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Former USC MBB AC Bland will take a plea deal in the MBB-FBI case. The last sentence here from the L.A. Times is quite interesting, "...the former coach will plead guilty to one felony count of federal funds bribery and get a Level 10 sentencing guideline. That level calls for six to 12 months in prison, but Bland is expected to receive probation since he doesn’t have a previous criminal record. The deal isn’t believed to include a requirement for Bland to cooperate with prosecutors." (link); The attorney for former Arizona AC Richardson, "We have made no decisions at this time. Motions have been filed consistent with the court deadlines. We are evaluating our options." (link)'s Dodd goes in on reasons that make expansion for the CFP difficult. Hones in on how ESPN may think about the possibility, recounts comments from an unnamed President on the hosting of quarterfinal games on-campus in an eight-team format, "not only said no, but hell no." Further, "A TV consultant told CBS Sports all those quarterfinal games wouldn't necessarily be a ratings winner." More. (link)
The new $338M private-public on-campus arena at Texas is a full go. Oak View Group, Live Nation, C3 Presents & high-profile actor/UT supporter McConaughey are all part of the mix, the latter of "Minister of Culture." University officials believe it's the first deal of it's kind in the nation. 10K seats for hoops, 15K for concerts/other events. Construction begins next summer with completion by the 2020-21 basketball seasons. Video & renderings in all three links. (link, linklink); A new home for South Alabama FB will feature three "flexible social zones." What are they? "These areas provide a place to spend time with family and friends while also enjoying the game. The atmosphere of the social zones is enhanced with large group tables and gathering spaces for groups of fans." Renderings included. (link)
Longtime ECU leader Workman, who has most recently served as Acting COO, reflects on his 34 years in Greenville as he prepares to exit. Points to people & relationships as trump cards. Another insightful takeaway, "One of the keys to branding is consistency. A sustainable brand is consistent. That’s one of the things we maybe didn’t do as well as we should have through the years, but if you look at the most well-known brands, athletically and non-athletically, they’re consistent. I think your fan base, your constituency, that’s what they come back for. That’s what they’re expecting to see. They’re expecting to see their school, their traditions, their culture. Whether you came here in the ‘60s or you graduated in 2018, there should be a consistent culture there." (link)
St. Mary's lands its largest gift ever as $3M from the Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation will allow the Gaels to move forward with Phase II of work on the Student Athlete Performance Complex (SAPC). "Phase II will include a new student-athlete weight room and further renovations to McKeon Pavilion, including restrooms, locker rooms, and team room enhancements for men's basketball, women's basketball, and women's volleyball." (link); Baylor gets a $500K commitment from the Fudge family as a lead-off for the 'Baylor Built' program, part of the'Preparing Champions for Life' vision. (link)
It never left the top, but Nike is regaining some lost market share as its latest quarterly results beat Wall Street estimates leading to stock price gains. Footwear & apparel were up double digits globally. Push back from the Kaepernick ad campaign was over-stated, Jordan Brand numbers were strong, no issues with Chinese tariffs so far, digital sales a big shot in the arm. North America, specifically, was up 9%. (link)
AdAge sports media expert Crupi writes on why the NFL's Sunday Ticket is the best option for one of the major digital players to break into the premier rights game."Not only are Amazon or Google uniquely positioned to be able to absorb the vertiginous costs associated with securing an exclusive NFL rights package, but both disruptors would be better suited to subsidize the investment." Crupi also says of analysts who believe CBS could be left out of the next negotiations & these comments certainly apply, in some part, to college athletics rights (re: SEC), "...does not take into consideration how quickly CBS would level up should it merge with Viacom. Now that reunification antagonist Les Moonves has been removed from power, it appears increasingly likely that the new-look CBS board (one that is now loaded with mergers-and-acquisitions specialists) will back Shari Redstone's long-deferred desire to combine the two properties. That sort of scaling up would serve to neutralize any concerns about CBS's ability to compete in the NFL auction." More. (link)
