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Spencer Fane's Lattinville & Denny build upon their earlier 'Autonomy 5' AD compensation report for AthleticDirectorU with a full look at FBS-wide leadership. UCF's White checks in with the highest potential pay from 2017-2018 for a 'Group of 5' boss at $575K. SMU's Hart & UConn's Benedict not too far behind at $557K & $550K, respectively. The G5 total average pay was $339K vs. $937K for A5s. You'll click this primarily to see all the salaries, but don't miss on how 20 FBS AD job changes over the past year have impacted average pay, payouts to buyouts ratios, as well as a slew of key income tax issues. There's also a specific example of the tax implications using Iowa State AD Pollard's deal as the illustration. Lots of important stuff here. (link)
The SEC had 13 Softball programs make this year's NCAA Tournament (nine of which are hosts) & Oregon earned the top overall seed. First-time participants: Boise State, Kennesaw State, Monmouth & Prairie View A&M. How about this stat: "Only 12 schools have been crowned the NCAA Division I softball champion since the tournament started in 1982, 11 of the 12 will compete in this year’s bracket." (link)
The Washington Post editorial board has characterized the Commission on College Basketball's recommendations as a step in the right direction while acknowledging it will still not cure "all the ills of intercollegiate athletics." WaPo editors pay particular attention to the commission's call for an overhaul of NCAA investigation and enforcement offices, writing: "That the University of North Carolina escaped punishment after being caught -- and admitting -- that athletes got credits for courses never taught by instructors showed the association’s inability or unwillingness to get its member institutions to adhere to rules." While agreeing the commission was wise to tread cautiously around the topic of paying players, it urges the NCAA to swiftly implement other recommendations. "What they all need to keep in mind is the warning from the commission that 'corruption and deception are now at a point that they threaten the very survival of the college game as we know it.'" (link)
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The NCAA announced a “landmark 10-year technology agreement” with Genius Sports that will "transform the digital collection and distribution of intercollegiate sports data." The initiative will feature "cutting-edge software [that] will revolutionize how real-time data and statistics are captured, managed and distributed," as "NCAA member schools and conferences adopting the software platform will benefit from enhanced data capture and distribution services, richer coaching insights, and a captivating fan and media experience with engaging statistics delivered to multiple platforms in real time." The NCAA will offer the technology to its members at no cost for an introductory period. NCAA Executive VP of Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Partnerships Luck: "This digital transition comes at a time when data for all intercollegiate sports are increasingly important to our fans, our institutions and our partners. This initiative will transform the way we collect, use and distribute the vast amount of sports data being consumed across all sports at every level. It will allow our schools to upgrade to state-of-the-art technology." (link)
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Minnesota AD Coyle will have a clearer line of communication regarding investigations into student-athletes, pursuant to a new student-athlete code of conduct, which went into effect in January. The new codified process calls for the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) or Office for Student Conduct to inform Coyle about an investigation "of a respondent student-athlete and will provide the athletic director a description of complainant’s allegations, other relevant information, and, if applicable, copies of police reports." Coyle: "I think if we can continue to have that communication between the units to make sure we understand where we’re at in the investigation, what information do we have … we can make the best decision for the student athlete and for the institution on how we move forward." (link)
The Baylor Board of Regents approved the implementation of Illuminate, the university's academic strategic plan, during its spring meeting last week. The plan is based on "four pillars," which include the creation of a Christian educational environment, transformational undergraduate education, quality and visible research and scholarship, and nationally-recognized human performance programs through arts and athletics, and focuses on five multidisciplinary Signature Academic Initiatives: health, data sciences, material sciences, human ethics, and Latin America. Illuminate also incorporates the "Give Light" multi-year capital campaign that will fund the plan's objectives. In additional business, the board approved the creation of five new degree programs and a $660.1M annual operating budget, which includes an extra $9.9M for merit and need-based scholarships in 2018-2019. Prez Livingstone: “We are excited to move forward with Illuminate, as we accelerate our quest toward preeminence as a Christian research university and strategically chart our path over the next five years and beyond." (link)'s Sabin examines how Louisiana FB HC Napier is implementing Alabama HC Saban's process, looking to leverage the school's position in talent-rich Cajun country. According to Sabin, Napier pitched to AD Maggard the idea of copying "the Crimson Tide's personnel structure, workflow, recruiting system, practice regimen and strength programs in a cost-effective manner." To help implement the process, Napier has brought along several former Saban staffers, including OC Sale and strength and conditioning HC Hocke. Maggard says he was "fully on board" with Napier's pitch, adding: "My job was to hire somebody who could be the CEO of our football program and knew what that could and should look like. He has the blueprint. We just need to adapt it right now to our abilities and our resources and continue to improve on it each and every year." (link)
More Personnel: Mississippi State AD Cohen addresses the possibility of Kentucky Baseball HC Mingione leaving Lexington for the same gig in Starkville: "...we’re in the background stages of doing our search right now. We’re gonna come up with an incredible coach to run this program. I’ll tell you what, Kentucky has a big-time baseball coach in Nick Mingione." (link); Baylor AD Rhoades will look for a new Men's Tennis HC as Knoll announces that after 22 years with the Bears he will step down to "pursue a new challenge." (link); Albany will hire Army AHC Mullen as the Great Danes new WBB HC. (link)
