Posts Tagged ‘Division I NCAA’

I’m sure she won’t mind this: Baylor coach Mulkey given one-game postseason suspension, reprimand

A public reprimand and penalties, including a one-game tournament suspension, have been issued for Baylor University women’s basketball head coach Kim Mulkey for a violation of tournament policy during the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.


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go hand in hand. It gets louder during tournament time, and gets even louder when your team loses.

I’m not saying officials don’t make mistakes. That would be like saying players or coaches or announcers or reporters don’t make mistakes. But, remember the old saying: if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

Folks complain, but rarely have any sense of the reality of the officiating training process. Nor do they seem to be interested in actually learning about the job — the art, the science, the actual rules.

So, I invite folks to not just whine, but learn and offer actionable solutions. First step, some (slightly ancient) articles to peruse:

Making the Calls: The World of the Referees

There’s little doubt Title IX and the evolution of the female athlete have changed how women’s basketball is played, coached and marketed. But the impact on those who officiate the games is rarely acknowledged. While coaches, players and fans often rail against the officiating, there often is a lack of understanding and appreciation of not only the basics but, as it were, of the art of reffing.

“What’s expected of officials now has increased exponentially,” says Dee Kantner, a Division I ref for 19 years and currently Director of Referee Development for the WNBA. “You used to just show up, stretch out a little, go out on the floor, and boom, you’re done,” she recalls. “Not anymore. These athletes are quicker and stronger. They’re doing things that a lot of people aren’t used to seeing. You just don’t show up at the game and expect to be sharp and work the games to the top level it needs.”

Earning Their Stripes: Officials In Training – October 2007

Currently Supervisor of Officials for the WNBA, Dee Kantner began officiating in 1982 and is acknowledged as one of the top Division I referees. A few years ago Kantner said this about being a women’s basketball official:

“It’s not a vocation or an avocation that a lot of people innately say, ‘That’s what I want to be,’ because there’s so much negativity surrounding it. Everyone’s always focusing on the bad things about it: people yell at you, you wear bad polyester…. But those are far outweighed by the positives.”

And what are those positives? You get to stay close to the game you love; you stay in shape; you earn a little extra pocket money. And if you’re patient and good – and I mean really good – you might become one of the handful of Division I officials who do the job full-time and earn a six-figure income.

So where do these “positive” people start and how do they learn the craft? Well, if one imagines the officiating pool as a pyramid built on experience and shaped by geography and opportunity with Division 1 at its peak, its base – it’s foundation – is the high school official.

Coaches and Officials: Reaching Across the Divide – July 2006


For some, it’s as much a part of the game as the squeak of basketball shoes. Getting that intangible advantage can be reflected in how a coach works the media, a player, the other coach or, for the purpose of this discussion, an official.

Consider this recent example: Watching a nationally televised game between the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun and Detroit Shock, the Shock were making a furious comeback. On an inbound play, Detroit center Ruth Riley was called for a foul – probably her fourth, maybe her fifth. Immediately Detroit head coach Bill Laimbeer, all 6’11”, 260 pounds of him, loomed over official Lisa Mattingly (who’s got to be 5’8” or so on a good day), saying “Oh, that’s a terrible call. A terrible call! And millions of people are watching on television and seeing what a bad call that is. That’s a horrible call,” he continued, “and it’s all out there on national T.V. for everyone to see.”

Never mind the fact that the replay clearly showed the television audience the correct call was made, it was obvious he was using his physical size, his recognition of the media exposure (both coaches were miked), and the pressure of a close game, (imagine if it had been at Detroit!) to try and influence how the game was being called -– though it is hard to imagine how that might work on such an experienced official as Mattingly.

OFFICIATING UNDER REVIEW: Coaches, Conferences and the NCAA Working to Collaborate

It goes without saying that any coach interested in how officials are evaluated by the NCAA regional advisors or during the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship should read the very clear “2008-09 NCAA Women’s Basketball “Officials’ Performance Evaluation Form.”

While doing so, though, they should also pay particular attention to following section of the introduction:

 Please note that this performance instrument was not created with the intent of replacing those used by individual conferences; rather, the NCAA women’s officiating program is interested in creating a systematic approach to selecting and advancing the best officials for its tournament. 

Why the caveat?

“This is often an area that is misunderstood by coaches as well as the general public” said Mary Struckhoff, the NCAA’s coordinator of women’s basketball officiating, “I think it is natural for people to assume that because the NCAA writes and establishes the playing rules, that it also oversees regular season officiating.


