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Featured below are two editions of the The Middlebury Campus that focus specifically on the NESCAC. The two separate Campus editions are labeled and are presented in navy blue. The March 10th, 1980 Middlebury Campus is a special NESCAC edition sports section, including a collection of four articles from administration and athletes. The March 27th, 1980 Middlebury Campus features a single opinion article from an athlete who is responding to the NESCAC portrayal  made in the March 10th, 1980 Middlebury Campus. The full articles can be found below each respective description.

The Middlebury Campus 

March 10th, 1980 Sports Section,  pages 13 and 14

Inside sports this week a look at the nescac league

In the March 20th, 1980 edition, the Middlebury Campus featured a sports section looking at the New England Small College Athletic Conference.  Articles included the perspective of administrators as well as athletes and coaches According to an article written by Paul Maselli ’82, most administrators “cite strength” in the NESCAC league and all of its restrictions.

administrators cite strength

Middlebury President Olin Robinson, along with the Assistant Dean of Students, and the Athletic Director all praise the NESCAC restrictions as being “necessary” and “unique in American higher education”.  Regarding the most controversial topic of post-season play President Robison states, “Post-season play can become a series of progressively recurring competitions. A person involved in that, even if he has enough time to put into academics, can often be distracted and find it hard to concentrate on studies.”  Overall the article shows how the administration feels the NESCAC restrictions serve as an effective academic tool.

Nescac quest for excellence

Of course, directly adjacent to the article defending the NESCAC restriction lies an article by Steve Riley ‘82 opposing those restrictions.   Riley quotes many coaches from other NESCAC schools that share his same criticism of the post-season restrictions. Most of the coaches agree that tournament play does not take away from a student’s academic career, but rather enhances his overall educational experience.  Also the article points out an apparent contradiction that the ski team does not abide by the NESCAC restrictions and allows for individual athletes, such as skiiers to compete in the NCAA tournament.  Other complaints include the lack of league standings, all-star teams, and post-season tournaments.  Overall the article reflects coaches’ and athletes’ desire for change among some of the outdated NESCAC restrictions.

policy is totally incongruous

Quoted above in the March 10th, 1980 Middlebury Campus, Tufts University coach George White gives his two cents on the NESCAC post-season restrictions. 

Nescac the athletes speak out

In this small article, also featured in the March 20, 1980 edition, Paul Scheufele ’80 speaks out against the NESCAC post-season restrictions. He uses an anecdote of the 1978 Middlebury Mens Lacrosse team to prove his point. The 1978 team was ranked tenth in the nation and won the ECAC Division II-III title, therefore granting them an NCAA tournament bid. Due to their membership in the NESCAC, the Middlebury lacrosse team was forced to give up their bid and their national aspirations.


 Above: The full articles from the March 20, 1980 Middlebury Campus feature on the NESCAC. 

The Middlebury Campus 

March 27, 1980 Sports Section, page 15

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In response to the March 20, 1980 Middlebury Campus reflecting a negative position regarding the NESCAC ruling , Duane Ford ’78 gives his positive perspective of the NESCAC post-season restrictions as an athlete. Ford builds his argument around his care for his academics and also by noting that each athlete knows they are coming to Middlebury for more than just to play a sport. As a two sport athlete, Ford raises the issue that NCAA tournament play would have caused him, creating two week overlaps between fall, winter, and spring seasons. Unlike most Middlebury athletes of his time, Ford argues in favor of the NESCAC post-season restrictions, valuing the absence of the added pressure.

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Above: The full Duane Ford ’78 article in which he defends the NESCAC.

Click here to see a sports photo gallery from the 1980s

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