NCAA: College survey finds support for Power 5 breakaway

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Three-fourths of college athletics leaders believe the NCAA governing structure needs major, immediate reform, and more than half of Power 5 college administrators support breaking away from NCAA Division I to form a fourth division solely made up of the division’s top 65 schools.

That’s according to a sweeping survey of college leaders this summer conducted by the Knight Commission, a longstanding independent group that promotes reforms that support the educational mission of college sports. The commission’s survey, conducted from June 18 to July 14, produced a 180-page report that provides a window into the thinking of NCAA leadership. 

Those surveyed included more than 350 college presidents, conference commissioners, athletic directors, college athlete leaders and institutionally designated faculty athletics representatives and senior woman administrators. Data for the survey’s respondent base are accurate within a 5% margin with a 95% confidence level, the commission said during a presentation Tuesday revealing the data.

Overall satisfaction with current NCAA Division I governance

Overall, the survey showed a strong attitude toward governance reform, low satisfaction with inequalities in college athletics finances and, maybe most notably, an openness for a radical restructuring of Division I’s competition levels, such as creating a new division for Power 5 programs in all sports except basketball, or separating Football Bowl Subdivision football from the NCAA.

Likelihood to support implementing proposed potential change

In fact, 61% of Power 5 administrators say they are more likely to support creating a fourth division of the NCAA that includes only Power 5 programs. Just 15% of Power 5 administrators say they are against such, with 24% being neutral. All other segments of Division I—Group of Five, FCS and non–football playing members—are categorically opposed to the Power 5 breaking away, the survey found.

Meanwhile, 44% of leaders support keeping together FBS programs but separating FBS football from the NCAA, while 31% are against that. One-quarter


Dexter QB Colin Parachek has career game, Milan finds identity vs. Huron

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ANN ARBOR – It was a successful night of high school football for most of the Ann Arbor area teams in action Friday night.

a group of people playing football on a field: Whitmore Lake football players go through drills during football practice on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 at Whitmore Lake High School.

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Whitmore Lake football players go through drills during football practice on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 at Whitmore Lake High School.

Multiple teams came away with convincing victories in Week 4 of the season.

Checkout the roundup below to see how local teams fared Friday night.

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Ann Arbor Skyline falls late at Tecumseh

Skyline needed to make one more play to pull out the win but came up short Friday night.

The Eagles game-winning field goal attempt was blocked as time expired as they fell to Tecumseh 22-21.

Skyline led 21-14 heading into the fourth quarter but a late touchdown and 2-point conversion by Tecumseh put the Indians ahead before blocking Skyline’s field goal.

Jordan Wilson led the way for the Eagles with a touchdown run and a receiving score and Marvin Cleveland added a 3-yard rushing score for Skyline.

The Eagles now sit at 1-3 on the season and will have another tough battle on their hands next week at Saline.

Tecumseh picked up its first win to move to 1-2 and will travel to Chelsea next Friday.

Chelsea rallies against Pinckney to stay unbeaten

It was nearly a shocking outcome Friday night, but Chelsea righted the ship just in time.

The Bulldogs scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take down Pinckney and move to 4-0 on the season.

Read about Chelsea’s comeback win here.

Dexter runs away from Lincoln behind stellar game from Colin Parachek

The past three games Dexter has faced Ypsilanti Lincoln, its offense has


Lockdown could have increased Covid death toll, Scottish study finds

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While it has been widely accepted that the closure of UK schools in March was bad for the life chances of its children, a research paper from the University of Edinburgh has gone as far as to say that the move could have contributed to a higher Covid-19 death toll.

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The study, published in the British Medical Journal, suggested lockdown restrictions were the most effective way of reducing peak demand for intensive care unit beds, but argued they were also likely to prolong the epidemic because, once lifted, they left a large population susceptible to the virus.

Some commentators have seized on the study as evidence that the government was too quick to impose a full lockdown, including shutting schools, and should have allowed herd immunity to build up in the younger population instead.

