Division III Rewind
Following is a summary of Division III news for September 1-5.
• The Division III membership will vote on 12 proposals at the 2009 Convention in Washington, D.C., after seven proposals put forth by member conferences gained sponsorship by at least two conferences. Only a proposal to permit “walk-through” sessions during the five-day acclimatization period at the beginning of preseason practice in football failed to gain the support before a September 1 deadline of more than one conference. The Division III Presidents Council last month agreed to cosponsor one of the seven membership proposals -- to require every head coach to be certified in first aid, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and use of an automated external defibrillator – and is sponsoring five proposals of its own at the Convention. The 2009 Convention will follow a new schedule this year, ending with a Saturday-morning rather than Monday-morning Division III business session. The Convention’s opening business session will be Thursday, January 15, followed by a Division III issues forum Friday morning, January 16, and then the January 17 business session, where the 12 proposals will be debated and voted upon.
• All Division III Men’s Basketball Championship games will have four media timeouts per half, beginning in 2009. Competitive-equity concerns are the rationale for the Division III Men’s Basketball Committee’s decision, under which timeouts will be called after the first whistle under the 16-, 12-, eight- and four-minute marks. Previously, the only game where four media timeouts per half were used was the championship game.
• Six members of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and two affiliate members will be vying for the first SLIAC football championship since 1999, as the league reinstates conference play in the sport this fall. Three SLIAC teams – Eureka, Greenville and MacMurray – previously played in the now-disbanded Illini-Badger Football Conference, and Blackburn, Principia and Westminster (Missouri) were affiliate members of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. Those six teams are joining with new SLIAC football-only affiliate members Huntingdon and LaGrange, which previously played as independents.
• The University Athletic Association and North Coast Athletic Conference kick off a scheduling agreement with two football matchups this weekend. Teams in the two leagues will schedule games against each other through 2011 under the agreement, which is unique in Division III.
• Nominees are being sought for a vacancy on the Division III Men’s Tennis Committee.
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