Monday, January 31, 2022

NCAA Sets Transgender Policy


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. NCAA Sets Transgender Policy

NCAA Board of Governors Updates Transgender Policy

The NCAA sent member schools and conferences additional details on Friday about the implementation of a new transgender participation policy for college sports. The memo outlines relevant information and resources regarding Phase One of the new policy, which starts with the 2022 NCAA winter and spring championships.

To be eligible to compete in a 2022 NCAA winter or spring championship, a transgender woman's school must provide the following:

  1. Transgender Student-Athlete Eligibility Reporting Form (PDF)
  2. Medical Professional Hormone Suppression Confirmation Form (PDF), to be completed/signed by the treating professional confirming completion of at least one calendar year of hormone suppression (consistent with the 2010 NCAA Transgender Student-Athlete Participation Policy). 
  3. Laboratory results confirming that, as of a date that is not more than four weeks (28 days) prior to the first championship selection date in the applicable sport, the student-athlete's total serum testosterone level is within the allowable levels for the sport in which the student-athlete intends to compete. 
Phase One of the updated transgender participation policy does not change eligibility requirements for a transgender man. Additionally, Phase One applies only to eligibility at 2022 NCAA winter and spring championships, not the regular season or conference championships.

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2. From DIII to the NFL GM

The New York Giants hired Joe Schoen, assistant general manager with the Buffalo Bills, as their general manager. He becomes just the fifth GM of the Giants in the past 41 years.

A communication major at DePauw, Schoen graduated in 2001. He was a three-year letterman in football (1997-2000) and quarterback as a freshman and wide receiver his final three years, serving as a captain during his senior season.

"(Head coach) Nick Mourouzis was huge at DePauw, not just football skills but how you can apply lessons that you learn in sports and football in life," Schoen told the South Bend Tribune.

>> Reality CheckVic Carucci of the Buffalo News wrote, "In his final months before graduation in 2001, Schoen had an offer to work for Stryker, a medical technologies company based in Kalamazoo, Mich. It called for a base salary of $45,000 and a $4,000 signing bonus. [Brandon] Beane [now general manager of the Bills] was talking about an entry-level scouting position with the Panthers that would pay $10 an hour. 'I don't have a dollar to my name,' Schoen says. 'My buddies who are working for (Stryker) are telling me, ‘After two years, if you're doing your job, you’ll be making $200,000.’"

>> Seeing The Field: "Schoen knew he wanted to stay in sports after college," wrote Carucci. "When playing professionally didn’t prove to be an option, he began exploring the possibility of working for an NFL team. Through a friend of a friend, his mother helped him get his foot in the door in 2000 as an intern with the Carolina Panthers, where he met Beane, a front-office executive prepping for the GM job he eventually landed with the Bills. Schoen started off in the Panthers’ ticket office before Beane had him working in football operations."

>. Why it Matters: "Schoen, 42, along with Beane, acquired the large majority of the players fueling Buffalo's successful run, including quarterback Josh Allen, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, running back Devin Singletary, tight end Dawson Knox, linebacker Tremaine Edmonds and safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer."

>> Be Smart: Currently, eight of the 32 NFL general managers graduated from Division III institutions. Another - John Schneider with Seattle - earned his degree from St. Thomas (Minn.)
  • Bill Belichick, New England Patriots, Wesleyan
  • Nick Caserio, Houston Texans, John Carroll
  • Eric DeCosta, Baltimore Ravens, Colby
  • Brian Gutekunst, Green Bay Packers, UW-La Crosse
  • Jason Licht, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Nebraska Wesleyan
  • Joe Schoen, New York Giants, DePauw
  • Tom Telesco, Los Angeles Chargers, John Carroll
  • Dave Zeigler, Las Vegas Raiders, John Carroll

>> Read More from 2019 DePauw feature
>> Go Deeper with this 2020 feature on the John Carroll to NFL connection that dates back to Don Shula '51.

