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UCF AD White submits a letter to ESPN College GameDay countering comments on the show from Saturday concerning the Knights' 20-game winning streak & challenge of gaining CFP access. White: "College Football has become a subjective popularity contest. The Knights represent all of the teams who – for reasons of history, geography or politics — are left out of the club. These factors will not define our bright future. Our student-athletes don't want anything given to them ... they just want a chance. No one likes having their accomplishments disrespected. UCF fans are knowledgeable and passionate, and I applaud them for using social media to have their voices heard." White closes by noting how the AAC is a partner of ESPN, asks if the Worldwide Leader will help fix a broken model. (link)
Pac-12 Commish Scott met with the media during halftime of Saturday's Washington State-Oregon showdown, says of Cougars HC Leach's sharply-worded texts to league officials, "If there are ever accusations about integrity or personnel, we immediately go to the leadership of our university’s athletic department and ask if they’d like to have an inquiry or review and Washington State declined to do so." Scott also continues to say the instant replay issues are an isolated incident with the results of a full review coming in the next few weeks. (link, link)
West Virginia MBB HC Huggins doesn't believe the new NBA G League "select contracts" will impact programs like his. Huggins: "It could hurt Kentucky. It could hurt Kentucky and Duke. ... The majority of us don't do that anyway. I've had a few one-and-done's during however many years I've been doing this." More: "The NBA can’t make a change right now because of bylaws to let guys come out of high school, so this is the next best thing. There was a big movement that guys should be allowed to come out of high school and go right to the NBA if they could. If you look at the numbers, though, you look at the people from the schools that have had enough one-and-done's to really have that decent sample, there’s a whole bunch of guys that don’t make it now. ... We can sit here and argue is that good for them or should they have to stay in school? I don’t know. It depends on the individual. Some of them it’s good for, some of them it’s not. But that’s life, right?" (link)
George Mason AD Edwards & MBB HC Paulsen sit for a chat with AthleticDirectorU on how the two high-profile Patriots leaders communicate & work together on values & organizational culture. Of note from Edwards, "A great organization gets things from thought to execution with a high degree of attention to detail." As for Paulsen, "You have to stand on the shoulders of giants if you want to build a powerhouse, but you have to be comfortable in your own skin too. […] When your players start to enforce your culture, great things begin to happen." More. (link)
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Airlines might be squeezing space these days to fit more seats on a plane, but most are upgrading their snack game to the delight of customers. Niche snack brands are winning, with the likes of Lorissa's Kitchen, Pretzel Perfection & Byrd's Cookie Kitchen all seeing purchases by major air players. Delta Director of Onboard Services Strategic Planning Berry: "We wanted to be on trend with our snack choices, and we think that smaller, specialty brands are definitely on trend." Byrd Prez Repella: "Our relationship with United has been a game changer for us. I get more than 20 calls and 40 emails a day from customers who want to buy our cookies." (link)
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Former Kansas AD Zenger is helping coach his son's high school football team this season. Zenger: "This has been five of the most special months of my life. ...  I had hoped when I was 65 to retire somewhere and help coach the local high school team, but I'm doing that at age 52. ... When you get to do your favorite thing on earth, coaching football, with your son, I can't put words to that, really. " Free State is 8-0 on the season. (link)
West Virginia Senior Assoc. AD/Executive Director of the Mountaineer Athletic Club Murray notes how some donors reacted after FB's loss at Iowa State a week ago, "They're frustrated. They didn't want to lose, just like the team didn't want to lose, the kids didn't want to lose and the coaches didn't want to lose. They wonder why things happen certain ways. You get a couple frustrated calls and stuff like that, but they want to continue to support West Virginia football. They don't say, 'Hey, I'm never giving you another dollar. I didn't invest in this.' It's more of, 'I want to talk to somebody about why this happened' -- even though I have no idea. But they want somebody to talk to, and they're great about it." The gridiron result didn't impact the MAC's outreach efforts this past week and Murray also indicates the master facilities plan gives all fundraisers the same initiative to push. (link)
George Washington unveiled its first on-site baseball clubhouse at Tucker Field over the weekend. The $3.5M Fassnacht Clubhouse and Training Facility is 6,200 square feet and includes coaches' offices, a players lounge, locker room, and an indoor turf training space. (link); Here is a sneak peak of the new locker room for Ole Miss baseball, part of a facility that includes a large weight room and indoor practice areas. (link)
