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With the FB HC changes at Houston, Miami (FL), Temple & (seemingly very likely) West Virginia all right after the early signing period, notable attorney Mars says his phone has started to ring as some of the collective 66 signed student-athletes want to rethink their situations. National Letter of Intent Director Peal expects to see some requests for release in the coming days, but doesn't think it'll be more than 25 as some believe. Potential down side of changing the rule & allowing signed student-athletes out when the HC leaves? Via's Dodd, who sources someone close to the NCAA Transfer Working Group, "All these kids better make sure they have a place to land. Everybody needs to be a little careful. … The new coach can come in and say, 'I didn't sign you. I don't want you.' I guess we'll test that proposition." (link)
"I think the most important thing that’s happened over the last 30 years — and it’s come in fits and starts — is those of us that have membership in FCS have become comfortable in our own skin." That's longtime Missouri Valley Football Commish Viverito on the evolution of the FCS landscape. Appalachian State's 2007 upset over Michigan in Ann Arbor pointed to as a watershed moment for the subdivision, but ESPN GameDay Coordinating Producer Gallagher says of his show & network's coverage of the FCS space, "I just think people realize the line of demarcation between FBS and FCS is clearly not as great as it once was. Maybe it was always this close and people just didn’t realize it." Central Arkansas boss & Playoffs selection committee chair Teague on the added visibility, "There are just a lot of things that have fallen into place." (link)
Compelling piece from the Star-Telegram's Engel with Texas AD Del Conte talking about the murder of his father back in October of 2000, which Del Conte calls an "accident." Del Conte reflects, "You need time to mourn and I never did. The pain is the same if you lose someone whether it’s cancer, but there is a chance to say goodbye. This was so violent and the opportunity to say goodbye is not there. There will be a lifetime of hollowness. I used to call him all the time for advice. I find myself weepy at weird times. Big events. Maybe it’s my age. Just ... missing my dad." Also, "How do you reach forgiveness for the person who did that? But, more importantly, how do you let that go? That was a long time. Do I forgive an individual and believe in God? You question that. For a long time I did. You’re talking about a guy who gave his life for serving others to be killed in that manner." More. (link)
As of yesterday the cheapest tickets for next Monday's CFP title tilt between Alabama & Clemson was just $245, compared to $1,700-ish this time last year. TicketIQ Founder Lawrence: "It will be interesting to see if it’s completely sold through. I think it will be dicey. I think there’s a pretty good chance it doesn’t sell out or there’s empty seats. I actually think it has less to do with fatigue than it does just distance." Good chart at the bottom of the cheapest get-in prices for college championship games since 2011. Last time it was this low was Crimson Tide-Tigers from Glendale in 2016 ($202). (link)
Air Force scores an outdoor NHL Stadium Series game in February of 2020 as the Colorado Avalanche will host at Falcon Stadium. Second such service academy involvement as Navy hosted a game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium last year. (link); Dallas & NHL brass talk about the novelty of bringing an outdoor Winter Classic game to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, which will also go down in 2020. Dallas Sports Commission Executive Director Paul: "I think the Cotton Bowl has a long, storied history on Jan. 1 that we kind of lost." NHL EVP of Creative Development & Programming Mayer: "I had grown up with the Cotton Bowl, I had always thought in my head, how cool would it be to bring the Cotton Bowl back to January 1?" (link)
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Oklahoma AD Castiglione awards FB HC Riley with an extension, which should quell some talk about a jump to the NFL. No specific terms communicated to the marketplace as Riley was due $4.9M in 2019. Castiglione: "We're obviously appreciative of what's already been accomplished in such a short time, but strengthening our relationship with Lincoln is also important as we collectively focus on the larger goals of our program. He has proven to be one of the most innovative minds in the game today as well as a very successful leader for his student-athletes." (link)
Outgoing Ohio State FB HC Meyer after his Rose Bowl win over Washington, "I don't believe I'm going to coach again." Meyer's wife, Shelley, "I would be ecstatic if he didn't [coach again]. I'm done. I want him to be done. He's too intense. […] I'm sad, but I'm really happy for him because this is what needed to happen right now. He's been fun again. He's back to the Urban I knew when he wasn't so stressed out and anxious and having headaches." (link, link)
