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+ National Coalition Against Violent Athletes founder Redmond continues on the offensive against the NCAA, "Honest to goodness, the things they are doing [are] lip service. It is window dressing. It is not substance. […] You're either in or you're out. You either do these [investigations] and do them effectively or hire somebody. For Pete's sake, you make this [as complicated as] the gross domestic product of Russia. Hire somebody and have them investigate. If the NCAA is going to specifically just exist for amateurism, they need to say that. Let other people take on these athletic departments because, frankly, the conferences have done more than the NCAA has done." Response from Indy, "The NCAA completely shares Kathy Redmond's concerns about sexual violence. We communicated to her in 2010 the difference between the role of law enforcement, civil litigation and federal Office of Civil Rights investigations, and the limited jurisdiction of the NCAA to receive complaints, investigate or discipline violations of criminal law." (link)
+ Michigan State MBB HC Izzo after last night's win at Indiana, "I thought about it and I looked at all the multiple ongoing investigations with which we've cooperated with fully. I just think it's inappropriate for me to say anything right now. Our whole focus is really, because I'm trying to keep things on the up and up, our whole focus has been on the healing process for the survivors, the healing process for the university and our community and for me to coach our basketball team. So I don't have a date. But I will be working on it. The date will come sometime, I promise." (link)
+ Indiana placed cards in each seat of Assembly Hall last night that read, "This is Indiana. This is our house. This is the loudest, largest and best student section in the country. We are Hoosiers and we respect all of our opponents that take this court. We cheer and chant in a positive manner that does not belittle our opponents with degrading language and behavior. Especially today, our thoughts of support are with the survivors at Michigan State and nothing may be said or done to reference them in a negative way. We have zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior and you will be removed from the game if you do not cooperate." (link)
Knight Commission co-chair & former Secretary of Education Duncan, alongside former Florida State stand-out FB student-athlete Rolle, also part of the Knight Commission, question the College Football Playoff's commitment to student-athlete health & safety, as well as increasing coaching diversity. "Last month, the CFP Board rejected the Knight Commission’s call to use a modest portion of bowl revenues to protect player health and safety and boost coaching diversity, saying that other organizations, like the NCAA and Football Bowl Subdivision conferences and institutions, should be the ones to show leadership on these issues. […] The College Football Playoff’s failure to devote a meaningful share of its revenues for national health and safety priorities for athletes is hard to justify, especially with schools shelling out millions for new stadiums, football coaching salaries and buyouts, private jets for recruiting, and other excesses. The CFP has an opportunity to show leadership in addressing the mounting cynicism that many Americans now feel about big-time college sports." The pair call for the CFP to push one penny of every dollar made, which would total $4.5M, to develop more minority coaching candidates. In closing, "Ultimately, the distribution of money from big-time college football is not just about dollars but about values. Let's make sure to use the success of the College Football Playoff to get the values right." (link)
Patriot League Executive Director/Commish Heppel via Twitter in response to Purdue Prez Daniels' OpEd to the Rice Commission, "Year of readiness unnecessary for those that recruit & admit SAs that are academically reflective of student population & interested in 4-yr degree. Readiness not a universal D1 problem. Scholarship penalty is interesting concept, even if limited impact." (link)
When Missouri Valley Commish Elgin took over the league way back in 1988, he didn't think he'd be around more than five years. Now, after 30 years of leadership, Elgin is still pushing to maintain The Valley's strategic positioning in an ever-competitive marketplace. Elgin points to the longevity of fellow staffers Viverito (Senior Assoc. Commish & Commish of the Missouri Valley FB Conference; 26 years), Kern (Assoc. Commish; 27 years) & Watkins (Assoc. Commish, 26 years) as key to maintaining & executing a clear path forward for the conference amid realignment shakeup & major TV deals. Southern Illinois MBB HC Hinson points to league's wholistic success as evidence of the job Elgin has done. Arch Madness in St. Louis is a particular point of pride for Elgin, as is the production of 750 games annually for distribution throughout the Midwest & around the nation. (link)
Louisville: Leading local voice Crawford writes, "Tyra’s vision for the athletic department, as it is coming into focus several months into his time as interim director, is significantly different not just from the inner workings of Jurich’s organization, but potentially from many athletic departments in college sports. He hasn’t shared it publicly yet, but it has drawn some attention from ACC commissioner John Swofford and others as an intriguing approach." Tyra also says the recent staff changes are in the best interest of the department whether he becomes the permanent boss or not. (link); Sounds like the Cards will have far fewer executive roles once Interim AD Tyra is done with his restructuring plan. In the meantime, Senior Assoc. AD/SID Klein notes, "We're at least keeping things moving forward. […] Different positions. are assuming different responsibilities." (link); Notable donor Baumgardner, who has already redirected $6M from the university given all the drama of the last couple of months, says he may pull all his money after the exit of Senior Assoc. AD for Development Jurich. Baumgardner: "They have no manners. They’re definitely not gentlemen. Some of the things they do are just personally cruel to people who have done a lot for the university." (link); Here's a full look at scanned FB attendance this past season, an average that was down 19% year over year in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Also, more on the facility's expansion, which moves forward without its lead fundraiser. (link)
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Chinese students are part of the fabric of higher education here in the States & tourism to the U.S. from China continues to surge as only Mexico brings more international guests each year. Nearly 3M Chinese nationals visited in 2016, resulting in the spending of $33B. One of the major drivers is direct flights from a number of second-tier Chinese cities as Los Angeles now welcomes 91 such routes weekly. VP of International Travel for LA's tourism marketing agency Smits: "As the Chinese traveler becomes more sophisticated, one of our biggest challenges is making sure we hold onto our market share. We need to stay ahead." Competition comes from Australia, Canada, Japan & South Korea. (link)
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More tax conversations as Michigan is the latest to indicate it's too early to have an indication on how the new code will shake out. Michigan State Executive Assoc. AD for External Operations Schager: "We don't anticipate significant attrition. After getting reaction and conversations, it's logical to assume there could be a decline, but the tax break is only one factor in why people support MSU athletics. We don't anticipate it's going to be overly significant." (link)
New Florida FB HC Mullen said a National Championship is coming to Gainesville during a Gators MBB contest last week. UF AD Stricklin: "That’s what Dan does. He is not afraid to be aspirational. There are leaders who are afraid to put themselves out there because if you put a high bar and don’t reach it you’re afraid of being criticized. […] He knows the expectations are going to be to win championships, so don’t hide from it, talk about it. He’s going to be judged, all of our coaches here are judged by their ability to win at that level. He also, you know there’s something about visualizing something before you’re able to achieve it." (link)