TV Ratings: Michigan-Michigan State on Fox did a 3.7, Purdue-Ohio State on ABC with a 4.2, LSU-Mississippi State on ESPN with a 1.7. (link); ESPN College GameDay from Pullman recorded a 1.4, up 17% from Week 8 last season from State College. (link); The Athletic's Walters argues Alabama FB's dominance makes for bad TV. Walters: "If the media is rat poison for Alabama football, as Saban claims, then Alabama is rat poison to college football. Maybe we will be proved wrong in two weeks in Baton Rouge (note: we won’t be), but the Crimson Tide’s utter indomitability has made the entire season one slow and inexorable slog toward January." (link)
Texas professor and notable author Markman for HBR: "How to Stop Delegating and Start Teaching." "As a manager, a central part of your job is to train and develop people. This includes people who want to move into leadership roles, similar to yours, one day. When you take on the mindset of a trainer -- instead of a manager delegating work -- you will naturally look for ways to give a little more responsibility to the people who work for you." Markman notes how your own productive will slow down with a more focused training routine, but the outcomes are key, "You will have created a team of trusted associates who can step in and help when you are overwhelmed or out of the office. And, as an added bonus, you have also groomed your successors. After all, as the old saying goes, if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted." (link)
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As New Mexico pushes for more state support, lawmakers who will have a say indicate they are going to dig deep on budget numbers. Representative Lundstrom, "The questions I am going to ask are about compensation packages. I want to know what benefits these coaches and the athletic director have. I want to know how much over their base pay they are receiving of taxpayers' dollars. […] When you hear the Athletics Director talk consistently about 'this is about my student-athletes and I want to help my athletes,' but at the end of the day, you see compensation packages that are unreasonable and questionable." Lobos AD Nunez defends incentives for his HCs, "I am a supporter of incentives because to me, it incentivizes people to do something. If they achieve it, some great things are happening." (link)
LSU AD Alleva is reportedly pushing the SEC to reconsider a targeting call on FB student-athlete White from the closing moments of the Tigers win over Mississippi State on Saturday night that would keep White out of the first half of the Alabama game in two weeks. According to NOLA.com's Miller, "Alleva has been on the phones with SEC officials since the targeting call was made on Devin White. There's no appeal process in place, but he's still working it. The SEC is reviewing the call, but with no formal appeal process in place there isn't a clear path forward." (link)
A new book due out tomorrow titled, "University of Nike: How Corporate Cash Bought American Higher Education," takes a look at Nike's historical role at the University of Oregon. In a review of the read, "The apparel giant's top spokesman, Michael Jordan, had abruptly retired from professional basketball ahead of the 1993–'94 season, and it was unclear how deeply Nike might feel the loss of its most iconic athlete. […] Access to college football programs would be a boon for Nike's research-and-development department, while access to the student body would offer affordable, unprecedented advertising possibilities." There's also a passage on Nike boss Knight's unwillingness to again donate to a cancer research cause championed by former UO Prez Frohnmayer after he allowed the university to be a part of the Workers Rights Consortium that called for better working conditions for overseas workers. Lots more. (link); Frohnmayer's wife says assertions that Knight withheld any donation is "patently false." More. (link)
Also Noticed: INFLCR adds Kansas to its list of clients. The Jayhawks are the first program from the Big 12 to use the software. (link); In a group of notes on updates at Ohio, it looks like an executive staff member in athletics will now have a dotted line reporting structure to the university General Counsel, but I can't quite gather from the article if it's Senior Assoc. AD/CFO Franchak or Senior Assoc. AD for NCAA Eligibility & Student-Athlete Success Duffy. (link); Former Colorado FB AC Tumpkin, who was charged with five counts of felony second-degree assault and three counts of misdemeanor third-degree assault, has been offered a plea deal by prosecutors, despite objections by his ex-girlfriend, who is named as the victim in the case. (link)
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Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Health & Performance (University of Louisville Athletic Association / Louisville, KY): The Assoc. AD for Student-Athlete Health & Performance is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the mental and physical well-being of the University of Louisville student-athletes. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director, Technical Operations (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA): Stanford University seeks applicants for the position of Assistant Athletics Director Technical Operations. This position will report to the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Facilities, Operations and Events. More details HERE.