“It is important for people to understand that each conference oversees its respective officiating program, while the NCAA championship falls under the purview of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee,” explained Struckhoff.

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via email from Erin over at the Title IX blog:

I just read A&M’s response on your blog and they are not technically wrong.  EADA reporting requirements ask for a tally of “participants” and the definition of “participant” includes anyone who practices with the team. 

The only problem with their defense in my opinion is that the well-known purpose of the EADA is to make gender equity transparent.  So it’s not exactly in the spirit of the rules to report male practice players there without noting in the “caveat” section of the reporting form that you have done so.  For an example of a university that does report in that manner, pull up the EADA reports for Cornell. 

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NAIA Division I:

Let’s see… Union? Check. Oklahoma City? Check. Whoa! What happened? Seventeen teams shifted rank, while two others fell out of the top 25 poll.

NAIA Division II:

Sorta the same ole same ole: Davenport as the unanimous #1, followd by Northwestern, Morningside, Saint Francis and Black Hills State.

NJCC Division I:

A mix of familiar and newbies: Pensacola State College, Trinity Valley CC, Vincennes University, Central Arizona and State Fair. Both Pensacola and Trinity are 22-0.

NCAA Division III:

Yup, we recognize these people: Thomas More, Kean, Hope, Amherst and Babson. Gaullaudet, at 18-0, sits tied for the 20th spot.

NCAA Division II:

The D-II peeps held serve: Lander (S.C.), Clayton State (Ga.), Delta State (Miss.), Fort Lewis (Colo.), and Arkansas Tech.

College Insider’s Mid-Major:

An interesting group of programs: Green Bay, Princeton, Gonzaga, Florida Gulf, Marist

Lady Swish’s Silent Majority Poll

They have Xavier, Marist, Green Bay, Duquesne and Princeton

NCAA Division I:

No surprise, there are changes: Baylor and UConn hold the top two spots, followed by Stanford, Tennessee and Duke.

Ohio State, Georgia and Texas Tech dropped out of the poll.

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From Inside Higher Ed, a little recruiting news: Verbal Commitments Challenged

A proposal to prohibit early verbal scholarship offers — a controversial practice that permeates football and men’s basketball — is among the major pieces of legislation on the docket for next week’s National Collegiate Athletic Association convention in San Antonio.

The NCAA convention takes place annually and gathers officials from institutions and conferences in all three of the association’s divisions. It is the culmination of the association’s yearly legislative cycle, and it is where some — though not all — of its rules for players and institutions are decided by its membership.

No surprise, Report shows DII athletics in line with institutional spending

In the first Division II revenues and expenses report compiled since 2004, athletics expenses at schools with football programs represented less than 6 percent of the institutional budget and 5 percent for schools without football.

The data also show that it costs less than half as much to operate a football program at the Division II level as it would in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The median expense for Division II schools with football is a little less than $4 million, while that figure is about $8.6 million for FCS programs. The operating cost is about $10.1 million for programs in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.

And more “no surprise,” DIII report shows alignment between athletics and institutional spending

Data from the most recent Division III revenues and expenses report show that the division is doing a good job of funding athletics participation opportunities without overly taxing institutional budgets.

The first report on athletics spending in Division III since 2002 shows that for schools offering football, athletics spending as a proportion of total institutional spending has moved only slightly – from 3.5 percent in 2005 to just over 4 percent in 2009. And for the non-football schools, athletics spending stayed fairly flat, between 2 and 2.5 percent of total spending.

Those percentages are significant, given that student-athletes compose roughly 30 percent of total enrollment in most Division III schools.

I wonder if the Sports Economists will weigh in.

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is talking about, more from Dana Caldwell at Naples News: Women’s basketball not wrapped up in national poll recognition

Florida Gulf Coast University had never received an ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll vote until this season.

This week, the Eagles got six, effectively tying them with Arizona State for 34th.

At 11-0, the Eagles are off to, by far, their best start in their fourth-season Division I history.

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you don’t know nothin’ about: Florida Gulf Coast University

From Seth Soffian at News-Press: FGCU junior fights adversity – Guard back after third knee injury

Grimacing in pain, Courtney Chihil clutched at her calf with what proved to be only a cramp.

When it comes to the FGCU women’s basketball team’s unsung leader in intangibles – three times the victim of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, among other leg ailments – such sights can be scary.

