Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Emmert to Step Down as NCAA Prez


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Emmert to Step Down as NCAA Prez

"Today, NCAA Board of Governors Chair John J. DeGioia announced by mutual agreement with the board that Mark Emmert will be stepping down as president of the NCAA.  He will continue to serve in his role until a new president is selected and in place or until June 30, 2023.  

"Throughout my tenure I've emphasized the need to focus on the experience and priorities of student-athletes," said Emmert.  "I am extremely proud of the work of the Association over the last 12 years and especially pleased with the hard work and dedication of the national office staff here in Indianapolis."

"With the significant transitions underway within college sports, the timing of this decision provides the Association with consistent leadership during the coming months plus the opportunity to consider what will be the future role of the president," said DeGioia. "It also allows for the selection and recruitment of the next president without disruption."

NCAA member schools adopted a new constitution in January and are in the process of transforming the structure and mission to meet future needs."

>> Complete Release


2. An Unconventional Path
FSU football hires Tony Tokarz as quarterback coach - Tomahawk Nation
by Carter Karels, Tallahassee Democrat

"All four Florida State quarterbacks started every practice this spring completing different iterations of a few simple passing drills.

One drill tested the footwork of Jordan Travis and his three backups – redshirt sophomore Tate Rodemaker, early-enrolled freshman AJ Duffy and walk-on Gino English – by prompting them to shuffle around a few cones before firing the ball to a stationary target. Another drill involved them throwing into a net from varying distances and angles, challenging their accuracy. 

Tony Tokarz soaked in those sessions and dished guidance while rarely ever raising his voice. The first-year quarterbacks coach seemingly never needed to yell or spew expletives for his position players to listen and respond in the way that he wanted.

It’s easy to understand why Tokarz resonates with them. He speaks their language. He treats them like equals. He instructs without disparaging. Tokarz seemed like one of them, only older. Almost as if the team added a graduate senior quarterback to help mentor the group.

Which made sense when considering Tokarz played the position collegiately not long ago."

>> Quotable: “I’m extremely passionate. I love this position. This is a position I played, even though it wasn’t at a place like here at Florida State,” said Tokarz, a three-year starter for Division III Worcester State in Massachusetts. “I love the detail that goes into it. It encompasses all of football. And just the relationships that you can have.”

>> Background: "Previously spending five seasons on a (Mike) Norvell-led coaching staff helped Tokarz learn how to develop quarterbacks. Tokarz’s experience as a D-III player and coach also shaped his self-described blue-collar mentality, which has positively impacted FSU’s quarterback room."

>> What They're Saying: “If you get in a room with him, talk football and watch him coach his players, it’s like, ‘Yeah, this guy is an FBS football coach.’ It doesn’t matter what your background is. Football is football at the end of the day," said Stonehill head coach Eli Gardner.”

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3.   Easy as 1-2-3

Sam Mathews, Marietta / photo by Rebecca Wheeler Photography

It is still Marietta, Eastern Connecticut and Birmingham-Southern 1-2-3 in the latest poll. Webster joined the top 10 this week, replacing alisbury.

  1. Marietta (25), 31-3
  2. Eastern Connecticut, 27-3
  3. Birmingham-Southern, 31-7
  4. LaGrange, 30-5
  5. Cortland, 26-7
  6. Lynchburg, 29-7
  7. Rowan, 26-6
  8. Arcadia, 31-5
  9. UW-Whitewater, 23-6
  10. Webster, 24-5

>> Conference Standings

>> Toughest Schedule to Date: Case Western Reserve 661, William Paterson 638, MIT 634, Southern Maine 628, Oswego State 622

>> Toughest Schedule Remaining: Eureka 839, Chapman 802, DeSales 782, RIT 781, Kean 776

according to NCAA Statistics

Games We're Watching
  • WED: No. 21 Shenandoah vs. Penn State Harrisburg
  • THU: No. 2 Eastern Connecticut vs. Roger Williams
  • THU: No. 13 North Central, Ill. vs. Chicago
  • THU: No. 16 Kean vs. Montclair State
>> Complete Poll

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    4. CNU, Salisbury Top Poll


    Christopher Newport and Salisbury remained 1-2 in this week's NFCA poll. Mary Hardin-Baylor moved into the top 10, replacing Randolph-Macon.

    1. Christopher Newport (10), 35-1
    2. Salisbury, 32-4
    3. Texas Lutheran, 35-4
    4. Eastern Connecticut, 28-4
    5. Belhaven, 31-5
    6. DePauw, 26-6
    7. Linfield, 36-7
    8. East Texas Baptist, 27-8
    9. Birmingham-Southern, 32-6
    10. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 28-9

    >> Toughest Schedule to Date: Juniata 661, Illinois Wesleyan 650, Central 647, Coe 641, UW-La Crosse 639

    >> Toughest Schedule Remaining: Elizabethtown 885, Texas-Dallas 861, Emmanuel 824, Neumann 806, Franciscan 800

    Games We're Watching
    • WED: Alma vs. Trine
    • WED: Misericordia vs. King's

    >> Complete Poll

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