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NCAA Convention: SBJ/SBD's Smith provide a cliff notes version of NCAA Prez Emmert's state of the association address yesterday in Orlando. Emmert pointed to gambling & diversity as two of the industry's biggest challenges. Smith on Emmert, "Seems pretty pleased with where college basketball reform is headed." Emmert on the topic of Esports, "The conversation I heard in every room is the debate over esports. Does it make sense for the NCAA to get involved. I'm not sure. [...] Esports is a rapidly growing global phenomenon. You have teams on your campuses already. ... Is esports athletics? We need to lead that debate. [...] We're not going to change our values to fit a game or an entity." (link - Smith, link - Video of Emmert's full address); Five independent voting members are coming to the Board of Governors. Final vote: 793 for / 205 against / 13 abstains. Search firm Heidrick & Struggles will assist with the process of identifying & vetting the five new members. Knight Commission co-chair Cartwright on the historic change, "As a former member of the NCAA’s highest governing board, I believe adding independent directors will improve governance for all of college sports. Too often, NCAA governing boards have looked out for what’s best for the conferences and institutions they represent, rather than independently and objectively assessing what’s best for intercollegiate athletics and student-athletes." (linklink); Another key move yesterday was the requirement of mental health services & resources for student-athletes. Washington State AD Chun: "It's powerful it was passed in unanimous fashion. Stuff like this is a no-brainer for college athletics. We do a lot for our student-athletes, so I think it's time we do something in terms of the mental health. Most, if not all, schools in the Power 5 are doing something, but the worst-case scenario is dealing with a tragedy that no school or family wants." ACC Commish Swofford: "Going back decades, we started with academic counseling, then addressed the physical part of it, then the nutrition part of it. We probably should have started with the mental health." Pac-12 boss Scott: "This is meant to be a minimum, not a maximum. We want to elevate this issue on a bunch of different levels." (linklink); Informative slide from the Knight Commission on the requirements a department must meet to be eligible to receive a cut of GSR distribution funds. 1) APR of 985 or higher; 2) GSR of 90 or higher; or, 3) Student-athelte grad rate 13 percentage points (or more) better than student-body rate. (link)
The Pac-12's relationship with public relations firm FleishmanHillard ran from July through November of last year as The Oregonian's Canzano corrects his previous reporting that indicated an on-going relationship between the two parties. FleishmanHillard's three goals for the league were, 1) Increase third-party voices in media and social representing Pac-12 position on issues; 2) Reduce the average length of time issues live in social media; and, 3) Generate positive headlines/stories in earned media coverage. The measurement of those three objectives was to be collected via "a third-party benchmarking survey." (link)
Boise State AD Apsey says "the ball is starting to roll" on plans for an east side innovation to Albertsons Stadium that could include the widening of concourses, upgrades to concessions & bathrooms, as well as a new premium area. Apsey will know more in the next two weeks about potential cost & in a perfect world would have the work done by the 2020 FB season. A bit more as the Broncos are getting a new video board in the south end zone, still working on a potential Baseball stadium on campus & indicates "serious discussions" are going with a firm about new naming rights for Taco Bell Arena. (link)
$11.5M overall in FB staff buyouts - including $8.26M for former HC Jones - as well as another $2.2M for former AD Currie look to be part of the reason Tennessee ended FY18 with a $6.5M deficit. FB mitigation language could reduce that total by $3.1M. Reserve fund down from $17.9M to $9.5M. Overall: $143.5M in revs over $150M in costs. FB: $98.3M on top, $58.8M on bottom, $39.5M net. Total ticket sales: $35.9M. Contributions: $34.1M. Debt service/leases/rental: $16.9M. More. (link)
$1M big ones for Albany as alum Nolan makes the gift. Great Danes AD Benson points to "address(ing) key objectives, including the recruitment of top student-athletes and the creation of outstanding facilities" for how the cash will be invested. Nolan likes the success of basketball, LAX, soccer & others that "has increased the pride of our alumni and strengthened their connections to the university." (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); Purdue Executive Sr. Assoc. AD/AVP for Development De Leon says Kentucky AD Barnhart, Eastern Michigan boss Wetherbee, USA Today headliner Schroeder & Field House Media's DeShazo will all be a part of the growing 'ADs for Christ' event to be held in Nashville this year in late July. (link)
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Arizona's Board of Regents did hold a special meeting yesterday that included discussion on the latest MBB-FBI developments connected to the Wildcats. Of note, neither Prez Robbins nor AD Heeke were in attendance. No further comment from the get together. (link)
"We have a great home schedule - we got UCF coming in (on Sept. 7), we’re excited about that. We have some good conference teams coming in so I think it’s very exciting for us. The schedule we have, the team we have coming back, the coaching staff we have in place, the recruiting class coming in, we’ll be selling all those things." That's Florida Atlantic AD White on how he & his team will position the FB program heading into the 2019 campaign. Overall 2018 attendance was down a touch to 102,309 with three kicks over 18,000. More White, "I think the fan base is definitely growing – we’re more nationally relevant and we’re more locally relevant." (link)