“Major study reveals Covid rules may INCREASE deaths,” said Thursday’s Daily Mail front page. “Herd immunity ‘could have saved more lives than social distancing’,” read the Telegraph’s.

The study’s conclusions are consistent with the strategy proposed in the Great Barrington declaration – a letter signed by an international group of scientists earlier this week – arguing for “focused protection” of the most vulnerable and allowing the rest of society to return to relative normality.

text: A billboard in Watford, Hertfordshire, in April. The Edinburgh university study argued that lockdown solved an immediate crisis but did not provide a long-term solution.

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A billboard in Watford, Hertfordshire, in April. The Edinburgh university study argued that lockdown solved an immediate crisis but did not provide a long-term solution.

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However, assumptions made by the study mean its conclusions would only hold water if all social distancing restrictions were lifted, resulting in a large second wave and others after that, and if an


Nitrous oxide emissions pose an increasing climate threat, study finds

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Rising nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions are jeopardizing the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, according to a major new study by an international team of scientists.

The growing use of nitrogen fertilizers in the production of food worldwide is increasing atmospheric concentrations of N2O—a greenhouse gas 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2) that remains in the atmosphere for more than 100 years.

Published today in the journal Nature, the study was led Auburn University, in the US, and involved scientists from 48 research institutions in 14 countries—including the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK—under the umbrella of the Global Carbon Project and the International Nitrogen Initiative.

The aim was to produce the most comprehensive assessment to date of all global sources and sinks of N2O. Their findings show N2O emissions are increasing faster than any emission scenario developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), consistent with greenhouse gas scenarios that lead to global mean temperature increases well above 3°C from pre-industrial levels. The Paris Agreement aims to limit warming to less than 2°C but ideally no more than 1.5°C.

The study points to an alarming trend affecting climate change: N2O has risen 20 percent from pre-industrial levels—from 270 parts per billion (ppb) in 1750 to 331ppb in 2018—with the fastest growth observed in the last 50 years due to emissions from human activities.

Prof Hanqin Tian, director of the International Center for Climate and Global Change Research at Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, co-led the study.

“The dominant driver of the increase in atmospheric nitrous oxide comes from agriculture, and the growing demand for food and feed for animals will further increase global nitrous


Toothless, parrot-like dinosaur thrived 69 million years ago, study finds

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Multiple skeletons of the Oksoko avarsan, a feathered omnivorous dinosaur that grew to 2 meters in length, were dug up in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia by researchers from the University of Edinburgh, according to a news statement published Tuesday.

It had a large, toothless beak like modern-day parrots and just two digits on each forearm — one less than its close relatives.

It’s the first time scientists have seen evidence of digit loss among oviraptors, a family of three-fingered dinosaurs.

Evolving to have fewer digits suggests they could also “alter their diets and lifestyles, and enabled them to diversify and multiply,” according to the statement.

The “very complete” juvenile skeletons were found resting together, showing that young Oksoko avarsan roamed in groups, said paleontologist Gregory Funston, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh who led the study.

“But more importantly, its two-fingered hand prompted us to look at the way the hand and forelimb changed throughout the evolution of oviraptors — which hadn’t been studied before,” Funston said in a statement.

“This revealed some unexpected trends that are a key piece in the puzzle of why oviraptors were so diverse before the extinction that killed the dinosaurs.”

Meet the bone-crunching dinosaur that replaced its teeth every two months, study says

Oviraptors’ arms and hands evolved rapidly as they migrated to new areas in what is now North America and the Gobi Desert, the team found.

The study published Tuesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

Another notable discovery was in 2014, when paleontologists unveiled a species of oviraptor they dubbed the “chicken from hell.” It was the largest species of egg-stealing oviraptors yet found in North America, said Emma Schachner, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Utah in a prior interview with CNN.

It was also “the first largely complete skeleton I think anyone has found of these guys,”

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