Friday, September 30, 2022

Rowan Building New Arena; Eyeing DI


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

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1. Rowan Building New Arena; Eyeing DI

Rowan University puts out call for developers to build sports arena with up  to 7,000 seats - Philadelphia Business Journal
by Ryan Sharrow, Philadelphia Business Journal

"Rowan University is taking the next step in its quest to build a new sports and entertainment arena, issuing a call for developers interested in partnering with the South Jersey college on the 5,000- to 7,000-seat project.

The proposal calls for a private developer to enter into a land-lease agreement with the university where the firm would design, construct and operate the arena on the university's Glassboro campus.

The vision for the arena comes as Rowan explores the possibility of elevating its 18 athletic programs from Division III to the NCAA's top D-I athletic division. Rowan's basketball team currently plays in the 1,150-seat Esbjornson Gymnasium."

>> Court Awareness: "During a June interview with the Philadelphia Business Journal, Rowan President Ali Houshmand estimated the project would cost roughly $100 million. The arena would be built along 24 acres of Rowan's predominantly undeveloped West Campus near routes 55 and 322."

>> The Big Picture: "The arena would be a piece of Houshmand's goal to elevate the public university's status to be both a Division I and Research 1 institution. In the next five or so years, Houshmand has estimated the school could spend more than $500 million on capital projects at the 300-acre West Campus."

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2. 29 Named Campbell Trophy Semifinalists

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the 156 semifinalists - including 29 from Division III - for the 2022 William V. Campbell Trophy®, college football's premier scholar-athlete award. The list of candidates boasts an impressive 3.62 average GPA, with more than half of the semifinalists having already earned their bachelor's degrees.
Celebrating its 33rd year, the Campbell Trophy® recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. 

  1. Allegheny (PA) - Hudson Alread
  2. Bates (ME) - Tony Hooks
  3. Berry (GA) - Jake Weitkamp
  4. Chicago (IL) - Nicholas D'Ambrose
  5. DePauw (IN) - Danny Sheehan
  6. Gallaudet (DC) - Laron Thomas
  7. Hampden-Sydney (VA) - Michael Harris
  8. Hardin-Simmons (TX) - Cody Harral
  9. Hobart (NY) - Cade Frucci
  10. Hope (MI) - Daniel Romano
  11. Johns Hopkins (MD) - JR Woods
  12. Lake Forest (IL) - Dante Esposito
  13. Lycoming (PA) - Cole Senior
  14. Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) - Sante Parker Jr.
  15. Middlebury (VT) - Gregory Livingston
  16. Millsaps (MS) - Nic Hayes
  17. Rhodes (TN) - Reggie Matthews
  18. Saint John's (MN) - Michael Wozniak
  19. Shenandoah (VA) - Mason Caldwell
  20. Springfield (MA) - Lou Cocozza
  21. Susquehanna (PA) - Elijah Hoffman
  22. Trinity (CT) - Aidan Kennedy
  23. Tufts (MA) - Johnathan Oneal
  24. Washington & Jefferson (PA) - Alexander Keith
  25. Waynesburg (PA) - Tyler Raines
  26. Wesleyan (CT) - Matt Simco
  27. Wisconsin Lutheran - Brevin Jegerlehner
  28. Wisconsin-Stout - Sean Borgerding
  29. Wooster (OH) - Lake Barrett
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3. What We're Watching 

Another great weekend of DIII competition with four matchups involving a pair of top-10 teams.

  Field Hockey

  • No. 3 Tufts vs. No. 5 Trinity (Conn.)
  • No. 8 Williams vs. No. 9 Amherst
  Soccer (M)
  • No. 1 Chicago vs. No. 22 Rochester
  • No. 2 Messiah vs. No. 17 Christopher Newport
  • No. 6 Johns Hopkins vs. No. 21 Gettysburg
  Soccer (W)
  • No. 6 Tufts vs. No. 22 Trinity (Conn.)
  • No. 14 Case Western Reserve vs. Brandeis
  • No. 1 North Central (Ill.) vs. No. 11 Wheaton (Ill.)
  • No. 3 UW-Whitewater vs. No. 9 UW-La Crosse
  • No. 13 Ithaca vs. Hobart
  • No. 15 Delaware Valley vs. Stevenson
  • No. 2 Trinity (Texas) vs. No. 24 Colorado College
  • No. 5 Washington (Mo.) vs. No. 6 Emory
  • No. 13 UW-Stevens Point vs. No. 16 Augsburg

