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Towson FB HC Ambrose & Ferris State (DII) boss Annese chat with The Athletic's Auerbach on the challenges of a 16-game season to win a national championship at their respective level as debate around the potential for an expanded CFP continues. Ambrose says physicality, not speed, ends up being the difference, also, "I want to say that, the year that we did it, we played the same amount of games as the Baltimore Ravens. They’re professionals. They don’t go to class. They don’t have finals. We played 16, and that’s all through finals. So, there’s a big disconnect. What do you want to do? Do you want the kids to have a great educational experience? Or do you want to figure out who the national champion is?" Annese goes in on the importance of "saving bodies" throughout the season, indicates he took his starting quarterback out at halftime in five games with the longterm goal in mind, doesn't see that happen at the FBS level. Former Youngstown State student-athlete Dellovade on the long season mixed with finals, "It was really hard for some of the guys. But if I could go back and redo it, I would do it the same exact way again." (link)
The IRS & Treasury Department released interim guidance on excise tax regulations with state colleges & universities specifically subject under the proposed amendment. Of note, "The tax code defines a covered employee as 'any employee who is one of an ATEO’s five highest-compensated employees for the current taxable year or who was a covered employee of the ATEO (or any predecessor) for any preceding taxable year beginning after December 31, 2016.' Therefore, once an employee is a covered employee, the person continues to be a covered employee for all subsequent taxable years." More & probably best to contact your tax expert. (link - article, link - full 92-page interim guidance)
Attorney for Miami (FL) MBB student-athlete Hernandez, who was deemed ineligible for the current season due to alleged contact with agency runner Dawkins, "As upset as I am over the unsupported and illogical determination by the @ncaa that Dewan Hernandez is ineligible, we are requesting  that the NCAA reinstate Dewan THIS SEASON. The NCAA can do the right thing here. Even if we disagree on the findings, he has served his punishment." (link)
The FCS title game will continue to experience Frisco & Toyota Stadium through 2025 with the Southland as host. Central Arkansas AD & FCS Committee chair Teague: "The Division I Football Championship game has been warmly embraced and supported by the City of Frisco for nearly a decade, and the committee has consistently received positive feedback from past student-athletes, coaches and fans." (link)
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Tulsa AD Gragg moves Director of FB Operations Grooms to Assoc. AD for Internal Operations. Grooms has been with the Golden Hurricane for the last eight years "responsible for the football team's daily operations, practice scheduling and team travel arrangements." Grooms is also a former Tulsa FB student-athlete. (link)
West Virginia AD Lyons goes with Troy's Brown as the next FB HC for the Mountaineers. Six-year deal that ESPN's Rittenberg describes as "the highest-paid new Big 12 coach. Three other Big 12 schools made coaching hires this year: Kansas (Les Miles), Kansas State (Chris Klieman) and Texas Tech (Matt Wells)." (link, link)
Penn State MBB HC Chambers suspended for a game after his shove of Nittany Lions student-athlete Dread during Thursday night's contest against Michigan. Chambers: "I apologized to him. I was just trying to challenge him, just trying to get the best out of him, and hopefully I’ll do it differently next time. No, not hopefully — I will do it a different way next time." (link); "Are you stepping to me right now?" That was Samford MBB HC Padgett to headlining official Hess as the two got into it during a Thursday night tip with East Tennessee State. Padgett, post-game, "If we're out on the street he's running the other way just if he sees me walking by. It's not a threat. But I'm 6-9, maybe 280 right now, not a lot of people step to me. I think it was an unprofessional move." (link - article, link - video)
A bit of backstory on Houston's latest FB HC hire and this explanation for the change from AD Pezman: "It wasn't 8-4; that didn't make a difference. It was the energy and the trajectory of the program. We're down 7,000 season tickets since Herman left. It's not Major's fault, but that's almost $3 million a year, just in tickets. So everybody's like, 'How can you afford this?' I'm like, 'How can I not?'" Newly minted HC Holgorsen and mega booster Fertitta, who played a major part in making the hire possible, have a "great relationship" according to Pezman, who adds: "and that helps, because what it does, at this point, it eliminates the bulls---. This is real, this is happening, and I'm helping make it happen." Prez Khator on Fertitta: "He is enormously valuable. He expands our horizons, and makes us think strategically and take chances and take risks. Schools that have had that person, like T. Boone Pickens [at Oklahoma State]... or Drayton McLane at Baylor, when you have those people, that's when you have a chance to separate yourself from everybody else. I'm not naïve in understanding the significance of that for us." (link)
