The Division I Transfer Working Group will develop over the next several weeks proposals intended to improve the transfer environment for college athletes, coaches and teams.
After the group’s Oct. 1-2 meeting in Indianapolis, working group chair Justin Sell said he was pleased with the group’s progress.
“The excellent membership and student-athlete feedback really helped the working group in its discussions this week,” said Sell, athletics director at South Dakota State. “I am confident that in the next few weeks we will come forward with a solid recommendation that will make a real difference in the transfer environment.”
The Division I Council could introduce some legislation as early as the 2017-18 cycle. The deadline for concepts to be considered this academic year is Nov. 1. Legislation addressing immediate eligibility for student-athletes who meet an academic benchmark and graduate student financial aid will not be considered in this year’s cycle.
More than 2,000 athletics administrators, faculty and head coaches responded to a survey whose results provided the working group with key ideas and input that it will consider more fully in the months ahead.
The most significant change that could be considered this year would eliminate the ability of coaches and schools to restrict aid to student-athletes after transferring. Currently, Division I college athletes who wish to transfer to another school must first receive permission from their current school to discuss transfer opportunities with other schools. If the school denies permission, the student-athlete can’t receive athletics aid for the first year after transferring.
The working group is still finalizing specifics, but it plans to ask the Council to introduce legislation that would establish a notification model, allowing a student to notify a school that he or she will transfer. The student could then pursue transfer opportunities and accept scholarships at other schools.
Additionally, once notification is given, the current school would have the option of not renewing athletics aid, permitting the school to offer that scholarship when recruiting a student-athlete for the next year.
Specific details will be discussed over the coming weeks, including timing and how students can more transparently communicate that they are looking for a new school. A companion piece of legislation, which would add notification of transfer to the list of reasons a school can decline to renew a scholarship, is under consideration and would need to be proposed and considered by the schools in the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences.
Most survey respondents supported the shift to a notification of intent to transfer model. However, head coach feedback influenced the working group’s decision to move toward a notification of transfer model from the notification of intent to transfer. The change eliminated ambiguity about a student-athlete’s intent.
Additionally, the group recommended the Council introduce a proposal that would add tampering to the list of Level II violations, which are considered significant breaches of conduct by the Division I Committee on Infractions. More than two-thirds of the groups surveyed indicated they back such a change, with 92 percent of athletics directors indicating support.
Working group members believe this change is important and received enough broad support in the survey that they moved ahead to recommend legislation. The Council acted on that recommendation and introduced the proposal.
Working group members noted that feedback from other Division I groups — including the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Board of Directors, Presidential Forum and Committee on Academics — will be critical as the group continues to develop concepts related to postgraduate financial aid and uniform transfer rules.
Source: NCAA Division I
11 of the greatest winning streaks in NCAA history
The Cleveland Indians made history in Major League Baseball on Wednesday, setting a new American League record with 21 consecutive wins.
That got us thinking. What are the most impressive winning streaks in NCAA history?
Dating back as early as 1953, college sports has seen some incredible winning streaks from a variety of sports at every level with six surpassing the 100-game streak.
— NCAA (@NCAA) September 13, 2017
Here’s a look back at some of the standouts:
137 – Miami (FL) men’s tennis: 1957 to 1964
The Hurricanes’ 60-year-old streak still remains the longest in all of college sports and is one that is guaranteed to stand alone for at least the next few years, if not for eternity. Coached by two Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men’s Hall of Famers in Bill Lufler and Dale Lewis, Miami’s streak began with a 7-2 win over Presbyterian (S.C.) in the third match of the 1957 season and extended to the third to final match of the 1964 season. Strangely enough, the Hurricanes did not win any national championships during their streak because prior to 1977, the NCAA used a point system to determine its champions rather than the metric of head-to-head dual matches (singles and doubles).
130 – BYU-Hawaii women’s tennis: 2002 to 2005
The Seasiders’ streak began at the start of 2002 after they lost in the DII championship game the year before, and continued into the 2005 season where they won three consecutive national championships during that stretch. Prior to the championship loss, BYU-Hawaii held the previous women’s tennis winning streak and is the only school in the NCAA to surpass at least 100 consecutive wins on two separate occasions.
111 – Connecticut women’s basketball: 2014 to 2017
Since Geno Auriemma took the reins of the UConn women’s basketball team in the 1985-86 season, the Huskies have propelled themselves into the national spotlight as an iconic program. One of UConn’s most impressive characteristics since the turn of the century is that it continues to break its own previous records. UConn had set the previous mark of 90 consecutive wins only to up that record with 111 wins from Nov. 23, 2014 to this past year’s Final Four, where they lost to Mississippi State 66-64 on an overtime buzzer beater.
— UConn Women’s Hoops (@UConnWBB) April 1, 2017
109 – Penn State women’s volleyball: 2007 to 2010
Penn State was on top of the volleyball world from 2007-10 and its streak is full of numerous records that put into perspective how dominant the Nittany Lions truly were. During the four-year stretch of the streak, the Nittany Lions won four national championships. No other Division I team has won more than back-to-back titles. However, what’s even more impressive is the fashion in which Penn State its record; during that run, the Nittany Lions lost only 19 total sets and set a record off 111 straight set victories from Dec. 15, 2007 to Dec. 18, 2008.
