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U.S. District Court Judge Preska yesterday refused to dismiss federal charges against former Auburn MBB AC Person and former NBA referee Michel, both of whom are prominent names in the MBB-FBI developments. In her opinion, Preska rejected defense attorneys claims that the federal government was attempting to turn unreported NCAA violations into federal crimes, writing: "For one, there were misrepresentations made by Person as to the nature of the service that he was providing -- he omitted informing the University of his additional service of providing financial and sartorial service provider recommendations through the use of his influence -- a disclosure that would have put the University out of compliance with NCAA rules and made the recipient players ineligible to play. These misrepresentations went to an essential element of Person's employment with the University -- running an NCAA-compliant program. There is also an alleged exposure of the University to potential economic harm from Person's misrepresentations, including NCAA penalties and fines." (link)
The NCAA has denied Miami MBB student-athlete Hernandez's appeal for eligibility. Hernandez was reportedly one of 19 players who entered into an agreement with would-be agent Dawkins, who, according to a business plan emailed by Dawkins, was going to pay Hernandez $500 per month from September 2017 to January 2018 and $1K per month until April 2018. If Hernandez left Miami after that season, according to ESPN's Borzello and Schlabach, he would not have had to repay the money. However, Borzello and Schlabach also report the email did not indicate whether payments were actually made or if Hernandez had any knowledge of the payment plan. Hernandez's attorney Setchen: "Words cannot express my level of frustration and disgust in today's decision by the NCAA in Dewan Hernandez's eligibility matter. The arbitrary manner in which they dispense punishment in certain cases is abhorrent and completely unfair." Miami had held Hernandez out of competition this season as they awaited the NCAA's decision. (link)
Kansas City Star columnist Mellinger takes exception with the NCAA's handling of Kansas MBB student-athlete De Sousa's eligibility case, asserting the NCAA has neither evidence nor a way to prove whether De Sousa did anything wrong. Mellinger adds: "The innocent kid is the only one being punished because the adults in charge don’t know a better way to enforce the unfair and outdated rules they make up on the fly to guard their own profits over the interests of the student-athletes they pretend to protect." Meanwhile, Mellinger writes, De Sousa's college career is disappearing as the regular season reaches its halfway point because the NCAA's amateurism rules are, and have always been, "squishy, and constantly changing, influenced by both whims and public opinion." If the rules were fair, Mellinger posits, it would be MBB HC Self who was effectively suspended from coaching until the matter is resolved, not De Sousa. (link)
Cal State Los Angeles (DII) has reached a settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the school and former AD Garrett, who was accused of violating the state's Fair Employment and Housing Act as well as intentional infliction of emotional distress. Garrett, of course, is a former USC AD, as well. The $2.75M settlement also resolves the school's lawsuit against the plaintiff, former Senior Assoc. AD Hudson, whom the school accused of violating state law by secretly recording conversations with four employees. The agreement "is not an admission by any Party of any liability or wrongdoing.” (link)
Clemson AD Radakovich has announced FB student-athlete Lawrence, along with two other players, will miss the CFP National Championship game. Tigers HC Swinney had hoped that the university would be able to appeal and have the players cleared before the matchup with Alabama; however, Radakovich in a release indicated that just preparing for the appeal would be conducted "over the coming weeks." He added that the NCAA has permitted the student-athletes to travel with the team to Santa Clara but that "neither Clemson, Galloway, Giella nor Lawrence anticipate having further comment on this matter until after the appeals have concluded." (link)
Observations from D1Baseball's Rogers' reporting from the ABCA in Dallas: Stetson AD Altier & Oregon State Deputy AD for Administration/SWA Vydra are new members of the DI Baseball Committee; also, "In an @ABCA1945 survey, 93 percent of coaches were in favor of adding a third paid full-time assistant coach. Of the same coaches, 76 percent felt their schools/ADs would be in favor of it, too." D1Baseball's Fitt on the DI coaches meeting yesterday, "The biggest new item: coming up w/ a baseball-specific counterproposal to Student Athlete Experience Committee's overly broad recommendations about recruiting contact timeline." (link)
More opinions on potential College Football Playoff expansion from leaders around the industry. UTEP AD Senter: "I often hear that we don't want a full-fledged FBS playoff because of the toll it would take on the athletes, both academically and physically. I think that is a disingenuous argument because at every other level (FCS, Division II, Division III) the NCAA sponsors a full field for a championship tournament." Cincinnati AD Bohn: "If we want to combat the popularity of the NFL and continue to grow the reach of the college game, we must increase the relevancy of the College Football Playoff on a national scale." Old Dominion's Selig points to the growth in popularity of the NCAA MBB Tournament & the FCS Playoffs when both expanded. San Jose State's Tuite & Northern Illinois boss Frazier would love to see meaningful conversations take place. (link)
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With a contract worth $20M over five years, freshly minted Houston FB HC Holgorsen is now an outlier in terms of salaries earned by other non-Power 5 HCs. More specifically, Holgorsen's $3.7M base salary for 2019 will make him the highest paid Group of 5 HC by $1.1M. Other details from Holgorsen's contract include up to $4.5M, not including standard fringe benefits, to cover the salaries of 10 ACs, a strength coach and other staff and base salaries of $3.8M in 2020, $4M in 2021, $4.2M in 2022 and $4.3M in 2023. If let go without cause, Holgorsen will receive the first three years' salary guaranteed with the $8.5M from the final two years guaranteed at a rate of 60%. That figure would become fully guaranteed should UH win a conference championship and play in a New Year's Six bowl. Meanwhile, if Holgorsen leaves for another job before December 31, 2019, he would owe the school $12.9M. That total declines annually to $9.1M, $7.1M, $2.5M and $1M during the term of the deal. If UH enters a Power 5 conference during Holgorsen's tenure, he will be paid $1M two years later (assuming he doesn't leave for another position) and the contract will be renegotiated. (link)
