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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University August 18, 2003 | Vol. 32 No. 42
Hopkins Responds to Proposed NCAA Legislation

The NCAA Division III Presidents Council has recommended a "reform" package that includes a proposal that could jeopardize Johns Hopkins' multidivisional athletic status, indirectly forcing the university to choose between Division I and Division III.

At Johns Hopkins, both the men's and women's lacrosse teams play in Division I. The school's 24 other varsity sports teams play in Division III.

Specifically, the proposal seeks to eliminate an exception that allows the university and seven other Division III schools to offer athletic scholarships to athletes playing on their Division I teams.

"My administration fully supports our Department of Athletics, and we are committed to maintaining our status as a multidivisional institution," said university President William R. Brody. "With the support of the many schools we compete against on a regular basis, it is our intention to work within the guidelines of the NCAA against this proposal."

The other schools that would be impacted are Clarkson University, Colorado College, Hartwick College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rutgers-Newark, St. Lawrence University and SUNY College at Oneonta. In response to the reform package, approved on Aug. 7, Johns Hopkins has begun to work with these schools to defeat the proposal.

Ernie Larossa, the Athletic Department's associate director for public relations, said that the university has recently contacted and received a show of support from other schools in the Centennial Conference, the athletic association in which Johns Hopkins plays most of its NCAA Division III sports.

The Presidents Council will meet again in October, at which time it can amend the reform package. If the proposal survives past that date, it will be voted on at the 2004 national convention of NCAA Division III conferences, to be held in January 2004 in Nashville, Tenn. A majority vote of the 426 member institutions is needed to ratify the proposal.

Johns Hopkins plans to form a committee this fall to study its options if the scholarship ban, which has an enactment date of 2008-2009, were to pass.
--Greg Rienzi


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