The career path of Kent State MBB HC Senderoff is an interesting one given NCAA violations (impermissible phone calls) he committed as part of the Indiana staff back in the mid-2000s. Senderoff is now KSU's all-time winningest coach. Duquesne HC/former Akron HC Dambrot: "If you look at those violations, it was like jaywalking ticket compared to what goes on at some places." Former Golden Flashes AD Kennedy: "The rules that Rob violated? They don’t even have them on the books anymore. It shows how minor the violations were." Senderoff most proud of 29 seniors who have left with a degree. More. (link); Senderoff & Buffalo HC Oats will be mic'd up throughout their matchup tonight on CBS Sports Network. (link)
More Personnel Notes: Cal State Fullerton Softball HC Ford extended through 2024. (link); Ole Miss Women's Soccer HC Mott also extended, his deal through 2022. (link); Pacific Prez Eibeck will step down in July after 10 years of leadership. Eibeck's retirement comes after sharp criticism from student and faculty groups over tuition increases and budget cuts. (link); Vermont Prez Sullivan appointed to the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions, effective immediately through August 31, 2021. (link); More than 1,000 media members will be impacted after widespread cuts at Verizon (Huffington Post/Yahoo/AOL), BuzzFeed and Gannett on Wednesday. (link)
The Athletic's Auerbach goes in on early access to the NFL Draft for FB student-athletes as the center of attention is Clemson quarterback Lawrence. An unidentified NFL scout, "He’s a 19-year-old kid, so maturity and mental development are tough to gauge right now. But he has the skills you bet on. I haven’t done a deep dive, but it doesn’t take a genius to see how naturally gifted he is. He’s legit No. 1 pick material." Auerbach recounts the legal decision in connection to former Ohio State stand-out Clarett back in 2004, though some legal experts think if a suit was brought in U.S. District Eight (Clarett's was brought in the 2nd District), it would have a shot at passing. Lots of legal talk within. (link)
Howard AD Davis: "The goal is answering the question, 'How do we enhance the academic reputation that Howard already has through our athletic program?' I always thought of Howard as a great academic school [but] basically their athletics was an unpolished diamond." Davis continues, says the next step for his department is to win a title in one of its two revenue sports, MBB or FB. More: "You have to win in basketball, both on the men’s and women’s side. We’re doing better there … Women’s basketball is off to a terrific start this year, and it reflects the fact that Howard has 68 percent women on this campus." (link)
The Athletic's Vegoe digs in on the state of Minnesota Men's Hockey with the first entry in a three-part series. The focus to start is attendance as ticket scan totals at 3M Arena show program lows since 2014. Total season ticket packages sold for this season was 4,949, a 10% decline year over year. Gophers AD Coyle: "I learned a long time ago that you don’t point the finger at other people because you’ll have three pointed back at you. It’s on us to get people to come back to our games. The last four games saw better crowds, which was awesome, and Saturday night Penn State was one of our largest attended scan counts in a few years. The get-in price for that game was about $20 and I can tell you that we are doing lots of research on our side looking at all of our prices for all of our sports, not just hockey, but all of our sports to see what we can do to earn and get people to come back to our games." More, including a useful chart of Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey season ticket prices for the current campaign & thoughts from Asst. AD for Marketing Wierzbicki. (link)
Alcohol sales at Middle Tennessee State's Floyd Stadium generated $49,150.45 in gross revenue this past season with a six-game home slate, including the C-USA title game. That turned into $18,677.17 in commission for the Blue Raiders. Three games generated at least $9K with the conference title pulling in the most: $9,796.63. Lowest sales day was the Homecoming game against Charlotte ($6,204.10). (link)
Interesting read on the case of former Sacramento Kings sponsorship executive David who bilked the organization for over $13.4M by having sponsorship payments sent to lookalike companies & bank accounts he setup. Sports Illustrated legal expert McCann walks through the situation, questions why internal controls never identified the missed money. David has already pleaded guilty & could be sentenced to up to 22 years in jail, though he'll likely end up with a much lighter sentence. McCann: "Had David rolled the dice in hopes of persuading jurors, the trial would have focused not only on David’s misdeeds, but also on how he could have escaped detection for so long. To that end, Kings officials would have likely been called to testify. They would have been asked to explain how David could pull off what amounts to a sizable, multi-year heist." More. (link)
Also Noticed: Comprehensive MBB rankings chart. Remember, updated every afternoon-ish. (link); Eastern Illinois AD Michael: "As a conference, we spend a lot of times talking about that in terms of how we try to get a second team in there. That gap is widening each year of the haves and the have-nots. I'm not sure that we will be a two-bid league. I think it is a one-bid league." (link); Georgia and Clemson are guaranteed to receive $5M each for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2024 if each school sells at least 28,500 tickets. If more tickets than that are sold, an even bigger payday is possible. (link); Here is the 12th edition of the NCAA Weekly Whistles, which, this week focuses on out of bounds plays - running baseline. (link); Louisville won't play a spring football game this year, but at least one spring practice will be open to the public. (link); Colorado will welcome Middle Tennessee in 2022 and head to Murfreesboro in 2023 in a home-and-home agreement for the two FB programs. The Buffs also add a 2023 home game with South Dakota State. (link); Hawaii announces a three-year partnership with Heineken as its official beer sponsor. (link)
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(NEW!) Associate Director, Development (UCLA Intercollegiate Athletics / Los Angeles, CA): UCLA is seeking an experienced fundraiser to solicit major gifts for Athletics annual fund, capital projects and endowments as part of $300M Centennial Campaign for UCLA Athletics. Search Req #29490. More details HERE.

