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Oakland has indicated it would like its next AD to have demonstrated success fundraising and marketing, especially as the university moves ahead with a number of facilities upgrades, most notably a new basketball practice facility. OU Vice President for Student Affairs McIntosh also cites a recent feasibility study that indicates Metro Detroit could support the addition of men's and women's hockey if the school were to build an on-campus rink, which could cost up to $70M. "If someone came in and gave us $100M we'd do it tomorrow." Also chair of the internal AD search committee, McIntosh says the group has spent the last several months getting a clear picture of where the department is headed and adds that new Prez Pescovitz is "very committed" to athletics. OU would like to have an AD in place by August. (link)
Central Michigan has announced the public phase of the $100M "Fire Up for Excellence" fundraising campaign, the second capital campaign in campus history. So far, the campaign has raised $83M toward its goal, and VP for Advancement Martin says the fundraising began two years ago when he began in his position. CMU has identified the Chippewa Champions Alumni Center as a priority for the campaign, and while there has been no announcement regarding the center's cost, FB HC Bonamego indicated in February that it would likely be in the $30M range. Martin has also said that 80-90% of the money raised will be used to support student scholarships. Other priorities include research, laboratories and faculty endowments. (link)
Kentucky Prez Capilouto & UMBC AD Hall chat through strategic communications between athletic & institution leaders. Key notes from Capilouto: "The board of trustees needs to be informed, engaged, and inspired. They do not need to be surprised. [...] When you build a department like compliance, it is a culture that has to start from the top. [...] Continuity and stability in a key position such as Athletics Director is priceless to a President." Hall mentions the importance of ADs having a good feel for when a "CliffNotes" version of a situation needs to be delivered versus going into much more detail, also, "Working in athletics and understanding that you are an educator is what keeps you in a position to have a strong relationship with your CEO." More. (link)
Kansas City Star columnist Mellinger has taken exception with Kansas' characterization of itself as a victim in MBB's ongoing FBI scandal, especially as KU continues to negotiate a 12-year, $191M contract extension with Adidas, "the company that allegedly 'victimized' KU." Mellinger goes on to parse the differences between "plausible deniability" and "legally [cheating]," citing two coaches who helped describe the latter. Mellinger outlines the ways in which influence is peddled by shoe companies via AAU coaches or agents and paints a picture of a system that makes money for recruiting services, shoe companies, trainers, consultants and the media. "This is the world in which Kansas basketball operates, doing so with eyes wide open, and a coach that does not have virgin eyes." (link)
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MIT Leadership Center Founder Ancona and Executive Director Gregersen have penned a piece for the Harvard Business Review focusing on "problem-led leaders," or those whose leadership styles are more focused on creative problem-solving than on managing employees. Problem-led leaders characteristically assume leadership positions reluctantly, and often only as a means to solve a problem. Ancona and Gregersen explain: "Leadership becomes an intermittent activity as people with enthusiasm and expertise step up as needed, and readily step aside when, based on the needs of the project, another team member’s strengths are more central. Rather than being pure generalists, leaders pursue their own deep expertise, while gaining enough familiarity with other knowledge realms to make the necessary connections." (link)
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Notre Dame gets a $5M commitment from the Arlotta family to endow FB's OC position. Per the release from South Bend: "The Arlottas' gift will help to underwrite the salary of the coach, provide stability and resources for the long term and create funds for use within the department." Fighting Irish AD Swarbrick: "This gift reflects the confidence of both Notre Dame and the Arlottas in the direction of our football program under head coach Brian Kelly. It also allows us to make additional strategic decisions in terms of devoting financial resources in ways that will benefit football here at the University in years to come." (link); At Auburn, a $3.4M gift sees the Broadway Club come into being as Bob & Julie Broadway name the new premium seating area at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Tigers AD Greene: "Spend a day on the plains and it's easy to understand its people who make Auburn such a special place. The Broadways demonstrate that very essence, which is why Auburn holds a strong position in the national landscape." (link)
