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The Athletic's Auerbach examines how the First Responder Bowl became just the third postseason FB game to ever be canceled (the other two occurred in 1941 and 2013 due to the attack on Pearl Harbor and inclement winter weather, respectively). Boston College AD Jarmond explains that the decision was ultimately up to ESPN's Ringler, who serves as the bowl's executive director and made the call in consultation with Jarmond and Boise State AD Apsey. With one round of thunderstorms to be followed by a second, Jarmond notes that to continue would've meant at least four hours of sitting in the locker room. "To me, it was a no-brainer even considering how disappointed we were. We weren’t going to put our kids in harm’s way.” Apsey echoes Jarmond's sentiment, explaining that discussions of what the game's cancelation meant financially never entered into the equation. Jarmond conferred with Assoc. AD for Communications Baum, Assoc. AD for Ticket Operations O'Neil, Senior Assoc. AD/CFO Blossom & ACC Senior Assoc. Commish/CFO Tario on the decision to do refunds, plus an equal amount of free tix to an Eagles home game. Jarmond: "I simply needed to do what felt right to me. That’s all I did. No conditions on the tickets, I felt that wouldn’t be authentic. This wasn’t the time for 'read the fine print'...just simply the time to do what felt right." (linklinklink)
The Washington Post's Hobson looks into the salaries of bowl game directors, including the Outback Bowl's McVay, about whom Hobson writes: "Even among this coterie of well-paid executives, McVay’s compensation -- $1,045,000 in 2017, according to the bowl’s most recent tax filing -- ranks as extreme, according to a review of bowl financial records and interviews with industry experts." To support his argument, Hobson points out that while McVay was the highest paid bowl executive in 2017, the Outback Bowl generated the tenth-most revenue, bringing in $11.9M. For comparison, the chief executive of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, which brought in $96.7M, earned just $412K. Moreover, Hobson contends that McVay's compensation stands out further still because the Outback Bowl, "historically, is among the stingiest when it comes to giving to charity," ranking eighth among the 10 wealthiest bowl games in philanthropic giving since 2000, donating $500K, all in the last two years. (link)
Florida AD Stricklin recently observed that UF has likely strayed too far from its FB uniform heritage in recent years and voiced a desire to rebrand by returning to its more traditional attire. "The blue jersey, orange helmet, white pants, that's a pretty clean look. So we want to be careful to not lose that brand identity by constantly changing things up. I think there may have been a time where we maybe fell victim to that." Stricklin went on to note that there's a "long lead time" for planning alternate jerseys, usually more than a year from the standpoint of production. "Going forward, we want [the traditional jerseys] to be our primary look, but occasionally we'll tweak things." (link); Elsewhere during Gators FB games, Stricklin says UF is studying ways to reinvigorate -- and potentially revamp -- the student section at The Swamp. "Because of the way our current seating arrangement is in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, I don't think it's as simple as saying we're going to convert to a first-come, first-served system for students because it's not a self-contained student section. If you look at the seating chart, it looks a bit like an amoeba." Consequently, addressing student section seating means examining the entire stadium's seating structure, which may lead to reduced capacity in order to enhance comfort and accessibility. (link)
Yahoo's Forde asserts that, according to recruiting rankings, Notre Dame has no business playing in this weekend's CFP, explaining that the Fighting Irish have finished no higher than 11th in the Rivals recruiting rankings the past five years. Therefore, Forde surmises, ND's appearance in the CFP is most likely attributable to a combination of finding underrated players and doing a better job than other programs of developing them. HC Kelly: "At the core of it you have to identify the players that will stay here that you can develop. You want young men who fit Notre Dame and will be here to grow. It’s got to start there.” More. (link); Sports Illustrated's Dellenger examines the reality of the "halftime adjustment," citing several examples of locker room decisions that have, in fact, played pivotal roles in the outcomes of their respective games, but going on to note that many call mid-game tweaks overrated. Former LSU QB Mauck went so far as to say that halftime is often "boring," despite such examples as Alabama switching QBs during halftime of last year's national title game. In fact, Davey, another former LSU QB, said the most active place in the locker room during halftime is often the restroom. For every program, of course, halftime is different, but one thing that almost everyone agrees on is that it goes by quickly, especially in the NFL, where coaching staffs get 12 minutes with players instead of the 20 allotted for NCAA games. South Carolina FB HC Muschamp likens the NFL halftime to "drinking water out of a firehose. You didn't even have a chance to get the whole defense together." (link)
