May 20, 2020 3:22 PM

Chadron State football schedule forced to drop from 11 to 10 games

Posted May 20, 2020 3:22 PM

By: Dave Collins, Sports Director

Chadron State's football schedule will be trimmed by one game.

The move is a mandate by the NCAA that was put in place by the Division II Presidents Council Tuesday after being recommended by the Division II Management Council last week. It changes the minimum and maximum number of games teams can play this fall.

According to our source Tuesday night the minimum number of football games a school must play to be considered for the postseason is seven, while the maximum is now ten, down from 11.

CSC Athletic Director Joel Smith confirmed the change Wednesday morning and says CSC plans to play the new maximum - ten games - unless budgets get severely cut, in which other games could be in jeopardy.

Chadron State currently has an 11-game football schedule with nine RMAC and two non-conference games - at Missouri S&T in Week 2 and at Western Oregon in November.

As expected, Smith confirmed that one of the two non-conference games will be the first options of games that will be canceled.

The Missouri S&T and Western Oregon games are the two longest road trips, likely bear the heaviest costs to the school, and simply aren't in-conference, which makes them options A and B.  Smith says CSC will not drop a conference game before a non-conference opponent.

But, there are still unknowns that could change today's outlook as schools across Division II begin working under the new schedule rule. 

The virus has significantly impacted Colorado more than Nebraska and South Dakota among the RMAC landscape.  Could the RMAC schedule end up getting re-worked in some fashion?

Smith said the RMAC hasn't had that discussion yet, but "it's probably coming."

So, it's still possible that if the RMAC makes scheduling changes, or if a school has a COVID-19 situation and can't play at some point during the season the Eagles could potentially keep both non-conference games because that RMAC contest would need to be canceled out of necessity.

We'll stay on top of it and let you know how the schedule changes unfold. 

For now, sadly we know one thing for sure, COVID-19 is shaving the schedule from 11 to 10 games.

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May 20, 2020 3:22 PM
NCAA DII Management Council recommends lowering contest maximums, minimums for 2020-21

Presidents Council to consider varied reductions to maximums, 33% reductions to minimums

By Corbin McGuire | NCAA

The NCAA Division II Management Council on Friday voted to recommend the Division II Presidents Council reduce the maximum number of permissible contests for the 2020-21 academic year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each sport’s reduction to its maximum in the recommendation varies. The Presidents Council, which meets by videoconference Tuesday, will consider the recommendation and make the final decision. 

The Management Council also voted to recommend the Presidents Council take action to reduce both the minimum number of contests for Division II championships selection and for sports sponsorship by 33% for the upcoming academic year.

All three of the Management Council’s recommendations from its videoconference meeting came after considering feedback from several leadership groups, Division II governance committees and two surveys of the division’s leadership.

In April, the Division II Conference Commissioners Association conducted a survey in which nearly 95% of the division’s athletics directors participated. From the survey, the Division II CCA put forward the initial proposal to reduce minimums and maximums. The proposal was brought to the Division II Championships Committee, Membership Committee, Legislation Committee and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for their discussion and recommendations.

The Management Council also considered the results of a Division II membership survey, specific to reducing maximums, that 435 division leaders responded to earlier this week. The survey was taken by 258 athletics directors, 154 presidents and chancellors, and 23 conference commissioners. Roughly 85% of the survey respondents said they supported some form of reduction to the maximum permissible contests for the 2020-21 academic year.

“These decisions are extremely difficult to make, but the feedback from across Division II and our committees was vital in guiding the Management Council,” said Chris Graham, commissioner of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and chair of the Management Council. “As many schools face financial struggles, and some have started to cut sports entirely due to COVID-19, it was imperative to provide scheduling flexibility in Division II while maintaining competitive equity and continuing to give student-athletes the opportunities they deserve to compete in NCAA championships.”  

Maximums Notes

The Management Council voted to recommend to the Presidents Council that men’s and women’s basketball teams may not exempt two contests played as part of a conference challenge event or games played in the Tip-Off Classic for the 2020-21 academic year. Typically, schools can exempt these contests.

Additionally, the Management Council voted to recommend discretionary exemptions, such as scrimmages and exhibitions, against non-Division II four-year schools remain exempt against maximum contest totals. The council also recommended that no reductions be implemented for maximums for National Collegiate Championship sports, emerging sports and Division II men’s ice hockey for the 2020-21 academic year.

Sport by sport recommended maximums for the 2020-21 academic year only:

  1. Baseball: 40
  2. Women’s basketball: 22
  3. Men’s basketball: 22
  4. Cross country: 6
  5. Field hockey: 14
  6. Football: 10
  7. Men’s golf: 16
  8. Women’s golf: 16
  9. Men’s lacrosse: 13
  10. Women’s lacrosse: 13
  11. Women’s rowing: 14
  12. Men’s soccer: 14
  13. Women’s soccer: 14
  14. Softball: 44
  15. Swimming and diving: 12
  16. Men’s tennis: 17
  17. Women’s tennis: 17
  18. Indoor track and field: 14
  19. Outdoor track and field: 14
  20. Women’s volleyball: 20
  21. Men’s wrestling: 12

Minimums Notes

Women’s rowing is the lone exception to the recommended 33% reduction to minimums for championships selection, which would set their minimums at three contests. Rowing’s minimum requirement instead was decreased from five to four contests. The rationale behind rowing’s exception was that a team could conceivably compete three times in one weekend, as one race equals one contest. The increase ensures teams must compete on at least two weekends to be selected for the Division II championship.

The recommendation for a 33% reduction to the minimums for sports sponsorship include all Division II sports, including National Collegiate Championships sports, emerging sports and Division II men’s ice hockey.

NCAA.org release