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+ Michigan State MBB HC Izzo questioned by ESPN's Outside the Lines after yesterday's win over Maryland. Izzo sticks to his, "I’ve cooperated with every investigation — every one. And I will continue to cooperate with every investigation — every one" mantra. Tense moments. (link)
+ Sports Illustrated legal expert McCann inks on how historical precedent set by the NCAA could impact punishment(s) for Michigan State. "If the NCAA becomes a co-defendant, it would be awkward, at a minimum, for the NCAA to investigate a fellow co-defendant, whose interests are not all aligned with the NCAA. Michigan State and the NCAA could seek to blame the other, along with USA Gymnastics, for any institutional liability for Nassar’s crimes. Under these circumstances, it’s hard to imagine how the NCAA could credibly conduct an investigation into Michigan State. A court might be asked to review such a topic. Even if the NCAA is not formally brought into the Nassar victim litigation as a party, the litigation could reveal records that involve correspondences between Michigan State and NCAA officials. Those records could suggest that Michigan State was not adequately deterred by the NCAA in its handling of Nassar and other on-campus sexual assault cases. NCAA officials might also be subpoenaed in the litigation and forced to testify. In other words, the NCAA can’t really separate itself—or its fiduciary and legal interests—from the Nassar controversy." More. (link)
+ Speaking of more, here's just that from OTL on members of the 2010 Spartans' MBB squad who were accused of sexual violence in 2010. (link)
+ Yahoo's Eisenberg: "Izzo’s lack of candor about the allegations against him may be appropriate from a legal standpoint, but the downside is the damage it’s doing to his reputation. Michigan State has an obligation to be honest and forthright about matters of campus safety like this. The Lansing community has a right to know if the university is burying information and prioritizing the success of its football and basketball programs over the safety of its female students. When Izzo declines to answer questions about past sexual assault allegations, it makes it look like the program has something to hide." (link)
Texas A&M's FY17 results: $211M+ in revenue, $146.5M in expenses, equaling a surplus of $65.4M before payments were made on items such as facility debts & conference realignment costs. FB alone generated $97.8M. Big jump in contributions for non-revenue sports from $42.2M to $56M as overall revenue surged by $17.5M. FB's recruiting budget grew from $800K to $1.2M. (link)
Some interesting comments from Cal CFO Rae for those of you interested in the AD opening for the Golden Bears. "We have to stabilize our operations. Employees need to know that the place that they work is a stable environment and that they are going to have a reasonable workload. Faculty needs to know what we’re going to be able to invest in their research and also ensure a reasonable workload. We need to move to a place from where we just survive, to where we thrive. And to thrive we’ve got to get to a balanced budget." The university's overall $110M deficit has been trimmed to $57M. More Rae: "The most important thing leaders need to be doing on campus is earning the trust of everyone on campus. It comes from making commitments and honoring them. It also comes from being very transparent about decision making and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to participate." (link)
Prior to last night's loss to Temple, Connecticut MBB HC Ollie released a statement regarding an NCAA inquiry into the program's recruiting which read, in part: "I want to express that we will cooperate fully with NCAA as this process moves forward as we are committed to promoting an atmosphere of compliance with NCAA regulations. … As we head into the final weeks of the season, our total focus will be on helping our team improve and reach its highest potential. To that end, we have no further comment on this matter." Asked about the inquiry after the game, Ollie replied: "The vibes are still good, and we look forward to cooperating with the NCAA and I’ll just go back to my statement. … [The players] will be fine." Ollie's remarks reflect those made on Friday by Prez Herbst, who affirmed the university's commitment to compliance, adding: "We will do so in a thorough and transparent manner reflective of the model athletic and academic institution we continually strive to be." (link)
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Hogan Assessments CEO Chamorro-Premuzic and management consultant Bhaduri pen for the Harvard Business Review: "How Office Politics Corrupt the Search for High-Potential Employees." The pair point to six dynamics that "prevent organizations from identifying, promoting, and developing the right people for leadership roles." 1. The politics of intuition ("when our evaluations are based on intuitive judgments, they are ripe for being led astray by biases and political undercurrents"); 2. The politics of self-interest ("Those in charge of spotting potential are usually more interested in their own career than others', and they tend to perceive a personal cost to promoting people who are a key asset, particularly when those people are better than the spotters"); 3. The politics of avoidance ("At times, politics may even drive managers to nominate faux-pos (fake HiPos) purely to avoid uncomfortable situations); 4. The politics of favoritism (picking the familiar candidate); 5. The politics of ageism (can go both ways); and 6. The politics of gender ("Decision makers [usually male-dominated groups] often ignore female HiPos"). (link)
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Montgomery Advertiser columnist Stevens profiles newly minted Auburn AD Greene, whose second interview with the school was beset by a flight delay which kept him from getting to his hotel until 3 A.M. Despite that, Auburn trustee Riggins says Greene's second interview was even better than the first: "I can’t explain the whole experience with Allen. He had it. Whether you’re a scout, coach or player, you know it when you see it, when you hear it. When he walked in the room and began his presentation I thought this was the guy." Such has been the story along Greene's path to success, a willingness to succeed and an ability to do so despite adversity. Greene: "I wasn't born with it, my parents know that. But, over time you develop an understanding that, as the leader of the department, you've got to remain steady regardless of what's happening." As he transitions into his role at Auburn, Greene, who was a baseball student-athlete at Notre Dame, acknowledges he will have to take time to get a feel for the landscape and determine what needs to be done. "As long as I know that the president wants to advance the athletics department, that's good enough for me. How that happens? TBD." (link)
