Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The Real Issues Facing College Sports


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III
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1. The Real Issues Facing College Sports

NCAA Division III cancels 2020 fall championships |
by Pete Thamel, ESPN

"There's a consistent myopia that's led college athletics down a wayward path for generations. It's a familiar pattern that spiraled the industry to its current state.

Leaders wait until problems manifest and then scramble for eleventh-hour solutions. They muster enough administrative muscle to spit out some type of temporary bubble-gum resolution to stick in the dam. Then they exhale when a flood is avoided, look away and don't notice the water gushing elsewhere. The cycle repeats itself over and over.

This pattern is as predictable as it is dispiriting. Especially because the real issues that the sport's leaders should be worried about -- the kind that have billions at stake, not millions -- loom much larger."

>> Situational Awareness: "College athletics needs revolution, not the same incremental and ineffective evolution. Leaders should stop legislating to satisfy the complaints of the now and start envisioning what college athletics should actually look like in the next generation. Then start moving and leading toward that vision. And it's one that should involve much less of the NCAA."

>> The Big Picture: "College presidents are mostly to blame for this leadership rut. They are part-time leaders of a billion-dollar organization that requires full-time engagement. They propped up outgoing NCAA president Mark Emmert for about a decade too long, with a tab that reached $4 million annually. That's outrageous even by college sports' standards."

>> The Key Stat: "The presidents have to bury all the amateurism propaganda they've sprouted for decades and realize their days of talent-for-scholarship deals in college football and basketball have ended."

>> Be Smart: Can't say this enough. DIII has to keep a watchful eye on this. Although the P5 does not want to kill the golden goose that is basketball, it's football that is paying the bills now.

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2. Regional Rules Seminars

Registration is open for the virtual 2022 Regional Rules Seminar, which will occur June 7-9. Educational sessions will allow members, affiliate members and others across all three divisions to hear and participate in conversations on NCAA rules, policies and procedures; share best practices; and connect with peers.

Click here to register for the virtual Regional Rules Seminar. Information on live and prerecorded sessions, supplemental educational resources and materials are available on the Regional Rules Seminar webpage.

The schedule for the live webinars is listed below. Please note that all times are Eastern.

Tuesday, June 7
Resources for New Compliance Officers — Noon-1 p.m.
Bylaw Basics for New Compliance Officers — 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 8
Show & Tell: Post-Convention Concepts — 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Show & Tell: Post-Convention Concepts — 3-6 p.m.

Thursday, June 9
Governance Hot Topics — Noon-1 p.m.
Amateurism Certification — 2:30-3:30 p.m.

At least once every three years, an active member school must be represented by at least one institutional staff member at the NCAA Regional Rules Seminar. This year, for member schools to meet the requirement, an institutional representative must attend one of the sessions Wednesday, June 8, and both sessions Thursday, June 9.

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3.   ECSU Holds Top Spot

Dominic Perachi improved to 8-0 on the season and lowered his earned run average to 0.36 with five innings of work. (Photo by George Corrigan '22)
Dominic Perachi, Salve Regina | photo by George Corrigan

The top four teams in the country remained in place entering the NCAA tournament in the latest top 25 poll

  1. Eastern Connecticut (17), 39-3
  2. Marietta (7), 38-5
  3. Birmingham-Southern (1), 38-8
  4. LaGrange (1), 37-6
  5. Webster, 37-6
  6. Arcadia, 38-7
  7. Salisbury, 30-8
  8. Cortland, 33-10
  9. UW-Whitewater, 33-6
  10. Rowan, 30-8

>> Team Batting Average: Marietta 386, St. Joseph's (L.I.) 371, Penn State Abington 359, Wilson 352, LaGrange 352.

>> Team ERA: Salisbury 2.68, Mitchell 2.85, Eastern Connecticut 2.87, Endicott 3.07, Salve Regina 3.12.

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    ROWING (W)

    4. Bombers Take Over

    Women's Crew No. 1 in the Poll Photo

    Ithaca assumed the No. 1 position in this week's Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division III poll.

    1. Ithaca (7)
    2. Wellesley (3)
    3. Bates
    4. WPI
    5. Trinity, Conn.
    6. Clark
    7. Williams
    8. Hamilton
    9. Coast Guard
    10. Wesleyan
    >> Complete Poll

    5.   Lightning Round  

      Basketball (M)

    • J.D. Collins, NCAA national coordinator of men's basketball officiating for the past seven years, announced his retirement, effective Oct. 31.
      Track and Field

      Happy Birthday


      6.  Comings and Goings
      1 THING

      7. Mexican Pizza Returns

      Taco Bell is bringing back one of its most beloved items this week, Axios' Kelly Tyko reports (on her second day with Axios).

      • The chain nixed its Mexican Pizza back in 2020 amid menu streamlining in the early months of COVID.
      • 170,000+ fans signed a petition begging for the pizza’s return.

      What's happening: Thursday is the first day the pizza is officially available at participating restaurants nationwide.

      • Taco Bell Rewards members have early access today and tomorrow when ordering on the mobile app.
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