Friday, January 23, 2009

Foul Play...Part 5

You know the issues, now it's time to address these issues with the people in charge. These names were copied from the NCAA site. At that site, there are e-mails and other contact information. Write or e-mail the NCAA staffers and then express your concerns with the Athletic Directors that help govern and pass these decisions.

Dennis L. Poppe is the baseball NCAA staffer...but the committee that made the decision to deny the scholarship increases is a rag tag group of Associate AD's, faculty representatives and even one student athlete that is a middle distance runner from the University of Kansas. For the record, track and field gets 12.6 scholarships for men. No baseball coaches, representatives or players were on this committee. Non baseball people making baseball decisions will never result in a good outcome for baseball.

If you look at the list, there are really no athletic directors involved at major baseball schools...there are a lot of Associate Athletic Directors. An associate athletic director's duties should not be confused with an athletic directors job description. Many AD's have law or MBA's and are in touch with the business of sports. Associate athletic directors are fund raisers and more sales oriented and are less in touch with the intricate facets of the individual sports at most schools. We Googled a job description of one schools criteria for an associate AD...

Supervise preparation on NCAA Squad Lists and NCAA certification of eligibility.
Supervise preparation and approve issuing National Letters of Intent for new student athletes.
Supervise operations of the following sports: Baseball, Men’s cross country, Indoor and Outdoor Track, Men’s tennis, Men’s Golf, Softball, Women’s tennis, Women’s Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track.
Assist in construction of Department’s budget.
Coordinate and approve issuing all Southland Conference initial and continuing grant in aid contracts.
Coordinate the Athletic Awards Program and the Bobcat Club Academic Ring Ceremony.
Oversee and approve all requests for travel, travel expenditures, purchase orders and all other expenditures.
Establish departmental polices and procedures.
Evaluate monthly budget reports.
Evaluate performance of personnel.
Supervise and approve hiring of department personnel.
General oversight of various department athletics events.
Attend university and community functions to help promote the university and department of athletics.

Sounds more like an admin. job to us. Approving travel expenditures, attending functions, evaluating budgets....Not exactly the qualifications I would want to determine the future of collegiate baseball. Angry yet? Here's are the people responsible...

Stephen A. Mallonee, Lynn M. Holzman, Leeland Zeller, Amy Huchthausen

Joseph F. D'Antonio, Jr.

FBS- AD- Robert Spear - University of Idaho - Western Athletic Conference

FBS- AD, Director of Athletics - Derrick L. Gragg - Eastern Michigan University- Mid-American Conference-

FBS- Associate Commissioner- Gregory Sankey - Southeastern Conference- Southeastern Conference

FBS- Associate Commissioner- Joseph F. D'Antonio, Jr. - Big East Conference- Big East Conference

FBS- Associate Commissioner- Shane Lyons - Atlantic Coast Conference- Atlantic Coast Conference

FBS- Associate Commissioner for Compliance- Kathy Keene - Sun Belt Conference- Sun Belt Conference

FBS- CCD, Assistant Commissioner- Lori Ebihara - Big 12 Conference- Big 12 Conference

FBS- FAR- Bruce Jaffee - Indiana University, Bloomington- Big Ten Conference

FBS- FAR, Faculty Representative- Kelvin Koong - Oregon State University- Pacific-10 Conference-

FBS- SWA, Associate Athletic Director/SWA- Leslie Claybrook - Rice University- Conference USA

FBS- SWA, Associate Athletics Director- Janice Ruggiero - University of New Mexico-Mountain West Conference

FBS- Student-Athlete- Matt Baysinger - University of Kansas- Big 12 Conference

FCS- Associate Commissioner- Kelly Brooks - Southwestern Athletic Conf.- Southwestern Athletic Conf

FCS- CCD- Jean Gee - University of Montana- Big Sky Conference

FCS- CCD, Sr. Assoc. Commissioner- Carolyn S. Campbell-McGovern - Ivy Group- Ivy Group

FCS- Commissioner, Commissioner- Jon A. Steinbrecher - Ohio Valley Conference- Ohio Valley Conference

FCS- SWA, Associate AD/Internal Affairs- Susan Groff - University of Delaware- Colonial Athletic Association

FCS- SWA, Associate AD/SWA- Margaret Hefferan - Wagner College- Northeast Conference

FCS- SWA, Associate Athletic Director- Tracy Shoemake - Texas State University-San Marcos- Southland Conference

FCS- SWA, Associate Athletics Director- Elaine Jacobs - Youngstown State University- Horizon League

FCS- SWA, Associate Athletics Director- Meredith Eaker - Liberty University- Big South Conference

FCS- SWA, Associate Executive Director/SWA- Joanna Kreps - Patriot League- Patriot League

FCS- SWA, Executive Asst. to the Commissioner- Sonja Stills - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conf.- Mid-Eastern Athletic Conf.

FCS- SWA, Sr. Associate AD- Carrie Doyle - University of New Hampshire- America East Conference

FCS- associate commissioner- Doug King - Southern Conference- Southern Conference

DI- AD- Stan Williamson - Campbell University- Atlantic Sun Conference

DI- AD, Athletic Director- William J. Maher - Canisius College- Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

DI- CCD, Assistant Commissioner for Compliance- Mary Mulvenna - Missouri Valley Conference- Missouri Valley Conference

DI- CCD, Associate Commissioner- Edward Pasque - Atlantic 10 Conference- Atlantic 10 Conference

DI- SWA, Associate Athletic Director- Angie Torain - Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis- The Summit League

DI- SWA, Associate Athletic Director/SWA- Karen Peters - University of Portland- West Coast Conference-

DI- SWA, Senior Associate Athletics Director- Cindy Masner - Long Beach State University- Big West Conference

Call, write or e-mail. Voice your opinion. Heck, knowing our new presidents involvement and interest in sports, write him too. Any President that wants a football play-off has to understand the inequities that baseball is experiencing too.


Anonymous said...

Rounding Third Staff - I found most if not all the e-mail addresses for all the folks you listed. If you want the list, please e-mail me at

I will only respond to the RT Staff so others, please do not request.

RT Staff - you can decide what to do with the e-mail address list.

Anonymous said...

The funny part about your post is that you are getting angry of the NCAA Legislative Council for acting on behalf f their institutions. For instance, if Kelly Brooks voted against the increase in scholarships for baseball, then it is more than likely that the institutions in the SWAC as a collective whole voted against the increase in scholarships. While Baysinger, the kid from Kansas, is a non-voting member of the Legislative Council, the student-athletes as a whole (that means a majority of the 160,000+ DI S/A's)also opposed an increase in scholarships in the sport of baseball. Look for your scholarships to come in two years after all of the baseball legislation runs it course. Until then, stop whining! It doesn't help your cause.

- an insider

Anonymous said...

"- an insider"

Whining??? Obviously, as an insider you are implying that if the collective "non-insiders" will quit complaining then you will reward the Sport with more scholarships!

Thanks for support "insider"!

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