Former Michigan FB student-athlete Mbem-Bosse apologizes for aggressive & threatening tweets directed toward Wolverines HC Harbaugh. Mbem-Bosse says he "made multiple attempts" to get in touch with UM leaders after being dismissed from the program back in November, but never received a call back. Also, "I take full responsibility for tweets i (sic) made regarding the safety of Coach Harbaugh which i (sic) apologize fully for but being harassed by the university police and being told I’m mentally ill without proper evaluation is against my civil rights." (link)
Seven Kansas Rowing student-athletes were suspended late last month for what looks like the creation of fake Instagram accounts. Two student-athletes in the group are questioning why the athletic department's investigation into the matter is taking so long, "There’s been basically no [communication]. I’m having to text coaches and they keep telling us that we’re going to be treated as individuals, that not everyone has had their investigations by KU Athletics so they can’t move forward. But we’ve already missed [three] competitions, which is more than if you’d failed a drug test twice. And they won’t give us a date for a meeting or when we can hear anything about when we can be unsuspended." There are also questions around other teammates holding aliases, which has lead to claims of selected enforcement, "The girls that are suspended, they’ve been in the lower boats or they’ve kind of had issues with the coaches from an injury standpoint." (link)
The Santa Fe New Mexican's Webber wonders if New Mexico Men's Soccer HC Fishbein put himself in jeopardy after speaking up in last week's Board of Regents meeting after Webber says Lobos AD Nunez asked his team not to talk to the media. Fishbein: "My wife’s an educator in the school system, I’ve raised my kids here. […] Eh, it’s tough. But eliminating sports can’t be an option. To me it’s an easy way out." Webber: "Fish may have saved soccer, but he may have dinged his own security in the process." (link)
UCF chooses Tailgate Guys to handle its turnkey & premium tailgate opportunities & there's talk of some never before seen executions in the work. Knights AD White: "UCF is always looking for ways to be on the leading edge of innovation in collegiate athletics. This partnership will include some first-of-its-kind services. Our goal is to offer fans of Orlando’s Hometown Team the most unique game-day experience in the nation." Tailgate Guys CEO Duffey: "We’ll launch at UCF with a few concepts that are not only new to Tailgate Guys but unique to college football. This partnership almost makes too much sense!" (link)
Higher Ed Personnel: Utah Valley brass select Microsoft Regional Director for Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs in Southeast Asia Tuminez as its new Prez. (link); The Prez search at South Dakota is down to four: Georgia College & State (DII) Provost/SVP for Academic Affairs McCormack Brown, Arizona State Dean/Vice Provost Callahan, USD VP of Finance/CFO Gestring & Slippery Rock (DII) Interim Prez Way. All four candidates will visit Vermillion this week. (link); Former North Carolina Central VC for Finance & Administration Durant filed a suit against the university claiming Chancellor Akinleye attempted to strong-arm a $90M contract to a particular vendor. (link)
Former Oklahoma FB student-athlete Brandon pens for the Huffington Post: "College Football Ruined My Life. The NCAA Stood By And Watched." As a former offensive lineman, Brandon recounts the numerous hits to the head he suffered during his playing days and the negative impact those have had on his longterm health. "No one at the NCAA cared to make sure we were actually getting the full story about the risks of concussions and sub-concussions, and the NCAA didn’t bother to make sure we were being cared for, or looked at, or held from the games when we needed to be. There was an unwritten rule when we played Big 12 Conference football (and it probably still holds true today): Don’t talk about how you feel after a big hit. If you stay in the game, you’re tough; if you leave, you’re letting down your team. And on top of the fear of letting down our teammates, our school and our fans, we also feared losing our spot on the team ― and our scholarship. No one ever told us the hits we took came with risks ― not the coaches, not the team physicians and certainly not the NCAA. ... NCAA officials were in a position to have our backs and watch out for us. Instead, they stayed quiet, too. And many of us are now living with the consequences." A bit more. (link)
Buffalo's University Tennis Center has 13 courts, originally built in 1993 and each now with "cracks or a hazard large enough to make playing on them so dangerous that Athletics hasn't let Division I teams practice or play on the courts since last October." The courts were resurfaced this past summer but officials in the athletic department are mum on who oversaw the project and how much it cost. Due to the conditions, the men's and women's tennis teams must forgo the opportunity to host the Mid-American Conference Championships on campus, despite earning the right to do so when both teams won their respective MAC titles a year ago. No word from the Bulls on a longterm solution as it appears the teams will continue to drive 15 minutes off campus to use the privately built Miller Tennis Center for home matches. The men will host the MAC tournament at the MTC, while the women must travel to Ball State. (link)
