Division III NCAA tournament history as she is the only player since its inception in 1986 to score a goal in all six games of the postseason event. More remarkably, she notched the game-winning goal in five of those six games, becoming the first soccer player in the history of NCAA Championship Soccer at any level, men's or women's, to accomplish that feat.

    >> Continue Reading


    5.  From Way Downtown

    Howell breaks three-point record, Leos rout Bethesda

    Move the three-point line back? Not a problem here.

    • Cabrini junior Christian Lane drained 11 threes in a loss to Lancaster Bible. He finished with 38 points.
    • Rhode Island College senior Keyshaun Jacobs knocked down 12 triples on his way to a career-high 44 points as the Anchormen downed Curry.
    • And La Verne first-year Marissa Howell came off the bench and made 12 three-pointers on her way to a 37-point performance in a victory against Bethesda.

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