Friday, February 24, 2023

FB Coaches Sound Off On Rule Changes


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. FB Coaches Sound Off On Rule Changes


 College Football Decision-Makers Considering Major Rule Change 
by Cory Hogue, Dave Campbell's Texas Football

"A report surfaced from Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger earlier this week that the NCAA is looking to implement four rule changes intended to speed up the time of the game.

Two of the four proposed rule changes caught the eye, and ire, of Division III coaches. One likely change is continuing to run the clock after first downs except for inside of two minutes during either half. The other change is running the clock following an incomplete pass once the referee spots the ball for the next down.

The new rules intend to speed up televised games that average three and a half to four hours. But Division III doesn’t have media timeouts like Division II or televised games until the semifinals, and their games average a brisk two and a half to three hours."

>> Why It Matters: “Why does everything have to be the same way at all levels? I understand the reasoning behind the rule in Division I, but that shouldn’t affect everyone,” one coach said. “It’s not broken in Division III, so why fix it? We shouldn’t make wholesale changes across every level when only one division has TV games.”

>> Reality Check: Halftime lasts 12 minutes in the NFL, while most college halftimes are 20 minutes long. Why can’t the collegiate game shorten the halftime? “Shortening the halftime was discussed, but they didn’t want to do that because of the long walks some people have to and from the locker room,” one coach said.

>> They Said It: “I think it highlights the continued way that the big schools ramrod their experiences into the rule book, and that has a negative trickle-down effect for the majority of college football,” one coach said. “This is a Power 5 issue, and there will be a negative experience for everyone below that level simply because they’re trying to appease the big media companies.”

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2. Conference Championship Weekend

When the 2022-23 season began back in October, more than 400 men's and women's basketball teams still wanted to be playing this weekend.

With the exception of a few, conference championships and automatic berths to the NCAA Division III tournament will be determined this weekend in gymnasiums across the country.

Thanks to our friends at, you can follow all the action on their "Tournament Trackers."

The DIII selection shows for the announcement of the 64-team fields will be on Monday, February 28.And if your team does not win the AQ, then your positioning in the latest regional rankings is crucial to a possible at-large berth.

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3. Regional Previews

Who qualifies for the NCAA Division III championship in March in Roanoke, Va., will be determined this weekend at six regional qualifying events.

Thanks to our friends at, here are previews of the regional championship tournaments.

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4. Higher, Farther, Faster

Women's Track and Field Wins I-55 Triangular - Washington University in St.  Louis

It's conference championship weekend throughout the world of DIII Indoor Track and Field.

There are 21 different conference meets this weekend. What will we be watching?


  • WIAC 60: The DIII record-holder in the event - La Crosse's Sam Blaskowski (6.67) squares off against Oshkosh's Davien Williams (6.72)
  • SUNYAC 400: Geneseo's Kieran Sheridan (48.03) and Cortland's Coltrane Goring (48.10) are 3-5 in the nation this season.
  • WIAC 5000Christian Patzka (UWW) has the second-fastest time in DIII history (13:49.04), while Ethan Gregg (UWL) is right behind at 13:52.59.
  • WIAC Heptathlon: Three of the top five scorers in DIII could participate - Eau Claire's Mitch Stegman (5,055), Stout's Mason Barth (5,025) and Oshkosh's RJ Bosshart (4,893).
  • UAA 400: Washington's Emma Kelley (56.14) has the third-fastest time in DIII this season, while Rochester's Madeline O'Connell is fifth (56.41).
  • MIAC Mile: Saint Benedict's Fiona Smith has the season's third-best clocking (4:52.88) with Carleton's Clara Mayfield at No. 4 (4:53.77). The two could also meet in the 3K and/or 5K.
  • UAA 3000: Emory's Annika Urban and Washington's Emily Konkus have the best (9:28.14) and third-fastest (9:36.06) times in the country.
  • WIAC Shot: La Crosse's Skye Digman (14.68m) and Eau Claire's Catie Fobbe (14.42m) are 1-4 in the country this season.

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5. NCAA Qualifiers Announced

by Dan D'Addona, Swimming World

"The NCAA announced it list of invited swimmers to the 2023 Division III swimming and diving championships for men and women.

The championships will take place March 15-18 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Old Dominion Athletic Conference and Greensboro Aquatic Center will serve as hosts. A total of 579 participants (526 swimmers and 53 divers) will compete in the championships.

Defending NCAA men's champion Emory leads the field with 18 qualifiers. Denison has 15, Kenyon and Williams each have 12, Johns Hopkins and the University of Chicago each have 11, while MIT, NYU and The College of New Jersey each have 10., Just behind are Tufts with nine and Calvin University with eight, setting up a loaded field.

For the women, defending NCAA champion Kenyon has 16 qualifiers, while Emory and Denison each lead the field with 18 invited swimmers. The University of Chicago has 14, while Tufts has 13, NYU has 13, Johns Hopkins has 12, Williams has 11 and MIT has 11."

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6. Weekend Watchlist

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  • Cake and candles for Margot Cosentino, head alpine ski coach, St. Joseph’s (Maine); and Kim Masimore, head lacrosse coach, Dickinson. Early returns for Neil Cooper, Moravian, fan (Sat.); Nicholas Jones, UMHB, alum (Sun.); Avery Copeland, Cortland (Sun.) and Marian Morio, Washington College (Sun.)
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