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Michigan State Interim AD Beekman: "Obviously, there is a lot going on. I've been around the university 23 years, I've run a $100 million budget over in the medical schools and ran the alumni association and for the last decade I've been working with the president. I met regularly with the former athletic director, Mark Hollis, I have a pretty good handle on the set of athletic issues and we have a pretty good team over there so we're tackling the things as they come." Further, Beekman says the Spartans have been in "regular contact" with the NCAA, doesn't know how long he'll lead the department as a search for a permanent boss has yet to begin, "We've got a lot going on now, but I think as I get into the role - we've got a very good team over there - I think it will balance out more in the months to come. We'll get a search going and we'll get a permanent person that we can all be excited about." (link)
ESPN MBB personality Goodman sat down with Auburn MBB HC Pearl for yesterday morning's College GameDay & the pair talked about the on-going investigations around the Tigers. Pearl: "We've complied enough (with the internal investigation) to still be here. I think so many times when you have an internal investigation it should be internal. Again, I wouldn't be here coaching if we had done, if there were greater problems. [...] We're working through the process and I'm confident when it's all said and done I'll still be the head coach at Auburn for the right reasons." Scroll to the bottom of the article for full video of the conversation. (link)
"I think everybody’s looking hard at it because I don’t think anybody knows all the answers to it right now. I think there’s a lot interpretation yet to be done and I think everyone is trying to get their hands around it, but clearly the antenna is up and trying to make some determinations on what that means." That's MAC Commish Steinbrecher on how the new federal tax changes could impact college athletics. SEC boss Sankey indicates governmental relations staffs at his institutions are engaged on the issue to understand the local dynamics. UCF AD White says he's come to understand fewer donors will be leveraging itemized deductions on their tax forms. More from LEAD1 Executive Director McMillen: "This tax bill treats college sports as a business and yes, there are parts that look like a business, but the biggest part of it: the 57,000 kids who are going there on scholarships and who are playing non-revenue sports are the ones who are going to get hurt." (link)
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We've all heard the Drucker axiom, "Culture eats strategy for breakfast." However, Harvard Business School professor Moss Kanter says it's a focus on execution for top line leaders that achieves outsized results, "A strategy is never excellent in and of itself; it is shaped, enhanced, or limited by implementation. Top leaders can provide the framework and tools for a team, but the game is won on the playing field." Focuses: 1) Question everything; 2) Inform everyone, then empower champions; 3) Keep relationships tight and rules loose; and, 4) Modify quickly. (link)
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On the eve of his league's All-Star Game, NBA Commish Silver covered a number of topics during his media availability including one-and-done. Silver, in part, "We realize that the whole nature of the one-and-done is that we don't operate in isolation. Where we choose to set with our players association, a minimum age, has an impact on college basketball as well. We've been having discussions with Condoleezza Rice's commission. And so, as I understand it, they're looking to issue some recommendations in the spring, so we'll be interested to see where they come out on that. In terms of the NBA, we're conflicted to be honest. We're outside of our cycle of collective bargaining right now, which is when we generally address an issue like that. But Michelle Roberts and I also agree that there's no reason we shouldn't also be discussing it right now. So we've had some meetings with the player's association where we've shared data -- success rates of young players coming into the league. [...] We're not by any means rushing through this. I think this is actually a case where outside the cycle of collective bargaining, we can spend more time on it with the player's association, talk to individual players, talk to their executive board and really try to understand the pros and cons of moving the age limit." More on this issue. (link) More overall from Silver. (link)
Sports Illustrated legal expert McCann breaks down the issues surrounding Georgia Tech MBB HC Pastner stemming from allegations brought by a former friend & confidant. McCann, of course, notes that if Yellow Jackets leadership chose to part ways with Pastner on a "for cause" basis the institution would owe him nothing. In a "without cause" scenario, Pastner could get 60% to 100% of the money left on his deal. One of McCann's key points: "All of the parties to the lawsuit are taking on risk. Pretrial discovery could produce damaging and embarrassing evidence, such as inappropriate text messages and insensitive emails. The parties are also subject to answering personal questions under oath that could yield awkward admissions. For Pastner, any evidence or testimony that tarnishes his reputation could impact his employment with Georgia Tech." More. (link)
The VCU athletic department recently highlighted some of its efforts to "maintain a culture conducive to reporting instances of sexual assault or misconduct, raising awareness of the prevalence of these instances, and eradicating such behavior altogether from the community." With annual programming that includes training, education, workshops and guests speakers, the department participates in the "It's On Us" movement and requires all students and employees to complete "Not Anymore" training. AD McLaughlin: "We take pride in working with our Office of Equity and Access Services and VCU Police to create a culture that does not tolerate sexual assault, harassment or gender discrimination. We are fortunate to have such wonderful resources on our campus to educate our student-athletes. Having nationally renowned expert Scott Lewis visit with our entire department, as well as our SAAC initiative, the 'It’s On Us' campaign, are two examples of proactive programming we have done annually over the last five years. We take pride in knowing that we are leaders on our campus in creating a safe and supportive culture for all students." (link)
Ahead of yesterday's MBB tip with Michigan State, Northwestern administrators followed Indiana's lead and placed handouts in every seat in the student section imploring fans to be respectful to the opponents. It read: "We are Wildcats and we respect our student-athletes, our team and our opponents. And we represent Northwestern University in a positive manner, always. Our thoughts of support are with the survivors at Michigan State during this difficult time. We have zero tolerance for inappropriate language or behavior, and you will be removed from the game if you choose not to cooperate. Thank you, in advance, for your support. Go 'Cats! - Northwestern University Athletics" (linklink)