Director, Athletic Training (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA): We are currently seeking a Director, Athletic Training. Responsibilities include the coordination of all medical services provided to our student-athletes. More details HERE.

Athletics Technology Coordinator (Bucknell University / Lewisburg, PA): Bucknell University is seeking an Athletics Technology Coordinator. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance (East Carolina University / Greenville, NC): Responsible for the organization and administration of East Carolina University's NCAA and AAC compliance programs. Bachelor's degree required. PI107029668. More details HERE.

Director, Student-Athlete Development (Texas Athletics / Austin, TX): Provide administrative and budgetary oversight of the student-athlete development program for student-athletes at the University of Texas at Austin. More details HERE.

Director of Development - Athletics (Montana State University / Bozeman, MT): The Director of Development for Athletics will work closely with the MSU Alumni Foundation and Athletics Department to secure major gifts to support MSU Athletics. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Development-Major Gifts (Ole Miss Athletics Foundation / Oxford, MS): The Assoc. Director of Development is a member of the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation staff, and charged with the identification, solicitation and raising of philanthropic gifts for Ole Miss Athletics. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Athletic Communications (Baylor University / Waco, TX): Responsible for outgoing messaging to shape, enhance and protect the Baylor Athletics brand, by monitoring public perception and through verbal and digital communication with media and constituents. More details HERE.

HokieVision - Associate Director, ACC Network (Virginia Tech Athletics / Blacksburg, VA): The Associate Director, ACC Network reports to the Senior Director, ACC Network. They will serve as the Lead Producer and assist in the execution of ACC Network/ESPN initiatives for Virginia Tech. More details HERE.

Development Coordinator for Intercollegiate Athletics - Events & Operations (Miami University / Oxford, OH): Assist with the events and day-to-day operations of the ICA Development Office with the goal to generate/increase revenues, enhance the game day experience, and improve events and hospitality efforts. More details HERE.

Donor Retention Coordinator (NM State Athletics / Las Cruces, NM): Support the execution of emerging Aggie Athletic Club annual giving campaigns and annual giving stewardship. More details HERE.

Assistant Director for Customer Service and Retention (Baylor University / Waco, TX): This position supports the Department of Athletics and the Bear Foundation through efficiency in event planning and management, gift processing, financial reconciliation and donor relations. More details HERE.

(UPDATE!) Facilities Operations Maintenance Manager – University of Southern California and The Galen Center (Aramark / Los Angeles, CA): We are looking for a Facilities Operations Maintenance Manager who will be responsible for managing Maintenance Operations at the University of Southern California & the Galen Center. More details HERE.

