Presidents Council Recap
Plus: Campbell Trophy Finalists; CNU Tops Preseason MBB Poll; Watchlist
OCTOBER 27, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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»☀️ Friday. It’s either the last weekend of the regular-season or the start of conference tournament play in field hockey, soccer and volleyball. And, of course, it’s cross country conference championship weekend. Lots going on.
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1. Presidents Council Recap
“At a meeting Wednesday at the national office in Indianapolis, the Division III Presidents Council approved the hiring of an outside vendor to conduct a financial analysis of the division.
The scope of the division's analysis would include finding ways to strengthen overall financial performance, improving revenue growth, identifying financial priorities and threats, and providing recommendations.
This review follows recommendations from the Financial and Risk Management Working Group, which was created by the Presidents Council in January. The working group was tasked with assessing the financial threats currently facing higher education and college athletics.”
» What Happened. “The following three governance proposals were reviewed Wednesday in preparation for the 2024 NCAA Convention:
Establishing stunt as a sport in the Emerging Sports for Women program.
Amending the Division III Philosophy Statement.
Altering the sponsorship requirements for tennis from six to four participants to align sports sponsorship requirements with NCAA playing rules.
» Welcome. “The council also approved the following four-year appointments to the Presidents Council, pending an electronic vote of all Division III presidents and chancellors in November - Suzanne Davis, Greenville; Anne Harris, Grinnell; Marisa Kelly, Suffolk; Carolyn Lepre, Salisbury; Adam Weinberg, Denison.
2. Three Named Campbell Finalists
The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the finalists for the 2023 William V. Campbell Trophy®, college football's premier scholar-athlete award that annually recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership. The 16 finalists will each receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2023 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments®:
From Division III
Owen Grover, LB – Wartburg (3.99 GPA - Biology)
Luke Schuermann, DE – Johns Hopkins (3.61 GPA - Mechanical Engineering)
Liam Thompson, QB – Wabash (3.87 GPA - Rhetoric)
3. Captains of the Ship
Jahn Hines, Christopher Newport
Defending national champion Christopher Newport is the preseason No. 1 team in DIII according to the preseason D3hoops.com poll.
The Captains pulled in 24 of a possible 25 first-place ballots to easily outpoint runner-up Wisconsin-Whitewater, who picked up the other first. John Carroll, Keene State and Mount Union round out the top five.
Christopher Newport (24), 30-3
UW-Whitewater (1), 25-8
John Carroll, 23-5
Keene State, 28-2
Mount Union, 30-3
Oswego State, 28-3
» Conference Call. UAA (4), ASC (2), CCIW (2), Centennial (2), NESCAC (2), OAC (2), ODAC (2), WIAC (2), C2C (1), Landmark (1), Little East (1), Michigan (1), NCAC (1), SCIAC (1), SUNYAC (1).
4. Lightning Round
🗞 News. The University of Wisconsin Platteville will eliminate 111 positions, just over 12% of its workforce, as part of a plan to remedy a multi-million dollar budget shortfall. The across-the-board cuts will hit academic staff, administrators and limited appointments.
🗞 News. The State University of New York at Potsdam said Tuesday it is now seeking to cut nine academic programs instead of the originally planned 14 as it tries to close a $9 million budget shortfall. Degrees that SUNY Potsdam administrators initially picked to eliminate — bachelor’s in biochemistry, chemistry, and public health, and a master’s in public health — will continue.
🗞 News. A county judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Birmingham-Southern College against Alabama state treasurer Young Boozer III for denying its application for a public loan, even though the loan seemed tailored for the struggling private institution after it announced it would likely close without state aid.
🏒 Facilities. Neumann University has been offered a $15 million matching gift from Ed Snider Youth Hockey & Education to build an on-campus ice hockey arena for use by both its teams and the youth program, which serves disadvantaged teens in the Philadelphia region.
⚽️ Soccer. Mount Aloysius’ Juan Camacho and Methodist’s Yaneli Sanchez were named the United Soccer Coaches DIII Players of the Week.
🎾 Tennis. Sewanee’s Jordan Theron and Chicago’s Sylwia Mikos were named the 2023 ITA Cup James O’Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Award winners.
5. What We’re Watching This Weekend
Some of the best viewing online can be found in DIII.
🏃🏻♀️ Conference Cross Country Championships
🏈 Merchant Marine (6-1) vs. Springfield (6-1), 1200
🏈 #10 Randolph-Macon (7-0) vs. Washington and Lee (6-1), 100
🏈 #8 Johns Hopkins (7-0) vs. #21 Muhlenberg (7-0), 200
🏈 #3 Wartburg (7-0) vs. Central (6-1), 200
M⚽️ #25 Tufts (9-2-3) vs. Bowdoin (9-1-4), 100 (NESCAC quarterfinal)
M⚽️ #2 Mary Washington (13-1-2) vs. Chris. Newport (10-2-2), 200
M⚽️ #8 Mount Union (15-1-1) vs. Otterbein (11-2-3), 200
M⚽️ Lebanon Valley (12-1-3) vs. Stevens (9-2-4), 330
M⚽️ #4 Frank. & Marshall (13-1-2) vs. Washington College (10-1-5), 700
W⚽️ Williams (9-3-3) vs. Hamilton (8-4-3), 1230 (NESCAC quarterfinal)
W⚽️ #3 Carnegie Mellon (11-0-4) vs. #19 NYU (11-2-1), Sun 1100
W⚽️ #1 Washington U. (14-0-1) vs. #10 Rochester (10-0-5), Sun 1200
🏐 #6 UW-Whitewater (22-2) vs. #19 North Park (19-6), Fri. 300
🏐 #13 Berry (18-4) vs. #25 Covenant (25-1), Fri. 600
🏐 #7 Emory (16-1) vs. #22 Mary Washington (21-2), 100
🏐 #8 Johns Hopkins (19-3) vs. Virginia Wesleyan (23-4), 230
6. Comings and Goings
CARLOW - Chadwick Walsh named head track and field coach
MSOE - Baylee Wellhausen named head women’s ice hockey coach
PACIFIC LUTHERAN - Sienna Mathes named interim head women’s rowing coach
SEWANEE - Carrie Austin named associate director of athletics. Michele Dombrowski and Nick DiBernardo named assistant directors
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