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#10: As you know, Lamar chose Louisiana Tech Senior Assoc. AD for External Affairs Born as the new AD last week, but here are the other 11 applicants given to the school by Eastman & Beaudine. The four finalists included Born, Rice Senior Assoc. AD Blair, Texas State Assoc. AD Comer, and Texas Tech Assoc. AD McBride Heard. Other applicants: Sam Houston State Assoc. AD Hinze, Alcorn State AD Horne, Missouri Assoc. AD Joos, CSU Bakersfield Senior Assoc. AD Langston, Santa Clara Senior Assoc. AD Mitchell, UTEP Senior Assoc. AD for External Ops & Development Park, UTRGV Deputy AD/COO Volpe and Ohio Senior Assoc. AD for Development White. (link)
#9: The financial shoe looks to have fallen at New Mexico as the Lobos face the possibility of cutting five programs to balance its $4.7M budget deficit. Here's a bit of an eye-opener from AD Nunez, "At this point, we owe it to everyone to look at everything from basketball to football to baseball." New UNM Prez Stokes says decision will be made by July 1 of this year, "We are better off supporting fewer sports, but doing it well than we are stretching ourselves too thin. […] The plan we are presenting includes major cuts to operations within athletics, most of which won't be realized until fiscal year 2020. My goal in the long run is to have athletics earn the respect and support of our faculty, staff, students and the community." (link)
#8: Spencer Fane's Lattinville & Denny pen on the Intermediate Sanctions Tax & its potential impact directly on Athletics Directors. The pair thoroughly review the definition of an excess benefit transaction, the first contract exemption rule, applicable tax-exempt organizations, disqualified persons, consequences & "creating a rebuttal presumption." Key passages: "While the most recent excise tax certainly warrants the attention it is receiving, it’s important to recognize that it is imposed on the tax-exempt employer (e.g., colleges and universities). Conversely, the intermediate sanctions tax was enacted more than two decades ago and imposes an additional tax directly on employees (e.g., athletics directors and potentially coaches) of tax-exempt organizations. […] Since the 2010 interim report, the average compensation for head football coaches in the Autonomy Five conferences has increased by 74.3%, and the compensation arrangements for those coaches have become significantly more complex. The potent combination of increased congressional scrutiny accelerated salary inflation and varied forms of compensation give rise to a renewed focus on the manner in which compensation decisions are made. […] Noteworthy in the penalty structure, relative to intercollegiate athletics, is that athletics directors may be subjected to the tax both as a disqualified person (in connection with excess benefits paid to the athletics director) and as an organization manager (if the IRS were to determine that a head coach’s responsibilities and authority warrant a determination that the head coach is a disqualified person)." Nuanced as it may be (it's tax law, what do you expect?), this is a must read for ADs. Lots here. (link)
#7: MBB-FBIYahoo's Forde, Thamel & Wetzel continue their reporting, say multiple sources have identified Massachusetts-based prep coach Gassnola is the "CC-3" mentioned in the new allegations. Gassnola "has longtime ties to Adidas [...] and he's also been linked to Andy Miller." The trio also note the material disappearance of financier Sood, which seems to mean he's cooperating with authorities. Atlanta-based attorney Brown: "This is not going to be over anytime soon. Just because a school or coach or student-athlete or company’s name has not surfaced to date does not mean that any of those people or entities can be comfortable that their name won’t come out tomorrow. This is an indication that people are talking to the federal authorities, and paper trails perhaps are being established, and the federal authorities are getting more detail than they had six months ago. […] The more people who talk could lead to more issues coming out. I don’t think anyone can say where, or when, this will end. There are too many unknowns at this point." (link); The guardian for Kansas student-athlete De Sousa, who is connected to the new claims, "He did not take any money. We did not take any money. The kids and I never took money from anyone. This is bigger than basketball. These kids and I have sacrificed so much because we know this could change our countries and nation. Anyone that knows me will know that coach Larry Brown is the only person that I take advice from because who he means to me and the kids. He told me, 'Fenny, the people at Kansas are good people and will help Silvio achieve his dream.' And look what it did listening to him. Made it to the Final Four and got significantly better." (link); CBSSports.com's Norlander runs through Maryland's Under Armour's connections to the latest allegations. (link); The Sun Sentinel's Cabrera Chirinos notes how Miami (FL)'s involvement in the developments seems to be getting wiped clean. (link); Despite news from earlier in the week, Kansas Assoc. AD for Public Affairs Marchiony does not expect there to be any hiccups in the Jayhawks completing their 12-year, $191M pact with Adidas. (link)