Oklahoma AD Castiglione reminds the Tulsa World's Emig of the word "proactive," one Castiglione has used over the years to describe his approach to the job. It applied once again as OU got an extension done with FB HC Riley, presumably keeping him away from NFL suitors. Joe C.: "For us it’s always been about what we can do. We control what’s within our reach. We can’t do anything about rumors." Sooners DC McNeill says there aren't many places where high exceptions & high commitment meet together at an apex, but Oklahoma fits the mold. (link)
What do Alabama & North Dakota State FB squads have in common on their roads to potential National Championships? Notable performance coach, Ben Newman, who will be in Frisco with the Bison after spending three days with the Crimson Tide in lead up to its win over Oklahoma. Newman "is part motivational speaker, mental toughness coach, psychological consultant, mentor, friend and savant. He delivers messages to players and coaches meant to focus and maximize potential. He'll stay in constant contact with athletes through text messages. Newman sends recorded video talks to teams and players." Newman's advice for both programs, "Finish. You've done the work, you've prepared for years for this game, now finish it." Lots more. (link)
More HC Notes: USA Today's Wolken writes on NFL interest in former Texas Tech HC & current USC OC Kingsbury, thinks on the surface it's a bit odd Kingsbury may end up as a HC in the League in the coming days. However, "If there’s anything that’s been proven over and over again, it’s that there’s not much correlation between success as a college coach and success as an NFL coach. […] They are fundamentally two different jobs. So if you believe Kingsbury is a talented enough offensive coach to match X’s and O’s with Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll, why would his record at Texas Tech be disqualifying?" More. (link); St. John's AD Cragg elevates Softball AHC Guerriero to HC. (link); Wofford AD Johnson selects Georgia Southern AC Grant as the new Women's Soccer HC for the Terriers. (link)
Higher Ed Leadership: Monmouth has a new Prez in Wilkes (DIII) Prez Leahy. Start date: August 1. (link); Coppin State Prez Thompson will step down at the end of the current school year. (link); Georgia Southern will select a new prez next week. (link)
Ohio State paid Debevoise & Plimpton $1M for its work connected to the situation involving former OSU FB AC Smith. The university's initial outlay for the investigation was $500K, but got doubled & approved by OSU's Controlling Board last month. Max hourly rate for the law firm was $1,620. (link)
Texas brass say all protocols for Bevo's handling were followed at the Sugar Bowl when the steer nearly gored a photographer on the sidelines before the game. Sports Illustrated legal expert McCann: "If another incident happens and injuries occur, a failure to address a known risk could take on legal significance." PETA SVP Lange: "It's no surprise that a skittish steer would react to a perceived threat by charging, and PETA is calling on the University of Texas and the University of Georgia to learn from this dangerous incident, retire their live-animal mascots, and stick to the talented costumed mascots who can lead cheers, react to the crowd, and pump up the team." (link, link)
Ole Miss is the latest department to ink with INFLCR with initial execution for FB, MBB, WBB, Baseball & Softball. Fourth SEC brand for the growing social media CRM company. Rebels AD Bjork: "As digital and social media evolves, Ole Miss athletics will continue to invest into the creation and distribution of storytelling content to move our brand and the brands of our student-athletes forward." Deputy AD for External Relations & Business Development Thompson goes further, "I’ve seen a lot of technology demos over the years, and this is one of the best." (link)
Once again, sports are propping up the traditional TV broadcast & cable construct as 89 of the top 100 rated shows in 2018 were live sports. Obviously, the Super Bowl took the #1 spot with last year's Alabama-Georgia National Championship finishing at #10, the Georgia-Oklahoma Rose Bowl/CFP seminal at #14 & the Alabama-Clemson Sugar/other CFP semi at #40. The NFL has its fingerprints up & down the list. (link); The Athletic's Deitsch on what he believes is the end game for rising digital broadcaster DAZN, "I think the end game in the U.S. is to be a disrupter and eventually grab a major rights deal with a major sport. Whether that happens will depend on a thousand factors including how deep the pockets are for Len Blavatnik, the billionaire who is funding the streaming service." (link)
The tide continues to turn for legalized sports gambling deals as the NFL, long an opponent of the gray area activity, has partnered with Caesars as its first-ever casino partner. Bloomberg's Novy-Williams and Soshnick report the deal is worth around $30M annually for "exclusive rights to use NFL marks to promote casinos in the U.S. and U.K." Note that the mark/logos won't be used to promote the gaming company's sports books, just its casinos, in general, leaving the sports book category technically open for more cash down the road if the NFL wants to go there. (link)
Also Noticed: Updated look at NET, RPI, KPI, BPI, SOR, KenPom & Sagarin ratings, as well as Quadrant I wins. One stop shop to compare most of the key MBB data points. (link); Yesterday's edition included a feature story on the personal touch Alabama FB HC Saban gives in the recruiting process by not texting or emailing prospects. Sports Illustrated legal expert McCann points out that this also avoids creating electronic records that would be subjected to FOIA requests or a litigation's pretrial discovery. (link): Not only will the MNF Film Room be available for Monday night's CFP Championship, but so will MegaCast options BlimpCam, TechCast, High Skycam and others. (link); Michigan State is adding lights to both its Baseball & Softball facilities before the respective 2019 seasons begin. (link); Here are the top-10 attendance marks for non-NY6/CFP bowl games. The Valero Alamo Bowl between Washington State and Iowa State tops the list at 60,675. (link)
Green Bay Packers Prez & former Northwestern AD Murphy on his plan for hiring a new HC for the Pack, which has included speculation on some collegiate HCs. Murphy: "I don’t want to brag about myself, but all of my adult life I’ve been involved in football. I’ve seen it from the perspective of a player. I’ve been an athletic director for 17 years. I’ve hired many, many coaches, several football coaches. So I think I have a lot to offer. […] One of the most important things you can do as a manager is hiring the right people. I didn’t bat 1.000. There was some good and some bad. The process is the important thing." Murphy continues by pointing to "fit" as the the "most important thing." More. (link)
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(NEW!) 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.