In connection to the on-going saga between the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette & the Razorback Foundation at Arkansas, it looks like the media outlet requested clarification in mid-February from other SEC schools on how its fundraising arm interfaces with athletics. Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss & Georgia have yet to respond or did not provide the information requested. Texas A&M, LSU & Mississippi State foundations rejected the request altogether. Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida & Missouri responded in full. (link)
Turner and Intel partnered to broadcast select NBA playoff games in VR this year and announcer Dedes offered these thoughts on the difference in calling games in VR: "The preparation for the games, everything that happens before and after is the same. The difference is the mechanics during the game. Up until now, we’ve actually been calling the games from a little sound booth in the production truck…now, in the playoffs, it’s actually in the arena at a broadcast position, which is great. But the difference is it’s such a visual thing and dependent on what angles fans are watching, meaning we kind of don’t know what they’re looking at. And instead of me looking at the floor, I’m looking at the monitor, where we have multiple camera angles." Intel Sports' Strategic Business Development Manager Banks, who is also Dedes' co-announcer indicates VR is a "key space" for her company: "At Intel, we officially created a sports group about 18 months ago, and really, the goal is around the whole transformation and digitization of industry. Sports is going through one of those right now, there’s so many new enhancements that can help enhance experience. And one of those things that Intel wants to do is really help fans get more immersed into the game and help our partners deliver an immersive experience to fans and let them interact with sports in ways that they never have before." More. (link)
In conjunction with its new conference-wide "Respect" campaign, the Atlantic-10's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee unveils a one-minute video "highlighting an area each institution upholds as a principle of respect on their campuses," such as diversity, inclusion, mental health awareness and academic success, just to name a few. Commish McGlade: "This is an impressive initiative. The A-10 SAAC has been actively committed to social issues throughout the years, and this is another great example of their collective work."(link)
Also Noticed: South Carolina's FB Instagram account sends out a short video of progress being made on the Gamecocks new FB facility (link); North Alabama's "Build the Pride" campaign has surpassed its $35M goal ahead of schedule, currently has $36.674M. (link); New York Times Magazine contributing writer Sokolove has a book coming out in September, described in promotional materials as "A Shakespearean drama of greed and desperation involving some of the biggest characters in the arena of sports, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF RICK PITINO will be the definitive chronicle of this scandal and its broader echoes." Sokolove's name may look familiar -  he has written two books with Kentucky MBB HC Calipari. (link); Here's a good list of the top FB spring game attendance figures with Nebraska on top at 86,818. Georgia, Alabama, Penn State & Florida State also above 50K. (link)
CBSSports.com's Dodd was in Lincoln for the first Nebraska spring game under new FB HC Frost & 86K+ of his closest friends. Interestingly, Frost notes meetings that were held at UCF for his staff to discuss potential suitors, "We had half a dozen staff meetings talking about the advantages of staying, the advantages of other schools." Even after he decided to lead the Cornhuskers "there were a couple of other meetings. 'Are we sure we're doing the right thing?'" More from Frost, "I watched Coach Osborne run this program with class and dignity. I think he impacted more people on a statewide level than almost any football coach ever because it goes deeper than football with him. I'll never be able to accomplish what he accomplished in almost any area of what I touch." (link)
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Director of Men's & Women's Basketball Operations (Mid-American Conference / Cleveland, OH): This position is responsible for the implementation of key operational activities related to men's and women's basketball in the Mid-American Conference. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director, Creative Services (University of Miami / Coral Gables, FL): Assistant AD, Creative Services manages the creative direction and visual brand standards for University of Miami Athletics, works with the graphic design, video content and digital strategy depts. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Director of Athletics (Washington State University / Pullman, WA): Senior Assoc AD provides oversight and mgt of external operations within WSU Athletics; serves as a member of the AD’s senior mgt team. Apps accepted through 4/24/2018; wsujobs.com EO/AA. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities & Event Management (University of North Carolina Wilmington / Wilmington, NC): The Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities & Events Management oversees the UNCW Athletics Facilities and Event operations for a Division I program with 19 varsity sports. More details HERE.

