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.

   Happy Birthday

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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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