Around Higher Ed: New Mexico State names Kansas State Dean of the Ag College and Cooperative Extension Floros as the next president in Las Cruces. Former Director/CEO of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab and NMSU alum Arvizu will return to the school as its next chancellor. (link); Western Illinois Prez Thomas is one of three finalists for the Chancellor role at UMass Boston (DIII). (link); UCF paid $236K during its recent prez search, $150K of which went to Parker Executive Search. (link)
Kansas has placed its Cheer program on probation for one year for hazing allegations. Assoc. AD for Public Affairs Marchiony: "Once an incident with our cheer squad (not dancers) was reported, protocols to notify the university were followed immediately. In addition to the steps taken by the University, Kansas Athletics imposed restrictions, additional education and punishment. No form of hazing is acceptable, and we believe this has been dealt with appropriately." The incident reportedly involved female cheerleaders being told to remove articles of clothing for every question they answered incorrectly. (link)
ESPN contributor and author Bryant pens for the New York Times to answer "How Did Our Sports Get So Divisive?" Bryant points squarely to Sept. 11, 2001: "What was once ostensibly a unifying moment in the country has helped transform sports, with flags and flyovers, kneeling and protests — into the most divided public spectacle this side of Congress." Another milestone in the process was when military members began to be honored at sporting events. Ultimately, "The focus is on the black athletes, who have returned to the heritage of political activism of Jackie Robinson and Bill Russell, Tommie Smith and John Carlos. The fan attitude of 'shut up and play' may be directed at the big, wealthy athlete, but you know it is also designed to shut all black people up. If the public can try to silence LeBron James (net worth about $400 million), what chance, then, to disagree does the average citizen have?" Bryant is the author of "The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism." (link)
Media I: #goodluckbundle is a popular hashtag used by BTIG Research media expert Greenfield, but advertisers are still expected to spend $41B on TV spots over the next 12 months. Until that number rapidly declines... (link); Former Amazon Studios Head of Strategy Ball goes on another interesting tweet storm, frames how video content in a digital age can be flexible & basically ensure there are no "flops." Netflix & Amazon have the ability to edit or repackage shows quickly that aren't getting enough viewership or engagement. I asked Ball if ESPN+'s new approach to SportsCenter should execute on some of these same tenants - like producing multiple versions of the same show according to trends in viewership data - and his answer was, "Totally." (link); As a counter to the first link in this trio, the New York Times' Maheshwari & Koblin dig into the future outlook of TV ad sales & cord-cutting for reasons "Why Traditional TV is in Trouble." (link)
Media II: DAZN - the new home for former ESPN Prez Skipper - inked a deal for Matchroom Boxing for distribution here in the States. $1B over eight years, but most importantly is access to the U.S. as all of its other content deals are international. Awful Announcing's Bucholtz: "We’ll see just how much interest there is in this new venture of theirs, and just how much of a DAZN expansion it leads to, but it’s certainly notable to see a deal of this magnitude signed, and to see it serving as DAZN’s entry point into the U.S. market." (link); Bernstein analyst Juenger believes YouTube TV is losing around $5 per month per subscriber, a situation that's likely for most OTTs, but Google probably believes it can stem the losses with exception ad products & earn higher CPMs. (link); @SportsTVRatings with a post on how Google & Facebook may end up winning the OTT wars thanks to their behavior modification abilities & data capture that gets leveraged against ad sales. (link)
Also Noticed: Dick Vitale's annual Gala raised a record $3.7M for pediatric cancer research through the V Foundation this year. (link); More pics from Oregon's @DuckSwag annual equipment surplus sale Saturday. (link); ESPN's Purdum doesn't expect a ruling from SCOTUS on PASPA today. (link); DraftKings CEO Robins' says his company can produce  "hundreds of millions in revenue" from sports betting in New Jersey. Industry expert Grove, "No." (link)
Stanford's Rock Center for Corporate Governance professor Larcker and researcher Tayan team up for a Harvard Business Review Piece: "How Netflix Redesigned Board Meetings." Uniquely, Netflix board members periodically attend monthly and quarterly senior management meetings, dubbed "Governance by Walking About" and communication from the board comes in an online memo that allows directors to ask questions and comment within what is essentially a living document, as execs can amend text and answer questions in it, too. "The Netflix approach to board governance is rooted in and reflective of the company’s culture and leadership. The Netflix culture emphasizes individual initiative, the sharing of information, and a focus on results rather than processes. In the words of one director, 'A lot of CEOs like the notion of transparency. The difference is that Reed has decided to put mechanisms in place … that actually make it happen.'" (link)
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Associate Director of Athletics - Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives (Brown University / Providence, RI): This position serves as a key member of the Department of Athletics senior management team with a specific focus on diversity & inclusion initiatives. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director 4 (Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing) (Pennsylvania State University / University Park, PA): Penn State University Intercollegiate Athletics is seeking an Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing. Please view full job description at More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Ticket Services (Kansas State University / Manhattan, KS): Oversee daily TO operations. Primary contact for w-basketball and w-soccer, & baseball supervision. More details HERE.

