Friday, April 22, 2022

Football Rule Changes Coming


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Football Rule Changes Coming

Targeting foul: CFB rules committee to look at penalty - Sports Illustrated
by Greg Johnson, NCAA

"The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Wednesday approved football measures intended to strengthen the accuracy of the targeting rule, limit blocking below the waist and address teams that appear to fake injuries to gain an advantage.

All these rules changes will take effect in the 2022 season.

In games that have instant replay, when a targeting foul occurs in the second half, the carryover penalty (of sitting out the first half of that player's next game) will be eligible for further appeal.

The process will begin with a conference submitting a request to the NCAA national coordinator of officials, who would review video of the play. If it is obvious that a player was incorrectly penalized for targeting, the call would be overturned, and the player would be cleared to play in the first half of the next game."

Elsewhere ...

  • To address teams that are awarded an injury timeout through deceptive actions, panel members approved a reporting and investigation process. Schools and conferences will be able to report questionable scenarios to the national coordinator of officials, who will review and provide feedback to the conference for further action.
  • The panel approved a proposal to improve safety and simplify the rules governing blocking below the waist. The proposal will allow blocking below the waist only by linemen and stationary backs inside the tackle box.
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2. Final Four Preview

The semifinals and final of the 2022 NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship are slated for this weekend in Kenosha, Wis., on the campus of Carthage College.

The host Firebirds are the defending national champion and welcome top-ranked Springfield, No. 4 Stevens and No. 10 Wentworth to Tarble Arena.

Here is a preview of today's semifinals.

No. 1 Springfield vs. 4 Stevens, 5 p.m.

Springfield Pride (28-1)
National Titles (5): 2012-13-14-17-18
Trips to the DIII Final Four (9): 2012-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-22
Points per Set: Jarrett Anderson, 4.6
Kills per Set: Brennan Brandow, 3.34
Set Assists per Set: Matt Lilley, 9.35
Service Aces: Anderson, 78
Blocks: Nate Reynolds, 80

Stevens Ducks (30-3)
National Titles (1): 2015
Trips to the DIII Final Four (6): 2015-16-17-18-19-22
Points per Set: Koby Sherman, 4.14
Kills per Set: Sherman, 3.44
Set Assists per Set: Louden Moran, 9.38
Service Aces: Sherman, 39
Blocks: Connor Feulner, 112

No. 3 Carthage vs. No. 10 Wentworth, 7:30 p.m.

Carthage Firebirds (22-3)
National Titles (1): 2021
Trips to the DIII Final Four (4): 2012-14-21-22
Points per Set: Matt Slivinski, 4.92
Kills per Set: Slivinski, 3.68
Set Assists per Set: Gene McNulty, 10.79
Service Aces: Slivinski, 74
Blocks: Zach Bulthuis, David Markes, 56

Wentworth Leopards (30-4)
Best NCAA DIII Finish: 3rd (2017)
Trips to the DIII Final Four (2): 2017-22 
Points per Set: Jacob LaBouliere, 4.8
Kills per Set: LaBouliere, 4.21
Set Assists per Set: Connor Adams, 9.36
Service Aces: Adams, 47
Blocks: David Marsh, 85

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3. Profs, Duhawks Top Ratings

Here is the newest edition of the NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Indices for the 2022 season, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).


  1. Rowan, 184.00
  2. Pomona-Pitzer, 130.94
  3. Carnegie Mellon, 108.32
  4. Hardin-Simmons, 104.65
  5. Claremont-M-S, 104.50
  6. Williams, 94.46
  7. John Carroll, 89.51
  8. Mount Union, 82.50
  9. Wartburg, 67.91
  10. UW-Stout, 66.16

>> Conference Call: WIAC (4), SCIAC (3), ARC (3), ASC (2), Ohio (2), UAA (2), Liberty (1), NACC (1), NESCAC (1), NEWMAC (1), NJAC (1), NWC (1), ODAC (1), SAA (1), SUNYAC (1)

