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Air Force's Predicament: The U.S. Senate will vote today at noon on a continuing resolution to fund the government through February 8. If approved, Senate Majority Leader McConnell has vowed that there will be action regarding DACA and immigration legislation as part of a longer CR by the 8th. (link)
AthleticDirectorU's Belzer and Boettger have compiled hiring and firing data among NCAA DI HCs in MBB and WBB and conclude that "racial hiring and firing practices of head coaches should be at the forefront of discussions in major college sports." According to the data, which was taken from 2008-2017, 59.9% of Caucasian MBB HCs were let go or were forced to resign compared to 72.4% of minority HCs. There is a similar discrepancy among WBB HCs, with nearly 70% of Caucasian HCs let go or forced to resign compared to 84.3% of minority HCs. Among 'Power 5' institutions, the Big Ten had the biggest discrepancy in hiring and firing rates, with minority coaches having been let go four times more often than their Caucasian peers (22.2% to 4.8%). Part of Belzer's and Boettger's conclusion, "The data collected and outlined shows strong evidence that minority basketball coaches are discriminated against not only when it comes to becoming head coaches, but also their retention in such positions. Both men’s and women’s minority coaches are fired at rates more than twice that of their Caucasian counterparts, while also being giving less time to prove their worth as leaders." Lots more. (link)
Vanderbilt AD Williams offers a snapshot of the current state of the program and looks toward the future in an interview with the Vanderbilt Hustler, noting that after the successful completion of a new baseball facility, tennis and basketball may receive the focus of future capital updates. Williams says adding two more outdoor courts could enable Vandy to host an NCAA finals event while the issue regarding updates to Memorial Gymnasium continues to be balancing its unique atmosphere while "making it a better place." Williams also points out that paying for capital projects is solely an issue of fundraising at Vandy, explaining that projects are priced and then the funds are raised. "If there's a $3M difference, do you reduce the project down to that or can you see an ability to pay for that $3M through your budget over the number of years?" Williams also intimates he's noticed a shift in student-athletes who are becoming increasingly interested in the academic reputation of the universities recruiting them. "If you wanted to go to college just to play sports and not go to class, [Vanderbilt's rigorous academics] would be a turn-off. But these kids want to come to school and get a great education." (link)
Interim Louisville Prez Postel explains his rationale in moving ahead with making hires in key leadership positions, including launching a search for a new AD by noting there are too many vacancies in pivotal roles that UL can't afford to leave vacant. "They’re all important positions, so you could have made the case, 'why not wait until the permanent president is selected so that he or she would not have their hands tied to fill those spots?' …The life of the university goes on, and we need good people.” WDRB's Otts notes that in the event Postel is not selected to serve as permanent president, he may well be considered to return to his previous position of executive vice president for health affairs on a permanent basis. (link); Further on the AD front, Postel indicates the timeline to hire a new leader is by the end of March. Here's guessing a deal gets done well before that deadline with a MBB HC decision looming. (link)
Georgia Tech has a new shade of gold, but won't unveil it until this spring. When Tech's new deal with Adidas was announced last August, 20-30 shades were considered & those choices got narrowed to four in October. New Tech Adidas apparel will go on the market July 1 and per AD Stansbury, the new FB unis are already in production. (link)
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A DII development of note south of the broader as leadership voted 253-45 on Saturday to allow Cetys University to petition for NCAA membership. Cetys, based in Mexicali & Tijuana, has been pushing the NCAA envelope for a while & has an athletics budget of around $1M. Presidents from San Francisco State & Cal State Chico were vocal in their support of adding Cetys to the mix, but there's still work left, like designating an SWA & ensuring gender equity balance within its sport program offerings. An additional challenge is American-based student-athletes covered by DACA are not allowed to reenter the country should they leave. (link)
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ESPN anchor and Michigan State alumna Hill pens a column for The Undeafeated in which she asserts that MSU "needs to wear this shame" as fallout from the Nassar case continues. Hill notes her friendly relationship with longtime gymnastics coach Klages, one of at least 14 MSU officials who were reportedly alerted to Nassar's conduct before it all became public, before affirming her position that this will not be an article in which she vouches for Klages. "The university's response from the time concerns were first raised about Nassar until now has been consistently unacceptable." Hill goes on to enumerate the many failings within the MSU hierarchy, up to and including Prez Simon, who Hill says did the "bare minimum. She never followed up. She never asked any questions ... She was ethically compliant, at least based on what we know, but willingly ignorant. She is getting a pass for that, and she shouldn't." Full column. (link)
Former Arizona FB HC Rodriguez releases a statement via Twitter in response to an amended claim filed by the plaintiff who accused him of harassment. "I am aware of the amended complaint and the absolutely false claims. My family and I are eager for our side of the story to be told. The truth will come out and the plaintiffs' motives will be plain to see. It is important to remember that there was an extensive investigation into the matter that found no wrongdoing by me. Additionally, I took an independent polygraph test that confirmed I have been truthful throughout the investigation." (link)
Southeastern Louisiana FB HC Roberts has resigned and accepted the DC position at Louisiana. Roberts, who helmed the Lions for six seasons, will be replaced on an interim basis by OC Stevens while the university conducts a search for a permanent replacement. AD Artigues: "We’re extremely thankful to Coach Roberts for his dedication in taking our football program to unprecedented heights. He’s been a tremendous asset to our university and is leaving our program in great shape. We plan on moving swiftly, but thoroughly, in our search for our next head football coach." (link)
