Thursday, February 2, 2023

How NCAA Should Get Congress' Attention


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. How NCAA Should Get Congress' Attention

by Victoria Jackson, Sportico

"Hey, NCAA - want to get Congress to take more action on college sports? Go bigger. Become a leader in the redesign of Olympic sport and American sport in the United States.

You have built the premier Olympic sports development infrastructure in the world, and you deserve credit for that. But the NCAA’s declared transformation isn’t about saving something that you claim as yours; it’s about embracing the mission of higher education to serve young people and the country, and it’s about helping the sports - not football and basketball, but soccer, tennis, track and field, swimming - that need you.

Embrace what you never have been, but could be: A federated sport-by-sport organization working alongside the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and each sport’s national governing body to better serve athletes and bring coherence and consistency to each sport."

>> Why It Matters: "Change is coming to the business model and labor dynamics of big-time college football, at least at the top 131 FBS schools. Whether it’s initiated by the courts, Congress or the schools themselves, we are going to see more college football money going to the athletes in the not-so-distant future. This is a good thing. And trying to stop it from happening is missing your greater opportunity."

>> Reality Check: "Pursuing an antitrust exemption to obtain a national standard for NIL and ensure athletes are not classified as employees reveals that the “transformation” you seek is no transformation at all. A skeptic could see your modernization effort of the past couple years is just a delay tactic to waste time."

>> The Final Word: "NCAA leaders, it’s time to stop playing whack-a-mole and time to get to work on actual, coordinated, optimized redesign. For too long the approach to change in the American sports ecosystem has been individual stakeholders pursuing their best interests, often with a focus on single issues, and a patchwork of steps forward, steps back, and obvious—though unfortunately unanticipated—negative consequences."

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2. Ratings Index - Week 2

Here is the latest edition of the NCAA DIII Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). No marks from previous seasons have been used, meaning that this objective list is compiled solely of current qualifying marks from the 2023 indoor track & field season.


  1. UW-La Crosse, 218.59
  2. Washington U., 177.41
  3. Johns Hopkins, 127.31
  4. Chicago, 122.27
  5. Loras, 115.86
  6. Williams, 97.22
  7. MIT, 97.06
  8. Mount Union, 84.14
  9. Gustavus Adolphus, 72.14
  10. North Central, Ill., 67.99
>> Complete List

  1. UW-Oshkosh, 164.44
  2. MIT, 153.89
  3. Williams, 116.28
  4. UW-La Crosse, 101.04
  5. Loras, 92.51
  6. UW-Eau Claire, 77.51
  7. John Carroll, 74.45
  8. Ripon, 69.47
  9. Rowan, 66.36
  10. Cortland, 64.20
>> Complete List

3. What Is College For? PA Governor Raised Question. Leaders Are Listening.

The Gettysburg College campus in Gettysburg, Pa.
by Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer

"What is college actually for?

No one expected this to be the initial question raised by Pennsylvania’s new governor, Josh Shapiro, in his first full day on the job. While he may not have stated it explicitly, this was the essence of the Democrat’s very first executive order, which opened up some 92% of job listings in state government — about 65,000 in all — to applicants who don’t have a four-year college degree.

In branding degree requirements for many jobs as “arbitrary” and declaring “there are many different pathways to success,” the Keystone State’s new chief executive was tugging at the shaky Jenga block that has undergirded the appalling rise of a $1.75 trillion student debt bomb in the U.S. and led, arguably, to a college/non-college divide driving our nation’s bitter politics. The notion is this: You can’t make it in 21st-century America without that most expensive piece of sheepskin: the college diploma."

>> Situational Awareness: "Experts call it “credentialism” — a trend that began around the 1970s and kept accelerating — for company job recruiters to require a bachelor’s degree even for jobs (from IT specialist to, yes, newspaper reporter) that may not really need one. Millions of young Americans may not know the term “credentialism,” but the concept is baked into their brain, from their teen SAT prep classes to get into the “right school,” to their monthly debt payments that can drag onto into middle age and well beyond."

>> Quotable: “We need to do a better job explaining what we do here,” Robert Iuliano, president of Gettysburg College.

>> Quotable II: NYU president Andrew Hamilton said Shapiro “will be seeking the future bridge builders of Pennsylvania — with the qualifications to ensure the future drivers of Pennsylvania are safe because of the quality of the design and the mathematics of making sure it stays standing.”

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13-14 - Financial Aid Committee
14 - Committee on Women's Athletics
14-15 - Interpretations and Legislation Committee
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5.  Lightning Round 


  • Medgar Evers senior Mousa Sinera set a NCAA Division III men's basketball record by corralling 43 rebounds in the Cougars' 128-123 overtime loss to Hunter on Tuesday. He shattered the old standard of 37 and was 10 shy of the all-time NCAA record of 53 set in 1958.
  • Union College is soliciting recommendations for a new nickname or as they say, "exploring alternatives to Dutchmen/Dutchwomen and looking to take ownership of a nickname that represents both Union's proud history and bright future." 

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7.  Getting Hyped For Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil

“The thousands of people expected at Gobbler’s Knob on Thursday for Groundhog Day will have a tough time matching the bedlam to be found Tuesday at the Punxsutawney Area High School gymnasium.

More than 800 students in grades 7 through 12 interspersed with the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle as Phil himself was lifted into the air to a cheering audience that named seniors Jake Henretta and Sydney Hoffman as the 68th annual Groundhog King and Queen.

“We all kind of get hyped for it,” Hoffman said. “Not everyone goes down to the Knob, (on Feb. 2) but we definitely all get hyped for it, and everybody kind of brings in their school spirit.”

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