Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Convention Preview


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Convention Preview

DIII at 2020 Convention
by Chris Radford, NCAA

"Division III members will vote on nine proposals during the Division III Business Session on Jan. 22 at the 2022 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis. Key proposals on the slate impact the following areas: 

  1. Addresses concerns regarding head impact exposure by reducing contact overall in the football preseason and traditional season while increasing opportunities to teach appropriate blocking and tackling techniques during the spring. 
  2. Require the NCAA Eligibility Center to certify the amateurism, including preenrollment sports participation, of all international student-athletes enrolling on or after Aug. 1, 2023.  
  3. Allow student-athletes to participate in a full season of practice without using a season of competition if the athlete does not compete in any games. 
  4. Permit the Division III Presidents Council to sponsor and adopt emergency legislation under defined circumstances.
  5. Establish equestrian as an emerging sport for women.
  6. Reduce the minimum number of multisport conference members required for automatic qualification for Division III championships from seven to six. 
  7. Reduce the minimum number of member schools required to form a single-sport conference from seven to six. 
  8. Eliminate the option for a student-athlete to sign a waiver declining the sickle cell solubility test. 
  9. Permit Division III member schools with Division I sports to apply all Division I legislation, including Bylaw 15 (financial aid), to the Division I sports

Additional information and a full schedule of events regarding Division III at the 2022 Convention is available here.

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2. Luckhardt Inducted into HOF

Former W&J head football coach John Luckhardt to be inducted in College  Football Hall of Fame as part of Class of 2022 - Washington & Jefferson  College
by Aaron Thompson, Washington & Jefferson

"John Luckhardt, who served as head coach at Washington & Jefferson College from 1982-98, was announced Monday as one of 21 inductees in the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame Class. The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame unveiled its 2022 College Football Hall of Fame Class during an announcement Monday on ESPN.

A stalwart on the Western Pennsylvania football scene for the better part of three decades, Luckhardt turned two programs into perennial national contenders, winning an astounding 76.1 percent of his combined games at Washington & Jefferson and nearby NCAA Division II member California University of Pennsylvania. 
In 1982, Luckhardt took over a Washington & Jefferson program that had only produced four winning campaigns in the previous 17 seasons. By 1984, Luckhardt had turned the Presidents into a 9-2 team, winning the team's first Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) title and earning the school's first trip to the NCAA Division III playoffs. The program never looked back, amassing winning records every season under his watch, culminating in 1998 with a 137-37-2 record during his 17-year tenure. 
Under Luckhardt's guidance, W&J claimed 13 PAC championships and made 11 appearances in the NCAA Playoffs, including two trips to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl (1992 and 1994). In 1992, he was named the AFCA National Coach of the Year, and CNN named him the Division III Coach of the Year in 1994."

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    3.  Spectator Policies

    I wish we didn't need to keep this section going ... but schools continue to make announcements about their spectator policies. Because of that, we will continue to make you - our readers - aware of the changes.

    (1/10/2022) We will be including only the most recent updates going forward. For the most complete list, visit D3Playbook.com

    Restricted (39)
    These schools are mostly restricting spectators to those within the college community or those on a pass list.

    Connecticut (3): Connecticut College, Trinity, Wesleyan
    Illinois (5): Elmhurst, Illinois College, Lake Forest, North Central, Wheaton
    Indiana (2): Earlham, Manchester
    Maine (3): Bates, Bowdoin, Colby
    Minnesota (2): Saint John's, St. Olaf
    Massachusetts (9): Amherst, Anna Maria, MIT, Regis, Smith, Tufts, Wellesley, Williams, Worcester State
    New York (7): Bard, CCNY, Hamilton, Hunter, Ithaca, John Jay, RPI
    Ohio (1): Baldwin Wallace
    Oregon (1): Linfield
    Pennsylvania (3): Arcadia, Franklin & Marshall, Ursinus
    Vermont (1): Middlebury
    Wisconsin (2): Alverno, Carroll

    Must Show Proof of Vaccination or Recent Test (22)
    These schools are mostly restricting spectators to those who can display proof a vaccination/booster or a recent COVID-19 negative test.