The North Texas Student Government Association (SGA) will put the student athletic fee referendum up for a re-vote after postponing the results of a December vote due to a complaint filed with the board. According to a statement from the SGA, its logo was used without authorization, which "could have misled students and had an impact on their vote." The student who altered the original SGA fliers for distribution says he did so because he believed the referendum was being "silently passed through for a vote." The referendum calls for an increase in the intercollegiate athletic fee by $6.25 and a decrease in the student service fee of $2. According to the student who dispersed the altered fliers, that would amount to a $7.5M increase to athletics and a $1M decrease to student services per semester. (link)
SEC Network anchor Nowkhah offers a glimpse into what it's like for a sports reporter with a definite rooting interest to remain professional. Assigned to cover this year's Rose Bowl between Georgia and Oklahoma, Nowkkah, an OU alum and lifelong fan, reveals: "When I was a kid, my football-shaped phone rang 'Boomer Sooner.' ... My first football games were at Owen Field in Norman with my late grandfather, 'Big Daddy.' He loved the Sooners so I loved the Sooners." Nowkhah, however, is quick to point out that he was merely "rooting on the inside," and that he made it a point, as he always does, to remain professional, up to and including the moment when he congratulated colleague Stinchcomb, a former Georgia All-American. "But SEC fans, don't hate me for standing on that sideline in Pasadena January 1, sick to my stomach for hours rooting on the inside for the non-SEC team. You should know, more than anybody, how much a college football program can mean to a college football fanatic." (link)
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Uber has become an interesting case study in leadership as co-founder Kalanick is now out of the picture, but in the past year-plus made an equal amount of headlines as the revolutionary company did for its business advances. Bloomberg's Newcomer & Stone with a lengthy read on Kalanick's fall, which is full of strategy, hubris, consensus building within the employee ranks, developing relationships with outside constituencies, PR saves, personal challenges & lots of money. (link)
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More open records at Arkansas as Arkansas Online's Besson & Musa thoroughly review a document that looked at the idea of changing the price structure of FB club seats for 2018 in effort to deliver greater tax deductions to UA donors. Eventually, the strategy became a moot point with federal tax code changes. The pair provide an interesting and in-depth look at one of 4,800 FOIA documents that Senior Assoc. AD for External Operations & Strategic Communications Freet said, "was one piece of six-plus months of conversations about pricing options," with the goal to provide the "greatest benefits to potential donors. (link)
ACC brass support the call made by officials at the end of the NC State-Miami MBB game on yesterday that allowed the Canes to maintain possession with a player-called timeout. Administrators at NC State disagree, as they contend that the Pack's defense turned the Canes over before the T.O. was awarded. Wolfpack AD Yow via Twitter: "ACC officials have seen the double team/steal play, when a TO was indicated by an official, which negated the steal. They will stand by the explanation offered, that the Miami player in the double called a TO. As for us, we believe the video speaks for itself." (link)
More on the new Tennis digs at Texas as Longhorns AD Del Conte calls it "by far, the greatest tennis facility in the country." $20M+ to build, 12 courts + courtside seating, sparkling locker rooms, training space & a "communications room." UT student-athletes pointed to the fan amenities & noted "the fans change the whole dynamic." (link)
San Diego State Interim Prez Roush creates a 17-member task force to review the Aztecs nickname and Aztec Warrior mascot. Five students, five faculty/staff members, five alumni and two at-large community members will be announced February 2 and have until April 30 to present their recommendations to Roush, who intends to make a final decision by the end of May. Roush: "All viewpoints regarding SDSU’s identity have a right to be respectfully heard and carefully considered. This task force will provide an opportunity for dialogue to continue among stakeholders in the SDSU community and will provide information on how to represent university traditions, build communal spirit and honor specific facets of our campus culture." In April of last year, student leaders voted to keep the mascot, but in November the University's Senate voted to retire it. (link)
Also Noticed: More legal maneuvering in the Baylor Title IX suit. (link); From Law360: "An Indiana federal judge on Thursday put a permanent stop to a video game creator’s infringement of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s “March Madness” and “Final Four” trademarks, siding with the NCAA after he and his company failed to respond to the complaint on time...." More behind the paywall. (link); Former headliner Solomon via Twitter on the 'Power Five' vote to offer post-eligibility medical care, "Important story for college sports media to cover. Beat writers should annually FOIA their schools' policies, costs, # of athletes & types of injuries covered. If you cover a non-Power 5 school, ask administrators if they're adopting this rule. Why or why not?" (link); Missed this at Vanderbilt last week as the Commodores visited Memphis for MLK Day. Stops: The Lorraine Motel & National Civil Rights Museum, as well as STAX Museum of American Soul Music. (link); Additional news from Vandy as the university is launching a Center for Sports & Society. Chancellor Zeppos: "Given our history, Vanderbilt is uniquely positioned to be a convener for important conversations and study around the difficult issues at the intersection of sports and society." (link)
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1.Q co-host @TaiMBrown sets up shop at the 2018 NCAA Convention and visits with Rob Carolla, Director of Communications at College Football's 150th Anniversary. Carolla discusses the organization designed to spearhead college football's sesquicentennial celebration. The NCAA and the College Football Playoff are among the parties involved. Listen by clicking the link. (link) (length - 6:37)
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Senior Associate or Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs (University of California, Riverside / Riverside, CA): Liaison between the Athletics Director and all Athletics fundraising activities and revenue operations. Emphasis on enhancing UCR’s Division I relevancy, revenue generation and new market outreach. More details HERE.

