Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Contest Minimums Remain in Effect


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Contest Minimums Remain in Effect

NCAA Division III (@NCAADIII) / Twitter

by Chris Radford, NCAA

"Division III schools will need to meet contest minimums in winter sports or apply for a waiver based on individual circumstances, the Division III Championships Committee decided during its Feb. 1-2 meeting. 

The Championships Committee discussed the effects of event/contest cancellations in various parts of the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the concern among some in the membership about meeting contest minimums in winter sports. While the committee did not feel the need to reduce the minimums in winter sports or issue a blanket waiver, members agreed to continue to monitor the situation and reconsider reducing minimums soon if conditions warrant.

The committee emphasized that the existing waiver process remains available for schools that are unable to meet minimum contest requirements because of circumstances related to COVID-19 (or other catastrophic circumstances) and that the Championships Committee is committed to working with the membership to ensure that schools can be eligible for winter sport championships. 

Bench Size Policies

  • "Conversations continue about further increasing bench sizes to provide more opportunities for deserving student-athletes to fully experience the postseason. "
Budget Priorities
  • "Committee members noted their support for reinstating two championship initiatives implemented in 2019: eliminating conference matchups in the first round and providing local ground transportation for teams and individuals."
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  • MBB: Ursinus (10-8) vs. Swarthmore (18-3), 8:00

2.  Rural vs. Urban

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by Abbi Ross, Chronicle of Higher Education

"It used to be easier to tell which colleges served rural communities. Just rewind to the birth of land-grant universities, non-urban campuses that specialized in teaching skills that rural areas needed, like agricultural and technical training.

Fast forward a century and a half, and things are more complicated. College-going students are much more mobile, and some of those same land-grant institutions have since helped urbanize their communities. In short, gauging whether a college serves rural students is more complicated than simply charting its coordinates.

That can impede conversations about how to educate rural parts of the country. A group of researchers has come up with a metric they say provides a helpful scale for classifying whether a campus is rural serving."

>> Situational Awareness: "Rural serving institutions are often cornerstones of their communities, convening people of diverse backgrounds and hosting cultural events. These colleges are staples across the United States but are easily overlooked because the knee-jerk way to identify them — whether the campus is based in a “rural” area, as opposed to what kind of community it serves — is not sufficient, the researchers say."

>> The Math: "The researchers combined five metrics to classify over 2,500 institutions on a 0-to-4 scale, from less rural serving to more: the percent of the institution’s home-county population classified as rural, the average percent of nearby counties’ population that is classified as rural, the population size of the home county, how far the home county is from a metro area, and the percent of the institution’s total awards conferred in agriculture, natural resources, and parks and recreation. Any institution that scored above the average result on the four-point scale was classified as rural-serving."

>> Quotable: "There are pieces that are really important for state-level policy,” said Andrew Koricich, executive director of the group and an associate professor of higher education at Appalachian State University.. “Are these institutions funded fairly and equitably under state funding formulas? Are there state policies that maybe disproportionately impact rural-serving institutions in a way we may not have understood before?”

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3.  Twin Coaches on Opposite Benches

Twin Brothers From Maryland Face Off As Head Coaches For Opposing NCAA  Teams, Making History – CBS Baltimore
by Amy Kawata, WBZ-TV

"Identical twin brothers from Maryland made history over the weekend as the first set of twin coaches to go head to head in college basketball.

Sean and Richard Westerlund head NCAA teams in Pennsylvania and Michigan, respectively. The brothers from Ellicott City said Saturday’s game was one for the books.

“To be able to do that is really unique and it’s something I will always cherish,” said Sean Westerlund of Bryn Athyn College."

>> Court Awareness: "The brothers used to work side by side coaching Harford Christian School’s basketball team, and say since day one, they’ve always been competitive. “We got banned from playing one on one because we got into too many fights in the yard,” Richard Westerlund said. Now at 30-years-old, they’re taking that friendly competition to the sidelines. They compared it to football’s Harbaugh brothers."

>> Outcome: "The game was a close call for visitors Great Lakes Christian College, headed by Richard Westerlund. The Christian Crusaders edged out the Lions by five points. “Even though his team beat us by five, it’s a lot easier pill to swallow when I lose to my twin brother,” Sean Westerlund said. The historic matchup just so happened to fall on the weekend of their mother Sylvia’s birthday. She had a special shirt to commemorate the game."

>> Quotable: “They are a perfect balance to each other,” Sylvia Westerlund said. “I had a shirt made so I had both logos on the front, logos on the back and their mascot names on either side of the arms.”

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4.  Watchlist  

Daniel Cook, St. John Fisher (photo by Haniefe Gundogdu)

  WHKY: Lake Forest at Adrian, 1 p.m. CT

  WBB: Bowdoin at Husson, 5:30 p.m. ET

  • It's a battle for Maine supremacy when the Polar Bears (16-5) and the Eagles (14-4) meet in a non-conference matchup. Sela Kay averages 16.2 ppg for Bowdoin, while Bailey Donovan averages 20.6 points and 13.8 rebounds per game for Husson.

  MBB: St. John Fisher at #23 Nazareth, 8 p.m. ET

  • The Battle of the Beaks pits the Cardinals (16-5, 10-2) against the Golden Flyers (19-1, 11-0) in an Empire 8 showdown. Daniel Cook leads the E8 in scoring (19.2) for Fisher, while Stephen Gabel is second for Naz (17.6).

5.  Comings and Goings

6.  1 Smile to Go

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