Thursday, September 1, 2022

Football Preview


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


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1. Football Preview


Here is a look at the preseason conference favorites for the 2022 NCAA Division III football season that begins tonight.

American Rivers: Central
CCIW: North Central
Centennial: Johns Hopkins
Commonwealth Coast: Endicott
ECFC: Anna Maria
Heartland: Rose-Hulman
Liberty: RPI
MASCAC: Framingham State
Michigan: Hope
Middle Atlantic: Delaware Valley
Midwest: Lake Forest
NACC: Aurora
NEWMAC: Springfield
NJAC: Salisbury
North Coast: DePauw
Ohio: Mount Union
ODAC: Randolph-Macon
Presidents: Westminster
SAA: Trinity
SCIAC: Redlands
UMAC: Greenville
USA South: Huntingdon
WIAC: Whitewater


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2.  Once a Coach, Always a Coach

by Martinna Roldan, Emory Wheel

"If you have ever been an athlete, you know that a coach can become one of the most meaningful, impactful and treasured aspects of your life. Coaches not only refine players’ techniques, game strategies and training methods, they also have an enormous impact on every generation of athletes they take under their wings. 

For three decades, former Emory women’s tennis head coach Amy Bryant (96C) has exceeded the common expectations of a coach and uplifted her teams to unimaginable levels of competition, teamwork and success. 

Coaching is not a traditional college major, nor was it among Bryant’s initial career plans. Bryant, who played varsity soccer and tennis during her time at Emory, initially planned to go into administration. However, after testing the corporate environment, Bryant was back on the court as the Emory women’s tennis interim head coach in 2000."

>> Court Awareness: "During the 23 seasons Bryant led, the women’s tennis team became a leader in Division III. Bryant’s squads accumulated a record of 428-116, reached the NCAA Tournament in every season except for 2020 during the pandemic, when the tournament was canceled. The team also reached the tournament quarterfinals 21 times, the semifinals 18 times and made 13 appearances in the championship match."

>> Quotable: “Definitely ‘trust the process,’ is something that she has preached from the very start,” Eliza McPherron said. “Every time we had a hard loss, [Bryant] was always running up at the end and would bring us in and she’d be like, ‘It’s all part of the process . . . What did we learn today? And how can that help us become better tennis players and better people in the future?’ In sports, I feel like that’s such a huge thing.”

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3.  Ohio Supreme Court Declines to Hear Oberlin Bakery Appeal

The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to review a lower court’s ruling against Oberlin College finding it must pay $36 million to a nearby bakery that sued in 2017, accusing the institution of libel. 

The state’s high court voted 4-3 to not hear the appeal, reported

Gibson’s Bakery’s lawsuit stems from an incident that occurred in 2016, when the bakery owner’s son tackled a Black student he caught stealing a bottle of wine. Two other Black students attempted to intervene. The three students were arrested and later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges."

>> Situational Awareness: "Before the students admitted they were guilty, the episode prompted Oberlin student-led protests that accused the bakery of racism. The former dean of students also joined in, passing out fliers against the bakery. Oberlin stopped ordering the bakery’s goods for its dining halls."

>> The Key Stat: "A jury sided with Gibson’s Bakery in 2019, and Oberlin was eventually ordered to pay the business $25 million in punitive damages, as well as about $6 million in attorney fees and $4.5 million in interest."

>> What They're Saying: "Oberlin said in a statement it was disappointed the Supreme Court wouldn’t review the case, but that it is “committed to strengthening the partnership between the College, the City of Oberlin and its residents, and the downtown business community.”

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4.  Lightning Round 


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  • Chris Rastetter, who has 27 years of experience with college basketball officiating, has been named the NCAA's national coordinator of men's basketball officiating. He replaced J.D. Collins, who will be retiring in October from the position he had held since 2015.
  • A 19-year-old student was killed and two others were badly injured when a brick pillar collapsed at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., on Monday night, just hours after the start of the fall semester. Our condolences to friends, family and the entire community.
   Wrestling (M)
  • The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced the return of men's wrestling as a championship sport beginning this season. Averett, Ferrum, Roanoke, Shenandoah and Washington and Lee will be joined by associate members Greensboro and Southern Virginia as the ODAC sponsors wrestling for the first time since 1980.

  Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles to Lea Grigsby, presidential spouse, Moravian; Brian Atkins, head athletic trainer, St. Lawrence; and Maureen Palchak, COO, College Swiming Coaches Assn. of America.
  • Do you know of someone celebrating a birthday soon? Drop us a line at

5.  Comings and Goings

6. 1 Smile To Go

Revelers play in tomato pulp today at the annual La Tomatina festival in Buñol, Spain — the first one since the start of the pandemic.

  • An estimated 130 tons of over-ripe tomatoes are used during the tomato fight each year, the L.A. Times reports.
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