Montana State MBB HC Fish has employed a system whereby MSU plays four "buy games" instead of two, understanding that while traveling to road games and against traditionally successful programs may result in a loss, the additional revenue will allow his players to travel to four road games via charter flight instead of bus. Fish: "[AD Costello] and I sat down in May and started to plot out what we needed to do to give our guys a better chance when we saw the league, and we were in agreement of give a little up early to maybe be fortunate on the back end." This season, Fish asserts that strategy played a role in upsetting a Power 5 opponent. "I think it was a factor in the Washington State game, I really do. We were fresh, and we’ve been fresh all week practicing. They’ve been fresh for their finals. First time through, I think it’s helped us.” Fish also notes that while the extra buy games resulted in losses at Indiana and Arkansas, that experience in difficult environments will likely help them once the conference season begins. "As a staff, as a department, we’re seeing if this works. At the end of the day, it’s about Big Sky play." (link)
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Former Big Sky Commish Williams says she was "heartbroken" to leave what she believed to be her "dream job" as head of the conference, but being involved in the CFP was something she wanted to do since its inception. Now as its COO, Williams is in charge of managing the national championship game and the process for selecting future title game sites. She explains: "Typically, our days are filled from morning to night with a lot of meetings, whether they are internal or with our planning partners or with ESPN. There’s a lot of sessions going on with planning and preparation for all things CFP. We also spend a lot of time speaking to future hosts and their host committees or their bowl staff, and so there’s a lot of energy we put towards future sites." Asked how long she anticipates remaining in her new role, Williams notes that "you never know what's going to come your way," citing this opportunity in particular. "I certainly did not anticipate leaving the Big Sky after two years. That was not in the cards for me, but sometimes life happens to you, and so I will tell you I’m ecstatic to be here." Moving forward for the Big Sky, Williams anticipates Commish Wistrcill will face two main challenges: continuing to finding ways to increase funding, which is a problem for all FCS schools, and effectively managing the league's footprint. Full interview. (link)
In total, transitioning from former FB HC Bowden to new HC Arth will cost Akron around $1M, including the money owed to Bowden and the buyout of Arth's contract; however, according to WKSU commentator Pluto, interim Akron Prez Green intimated to AD Williams that "if you want to change football coaches, we're not raising student fees. You have to do it out of your budget." Akron will use the $650K it received as part of its canceled game with Nebraska to cover the $630K it owes Bowden, and Pluto reports the university is negotiating with UT-Chattanooga on how it will cover the cost of Arth's $370K buyout. One option may be traveling to Chattanooga for a FB game. Pluto: "They would love to have a Division I team like Akron come to play. It's not done yet, but they're looking at hoping to not have to pay that bill." As for paying Arth's $500K annual salary, Akron will use the revenue generated from playing its "money games," according to Pluto, who notes the Zips received $1.4M to play Northwestern this season before bringing in another $1.3M for adding a late-season game against South Carolina. (link)
Clemson FB student-athlete Ferrell indicates the Tigers are "investigating everything" when it comes to the failed drug tests by three of his teammates that showed traces of an anabolic steroid-like substance called astatine. Ferrell: "The Epsom salt that’s in the float tank we’re floating in. It could’ve been anything." (link)