An Atlantic 10-Mountain West MBB challenge will begin in 2020-21 & continue during the 2021-22 campaign. Here's the crux: "Matchups for each year will be determined by the league offices based on a number of factors, including the previous year’s records, NET rankings and team achievements, as well as projected rankings and anticipated strength of teams for the upcoming season. The games will take place in late November and early December of each year, with television and digital rights residing with the host conference." (link); ESPN going back in with an expanded MegaCast effort for the upcoming New Year's Six bowl games. New: RefCam for CFP games, line-to-gain camera thanks to two "wireless camera systems build into two movable pylons." Command Center, Coaches Film Room, Thinking Out Loud, DataCenter, SkyCam, All-22, Hometown Audio Feeds all in the mix. (link)
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Interim Southern Miss AD Mitchell hires Morehead State Senior Assoc. AD for External Affairs Smith to the same role in Hattiesburg. Smith is no stranger to the Golden Eagles as he's a 2003 USM grad. Smith: "'s always been a dream of mine, since I started in college athletics, to come home." Mitchell: "Time and again throughout his career, Brad and his colleagues have produced enhanced marketing and promotions initiatives to improve fan experience and game day atmosphere." (link)
Washington State's OEO concludes former Asst. AD for the Cougar Fund & former stand-out FB student-athlete Gesser did violate the university's sexual harassment guidelines. Seven specific instances mentioned in the report. No word back from the university on if any further action is in the works since Gesser resigned his post. (link)
It's That Time of Year: Maine AD Ralph is on the clock as FB HC Harasymiak is reportedly leaving Orono to become an AC at Minnesota. (link); Bryant AD Smith selects Christopher Columbus HS (Miami, FL) HC Merritt to lead his FB program in Smithfield. (link); Western Michigan HC Lester extended out to 2023. (link); Same for Southeast Missouri State boss Matukewicz. (link)
Lots of good stuff in The Athletic's coverage of the process that landed new Charlotte FB HC Healy as the second-youngest FBS field general. 49ers AD Hill talks about whitewashing Healy's first season at APSU as part of the evaluation process ("Vince Lombardi was probably going to go winless with that team. That wasn’t a rationalization; it was an honest assessment of what he inherited,") and being impressed that the 30-year-old "bet on himself — and he won." Hill also acknowledges the "institutional courage" it took to hire someone with a losing overall record and emphasizes that "We’re going to run this program with fearlessness. We can’t be afraid to make decisions. ...He’s exactly what we were looking for. I think he’s the image of this place: He’s a young, hungry up-and-comer. I think he’s going to be like this institution: He’s going to be a major force to be reckoned with." (link)
After admonishing local press for routinely asserting that he puts together soft OOC schedules, South Carolina MBB HC Martin then dives in on how that narrative is hurting attendance and enthusiasm: "That’s why we got more Virginia fans than South Carolina fans in our game today. This reminded me of my first year here, when we’re out-numbered. And that’s because we continue to put out the wording on stories pertaining to our team that makes everybody think that we’re not good enough. That’s insulting to me. ...When’s the last time a No. 3 team in the country came into South Carolina for a non-conference game? ...We need to change the (rhetoric), we need to change the wording of what we’ve done, so our fans get excited." Also reiterates that schedules are made two years in advance and, regarding the 2016 NCAA tourney snub that included the 81st-ranked sked: "We scheduled real basketball schools (Tulsa, Clemson, St. John’s, Memphis in the non-conference) that year. It’s not my fault their players transferred and they ended up having bad years." (link)
More Personnel: Former Ohio State FB HC Meyer will co-teach a course on character and leadership at OSU. (link); Northern Illinois Volleyball HC Gooden gets a contract extension through June 2023 and Women's XC HC Myers gets one through June 2021. (link); Liberty AD McCaw goes with former Butler/NC State HC Findley to lead the Men's Soccer team in Lynchburg. (link); Northeastern Volleyball HC Nichols steps down. Huskies AD Konya will begin a national search immediately. (link); Delaware State removes the interim tag, names Mishoe the school's 11th president. (link)
