Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Baker Won't Relocate to Indy


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Baker Won't Relocate to Indy

NCAA President Announcement
by Dan Wolken and Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY

"As former Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker prepares to take over as NCAA president on March 1, he is already changing the paradigm of the job in one significant aspect: He will not relocate to Indianapolis to work out of the association’s headquarters. 

The NCAA confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday that Baker plans to maintain his residence in Massachusetts while traveling around the country to "get out and work directly with the people who make the NCAA what it is -- first and foremost the student-athletes, and the athletics administrators, coaches and conference commissioners in addition to national office staff in Indianapolis," according to a spokesperson. 

While not a traditional arrangement, especially given how much equity the NCAA has built in Indianapolis, where its picturesque campus and Hall of Champions has anchored the west side of downtown since 1999, it reflects the reality of the job he was hired for in replacing Mark Emmert."

>> Situational Awareness: "With Congress yet to act on the NCAA’s pleas for national legislation governing a host of issues including name, image and likeness, the presumption around the industry is that Baker will spend a significant portion of his time in front of lawmakers in Washington, D.C., which is viewed as far more important to the future of college sports than being a day-to-day presence in Indianapolis."

>> What We're Hearing: "One longtime Power Five athletics director, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because they hadn’t previously heard about Baker’s residency plans, said they would expect a new NCAA president to be spending more time on the road than at headquarters anyway in the first couple of years on the job."

>> Yes, But: "That athletics director and a separate conference commissioner who requested anonymity noted a potential concern in Baker maintaining connectivity to the NCAA staff of more than 500 employees in Indianapolis who provide a range of resources and services to member schools and are tasked with carrying out NCAA policy."

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2.   Regional Rankings

Celts Coast Through Colorado College 87-52

The Division III men's basketball committee released its regional rankings as the season enters the final week of regular-season play.

Here are the top three teams from each of the country's 10 regions.

I: Saint Joseph CT, Middlebury, Williams
II: Keene State, WPI, Nichols
III: Oswego State, Rochester, Utica
IV: Rowan, Stockton, Montclair State
V: Swarthmore, Johns Hopkins, Widener
VI: Randolph-Macon, Hamdpen-Sydney, Christopher Newport
VII: Mount Union, John Carroll, Case Western Reserve
VIII: Wheaton IL, Washington U, North Park
IX: UW-Oshkosh, Carleton, UW-La Crosse
X: St. Thomas, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Pomona-Pitzer

>> Complete Rankings


3.   Top 20 Preview

by Laurel Pfahler, USA Lacrosse | photo by Jimmy Alagna

"Middlebury is No. 1 in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Division III Women’s Preseason Top 20, but the Division III scene continues to be one of the most competitive — and unpredictable — in lacrosse.

Below, we break down each of the Top 20 teams before our first Division III women’s rankings update next Monday. Only a handful of teams played a game last weekend, so now’s a good time to get the lay of the land before teams start playing en masse."

  1. Middlebury. There’s no reason to doubt the defending national champions going into 2023.
  2. Tufts. The Jumbos graduated a ton of talent from their 2022 NCAA runner-up squad that finished 19-4, but they have some young players ready to step up.
  3. TCNJ. The Lions upset top-ranked and defending national champion Salisbury to reach the NCAA semifinals with an extremely young team, and now the bulk of the starting lineup is back for another run in 2023. 

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4.   Eagles Soar to No. 1

Eagles Win Five-Set Thriller at Marymount to Open CVC Play

There is a new sheriff in Division III men's volleyball and it resides in central Pennsylvania in my hometown. Juniata rose to the No. 1 spot after Stevens fell to Carthage.

  1. Juniata (20), 12-0
  2. Stevens (3), 13-2
  3. Springfield, 10-1
  4. Carthage, 7-3
  5. Vassar, 8-1
  6. St. John Fisher, 12-3
  7. Messiah, 9-2
  8. New Paltz, 8-4
  9. Nazareth, 13-0
  10. NYU, 7-2

>> Complete Poll

5.   Wednesday Watchlist

What we are watching online tonight. Game times are Eastern Time.

 MBB: LaRoche (16-7, 11-1) at Penn State Altoona (15-7, 11-1), 7:00 
 MVB: #2 Stevens (13-2) at #10 NYU (7-2), 7:00
 MVB: #6 St. John Fisher (12-3) vs. #9 Nazareth (13-0), 7:00
 MBB: Washington & Jefferson (17-6, 14-4) at Geneva (16-7, 13-5), 7:30


6.   Lightning Round  


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