Tuesday, December 20, 2022

CSAC, United East Conference Announce Intent To Merge


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1.  CSAC, United East Conference Announce Intent To Merge

 CSAC and United East Conference - Intent to Merge

"The Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) and United East Conference have reached an agreement establishing an intent to merge, with an anticipated start date of Fall 2023, provided all conditions set by both conferences are met.

The merger is intended to address the evolving landscape of higher education by stabilizing conference membership and solidifying the sport sponsorship currently offered by the existing conferences. This merger will also provide member institutions an opportunity to decrease the number of associate memberships necessary to support the current sport offerings on each respective campus.

The initial steps of the merger have been facilitated by presidential leadership from both conferences. That group has designated an Implementation Task Force to begin working through the logistics of merging day-to-day conference operations in the coming months. The Implementation Task Force will be led by Stephanie Dutton, current United East Commissioner, and will be composed of both current commissioners and two athletic directors from each conference."

>> What's Next: "Upon completion of the merge, all current conference employees will remain employed by the combined entity. The leadership structure of the new conference will be established and announced prior to the start of business operations as a new entity. More information will be shared in the coming weeks and months as the work begins to combine our respective conferences."

>> Quotable: "In a time in which many of our institutions are navigating challenges and changing needs, we believe this partnership will create a stronger conference that will provide increased stability now and in the future for our student-athletes and their athletic experience." - President Roberta Cordano, Gallaudet University and President James Lytle, Clarks Summit University

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2.  B-SC In 'Financial Distress'

About BSC
by Roy S. Johnson, Al.com

"Birmingham-Southern College, the liberal arts college whose roots date back to its charter as Southern University by the Alabama Legislature in 1856, is in danger of closing.

In a letter to members of the Jefferson County Delegation of the Alabama Legislature, Sen. Jabo Waggoner and Rep. Jim Carns wrote: “Birmingham-Southern has been operating in financial distress for over a decade. Without support, it will not be able to continue to operate after May 2023.”

Birmingham-Southern President Daniel Coleman, according to the letter, is seeking $30 million in state funding for the private college - $12.5 million from funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act and $17.5 million from the Education Trust Fund."

>> Situational Awareness: "Waggoner and Carns did not address how the college fell into such financial straits. However, in its statement, the school said: “BSC’s financial challenges began with a building program in the mid-2000s that drew heavily upon the endowment and caused the College to take on significant debt. The financial crisis of 2008-2009 and an error in accounting of federal financial aid further depleted the College’s resources. Without a healthy endowment, the economic model under which BSC operates is simply not sustainable for the long-term.”

>> What's Next: In their letter, Waggoner and Carns stated: “Without a commitment from the state, the college will need to notify high school students that it will no longer be accepting applications by the middle of January.”

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3.  A New No. 1

No. 2 Men's Basketball Blitzes Blazers Wednesday Night, 86-51

The University of Saint Joseph's has risen to the top spot in the latest D3hoops.com men's basketball poll, supplanting Christopher Newport.

  1. St. Joseph's, Conn. (21), 9-0
  2. Williams (1), 9-0
  3. Randolph-Macon (3), 7-1
  4. Mount Union, 8-1
  5. Rochester, 9-1
  6. Keene State, 10-0
  7. Christopher Newport, 9-2
  8. John Carroll, 8-1
  9. Middlebury, 8-1
  10. Case Western Reserve, 9-0

>> Spotless: There are still 11 unbeaten teams according to NCAA stats - Western Connecticut, Concordia-Chicago, Berry, Williams, Saint Joseph (Conn.), NYU, Montclair State, Catholic, Case Western Reserve, Keene State and Kean.

>> Complete Poll

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4.  New York, New York

New York U. jumped into the top spot according to the latest D3hoops.com women's basketball rankings released late Monday.

  1. New York U. (22), 8-0
  2. Transylvania (1), 9-0
  3. Trinity, Texas, 9-0
  4. Christopher Newport, 10-0
  5. Hope (1), 9-1
  6. Amherst, 7-0
  7. Scranton, 8-0
  8. Baldwin Wallace, 9-0
  9. Babson, 7-0
  10. Trine, 7-2

>> Perfect to Date: There are still 14 unbeaten teams according to NCAA stats - Roanoke, Berea, Babson, Amherst, Scranton, NYU, Carnegie Mellon, Trinity (Texas), Elizabethtown, DeSales, Christopher Newport, Baldwin Wallace, Chicago.

>> Complete Poll

5.  Lightning Round 


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