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#10: Richmond AD Hardt announces a new org flow for the Spiders, featuring three leadership groups: Senior Staff, Operations & Management Group, and the Sport Management Group. Senior Staff makeup: Deputy AD/COO Walsh, Deputy AD for Policy & Sport Programs/SWA Sugg, Assoc. AD for Sports Medicine & Student-Athlete Welfare Jones, Assoc. AD for Academic Support & Student Services Matthews, Asst. Director of Development Coleman, Assoc. AD for Compliance Colton, Assoc. AD for Business Operations Laing & Assoc. AD for Leadership Development Wicklund. Walsh, Sugg, Jones & Matthews notables with new titles. Sports administrators responsibilities listed at the bottom of the release. (link)
#9: From SBJ's Broughton, "BREAKING: The IRS this afternoon finalized rules on the new deduction on pass-through income, rejecting pleas from the MLB commissioner and others to allow sports franchise owners to fully qualify for the tax break." Spencer Fane Partner Denny says this wrinkle could impact college athletics for coaches who are pushing compensation through an LLC, but possibly more importantly it could negatively impact potential giving by some donors. (link)
#8: More on the Softball situation at Oregon comes from The Register-Guard's Meek. Former Ducks & current Texas Softball HC White with an eye-opener, "I was getting frustrated with the whole thing. It just seemed like we were being kept down. I’ve had more conversations with (Texas AD) Chris Del Conte in six months than I have with Rob Mullens in six years." Meek goes on to provide context to how department leadership may have viewed White's job flirtations & a program that "lost something like $1.5M in 2018." Meek: "Oregon didn’t seem inclined to give White another raise unless he won a World Series. And, you know, there might have been some merit to that stance. But the Ducks ended up playing hardball with a guy who throws heat, and what we’re seeing now is the result. […] Even with all they’ve lost, the Ducks still have their fans. I know that because I hear from them all the time. As frustrated as they are with the whole situation, I’m guessing those fans will be back in their seats this season, cheering their team as loudly as ever." (link)
#7: Marquette lays claim to becoming the "first program in a major athletic conference" to add esports as a varsity program. Student Affairs, the College of Arts & Sciences, Office of Admissions & Department of Computer Science will also all be heavily involved in the launch & operation. Tryouts, a HC, practice, dedicated facility all in the plans. Intersport with consulting help. (linklink)
#6: Here is the College Spun's prediction for where College GameDay will go each week next season. Might things kick off with Houston at Oklahoma? (link)
#5: 247Sports has created a public facing version of the NCAA's FB Transfer Portal. No idea how they did it, but this is sure to get a ton of clicks. (link); 247Sports continues to upgrade its public-facing FB Transfer Portal, adds individual recruiting rankings, separates student-athletes by position, shows landing spots for those who have already made a decision on where they're headed next. (link)
#4: Sticking with FB locker rooms, I hadn't seen this video version of Alabama's digs before. Some new angles in here, like a sizable sneaker repository that comes with a 'fit station.' More. Scroll down. (link)
#3: Clemson, SC. The Tigers unveiled a new National Championship mark & recount the story of the mark's design. Howard's Rock, the Golden Gate Bridge & two stars representing the 1981 & 2016 titles. AD Radakovich pushed for more orange, less purple in the final version. (link)
#2: Florida State FB's recruiting Twitter account posted an edited graphic of Martin Luther King Jr. doing 'The Chop' on the namesake's holiday. After blow back, the Noles apologized for "missing the mark." More: "In a well-intentioned effort to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. on this special day, a member of our recruiting staff created a graphic using one of Dr. King's quotes - "If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." The quote resonated with our program's Do Something mantra. However, in our attempt to more closely connect the message to FSU, we foolishly posted a graphic that was not in line with our intent." (link)
#1: What is a "Minister of Culture?" Texas diehard & film star McConaughey holds the role for the Longhorns & last Saturday night he was clad in a burnt orange suite & on the bench during MBB's win over Oklahoma. McConaughey was in team huddles, verbally supporting student-athletes & motioning for guys on the bench to get up during an important run. (linklinklink)
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