New Performance, Health and Wellness department coming to Miami (FL), putting Athletic Training, Strength & Conditioning, Physical Therapy, nutrition and sports psych under one umbrella in a "collaborative and integrative model," per Senior Assoc AD for Performance, Health and Wellness Feigenbaum. The new unit will house 34 employees, including newly created positions of sports psychologist and sports nutrition coordinator. Deputy AD Strawley: "We conducted a comprehensive assessment of our service offerings and determined that the best model was to have all of these essential areas under one umbrella." (link)
Maryland releases more video in the McNair case, some from surveillance cameras, others from body units. Comments on slow-moving medics can be heard multiple times in the first seven-plus minutes of one video, including, "Did they at least bring him inside? [...] No, he’s out. [...] Still outside? Jesus." (link)
Vermont will reduce scholarships for the XC/T&F programs and it's Swimming and Diving teams in a department-wide cost-cutting effort. Current scholarships will be honored, but swimming will dip to 4.75 (from 5.75) scholarships next year, Women's T&F to 4 (from 5.9) and Men's T&F to 2.5 (from 3.5). Catamounts AD Schulman indicates a $180K savings from the reductions. Three full-time positions in the athletic department were also cut, one each in communications, facilities and AC positions. (link); UMass Lowell will drop Volleyball, but honor the current scholarships. AD Casey: "We hope these student-athletes will continue their education with us, but we know how important volleyball is to them. We will do everything we can to help them find the best fit." (link)
Boise State will begin providing video replay to Athletic Training staff during FB games, following the lead of league foe Air Force. System that will run about $10K in start-up costs will be tested today during the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. AFA Asst. Athletic Trainer Marsh says Boise's influence could push the Mountain West to install the system across membership "to make it easier on the staffs as they travel." Boise Assoc. AD for Sports Performance, Health and Wellness Paul emphasizes that "we need that at every conference school." (link)
Former Baylor FB HC Briles has been granted an extension by the NCAA for his response to the September notice of allegations handed down from Indy. This means the NCAA's response and verdict will likely be delayed until April. "Sources indicated both Briles and Baylor are confident no major penalty will be given." (link); St. John's Women's Volleyball HC cited for "failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance" and the school was found to have "failed to monitor it's women's volleyball program." Penalties: two years of probation starting yesterday, one-year show cause, $10K fine, 5% reduction in official visits, two-week ban in off-campus recruiting and a self-imposed reduction of one scholarship during last academic year. (link)
Also Noticed: Here are yesterday's MBB rankings including NET, RPI, KPI, KenPom, BPI, SOR, Sagarin.  Will be updated again mid-morning once the new NET data set comes out. (link); The seventh edition of NCAA Weekly Whistles focuses on "reducing physicality to created freedom of movement" and "traveling - find the pivot foot." (link); New Hampshire will move forward with phase two of renovating the James "Red" Hayes '32 Football Locker Room, a $1M endeavor that should be done by August. (link); The Dec. 8 WBB game between South Carolina and Duke that was postponed due to a winter storm will likely be made up March 14 or 15, which of course falls after conference tourneys, but before the NCAA Tournament begins. (link); Syracuse has sold out of it's Camping World Bowl allotment. (link); Teamworks adds the NFL's Tennessee Titans to its portfolio. (link); The arrest affidavit for Kansas FB student-athlete Williams indicates he allegedly punched a female in the stomach and grabbed her by the throat. It also says the alleged victim showed police officers text messages of Williams admitting to punching her in the arms. (link)
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(NEW!) HokieVision - Associate Director, ACC Network (Virginia Tech Athletics / Blacksburg, VA): The Associate Director, ACC Network reports to the Senior Director, ACC Network Operations. They will serve as the Lead Producer and also assist in the day-to-day execution of ACC Network/ESPN. More details HERE.