Director of Development, Major Gifts (University of California, Berkeley / Berkeley, CA): This position is responsible for helping to meet the fundraising objectives of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts. More details HERE.

Academic Coordinator (San Diego State University / San Diego, CA): Assist at-risk student-athletes in achieving academic objectives, model/teach successful study skills/strategies, direct SA to university resources, set up/leading review sessions & provide tutoring. More details HERE.

Men and Women's Swimming Head Coach (College of the Holy Cross / Worcester, MA): Lead NCAA Division I men's & women's swimming program by recruiting and developing qualified student-athletes. More details HERE.

Associate Athletics Director - Strategic Communications and Management (UC San Diego / La Jolla, CA): Responsible for positively influencing the external dialogue about UC San Diego Athletics through expertise in communication methods, information flow, media relations & brand management. More details HERE.

Ticketing Director (University of Notre Dame / Notre Dame, IN): The Ticketing Director serves as one of a team of ticket managers that each has primary responsibility for a reserved seating sport. Application deadline 5/2/2018. EEO/AA. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Sports Administration (Big Ten Conference / Rosemont, IL): Liaison for sports, assist with management of championships, support to Sports Management Committee, manage awards program, coordinate product orders, assist with SCORE, other duties as assigned. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Video and Creative Services (American Athletic Conference / Providence, RI): Assists in all aspects of the digital and video department promoting The American's 22 sports. Serve as an integral part of the The American Digital Network staff. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Communications (American Athletic Conference / Providence, RI): Assists in all aspects of the communications/external relations area in promoting the Conference’s 22 sports while serving as the primary contact for assigned sports. More details HERE.

Deputy Athletics Director or Executive Associate Athletic Director for Finance & Strategic Initiatives (University of Texas at San Antonio / San Antonio, TX): Provides senior leadership, financial oversight of facilities operations, and oversees/ directs the operation of the Athletics budget for the UTSA Athletics Department. More details HERE.

Director of Digital Media Services (Mid-American Conference / Cleveland, OH): Create video content that drives views, conversations, and fan engagement to the Mid-American Conference website and social media platforms. Oversee all MAC created video content. More details HERE.

Director, Partnership Development for Auburn Sports Properties (Auburn Sports Properties / Auburn, AL): The Director of Partnership Development will be responsible for developing, selling and managing all aspects of fully integrated corporate sponsorship packages for Auburn University. More details HERE.

Associate Director, Ticketing (University of Notre Dame / Notre Dame, IN): The Associate Director, Ticketing serves as one of a team of ticket managers that each has primary responsibility for a reserved seating sport. Application deadline 5/2/2018. EEO/AA. More details HERE.

Director of Digital Media (Austin Peay State University / Clarksville, TN): Marketing, digital media and creative services for all 16 NCAA Division I programs as well as selected special initiatives with the goal of increasing awareness, attendance, and revenue. More details HERE.

Asst. Dir., Athletic Communications (Clemson University / Clemson, SC): Determines and develops media relations and social media strategies for WBB and other sports. Provides content development for digital platforms, and leads and instructs student assistants. More details HERE.


Assistant Director of Athletics Communications (Austin Peay State University / Clarksville, TN): Football Contact - Performs the role of an internal beat reporter, focusing on telling compelling stories in written, video, social media, graphics or other innovative formats.  More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics for Marketing and Fan Engagement (North Dakota State University / Fargo, ND): Develops, coordinates & executes advertising campaigns as well as promotions and in-game entertainment. Designs events that engage student-athletes & coaches with the community. Supervises interns. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director of Ticket Operations (Temple University / Philadelphia, PA): Incumbent will be responsible for leading, planning, and directing the execution of all aspects of ticket operations, distribution, and delivery. More details HERE.

Ticket Operations Director (UC San Diego / La Jolla, CA): The Ticket Operations Director manages ticket operations, development of the ticketing platform, including seat mapping and digital ticketing programs for Athletic Department events. More details HERE.

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (California State University Northridge / Northridge, CA): CSUN is searching for an AD to lead their D1 program. For all inquiries, please contact Glenn Sugiyama of DHR International c/o Tom Snyder, Senior Associate at tsnyder@dhrinternational.com. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Athletic Communications (University of South Florida / Tampa, FL): Serve as primary contact for USF men's basketball, track and field, and cross country and secondary duties with football, conducting communications, media relations and social media engagement. More details HERE.

Associate Director, Development (Stanford University / Stanford, CA): Stanford Athletics is seeking job applications for a major gift fundraiser. This position will be focused on identifying, cultivating, and soliciting gifts of $250,000 or more. More details HERE.

Assistant Director for Compliance (Xavier University / Cincinnati, OH): This position along with all coaches & staff is responsible for the integrity of Xavier’s intercollegiate athletics program and for protecting the reputation of the University through compliance..... More details HERE.