>> Men's Rating Index

  1. Loras, 164.62
  2. Washington, Mo., 142.78
  3. Johns Hopkins, 128.60
  4. Geneseo, 124.69
  5. Claremont-M-S, 111.77
  6. Nebraska Wesleyan, 101.15
  7. George Fox, 97.66
  8. UW-La Crosse, 95.60
  9. Wartburg, 92.55
  10. WPI, 81.77

>> Conference Call: ARC (4), NESCAC (3),SCIAC (3), NEWMAC (2), Ohio (2), UAA (2), WIAC (2), Centennial (1), MAC (1), MIAA (1), MIAC (1), NWC (1), PAC (1), SUNYAC (1)

>> Women's Rating Index

4. DIII Players Who Made "The Show"

Braves sign RHP Collin McHugh

by Tyler O'Shea, JokerMag

"Many kids dream of becoming a professional baseball player. Donning the uniform of their favorite team. Running out under the lights to thousands of screaming fans. Hitting a walk-off homer in Game 7 of the World Series.

But, you need to beat long odds to get there.

According to, only 5.8% of high school seniors ever play for an NCAA baseball program. And just 0.5% of those senior boys get drafted by an MLB team. Even then, per Baseball America, only 17.6% of players drafted make it all the way to the big leagues.

Here is a breakdown of Division 3 players who made it to Major League Baseball – now and throughout history."

Current Players

  • Collin McHugh, Berry (pictured above)
  • Tim Locastro, Ithaca
  • Josh Fleming, Webster
  • Stephen Ridings, Haverford

Former Players

  • Billy Wagner, Ferrum
  • Erik Kratz, Eastern Mennonite
  • Jordan Zimmerman, UW-Stevens Point
  • Terry Mulholland and Kent Tekulve, Marietta
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5.  Lightning Round 

  MIT's Seraphin Castelino and Coast Guard's Banks Evans named ITA Players of the Week.

  Carnegie Mellon senior William Knauth is one of five finalists for the Byron Nelson Award, given annually to the outstanding Division I, II, III, or NAIA scholar-athlete of the year. The recipient must be a graduating senior and is recognized for his achievement in the classroom, on the course and in his community.

  Cake and candles to Moravian assistant AD Brynn Seidenstricker, Washington U. assistant volleyball coach Greg Selle (Sat.) and former Ohio Northern AD and men's basketball coach Gale Daugherty (Sun.). And belated wishes to Shenandoah AD Bridget Lyons and Robert Ball who celebrated Thursday.


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6.  Weekend Watchlist  


  • No. 5 Lynchburg (28-6) vs. No. 24 Shenandoah (24-8-1)
  • No. 15 Trinity, Texas (24-7) vs. No. 25 Texas Lutheran (25-8)
  • No. 18 La Verne (24-5-1) vs. No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer (24-4)
  • Complete Schedule
Lacrosse (M)
  • No. 3 Salisbury (13-1) vs. No. 12 Cabrini (11-3)
  • No. 4 Union (12-1) vs. Ithaca (10-4)
  • No. 10 St. Lawrence (11-2) vs. No. 14 RPI (9-3)
  • Complete Schedule
Lacrosse (W)
  • No. 3 Salisbury (11-2) vs. No. 6 TCNJ (11-1)
  • No. 4 Colby (11-2) vs. No. 17 Trinity, Conn. (8-5)
  • No. 9 Tufts (10-2) vs. No. 13 Hamilton (6-4)
  • Complete Schedule
  • No. 4 East Texas Baptist (25-7) vs. Texas-Dallas (22-12)
  • No. 16 Rowan (25-7) vs. Kean (22-6)
  • Complete Schedule
Tennis (M)
  • No. 1 Case Western Reserve (20-3) vs. No. 11 Emory (8-8) - UAA Semifinal
  • No. 2 Chicago (15-1) vs. No. 6 Washington, Mo. (13-8) - UAA Semifinal
  • No. 3 Tufts (11-1) vs. No. 24 Colby (8-4)
  • Complete Schedule
Tennis (W)
  • No. 5 Wesleyan (14-0) vs. No. 15 Bowdoin (6-6)
  • No. 12 Case Western Reserve (15-2) vs. No. 19 Washington, Mo. (14-7) - UAA Quarterfinal
  • Complete Schedule

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