(NEW!) Coordinator - Athletics Compliance (Middle Tennessee State University / Murfreesboro, TN): Assist the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance to develop, monitor and oversee all aspects of NCAA compliance for 17 NCAA Division I athletic programs. More details HERE.

Deputy Athletic Director (University of New Mexico / Albuquerque, NM): The University of New Mexico's Athletics Department seeks a Deputy Athletic Director. For full Job Description and to Apply: PI106344778. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director of Facilities and Operations (Florida International University / Miami, FL): Oversees athletic facility management and upkeep to the Ricardo Silva Stadium and the FIU Athletics practice fields. More details HERE.

Associate Director - Academic & Career Counseling (Kansas Athletics, Inc. / Lawrence, KS): Responsible for all aspects of the student-athletes structure including initial visits with prospective athletes, advising of degree and course options, and assisting with certifications. More details HERE.

Director of Finance - Athletics and Recreation (University of Denver / Denver, CO): Director of Finance is responsible for budget, finance, accounting, and reporting functions for the Division of Athletics and Recreation and all of its Division I Intercollegiate Athletic Programs. More details HERE.

Director of Development (Razorback Foundation, Inc. (Univ of Arkansas) / Fayetteville, AR): Responsible for identification, cultivation, and stewardship of donors in the advancement of annual fund & major giving development efforts. More details HERE.

Director, Communications (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA): Directly responsible for leading and executing all communications initiatives as the primary contact for football, in addition to a spring sport to be assigned. More details HERE.

Ticket Office Associate (University of Missouri Athletics Ticket Office / Columbia, MO): Assist with ticket responsibilities and provide a secondary level of checks and balances for ticket office accounting. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director- Digital Strategies (University of Texas at San Antonio / San Antonio, TX): Direct, execute and lead social media strategies across all platforms to advance the UTSA Athletics brand. More details HERE.

Associate Director, Database and CRM (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): Arizona athletics is looking for a dynamic leader that will assist in supporting sales, marketing and development by providing database support, metrics and tracking success. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications (Pepperdine University / Malibu, CA): The Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications assists in the promoting of Pepperdine’s Athletics Department with an emphasis on social media, digital/video, website and media relations. More details HERE.

Lecturer OR Professor of Practice (Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University / Tempe, AZ): The Lecturer/Professor of Practice will teach four to six courses per academic year (2-3 per semester), with a primary focus in any one of these areas: sports finance, economics, marketing, or analytics. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director Development (Florida International University / Miami, FL): Services as a front-line fundraiser for the FIU Intercollegiate Athletics program. Advances FIU Athletics program by developing and implementing strategies to secure major gift funding. More details HERE.

Head Athletic Trainer, Football (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA): As Head Athletic Trainer, Football you will be working cohesively and collaboratively with coaches, researchers and world-renowned physicians to ensure the health and safety of student-athletes. More details HERE.

Deputy Director of Athletics/Senior Associate AD, External (Pennsylvania State University / University Park, PA): Req Bachelor's deg & 12 yrs exp prefer at NCAA Division I level, demonstrated executive leadership/exp in strategic planning/communications, public relations, advancement, & business development. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communications (University of New Mexico / Albuquerque, NM): The University of New Mexico Athletics Department is accepting applications for the Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communications. Apply Here: More details HERE.

Head Coach - Women's Volleyball (Quinnipiac University / Hamden, CT): Quinnipiac University's Department of Athletics & Recreation seeks applications for Head Coach - Women's Volleyball. More info: More details HERE.

Development Director (University of Miami / Miami, FL): Miami is seeking a dynamic and energetic fundraiser that will be responsible for increasing gifts through relationships with assigned prospects and athletic constituents. More details HERE.

Director of Athletic Video Productions (University of South Dakota / Vermillion, SD): Responsible for creating video content for external use and in-game presentation, producing live events and coordinating video projects in support of the athletic department’s strategic plan. More details HERE.

Assistant Coach, Football (Brown University / Providence, RI): This 11-month position (3 assistant coach positions) assists the Head Coach in all phases of the Football program, with specific focus on a position area to be determined by the Head Coach. More details HERE.:

Associate/Sr. Associate Director of Athletics for Development (State University of New York at Buffalo / Buffalo, NY): This position will support and enhance the mission of the State University of New York at Buffalo Athletics Department and is responsible for working to optimize philanthropic support for Athletics. More details HERE.

