Thursday, November 3, 2022

The Bracket


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


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1. The Bracket

Over the last two days, we have discussed the differences in Pools A, B, and C, as well as the selection criteria of at-large teams to NCAA Division III championship tournaments.

Now, we conclude our series with a look at the bracket and how it is put together.

Many committees prefer the national aspect of the NCAA tournament and will send teams on the road outside their regions. Some committees are a bit more tight-fisted and prefer to keep teams closer to home.

The magic number is 500 - as in 500 miles. After that number, teams may fly to their respective site - a practice that some NCAA bean-counters frown upon, despite the obvious student experience.

Nonetheless, it is a wonderful time for students that have the opportunity to participate in a NCAA Division III championship. Good luck.

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2. SCAC Adds Lyon, Football

SCAC to Reinstate Football; Adds Lyon as Affiliate for 2024 Season

"The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) will reinstate the sport of football as an officially sponsored conference sport effective the 2024 playing season. 

In conjunction with that announcement, the SCAC has offered football affiliate membership to Lyon (Ark.) College, with that partnership also beginning in 2024.

With a stated focus to reestablish football, the SCAC Presidents Council agreed in its most recent meeting that the conference will officially recognize and sponsor the sport beginning in 2024, provided that at least four institutions (via a combination of core and/or affiliate members) are willing to participate as an SCAC football member (independent of being an affiliate member of another conference)."

>> Reality Check: "It is expected that Austin College, Centenary College, Lyon College and McMurry will each participate as football-playing members in the fall of 2024. The league plans to play a double round robin schedule (home and home) to provide a six-game conference schedule in that initial season’s return to the gridiron."

>> What They Are Saying: “On behalf of the College, we are ecstatic that the SCAC is offering us an associate membership in the sport of football beginning in the fall of 2024,” said Lyon College Athletic Director Kevin Jenkins. “Our President Dr. Melissa Taverner, (head) Coach Chris Douglas and I are looking forward to Lyon joining this group as we transition to NCAA Division III.”

>> Complete Release


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3.  Regional Rankings Released

The third regional rankings for Division III field hockey, soccer and volleyball were released on Wednesday. The first rankings for football - the alphabetical listing - also came out. Here are the top teams by region.

Field Hockey
I-Babson, MIT, Endicott
II-Middlebury, Tufts, Williams
III-Rochester, Ithaca, Vassar
IV-Rowan, Kean, TCNJ
V-Johns Hopkins, Messiah, York (Pa.)
VI-Salisbury, W&L, Christopher Newport

Soccer (M)
I-Amherst, Middlebury. Bowdoin
II-Babson, Endicott, WPI
III-Oneonta, Cortland, Vassar
IV-Stevens, Montclair State, NYU
V-Messiah, Johns Hopkins, F&M
VI-Christopher Newport, W&L, Mary Washington
VII-Kenyon, Ohio Northern, John Carroll
VIII-Chicago, North Central (Ill.), North Park
IX-Gustavus Adolphus, UW-Eau Claire, St. Olaf
X-Willamette, Pacific Lutheran, Mary Hardin-Baylor

Soccer (W)
I-Amherst, Williams, Bowdoin
II-MIT, Babson, Emerson
III-William Smith, Rochester, Cortland
IV-Misericordia, Montclair State, Rowan
V-Johns Hopkins, Messiah, Swarthmore
VI-Christopher Newport, Emory, Virginia Wesleyan
VII-Case Western Reserve, Carnegie Mellon, Ohio Northern
VIII-Dominican, Washington (Mo.), Calvin
IX-Loras, UW-La Crosse, Wartburg
X-Trinity (Texas), Mary Hardin-Baylor, Pacific Lutheran

Volleyball (W)
I-Wesleyan (Conn.), Tufts, Williams
II-MIT, Babson, Emerson
III-Ithaca, Cortland, New Paltz
IV-NYU, Stevens, Stockton
V-Juniata, Stevenson, Johns Hopkins
VI-Berry, Emory, Mary Washington
VII-Calvin, Carnegie Mellon, Wittenberg
VIII-Washington (Mo.), UW-Oshkosh, UW-Whitewater
IX-Northwestern-St. Paul, Coe, Gustavus Adolphus
X-Claremont-M-S, Trinity (Texas), UC Santa Cruz


4.  Knights Top Preseason Poll

Wartburg is the preseason No. 1 team in the land according to the NWCA pollsters.

  1. Wartburg
  2. Augsburg
  3. North Central, Ill.
  4. John Carroll
  5. UW-La Crosse
  6. Coe
  7. Stevens
  8. York (Pa.)
  9. Wabash
  10. New York U.

>> Complete Team Poll

Preseason Individual Rankings

125: Riley Parker, Washington and Lee
133: Robbie Precin, North Central
141: Zaren Terukina, Wartburg
149: Michael Petrella, Baldwin Wallace
157: David Hollingsworth, Wartburg
165: Nate Lackman, Rhode Island College
174: Zane Mulder, Wartburg
184: Jarritt Shinhoster, UW-Whitewater
197: Beau Yineman, UW-Oshkosh
285: Donovan King, Olivet

>> Complete Individual Rankings

5.  Lightning Round 


  • MassDevelopment has issued a $50 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of Wentworth Institute of Technology, which will use proceeds to fund the construction of a new athletic complex on Parker Street in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood. 


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6.  Comings and Goings

7.  Big-Bird Shortage

Volunteers season turkeys for a Thanksgiving feast in Denver last year. Photo: Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The U.S. government is warning of a big shortage of big birds this Thanksgiving, Axios' Kelly Tyko and Emily Peck report.

  • Because of avian flu outbreaksfinding 20-pound turkeys in some regions of the country could be tough, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on a call with reporters yesterday.

"Some of the turkeys that are being raised right now for Thanksgiving may not have the full amount of time to get to 20 pounds," Vilsack said on the call, which was about the administration's effort to reduce meat and poultry prices in the long-term.

  • "I don't think you're going to have to worry about whether or not you can carve your turkey," Vilsack said. "Maybe smaller. But it'll be there."
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