Thursday, August 25, 2022

Sagehens, Knights Take Top Spots in Preseason XC Rankings


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III


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1. Sagehens, Knights Take Top Spots in Preseason XC Rankings

Pomona-Pitzer Claims Second-Straight NCAA Title in Dominant Fashion  Women's Cross Country - SUNY Geneseo

Here is the preseason edition of the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women's Cross Country National Coaches’ Polls for the 2022 season, as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Remember that this poll is conducted by counting votes from 10 member coaches – one from each of the division’s 10 regions – who also do the Regional Rankings.

  1. Pomona-Pitzer
  2. MIT
  3. John Carroll
  4. Williams
  5. Wartburg
  6. UW-La Crosse
  7. Geneseo
  8. Washington (Mo.)
  9. UW-Whitewater
  10. Claremont-M-S
11-15: Lynchburg, Carnegie Mellon, North Central (Ill.), Otterbein, Middlebury, St. Olaf
17-20: UC Santa Cruz, Haverford, Chicago, Emory
21-25: Tufts, Calvin, Johns Hopkins, RPI, George Fox

>> Conference Call (35 teams): NESCAC (6), UAA (6), WIAC (4), Ohio (3), American Rivers (2), C2C (2), Centennial (2), SCIAC (2), CCIW (1), Liberty (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1),NEWMAC (1), Northwest (1), ODAC (1), SUNYAC (1)

>> Complete Poll

  1. Geneseo
  2. Wartburg
  3. Johns Hopkins
  4. Claremont-M-S
  5. Williams
  6. Chicago
  7. MIT
  8. Hope
  9. Washington (Mo.)
  10. UW-La Crosse
11-15: Pomona-Pitzer, Tufts, Amherst, Carleton, Bates
16-20: St. Olaf, Middlebury, John Carroll, Loras, Carnegie Mellon
21-25: Calvin, UW-Eau Claire, Colorado College, Trine, Dickinson

>> Conference Call (35 teams): NESCAC (7), UAA (4), Centennial (3), Michigan (3), American Rivers (2), Minnesota (2), NEWMAC (2), ODAC (2), Ohio (2), SCIAC (2), WIAC (2), Liberty (1), Northwest (1), SCAC (1), SUNYAC (1)

>> Complete Poll


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2.  Meet Vermont State University

Vermont State University logo

by Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

"Think higher education can’t “transform” itself? Meet Vermont State University.

The newly accredited institution, the result of a merger of three financially challenged public colleges and universities scattered across more than 100 miles in Vermont, isn’t the kind of change many academic idealists might want; the consolidation will eliminate scores of programs and will cost some employees their jobs. But it may be the sort of solution more states embrace in this era of declining enrollments, constrained resources and political doubts about higher education’s value."

>> Situational Awareness: "Vermont has undertaken one of the most dramatic restructurings in the recent history of higher education, essentially consolidating three institutions—Northern Vermont University, Vermont Technical College and Castleton University—into one, Vermont State University."

>> Why It Matters: "Public college enrollments in Vermont, historically the smallest in the nation, began declining in 2012 after the Great Recession and have fallen by about 10 percent. As enrollments have dropped, the institutions in the Vermont State Colleges system have increased their tuition discount rates to try to limit the impact on students."

>> Between The Lines: "The strongest opposition came from officials and faculty members at Castleton University—unsurprising, given that the university didn’t face the existential threat its peers did under Spaulding’s initial plan. “A lot of people at Castleton felt everything was fine there, and they were probably going to be safe if the others closed,” Sharron Scott, chief financial and operating officer at the Vermont State Colleges, said.

>> Worth Noting: No physical locations are closing; though some campuses are shrinking. Castleton continues to play in the Little East Conference, while NVU-Johnson and NVU-Lyndon will continue with the North Atlantic Conference.

>> Read More


3.  NCAA Postgraduate Internships

The NCAA urges you to inform talented early career professionals, recent graduates and current student-athletes within your personal and professional networks who are interested in pursuing a career in college sports about the NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program.

Opportunities are available across all functional areas at the NCAA including administrative services, championships and alliances, communications, executive affairs, governance, inclusion, education and community engagement, and regulatory affairs. For more detailed information, including job descriptions for each position offered, visit the PGIP webpage here

The application opens at 8 a.m. Eastern time Monday, Aug. 1, and will remain open until 5 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, Sept. 6. Contact with any questions.


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4.  Lightning Round 


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  • The NCAA named Mario Morris as the organization's senior VP of administration and CFO. He is currently the executive deputy athletics director at Notre Dame. He starts his position at the NCAA on Sept. 12.

  Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles to Colleen Pivirotto, SWA, Scranton; Doug Atkins, student/football, Muskingum; Kristan Mallet, Senior Associate AD, Nichols
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5.  Comings and Goings
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