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#10: William & Mary boss Huge, alongside UNLV AD Reed-Francois review the keys to building momentum via early wins for new ADs in an AthleticDirectorU conversation. Huge: "During my first year, I had a rule that anyone who wanted to see me, I made time for them. It was important to understand the culture from those within the institution and beyond. […] If you lead compassionately, if you’re transparent, and you set the expectations early, when you start to make changes, people will know you are doing it from a place with the institution and the student-athletes at the forefront of those decisions." Reed-Francois: "I asked for a list of our top 50 donors and made sure to call all of them before my initial press conference. […] Some of our donors have become great mentors to me as they have built huge enterprises." Lots more. (link)
#9: The arrival of Fresno State AD Tumey has been followed by a series of shake-ups, according GV Wire's Taub, who reports that former interim AD Robertello has since been reassigned as special assistant to the vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. In addition, Senior Assoc. AD for External Communication Ladwig has been on paid leave since September 6, and a university spokesperson has said his employment will end June 7, 2019. Ladwig is joined on paid leave by Assoc. AD for Internal Operations Kriebs, whose employment will also end in June 2019. Bulldog Foundation VP Ueland says Ladwig's departure took him by surprise: "I liked Paul, he was a pretty good guy. It's the new athletic director's choice, but I don't know what his rationale was." (linklink)
#8: Texas State FB HC Withers with a muted post-game presser after his squad's loss to Louisiana last weekend. At one point asks a reporter where he's getting his info, "It better not be an administrator." (link)
#7: In an effort to get his squad to shoot bank shots higher off the backboard, Tennessee MBB HC Barnes invented a "floating rim," which kind of looks like a rounded point shovel blade without the tip attached to the back of the rim. It's one example of how Barnes is keeping a fresh mind to move the Vols program to national prominence. The Athletic's O'Neil writes on how Barnes flipped his approach to coaching a couple of years back after his daughter called him out. Barnes' quest for perfection is still out in the open, but it's balanced with a more human approach during non-instructional moments. (link)
#6: Maryland booster Jacklitsch was removed from the team's travel group to Michigan going into the weekend after student-athletes saw his name on the passenger manifest. News came out last week that Jacklitsch said of former FB student-athlete McNair: "As much as we hate to say this, Jordan didn't do what Jordan was supposed to do. A trainer like [Maryland athletic trainer] Wes Robinson thinks a kid's properly hydrated and runs a drill set up for kids that are properly hydrated, and when the kid didn't drink the gallon he knew he had to drink, that's going to send the wrong signal to the person running the drill." Following the comments, Terps student-athletes indicated they did not want Jacklitsch around team activities. AD Evans declined to comment to ESPN about the comments or the travel situation. (link)
#5: Oklahoma parts ways with FB DC Stoops. The second link here is The Athletic's 'Coaching Tracker,' which will inevitably start to pick up speed as the college FB season advances. (linklink)
#4: Villanova opened the doors to a revamped Finneran Pavilion ahead of its hoops season-launch event last Friday night. $65M worth of upgrades. Sharp new exterior signage, lots of new digital video boards, including the circular center-hung, fresh concourse level & concession area, MBB National Championship trophies on display. Check out the rest of the photo gallery. (link)
#3: The MBB-FBI trial in Lower Manhattan resumes Tuesday with Brian Bowen Sr. back on the stand. This will make you wonder as ESPN headliner Vitale tweeted Monday, "A source involved in the @FBI hoops investigation told me there could be some testimony tomorrow that can create a big nightmare for some coaches & schools / stay tuned!" (linklink)
#2: Syracuse rolls out renderings of what renovations to the Carrier Dome could look like, including the roof's cable truss system that has a semi-translucent material covering & looks to allow significant natural light into the facility. There's also a pic of how the new roof would fit into the city skyline. (linklink)
#1: Yahoo's Thamel breaks the news that Pac-12 General Counsel & SVP of Business Affairs Dixon called into the league's command center to overturn a targeting call against a Washington State student-athlete earlier this season in a matchup with USC. This, despite officials working the game & experts in the command center who deemed the hit a targeting penalty & ejection. Thamel's key note: Dixon is not a trained referee. Pac-12 boss Scott: "The misperception that in this case, the ultimate decision from the command center was made by someone other than the instant replay supervisor is a concern." NBC Rules Analyst & former Big East/AAC Coordinator of Officials McAulay: "It’s unheard of. I was appalled when I heard. The autonomy of officiating needs to be absolute. When there’s pressure from the outside brought to bear, it threatens the integrity of the game." More, including a pic of the review document in question. (link)
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