(NEW!) 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.

Assistant Director Compliance (University of Mississippi / Oxford, MS): The incumbent performs activities to assist staff members in understanding & adhering to rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of the University, the NCAA and SEC and to monitor for Compliance. 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 for more details. More details HERE.

Associate Commissioner, External Communications Strategy (Mountain West Conference / Colorado Springs, CO): Member of senior leadership team with focus on developing and implementing strategies to generate greater awareness and visibility for the Mountain West and its member institutions. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for External Operations (Oakland University / Rochester, MI): Provide leadership, direction and supervision for Athletic Communications, Creative and Emerging Media, Ticket Sales and Operations, Video Services, Marketing, Fan Experience, Licensing and Branding. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Development (Oakland University / Rochester, MI): Provide leadership and direction for the Athletics' Development Office. Identifying/cultivating major gift prospects.Cultivate/solicit for annual fund, endowment, capital and sport specific initiatives. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Student Athlete Experience (Oakland University / Rochester, MI): Support and foster student-athlete excellence, health, safety and well-being and oversee academic services, life skills, sports med., strength and conditioning, nutrition and sports psychology. More details HERE.

Assistant or Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations (Augustana University / Sioux Falls, SD): Augustana University invites applications for the opportunity of Assistant or Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Event Management (Oakland University / Rochester, MI): Provide leadership, direction, managerial support and budget oversight to Facilities Operations, Events Management, and the Equipment Room. More details HERE.

Coordinator, Ticket Operations (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): The Coordinator of Ticket Operations will oversee ticketing for Soccer, Gymnastics, and Track and Field. The candidate will play a critical role in day to day operations for the ticket office. More details HERE.

Mountain West Network PA/Host (Mountain West Conference / Colorado Springs, CO): Serve as host, producer and editor for in studio segments. Travel to various Conference championships and serve as reporter/photographer. Produce digital content for distribution on multiple platforms. 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 Operations. They will serve as the Lead Producer and also assist in the day-to-day execution of ACC Network/ESPN. More details HERE.

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.
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