Post-Graduate Athletic Intern - Event Management (Texas Tech University / Lubbock, TX): This position will assist and manage athletic events for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Assist in managing Big 12 events, NCAA events and high school events. Apply at More details HERE.

Associate Director of Athletic Communications (Baylor University / Waco, TX): The Associate Director of Athletic Communications is responsible for coordinating outgoing messaging to shape, enhance and protect the Baylor Athletics brand and image. More details HERE.

Assistant AD for Major Gifts (Temple University / Philadelphia, PA): Incumbent will devise strategies and be responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship with the purpose of advancing donor levels with major gifts and leadership annual gifts. More details HERE.

DIR/MULTIMEDIA SERVICES (Central Michigan University / Mount Pleasant, MI): Create & manage content including productions, broadcasts, social media/website, scripting, videoboard content, promotions, music, live broadcasts on ESPN3. Oversee budget, equipment & staff. More details HERE.

Asst Dir-Athletics & Director of Philanthropy (Eastern Washington University / Cheyney, WA): Eastern Washington University is currently seeking an ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-ATHLETICS & DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY. To apply and view job detail, please visit

Director of Athletics (Clayton State University / Morrow, GA): Clayton State University, a member of the Peach Belt Conference, is seeking an Athletic Director responsible for managing all aspects of intercollegiate athletics. More details HERE.

Director-Managerial (Standard) Associate Athletic Director - Development (University of Texas at El Paso / El Paso, TX): Associate Athletic Director Directs, coordinates, and implements all fundraising initiatives for Department of Athletics. UTEP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities & Event Management (Tulane University / New Orleans, LA): The Assistant AD, Facilities/Event Management reports directly to the Sr. Associate AD, Business & Operations. Manages the day-to-day aspects of facilities maintenance activities. More details HERE.

