Friday, April 29, 2022

Presidents Council Recap


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Presidents Council Recap

by Chris Radford, NCAA

"At its virtual meeting Wednesday, the Division III Presidents Council adopted noncontroversial legislation amending the composition of the group to include two student-athletes from the Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

The change was made due to the adoption of the new NCAA constitution that mandates voting representation for student-athletes on the Presidents Council.

The council also received and approved a recommendation from the Division III SAAC on the selection process for a student-athlete who has graduated within the past four years to serve on the Board of Governors. The SAAC executive officers will share the process with the Division III membership."

>> What's Next: "The two SAAC student-athlete representatives will begin their service with the Presidents Council once the new NCAA constitution becomes effective Aug. 1, 2022."

>> Process: "The Presidents Council also approved a new process to select its representative to the Board of Governors for a two-year renewable term of service. All eligible members will be able to inform national office staff of their interest by a predetermined date. Ranked-choice voting will be used to select the representative, with participation of all members of the Presidents Council that are present."

>> Worth Noting: "The Presidents Council discussed the existing Division III philosophy statement at the request of the Management Council and the Advisory Council as the division continues to comprehensively review its priorities during the current transformational period."

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2. ILC Recap

"At the 2022 NCAA Convention, Proposal No. 2022-3 (Only Competition Triggering Use of a Season) was referred to the committee "to further review and discuss historical enrollment trends with a future recommendation being made to Presidents Council based on that research."

The Committee engaged in that review and agreed on the following:

a. That additional available data did not provide clear direction regarding change; and

b. Before a legislative change is considered the philosophy statement should be reviewed.

Consequently, the committee is not recommending that the governance structure propose change at this time and any change should be left to the membership legislative process."

>> Of Note: "The committee also discussed whether the current Division III Philosophy Statement aligns with the membership's view concerning student-athlete participation in intercollegiate athletics and believes that until the Philosophy Statement is reviewed, the governance structure should not sponsor a proposal to change the current legislation concerning the use of a season of participation."

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3. Profs, Bears 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, 171.94
  2. Carnegie Mellon, 120.78
  3. Pomona-Pitzer, 111.81
  4. Dubuque, 95.09
  5. UW-Eau Claire, 89.63
  6. Mount Union, 87.88
  7. John Carroll, 85.34
  8. UW-Oshkosh, 83.48
  9. Wartburg, 77.70
  10. Williams, 77.39
By Region
East: MIT, Tufts, WPI
Great Lakes: Mount Union, John Carroll, Ohio Northern
Metro; Rowan, TCNJ, Stockton
Mid-Atlantic: Carnegie Mellon, Johns Hopkins, Susquehanna
Mideast: Williams, RPI, Springfield
Midwest: Washington U., Wartburg, Dubuque
Niagara: Geneseo, Cortland, Brockport
North: UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Eau Claire
South: Emory, Lynchburg, Berry
West: Claremont-M-S, Pomona-Pitzer, Hardin-Simmons

>> Men's Rating Index

  1. Washington, Mo., 205.24
  2. Loras, 173.57
  3. UW-La Crosse, 170.24
  4. Johns Hopkins, 151.15
  5. Geneseo, 115.74
  6. Chicago, 97.99
  7. Claremont-M-S, 96.28
  8. Nebraska Wesleyan, 84.44
  9. Trine, 81.33
  10. George Fox, 76.49
By Region
East: Tufts, MIT, WPI
Great Lakes: Mount Union, John Carroll, Trine
Metro: TCNJ, Rowan, Stevens
Mid-Atlantic: Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon, Misericordia
Mideast: Williams, Middlebury, Amherst
Midwest: Washington U., Wartburg, Chicago
Niagara: Geneseo, Ithaca, Rochester
North: UW-La Crosse, UW-Eau Claire, St. Norbert
South: Emory, Lynchburg, Rhodes
West: George Fox, Claremont-M-S, Pacific Lutheran

>> Women's Rating Index

4. The DIII Challenge of Getting Drafted

Athlete Profile: Andrew Whitaker Preps for Draft Day
by Grace McDermott, Deadspin

"Andrew Whitaker, a championship-winning track star and cornerback from Washington University in St. Louis, has a Masters degree and a plan to go to medical school. But for now, his focus is on becoming one of the few Division III athletes to get signed to the NFL. Med school can wait.

