Archive for April 23rd, 2009

Follow Up – NCAA D2 Baseball & Shorter Season

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Last week I did a piece regarding the NCAA Division 2 Management Council’s meeting this week to discuss the possibility of shortening the D2 college baseball season from a maximum of 56 to 50 games.  There is also a threat of starting the season later to coincide with that proposal.  You can find that article here – NCAA Recommending Reductions in D2 College Baseball Games

Yesterday, the results of that meeting were made public.  The Management Council did seem willing to consider the recommendation of the Legislation Committee to reduce the season by 10% (56 to 50) and consider a later start date (2nd Thursday in February as opposed to the current February 1st start).

Here are some of the key takeaways from the release –

While the Council began warming to the idea of shortening seasons and reducing the maximum number of contests in certain sports where necessary, the primary takeaways from the group’s April 20-21 meeting in Indianapolis were that the discussion must be strategically rather than economically driven, and that proposals must be thoroughly vetted by the governance structure and other groups (for example, coaches associations, the Division II Athletics Directors Association and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association) to ensure meaningful input.

Those two premises were firmly entrenched as the Council began reviewing preliminary, broad-brush proposals from the Division II Legislation Committee regarding Bylaw 17 with an eye toward recommendations that would come to a membership vote at the (January) 2010 Convention.

For those “Academics” the debate by some isn’t about expenses or the benefits that athletes derive, but instead focus on college sports place in higher education –

Indeed, the review comes from Division II presidents and chancellors asking the governance structure to ensure that playing and practice season policies align with the division’s strategic-positioning platform. Since the platform’s positioning statement demands “balance and integration” of academic achievement, learning in high-level athletics competition and community engagement, Division II presidents are wondering whether student-athletes’ time on the fields and courts is skewing that balance.

If that doesn’t smack of elitism I don’t know what does.

It was also interesting that agreement seemed to be in place to reduce college baseball by 10% but that college softball might be considered differently and not be subject to the same changes. 

It’s unclear whether these changes could go into effect at the July NCAA President’s Council for the 2009-10 season or would wait for the January 2010 Convention.  Either way, it sounds likely that NCAA D2 college baseball is going to take a hit.

NCAA Management Council Meeting Recap

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Northern Sun Wednesday Wrap – 4/23/09

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Yesterday was a busy day for the D2 college baseball teams in the Northern Sun Conference.  The top 8 teams in the standings all played doubleheaders against other top 8 teams and we saw some movement all across the standings.

  • St. Cloud State got an opening game win in their twinbill against conference leader Wayne State.  The Huskies went with a surprise starter in that game as their primary closer, Tim Radmacher, started and pitched a great game leading St. Cloud to a 2-1 victory.  Freshman Eric Schweiger of Wayne State started the 2nd game for the Wildcats and allowed only 2 hits in 5 innings of work to help his team to a split as WSC won 9-1.  SCSU Gains Split with Wayne State
  • Minnesota State swept Concordia by using the home run as a weapon.  The Mavericks hit 6 dingers on the way to 2 extra inning wins.  Minnesota State won the first game 5-4 in 8 innings.  They scored the game tying run in the 7th inning by getting 3 straight singles up the middle of the field and won it on a sacrifice bunt in the 8th.  The Mav’s again came from behind to tie the score in the 6th before getting a grand slam in the 8th by Travis Taran (his 2nd of the day) to win 9-4 in 8 innings.  The losses by Concordia drop them out of the top 6 in the standings.  The sweep by Minnesota State ties them with Wayne State atop the standings and sets up a monster 4 game series this weekend between the top 2 teams.  Late Leads Disappear for CU
  • It was a slugfest in Winona as Southwest Minnesota State swept Winona State 14-7 and 12-8 to pass the Warriors in the standings.  Derek Swenson led the Mustangs offense with 2 homers on the day along with 7 RBI’s.  SMSU Earns Sweep
  • Augustana and Upper Iowa split their doubleheader.  The win by the Peacocks did allow them to pass Concordia and claim 6th place in the standings.  The Augies starting pitcher, JaColby Anderson, was dominant in game 1 helping lead the team to a 9-0 win.  Game 2 was a different story as Upper Iowa held on to win 7-6.  Augies Split With Peacocks
  • Minnesota Duluth swept Minnesota Crookston by scores of 8-6 and 11-0.  Freshman Ben Jungers continues to pitch well as he held the Golden Eagles scoreless in that 2nd game.  Bulldogs Get 2nd Straight Sweep
  • Mary and Bemidji State split their doubleheader.  Mary won the first game 10-6 after scoring 5 in the 1st inning.  The Beavers came back with a 13-8 win in game 2 to even the series.  Bemidji Splits with Mary
  • Northern State got a sweep over a not so good Minnesota Morris team.  Wolves Sweep Morris

 


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