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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 15, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 3
Athletic Directors Launch Effort to Eliminate Proposed NCAA Change

A coordinated effort to stop an NCAA proposal to eliminate the waiver that allows Division III schools sponsoring a Division I sport to offer athletics scholarships in Division I was announced last week following a meeting of the athletic directors from seven of the eight institutions affected by the proposal.

Athletic directors from Clarkson, Hartwick, Johns Hopkins, Rensselaer and St. Lawrence joined in a discussion Sept. 8 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., to coordinate a strategy to defeat the proposed rule change; their counterparts at Colorado College and Rutgers University-Newark participated via telephone. SUNY College at Oneonta would also be affected.

The group reaffirmed the academic excellence and strong traditions and history that have been attached to their various programs, and discussed the importance of these particular programs to their local communities. The group also focused on the importance of raising the awareness of this issue among all interested parties.

"We are committed to working together to ensure that all parties understand what is at stake here, and to develop alternatives to proposals now on the table," said Ken Ralph of Rensselaer.

The NCAA proposal in question is part of a sweeping package of reforms aimed at Division III athletic departments including adjusting playing seasons, financial aid and recruiting.

The scholarship proposal, announced in August, is scheduled to be discussed at an October meeting of the NCAA President's Council. The council has said it will communicate with the eight affected institutions to receive their feedback to the meeting. The council also noted that its word would not be the last since the 424 Division III members will have five months to consider the merits of the proposals before the scheduled vote at the 2004 NCAA Convention to be held in January in Nashville, Tenn.


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