Director of Communications (American Athletic Conference / Providence, RI): The individual will serve as a key member of the American Athletic Conference's communications/external relations team with primary responsibilities focused on men's basketball. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Development (Eastern Illinois University / Charleston, IL): This position will direct all aspects of the fundraising arm of intercollegiate athletics with oversight of special events and fundraisers and the coordination of the courtesy car program. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance (Eastern Illinois University / Charleston, IL): This person will be responsible for the oversight of Athletics compliance with NCAA and OVC rules and regulations. The incumbent will serve as a member of the Athletic Department's Senior Staff. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Communications (Vanderbilt University / Nashville, TN): Will oversee the communications and media operations for the Vanderbilt Athletics Department, including the planning and execution of communication efforts for Vanderbilt’s 16 sports. More details HERE.

Head Fencing Coach (University of North Carolina / Chapel Hill, NC): The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Athletics is seeking applications for the position of Head Fencing Coach. Responsible for the men's and women's fencing programs. More details HERE.

Asst AD - Football Communications (Clemson University / Clemson, SC): Asst AD- Football Communications-Primary external contact for Clemson Football. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Development Events-Intercollegiate Athletics (Purdue Research Foundation / West Lafayette, IN): In cooperation with the Intercollegiate Athletics development team (John Purdue Club), assist in achieving the Athletics Director’s and the John Purdue Club’s development goals. More details HERE.

Digital Marketing, Program Coordinator (University of Notre Dame / Notre Dame, IN): This position will manage digital advertising and email marketing campaigns within Athletics Marketing at University of Notre Dame. EEO/AA. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Athletic Director (Colby College / Waterville, ME): Colby College, a member of the NESCAC is seeking a dynamic, Senior Associate AD to work closely with the Harold Alfond Director of Athletics. Visit the Witt/Kieffer link for a detailed job description. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Development (Louisiana Tech University / Ruston, LA): The Division of University Advancement at Louisiana Tech is seeking an individual to oversee the athletics fundraising office (LTAC). Emphasis will be placed on major gifts of $10,000 or more. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Development (Rice University / Houston, TX): The Assistant Athletic Director will plan, organize and manage the development of major gift support for at the $100K+ level and will work with key volunteers in assigned regions/groups. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics Communications (University of Iowa / Iowa City, IA): The University of Iowa Department of Athletics seeks applications for an Assistant Director of Athletics Communications. More details HERE.

Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director/Assistant Vice President for Development (Purdue Research Foundation / West Lafayette, IN): Work in direct partnership with VP/Dir of Intercollegiate Athletics, Deputy Athletics Dir and the VP for Dev to provide leadership & guidance to advance private fundraising & marketing efforts. More details HERE.

Director of Marketing and Fan Engagement (Bowling Green State University / Bowling Green, OH): Responsible for marketing initiatives and coordinating game day atmosphere and fan engagement at all athletic events. Manage relationships with constituents across campus and throughout community. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics (University of Alaska Fairbanks / Fairbanks, AK): The Director of Athletics (AD) is responsible for the daily management and long-term planning for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. More details HERE.

Associate AD Development (University of Missouri - Kansas City / Kansas City, MO): Oversight of athletic development office - including fundraising for private gifts and corporate sponsorships, and enhancement of donor relations, and alumni relations. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director - External and Media Relations (California Baptist University / Riverside, CA): Direct and supervise all athletic department corporate sponsorships and external revenue development; negotiate contracts; sell naming rights for athletic facilities; establish a licensing program. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Development for Athletics (University of North Carolina Wilmington / Wilmington, NC): The Associate Director of Development for Athletics is a member of a team of development and advancement professionals within a dynamic and growing athletics program. More details HERE.

Director of Sales, Corporate Partnerships - External Relations (Stanford University / Stanford, CA): This position will be responsible for creating a high volume of new business and implementing high-level corporate marketing partnerships for the university athletic program. More details HERE.

Assistant Ticket Manager-Business & Premium Seating (Purdue University Intercollegiate Athletics / West Lafayette, IN): Manage daily accounting functions for the Athletics Ticket Office. Create, prepare & maintain spreadsheets to report & analyze financial data. Coordinate new premium seat contract execution. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics (California State University, Fresno / Fresno, CA): The Director of Athletics is responsible for providing leadership and administrative oversight for an Intercollegiate Athletics Program with a rich history of tradition and community support. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics for Marketing & Fan Development (University of Richmond / Richmond, VA): The AD of Athletics for Marketing and Fan Development is responsible for the generation of revenue through ticket sales, attendance and creating a positive and exciting game day atmosphere. More details HERE.

