NCAA’s NIL Working Group Recap

Association hopes to create more transparency in NIL space

JULY 27, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH

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1. NCAA’s NIL Working Group Recap

by Ross Dellenger, Yahoo! Sports

During a meeting here this week, members of an NCAA working group identified issues around name, image and likeness with a goal of strengthening the association’s interim NIL policy as it pertains to transparency and protections for athletes.

The two-day, fact-finding meeting ended, as expected, without definitive decisions or specific proposals. However, with NCAA president Charlie Baker in attendance, administrators discussed ways to provide more transparency in the NIL space.

That may include the creation of a database for NIL deals, a more uniform contract for such deals and a registry for those participating in NIL with athletes, such as agents and collective representatives.”

» Situational Awareness: “The NCAA is currently managing NIL through a fairly vague interim policy. More importantly, the policy has, for the most part, not been enforced. The association has only sent reminders about the guidance to member schools, but has not penalized programs for violating the policy.”

» What They’re Saying: “The question is, ‘What can we do to help improve and foster NIL activity for student-athletes?’” said meeting chair Lynda Tealer. “How do we improve the landscape? Some of that is to continue to push congressional action, but what can we do on the NCAA front to add stability, reliability and transparency? There is a need for Congressional intervention, but it won’t solve all the problems.”

CONFERENCES
2. Conference Stability, Part 5

Today, we continue our multi-part series on DIII conferences - when they were founded, who were the charter members, and what additions or defections they have seen since their inception.

North Coast Athletic Conference. The formation of the NCAC was announced at joint news conferences in Cleveland, Columbus and Pittsburgh in February 1983. Allegheny (left 2022), Case Western Reserve (left 1989), Denison, Kenyon, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, and Wooster were charter members in 1984, the same year that NCAC athletic conference play began.

Added to Core: Wittenberg (1989), Hiram (1999), Wabash (1999), DePauw (2011). Come and Gone: Earlham (1989-2010).

Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference began its first season of competition in the fall of 2006 as the Northern Athletics Conference. Charter members included Alverno, Aurora, Benedictine, Concordia Chicago, Concordia Wisconsin, Dominican, Edgewood, Lakeland, Maranatha Baptist (left 2013), Marian, Rockford and Wisconsin Lutheran. The name change took place at the beginning of the 2013–14 academic year.

Added to Core: Milwaukee School of Engineering (2007), Illinois Tech (2018), St. Norbert (2021)

Northwest Conference. The NWC was founded in 1926 as the Pacific Northwest Conference with charter members Willamette, Whitman, Pacific, Puget Sound (left 1948, returned 1996), Linfield and the College of Idaho (left 1978). In 1984, the Northwest Conference joined with the Women's Conference of Independent Colleges to become the Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges. The name was shortened to its current moniker in 1996 when it joined the NCAA.

Added to Core: Lewis & Clark (1931-38, returned 1949), Pacific Lutheran (1965), Whitworth (1970-84, returned 1988), George Fox (1996). Come and Gone: Seattle (1997-99).

Ohio Athletic Conference. The OAC officially came into existence on October 10, 1902 with charter members Case Tech (left 1948), Kenyon (left 1984), Oberlin (left 1984), Ohio State (left 1912), Ohio Wesleyan (left 1928, returned 1947, left 1984) and Western Reserve (left 1932).

Added to Core: Heidelberg (1907), Mount Union (1912), Baldwin Wallace (1915-19, 1923-48, returned 1961), Ohio Northern (1916-47, returned 1973), Otterbein (1921), Muskingum (1922), Marietta (1926), Capital (1927), John Carroll (1932-49, returned 1990), Wilmington (2000).

Come and Gone: Denison (1907-28, 1933-84), Wooster (1907-84), Wittenberg (1909-28, 1934-89), Cincinnati (1910-24), Ohio U. (1910-28), Miami (1911-28), Akron (1915-36, 1944-66), Hiram (1920-35, 1951-71, 1990-99), Xavier (1921-36), Ashland (1931-48), Kent State (1932-51), Toledo (1932-49), Bowling Green (1933-42).

Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The league was formed on May 18, 1975, as the Virginia College Conference and began operations in September of 1976. (The name change to Old Dominion Athletic Conference became effective January 1, 1976). Charter members included Bridgewater, Eastern Mennonite, Emory & Henry (left 2021), Hampden-Sydney, Lynchburg, Randolph-Macon, Roanoke, and Washington and Lee.

Added to Core: Hollins (1982), Randolph (1982), Sweet Briar (1982), Virginia Wesleyan (1990), Guilford (1991), Shenandoah (2012), Ferrum (2018), Averett (2022). Come and Gone: Maryville (1980-88), Mary Baldwin (1984-92).

Presidents Athletic Conference. The PAC was founded in 1955 with charter members Western Reserve, Case Tech, John Carroll (left 1988) and Wayne State (left 1967). Case Western Reserve forms in 1967 and begins competition as one program in 1970 and left in 1984.

Added to Core: Allegheny (1958-1984, returned 2022), Bethany (1958), Thiel (1958), Washington & Jefferson (1958), Grove City (1984), Waynesburg (1990), Westminster (2000), Saint Vincent (2006), Geneva (2007), Chatham (2007), Franciscan (2020). Come and Gone: Eastern Michigan (1962-67), Carnegie Mellon (1968-89), Hiram (1972-89), Alfred (1996-98), Thomas More (2005-18)

St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The SLIAC was formally chartered in September of 1989 with Blackburn, Fontbonne, Maryville (left 2009), Parks (closed 1996), Principia and Webster as original members.

Added to Core: Westminster (1990), Greenville (1995), Eureka (2006), Spalding (2009), Mississippi U for Women (2023), Lyon (2023). Come and Gone: MacMurray (1990-2020), Lincoln Christian (2006-07), Iowa Wesleyan (2013-21)

Skyline Conference. The Skyline was originally chartered on May 16, 1989 with charter members Manhattanville (left 2007, returned 2019), Mount Saint Vincent, Old Westbury, Stony Brook (left 1994) and U.S. Merchant Marine (left 2007, returned 2016).

Added to Core: Mount Saint Mary (1993), Maritime (1996), Yeshiva (1998), St. Joseph’s LI (1999), Farmingdale State (2000), Purchase (2007), Sarah Lawrence (2014), St. Joseph’s-Brooklyn (2015). Come and Gone: Stevens (2000-07), Centenary (2000-07), Bard (2007-11), NYU Poly (2007-14), Sage (2007-17)

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3. Mount Union’s Wayt Named DIII Academic All-American Of The Year

Mount Union women’s track and field sprinter Kenadee Wayt has been named the 2022-23 Academic All-Americans of the Year for Division III.

A senior from Wheeling, W.Va., she maintained a 4.00 grade-point average in biology and was the 2023 NCAA Division III outdoor track and field Elite 90 winner. Wayt is a three-time NCAA Division III track and field national champion — outdoor 200 and 400, and indoor 200 — posting the third-fastest indoor 200 time in Division III history. She is a 15-time All-America performer, the most for a female in Mount Union history and second overall.

» The Big Picture: Wayt led Mount Union to the best team finish in women’s indoor history in 2023 and six Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) championships. She was the 2023 USTFCCCA Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, Regional Athlete of the Year, and two-time national athlete of the week. The four-time OAC Sprinter of the Year was a 16-time OAC champion (indoor/outdoor) and 21-time All-OAC performer overall. She holds 10 school records.

NEWS
4. Around The Horn

🗞 News. The Lone Star Conference announced it will welcome Sul Ross State University back to the league's membership on July 1, 2024, following acceptance of the University to the NCAA Division II reclassification process. 

🗞 News. Penny Allen-Cook, former commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, has been named commissioner of the Big Thumb Conference - an association of 25 high schools in Michigan.

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