Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Time to Rethink College Sports?


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Time to Rethink College Sports?

by Karen Weaver


"With only four months left until its self-imposed deadline of August 1, the NCAA Division I Transformation Committee is coming down to the “fish or cut bait” moment. How should DI operate? How much power should be reassigned to the conferences? How much control should the runaway train called NIL have on decision making?

A project like this reminds me of building a house. Do you want one story or two? Do you want four bedrooms or ten? How many bathrooms? What style—Cape Cod, Ranch or split-level? And then there are the really hard choices, like what color to paint the walls.

But most homeowners would tell you the most important part of a house are the “bones.” Does your house have a strong foundation, a good roof and windows? Has it been well maintained with annual repairs and maintenance attended to? And, most importantly, can it survive the changing weather patterns and major storms that are inevitable?

If this is truly the moment in time to rethink the entire existence of the governance of NCAA college sports, then we may need to take the house down to the foundation and rebuild it."

>> Why It Matters: "Higher education and Division I college athletics can no longer operate as if they are two different planets circling each other. In this moment, all of higher education needs to be engaged in the heavy lifting of what’s next. Here are some recommendations:

  • In keeping with the “building a house” theme, start with the foundation. Align the NCAA, the ACE and other key associations closer together to bring some of Division I athletics inside the tent of higher education.
  • Tie institutional accreditation to compliance with both Title IV and Title IX. Institutional accreditation is required every 10 years, and is conducted by one of six regional agencies. 
  • It is surprising that, despite the public availability of nearly every institution’s Equity in Athletics Disclosure Report (EADA) on the Department of Education’s (DOE) website, the regional agencies are not required to evaluate a school’s Title IX compliance, despite also being an arm of the DOE.
  • Colleges must be accountable for complying with Federal laws, especially those that apply to college athletics.
  • Not every Division I program can live under the same roof. It has become painfully obvious to almost everyone that there are many institutions who cannot be competitive in Division I (other than in basketball and some Olympic sports). Yet, more are eager to join. 
>> The Final Word: "There are no easy answers for these Division I institutions, but the time for choosing is now. It’s not only the job for college presidents to figure this out - we need leaders throughout higher education to help decide what the future should look like."

>> Continue Reading

2. Case, Chicago Top Polls

Aidan Drover-Mattinen, RPI

The Case Western Reserve men and the Chicago women top the latest ITA Division III tennis polls.


  1. Case Western Reserve
  2. Chicago
  3. Tufts
  4. Middlebury
  5. Claremont-M-S
  6. Washington (Mo.)
  7. Williams
  8. Trinity (Texas)
  9. Bowdoin
  10. Pomona-Pitzer

Atlantic South
Teams: Emory, NC Wesleyan, Mary Washington
Singles: Jhonny Acosta, NC Wesleyan
Doubles: Moses Hutchinson/Andrew Watson, Mary Washington

Teams: Case Western, Chicago, Washington U.
Singles: James Hopper, CWRU
Doubles: Tim Cianciola/Jack Bulger, Denison

Teams: Tufts, Middlebury, Williams
Singles: Aiden Drover-Mattinen, RPI
Doubles: Chase Cohen/Matthew Kandel, Williams

Teams: Clamorent-M-S, Trinity (Texas), Pomona-Pitzer
Singles: Robert Liu, Claremont-M-S
Doubles: Christian Settles/ Hao Nguyen, Trinity (Texas)

>> Complete Rankings

  1. Chicago
  2. Pomona-Pitzer
  3. Claremont-M-S
  4. Emory
  5. Wesleyan (Conn.)
  6. MIT
  7. Sewanee
  8. Middlebury
  9. Amherst
  10. Tufts

Atlantic South
Teams: Emory, Sewanee, Carnegie Mellon
Singles: Eliza McPherron, Williams
Doubles: Brooke Despriet/Alice Hall, Sewanee

Teams: Chicago, Case Western Reserve, Washington (Mo.)
Singles: Sylwia Mikos, Chicago
Doubles: Mikos/Shianna Guo, Chicago

Teams: Wesleyan, MIT, Middlebury
Singles: Jackie Bukzin, Amherst
Doubles: Kristina Yu/Sasha Gaeth, Wesleyan

Teams: Pomona-Pitzer, Claremont-M-S, Trinity (Texas)
Singles: Maria Lyven, Pomona-Pitzer
Doubles: Lyven/Nina Ye, Pomona-Pitzer

>> Complete Rankings


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3.   Marietta Strengthens Hold

Nolan Rowan, Kean

Marietta and Eastern Connecticut remained 1-2 in the latest rankings. Salisbury moved into the top 10, while UW-Whitewater fell out.

  1. Marietta (24), 23-3
  2. Eastern Connecticut, 18-2
  3. LaGrange, 24-3
  4. Birmingham-Southern (1), 24-7
  5. Lynchburg, 23-5
  6. Cortland, 21-7
  7. Rowan, 18-5
  8. North Central (Ill.), 20-5
  9. Baldwin Wallace, 19-4
  10. Salisbury, 20-7

>> Team Batting Average Leaders: Marietta 379, Aurora 361, Anna Maria 353, St. Joseph's (L.I.) 352, Randolph-Macon 351.

>> Team ERA Leaders: Kean 2.63, Marietta 2.72, La Verne 2.81, Salisbury 2.92, Mitchell 2.95

Games We're Watching (Wed.)
  • No. 15 Tufts vs. Mass-Boston
  • No. 21 Oswego State vs. Rochester
>> Complete Poll

    4. CNU Still The One

    Photo Credit: Kyle Pulek
    Jill Pulek, Johnson and Wales / photo by Kyle Pulek

    Christopher Newport remained the unanimous No. 1 in the latest NFCA softball coaches poll, while Roanoke moved into the top 10.

    1. Christopher Newport (10), 27-1
    2. Salisbury, 28-2
    3. Texas Lutheran, 29-4
    4. Birmingham-Southern, 28-4
    5. East Texas Baptist, 22-7
    6. Eastern Connecticut, 20-4
    7. Belhaven, 25-5
    8. Randolph-Macon, 24-5
    9. DePauw, 18-6
    10. Linfield, 29-7
    >> Team Batting Average Leaders: Christopher Newport 404, Johnson and Wales 384, Saint Vincent 383, Penn State Abington 379, Cazenovia 376

    >> Team ERA Leaders: Concordia (Wis.) 0.53, Geneseo 0.90, Tufts 0.93, Loras 1.02, Bethel 1.10

    Games We're Watching (Wed.)
    • No. 8 Randolph-Macon vs. No. 11 Virginia Wesleyan

    >> Complete Poll

    5.   Lightning Round  

       Benedictine's Thomas Tillett set a DIII single-game record with 15 assists as the Eagles defeated Concordia-Chicago.

      Trinity's Christine Taylor and Bates GK Cammie Lavoie were named the IWLCA Division III Players of the Week.

      Redlands' Tucker Cargile and Rochester's Madeline O'Connell were named National Athletes of the Week by the USTFCCCA.

      The Rowan men and the Washington U. women lead the USTFCCCA DIII Outdoor Track and Field Ratings Index. 

      UW-Oshkosh 1B Hannah Ritter and Randolph-Macon RHP Gracie Ellis captured the NFCA Player and Pitcher of the Week awards.

      Grinnell defeated Coe, 3-2, for the Pioneers' first win against the Kohawks since 1980 - a streak of 42 games.

      Wentworth's Jacob Labouliere was named the AVCA DIII Player of the Week.

      Cake and candles to Arcadia coordinator of student success Oliver Moe.



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