Advancement Director - Major Gifts - Intercollegiate Athletics (University of Missouri / Columbia, MO): Identify and close individual major gift prospects and execute premium seating sales for Football and Men’s Basketball. More details HERE.

Director, Corporate Partnerships (Seattle University / Seattle, WA): Seattle University is seeking a Director of Corporate Partnerships in Athletics. Responsible for Corporate Sales, Ticket Revenue, Marketing and Attendance, Administration/Budget. BA Degree required. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics Communications (James Madison University / Harrisonburg, VA): Serve as communications contact for women's basketball, field hockey and tennis with an emphasis on digital and social media. More details HERE.

Senior Post Production Manager (University of Minnesota / Minneapolis, MN): The Senior Post-Production Manager will primarily be responsible for providing creative direction and oversight of Gopher Athletics multimedia post-production endeavors, including video features and motion graphics on multiple platforms, as well as live event production, as part of Gopher Digital within the University of Minnesota Athletic Department. More details HERE.

Associate Director/Communications (Social Media & Web Development) (Boston College / Chestnut Hill, MA): The candidate will serve as a full-time member of the athletics communications staff with primary focus on social media. Administers communications activities for one or more Olympic sports. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Ticket Operations (University of Oregon Athletics / Eugene, OR): Assist with the day to day operations in the Athletic Ticket Office, specifically the Matthew Knight Arena Box Office. Strategize with Athletic Ticket Office directors on day to day office activities. Ensure successful staffing of events. More details HERE.

Head Coach - Womens Basketball (Cleveland State University / Cleveland, OH): Responsible for the organization and administration of all facets of the women's basketball program to ensure a quality program and successful Division 1 team. Application Deadline April 13, 2018. More details HERE.

Head Coach - Wrestling (Cleveland State University / Cleveland, OH): Responsible for the organization and administration of all facets of the wrestling program to ensure a quality program and successful Division 1 team. Application Deadline April 13, 2018. More details HERE.

Leadership Gift Officer, Athletics Development (Columbia University / New York, NY): Fundraising and alumni relations position. Assists with fundraising activities in support of Columbia Athletics, including front-line fundraising, working with coaches and other staff in Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Athletic Communications (University of South Florida / Tampa, FL): Administer all communications, media relations and social media for USF’s nationally ranked women’s basketball and men’s soccer programs as well as secondary duties with football. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Athletics Development (Boston University / Boston, MA): The Assistant Director, Athletics Development serves as a key member of the fundraising team and will develop, implement and manage an annual giving program for Boston University Athletics. More details HERE.

Athletic Major Gifts Officer (Virginia Polytechnic Institute / Blacksburg, VA): The Virginia Tech Athletic Fund seeks Major Gifts Officer, multiple openings, to report to the Associate Athletic Director of Major Gifts. Apply online at http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/85170. More details HERE.

Director of Annual Giving, Athletics (University of Pennsylvania / Philadelphia, PA): Manage, implement, and grow the Penn Athletics annual fund by engaging alumni and other external sources. BA/BS. 3-5 years experience. Apply online at: https://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/32665. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Annual Giving (San Jose State University / San Jose, CA): The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with San José State University in the search for an Associate Athletic Director for Annual Giving. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director for Broadcasting & Production (University of Maryland / College Park, MD): The Asst. AD for Broadcasting & Production will serve as the departmental lead for all video production and broadcasting with the primary purpose of enhancing the Maryland Athletics brand. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics (University of South Carolina Upstate / Spartanburg, SC): The AD will have strong interpersonal skills & an ability to deal effectively with all levels of students, faculty, administrators, staff, & the BOT & various community & professional organizations. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities and Operations (University of South Alabama / Mobile, AL): The University of South Alabama is looking for an Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities and Operations. More details HERE.

Director of Annual Giving, Duck Athletic Fund (University of Oregon Athletic Department / Eugene, OR): The Director of Annual Giving is responsible for building a broad base of sustainable, annual support for the University of Oregon Athletic Department from alumni, parents, faculty and students. More details HERE.

Development Coordinator (University of Tennessee Foundation / Knoxville, TN): The Development Coordinator is a vital support role for the Director of Development & Tennessee Fund team. To learn more about this position, follow the job link and use keyword, 18000000E2. More details HERE.
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