West Virginia MBB HC Huggins says he's never been involved in a game where his squad only shot two free throws. Such was the case last night in a match-up for the Mountaineers at Kansas, a tilt that eventually saw Huggins ejected near the final buzzer as KU surged for the win. Huggins: "Officials want to be part of the game, but they don’t want to be part of the game that has to answer. Why aren’t they in here answering your questions? We’re going to bring 19 and 21-year-old kids in here that don’t get paid and you’re going to ask them questions. You’re going to ask [Miles] 'Why didn’t you shoot it?' They don’t want to get asked why didn’t you call this, why didn’t you call that." (link); Here's the full presser. (link)
Personnel: Georgia FB now has a $1M AC in DC Tucker, who will be paid $1.5M moving forward, which represents a $600K bump year over year. Overall, the Bulldogs have crossed the $6M threshold for AC pay. (link); Looks like former Florida FB HC McElwain is headed to Michigan as an offensive assistant. (link); Former TCU Swim & Dive HC Busch chose to resign after the university "conducted an internal inquiry into program rules, policy and procedure violations." Horned Frogs AD Donati says Busch fully complied with the probe, offers little other info on the situation. (link)
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All sorts of goodies in Nielsen's 2017 Year in Sports Media. Out-of-home TV ratings surged by at least 9% for each of the opening days of the NCAA MBB Tourney, 57% of bowl game watchers reported a higher likelihood to buy Dos Equis, 29% said they were more likely to eat at Outback, 24% more likely to drink Dr. Pepper, 50% more likely to invest in a mutual fund & 16% more likely to use AT&T as their wireless provider. What's next? "Developing media partnerships across many different channels that allow avid fans to engage with 'their school' and foster the unique sense of community around college sports is critical to building the next generation of college fans." Lots more. (link)
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Things certainly haven't been all rainbows & daisies for New Mexico AD Nuñez since he arrived in Albuquerque, but the Lobos' boss points to what he learned from former LSU & current Alabama FB HC Saban, "Trust the process." More: "I’ve had more breakfast meetings in my four months here than I think I’ve ever had in my whole life. […] I didn’t come here expecting it to be like LSU or anywhere else I’ve been. I came here because I see potential in what we’re trying to do." Nuñez also points to his time at Florida around then-MBB HC Donovan & playing high school hoops for current South Carolina HC Martin, "Coach Martin, he’d give me a ride home after practice almost every day, and in those 30 minutes, it was his ability to turn the basketball off and focus on the person that really shaped who I am. That’s what I’m trying to do here." (link)
New Montana Prez Bodnar is a former Baseball student-athlete at Army West Point & it's a MacArthur quote that still sticks with him, "'Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that, upon other fields, on other days will bear the fruits of victory.' MacArthur's point was that the lessons you learn on the athletic fields, 'the fields of friendly strife,' are very valuable throughout the rest of your life. In his context, it was in a military context, but I think the same is true at a university, and I want to be very clear right up front that the purpose of our programs is really to enhance the education of the young women and men who participate in them." Bodnar says he expects Grizz HCs to set clear expectations for their student-athletes & then "empower & enable" them to reach the set goals. Overall priorities for athletics: 1) Student development & success; 2) Display "Montana values"; and, 3) Help student-athletes navigate celebrity. (link)
UConn and WTIC-AM1080 Radio will end their relationship after the current season, as the Huskies will leave Entercom Radio and head to the local ESPN affiliate WUCS-FM 97.7 (IHeartMedia) for a 10-year deal that includes Football, both Basketballs and Hockey. Entercom VP/Market Manager Zachary on the end of the 26-year partnership: "It's not a blow. It's a business decision. Our company is affiliated with scores of college teams. This particular one is not feasible, in our opinion. ... It was requiring things that weren't logical, things we wouldn't do for any college or pro program." For example, Zachary says UConn demanded more sports talk shows be aired that were favorable to the university and specifically says UConn didn't agree with the "conservative programming" aired by WTIC as it is "at odds with the best interest of the university." (link)
Bentley opened its new $45M Hockey arena, with an ice rink named after longtime AD DeFelice, "To have your own place is going to be a tremendous asset for the university. Having a place of this magnitude where we’re going to play our home games is going to help our school spirit, the student body. It’s a no-brainer what it’s going to do for the hockey team." (link); Here's a variety of picture of the new digs. (link)
Under Armour's financial performance has been sagging of late, but its relationship with the NBA & a number of key stars are reasons to still be bullish on the brand. UA Director of Basketball Partnerships & Operations Evans on the 10-week Building Bridges Through Basketball program that included youth learning the game from former NBA stand-outs, "The importance for us is the authenticity factor with the NBA. Any time we can do anything through the lens of the curriculum that the NBA sets, it authenticates us in the category of basketball." (link)
Also Noticed: Another long piece with Nebraska AD Moos that comes with the title of, "Bill Moos wants to help fans, show there's no place like Nebraska." Unfortunately, the article is behind the impenetrable wall of Omaha.com that doesn't allow for viewing even after subscribing. Sigh. (link); A number of Penn State student-athletes participated in the annual THON mega-fundraiser in Happy Valley. Though there were limitations on FB student-athletes given their time demands, the Men's Gymnastics squad took home a win for its performance. (link, link); Two generations of Eagles called yesterday's Miami (FL)-Syracuse MBB match-up. Pretty terrific exchange between father & son. "Clean your room." (link); West Virginia & Eastern Kentucky reach terms on a 2020 FB match-up. (link)
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Associate Athletic Director- Facilities (Northwestern University / Evanston, IL): Northwestern Athletics and Recreation is accepting applications for an Associate Athletics Director for Facilities. The job description can be viewed at www.northwestern.edu/hr/careers/ Job ID: 33006. More details HERE.