#6: UC Riverside Executive Assoc. AD/SWA Lucas heads six hours north to take over the Pacific department. Lucas: "The opportunity to lead this program in the pursuit of excellence with integrity and building champions in the classroom, in competition and in the community is truly a privilege. This is a special place and I am excited to begin engaging with the campus and community as we work together to shape the future." Prez Eibeck: "She has very strong leadership skills and a solid background in fiscal management. Her more than 35 years as a collegiate athletics leader, including being the No. 2 person at UC Riverside’s athletics department and stints as interim athletics director, will serve Pacific well." Parker had the search that came down to a finalists pool of two other women & one man. (link)
#5: With budget stress at New Mexico, the Albuquerque Journal's Grammer takes a look at salaries for department leaders, "a closer look at the budget projections shows that only about $350,000 of this year’s overspending of $3.3 million was due to personnel costs." Current MBB HC Weir's $675K is considerably less than the $950K & $1.25M for predecessors Neal & Alford, respectively. "Overall, UNM athletics’ projected total personnel expenses of $14,531,524 for this year make up about 42 percent of its total expected $34,988,718 in expenses." Graphic at the bottom of the piece includes pay info for a number of senior administrators & notable coaches. (link)
#4: George Washington will remove the interim tag from AD Vogel's title effective July 1. GW Prez LeBlanc: "Tanya knows the GW athletics program through and through.I can think of no one better to lead our program into the future. I’ve had the chance to observe Tanya in this role for the last three months. I’m impressed with her leadership style, knowledge of NCAA athletics and commitment to the student-athlete experience. She has demonstrated a deep commitment to this university and to our student-athletes. I look forward to working with her as we raise high." Vogel: "I am a product of, and believer in, the GW experience. Alongside our tremendous coaches, administrators and staff, I will work tirelessly to provide this world-class experience to our outstanding student-athletes. […] Having had the experience of being a student-athlete, head coach and administrator at the university, I am forever loyal to GW." LeBlanc also notes a change of reporting for the athletics department directly to the Office of the President. (linklink)
#3: Latest SBJ: Michael Smith with some goodies from MBB Final Four in San Antonio, including comments on the potential Learfield-IMG College merger, "...the questions coming from the Department of Justice are far deeper and more detailed than previous queries and many of the marketing and media agencies that work in the college space are being interviewed." Smith also points to JMI as a top runner for Notre Dame's multi-media rights bid process & the momentum of CSMG in "working with undervalued & under-represented properties across DI & DII" in media rights negotiations & other assignments. (link); Smith continues with thoughts on the Rice Commission & the state of the industry, says ADs are more open to conversations about an Olympic model for student-athletes & the use of revenue from legalized sports gambling than official comments from Indianapolis would suggest. (link); Bios on all Forty Under 40 winners are out, includes a number of big names in or connected to college athletics. (link)
#2: Cal brass tab Air Force AD Knowlton to take over the Golden Bears' portfolio. Chancellor Christ: "By virtue of his experience, values and personal attributes, Jim stood out in what was a large and deeply talented pool of applicants. He is an excellent communicator who thrives on challenges, and shares my commitment to excellence, integrity and diversity." Knowlton: "Cal has all the ingredients to be incredible on and off the field and I'm excited for the challenge to have our athletic teams and student-athletes win the right way at the highest levels. We will excel in the classroom, on our campus and in our community, and incorporate dignity and respect in all we do." Start date: May 21. Witt/Kieffer had the search. (link); Here's video of the full presser. (link)
#1: MBB-FBISBJ's Mullen was the first to break the federal government's expansion of its investigation to now include N.C. State & Kansas. More cash routed from Adidaspersonnel to families of prospective student-athletes are alleged. (link); Yahoo's Wetzel, Forde & Thamel review the most notable items in the new claims, including $90K to the mother of a high-profile hooper to assure he attended KU. At N.C. State, the player in question is former standout Smith & there's mention of former coaches who were involved & worked under former HC Gottfried, who was recently rehired as HC at Cal State Northridge. (link); Kansas HC Self: "I’m not to the point where I believe there was any wrongdoing by anybody associated with the University of Kansas." (link); Here's the full superseding indictment from the Southern District of New York. (link)
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