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3.  Lightning Round

Aidan Ryan running at the NCAA DIII national championship in Boston, MA.
Williams senior Aidan Ryan set a Division III record in the indoor mile.
  Track and Field
  • Aidan Ryan set a NCAA Division III record in the indoor mile at Boston U. on Sunday. The senior covered the distance in 3:56.88 to join Ramapo's Jeremy Hernandez (3:59.01) as the only DIII men to break the indoor 4-minute mark.
  Basketball (M)
  • Concordia-Chicago (9-7) pulled off the weekend's stunner, downing No. 2 Illinois Wesleyan, 81-75, on the road in overtime. Brent Hatten scored 21 in one of the Cougars' biggest wins in program history
  • Tough weekend for No. 3 Washington (Mo.) as the Bears dropped a pair of road tilts at NYU and Case Western Reserve. Look for the Spartans (15-2) to move into the top 25 this week after recording its first home win against WashU since 1989-90.
  • Unbeatens (1): Saint Joseph's, Conn. (16-0)
  • Full Saturday recap | Standings
  Basketball (W)
  • Alexis Sestric scored 16 points as Rochester (12-6) handed No. 7 New York U. its first loss of the season, 57-53.
  • Regan Freeland hit a game-tying three pointer at the buzzer to force overtime and No. 5 Simpson (17-1) was able to close out No. 12 Wartburg, 68-63.
  • Unbeatens (4): Christopher Newport (17-0), Transylvania (16-0), Webster (15-0), Wisconsin Lutheran (15-0)
  • Full Saturday recap | Standings
  Ice Hockey (M)
  • George Sennott scored both goals as Salve Regina (12-5) blanked No. 10 Curry, 2-0. The Seahawks moved into a tie for first place in the CCC.
  • No. 5 St. Norbert (18-3) swept a weekend set from Trine to set up next weekend's NCHA showdown at top-ranked Adrian (20-1) The Knights set a program record with their 17th consecutive win.
  • Scoreboard | Standings
  Ice Hockey (W)
  • Suffolk (14-2) moved into a first-place tie in the CCC with a 4-3 triumph against No. 8 Endicott. Lily O'Neil made 47 saves for the Rams.
  • Unbeatens (1): MIddlebury (15-0)
  • Scoreboard | Standings
  • Millikin 165 Bradan Birt was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at Wheaton's 35-team Pete Willson Invitational. Big Blue head coach and Bradan's father, Ryan, won the same award in 1999. UW-Eau Claire captured the team title.
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    4.  Calendar

    7-8 - Championships Committee
    8-9 - Interpretations and Legislation Committee
    16 - Nominating Committee
    22-23 - Membership Committee
    23 - Swimming Championship Selections
    25-27 - Wrestling Regional Tournaments
    28 - Basketball Championship Selections


    5.    Watchlist

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

      WHKY: Suffolk at Endicott, 4 p.m. ET
    • The Rams (14-2, 9-2) and the No. 8 Gulls (11-4-1, 9-2-1) meet in game 2 of the weekend CCC set. Suffolk was a 4-3 winner on Friday night. Watch

      MBB: Mass-Dartmouth at Keene State, 6 p.m. ET

    • It's a showdown for first place in the Little East between the Corsairs (14-2, 6-1) and the Owls (14-3, 9-1). Keene's Jeff Hunter (18.3) and UMD's Marcus Azor (17.6) are 4-5 in the LEC in scoring. Watch
      WBB: Smith at Tufts, 7 p.m. ET
    • The Pioneers (15-1) and the Jumbos (15-2) meet in a non-conference matchup. Katelyn Pickunka averages 10.9 points and 7.9 rebounds for Smith., while Molly Ryan tops No. 8 Tufts at 16.8 ppg. Watch

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      Friday, January 28, 2022



      written by STEVE ULRICH
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      1. Predictions

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      The NCAA Convention has come and gone and delegates - who were in attendance - have returned to their campuses. Legislation was made and adopted ... now the real work begins.

      We asked three Division III conference commissioners to offer their thoughts on what lies ahead for the conference, the division, and the NCAA.

      How Will The New Constitution Affect Your Conference? Division III?

      • "The most impact it would have upon our conference is if there was a subdivision (it could be based on number of sports sponsored, finances, compliance rules, school size, championship tournament format etc.). That could ease the burden of staffing, competitiveness, facility requirements, number of sports sponsorship for schools that are smaller and have fewer resources." - Joe Walsh, Great Northeast Athletic Conference
      • "The impact of the new constitution on our conference will be slight, at least initially. The opportunity for direct impact at the conference level may be felt as DIII examines possible adjustments to the conference grant program." - Tom Hart, USA South
      • "The overarching Constitution gives a framework. The real affect on the ASC will be in the Division III-specific bylaws moved out of the "former" Constitution and what responsibilities are pushed to campuses and conferences. The administrative staff members are already at full-load and additional responsibilities aren't likely to be handled by hiring staff on campuses or in the conference offices. Projects or initiatives may go by the wayside – neither the new Constitution nor the forthcoming Division III revisions add any more hours to the day." - Amy Carlton, American Southwest Conference

      How will the new Constitution affect DIII?

