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Baker ‘Fired Up’ As NCAA Begins Third-Party Review Of Operation

1st Round Tennis, Colleges With Open Seats, What We're Watching

MAY 5, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH

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1. Baker ‘Fired Up’ As NCAA Begins Third-Party Review Of Operation

by Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports

The NCAA has begun a state-of-business review taking a top-to-bottom analysis of the entire association, NCAA president Charlie Baker told CBS Sports. The association has hired Boston-based Bain & Company, a top-10 global management consulting firm, to handle the review.

This evaluation comes at a time when the NCAA's future role in college athletics is itself under review. The NCAA has failed to get its arms around NIL and continues to fight lawsuits on several fronts. What will the NCAA even be if courts determine athletes are employees?

Big East commissioner Val Ackerman believes the NCAA as a whole is sometimes inefficient and undervalued. Failure to capitalize on that value has led to some of the association's current problems.

» Situational Awareness: Baker, a former two-term governor of Massachusetts and former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, has completed similar top-down reviews at prior stops. The decision to have Bain review the association has been shared with NCAA membership but not formally announced.”

» What’s Next: “Bain has extensive experience in higher education consulting. Its website states it specializes in, "performance improvement, operating efficiency, cost management and reduction, growth strategy, organizational effectiveness and funding strategy."

« What They’re Saying: “"I'm pretty fired up about the possibilities coming out of it," Baker said.”


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2. First-Round Results

Autumn Bruno, UW-Whitewater

The first round of the 2023 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s tennis championship tournament began on Thursday.

First Round - Women

Grinnell d. Luther, 5-1
Carleton d. Concordia (Wis.), 5-0
UW-Whitewater d. Northwestern, 5-0
North Central (Ill.) d. Hope, 5-0
Kenyon d. Otterbein, 5-0

First Round - Men

Carthage d. Covenant, 5-2
George Fox d. Greenville, 5-0

3. Colleges With Open Seats

by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Higher Ed Dive

“Nearly 300 U.S. and foreign colleges have told the National Association for College Admission Counseling that they have open seats for fall 2023.

The figure comes from the admission organization’s annual Colleges Openings Update, published Tuesday, which also documents the availability of housing and financial aid for first-year and transfer students.

The list is a way for NACAC to flag for students and families which institutions are accepting applications past May 1, the historic deadline by which accepted students make their picks. NACAC plans to keep the database updated and on its website through the end of July.”

» Quotable: “For students still searching for the right institution for them, it’s important to know most colleges in the U.S. offer admission to a majority of applicants,” Melissa Clinedinst, NACAC director of research and grants,” said in a statement.

» Be Smart: “NACAC has released the listing for 36 years. It includes colleges that maintain rolling admissions throughout the year. And often, colleges inform NACAC about open spots after it publishes the database, so it may still change for 2023.”


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4. What We’re Watching

⚾️ BSB: #15 UW-Oshkosh vs. #21 UW-Stevens Point, Fri., 1:00/4:00
🥍 MLX: #3 RIT vs. #15 St. Lawrence, Fri., 4:00
🥎 SFB: #1 Salisbury vs. #2 Christopher Newport, Sat. 1:30/3:30
🥍 WLX: #4 Wesleyan vs. #7 Tufts, Sat. 3:00

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