Thursday, April 28, 2022

"Change Is Coming"


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III


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1.  "Change Is Coming"

NCAA, college sports and a heated fight for the future - Sports Illustrated
by Ross Dellenger, Sports Illustrated

"Imagine a college sports world where schools are able to offer each baseball player a full scholarship. Or if a football team’s on-field coaching staff could exceed 25 people.

What if the transfer portal was open to players for just three months out of the year? And what if the recruiting calendar featured no evaluation or quiet periods?

There is a distinct possibility these ideas could become more than just concepts. 

The Transformation Committee, a group of high-ranking college leaders charged with overhauling and modernizing NCAA governance, is considering revolutionary changes some administrators describe as “radical.” In a briefing with athletic administrators this week in Dallas, committee leaders revealed ideas to deregulate longtime NCAA bylaws and decentralize such decisions to the conferences."

>> Situational Awareness: "The Transformation Committee decided to share the concepts in an apparent effort to prepare administrators for impending change that is even more transformative than many expected. And many officials believe Tuesday night’s announcement that NCAA president Mark Emmert plans to resign next June is a first step in what will be a new NCAA, with transforming starting at the very top."

>> What's Next: "While these are only concepts and not approved measures, the ideas are being socialized across the college sports landscape, both in conference-wide meetings and at administrative summits such as the one in Dallas hosted by LEAD1, an organization that represents the FBS athletic directors. The items will be central topics at league meetings next month, when coaches, athletic administrators and university presidents gather to discuss national and conference legislation."

  1. eliminating scholarship caps on sports that offer only partial scholarships
  2. abolishing the limitation on the number of coaches per team
  3. expanding direct payments from schools to athletes
  4. reconfiguring the recruiting calendar
  5. implementing closed periods in the NCAA transfer portal

>> Between The Lines: "If the concepts are any indication, spending handcuffs appear to be off. They would eliminate NCAA bylaws that attempt to legislate competitive equity and curtail costly spending—measures that have failed in a college sports industry ballooning at the top with cash from football."

>> What They're Saying: “Change is coming,” says another athletic director on hand for the committee’s three-hour presentation Monday in Dallas. “We better get prepared. We shouldn’t be shocked if all this does happen.”

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2.  More Emmert Fallout

Commentary: Mark Emmert's legacy will be tanking the NCAA - Los Angeles  Times

The sportswriting community has not been kind to Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, who announced that he would be leaving the Association no later than June 30, 2023.

  • "The decision was supposedly “mutual” between Emmert and the NCAA board of governors but Emmert had a contract through 2025 and there is no earthly reason why he’d agree to step aside. It’s not like anyone knew what he has been doing. He was so bad in public, he rarely appeared anywhere or said anything." - Dan Wetzel, Yahoo!Sports
  • "If there is a less respected current CEO of any organization, I don’t know who it is. The NCAA’s outdated policies led to a public tipping point that was inevitable no matter who was president, but boy howdy did Emmert play the role of inept figurehead like it was a Hollywood script." -Pat Forde, Sports Illustrated
  • "The NCAA president's position has no real power; it's just a bully-pulpit microphone with hopes of guiding strategy. But even that failed. Every time Emmert opened his mouth at important moments, something awkward seemed to come out." -Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports
  • "Now more than ever, college sports needs a visionary leader capable of imagination, flexibility and a willingness to push the schools to make meaningful changes. Because in the wreckage left behind following Emmert’s tenure, an entirely new governing body might be best for everyone involved." - Andy Staples, The Athletic
D3Playbook asked Jenn Dubow, executive director of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for her thoughts.
  • "We are going through a period of unprecedented change with the adoption of a new constitution, new NIL opportunities, addressing massive gender inequities and now a change in leadership."
  • I hope the next leader brings a fresh perspective which includes understanding and valuing the different divisions within the association. No doubt Division III is very different from the Division I multi-billion dollar industry that it has become and that is OK."
  • "I would like to see a leader who can bring modernization and innovative thinking to the NCAA as we all figure out what is next for each Division and the organization as a whole."

3.  Regional Rankings

The second regional rankings for men's and women's lacrosse were released today. Here are the top three in each region.

Region I: Bowdoin, Tufts, MIT
Region II: RIT, Union, St. Lawrence
Region III: Christopher Newport, Salisbury, Dickinson
Region IV: Lynchburg, Denison, Washington and Lee
Region V: Hope, Illinois Wesleyan, Transylvania

>> Complete Rankings

Region I: Middlebury, Colby, Tufts
Region II: Roger Williams, Endicott, MIT
Region III: TCNJ, William Smith, Ithaca
Region IV: Gettysburg, Franklin & Marshall, Catholic
Region V: Salisbury, Washington and Lee, Roanoke
Region VI: Kenyon, Capital, Denison
Region VII: Pomona-Pitzer, Chicago, Claremont-M-S

>> Complete Rankings

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4.  Regional Rankings

The second regional rankings for softball and baseball were released today. Here are the top three in each region.

Region I: Amherst, Tufts, Middlebury
Region II: Eastern Connecticut, Babson, Springfield
Region III: Farmingdale State, Geneseo, Ithaca
Region IV: Rowan, Arcadia, Kean
Region V: Salisbury, Susquehanna, Moravian
Region VI: Christopher Newport, Randolph-Macon, Virginia Wesleyan
Region VII: DePauw, Alma, Muskingum
Region VIII: Millikin, Concordia (Wis.), MSOE
Region IX: Bethel, Wartburg, Saint Benedict
Region X: Texas Lutheran, Belhaven, Linfield

Region I: Babson, Coast Guard, Middlebury
Region II: Eastern Connecticut, Endicott, Mitchell
Region III: Ithaca, Oswego State, Rochester
Region IV: Arcadia, Kean, Misericordia
Region V: Cabrini, Catholic, Franklin & Marshall
Region VI: Birmingham-Southern, Christopher Newport, Emory
Region VII: Allegheny, Baldwin Wallace, Case Western Reserve
Region VIII: Augustana, Aurora, Benedictine
Region IX: Bethel, Buena Vista, Dubuque
Region X: Cal Lutheran, East Texas Baptist, La Verne

>> Complete Rankings


5.  Lightning Round 

Rosey's Second No-Hitter and Offense Lead Thunder to Sweep

  Trine sophomore RHP Adrienne Rosey tossed her second no-hitter of the season as the Thunder blanked Alma, 4-0. She walked one and struck out nine.

  Concordia (Wis.) IF Sam Beers and Thomas LHP Garrison Paillet were named the NCBWA National Players of the Week.

  Williams, Tufts and Bates are 1-2-3 in this week's IRCA rowing poll.

6.  Comings and Goings

7. "Da Vinci" of Violins

A rare 1736 violin by Italian luthier Giuseppe Guarneri. Photo: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

"A 286-year-old violin could fetch as much as $10.6 million at auction near Paris in JuneReuters reports.

  • The maple-backed instrument, made in 1736, was one of about 150 by revered Italian luthier Giuseppe Guarneri.
  • The quality and longevity of his output rivals that of Antonio Stradivari — but he was far less prolific than his compatriot and contemporary.

The instrument has graced concert halls around the world.

  • This "is like selling a Rembrandt, a Goya or even a Leonardo da Vinci painting," said Sophie Perrine of the Aguttes auction house."
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