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With Congress Eyeing College Sports Fixes, Are Students On Board?

Plus: A Pivotal Fall; Preseason Conference Football Faves; Men's Soccer Preview; Comings and Goings; My Eggo

AUGUST 28, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH

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1. With Congress Eyeing College Sports Fixes, Are Students On Board?

by Veronica Roseborough and Caleigh Kelly, The Hill

“If lawmakers have their way, change is afoot in college sports.

After the Supreme Court in 2021 opened the floodgates for money into college sports, Congress appears ready to impose guardrails on universities and force transparency around deals that are making some student-athletes rich.

But it’s unclear how much these changes will benefit the more than half-a-million student athletes competing in NCAA championship sports.”

» Court Awareness: “The Supreme Court decision for the first time allowed college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness, opening the way for multi-million “NIL deals” for some of the star players at major schools. But the benefits aren’t being felt by the vast majority of NCAA athletes.”

» What They’re Saying: “I’m worried that that’s going to completely reshape collegiate athletics, because it becomes less about talent, team, culture, community and becomes more about who has the most money and most connections.” - Nicole Goot, a synchronized swimmer for Stanford.

» Reality Check: “Students want to see Congress put the onus on universities to provide their student-athletes with the education, resources, health care, and financial aid guarantees to succeed during and after college — regardless of whether they are benefiting directly from NIL deals.“

2. Buckle Up For A Pivotal Fall

by Eric Prisbell, On3.com

“Buckle up for a pivotal fall in college athletics.

As college football readies for kickoff across the country, off-the-field developments promise to come fast and furious in the coming months and loom as far more consequential. The NCAA will continue its aggressive lobbying efforts in Congress, hoping by the end of the calendar year to secure a federal NIL bill. And developments emerging from the National Labor Relations Board hearing in November and the Johnson v. NCAA case in Pennsylvania could inch the enterprise ever closer to a potential employment model for student-athletes.”

» Situational Awareness: “In an exclusive wide-ranging interview with On3, Tom McMillen, former U.S. Congressman and current CEO of LEAD1 Association, set the stage for a significant fall that will help chart the course for the enterprise in the coming years.”

» Federal NIL Bill: “McMillen said he remains “hopeful,” but “not hugely optimistic” that the NCAA will land its long-sought federal bill by the end of the year.”

» NLRB: “There will not be a bill in Congress that comes out that codifies non-employment status,” McMillen said.”

» Women’s Involvement: “There are very few women involved in these bills. Women make up 28% of Congress, 25 women Senators and some 130 women House members – yet there are no women involved, and with Title IX and women’s sports. To me, that’s a real glaring omission that more women are not involved in this. That does not make me optimistic about it.”

» Continue Reading | Part One | Part Two

3. Preseason Conference Favorites

Thanks to our friends at D3football.com, here is a compilation of Division III football conference preseason coaches polls.  

It’s rare that coaches go against the grain and pick someone other than the defending champ and occasionally, the poll strangely resembles last season’s final standings.

Nonetheless, they are always a sure sign that the season is almost upon us.

4. Who, What to Watch in Men’s Soccer

Unlike other Division III fall sports, the United Soccer Coaches choose to post last season’s final rankings as their preseason poll for the next season. So despite graduation losses and the departure of its head coach, the University of Chicago is the preseason No. 1 men’s soccer team in the land.

Will the Maroons be there at the end of the season? Here is a list of teams to keep an eye on, as well as a list of some of the top players in the country.

Men’s Teams to Watch

Gustavus Adolphus
Johns Hopkins
Mary Washington
Ohio Northern
St. Olaf
St. Thomas
Washington and Lee

Watch List

Ada Okorogheye, Amherst, Sr., F
Julian Juantorena, Bowdoin, Sr., M
Oliver Akintade, Calvin, Sr., F
Chris Schau, Calvin, Grad, M
Matt Vatne, Case Western Reserve, Sr., M
Wesley Sanders, Gustavus Adolphus, Grad, GK
Izac Coleman, John Carroll, Sr., D
Luke Mega, Lynchburg, Grad, F
Jake Lent-Koop, Messiah, Grad, D
Matt McDonald, Messiah, Grad, F
Steven Arthur, MSOE, Jr., M
Amer Lukovic, Montclair State, Jr., F
Aidan Westerberg, North Central (Ill.), Sr., M
Nate Hanna, Oneonta, Sr., GK
Caleb Urban, Rose-Hulman, Grad, M
Victor Gaulmin, St. Olaf, Sr., M
Taty Aleman, St. Thomas, Sr., F
Daniel Castro, St. Thomas, Jr., F
Bruno Andino, Stevens, Grad, M
Justin Cross, Stevens, Grad, GK
Nathan Donovan, UW-Eau Claire, Jr., F
Puma Galvan, Wisconsin Lutheran, Sr., GK

» Worth Noting: Ohio Wesleyan and Messiah have the two longest consecutive winning-season streaks in Division III history - and both are still active. The Battling Bishops have not suffered a losing season since 1969 - a streak of 51 campaigns - while the Falcons have a run of 40 consecutive winning seasons dating to 1981.

» Coming This Week: Women’s Soccer (Tues.), Football (Wed.)

5. Lightning Round

🏐 Volleyball. Cabrini has canceled its 2023 women’s volleyball season.

🗞 News. Bridgewater College announced that its tuition price is decreasing from $40,300 to $15,000 — an almost 62% decrease — starting in fall 2024, a move by the college to create a more transparent picture of the price to attend, the private college said.

6. Comings and Goings

7. A Boozy Brunch In A Glass

There's a peculiar new brunch drink on the market from Eggo and Tennessee's Sugarlands Distilling, The Washington Post reports.

The concoction is supposed to taste like "toasted Eggo waffles, sweet maple syrup and rich butter, with a hint of smoky bacon."

The twist? It's quite boozy — at 20% ABV.

The companies released a series of cocktails to try with their new "Brunch in a Jar" liquor, including a particularly strange one called "Morning Chaos" which adds in even more breakfast elements, The Post notes.

It calls for the Eggo liquor to be mixed with spiced chai syrup, pineapple juice, blood-orange juice and rum.”

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