More HC Notes: Mississippi State Women's Soccer HC Anagnost resigns to pursue another coaching opportunity. AC Rife will serve as interim. (link); Total buyout bill for the FB HC transition at Kansas State looks to be $5M. (link); Washington State Volleyball HC Greeny extended through June of 2024. (link)
Alabama Executive Assoc. AD for External Operations Purinton profiled by the Tallahassee Democrat, as his stints at Florida State & in Tuscaloosa have included being a part of an astounding seven national titles. Purinton believes that while the leadership styles of Crimson Tide boss Saban & Florida State legend Bowden are different, the core for both is effectively communicating with student-athletes. Purinton credits former FSU AD Hart for pushing him to experience the business outside of the Seminoles department as he worked at the Orange Bowl for a single year before landing with Saban, thanks to a recommendation from ESPN analyst Herbstreit. Purinton on working for UA AD Byrne, "I’ve learned a great deal from Greg when it comes to leadership and how important it is to treat people the right way both inside and outside of the organization, because at the end of the day building relationships is the most important thing we do." (link)
Former Colorado Board of Regents member Bosley pens for the Daily Camera on how Buffs athletics benefits the university's overall mission. Bosley: "A university that aspires to excellence in academics should aspire to excellence in all it does, including athletics. Success in each of those endeavors is neither mutually exclusive nor a zero-sum game. […] Regarding fundraising, I know thousands of CU supporters in the Boulder community and have spoken with many donors whose initial interaction with the university, and often their first donation, was through athletics. Several of those people also fund academic endeavors or scholarships. Most have told me that were it not for the engagement though athletics they would not be engaged with the university at all. […] Athletics is also a window into the university and a touch point for many alumni. When football or basketball games are televised, networks provide commercials (public service announcements) that not only shine the spotlight on CU Boulder's academic and research prowess but also provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in free advertising." More. (link)
ESPN's Anderson writes on the College Football Playoff National Championship between Alabama & Clemson & the situations of two former starting quarterbacks in the Crimson Tide's Hurts & Tigers' Bryant. Anderson sees Hurts & Bryant as prime examples of a new age in "player empowerment" as Hurts has handled the season impressively & insists his story is far from over, while Bryant will suit up for Missouri next season to further profile his talents. Anderson: "But just as Swinney acted in the best interests of his job and the program in elevating Lawrence, Bryant did the same in protecting his college career and NFL aspirations." (link)
Also Noticed: Per TicketIQ, the cheapest seat in Glendale for Alabama vs. Clemson in 2016 hit a low of $202, this year's matchup looks to have bottomed out around $120-140. (link); A rough estimate of minutes of live sports event viewing per $1 spent on sports rights fees in the calendar years 2017 and 2018, combined: CBS: 113; Fox: 104; NBC: 88; and ESPN: 60.  (link); Arkansas Pine Bluff will cut the ribbon today on the newly renovated H.O. Clemmons Arena. Upgrades include new bleachers in black and gold with the Golden Lions logo, a new court with new markings, and new basketball goals that feature the UAPB logo on the supports. (link)
Hogan Assessments Kimberly and Darin Nei team up for HBR: "Don't Try To Be the 'Fun Boss' - and Other Lessons in Ethical Leadership." Here are their suggestions for leaders for building trust with your team and the public: 1) Be humble, not charismatic; 2) Be steady and dependable; it will get you further; 3) Remember that modesty is the best policy; 4) Balance analysis with action; and 5) Be vigilant; vulnerability increases over time. Key point: "The personality characteristics that will get you chosen as a leader are not always the same as the ones that will make you effective in that role." (link)
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(NEW!) Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance (North Carolina State University / Raleigh, NC): Responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of all policies and procedures relative to a comprehensive NCAA Division I compliance program. More details HERE.

