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DIII Management Council recommends name, image, likeness legislation delay

Presidents Council will review recommendation, decide on action Thursday

The Division III Management Council recommended that the Division III Presidents Council consider withdrawing the proposal on name, image and likeness from Friday’s business session at the virtual 2021 NCAA Convention.

During its Tuesday meeting via video teleconference, the Division III Management Council heard from NCAA President Mark Emmert, who requested each division delay name, image and likeness legislation from being voted on at the Convention following recent judicial, political and enforcement issues. The Division III Presidents Council will review the recommendation during its meeting Thursday.

“Over the past several months, the division has thoughtfully engaged on this issue,” said Heather Benning, chair of the Division III Management Council and executive director of the Midwest Conference. “A decision to withdraw the proposal doesn’t take away from the great work done by our committees and councils, nor does it signal a backing away from our support of the legislative concepts developed to support our student-athletes’ use of their names, images and likenesses. Rather, it is an action the council feels appropriate at this point in time due to recent developments.”

On Wednesday, the council will meet with the Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Presidents Council to discuss issues related to name, image and likeness, social justice, mental and physical health, and the student-athlete voice.

The Division I Council tabled its proposal on name, image and likeness Monday, while the Division II Management Council made a similar recommendation to delay its division’s vote.

Final meeting for several council members

This meeting was the last for Benning and six other Division III Management Council members whose terms have expired. They are:

  • Catherine “Cat” Lanigan, former women’s lacrosse athlete at Juniata.
  • Laura Mooney, director of athletics at Massachusetts College Liberal of Arts.
  • Colby Pepper, former men’s soccer athlete at Covenant.
  • Kandis Schram, former director of athletics at Maryville (Tennessee).
  • Denise Udelhofen, director of athletics at Loras.
  • Joe Walsh, Great Northeast Athletic Conference commissioner.