Friday, October 31, 2008

D-III: Football's Purest Form

Here is an article from the San Antonio Express-News on Division III football. We hope you enjoy it.

“The whole point of Division III is that student-athletes can be real student-athletes and put academics first,” he said. “They can make education the highest priority while continuing to play sports.”

"On a sunny afternoon this fall, Sul Ross State quarterback Monte Morales completed 13 of 25 passes and ran for a touchdown as the Lobos beat Howard Payne 17-0 at Alpine's Jackson Field.

Less than 24 hours later, Morales started an overnight shift at High Frontier, a residential school for teenagers who are, according to its Web site, “experiencing a wide range of emotional, behavioral and educational problems.”

Morales works at the center, which is between Alpine and Fort Davis in the mountains of West Texas, three nights a week. And takes a full course load at Sul Ross. And practices every day with the football team, makes the bone-wearying bus trips of the American Southwest Conference and manages to have a small sliver of a life outside school and football.

“I'm dragging pretty much the whole week,” he said wearily. “It's pretty rough.”

But for a lot of young men, if they're going to play NCAA Division III football, it's life."

Read the complete story

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Recent Campus SAAC Meetings

January, 2008 - NCAA
Sept. 7, 2008 - Gettysburg
Sept. 23, 2008 - Haverford

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Changes in Drug Testing a Burden for DIII Athletes

"There have been plenty of embarrassing moments in the sports world. Take, for instance, Diana Ross missing her ceremonious penalty kick as part of the disastrously gaudy 1994 World Cup opening ceremonies. Or take Steve Smith scoring the winning goal in game seven of the 1986 conference finals … for the other team. Oh, and who can forget the infamous 1982 Cal-Stanford football game where the band rushed the field to celebrate Stanford’s victory a little too early, allowing Cal to score a last second touchdown and win the game.

What could I possibly imagine to be the embarrassing moment to top all those? Something so traumatizing it need not involve anything more than a cup, a bathroom stall and a complete stranger. That is, being asked for a urine sample for a drug test and being unable … to perform. It’s a lot of pressure. Too much pressure. Stories of athletes taking hours while teammates wait on the bus can make the most unabashed athletes worry.

Unfortunately for DIII student-athletes like me, this embarrassing moment could become a lot more common. Every year student-athletes at Swarthmore and elsewhere are asked to sign a series of documents that give the NCAA permission to drug test. As fall athletes already know, though, this year the forms are a little different."

- by Hannah Purkey, Swarthmore Phoenix

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Digging for a Cure

The Centennial Conference women's volleyball athletes and coaches have joined together for the third straight year to raise money for Breast Cancer research. The teams will use the dig totals from selected matches to raise money for Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC). LBBC offers various programs to help those fighting the disease and also provides information and support for family and friends. If you are interested in donating, please contact a team member or the head coach. The dates that the teams have chosen to use its dig totals for this worthy cause:

October 4 - Bryn Mawr, Johns Hopkins
October 9 - Muhlenberg, Washington
October 11 - Dickinson, Swarthmore
October 18 - Franklin & Marshall, Haverford
October 22 - Gettysburg, McDaniel, Ursinus

Thank you for your support!!!