Social Media Coordinator (University of New Mexico / Albuquerque ,NM): UNM Athletics Marketing department is seeking a Social Media Coordinator. This role will manage the UNM Athletics department's social media presence and engagement on various platforms. More details HERE.

Assistant Director-Athletics Community & Character Development (Texas Tech University / Lubbock, TX): Responsible for community engagement and life skills/character development; including team and individual community outreach and diversity, inclusion, and equity programming. https://bit.ly/2NQJJu3. More details HERE.

Athletic Promotions and In-Game Events Coordinator (University of Colorado Boulder / Boulder, CO): Develop and execute comprehensive marketing plans for volleyball, women's basketball, and lacrosse, as well as enhance the in-game experience and atmosphere at all CU athletics events. More details HERE.

Director of Student-Athlete Development (Mississippi State University / Starkville, MS): Responsible for the planning and execution of required Life Skills seminars, career development, special projects, as well as developing new programming for all student-athletes. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Relations (California State University, Fresno / Fresno, CA): Senior Assoc. A.D. for External Relations is responsible for assuring an effective approach to advancing the image & notoriety of Fresno State Athletics. Apply at: http://apptrkr.com/1315816. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director, CFO (Boise State University / Boise, ID): Boise State Athletics seeks an Associate AD, CFO to administer, organize and supervise the financial and accounting systems for the budget and reporting functions of the Athletic Department. More details HERE.

Accountant - Athletics (Vanderbilt University / Nashville, TN): Responsible for all aspects of Student Athlete Scholarships plus Comdata student debit cards and other duties as assigned. Also serves as primary contact for assigned financial unit. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Facilities and Event Management (University of North Carolina Wilmington / Wilmington, NC): Coordinate the day-to-day functions of assigned sports programs, plan and organize activities, communicate program policy and procedures, establish and maintain positive working relationships. More details HERE.

Athletic Academic Advisor - Football (James Madison University / Harrisonburg, VA): Assist the Associate AD for Student-Athlete Services in the organization, coordination and implementation of academic support services for student-athletes. More details HERE.

Development Coordinator (San Diego State University / San Diego, CA): Clerical/administrative support & project coordination; donor prospect research/identification, coordinate/disseminate communications; prepare documents/ presentations & maintain database/files. More details HERE.

Development Assistant (University of Oregon / Eugene, OR): Support the execution of emerging annual giving campaigns and annual giving stewardship. This position will support fundraising efforts, including: direct mail, email, telefund, crowdfunding, etc. More details HERE.

Assistant/Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and Student Services (Fairfield University / Fairfield, CT): Responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administration and operation of a comprehensive compliance and rules education program for 20 varsity sports and 450 student athletes. More details HERE.

Assistant Coach 1 - Strength & Conditioning (Middle Tennessee State University / Murfreesboro, TN): Assist the Assistant Athletic Director for Strength & Conditioning and the Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach with general oversight of the Strength and Conditioning Program. More details HERE.

(UPDATED TITLE!) Assistant Athletic Director Marketing and Promotions (Florida Atlantic University / Boca Raton, FL): Reports to Senior Associate AD for External Relations. The position will develop & execute annual marketing plans, create & implement marketing strategies, develop event scripts. More details HERE.

Assistant Ticket Director, Job #443336 (Ohio State University / Columbus, OH): Manages ticket operations for selected events including programming, invoicing, allocation, distribution, season database maintenance and assisting customers with inquiries and ticket purchases. More details HERE.

Assistant Ticket Manager - Sales (Brown University / Providence, RI): This position will provide support to the Assistant Director of Athletics – Marketing & Ticketing, specifically in the area of Ticket Sales. Ticket Supervisor for select paid athletic events. More details HERE.

Assistant Coordinator (Athletics) (Mississippi State University / Starkville, MS): Provides customer service to Bulldog Club members & season ticket holders on a daily basis; makes in person contact with potential donors for the purpose of giving financial support to MS State Ath. More details HERE.