Part-time Ticket Sales Representative, Intercollegiate Athletics (Ball State University / Muncie, IN): Market and sell full seasons, partial seasons, group tickets, and mini ticket plans, through outbound sales activities for all ticketed sports. More details HERE.

Director of Men's & Women's Basketball Operations (Mid-American Conference / Cleveland, OH): This position is responsible for the implementation of key operational activities related to men's and women's basketball in the Mid-American Conference. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director, Creative Services (University of Miami / Coral Gables, FL): Assistant AD, Creative Services manages the creative direction and visual brand standards for University of Miami Athletics, works with the graphic design, video content and digital strategy depts. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Director of Athletics (Washington State University / Pullman, WA): Senior Assoc AD provides oversight and mgt of external operations within WSU Athletics; serves as a member of the AD’s senior mgt team. Apps accepted through 5/8/2018; EO/AA. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities & Event Management (University of North Carolina Wilmington / Wilmington, NC): The Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities & Events Management oversees the UNCW Athletics Facilities and Event operations for a Division I program with 19 varsity sports. More details HERE.

Director of Development, Major Gifts (University of California, Berkeley / Berkeley, CA): This position is responsible for helping to meet the fundraising objectives of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts. More details HERE.

Academic Coordinator (San Diego State University / San Diego, CA): Assist at-risk student-athletes in achieving academic objectives, model/teach successful study skills/strategies, direct SA to university resources, set up/leading review sessions & provide tutoring. More details HERE.

Men and Women's Swimming Head Coach (College of the Holy Cross / Worcester, MA): Lead NCAA Division I men's & women's swimming program by recruiting and developing qualified student-athletes. More details HERE.

Associate Athletics Director - Strategic Communications and Management (UC San Diego / La Jolla, CA): Responsible for positively influencing the external dialogue about UC San Diego Athletics through expertise in communication methods, information flow, media relations & brand management. More details HERE.

Ticketing Director (University of Notre Dame / Notre Dame, IN): The Ticketing Director serves as one of a team of ticket managers that each has primary responsibility for a reserved seating sport. Application deadline 5/2/2018. EEO/AA. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Sports Administration (Big Ten Conference / Rosemont, IL): Liaison for sports, assist with management of championships, support to Sports Management Committee, manage awards program, coordinate product orders, assist with SCORE, other duties as assigned. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Video and Creative Services (American Athletic Conference / Providence, RI): Assists in all aspects of the digital and video department promoting The American's 22 sports. Serve as an integral part of the The American Digital Network staff. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Communications (American Athletic Conference / Providence, RI): Assists in all aspects of the communications/external relations area in promoting the Conference’s 22 sports while serving as the primary contact for assigned sports. More details HERE.

Deputy Athletics Director or Executive Associate Athletic Director for Finance & Strategic Initiatives (University of Texas at San Antonio / San Antonio, TX): Provides senior leadership, financial oversight of facilities operations, and oversees/ directs the operation of the Athletics budget for the UTSA Athletics Department. More details HERE.

Director of Digital Media Services (Mid-American Conference / Cleveland, OH): Create video content that drives views, conversations, and fan engagement to the Mid-American Conference website and social media platforms. Oversee all MAC created video content. More details HERE.

Director, Partnership Development for Auburn Sports Properties (Auburn Sports Properties / Auburn, AL): The Director of Partnership Development will be responsible for developing, selling and managing all aspects of fully integrated corporate sponsorship packages for Auburn University. More details HERE.

Director of Digital Media (Austin Peay State University / Clarksville, TN): Marketing, digital media and creative services for all 16 NCAA Division I programs as well as selected special initiatives with the goal of increasing awareness, attendance, and revenue. More details HERE.

Asst. Dir., Athletic Communications (Clemson University / Clemson, SC): Determines and develops media relations and social media strategies for WBB and other sports. Provides content development for digital platforms, and leads and instructs student assistants. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics Communications (Austin Peay State University / Clarksville, TN): Football Contact - Performs the role of an internal beat reporter, focusing on telling compelling stories in written, video, social media, graphics or other innovative formats.  More details HERE.
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