Sticking with new FB HCs, SMU's Dykes had the luxury of going low-key for a year as an analyst at TCU after his departure from Cal. If "luxury" isn't quite the right word, consider the perspective of Mustangs AD Hart, "We don't get to take sabbaticals in this industry unless we're asked to. For the people, both the coaches and ADs that have been asked to take a sabbatical and then come back and resume a leadership role, it's incredible how consistent it is about how meaningful and how valuable that is. As we talked about it [with Dykes during the interview process], it became apparent that that's going to be one of the many things that will set him up for success here." (link)
Colorado State MBB HC Eustachy has been placed on administrative leave until the athletic department concludes its investigation into his behavior. AD Parker: "I have asked head coach Larry Eustachy to temporarily step away from the men’s basketball program, as he has been placed on administrative leave while we conclude our climate assessment. We are diligently working through this assessment as expeditiously as possible, understanding the importance of a thorough and fair process. No conclusions have been made." Eustachy's contract runs through 2020-21 and firing him without cause would cost the Rams $3M. His contract contains a zero-tolerance policy regarding derogatory language toward individuals after a similar 2014 investigation. Longtime AC Barnes will serve as the interim HC, but several sources call Barnes an "enabler" of Eustachy's behavior. (link)
More Personnel Notes: Troy Chancellor Hawkins gets a four-year extension. Hawkins is the second-longest serving leader of a public institution in the country, having stepped into the role in 1989. (link); So far 21 individuals have applied for the UCF prez position, but only one of those is a current boss at another institution. "The 21 candidates who submitted applications through Jan. 29 include three women, five people who live in Florida, and three from outside the United States. Nobody working for UCF, nor anyone currently at any other four-year university in Florida, has applied for the position." (link) Lehigh AD Sterrett hires Muhlenberg's (DII) Keckler as the next Volleyball HC for the Hawks. (link)
Football: With the Super Bowl later today, here are a trio of articles connected to the trajectory of the game, starting with a declining interest from mothers to allow their kids to play the sport. Back in 2014, 40% of respondents to a WSJ poll said they would route their young ones to another option & now the figure is up to 53%. (link); New York Times' Drape: 'The American Dilemma': Why Do We Still Watch Football? (link); The NYT also takes a look at a rise in female participation amid all the head injury concerns. (link)
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Fox Sports EVP Mulvihill is, for my money, the best data guy around the sports TV space & rattled off some pretty interesting data on the NFL's ratings decline. Of note, "In a three year span in which Trump announced his candidacy, campaigned and won the election, and held the job of President, news viewership grew by 700 billion minutes, or one-third. NFL viewing declined by 73 billion minutes or -19%. […] TV ratings are a function of reach of the programming and frequency of viewing. If reach is down -4% since 2015 but total viewing is down -19%, then we know the decline is mostly about frequency. […] To me the most compelling reason -not the only one but the most credible one - is that the speed and intensity of the news cycle is causing people who are still NFL fans to shift some of their attention to news viewing." (link)
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Missouri AD Sterk Q&As on a number of topics, notes that the developments at Michigan State "come into play" when a Title IX claim hits his desk. Thoughts on the student-athlete transfer debate, "I think there’s a lot of discussion that needs to take place, and hopefully it forms around some really positive things that are positive for the student-athletes but yet protects the integrity of the game so that schools can still offer a great experience. I like the graduate transfer rule. If they’ve shown that they’ve academically done what they needed to do at that school and then if they want an opportunity, I think that’s something. It gives them an option." Declines further comment on the departure of Softball HC Earleywine, says he'll be watching Interim HC Fogue closely to see how she manages the program as an indicator of if she can succeed in the role long-term. More. (link)
Colorado AD George is part of the NCAA's Transfer Working Group and had this to say about the potential impending changes to NCAA legislation: "One of the charges that we've gotten from the presidents is that we've got to look at our transfer rules. I think this is the fourth or fifth time they've looked at them. We're trying to make some changes that we think are going to be beneficial for student-athletes and try to uniform what those transfer rules look like. We've gotten input from students. We've gotten input from coaches from all different sports. In June, we'll have some kind of vote on a direction." (link)
Ohio State Wrestling HC Ryan thinks the Buckeye's match at Penn State last night could have sold 45K-50K tickets and is disappointed it was held in the 6,502-seat Rec Hall on PSU's campus. Ryan: "Unfortunately the opposing team doesn’t get to pick the venue. ... Wrestling can become a revenue-generating sport if we start to think like people that want it to be. If it was here, I would’ve asked [Athletic Director] Gene [Smith] to do what he can to have it here in the Schott," The Nittany Lions MBB team had a game at the Bryce Jordan Center (15,261 capacity) which prevented a move there. The cheapest secondary market ticket for the No.1 vs. No. 2 matchup was $56, with many topping $100. (link)
Holy Cross Prez Rev. Boroughs and Board of Trustees Chair Mahoney penned a letter to the "Holy Cross Community" about the continued used of the Crusader mascot. In part: "After a process of individual discernment over the past three weeks and then thorough group discussion this morning, the members of the Board reaffirmed that we at Holy Cross will continue to be known as the Crusaders. ... While we acknowledge that the Crusades were among the darkest periods in Church history, we choose to associate ourselves with the modern definition of the word crusader, one which is representative of our Catholic, Jesuit identity and our mission and values as an institution and community. We are not simply crusaders, we are Holy Cross Crusaders." A group will now look at "how the visual representation of a Holy Cross Crusader can best align with this definition." A video from Boroughs and Mahoney is included. (link)
In a pretty significant national story that could impact your local radio relationships, iHeartMedia is likely headed for bankruptcy as it missed a $106M interest payment early last week. 856 radio stations, plus a large billboards business hang in the balance. Cowen analyst Vitanza: "This company going bankrupt is not a problem, it’s the solution." A massive debt load from the original $26.7B deal back in 2008 has been a considerable anchor, as has stiff competition from the likes of Spotify & Pandora. Cumulus Media also declared bankruptcy a few months ago as some traditional advertising vehicles continue to get pinched. More from WSJ. (link)
Also Noticed: Former Oklahoma Baseball student-athlete Stephenson made a "significant" donation toward the $10M renovation project to L. Dale Mitchell Park. (link); The MBB squads at Arkansas and Texas will face off in the 2018 Armed Forces Classic. (link); Embattled Oregon State baseball student-athlete Heimlich is expected to return to the mound in the Beavers season-opener against New Mexico State on Feb. 16. (link); The trailer is out for The Last Days of Knight, ESPN's 30 for 30 on legendary MBB HC Knight that drops this spring. (link)
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Director of Athletics (Bucknell University / Lewisburg, PA): Bucknell University is a NCAA Division I school with outstanding academic and athletics tradition. Witt/Kieffer has been retained by Bucknell to lead the recruitment for its next Director of Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant AD\Major Gifts or Director of Major Gifts (Temple University / Philadelphia, PA): The Assistant AD\Major Gifts or Director of Major Gifts will devise strategies and be responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts up to $25,000 on an annual basis. More details HERE.

