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A provocative and articulate read, written by St. John's University President Michael Hemesath, fund its way into my IN box (thank you S Lois):

This past March, I, like millions of other sports fans around the United States, followed the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament, also known as March Madness. The tournament had a special draw this year as the University of Kentucky entered the competition undefeated and it was the favorite to have the first undefeated season in nearly 40 years.
Interestingly, early in the tournament, a friend said to me, "I'm just not that into the tournament in the way I was when I was younger mostly because of schools like Kentucky."
What he was referring to was the Kentucky model of success, which has been built in recent years on a "one and done" philosophy. "One and done" used to refer to a team that entered the NCAA tournament and lost in the first round, thus playing only one game and then being done in the tournament. Now that phrase has come to refer to exceptional freshmen basketball players who play in college for a single year before jumping to professional teams in the NBA.
Some teams like Kentucky, and even academic power Duke, have had incredible success with this model, but it does not generate much loyalty for individual teams as fans barely get to know their favorite players who are gone after a single season.
As a college president, what I find even more problematic and ultimately damning of the "one and done" model, is the complete decoupling of academics and athletics, making the term student-athlete an oxymoron. While I can hardly blame the incredible athletes who understandably choose to make millions of dollars in the NBA, the system also treats the players who are not quite of professional caliber (the vast majority) quite unfairly. Furthermore, the Division I big-money sports system generates cynicism about student-athletes and makes the notion that athletics and academics are compatible a joke.
Yet there are institutions where these two things are not incompatible. At St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict, we firmly believe that athletics and academics can go together and even be mutually reinforcing. As part of the NCAA's Division III, St. John's and St. Ben's and our peers in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference are filled with passionate student-athletes who truly compete for love of the game as there are no scholarships or other inducements to play. Our coaches might best be characterized as educators who care about the holistic development of their student-athletes, including their success off the court or field and ultimately in life.
St. John's legendary basketball coach, Jim Smith, recently retired after 50 years of educating young men on the basketball court to be successful personally and professionally long after they had left Collegeville. At St. John's last home game this year, dozens of players from Jim's first year all the way through his last class were there to honor Jim for all he had done for them. The loyalty of the doctors and lawyers and CEOs in the group was built on what Jim had taught them on and off the court that had played an important role in their personal and professional successes.
Jim Smith is the winningest collegiate basketball coach in Minnesota at any level, yet he never sought to move on in the basketball world for more money or prestige, preferring to stay and teach basketball and character at St. John's. Of his many successes and awards, one of the things that Jim is proudest of is the fact that only one of his basketball players in the past 50 years has failed to graduate with a degree from St. John's. Only one not done.
So if you don't find yourself quite as drawn to Division I athletics as you once were, consider coming out to Collegeville or St. Joseph and watch some MIAC student-athletes who will be going "pro" in cities throughout Minnesota and beyond as they use what their professors teach in the classroom and the lessons their coaches offer outside of it to make their communities and the world a better place.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: June 28, 2015, 12:34:28 am »
A provocative and articulate read, written by St. John's University President Michael Hemesath found its way into my IN box:

This past March, I, like millions of other sports fans around the United States, followed the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament, also known as March Madness. The tournament had a special draw this year as the University of Kentucky entered the competition undefeated and it was the favorite to have the first undefeated season in nearly 40 years.
Interestingly, early in the tournament, a friend said to me, "I'm just not that into the tournament in the way I was when I was younger mostly because of schools like Kentucky."
What he was referring to was the Kentucky model of success, which has been built in recent years on a "one and done" philosophy. "One and done" used to refer to a team that entered the NCAA tournament and lost in the first round, thus playing only one game and then being done in the tournament. Now that phrase has come to refer to exceptional freshmen basketball players who play in college for a single year before jumping to professional teams in the NBA.
Some teams like Kentucky, and even academic power Duke, have had incredible success with this model, but it does not generate much loyalty for individual teams as fans barely get to know their favorite players who are gone after a single season.
As a college president, what I find even more problematic and ultimately damning of the "one and done" model, is the complete decoupling of academics and athletics, making the term student-athlete an oxymoron. While I can hardly blame the incredible athletes who understandably choose to make millions of dollars in the NBA, the system also treats the players who are not quite of professional caliber (the vast majority) quite unfairly. Furthermore, the Division I big-money sports system generates cynicism about student-athletes and makes the notion that athletics and academics are compatible a joke.
Yet there are institutions where these two things are not incompatible. At St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict, we firmly believe that athletics and academics can go together and even be mutually reinforcing. As part of the NCAA's Division III, St. John's and St. Ben's and our peers in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference are filled with passionate student-athletes who truly compete for love of the game as there are no scholarships or other inducements to play. Our coaches might best be characterized as educators who care about the holistic development of their student-athletes, including their success off the court or field and ultimately in life.
St. John's legendary basketball coach, Jim Smith, recently retired after 50 years of educating young men on the basketball court to be successful personally and professionally long after they had left Collegeville. At St. John's last home game this year, dozens of players from Jim's first year all the way through his last class were there to honor Jim for all he had done for them. The loyalty of the doctors and lawyers and CEOs in the group was built on what Jim had taught them on and off the court that had played an important role in their personal and professional successes.
Jim Smith is the winningest collegiate basketball coach in Minnesota at any level, yet he never sought to move on in the basketball world for more money or prestige, preferring to stay and teach basketball and character at St. John's. Of his many successes and awards, one of the things that Jim is proudest of is the fact that only one of his basketball players in the past 50 years has failed to graduate with a degree from St. John's. Only one not done.
So if you don't find yourself quite as drawn to Division I athletics as you once were, consider coming out to Collegeville or St. Joseph and watch some MIAC student-athletes who will be going "pro" in cities throughout Minnesota and beyond as they use what their professors teach in the classroom and the lessons their coaches offer outside of it to make their communities and the world a better place.

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The Johnnies found themselves a gem of a football and basketball player in this Streit kid from Eden Valley-Watkins.

6"6" 230 lbs and moves like a gazelle. 

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1023928/highlights/204107385/v2

If I have my Stearns County family history straight (there are a lot of forks in the roads in many families) I believe he is a cousin of former Johnnie  All American DT Kyle Schroeder. He could be real good. I am very positive about this incoming class.
Gary & staff have been doing a real good job on the recruiting trail.
possibly on the maternal side...my top source of Stearns County genealogy is in assisted living in Albertville, thanks to developing stages of Altzies.  But I do know he is first cousins with a kid one SJU coach arrogantly claimed a few years back "couldn't be a DE here and would need to transition to OL and we figure that would take 2-3 years so we didn't pursue him"...who went on to be an All-American DE at MN and nearly made the NFL (as a DE)... yeah, he couldn't possibly make it as a D-III DE  (and I found out the coach's reason for making such an asinine statement was that the kid told him "no interest" in playing for him or SJU)

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: April 15, 2015, 07:05:45 pm »
why the shock/surprise DP.....a total no-brainer choice, on par with UST's promotion of Tauer. Should make some interesting recruiting warfare. It will be interesting to see if SJU's game plan remains the same, something similar or a radical revamp.

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an amazing era ends----http://www.gojohnnies.com/news/2015/3/17/BASKETBALL_0317151333.aspx?path=mbball



SJU was a bottom feeder when Jim took over....he built a solid, successful program and maintained that level of excellence for decade upon decade

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 17, 2015, 06:13:29 pm »
an amazing era ends----http://www.gojohnnies.com/news/2015/3/17/BASKETBALL_0317151333.aspx?path=mbball



SJU was a bottom feeder when Jim took over....he built a solid, successful program and maintained that level of excellence for decade upon decade

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Here is a nice story about sportsmanship involving a Bennie and a Tommie working together (gasp)! I am not sure if Valerie Clintsman is related to Lee.

http://www.csbblazers.com/news/2015/3/12/WTRACK_0312153832.aspx

Valerie is one of the many incredible children of Lee (CST'80 ) and Yvonne (CST '80)

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 06, 2015, 09:03:16 pm »
i'm too stunned to think. i tip my hat to NW...they played a perfect game and didn't crack under pressure.


is it baseball season yet?

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 28, 2015, 10:04:09 pm »
In the 15 years that the playoff has been in its present format of 6 teams, with 1 & 2 getting first-round bye:

The #1 seed has won the tourney 10 times. The exceptions were in 2003 when #2 GAC won it all, 2010 when #4 Carleton was champ, 2011 when #2 UST won and 2014 when #2 St Olaf won

The #4 seed has has reached the title game once before- Carleton in 2010 (they won it)

St Thomas and Bethel have met in the championship game twice before...in 2002 and again in 2009. UST won both meetings. Interestingly, they never met in the championship game under the four-team format

There have been 2 overtime championship games. GAC has lost them both (2010 to Carleton and 2012 to UST)

Tomorrow promises to be one of the best and most exciting title tilts of all time



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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 27, 2015, 06:25:10 pm »
Tonight is UST's 10th consecutive appearance in the semifinals and their 13th in the 15 season of the six-team format. They are 11-1 overall and 9-1 as the top seed, with the lone loss coming in 2010.

