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DIIICA Names Regional Student-Athletes Of The Year

Plus: Baker's "Path Forward"; NCAA Championship Bid Process; Transactions

AUGUST 15, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH

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1. DIIICA Names Regional Student-Athletes Of The Year

Twenty student-athletes were recognized as regional winners of the second annual Division III Commissioners’ Association (DIIICA) Student-Athlete of the Year awards.

Each of the winners will advance to the national ballot for consideration for 2022-23 D3CA Men's Sport Student-Athlete of the Year and Women's Sport Student-Athlete of the Year.

Conferences were permitted to submit two nominations for each award if at least one of the nominations was an international student/ethnic minority. Graduating seniors were the only student-athletes eligible for this award.”

» The Key Stat: “Selection criteria for the awards included considerations based on academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership and a personal statement submitted by each nominee.”

» What’s Next:The two national winners will be announced later this month.”

2. Baker: “The Path Forward”

NCAA President Charlie Baker pens a letter to the membership.

“We are in an unprecedented era for college sports. The environment is rapidly shifting culturally, politically, legally and financially. To address the challenges ahead, the NCAA needs to make real change. At my direction and that of the Board of Governors, the NCAA national office and membership have begun a significant range of work to meet that charge. Immediately after taking over as president, I led an effort to bring in outside experts to analyze every aspect of the national office, while I also set out to hear directly from all 97 primary conferences across the Association. As a result, we produced a strategic plan for the work ahead that prioritizes student-athlete outcomes. At the same time, we are already making real changes across the Association, including improving the benefits and protections college athletes have access to. There is more work ahead, but what we have already accomplished these last few months makes clear the staff, membership and student-athletes everywhere are ready to get to work.

  • Gender Equity Progress

  • Updated NIL Guidelines

  • Health Insurance Fund Creation

  • Key Business Review Findings

» The Final Word: “While there are limitations on what we alone can accomplish — which is why we continue to simultaneously advocate for Congress to take action to stabilize the future of college sports — we are committed to exhausting every avenue for reform within our control. This has been an exceptionally productive time for the team at the NCAA as we continue to work together to support more than 500,000 student-athletes participating in NCAA sports across the nation.”


A new day is dawning for D3Playbook and we’re excited to share more in the upcoming days. I thank you for all your continued support over the past four years and look forward to bigger, better things for the 2023-24 academic year.

3. Site Selection and Bid Process Update

The (NCAA Championship) bid process has been adjusted from a four-year process to a two-year process, with hosts and sites being awarded for approximately 88 of the 90 NCAA championships for the 2026-27 and 2027-28 academic years.

Additionally, the opening of the bid portal and publication of bid specifications have been rescheduled for Sept. 6. These adjustments will help for further analysis of future processes and allow the ability to upgrade the current bid portal for a better user experience. None of the other key dates have been adjusted.

The timeline for the bid process is as follows:

  • Aug. 29, 2023: Host symposium at the NCAA national office.

  • Sept. 6, 2023: Bid specifications publish on ncaa.org/bids; bid portal opens.

  • Feb. 7, 2024: Bid responses due.

  • March-September 2024: Committee deliberations, recommendations and approvals.

  • Oct. 2, 2024: Hosts/sites announced.

4. Lightning Round

🗞 News. The University of Chicago will pay $13.5 million to settle claims it conspired with other wealthy colleges to price-fix its financial aid packages, driving up the cost of college, according to court documents. Other DIIIs named in the lawsuit include Caltech, Emory, Johns Hopkins, and MIT.

🗞 News. The United East Conference introduced its two divisions on Monday. The Skye Division will comprise Bryn Athyn, Cairn, Cedar Crest, Clarks Summit, Keystone, Notre Dame, Rosemont, Saint Elizabeth, Valley Forge and Wilson. Gallaudet, Lancaster Bible, Penn College, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, Penn State Harrisburg and St. Mary’s (Md.) make up the Volt Division.

🏈 Football. In The (D3FB) Huddle released its preseason top 25 and tabbed North Central (Ill.) as the preseason favorite. Mount Union was second, followed by Wartburg, Saint John’s and Trinity (Texas).

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