    Connecticut (3): Albertus Magnus, Coast Guard, Saint Joseph's
    Illinois (3): Augustana, Illinois Tech, North Park
    Maine (1)Southern Maine
    Massachusetts (3)Babson, Brandeis, Springfield
    Michigan (1): Kalamazoo
    New Jersey (3): New Jersey City, Rutgers-Newark, William Paterson
    New York (6): Baruch, Hartwick, Nazareth, Oneonta, RIT, Union
    Ohio (1): Denison
    Pennsylvania (1): Muhlenberg

    No Spectators Until Further Notice (82)
    These schools are prohibiting all spectators as we understand.

    California (2): Chapman, Redlands
    Connecticut (3): Eastern Connecticut, Mitchell, Western Connecticut
    District of Columbia (2): Catholic, Gallaudet
    Georgia (1): Emory
    Illinois (1): Knox
    Kentucky (1): Transylvania
    Maine (2): Maine Maritime, Saint Joseph's
    Maryland (3): Goucher, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame
    Massachusetts (12): Clark, Dean, Eastern Nazarene, Elms, Emerson, Gordon, Mass-Boston, MCLA, Simmons, Suffolk, Wentworth, WPI
    Minnesota (1): Macalester
    Missouri (2): Fontbonne, Washington U.
    New Hampshire (2): Keene State, Rivier
    New Jersey (3): Ramapo, Saint Elizabeth, Stevens
    New York (19): Brooklyn, Farmingdale State, Keuka, Manhattanville, Maritime, Medaille, Merchant Marine, Mount St. Mary, Mount Saint Vincent, NYU, Old Westbury, Purchase, Rochester, St. Joseph's (Brooklyn), St. Joseph's (L.I.), Sarah Lawrence, SUNY Poly, Vassar, Yeshiva
    Ohio (3): Case Western Reserve, Hiram, Wilmington
    Pennsylvania (21): Alvernia, Bryn Athyn, Bryn Mawr, Cairn, Carnegie Mellon, Cedar Crest, Clarks Summit, Dickinson, Eastern, Haverford, Keystone, King's, Misericordia, Rosemont, Saint Vincent, Swarthmore, Thiel, Valley Forge, Widener, Wilkes, Wilson
    Rhode Island (1): Rhode Island College
    Tennessee (1): Rhodes
    Virginia (2): Mary Baldwin, Marymount

    The list is not complete nor comprehensive.

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    4.  Adrian, Middlebury Retain Top Spots

    Colby Entz, St. Norbert (photo by Patrick Ferron)

    No change in the weekly USCHO.com Division III polls as the Adrian men and Middlebury women remain the unanimous top choices.


    1. Adrian (20), 12-1
    2. Geneseo, 12-1-1
    3. Utica, 11-2
    4. Augsburg, 13-2
    5. Hobart, 11-2-1
    6. Babson, 8-1-2
    7. Wilkes, 9-2
    8. St. Norbert, 12-3
    9. U. of New England, 8-1-1
    10. Elmira, 11-3-1
    On The Move: Elmira (+5), St. Norbert (+4)
    In Reverse: Norwich (-3), Endicott (-3)

    >> Showdown on Lake Geneva: No. 5 Hobart plays host to No. 6 Babson in a critical NEHC contest on Friday.

    >> Complete Poll


    1. Middlebury (15), 9-0
    2. Plattsburgh, 10-2
    3. Elmira, 11-2-1
    4. UW-Eau Claire, 14-2
    5. UW-River Falls, 12-1
    6. Gustavus Adolphus, 10-2
    7. Nazareth, 12-0
    8. Endicott, 9-3-1
    9. Norwich, 8-4
    10. Colby, 7-2
    Rising: Endicott (+2)
    Falling: Norwich (-2)
    Welcome: Colby

    >> There Can Only Be One: Two of the three remaining unbeaten teams in DIII square off twice this weekend as No. 1 Middlebury (9-0) entertains Wesleyan (6-0).

    >> Complete Poll

    5.  Lightning Round

      The North Central (Ill.) women placed third at the NWCA National Duals last weekend, finishing with a 4-2 record including wins over No. 7 Tiffin and No. 8 Presbyterian. The Cardinals' losses came to the top two teams in the nation. Augsburg placed fifth overall.

      Morgan Tefft's overtime game-winning goal not only gave Norwich a 3-2 victory against William Smith but also earned ESPN's Play of the Day.

      He's one of the best players in the country, but that doesn't stop Randolph-Macon's Buzz Anthony from doing everything it takes to make his team better ... including the team laundry.


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