Assistant/Associate Director, Varsity O Association (University of Oklahoma - Norman / Norman, OK): Varsity O Association Asst/Assoc Dir will be responsible for advancing the mission of OU Athletics thru its extensive network of letter winners by providing opportunities to engage with the dept. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Accounting - Athletics (Georgia Institute of Technology / Atlanta, GA): Responsible for receipt and timely recording of revenue related items, including ticketing & donor related income, while also assisting in daily operations by performing advanced financial functions. More details HERE.

Deputy Athletic Director (University of Delaware / Newark, DE): Act as the Chief Operating Officer and oversee the Intercollegiate and Recreation Services ongoing internal operations, maximize resumes & be responsible for the internal efficiency of the dep't. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Annual Giving (San Jose State University / San Jose, CA): The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with San José State University in the search for an Associate Athletic Director for Annual Giving. More details HERE.

Head Volleyball Coach and Associate in Physical Education (Columbia University / New York, NY): The Head Volleyball Coach is responsible for organizing and administering all aspects of the volleyball program. Quicklink: academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=65806. More details HERE.

Associate AD for Marketing and Strategic Communications (Samford University / Birmingham, AL): The Associate AD for Marketing & Strategic Communications will provide leadership and oversight for the areas of marketing, communications, and fan engagement. More details HERE.

Asst. Director of Marketing & Fan Experience (University of Oklahoma - Norman / Norman, OK): Asst. Director of Marketing & Fan Experience will advance the mission and values of OU Athletics by coordinating ticket sales efforts, directing advertising campaigns and executing game entertainment. More details HERE.

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.
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