Learning Specialist/Academic Advisor (Washington State University / Pullman, WA): WSUAthletics is accepting applications for the position of Learning Specialist/Academic Advisor. Applications are accepted through October 21, 2018. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director (Kansas Athletics, Inc. / Lawrence, KS): The Assistant Athletics Director assists with fundraising efforts, serves as Sports Administrator for Track & Field and Cross Country, and chairs a diversity recruitment committee. More details HERE.

Director of Photography (University of Minnesota / Minneapolis, MN): Direct all facets of photography for 25-sport Intercollegiate Athletics Department. Serve as the primary photographer for the athletics department including all studio, specialty, event and live games. More details HERE.

Assistant Coach, Strength & Conditioning (University of North Carolina Wilmington / Wilmington, NC): Under the direction of the Head Coach, Strength & Conditioning, the Assistant Coach, Strength & Conditioning, will develop and manage effective individual and group strength/conditioning programs for. More details HERE.

Associate Director/Director of Licensing (University of Arkansas / Fayetteville, AR "Best Place to Live in the SEC"): Looking for a revenue-generation focused creative to join the Razorback team. This individual will manage our licensing program and help shape one of the most unique brands in sports. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of the Phoenix Club, Special Events and Hospitality (Elon University / Elon, NC): The Assistant Director of the Phoenix Club, Special Events and Hospitality is responsible for building relationships with alumni and friends of Elon University. More details HERE.

Website/Digital Specialist (Ohio State University / Columbus, OH): The Website/Digital Specialist is responsible for the daily maintenance and updating of OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official website for the Department of Athletics. Job #443337 More details HERE.

Deputy Director of Athletics (Virginia Commonwealth University / Richmond, VA): Oversight and leadership of maximizing all revenues and awareness of the formal strategic objectives of the athletic department and provides leadership of the daily operations of the department. More details HERE.

Director, Video Content (University of Miami / Coral Gables, FL): Miami is seeking a dynamic, energetic and creative visual storyteller to help direct video content for one of the most iconic brands in collegiate athletics, with a special emphasis on UM Football. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Promotions (UGA Athletic Association / Athens, GA): Directly responsible for development and coordination of promotional plans, emphasizing awareness, attendance and event atmosphere for softball and men’s basketball. More details HERE.

Head Women’s Volleyball Coach (Old Dominion University / Norfolk, VA): The Head Women's Volleyball Coach position is primarily responsible for the management of the women’s volleyball program and instruction and counseling of student-athletes in the program. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director, Communications (Florida Gulf Coast University / Fort Meyers, FL): The Assistant Athletics Director, Communications oversees all media relations and social media platforms for FGCU’s NCAA Division I programs. Please visit https://jobs.fgcu.edu/postings/6039. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Development (Stanford University / Stanford, CA): This position will serve as a field fundraiser for the Buck/Cardinal Club and manage the priority seating program. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Development/Annual Fund (Ole Miss Athletics Foundation / Oxford, MS): This position is a member of the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation staff charged with the identification, solicitation and raising of annual fund gifts to support Ole Miss Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Athletics Business Operations (California State University, Fresno / Fresno, CA): Assistant Athletics Director is responsible for daily management & oversight of accounting & budgetary transactions for CSU, Fresno Athletics Corp. To apply: http://apptrkr.com/1304265. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Athletic Director (AD) for Compliance (Florida Atlantic University / Boca Raton, FL): Under the direction of the Chief Compliance Office, the Senior Assoc. Athletic Director will be responsible for leading, planning, and organizing all phases of a Division I NCAA compliance program. More details HERE.

Director of Development (Texas State University / San Marcos, TX): Responsible for the daily operations of the Bobcat Club annual fund, executing solicitations and stewardship, maintaining accurate records/reporting and special events, including Bobcat Bonanza. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Ticketing Services (Kansas State University / Manhattan, KS): Point-of-contact for w-volleyball & baseball ticketing responsibilities; hire/train/manage student staff; dev/manage customer service program; liaison to Ahearn Fund for premium seating & parking. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Compliance (Purdue University / West Lafayette, IN): Monitor and educate our staff on the NCAA, Big Ten and Purdue University rules and policies. Provide research and recommendations with educational outreach regarding NCAA or Big Ten rules. More details HERE.