Director of Fan Engagement , Marketing & Promotions - LSU (OUTFRONT Media / Baton Rouge, LA): Planning, coordination and implementation of all in-venue production and entertainment to create memorable fan experiences across all LSU athletic events with focus on men’s basketball and gymnastics. More details HERE.

Director/Associate Director Creative Content (Virginia Tech Athletics / Blacksburg, VA): The Director/Associate Director, Creative Content HokieVision will assist External Operations in the creating and strategizing of video and digital content for Virginia Tech Athletics. More details HERE.

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach (University of Hartford / Hartford, CT): Responsible for developing effective strength and conditioning programs that will produce, enhance and elevate performance for all student-athletes, while following NCAA and Conference rules. More details HERE.

Senior Associate AD - Development (Kansas Athletics / Lawrence, KS): The Senior Associate AD - Development is responsible for the oversight and coordination of all revenue development including annual giving, major gifts, and capital campaign fundraising efforts. More details HERE.

Director of Digital Marketing (Louisiana State University / Baton Rouge, LA): LSU Athletics is looking for someone well versed in digital marketing strategies and branding initiatives. A Bachelor's degree and three years' experience in sports industry marketing is required. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Ticket Sales (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): Position will be tasked with generating revenue for Arizona Athletics via sales of season, partial and group packages through outbound calls‬. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Development - Premium Seating and Annual Giving (Purdue Research Foundation / West Lafayette, IN): Lead the premium sales and stewardship management needs, primary contact for premium seat holders, identify new and cultivate existing donors, and direct and coordinate game day operations. More details HERE.

Director of the Roadrunner Athletic Fund (Assistant Director of Development) (University of Texas at San Antonio / San Antonio, TX): This position is responsible for increasing overall participation in the Roadrunner Athletic Fund by developing and coordinating all fundraising strategic plans. More details HERE.

Ticket Office Assistant (San Diego State University / San Diego, CA): Provide customer service and ticket sales in person & telephone. Assist with seat relocation/additional seat requests. Assist outbound ticket sales team. Supervisor for football and baseball games. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Trainer (UGA Athletic Association / Athens, GA): Supervise and coordinate athletic training services for student-athletes participating in intercollegiate athletic programs for the University of Georgia Athletic Association. More details HERE.

Senior Director of Development, Athletics & Associate Athletics Director (Marquette University / Milwaukee, WI): This position is responsible for raising gifts to support the mission, vision and priorities of Marquette University. The position will cultivate, solicit and steward identified athletics donors. More details HERE.

(Assistant Athletic Director of Development - Major Gifts (San Diego State University / San Diego, CA): Oversee the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation & stewardship of major gift prospects. Primary liaison of the Aztec Club to promote SDSU Athletics. Secure annual and major gifts. More details HERE.

Videographer (University of Oregon / Eugene, OR): The Videographer will be responsible for producing high-quality video board content for all sports within the University of Oregon athletic department. More details HERE.

Director of Development (Cal Poly / San Luis Obispo, CA): Director of Development is responsible for providing advancement and fundraising services designed to increase private support for the priorities of Athletics and the University. More details HERE.

Sr. Director/Director of Development (University of Nevada, Las Vegas - UNLV / Las Vegas, NV): The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Sr. Director/Director of Development, UNLV Athletics, [R0112744]. Please visit: More details HERE.

Head Women’s Soccer Coach (UC San Diego / La Jolla, CA): Overall operation of the Women’s Soccer program in accordance with University, conference and NCAA regulations. The position is a 100% time, 12-month contract position with full benefits. More details HERE.

Vice President | Client Relations (SIDEARM Sports / Syracuse, NY): Lead SIDEARM's externally-facing teams with key focus on providing exceptional service to our 1,100 collegiate athletic partners. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Development, Athletics (Northwestern University / Evanston, IL): NU Athletics Development is seeking a new frontline fundraiser focusing on leadership annual fund donors, major gifts and engaging former student-athletes. More details HERE.

HEAD COACH, FOOTBALL (Brown University / Providence, RI): Head Coach of Football program with coaching, recruiting and administrative duties. Incumbent also maintains positive relations with alumni and friends' groups. More details HERE.
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