Friday, January 21, 2022

NCAA Reorganizes


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. NCAA Reorganizes

NCAA releases draft of constitution that empowers schools | RSN
by Billy Witz, New York Times

"N.C.A.A. member schools and conferences voted Thursday to adopt a new, stripped-down constitution, the first step in decentralizing an organization that faces increasing challenges to its relevancy as the chief authority in college sports.

But the debate over the association’s passage of the new charter, which will empower schools and conferences, hinted at the increasingly stark divide between the mission and financial might of those thousands of varied institutions — from a football powerhouse like the national champion Georgia and nonscholarship athletes at places like Grinnell College.

That gap promises to be highlighted as the N.C.A.A.’s three divisions hash out details of how they will overhaul themselves in the coming months.

The remade constitution easily passed the two-thirds threshold required for approval, garnering 80 percent of the 1,016 votes by conferences and member schools. It will go into effect on Aug. 1."

>> Court Awareness: "N.C.A.A. President Mark Emmert, in a speech Thursday given remotely because he said he had been restricted by coronavirus rules, portrayed the new charter as less a constitution than a declaration of independence from a way of doing business that didn’t work anymore. The last year or so made it clear, he said, that “if we don’t step up to the challenge now in this big moment, others are willing to do that,” referring to courts and legislative bodies."

>> Reality Check: "Division I schools generated 96 percent of the $18.9 billion that college athletics raked in during the 2019 fiscal year, but those 358 schools are outnumbered more than 2-to-1 by the Division II and Division III schools, who combined also have far more athletes and have far different agendas than the widely known football and basketball powerhouses."

>> What They're Saying: “We’re just the virtual kale on the Division I burger,” said Hiram Chodosh, the president of Claremont McKenna College in California, who noted that Division III carries the banner for the term student-athlete."

>> The Bottom Line: "Still, there was enough in the proposal to draw the support of a majority of Division II and III schools."

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2.  Fight Over College Sports' Future Is Here

NCAA team logos
by Ross Dellenger, Sports Illustrated

"If anyone knows the issues within the NCAA, it’s Betsy Mitchell.

She was an athlete at one of college athletics’ richest juggernauts, Texas, has been a coach at Division I’s lowest tier and now is the athletic director of one of the NCAA’s smallest schools, Division III Caltech. She intimately understands the disparities between the NCAA’s 1,000 member schools. And she’s got a suggestion to fix it.

“The commercial priorities of some members means they need to go do their own thing,” says Mitchell. “I kind of wish they would.”

As a new gap splinters the haves and have-nots, college sports leaders are gearing up for the most transformative year in the industry since the late 1970s, a now 50-year-old fight barreling toward a figuratively “bloody” end, administrators say."

>> Situational Awareness: "In a study conducted by the NCAA, two-thirds of Power 5 executives believe a governance change is needed and suggestions include a Power 5 breakaway from D-I or an FBS breakaway from NCAA oversight. In fact, one anonymous SEC president wrote in the survey that the Power 5 “should be an organization unto itself” and leave the NCAA to manage everyone else."

>> Quotable: “I’m a pessimist about the current state of Division I and college athletics. I believe it needs to implode, truly implode,” says Amy Huchthausen, a two-time captain of Division III Wisconsin–La Crosse’s softball team before working at NCAA headquarters, the ACC and Big East, and becoming the first woman commissioner of the America East. “We are heading down the path of a true implosion. Just blow it up.”

>> Quotable II: “I don’t know what really keeps our friends at Alabama and Oklahoma [from] going to CBS and saying, ‘We’re going to do our own thing and you’re going to follow us,’” says James Downer, athletic director at Saint Francis, an FCS school in Pennsylvania. “This exercise we’re doing right now, we’re laying the table for that.”

>> Worth Noting: "Mitchell, the former Olympic swimmer at Texas and athletic director at Division III Caltech, isn’t one who is fearful of that change. D-II and D-III would have to find other avenues to fund their championships, but so be it."

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3.  Governors Update Transgender Policy

"The NCAA Board of Governors on Wednesday voted in support of a sport-by-sport approach to transgender participation that preserves opportunity for transgender student-athletes while balancing fairness, inclusion and safety for all who compete. The new policy, effective immediately, aligns transgender student-athlete participation for college sports with recent policy changes (PDF) from the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and International Olympic Committee.

Like the Olympics, the updated NCAA policy calls for transgender participation for each sport to be determined by the policy for the national governing body of that sport, subject to ongoing review and recommendation by the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports to the Board of Governors. If there is no NGB policy for a sport, that sport's international federation policy would be followed. If there is no international federation policy, previously established IOC policy criteria would be followed.

The policy is effective starting with the 2022 winter championships. Transgender student-athletes will need to document sport-specific testosterone levels beginning four weeks before their sport's championship selections. Starting with the 2022-23 academic year, transgender student-athletes will need documented levels at the beginning of their season and a second documentation six months after the first. They will also need documented testosterone levels four weeks before championship selections. Full implementation would begin with the 2023-24 academic year."

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4.  Gulls Fly High
Anne Arundel products Kavi Caster, Cullen McAuliffe play prominent roles in  Salisbury baseball's NCAA title - Capital Gazette
Kavi Caster, Salisbury

Salisbury gathered 24 of 25 first place votes and is the number one team in the 2022 Preseason Top 25. The Sea Gulls are followed by Cortland, Marietta, Johns Hopkins and Adrian.

  1. Salisbury (24), 34-4
  2. Cortland, 33-9
  3. Marietta, 38-6
  4. Johns Hopkins, 15-6
  5. Adrian, 37-10
  6. UW-Whitewater, 40-7
  7. Birmingham-Southern, 28-16
  8. Aurora, 38-8
  9. Washington, Mo. (1), 34-6
  10. Eastern Connecticut, 32-8

>> Conference Call: Little East (2), ASC (1), C2C (1), CCIW (1), Centennial (1), Empire 8 (1), MIAA (1), NACC (1), NCAC (1), NESCAC (1), NEWMAC (1), NJAC (1), NWC (1), OAC (1), ODAC (1), PAC (1), SAA (1), SCAC (1), SCIAC (1), SLIAC (1), SUNYAC (1), UAA (1), USA South (1), WIAC (1)

>> Wire-to-Wire: The last time a preseason favorite won the national title was 2012 - Marietta

>> Team Game: Salisbury does not have a player on any of the three preseason All-America teams

>> Complete Poll

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. 12 Elmhurst vs. No. 14 Wheaton, Ill.
  • No. 15 Wesleyan, Conn. vs. Mass-Dartmouth
  • No. 17 Mount Union vs. No. 21 Heidelberg
  • No. 23 RPI vs. Vassar
  • Complete Schedule
Basketball (W)
  • No. 2 Christopher Newport vs. Salisbury
  • No. 6 UW-Whitewater vs. No. 18 UW-Eau Claire
  • No. 10 Tufts vs. Bates
  • Complete Schedule
Ice Hockey (M)
  • No. 6 Hobart vs. No. 8 Elmira
  • No. 10 U. of New England vs. No. 15 Curry
  • Complete Schedule
Ice Hockey (W)Wrestling (M)
  • No. 1 UW-La Crosse vs. No. 19 UW-Eau Claire
  • No. 6 Wartburg vs. No. 14 Central
  • No. 7 Baldwin Wallace vs. No. 22 Ohio Northern
  • No. 18 Averett vs. No. 27 Washington and Lee
  • Complete Schedule

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