Associate Athletics Director for Finance & Business Ops/Director of Finance (Seattle University / Seattle, WA): Seattle University is hiring an Associate Athletics Director for Finance & Business Ops/Director of Finance. This role will oversee all financial and administration operations in Athletics. More details HERE.

Director of Content Strategy & Innovation (Purdue University / West Lafayette, IN): Member of Creative Services team that focuses on developing and implementing a comprehensive social media strategy that supports the values, mission and brand of the Purdue University Athletics Dept. More details HERE.

Assistant-Associate Director, Army A Club (Army West Point Athletics / West Point, NY): The West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) is dedicated to furthering the ideals and promoting the welfare of the United States Military Academy (USMA), and to supporting and serving its graduate. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Communications/Creative & Emerging Media (Ball State University / Muncie, IN): Ball State University Intercollegiate Athletics invites applicants for an Assistant Director of Communications/Creative and Emerging Media. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics Communications and Creative Services (Elon University / Elon, NC): Elon University invites applications for the Director of Athletics Communications and Creative Services role.The successful candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree and 4 years related experience. More details HERE.

Coordinator, Development Operations and Benefits Fulfillment (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): This position will manage internal development operations for the Arizona Wildcat Club, including parking, benefits fulfillment, database management & analytics in support of the Athletics department. More details HERE.

Assistant Director-Athletics Premium Seating (University of Iowa / Iowa City, IA): Assist with managing premium seat allocations and customer service issues while providing elite level services for game day patrons. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Human Resources (Stanford University / Stanford, CA): Stanford's Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation seeks a highly-motivated, energetic and team-orientated individual with strong communication skills to fill the role of Assistant Director, Human Resources. More details HERE.

Athletic Director (University of Missouri-Kansas City / Kansas City, MO): The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) seeks a visionary leader who is innovative, engaged and experienced to direct their NCAA Division 1 athletic department. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance (University at Albany / Albany, NY): Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:manage and monitor all aspects of Bylaw 13, 14, 15 and 17; coordinate and create rules education initiatives for athletics department staff, coaches... More details HERE.

Director, Ticket Sales (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): This position will develop and implement ticket sales strategies and best practices for individuals and businesses through comprehensive sales campaigns. More details HERE.

Director, Compliance for Financial Aid (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): Responsible for all activities associated with Bylaw 15 to meet NCAA/Pac-12/institutional guidelines. Directs Athletics financial aid awards, the NLI program and institutional/federal aid eligibility. More details HERE.

Director of Advancement for Athletics (George Mason University / Fairfax, VA): George Mason University is seeking a Director of Advancement for Athletics. This position plans and manages all development-focused programs jobs.gmu.edu. More details HERE.

Assistant Director- Athletic Compliance Office (University of Minnesota / Minneapolis, MN): Responsible for all compliance tasks for their assigned sports including interps, waivers and violations. Will serve as point of contact for the respective coaches and student-athletes. Job ID:326723 More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director of Human Resources (University of Wisconsin - Madison / Madison, WI): This position is a strategic, operational and a leadership position that is responsible for leading a team in executing a broad range of human resource management functions. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of the Phoenix Club (Elon University / Elon, NC): The Assistant Director of the Phoenix Club will create and manage multi-channel communications for the Phoenix Club including solicitations, events, and special projects. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director, Engagement (Stanford University / Stanford, CA): This position will manage the athletics development engagement team and lead the strategy for the communications, events, and stewardship in support of the department’s fundraising goals. More details HERE.

Athletic Communications Director (University of Missouri-Kansas City / Kansas City, MO): The primary function of this position is to research, develop, design, and execute complex and strategic communications, educational and/or media projects for UMKC Athletics Department. More details HERE.

Associate Athletics Director of Compliance (Colgate University / Hamilton, NY): Colgate University Associate Athletics Director for Compliance serves on the VP/Director of Athletics leadership team with primary oversight of compliance, academics, and student-athlete development. More details HERE.

Staff Psychologist (Purdue University / West Lafayette, IN): The Staff Psychologist will provide assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, psychotherapy, and other mental health services to student-athletes. More details HERE.

Director of Media Relations (Ohio University / Athens, OH): Responsible for arranging and coordinating media coverage for assigned varsity sports (women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, and baseball). More details HERE.
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