Division III Rewind
Following is a summary of Division III news for September 22-26:
• A set of “white papers” addressing nine significant issues Division III is facing related to future membership growth and diversity was mailed to presidents and chancellors at member institutions and made available for use in discussions this fall. The Division III Presidents Council hopes the documents will equip colleagues around the country to lead an effort “to clearly articulate the characteristics that make Division III distinctive while simultaneously deciding how to best accommodate the future growth and diversity within the existing structural framework of the division.”
• The Division III Championships Committee reaffirmed scheduled increases in student-athlete per diem and funding of expanded travel parties in individual/team sports as its top budget priorities for 2009-10. However, it also acknowledged that uncertainty over rising travel costs likely will result in postponement of other items on its championships wish list.
• St John’s (Minnesota) football coach John Gagliardi, who last weekend broke Eddie Robinson’s record for most football games coached at an NCAA member school, will receive the American Football Coaches Association’s 64th Amos Alonzo Stagg Award.
• The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) is celebrating its 50th year as a Division III conference.
• Four of six cities participating in the NCAA Championship Cities pilot are slated to host Division III championship events during the next four years – Cary, North Carolina (2011 men’s and women’s cross country and 2012 men’s and women’s tennis), Cleveland (four championships during 2009-10), St. Louis (women’s volleyball in 2010 and 2011) and San Antonio (men’s and women’s soccer championships in 2009 and 2010).
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