Colorado State Prez Frank praises Rams AD Parker's ability to balance winning, graduating student-athletes and maintaining a culture of compliance, adding: "He wants to hire coaches who want to graduate student athletes, and he wants that. He wants to hire coaches that will represent the institution well, and he wants to win, and he wants to hire coaches who want that too." Frank also explains how those qualities impacted the university's decision to extend Parker's contract: "If I'm aligned with someone like that who believes in those same things, I want to stay with him and I was confident that I had that in Joe." Moving forward in his tenure, Parker notes the importance of imbuing every program and facility with an aura of success, which requires a program-wide commitment: "You can really make sure you're laying in the right attitude and culture and it starts with staff, it moves into students. … You're never going to have sustained success if you're always trying to push the leadership and culture piece from influences outside the locker room. You have to have the students take full responsibility for the culture and the leadership of the locker rooms themselves." Full profile. (link)
The Denver Post examines the approaches taken by Colorado and Colorado State in promoting mental health among student-athletes, including the embedding of licensed mental health professionals. At both programs, incoming first-year players are introduced to their respective counselors and given their cell phone contacts. The counselors are then regular attendees of practices, games, study halls and several other activities in a student-athlete's given day. CU sport psychologist Chris Bader: "What I have seen in my time in the field is the stigma is lessening. They’re sort of familiar with what we’re doing and it’s not this weird 'voodoo magic' that it might have been a few years ago." CU reports roughly a 50-50 split between male and female student-athletes who visit counselors while CSU says slightly more female student-athletes visit. (link)
Amid declining state funding, Central Connecticut State continues to consider its options in the athletic department, which has so far announced the elimination of men's and women's golf, saving the university roughly $214K. In addition, CCSU will eliminate 35.5 scholarships in various other sports and require all student-athletes who receive scholarships to live on campus, which will bank the university another ~$315K. Prez Toro: "The financial impact per year will be more than $2M including the scholarships and the cost of those two teams and another set of budget cuts." A shared governance task force ultimately decided on the above changes instead of a potential move to DII or DIII, but future measures could depend on an efficiency review which will examine staff levels within the department. Meanwhile, Toro says CCSU has no plans to hire a new AD until the task force submits its recommendations: "I didn't think it would be fair for a new hire to have to come and have to implement changes right away. I think we're close to being ready to launch a search for an athletic director so the person is in place by July 1." (link)
The Drake Group's former Prez Gurney pens of The Chronicle of Higher Ed on how to (maybe) reduce academic fraud in athletics. 1) Reporting Lines ("Certainly academic advising and all support services should be under the direct supervision of the institution’s academic authority, but the reporting line must be direct and unshared with the athletic department. Daily direct supervision must be under an academic official."); 2) Budgets ("The budget for athletic academic-support programs must be controlled and derived from the college’s academic budget."); 3) FARs ("The very structure of the position may pose a potential conflict of interest. Review of academic services and athlete achievement should be scrutinized by independent faculty members."); 4) Peer Review certification programs should be reinstated; and, 5) Admissions & Eligibility ("The review of qualifications for every athlete must be based upon the applicant’s ability to succeed."). (link); Another Chronicle piece of note, though this one is behind the wall, "Who Should Oversee Athletes' Academic Progress?" (link)
More Personnel: The future of ESPN's SC6 includes lots of questions marks as Worldwide Leader executive Williamson indicated anchor Hill's move to The Undefeated could be a sign, "I think there is probably an element of truth in that. That can happen anytime you start something from a certain point or certain direction and then you evolve certain products. … As you tweak different things, people come to realization that this is not exactly for me." (link); High Point AD Hauser will introduce a new Women's Volleyball HC today for the Panthers. (link)
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Reports out of Washington D.C. indicate the Trump Administration is considering the nationalization of a 5G network within the next three years, though there's a bunch of questions about who pays for the massive roll-out. The analogy is "the 21st century equivalent of the Eisenhower National Highway System." Looks like the best option would be the government building the infrastructure with major carriers then renting bandwidth. 5G vital for the growth of artificial intelligence, self-driving cars & more advancing technologies. More. (link, link)
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SMU AD Hart & VCU boss McLaughlin sat down with Witt/Kieffer's Young to discuss the challenges of hiring & onboarding first-time HCs. Hart: "If there is a mistake with a first time head coach, it is probably how they put together their staff and why they made the decisions they did in bringing that staff in. […] At the end of the day when evaluating a potential coach, I ask myself: do we believe in the same things, do we value the same things, and do we share a vision for our program." McLaughlin: "When you have a new head coach, you have to talk with them everyday and make sure they know you are there with them. […] For anyone making a first-time hire, be true to who you are. You give yourself a whole lot better chance at getting it right." More. (link)