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4.  Lightning Round 


  • Allegheny College says it will cover 100% of tuition for up to four years for Pennsylvania students from families earning $50,000 or less.
  • Bard College has announced that it has received a $25 million endowment gift from the Gochman Family Foundationwhich will be used to form a Center for American and Indigenous Studies.
  • Three years removed from the opening of the Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex (BRAC), the multimillion dollar state-of-the-art facility will don a new name thanks to a record-breaking gift from esteemed entrepreneurship professor and loyal athletics supporter Len Green.

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  • Friday: Jay Hoffman, head women's soccer coach, Centre
  • Saturday: Mike Gutelius, head football coach, Catholic; Shamyra Joggard-Wilkerson, athletic marketing, Shenandoah
  • Sunday: Kendra Greene, senior associate AD, NC Central; Paul Anderson, grounds, Rochester; Brandon Beard, fan, Wheaton.
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5.  Comings and Goings

6.  Gen Z's Favorite Brands

Data: Morning Consult. (Gen Z adults: ages 18–25. Margin of error: ±1 percentage point for all adults, ±2 for Gen Z.) Chart: Madison Dong/Axios Visuals

Twitter is the only major social media platform that outperforms with Gen Z men, Axios' Jennifer A. Kingson reports.

  • Gen Z women have a more favorable opinion of Pinterest (+22 points), TikTok (+19) Snapchat (+11), Facebook (+8) and Instagram (+6).
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Thursday, September 29, 2022

"We Are Becoming Extinct"


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


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1.  "We Are Becoming Extinct"

Students taking a picture under the arch
by Stephanie Hughes, Marketplace

"Lots of Notre Dame of Maryland University students were at lunch when they learned earlier this month that the school would be accepting men next fall.

“Everybody gets this email at the same time and chaos ensues,” said senior Alexandria Malinowski. “People are crying, people are upset, people are running to their advisers or their professors. … Then they run into their office, and then their professor’s also crying.”

Notre Dame was founded by nuns in 1895 in Baltimore specifically to educate women, who were then excluded from many other institutions of higher education. There are fewer than three dozen women’s colleges in the United States, down from approximately 230 at their peak in the 1950s, according to the Women’s College Coalition. Many have merged with other schools, closed or started accepting men. There are obvious cultural ramifications to the decision, but this is, at its core, an economic choice."

>> Situational Awareness: "The facts are that in the next few years, there will be fewer college-age students, period. And fewer than 2% of female freshmen are enrolling in private women’s colleges, according to a review by Notre Dame. Like most schools, it depends on tuition as a source of revenue. It costs just over $39,000 annually to attend. (The school says the average amount paid after scholarships is $20,000.) By accepting men, Notre Dame is expanding its potential market."

>> Between The Lines: "One of the reasons (they) originally came to Notre Dame is its size: With about 800 undergraduates on campus, most seem to know each other by name. It’s also economically and racially diverse: 55 percent of students receive Pell Grants, which are designed for low-income students, and about half of the undergraduates are people of color."

>> Reality Check: "
When Rosemont College, just outside of Philadelphia, went coed in 2009, it involved figuring out where the male students would live, what sports to offer and changing the school’s mascot from Rosie the Rosemonster to Renny the Raven. All of this upset some alumni."

>> What They're Saying: “You just need to go through the process,” said Jim Cawley, now Rosemont’s interim president. “It’s almost like a grieving process.”

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2. Landmark to Play Contests at Palestra

Penn Facility Rental Info - Palestra - University of Pennsylvania Athletics

The Landmark Conference will become the second DIII conference to play basketball games at the famed Palestra on Sunday, January 15, 2023.

Nearly five years to the day of "Centennial at the Palestra" (January 14, 2018), the Landmark will feature four games - two men and two women - involving all eight member institutions at the Cathedral.

