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.
  • Scoreboard


    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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