Kennesaw State WBB HC Berenato discusses her fight with breast cancer as those around her says she hasn't slowed down a bit. Berenato: "It’s something I’m not afraid of. I don’t fear it. It’s just a thing right now. It’s an inconvenience." Starting early next month Berenato will undergo 33 radiation treatments over seven weeks & will miss three road games. On what she initially told her team, "I’m going to get through it. I’m going to be fine. I promise you, I’m not going to let you see me miss a beat. I promise you. You’re not going to believe me until later and then when I do it, you’re going to go 'Damn, she did it.' I was asking them for blind faith." (link)
More HC Notes: Outgoing Ohio State FB HC Meyer on if his decision to step away still feels right, "It has, and I appreciate Ohio State and (athletic director) Gene (Smith) and I think it’s going to be great.There are some things I’ve always wanted to do. I still will be involved with the school that I love, that I’ve always loved and have great respect for, and maybe I can add in some other capacity." (link); Minnesota FB HC Fleck picked up a $50K bonus for his squad's win in the Quick Lane Bowl yesterday. (link); Another change for ECU WBB as Interim HC Killinger will no longer lead the team due to a leave of absence for health concerns. AC Mealing takes the reigns. (link)
The AP's Russo continues his series on the state of college FB, points to the defensive coordinator position as the hardest these days due to high-flying offenses around the nation. Notre Dame DC Lea: "It’s not about being schematically cuter than the team you’re playing. It’s about getting your players in positions where they’re confident and they’re playing with great fundamentals and they’re playing really fast and they’re covering spaces. Defense is still about your guy getting off a block and making a tackle and you can’t deviate from that. Even as it becomes basketball on grass." Oklahoma's McNeill: "The defensive thought process has to be get the ball back to your offense. Break serve. Of course, as a defensive guy all his life, 38 years of coaching, you’d like to have a zero. But at the same time you’ve got to be ready to evolve and know the quarterbacks are really developed. You have to be ready to not accept it, but deal with it, and move on to the next play." (link)
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Fresno State AD Tumey on the possibility of the Oakland Raiders calling Fresno home next season during a transition year before permanently moving to Las Vegas, "Fresno State Athletics has had informal conversations with the Raiders organization about the potential to host the Raiders for the 2019 season. It is our understanding that they are considering various venues depending upon certain market demographics. The Raiders appreciated the outreach by Fresno State and encouraged submission of a proposal if we are so inclined, but they did not feel we were in a strong position for consideration." (link)
Death, taxes & carriage disputes at the end of a calendar year. This time it's Verizon & Disney with a specific mention of the new linear ACC Network in notices sent to Fios customers. "In addition to the proposed rate increase, Disney is also demanding we include, and pay for, another regional sports channel, the ACC Network, in order to continue brining you the other Disney and ESPN networks we do today." (link, link); Sports TV scheduling expert Sarzyniak: "Told that Eleven Sports has removed early January Big Sky & Southland TV games. Big Sky notes for the upcoming week confirm this & a source confirmed this re: Southland games." (link)
Under Armour boss Plank tells the Financial Times his brand will refocus on athletes, not the 'athleisure' market, "We are a performance brand. That is what we’re going to be and going to stand for, becoming the best in the world at that." Plank also comments on some of the company's misses of late, "We grew so quickly that we lost focus. We got wide." AT Kearney partner & analyst Bahulkar: "The question is, are you giving up a much bigger market in athleisure to go after a smaller market in products for the true athlete? But if you realise that you are already losing the athleisure game, then you want at least to reclaim the athlete market." (link)
Also Noticed: Updated look at NET, RPI, KPI, BPI, SOR, KenPom & Sagarin ratings. One stop shop to compare most of the key MBB data points. We also added Quadrant I wins. (link); TCU Assoc. AD for Communications Cohen collided with a side judge during an interception return & took a hard spill during last night's Cheez-It Bowl. (link); Here's a good rundown of FB grad transfers thus far. (link); The movie industry in the States sold 1.319B tickets this year. Since 1995 the total hasn't been higher than 1.575B or lower than 1.2221B. Why is this important? Understanding discretionary spending habits by your fans. (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.

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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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