>> Quotable: “The opportunity to play at the Palestra, one of the most iconic venues in the entire country, as a basketball student-athlete is a once in a lifetime experience,” said Mary Beth Spirk, Moravian University head women’s basketball coach.. “It is an exciting day for all of our conference schools, which includes coaches, alums, and supporters of every program."

>> Quotable II: “The opportunity to showcase Landmark basketball and compete in one of the nation’s most storied arenas is truly special, ” said Juniata College head men’s basketball coach, Greg Curley. "For anyone who loves basketball and has any understanding of the history of the sport, it doesn’t get any better.”

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3.  Geneseo Remains No. 1

Geneseo continues to sit atop the latest USTFCCCA DIII women's cross country rankings as nine of the top-10 teams remained in place. 

Look for some great racing this weekend at the NCAA DIII Cross Country National Preview Meet, as well as the Paul Short Run, the Blugold Invitational, in addition to several others.

  1. Geneseo
  2. Wartburg
  3. Chicago
  4. Johns Hopkins
  5. Claremont-M-S
  6. Washington (Mo.)
  7. MIT
  8. Amherst
  9. UW-La Crosse
  10. Pomona-Pitzer

>> Complete Poll


4.  Pomona-Pitzer On Top

Pomona-Pitzer, the two-time defending national champions, remains atop the USTFCCCA DIII men's cross country ranking this week. 

There will be two strong head-to-head battles between top-10 teams this weekend: No. 2 MIT goes up against No. 3 UW-La Crosse, No. 5 North Central (Ill.) and No. 8 UW-Whitewater at the NCAA DIII Cross Country Pre-National Meet in East Lansing, Michigan; No. 6 Johns Hopkins squares off with No. 7 John Carroll and No. 10 RPI in Bethlehem for the Paul Short Run (No. 9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is in another race at the meet).


  1. Pomona-Pitzer
  2. MIT
  3. UW-La Crosse
  4. Wartburg
  5. North Central (Ill.)
  6. Johns Hopkins
  7. John Carroll
  8. UW-Whitewater
  9. Claremont-M-S
  10. RPI
>> Complete Poll

5.  Lightning Round 



  Field Hockey

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6.  Comings and Goings

7.  HS Participation Down

Data: National Federation of State High School Associations; Note: Includes schools part of NFHS; Table: Axios Visuals

Boys golf and girls volleyball are the lone bright spots in overall participation drops for high school sports compared to 2018–2019, Axios Sports reporter Jeff Tracy writes.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

What's The Market for DIII NIL?


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. What's The Market for DIII NIL?

by Minnesota Public Radio

"N-I-L are three letters that spell a revolution in college sports. As of July 1, 2021, the NCAA allowed student-athletes to profit off their Name, Image and Likeness. Suddenly, you started hearing stories of Division I athletes signing million-dollar NIL deals, some even before the ink on their high school diploma was dry. 

But what about the humble Division III student-athletes? For many of them, their sports careers end at graduation. Is it possible for them to build a brand, make an impact—and maybe even earn a little dough—before they hang up their cleats for good? Greg Peterson, Athletic Director at Bethel University in Arden Hills talks with guest host Tim Nelson about his school’s deal to market student-athletes."

>> Situational Awareness: "(The NCAA) deregulated the policy, so now a student athlete could get compensated for their name, image, and likeness. So, essentially, they could do advertising based on their individual personality, their individual brand. And that would not conflict with their athletic eligibility."

>> Why It Matters: "(Influencer) essentially provides a platform for student athletes to go and promote themselves and connect with businesses on their own. So that was really an important thing for us because it allows us to be in compliance with the NCAA and stay out of it, while simultaneously giving opportunities for our student athletes to take advantage of it to whatever extent they want."

>> The Final Word: "I think it can almost be viewed as part of a holistic education, where they're learning how to promote themselves, build their brand, their own personal brand. They're having opportunities to communicate and sell themselves to businesses and organizations in a way that they might not have as part of a regular four-year college experience."

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2.   Moyer Makeover: Salem's Softball Complex Undergoes Renovations

by David DeGuzman, WFXR-TV

"The Moyer Complex, a staple of Salem and home to a number of softball championships for the last three decades, is getting a facelift as the city plans to spend $27.5 million to renovate the facility.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday to celebrate the start of a project that is expected to take a year to finish. The renovations will not only improve the the experience for fans and athletes of softball by installing new lighting and expanding parking options, but it will also add a new skate park as well as pickleball courts.