      • TH - "As many have stated and used as a reason to support the new constitution, this document provides much greater autonomy for our Division.  If this is indeed the case, opportunities to reimagine DIII rules that are D I driven like bat testing, confirmation of sexual violence attestation and the use of technology in contests could be more appropriately conceived for small enrollment driven institutions with limited resources.  Speaking of resources, this new found autonomy could perhaps allow D III to generate new sources of revenue in addition to what we receive with the 3.18%.  Another possible change with autonomy could be perhaps finding a way to appropriately conduct and promote Division III championships.  Finally, this new found autonomy should be used to assess possible ways to reconstruct our governance system.  The recognition of conference offices in the constitution provides an opportunity for Division III to consider a formal role for conference administration in its governance."
      • AC - "The best thing for Division III under the new NCAA Constitution may be forcing all of us to revisit and evaluate our philosophy and priorities, including spending, championships, athletics related and non-athletics related programs and initiatives, refocusing on the intercollegiate athletics experience and what that really means."

      What's next for DIII championships with the AQ change?

      • JW - "Doesn’t seem to be a lot of change with the AQ change to six. The research shows possibly one new AQ in tennis. But it does keep the dream/hope alive for student-athletes who have seen reductions in the sports sponsorship."
      • TH - "One by-product of the AQ change is the ability for multi-sport conferences to bring championships back home in a small number of sports.  However, I would not expect to see large scale changes in the  associate/affiliate pairings. In addition, not much overall change in berths as some move out of Pool B (reducing numbers there) and back into their multi-sport conference. Bigger question related to championships may have to do with budget allocation and that impact on bracket construction and dates of competition."
      • AC - "I don't see a big overall impact on Div. III championships with the AQ change to 6 sport sponsoring institutions, but there will be heartache in some sports even if Pool A and Pool B increase slightly and Pool C slims down. It is more likely that institutions will be able to keep a higher number of sports under their "core" conference umbrella rather than chase affiliate membership. Likewise, a conference may be able to pull back institutions that may have scattered across leagues as affiliates and sponsor the sport again. Emphasis on conference and regular-season regional competition may get a boost as advancement to Division championships via AQ regains priority."

      Other predictions for the new year?

      • JW - Wholesale deregulation of rules that neither the school, conference or NCAA can enforce on things like social media, NIL, transfers, schools changing divisions in less than 4 years (3 with waiver).
      • TH - Will predict, Springsteen will not tour ☹
      • AC - "Member institutions will become more vocal with the Association and/or a Division(s) that is perceived as pushing a "social issues" agenda or topics that may be seen by some as outside the purview of the NCAA/Division. The wide variety of institutions in Division III with diverse missions and goals could raise the sub-Division discussions or lead schools to seek other athletic affiliation to better match institution beliefs. A very deep review of Bylaw 17 and Bylaw 13 will be undertaken resulting in modernization of Division III rules more responsive to students as well as coaches and administrators. Students will continue to grow more savvy about participation in intercollegiate athletics and have expectations of what their collegiate sport experience should be. Institutions will be looking for even more ways to provide what students want through the efforts to recruit as well as increase and retain enrollment."

      2.  Gambling Education Program

      by Saquandra Heath, NCAA

      "As part of the NCAA's longstanding commitment to protect student-athlete well-being and the integrity of college athletics, the Association is working with EPIC Risk Management to provide a comprehensive gambling harm and student-athlete protection educational program for its members.

      The program will be made available to all NCAA campuses and conferences later this year with a blend of delivery options including in-person education workshops and seminars, prerecorded sessions, and on-demand virtual resources. Education materials will be strategically focused to educate student-athletes, coaches, administrators, game officials, health care and support personnel. 

      EPIC Risk Management is a global leader in gambling harm prevention and has extensive experience working with elite sports organizations across the world. EPIC delivers education and resources to more than 15,000 athletes and more than 50,000 students worldwide each year in the highest risk sectors for gambling harm."

      >> What They're Saying: "Our team is made up of industry experts, many with lived experience of gambling addiction, committed to raising awareness and preventing gambling harm," said Paul Buck, CEO of EPIC Risk Management. "We are excited to work with the NCAA to further equip student-athletes and athletics personnel with the most comprehensive gambling harm preventative services, support, awareness and education."

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      3.  Titans, Blue Jays Hold Top Spots

      Here is the first installment of the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women's Indoor Track & Field National Rating Indexes, as released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

      Titans Start Season In Impressive Fashion


      1. UW-Oshkosh
      2. Loras
      3. Wartburg
      4. MIT
      5. John Carroll
      6. Johns Hopkins
      7. Williams
      8. Geneseo
      9. Rowan
      10. Benedictine
      >> Notable: UW-Oshkosh is No. 1 in the first ranking of the season for the fifth time in program history. The Titans previously topped the chart in 2010, 2013, 2019 and 2020.