From Craig Handel, also at the News-Press: FGCU women’s team still perfect

FGCU’s women’s basketball team doesn’t have the chance to play in the Final Four this season.But at least the ladies are among the final four to be unbeaten.

Dana Caldwell at the Naples News writes: FGCU shakes off rust, whips Belmont

Florida Gulf Coast University‘s women shook off the holiday rust and Belmont during Monday night’s first game back since a 13-day break.

Against a taller and beefier team that seemed to work the clock as much as FGCU’s middle in a bit of an unattractive first half, the Eagles managed just 34.3 percent from the field. Yet they led by 20 before putting on a second-half clinic as FGCU continued its best start in its ninth-year history (now 10-0) and remained one of only four Division I unbeatens with a 79-39 rout in front of 1,886 in Alico Arena.

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From the Register-Guard’s Curtis Anderson: Oregon State women’s basketball: Smiling time again – Oregon State’s road back to respectability starts with a Newberg connection

In college basketball, the leap from Division III to Division I is seldom made, so when Rueck threw his hat into the ring when the OSU women’s basketball head coaching job became available last summer, he kept his expectations low.

“I never truly believed they would hire me,” he said. “I was just hoping to get an interview, to learn more about the process, and maybe that would make me a better coach at George Fox.”

But the 41-year-old Rueck, who was born and raised in Hillsboro, underestimated his talents as a coach, and how much weight would be given to his being a 1991 OSU alum, graduating with a degree in education.

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Streaks Put UConn and U.C.L.A. in Same Conversation

Pamela Grundy, a co-author of “Shattering the Glass: The Remarkable History of Women’s Basketball” (New Press, 2005), said the UConn and U.C.L.A. powerhouses should be appreciated as if they were boxers fighting in different weight classes.

“Sugar Ray Robinson did not beat the heavyweights, but that doesn’t mean people didn’t think he was great,” Grundy said in a telephone interview. “You achieve within your own sphere.”

Wooden told The Wall Street Journal before he died in June at age 99 that UConn’s streak was “good for the game,” adding, “There’s some incentive for others to come up to Connecticut’s level.”


Pete Trgovich, a guard on U.C.L.A.’s title teams of 1973 and 1975, said, “I want to congratulate them.” Then he laughed and added, “Just think, someday they may compare us to those great Connecticut women’s teams.”

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Teresa Edwards returns to WNBA – Tulsa’s director of player personnel sets out to help redefine Shock

For all great athletes, there comes that time when they either do — or don’t — make peace with the end of their competitive careers. Teresa Edwards acknowledges it has taken her awhile.

Which is understandable. When you’re a five-time Olympian, it might seem as if you are going to play forever … because it’s almost like you already have.

Then when you do seriously begin to let go, you must find who and what you are in regard to the sport if you aren’t playing it. When Edwards began that adjustment to life no longer as a player, she knew she was going to face some big challenges.

‘chelle also uses her blog space to take issue with NCAA volleyball bracket:

The Division I NCAA volleyball bracket came out Sunday, and I kept looking at it, thinking I had to be missing something.

“This can’t be as ridiculous as it seems,” I thought. “It can’t be. This is a joke.”

I rather quickly wrote a story for ESPN.com about the bracket, suggesting Penn State got what looked like an absurdly easy road to the Final Four, and that the Seattle region looked like it was really difficult.

But … I wasn’t anywhere near as forceful as I would be with women’s basketball. (Actually, if I saw a women’s hoops bracket this bad, my head might have exploded like that grotesque scene in “Scanners.”) And I’ll be really frank about why: I know the history of the NCAA women’s hoops brackets inside and out, so my reaction time is a lot quicker (like, instantaneous) in regard to flipping out over anything I think is screwy.

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from Matt Kailey at Beacon Broadside: Kye Allums, Trans Athletes, and a Modest Proposal for Inclusive Sports

The subject of trans athletes is nothing new. Renee Richards broke ground in 1977 when the New York Supreme Court ruled that she had the right to play professional tennis as a woman after transitioning from male to female. But the controversy over who can play what sport remains ongoing.

There is really a fairly simple way to eliminate this controversy and to make room for transgender, transsexual, and intersex people in sports – eliminate the requirements based on genitalia (which is truly what separate-sex sports are based on) and establish standards for various categories or levels of play based instead on the physical requirements of the sport for each level.

