Thursday, September 22, 2022

Hartford Addresses DIII Transition

 

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1.  Hartford Addresses DIII Transition


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by Gabrielle Lucivero


"Dr. Sharon Beverly likens it to being on a road without a map. As the Vice President of Athletics and Recreation at the University of Hartford, she’s been tasked with leading the change from Division I to Division III athletics, something just two schools have done before.

“I only saw the positives, absolutely,” said Beverly, who started at the school the month after the Board of Regents voted to make the transition. “To build in and develop a program, in the opposite direction. Usually, you see, sometimes schools going from III to I, you know, to have the institution determine that it was best for us to move from Division I to Division III, was a challenge I wanted to take on.”

The initial feasibility study outlined the financial incentives of the plan, though now, Beverly said, it is less about finances and more about lining up with the university's mission.

“We want to support our student-athletes in every way possible, not just their athletic endeavors, but their academic endeavors. And Division III gives you that time to do that,” Beverly said."

>> Situational Awareness: "NBC Connecticut reviewed the numbers in the NCAA transfer portal, which shows 20% of student-athletes have left for other schools since the rumors of the move started in April of 2021. If you factor in graduates and graduate transfers, that number is 35%. According to the university, just 62 athletes have transferred in that same span while they’ve brought in 200."

>> By The Numbers: "The university had 348 student-athletes at the end of the 2020-21 school year. For the start of the 2022-23 year, the school said they have 284. While a dip during a transition can be expected, the school-led feasibility study only made projections for the financial impact of having 325, 400 and 500 student-athletes. There was no consideration for a deficit."

>> Reality Check: "Students protested the decision and have continued to speak out since. A handful of student-athletes, who have since transferred, have an active lawsuit against the school. Hartford men’s basketball head coach John Gallagher is suing a member of the Board of Regents over alleged misrepresentation. Defendants in both suits have denied the allegations. Neither are filed against Beverly."

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FOOTBALL

2. Four Named to Good Works Team
 

Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced the final roster for the 31st Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, recognizing 22 college football student-athletes and an honorary head coach for outstanding contributions to their communities.

“For 31 years, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has reminded us how to use our position in life — whatever that may be — to lift up those around us,” said Tim Tebow, two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team member.

Allstate will continue its tradition of rewarding these athletes with an NIL opportunity as well as a charity match from The Allstate Foundation.

Division III Honorees
  • Matthew Feldick, Bethel
  • Alan Gorny, Johns Hopkins
  • Matt Lilja, Mount Union
  • Michael Wozniak, Saint John's

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CROSS COUNTRY (W)

3.  Knights of the 6K Course


Geneseo continues to sit atop the latest USTFCCCA DIII women's cross country rankings. The Knights went head-to-head with No. 3 Johns Hopkins and downed the Blue Jays by 15 points. Amherst and Pomona-Pitzer joined the top 10.

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

11-15: Carleton, Hope, Middlebury, Tufts, St. Olaf, Williams
17-20: John Carroll, Loras, Bates, Carnegie Mellon
21-25: UC Santa Cruz, UW-Eau Claire, Calvin, Dickinson, Lynchburg

>> Welcome: UC Santa Cruz, NYU, Misericordia

>> Complete Poll

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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. Three teams entered the top 10 - North Central (Ill.), Johns Hopkins and Claremont-M-S.

Men

  1. Pomona-Pitzer
  2. MIT
  3. Wartburg
  4. UW-La Crosse
  5. North Central (Ill.)
  6. Johns Hopkins
  7. John Carroll
  8. UW-Whitewater
  9. Claremont-M-S
  10. RPI
11-15: Washington (Mo.), Williams, Carnegie Mellon, Lynchburg, UC Santa Cruz
16-20: Otterbein, Haverford, St. Olaf, Geneseo, Chicago
21-25: Emory, Bates, Calvin, Loras, Connecticut College

>> We See You: NYU

>> Complete Poll
 
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