Director of Clinical Counseling Services for Student-Athletes (Mississippi State University / Starkville, MS): Provision of general psychological services (evaluation, treatment and education) to student athletes. More details HERE.

Executive Director of Development/Assistant AD for Development (George Washington University / Washington D.C.): GW seeks a dynamic & strategic leader to join a high performing fund raising team as Exec. Director of Development. Will manage team and direct their development efforts to ensure fundraising success. More details HERE.

Director of Digital Media Services (Mid-American Conference / Cleveland, OH): Create video content that drives fan engagement and views of website and social media platforms. Serve as liaison for ESPN3 campus productions. Direct media relations activities for select sports. More details HERE.

Compliance Coordinator (Oral Roberts University / Tulsa, OK): The Compliance Coordinator will assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive program to ensure compliance with University, Summit League and NCAA rules and regulations. More details HERE.

Athletics Assistant Director for Business Operations (University of Nevada, Las Vegas / Las Vegas, NV): The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Athletics Assistant Director for Business Operations, Intercollegiate Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Director for Financial Reporting (University of Nevada, Las Vegas / Las Vegas, NV): The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Assistant Director for Financial Reporting, Intercollegiate Athletics [R0107169]. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Performance (CSUN / Northridge, CA): Responsibilities: Management and supervision of the Sports Performance staff, weight training facility, including development of policies and procedures for risk management, appropriate supervision. More details HERE.

Facilities & Operations Coordinator (Oregon State University / Corvallis, OR): Reporting to the Associate AD, Facilities & Event Management, the Facility & Operations Coordinator will assist the Associate AD with the coordination of assigned home athletic contests. More details HERE.

Athletics Marketing & Promotions Graduate Assistantship (Ball State University / Muncie, IN): Execute in-game promotions for football, mens/womens basketball, women’s volleyball, baseball & softball. May include the role of mascot coordinator, supervision of 6-10 sports mktg student staff. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Multimedia (Conference USA / Irving, TX): Serve as primary strategist for the C-USA social media initiatives, as well as lead development of the visual style and communication of C-USA online outlets. More details HERE.

Assistant/Associate Commissioner for New Media and Technology (Missouri Valley Conference / St. Louis, MO): Management of creative/digital content; contributions to Conference marketing and promotional initiatives; oversight of the league website/social media/graphic design and producing video content. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics, Communications (University of Richmond / Richmond, VA): The Assistant Director of Athletics/Communications oversees all public relations and media relations activities and budgets, including supervision of full-time, part-time, student, and game day staff. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Multimedia Services (San Jose State University / San Jose, CA): The Assistant Athletics DIR will be responsible for the development, implementation, maintenance of all marketing and promo strategies... Apply here:, Job ID: 24378. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts (Michigan State University / East Lansing, MI): MSU Athletics is now seeking an Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts. The Associate Director is responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting gifts from donors and prospects. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director, Athletics Communications (IRC13296) (Tulane University / New Orleans, LA): Supports Tulane athletics programs and external departments to promote and enhance, through media, public relations, web and social media, the image of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Marketing and Promotions (University of North Texas / Denton, TX): The Athletics Depart at the University of North Texas is hiring an Asst Director of Marketing and Promotions. Focus on Olympic sports with an added emphasis on Football and Basketball game day. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director - Marketing (Rice University / Houston, TX): The Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing will play an integral role in driving revenue and attendance for the Department of Athletics, as well as serving as guardian of the Rice Athletics brand. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Administration, Donor Relations and Events (University of Oregon / Eugene, OR): The Associate Director of Administration, Donor Relations and Events directly assists the athletic director in the management, operations, and administration of the Athletic Department. More details HERE.
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