Monday, January 30, 2023

Phillip, Blaskowski Set National Marks


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Phillip, Blaskowski Set National Marks

NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N. Carolina  Action Shot
Phillip photo by Charity Byrd; Blaskowski photo by Andy McNeill

Two NCAA Division III indoor track and field marks fell by the wayside over the weekend as John Carroll's Alex Phillip and UW-La Crosse's Sam Blaskowski etched their names in the record books.

Phillip set a national standard in the 3,000 meters, crossing the line in 7:53.24 to take third place at the Boston U. Terrier Classic. He bettered the old mark of 7:54.48 set by Williams' Aidan Ryan a year ago.

Blaskowski erased a nine-year-old mark in the 200 meters, winning in 21.13 at the Aurora Grand Prix. UW-Eau Claire's Thurgood Dennis had held the old record of 21.27.


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2.  NCAA Generates $1.1B In Revenue


by Amanda Christovich, Front Office Sports

The NCAA raked in $1.14 billion in revenue in 2021-22, according to audited financial statements released this week. 

That’s just slightly less than the governing body earned in 2020-21 after bouncing back from a major pandemic shortfall.

However, Division I schools still received a larger share of revenue than they did in 2021 — the NCAA distributed $657 million to D-I programs, compared to $613.4 million the year prior."

>> Court Awareness: The NCAA contract with CBS and Turner for men's basketball contributed $870 million, while the deal with ESPN for 29 other championships including women's basketball earned $43.5 million.

>> What's Next: "The NCAA faces a major expense over the next few years: defending amateurism in court and in Congress with legal fees and lobbying expenses."

>> Continue Reading
>> Only Congress Can Fix The Lousy Business Of College Sports (Andrew Zimbalist, Smith College)


3. It's Emory And Kenyon, Again

The latest CSCAA Division III top 25 dual-meet team rankings are out and the Emory men and Kenyon women continue to hold down the No. 1 position. 

The Williams men made the month's biggest leap, jumping seven spots to No. 4, while the Connecticut College men went from receiving votes to No. 16. For the women, Case Western Reserve made the biggest leap - three slots to No. 15.


  1. Emory (19)
  2. Kenyon (1)
  3. Chicago
  4. Williams
  5. Washington U.
  6. MIT
  7. New York U.
  8. Johns Hopkins
  9. Denison
  10. Carnegie Mellon

>> Conference Meets to Watch
  • NCAC (2-Kenyon, 9-Denison), Feb. 8-11
  • UAA (1-Emory, 3-Chicago, 5-Washington U, 7-NYU, 10-Carnegie Mellon, 15-CWRU), Feb. 9-11
  • MIAA (12-Calvin, 20-Hope), Feb. 15-18
  • SCIAC (11-Pomona-Pitzer, 17-Claremont-M-S, RV-Caltech), Feb. 15-18
  • NESCAC (4-Williams, 13-Tufts, 16-Conn College, 19-Amherst, RV-Bates, Colby), Feb. 16-19
  1. Kenyon
  2. Emory
  3. Williams
  4. Denison
  5. Chicago
  6. Tufts
  7. MIT
  8. NYU
  9. Pomona-Pitzer
  10. Johns Hopkins
>> Conference Meets to Watch
  • NCAC (1-Kenyon, 4-Denison), Feb. 8-11
  • UAA (2-Emory, 5-Chicago, 8-NYU, 11-Carnegie Mellon, 13-Washington U, 15-CWRU), Feb. 9-11
  • NESCAC (3-Williams, 6-Tufts, 16-Bowdoin, 22-Bates, 23-Amherst), Feb. 9-12
  • MIAA (12-Hope, 19-Calvin), Feb. 15-18
  • SCIAC (9-Pomona-Pitzer, 14-Claremont-M-S), Feb. 15-18
  • NEWMAC (7-MIT, 20-Wheaton, Coast Guard), Feb. 16-19
  • Centennial (18-Swarthmore, RV-Gettysburg, F&M), Feb. 16-19

>> Complete Polls
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4. B-SC Alum Asking Hard Questions

Birmingham-Southern College's future at stake as lawmakers discuss $37.5  million bailout -
by Jim Owens, | photo by Bernard Troncale

"As a 1982 graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, it pains me to see the financial condition it has fallen into that now threatens its viability as an institution. I count my four years on The Hilltop as some of the most formative and enjoyable years of my life. There, I learned much about myself and much about the world.

One of the most significant things I learned there was that learning how to think for oneself is an essential component of being well-educated. So, despite my appreciation for my experience at BSC, it might surprise you to find I’m skeptical of the notion that public funds should be used to create some bridge to the future for my alma mater.

Make no mistake, I love the people and mission of Birmingham-Southern. I also believe there’s an incredible value in a liberal arts education for many of us. Yet I’m not convinced of the arguments I’ve heard suggesting the City of Birmingham and the State of Alabama should bail out the College."

>> Key Questions: "How did the Board of Trustees continue to approve budgets, which I assume they did, without acting long before circumstances became so dire? What specific steps, if any, did leadership take to increase revenue and decrease expenses over the last eight years? Finally, has the College co-mingled restricted endowment funds with unrestricted operating funds to keep it afloat."

>> The Key Stat: "There is no doubt Birmingham-Southern is a vital contributor to Birmingham and our state. But such contributions do not grant it a right to exist in perpetuity. Private educational institutions, like private enterprise, must offer a value proposition that is attractive to both community stakeholders and students alike."

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5.  Lightning Round 



  • The North Central (Ill.) men won the 31-team Pete Willson Invitational hosted by Wheaton (Ill.), edging UW-Eau Claire, 136-125. The Cardinals used their team depth, as NCC did not have an individual champion but recorded a second and three thirds. 
  • The Cardinal women brought home the inaugural CCIW championship, winning eight weight classes to easily outpoint runner-up Aurora.
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   Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles for Bill Regan, Managing Director, NCAA; Clare Doyle, head rowing coach, Smith; Christopher Sykes, head swimming coach, Illinois College; Ethan Adlfinger, assistant cross country/track and field coach, Loras.

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