      >> Complete Top 25
      >> Event Summary


      1. Johns Hopkins
      2. Loras
      3. Washington (Mo.)
      4. Chicago
      5. UW_Oshkosh
      6. Mount Union
      7. Ithaca
      8. Wartburg
      9. Dubuque
      10. Geneseo
      >> Notable: Johns Hopkins headlines the National TFRI for the first time in program history. The Blue Jays are used to that top branch in cross country, but track & field is a different story, topping out at No. 2 in each of the past three years. The No. 6 ranking for Mount Union is also a program best.

      >> Complete Top 25
      >> Event Summary

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      5.    Weekend Watchlist

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

      Basketball (M)

      • No. 3 Washington, Mo. vs. Case Western Reserve
      • No. 12 Johns Hopkins vs. No. 15 Swarthmore
      • No. 23 Augsburg vs. Carleton
      • No. 25 Nazareth vs. St. John Fisher
      • Complete Schedule
      Basketball (W)
      • No. 2 Christopher Newport vs. Mary Washington
      • No. 5 Simpson vs. No. 12 Wartburg
      • No. 7 New York U. vs. Rochester
      • No. 8 Tufts vs. No. 21 Bowdoin
      • No. 14 Baldwin Wallace vs. No. 19 Marietta
      • Complete Schedule
      Ice Hockey (M)
      • No. 2 Geneseo vs. Plattsburgh
      • No. 5 St. Norbert vs. Trine
      • No. 9 Babson vs. Skidmore
      • No. 10 Curry vs. Salve Regina
      • No. 11 UW-Stevens Point vs. UW-Superior
      • Complete Schedule
      Ice Hockey (W)
      • No. 7 Nazareth vs. Manhattanville
      • No. 8 Endicott vs. Suffolk
      • No. 10 Colby vs. Trinity
      • Complete Schedule
      Wrestling (M)
      • No. 3 UW-La Crosse vs. No. 8 Augsburg
      • No. 3 UW-La Crosse vs. No. 15 UW-Oshkosh
      • No. 9 Johnson and Wales vs. No. 24 Castleton
      • No. 20 Stevens vs. No. 26 Ithaca
      • Complete Schedule
      NWCA dual meet rankings

      6.  Lightning Round


      •  Williams junior Elias Lindgren and Loras junior Kassie Parker were named the USTFCCCA National Scholar Athletes of the Year for cross country.
      •   The NACC announced it will allow all conference institutions in its men's and women's basketball tournaments.
      •   North Central (Ill.) is the top-ranked DIII women's wrestling team in the country. The Cardinals are third in the NWCA dual rankings. Augsburg is sixth, while Schreiner and Adrian are seventh and ninth, respectively.
      •   Cake and candles to Amy Backus (retired CWRU AD), Patrick McGrail (Rhodes MBB AC), Charles Huschka (UWRF FB S-A), Ethan Aldfinger (Loras HC MXC), Christopher Sykes (Illinois College HC Swimming) and Clare Doyle (Smith HC Rowing)

      7.  Comings and Goings
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      Thursday, January 27, 2022

      Battle of the 'Burgs


      written by STEVE ULRICH
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      1. Battle of the 'Burgs

      174 Final - Kyle Briggs (Wartburg) vs Solomon Nielsen (Augsburg)

      It may be the best rivalry in Division III wrestling - Wartburg vs. Augsburg.

      The top-ranked Knights and the third-ranked Auggies meet in Minneapolis tonight for the 39th time. Over the past four years, one of the two teams have been ranked No. 1 in the country and 2022 is no exception.

      The annual "Battle of the Burgs" dual meet features the two teams that have dominated NCAA Division III wrestling over the last three decades. Since 1995, every Division III national title has rested at either Augsburg or Wartburg, with defending national champion Augsburg winning 13 titles since 1991 and Wartburg winning 14 titles since 1996. With the NCAA Division III National Tournament not being held in either 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Augsburg will enter the 2022 championships as the "defending" national champion, having won the last NCAA tournament in 2019.

      Wartburg holds a 22-16 lead in the series and has won 10 of the last 11 duals. 

      The key matchups:

      141: #2 Sam Stuhl (A) vs. #7 Zeyren Terakuna (W)
      157: #2 Tyler Shilson (A) vs. #10 David Hollingsworth (W)
      174: #2 Zane Mulder (W) vs. #4 Solomon Nielsen (A)
      285: #5 Tyler Kim (A) vs. #6 Jordon Brandon (W)

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      WBB: Washington College (11-5) at Haverford (13-5), 6:00
      MBB: Johns Hopkins (13-2) at Gettysburg (10-6), 7:00

      2.  The Streak is Over

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      The third-longest win streak in Division III women's basketball history is over.