Gustavus is making a record 14th appearance in the semifinals. The Gusties had a 12 year string broken in 2013 and return to the semis for the second year in a row. They are 8-5 in semifinal action, but are 1-4 when playing on the road. They are 0-1 in their lone previous appearance as the #6 seed.

Bethel is making its 11th appearance in the semis and fourth in a row. The Royals have a 2-8 record. They are 0-4 in the semis as the #4 seed.

St. Olaf is making its third appearance in the semis and second in a row. The Oles are 1-1, with a win in 20164 and a loss in 2007.

UST and GAC have met once before in the semis....a 2009 Tommie win. St. Oaf and Bethel have never met in the semifinals.

The higher seeded team has won 24 of the 28 semifinal games.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 22, 2015, 06:49:01 pm »
So the playoff field is set for the 31st annual MIAC Playoffs! #1- UST, #2 St Olaf, #3 SJU, #4 Bethel, #5 Cord & #6 GAC.

* Since the playoffs began in 1985, every school has made the field at least once. SMU has the fewest appearances (one, 1985) while UST has the most (28 counting 2015)
* UST is making its 16th consecutive appearance in the Playoffs. SJU is making its 9th appearance in a row. This is the 4th time in a row that Bethel has made the field. St Olaf and GAC are repeating from last year while Concordia is back in the field after a three-year one year absence.

Since the field was expanded to six teams in 2001---
*NO #3, #5 or #6 seed has won the tourney.
* Teams seeded third and sixth have never reached the title game; the only 5th seed to reach the championship game was GAC in 2011
* The only #4 to win it was Carleton in 2010, and they needed OT to knock off GAC that season
* #1 has won 10 of 14 (which bodes well for UST) BUT UST is the only #1 to lose the title game, falling to GAC in 2003 and St Olaf in  2014
* Olaf was the champion in 2014, their only title.
* Gustavus last won it all in 2005.
* UST last won it in 2013 and has won 7 of the last 9.
* SJU last won it all in 2001, the first year of the 6-team format
* Bethel and Concordia have never won the tourney under the 6-team format
* Bethel's only Playoff title was in 1991 when they beat UST and GAC in the old 4-team format
* Concordia won it all in 1996, beating Carleton & Gustauvs

Quarter final tidbits
* The battle between 3rd and 6th seed has seen each seed win 7 times
* #4 seeds have a 10-4 record vs #5 seeds, which bodes well for Bethel
* Bethel is 4-0 as a #4 seed
* Cord is 0-1 as the #5 seed
* SJU is 0-2 as the #3 seed
* GAC is 1-0 as the #6 seed. Do these last two bode well enough for a Gusties upset win at Collegeville?

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 17, 2015, 12:04:31 am »
for those of you predicting back in Oct that UST was slipping back into the pack and that the purple dinosaur is about to be toppled from its throne, etc etc etc.... ring #10 is just as sweet as any of the 9 that preceded it! In the process of hammering the Oles, the Tommies proved again why they are force to be reckoned with. Dominating the boards on both ends all night, kicking the usually potent Ole offense off its track, swarming TEAM defense (as in 5 stoppers on the floor) and solid 3-point shooting added up to a 66-49 shellacking......still I expect round 3 between St O and UST on March 1 to be a dozy of a battle....but the word remains unchanged...the road to the MIAC crown passes through Snelling & Cretin

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 16, 2015, 06:54:51 pm »
T-Gun....your jinx only hurt Saturday.

Despite the outcome on Saturday, a UST win tonight clinches a tie for the title at worst and locks up the #1 seed for the Toms.  A loss tonight isn't devastating to UST either, as long as they win out. Assuming St Olaf wins tonight and Wednesday vs. Concordia and UST bounces back with wins Weds and Sat over BU and Hamline, the two would be tied for the title and UST would be the #1 seed by virtue of tiebreaker +#4.

I see tonight "Show-down in da Shoe" to be very very similar to the Battle waged a month ago @ Olaf....with the same outcome-- St Thomas by 9

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