“We had a really really good complex. People loved coming here because of the people and because of the facility but it’s going to be even better. When this facility opened years ago, it was world class, it was ahead of its time. We’re replicating it, we’re going to be ahead of everyone else again,” Salem Director of Tourism Carey Harveycutter said."

>> What They're Saying: “We had to stay competitive with all these new facilities that are going up all across the country and now Moyer will be one of the top facilities on the East Coast,” Salem Parks and Recreation director John Shaner said."

>> Next Up: The newly renovated Complex will host the 2024 DIII softball championship.

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3.   Chicago, CNU Remain No. 1

The University of Chicago and Christopher Newport University sit atop the latest United Soccer Coaches Association DIII rankings.


  1. Chicago, 9-0
  2. Messiah, 7-0-1
  3. Stevens, 7-0-1
  4. Kenyon, 8-0
  5. North Park, 8-0
  6. Johns Hopkins, 6-0-2
  7. Gustavus Adolphus, 6-0-2
  8. Carnegie Mellon, 7-0-1
  9. Wesleyan, 6-0-1
  10. Willamette, 7-0-2

>> Clean Sheets: Clarkson has yet to concede a goal in seven matches this season. Golden Knight keeper Carter Kladstrup and USJ keeper Matthew Goebel have yet to surrender a goal in 2022, making 12 and 10 saves, respectively.
>> Complete Poll

  1. Christopher Newport, 8-0-1
  2. Messiah, 6-0-2
  3. Misericordia, 6-0-1
  4. Johns Hopkins, 6-0-2
  5. William Smith, 4-1-2
  6. Tufts, 4-1-1
  7. Wartburg, 9-0
  8. Carnegie Mellon, 6-1-1
  9. Trinity (Texas), 7-0-1
  10. Babson, 8-0
>> Scorers: Merchant Marine's Morgan Mitchell and George Fox's Maggie Phillips are each averaging more than two goals per match at 2.29 and 2.17, respectively.

>> Complete Poll

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    4.   Top Four Remain in Place

    Claremont-M-S remains on top as the latest AVCA women's volleyball rankings were released Tuesday.

    1. Claremont-M-S (90), 13-0
    2. Trinity (Texas), 11-2
    3. Northwestern (Minn.), 13-0
    4. Juniata, 10-1
    5. Washington (Mo.), 14-1
    6. Emory, 7-3
    7. Berry, 9-2
    8. Calvin, 9-3
    9. UW-Whitewater, 15-2
    10. NYU, 10-3
    >> Killer: Johnson and Wales' Peyton Oliver equaled a DIII single-match seasonal best with 32 kills in a 3-2 win against Williams.

    >> Complete Poll

      5.   No. 1 Panthers Extend Win Streak to 37

      Defending national champion Middlebury remains the No. 1 team in the land according to this week's NFHCA coaches' poll. 

      1. Middlebury, 7-0
      2. Rowan, 8-0
      3. Tufts, 7-0
      4. Salisbury, 8-0
      5. Trinity, 7-0
      6. Johns Hopkins, 5-3
      7. Kean, 7-1
      8. Williams, 5-2
      9. Amherst, 5-2
      10. Babson, 4-3

      >> Margin of Victory: Shenandoah leads DIII with a 5.12 scoring margin. The Hornets (8-0) have scored 49 goals while conceding eight.

      >> Complete Poll

        6.   Lightning Round  


        • The Vermont State College System’s Board of Trustees approved a base tuition rate for in-state undergraduates of $9,999 for fall 2023, essentially dropping tuition by 15 percent for Green Mountain State residents when the system completes a merger next summer. The move applies to Castleton University, Northern Vermont University and Vermont Technical College, which make up Vermont State University, a single institution that will officially be born on July 1, 2023, when the trio of institutions becomes one multicampus operation.

          Happy Birthday

        • Cake and candles for Greg Peterson, AD, Bethel; Mary Shimko, head women's soccer coach, Brandeis; Chris Phillips, alum, Cabrini.
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