Wash U hasn’t sent a player to the league in half a century. Whitaker reportedly played four games of football in high school. As unrealistic as it seems to the outside eye, though, he is all in on his NFL dream. He worked out with the Bengals last week, and he’s ready to prove himself on a pro roster.

As he crosses his fingers this weekend and hopes for the best from the draft and the undrafted free agency signing period that follows, we took a look at what the odds for a player in Whitaker’s situation really look like."

>> Field Awareness: "At any given moment, it’s a general rule that there are fewer than a dozen former DIII players active in the league. Right now, there are five, all of whom attended Midwestern colleges in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Two were selected in the draft, both in the last two years, which could be good news for Whitaker. Several of them were also active in track and field during their college years — another parallel for the NFL hopeful. The other three were signed after the draft."

>> Yes, But: "Just two months ago, Super Bowl-winning guard Ali Marpet announced his retirement from the NFL, seven years after the Buccaneers selected him from Hobart College in the second round, making him the highest-drafted DIII player of all time. Since 1990, only 22 DIII players have been selected in the draft, though more have been given an opportunity to try out with the team through undrafted free agency."

>> Keep An Eye On: "North Central WR Andrew Kamienski may also be on some teams’ radars — he led NCAA DIII in receptions and receiving yards in 2019 and, upon graduating, has placed his name on several all-time leaderboards in DIII for both categories."

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5.  Lightning Round 

  Millsaps' Camille Fremaux and Union's Cameron Klepper named ITA Players of the Week.

  Simpson's Grady Haynes recorded a hole-in-one on the fifth hole during the first round of the American Rivers Conference men's championship.

  Cake and candles to Anthony Terry. And belated wishes to Erik Schrerer, assistant baseball coach at Cal Lutheran, and Ralph Turner who celebrated Thursday.


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6.  Weekend Watchlist  


  • No. 1 Marietta vs. No. 12 Baldwin Wallace
  • No. 5 Cortland vs. No. 18 Oswego
  • No. 7 Rowan vs. No. 16 Kean
  • No. 17 Pomona-Pitzer vs. No. 24 Chapman
  • Complete Schedule
Lacrosse (M)
  • No. 2 RIT vs. No. 10 St. Lawrence
  • No. 11 Lynchburg vs. Hampden-Sydney
  • Kenyon vs. Ohio Wesleyan
  • Complete Schedule
Lacrosse (W)
  • No. 3 Colby vs. No. 16 Bowdoin - NESCAC Quarterfinal
  • No. 4 Franklin & Marshall vs. No. 22 Haverford
  • No. 11 Wesleyan vs. No. 14 Hamilton - NESCAC Quarterfinal
  • Complete Schedule
  • No. 19 UW-Oshkosh vs. UW-Eau Claire
  • La Verne vs. Chapman
  • TCNJ vs. Ramapo
  • Penn College vs. PSU Berks
  • Complete Schedule
Tennis (M)
  • No. 1 [Atlantic South] Johns Hopkins vs. No. 6 Swarthmore
  • No. 3 [Northeast] Williams vs. No. 4 Bowdoin
  • Complete Schedule
Tennis (W)
  • No. 2 [West] Claremont-M-S vs. No. 6 Redlands
  • No. 3 [Northeast] Amherst vs. No. 5 MIT
  • No. 4 [Atlantic South] Swarthmore vs. No. 8 Johns Hopkins
  • Complete Schedule

7.  Comings and Goings
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