“Given the competitiveness of women’s volleyball across all of the divisions, I don’t foresee this record ever being broken,” said Kathy DeBoer, executive director of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Fittingly, in the volleyball world, Penn State’s run is simply referred to as “The Streak.”
103 – BYU-Hawaii women’s tennis: 1999 to 2001
Before the Seasiders set the now-record 130-game winning streak, they previously won 103 consecutive matches from 1999 to 2001. During the first streak, BYU-Hawaii won back-to-back championships in 1999 and 2000, which started its run of five titles in six years.
102 – The College of New Jersey women’s lacrosse: 1991 to 1997
The Lions’ streak during the 1990s featured six national championships under head coach Sharon Goldbrenner-Pfluger. TCNJ’s record is the lone streak in lacrosse at any level, men’s or women’s, to surpass the triple-digit mark.
92 – North Carolina women’s soccer: 1990 to 1994
Just how impressive was UNC’s 92-game winning streak? For starters, 84 of its 92 wins during the streak were decided by two or more goals. Looking at the bigger picture, the Tar Heels won nine consecutive national championships from 1986 to 1994 and only suffered one loss during that stretch. That came in 1994, and the Tar Heels went on to defeat Notre Dame 5-0 in the championship game later that season. Prior to UNC’s 92-game winning streak during its championsip run, the Tar Heels went 103 consecutive games without a defeat starting in 1986 and ending in 1990. There’s no secret to UNC’s talent when their roster featured future Olympians such as Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini.
88 – UCLA men’s basketball: 1971 to 1974
Regarded as one of the greatest dynasties in all of college sports, the Bruins’ run in the early 1970s is one that most likely never be seen again in men’s college basketball. Coached by Hall of Famer John Wooden, UCLA won the final three of its seven straight national championships during the Bruins’ 88 game winning streak. Bill Walton is the most familiar name associated with the early 70s UCLA teams, while Henry Bibby, Sidney Wicks, and Jamaal Wilkes were all key contributors to the Bruins teams that will forever be remembered as one of the most dominant runs of any sport at any level.
62 – Minnesota women’s ice hockey: 2012 to 2013
The Golden Gophers set a collegiate hockey record winning 62 games between 2012 and 2013, winning two championships during the span.
“For everybody who has been a part of it, it’s been a really special thing,” head coach Brad Frost said of the winning streak. “I think they helped grow the game of women’s hockey here in Minnesota and nation-wide, and that’s a huge testament to them. There was a lot of pressure, a lot of media attention and a lot of excitement every time we stepped on the ice, which was great, but it’s over, and we’re happy to have been a part of it.”
47 – Oklahoma football: 1953 to 1957
Since Oklahoma set the record for most consecutive wins in the 1950s, no other program in FBS has come within 11 games of the Sooners’ mark of 47 from 1953 to 1957. After a loss in the 1953 season opener and a tie the following week, Oklahoma rattled off nine wins to finish the season and defeated Maryland 7-0 in the Orange Bowl. During the Sooners’ run, they won back-to-back national championships in the 1955 and 1956 seasons. Since the turn of the century, Miami’s 2000-03 34-game winning streak and Florida State 2012-14 29-game winning streak were the only ones to even come close to Oklahoma’s mark.
47 – Arizona softball: 1996 to 1997
The Wildcats have been regarded as one softball’s premier programs in the history of the sport and their record of 47 consecutive wins that spanned from the 1996 to 1997 season were among some of their best in program history. Arizona won national championships in both years the winning streak touched, and finished with a 119-16 combined record during those years. Not a bad run.
Oregon softball made its own run at the record this year, starting the season with 35 consecutive victories. That tied the mark for most consecutive wins to open up a season.
Source: NCAA Division I
A Midwestern State football player died Tuesday from injuries he suffered while making a tackle in a game Saturday.
Cornerback Robert Grays, a sophomore from Houston, was injured with about 3½ minutes to go in the Mustangs’ 35-13 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Midwestern State athletics department spokesman Trey Reed told ESPN that Grays was hospitalized in Wichita Falls on Saturday night and then flown to a hospital in Houston, where he died Tuesday. He was 19.
“Today we mourn the loss of one of our own,” Midwestern State president Suzanne Shipley said in a statement released by the school. “Robert Grays died yesterday from critical injuries suffered in Saturday’s game. I know you will join me in expressing the sincerest condolences of the MSU community to Robert’s family and friends. Please keep them in your thoughts in the coming days.
“Robert touched many lives while attending the university, but perhaps he will be remembered best for his smile. He was an inspiration on and off the field to those around him, and he will be remembered with love and affection by his friends, classmates, coaches, and teammates.”
About 700 people gathered Monday in support of Grays, with Midwestern State coach Bill Maskill saying that night: “He is a guy you’ll love to be around, and as I walked up here, I want to make sure this is a support for him and his family.”
Grays played at Fort Bend L.V. Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas, before enrolling at Division II Midwestern State, which was ranked 12th in the latest Division II poll.
He was the second college football player to die this week. College of Wooster offensive lineman Clayton Geib, 21, died Sunday, a day after the school said he was “complaining that he was not feeling well” following the Fighting Scots’ 38-20 victory over Ohio Wesleyan in Wooster, Ohio.
The Fighting Scots plan to honor Geib, from London, Ohio, by having only 10 players take the field for the first play of Saturday’s game at Division III DePauw University.