UT Chattanooga AD Wharton camps with the Times Free Press, says his biggest focus has been communication and relationship building. Still $1.1M away from breaking ground on a new athletic complex, but expects that to happen by April. Talks a facilities master plan and enhancing the fan experience. On conference realignment and smaller programs in general: "There is a ceiling, and I'm curious in five years where things go. There's already the haves and the haves-nots, but I think we have an opportunity at Chattanooga that we can keep going. Our ceiling is a lot higher." Wharton sees the Mocs being at the top of the league in five years and expects fundraising efforts to ramp up. Also mentions wheels are in motion to finalize a renewal with Learfield and Mocs Sports Properties. (link)
On the Erik Ainge Show last week, Tennessee AD Fulmer discussed the biggest challenge facing the Vols department: "To make sure we're communicating well. I've said this a million times, but I saw it when it was at the very best. From the President to the athletic director to me to Pat [Summitt] and all those. It was clear what our goals were and what our challenges were. It's not rocket science. It's just clear communication and trust. They trusted us that we were not going to embarrass them by doing something that's out there that gets the whole university embarrassed. When you've got 500 kids, there's going to be stuff happening from time to time. You just have to make sure you're managing that properly. So, just trust and communication." (link)
Today is the groundbreaking ceremony for USC's Memorial Coliseum's $270M makeover, which includes reducing seating capacity from 93,607 to 77,500, adding aisles, widening seats, new pressbox, new suites, upgraded entryways and videoboards, updated Wi-Fi, new lighting, replacing electrical, mechanical & plumbing systems and additional concession stands. Originally built in 1923, the last time the facility underwent substantial work was 20 years ago when $93M was spent to repair damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake. (link)
Fox Business reporters Korn and Rexrode look at the impact banks have on college campuses nationwide. Schools had to reveal details of these relationships by January 1 and a Wall Street Journal review found that 112 colleges received nearly $18.7M in FY17 from banks for consumer finance deals. Cal pocketed $1.7M from Bank of the West, while on the other end, Holy Family University (PA) (DII) got only $2K from PNC. Students at regional public universities and community colleges tended to pay the highest average fees, reaching as high as $70/student in some cases. Wells Fargo with the highest fees, while PNC came in with the lowest. Other figures: University of Illinois System gets $936K in annual royalty payments from PNC, Washington State gets a flat $275K annual payment from U.S. Bank. A bit more. (link)
Also Noticed: North Dakota is considering the addition of a mascot to match its new Fighting Hawks nickname. An RFP has been sent to applicable vendors. (link); Storbeck Pimentel will aid Oklahoma in its search for a new Prez. (link); The fifteenth Jane Doe joins a lawsuit against Baylor. (link); Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban on the artificial accounts crisis on social media platforms, "It's time for @twitter to confirm a real name and real person behind every account, and for @facebook to to get far more stringent on the same. I don't care what the user name is. But there needs to be a single human behind every individual account." (link)
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1.Q co-host @TaiMBrown visits with Dr. Brian Hainline at the 2018 NCAA Convention. Dr. Hainline, Chief Medical Officer for the NCAA, addresses the medical concerns that are currently on the forefront of the minds of all who are involved with student-athletes. The biggest issue Hainline identifies is mental health as he discusses best practices provided by the NCAA, including a simple teaching module which touches on the ABCs of mental health. Listen by clicking the link. (link) (length - 11:52)
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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: 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.

Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Multimedia Services (San Jose State University / San Jose, CA): The Assistant Athletics DIR will be responsible for the development, implementation, maintenance of all marketing and promo strategies... Apply here:, Job ID: 24378. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts (Michigan State University / East Lansing, MI): MSU Athletics is now seeking an Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts. The Associate Director is responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting gifts from donors and prospects. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director, Athletics Communications (IRC13296) (Tulane University / New Orleans, LA): Supports Tulane athletics programs and external departments to promote and enhance, through media, public relations, web and social media, the image of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Marketing and Promotions (University of North Texas / Denton, TX): The Athletics Depart at the University of North Texas is hiring an Asst Director of Marketing and Promotions. Focus on Olympic sports with an added emphasis on Football and Basketball game day. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director - Marketing (Rice University / Houston, TX): The Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing will play an integral role in driving revenue and attendance for the Department of Athletics, as well as serving as guardian of the Rice Athletics brand. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Administration, Donor Relations and Events (University of Oregon / Eugene, OR): The Associate Director of Administration, Donor Relations and Events directly assists the athletic director in the management, operations, and administration of the Athletic Department. More details HERE.
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