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as if anticipating the *soon to come* list of the WHBMDRCOY list, Q writes about one obvious candidate:

Jennifer Azzi Makes A Strong First Impression On San Francisco Players

For most coaches, exhibition games are just a chance to play somebody different, most meaningful to the extent that they serve as something of a dress rehearsal.

But for first-year University of San Francisco coach Jennifer Azzi, there might have been a little added significance to the Dons 61-34 home win against Sonoma State University Friday night.

“Now no one will tell me anymore that I haven’t done it before,” quipped Azzi when asked about her first game coaching.

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about Kye Allums. The NCAA’s first Div. 1 publicly transgender basketball player is,says OutSports, starting conversations never before held in the sport.

More: Transgender basketball player: ‘It got too tough to not be me’

Kye Allums, Transgender George Washington University Basketball Player, Takes The Court

Kye Allums’ Courage Transcends Gender, Athletics

Says Pat: Including Transgender Athletes on School Teams: A Story We Will Hear More Often

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From Pat

LGBT Student Athletes Taking On Homophobia in College Athletics

I am really excited by several recent news reports about LGBT and ally student athlete led groups on college campuses. Groups at Eastern Michigan, Yale and UPenn have all been featured in recent stories. Other schools that have organized similar groups include Vassar, Purdue and the University of Michigan. There could be more. Those are the ones I know about.

In addition to providing support and visibility for LGBT athletes on campus, these groups are doing trainings for athletes and helping to organizing training for coaches and athletic administrators on their campuses. These campus-based groups join Our Group, a national group of LGBTA student athletes who have similar goals.

I cannot stress enough how important these groups are in making college athletics programs more welcoming and respectful for LGBT athletes. I developed a resource for student athletes who wanted to start a group like this on their campuses which is available here.

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The women’s game

NCAA Division I women’s basketball turns 29 this year, and while there’s nothing particularly special about the anniversary, the number of issues converging on the game make 2010-11 a potentially notable year for the sport that has grown exponentially in the level of play, its popularity and exposure, and the competition from more schools pouring resources into the game. With all of that comes the pressure to win while maintaining the very integrity on which the sport is grounded. What makes women’s basketball great? How does it grow? What are the threats?

With practice already underway and real games less than a month away, we’ll examine the players, the coaches, the tournament and the next steps in the evolution of The Women’s Game.

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Columbia University head women’s basketball coach Paul Nixon is one of 19 head coaches from NCAA Division I institutions that will join two Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) administrators to participate in a “mock” selection exercise, hosted by the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and members of the NCAA staff, on July 16-17 at The Westin Indianapolis Hotel.

Fans can follow the exercise via a Cover It Live blog on http://www.NCAA.org on Friday, July 16 and on Saturday, July 17, with both blog sessions beginning at 9 a.m. Accounts of the exercise will also be provided on the women’s basketball championship Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/NCAAWomensBasketball) and Twitter  (http://twitter.com/NCAAWomensBKB) pages.

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ACC Announces Television Deal with ESPN

Women’s basketball will also get greater exposure. Select games will be televised by ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, and others will be offered by Raycom. The ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinals and finals will also be part of the package. The finals will be broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2, while the semifinals will be available on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

I’ll be interested to see how the ACC teams take advantage of this exposure, especially considering the D-1 attendance figures from the NCAA:

1. Tennessee Avg 12,896
2. Connecticut Avg 10,182
3. Iowa St. Avg 9,316
4. Notre Dame Avg 8,377
5. Purdue Avg  8,159
6. Oklahoma Avg 7,681
7. Nebraska Avg 7,390
8. Baylor Avg 7,209
9. New Mexico Avg 7,090
10. Texas Tech Avg 6,837
11. Louisville Avg 6,398
12. Michigan St. Avg 6,192
13. Wisconsin Avg 5,635
14. Kentucky Avg 5,624
15. Texas A&M Avg 5,155
16. Maryland Avg 4,979
17. Texas Avg 4,909
18. Duke Avg 4,714
19. Penn St. Avg 4,432
20. Minnesota Avg 4,347

The former Big 12 has a history of successful “Pack the House” promos that fill the stands and really frame the women’s game nicely. (Key in the “image” growth of the game to viewers. And a nice product for the broadcast partners to show.) It would totally suck to have national exposure with no one in the stands.

A source of encouragement? Miami is one of the NCAA’s “Help you promote your game” grants.

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