      Fourth-ranked Trine went on the road to Holland and upended No. 1 ranked Hope (16-1), 70-62, to snap the Flying Dutch's 61-game winning streak.

      It is Hope's first defeat since falling in the second round of the 2019 NCAA tournament at Wartburg. The longest active streak now belongs to second-ranked Christopher Newport (33).

      Tara Bieniewicz led the Thunder (13-2) with 18 points. Trine shot 49 percent from the field and stuck 10 three-pointers.

      The number of unbeaten teams in DIII women's basketball is now down to six, as Christina Antonakakis poured in 44 points to lead MIT past No. 15 Springfield (16-1).

      Unbeatens (6): Christopher Newport (16-0), Roger Williams (16-0), Transylvania (15-0), New York U. (14-0), Wisconsin Lutheran (14-0), Webster (13-0).

      LACROSSE (W)

      3.  Breaking Down the Preseason Top 20

      Tufts Women's Lacrosse Goalie Wins National Accolade | Tufts Now
      by Laurel Pfahler, US Lacrosse Magazine

      "Salisbury capped a perfect season with the program’s fourth national championship, and they start 2022 as the team to beat, earning the No. 1 spot in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Division III Women’s Preseason Top 20.

      Salisbury, which has made it to the NCAA semifinals each of the past three completed seasons, returns Lydia McNulty for a fifth year, as well as other top players such as attacker Erin Scannell, midfielder Lauren Valenti and defender Caroline McKenna.

      Tufts, the No. 2 team, suffered its only loss of 2021 in the national championship game, falling by one goal to Salisbury. The Jumbos will be tough to beat this season with USA Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Player of the Year Molly Laliberty in goal and several other key players returning.

      1. Salisbury
      2. Tufts
      3. Franklin & Marshall
      4. Middlebury
      5. St. John Fisher
      6. William Smith
      7. Ithaca
      8. Washington and Lee
      9. Messiah
      10. Gettysburg

      >> Conference Call: NESCAC (4), C2C (2), Centennial (2), MAC (2), NJAC (2), SUNYAC (2), Empire 8 (1), Landmark (1), Liberty (1), NCAC (1), ODAC (1)

      >> Breaking Down the Top 20

      LACROSSE (M)

      4.  Who's Who in the Top 20

      by Harrison Silcox, US Lacrosse Magazine

      "The case can be made for a number of teams to earn the top spot in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Division III Men’s Preseason Top 20, but it’s Salisbury that enters 2022 season at No. 1.

      The Sea Gulls lost in a thriller to RIT — ranked second — in the national championship game in May, and with a roster that is again stacked with talent, Salisbury is hoping to go on another long run through the postseason. The Sea Gulls have made it to the national semifinals every year since 2015.

      Cross Ferrarra and Jarrett Bromwell lead the way for a team that returns most of its talent. RIT, which returns Ryan BarnableQuinn Commandant and others, enters 2022 with new faces on defense after graduating its starting close defense last spring. For the preseason Top 20, that’s what separates Salisbury and RIT.
      1. Salisbury
      2. RIT
      3. Tufts
      4. Christopher Newport
      5. Lynchburg
      6. York
      7. Colorado College
      8. Franklin & Marshall
      9. St. John Fisher
      10. Cabrini

      >> Conference Call: MAC (3), NESCAC (3), C2C (2), Liberty (2), Atlantic East (1), CCIW (1), Centennial (1), Empire 8 (1), Independent (1), NCAC (1), OAC (1), ODAC (1), SAA (1), SUNYAC (1)

      >> Breaking Down the Top 20

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      5. Watchlist

      Why this basketball star washed his teammates' clothes
      Buzz Anthony, Randolph-Macon

      Basketball (M): #1 Randolph-Macon at Hampden-Sydney, 7 p.m. EST

      • It's the 154th meeting between these two long-time rivals. The Yellow Jackets (15-1, 7-0) have won eight straight in the series. The Tigers (10-5, 5-3) have won 75 percent of their games at Fleet Gymnasium.
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      Basketball (W): No. 22 Hardin-Simmons at No. 20 Mary Hardin-Baylor, 5:30 p.m. CST
      • The Cru (14-2, 11-0) has won 13 in a row but will be tested by the Cowgirls (12-3, 7-3). UMHB looks for a season sweep after winning by 12 on Dec. 11.
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