Associate A.D., Business Operations (University of California, Santa Barbara / Santa Barbara, CA): Associate A.D. Business Operation reports to the Director of Athletics for all business and finance matters. Responsible for coordination and administrative aspects of the Athletics Business Office. More details HERE.

Director of Marketing and Promotions (University of Central Arkansas / Conway, AR): The position of Director of Marketing and Promotions is responsible for the creation and implementation of Central Arkansas Athletics' marketing, promotional and advertising plans. More details HERE.

Director of Development (University of Central Arkansas / Conway, AR): The position of Director of Development is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding current and prospective annual fund donors to achieve departmental fundraising goals. More details HERE.

Assistant Director - Eligibility and Monitoring (University of Washington Athletics / Seattle, WA): Searching for an outstanding Compliance team member who will oversee eligibility, monitoring, amateurism eligibility, and education. For complete details, visit www.washington.edu/jobs, job #163658. More details HERE.

Ticket Manager (University of Central Arkansas / Conway, AR): The Ticket Manager position is responsible for planning, organizing and managing all aspects of Central Arkansas Athletics' ticketing operation to achieve department ticketing goals and objectives. More details HERE.

Marketing Communications Specialist (Pennsylvania State University / University Park, PA): Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics seeks Marketing Communications Specialist. Requires Bachelor's degree +2 years of related experience. Application instructions: http://apptrkr.com/1368725 EOE/AA. More details HERE.

Marketing Communications Specialist (Creative Assistant) (Pennsylvania State University / University Park, PA): Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics seeks dynamic creative professional for football program. Requires Bachelor's degree plus 2 years related experience, Apply: http://apptrkr.com/1352464 EOE/AA. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director - Advancement (University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) / Chicago, IL): This position is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive strategic plans for annual giving, donor engagement and stewardship to build and feed the major gift pipeline for Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Director Athletics Annual Giving (Oregon State University / Corvallis, OR): This position will devote work time to fundraising activities focused on OSU’s rated discovery prospects with Athletics interest, interest, and responsibilities to advance Athletics engagement. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Communications Director (Info Rep II) (Texas A&M Athletics / College Station, TX): Texas A&M Athletics Communications is seeking a social media- and messaging-savvy Assistant Director (classified as Information Representative II), whose primary responsibility will be volleyball. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Engagement (University of Arkansas / Fayetteville, AR): The Sr Associate AD for External Engagement will oversee each external unit within the department of Athletics, and serve as a member of the Athletic department Senior Staff and Leadership team. More details HERE.

Coordinator - Athletics Social Media (Middle Tennessee State University / Murfreesboro, TN): Assist the Associate Athletic Director Athletic Communications with all aspects of the Middle Tennessee State University’s Athletic Communications program which supports 17 NCAA Division I sports. More details HERE.

Ticket Office Assistant (San Diego State University / San Diego, CA): Customer service & ticket sales in person/via telephone. Assist the outbound ticket sales team & with seat relocation, additional seat requests, event creation & phone messaging. Game night supervisor. More details HERE.

Assistant Director for Marketing and Promotions (University of North Texas / Denton, TX): Athletics dept. at the University of North Texas seeking an Asst Director- Marketing & Promotions. Resp: creation & coordination of marketing plans & promo, primary focus in Olympic sports. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance (North Carolina State University / Raleigh, NC): Responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of all policies and procedures relative to a comprehensive NCAA Division I compliance program. More details HERE.

Director of Operations - Softball (University of Georgia Athletic Association / Athens, GA): Responsible for an array of team duties, events, and travel arrangements for the softball program. Ensures compliance with NCAA, SEC and institutional rules and regulations pertaining to softball. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics Marketing (College of the Holy Cross / Worcester, MA): Responsible for the creation and execution of marketing strategies, promotional plans and advertising campaigns. AA/EOE. More details HERE.

Assistant Ticket Manager (Mississippi State University / Starkville, MS): Responsible for assisting the Assistant AD for Ticket Operations with planning, organizing and controlling the operations of the Ticket Office; also assist in the management of ticket office staff. More details HERE.

Falcon Club Coordinator (Bowling Green State University / Bowling Green, OH): Develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for Falcon Club prospects. More details HERE.

HEAD COACH - VOLLEYBALL (University of New Hampshire / Durham, NH): UNH Athletics is seeking a Women’s Volleyball Head Coach to manage a highly competitive Division I Volleyball program. Visit http://apptrkr.com/1363099 for more details. More details HERE.
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