Associate Athletics Director for Facility and Event Operations (Pennsylvania State University / University Park, PA): Penn State University Intercollegiate Athletics is seeking an Associate Athletics Director for Facility and Event Operations. Please view full job description at http://apptrkr.com/1167416. More details HERE.

Senior Account Executive for Georgetown Sports Properties (Georgetown Sports Properties / Washington, DC): The Sr. Account Executive will develop, sell, and manage all aspects of fully integrated corporate sponsorship packages for Georgetown Sports Properties. More details HERE.


Executive Director - Athletics Foundation (Georgia Southern University / Statesboro, GA): Georgia Southern University is accepting applications for the Executive Director-Athletic Foundation. EEO/AA/ADA/Veteran employer. More details HERE.

Assoc Director of Development and Internal Operations (University of Georgia Athletic Association / Athens, GA): Will support annual giving functions of The Georgia Bulldog Club;maintain a portfolio of major gift donors & prospects;Provide oversight of all TGBC gift & data entry; cultivate & steward donors. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services (University of North Texas / Denton, TX): Overseeing Student Services Center; includes academic support, staff, student services, & student-athlete development. Providing leadership executed through policies & processes for student athletes. More details HERE.

Director, Ticket Operations (Stanford University / Stanford, CA): The Director, Ticket Operations manages ticketing for 100+ regular season events, major tournaments and postseason events across many of Stanford’s 36 Division I varsity sports. More details HERE.

Assistant Coach, Men's Soccer (University of North Carolina Wilmington / Wilmington, NC): Assists the Head Coach in providing leadership for a NCAA Division I men’s soccer program. Assists with all aspects of the men’s soccer program. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics Communications (James Madison University / Harrisonburg, VA): Serve as communications contact for softball, volleyball, swimming and diving and in support of football with an emphasis on digital content & engagement. More details HERE.

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (University of California, Berkeley / Berkeley, CA): The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for the position of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Witt/Kieffer has been retained by the University to lead the search. More details HERE.

Senior Manager, Digital Media and Analytics (Paciolan / Irvine, CA): This is a senior marketing position that specializes in digital advertising, search marketing and analytics, advising and evaluating client marketing performance and reviewing digital properties. More details HERE.

Director of Ticket Operations (College Football Playoff / Irving, TX): The Director of Ticket Operations manages ticketing for the National Championship and all auxiliary events that take place in conjunction with the game. More details HERE.

Digital Marketing and Sales Coordinator (College Football Playoff / Irving, TX): The Digital Marketing and Sales Coordinator provides coordination and project management services with focus on promoting the brand and maximizing revenue. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities, Operations & Events (College of the Holy Cross / Worcester, MA): This position will provide leadership for the facilities, operations & events staff on a day-to-day basis in addition to oversight of athletics facilities, game operations and outside events. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics (Bucknell University / Lewisburg, PA): Bucknell University is a NCAA Division I school with outstanding academic and athletics tradition. Witt/Kieffer has been retained by Bucknell to lead the recruitment for its next Director of Athletics. More details HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
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