ESPN's Khan Jr. reports Houston is finalizing a deal with West Virginia FB HC Holgorsen with an announcement that could come as soon as today. Khan Jr. says Holgorsen & his agent have been trying to negotiate a new deal with the Mountaineers "but...asked for more than West Virginia was willing to offer." Also, interestingly, "Another source told ESPN that Holgorsen has not been in touch with his coaching staff since the 34-18 loss to Syracuse in the Camping World Bowl. Holgorsen stayed in Orlando after the game instead of returning to the team." (link)
USA Today's Berkowitz with the bowl bonus tracker: Texas HC Herman gets $50K for his Sugar Bowl win, ends the season with $100K extra. Ohio State ACs combine for $2.3M (more than 50 FBS public schools paid in regular compensation to their 10-man AC staffs this season), topped by DC Schiano's $446K. Retiring HC Meyer, nor his Rose Bowl counterpart Petersen at Washington, picked up any additional bonuses for yesterday's game, but finish with $350K and $450K, respectively, for the season. Kentucky HC Stoops with $250K for the Citrus Bowl win, plus a one-year extension. "With Kentucky winning 10 games this season -- a first for the program since 1977 -- Stoops has triggered two years' worth of contract extensions. That will carry him through June 30, 2025 and add $10.75 million in basic value to his deal, 75% of which is guaranteed." Season's worth of bonuses total $1M. Penn State HC Franklin earned $200K for the Nittany Lions' bowl appearance. If Iowa finishes in top 25 of final Amway Coaches or AP poll, HC Ferentz will get another $125K. (link)
An update in the lawsuit involving College of Charleston AD Roberts brought by former Baseball HC Heath. Heath's camp is now alleging Roberts deleted communications between he & now-HC Holbrook, as well as lied to the court about his actions leading up to Heath's exit. Roberts' cell phone records did show a string of calls with numbers associated to Holbrook in June of 2017, as well as communications with parents who later submitted emails questioning Heath's treatment of student-athletes. "Heath is asking the court to set aside the settlement agreement which was on the table, so he can renew his lawsuit against the college." (link)
Northwestern State unveils plans for a new $3.4M strength and conditioning space for student-athletes from all 14 sports to enjoy. Construction timeline: ASAP. The facility will include a new weight room with space for 100+ workouts occurring simultaneously, a 25-foot artificial turf pad and a new nutrition center. Demons AD Burke: "This will further enhance the recruiting process, and as you do that you get better student athletes. When you have that higher level of’s not all about the athletics, it’s about the University." Burke thinks donors won't have a problem committing to the cause. (link)
Our thoughts are with the family of Wagner FB student-athlete Johnson, who was shot and killed on Sunday evening. FB HC Houghtaling: "This has obviously been an extremely difficult day for everyone associated with our football program and Wagner College as a whole. Above all, we offer our thoughts and prayers to the Johnson family. I feel inadequate right now as far as finding the right words to describe Tyamonee and his incredible spirit. 'T' had a way of making everyone feel better, no matter the situation. I will be forever grateful for all the lessons he taught me and so many others." (link); More condolences, as 20-year-old Purdue super fan, Tyler Trent, lost his valiant battle with a rare form of bone cancer yesterday. (link)
Also Noticed: I'm sure you've seen this as a bit of a dangerous scene played out before the Sugar Bowl as Texas' Bevo went after Georgia's Uga. (link, link); Goodyear inks a multi-year extension to continue as the title sponsor of the Cotton Bowl. The tire brand will also remain as an Official Sponsor of the CFP. (link); Athlon Sports' Fischer breaks down the bowl records not only by conference, but by divisions within a conference, where applicable: SEC West: 4-1; B1G West: 4-1; Big 12: 4-3; SBC East: 3-0; ACC Atl: 3-1; Pac-12 N: 3-2; CUSA East: 2-1; CUSA West: 2-1; Indep: 2-1; MWC W: 2-2; SEC East: 2-4; ACC Co: 2-4; MWC MT: 1-0; MAC East: 1-1; B1G East: 1-3; AAC East: 1-3; AAC West: 1-2; Pac-12 S: 0-2; SBC West: 0-2; MAC West: 0-4 (link); Looks like CBS & Nielsen still haven't reached a deal. Ad agencies will still get ratings for CBS shows, but the network itself won't be able to directly see the same data. (link)
A trio of Dublin City University professors contribute to this HBR piece: "How Companies Can Ensure Maternity Leave Doesn't Hurt Women's Careers." "While most organizations spend heavily on onboarding programs for newcomers and graduate recruits, we found that almost none pay the same level of attention to reintegrating employees after parental leave." Here are three recommendations for leaders: 1) Support a culture that positions parental leave as a brief interlude, not a major disruption; 2) Offer phased returns; and, 3) Set up mentoring programs for returning employees, matching more experienced caregivers with new parents. Also, three pieces of advice for managers: 1) Create an open dialog with returning women; 2) Don't assume you know what a new parent's career or family priorities are; and, 3) Be aware of how deeply personal and individual the transition can be. (link)
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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.

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.
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