(NEW!) Director of Operations - Softball (University of Georgia Athletic Association / Athens, GA): Responsible for an array of team duties, events, and travel arrangements for the softball program. Ensures compliance with NCAA, SEC and institutional rules and regulations pertaining to softball. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics Marketing (College of the Holy Cross / Worcester, MA): Responsible for the creation and execution of marketing strategies, promotional plans and advertising campaigns. AA/EOE. More details HERE.

Assistant Ticket Manager (Mississippi State University / Starkville, MS): Responsible for assisting the Assistant AD for Ticket Operations with planning, organizing and controlling the operations of the Ticket Office; also assist in the management of ticket office staff. More details HERE.

Falcon Club Coordinator (Bowling Green State University / Bowling Green, OH): Develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for Falcon Club prospects. More details HERE.

Assistant Director Compliance (University of Mississippi / Oxford, MS): The incumbent performs activities to assist staff members in understanding & adhering to rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of the University, the NCAA and SEC and to monitor for Compliance. More details HERE.

HEAD COACH - VOLLEYBALL (University of New Hampshire / Durham, NH): UNH Athletics is seeking a Women’s Volleyball Head Coach to manage a highly competitive Division I Volleyball program. Visit http://apptrkr.com/1363099 for more details. More details HERE.

Associate Commissioner, External Communications Strategy (Mountain West Conference / Colorado Springs, CO): Member of senior leadership team with focus on developing and implementing strategies to generate greater awareness and visibility for the Mountain West and its member institutions. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for External Operations (Oakland University / Rochester, MI): Provide leadership, direction and supervision for Athletic Communications, Creative and Emerging Media, Ticket Sales and Operations, Video Services, Marketing, Fan Experience, Licensing and Branding. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Development (Oakland University / Rochester, MI): Provide leadership and direction for the Athletics' Development Office. Identifying/cultivating major gift prospects.Cultivate/solicit for annual fund, endowment, capital and sport specific initiatives. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Student Athlete Experience (Oakland University / Rochester, MI): Support and foster student-athlete excellence, health, safety and well-being and oversee academic services, life skills, sports med., strength and conditioning, nutrition and sports psychology. More details HERE.

Assistant or Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations (Augustana University / Sioux Falls, SD): Augustana University invites applications for the opportunity of Assistant or Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Event Management (Oakland University / Rochester, MI): Provide leadership, direction, managerial support and budget oversight to Facilities Operations, Events Management, and the Equipment Room. More details HERE.

Coordinator, Ticket Operations (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): The Coordinator of Ticket Operations will oversee ticketing for Soccer, Gymnastics, and Track and Field. The candidate will play a critical role in day to day operations for the ticket office. More details HERE.

Mountain West Network PA/Host (Mountain West Conference / Colorado Springs, CO): Serve as host, producer and editor for in studio segments. Travel to various Conference championships and serve as reporter/photographer. Produce digital content for distribution on multiple platforms. More details HERE.

HokieVision - Associate Director, ACC Network (Virginia Tech Athletics / Blacksburg, VA): The Associate Director, ACC Network reports to the Senior Director, ACC Network Operations. They will serve as the Lead Producer and also assist in the day-to-day execution of ACC Network/ESPN. More details HERE.

Coordinator - Athletics Compliance (Middle Tennessee State University / Murfreesboro, TN): Assist the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance to develop, monitor and oversee all aspects of NCAA compliance for 17 NCAA Division I athletic programs. More details HERE.

Deputy Athletic Director (University of New Mexico / Albuquerque, NM): The University of New Mexico's Athletics Department seeks a Deputy Athletic Director. For full Job Description and to Apply: http://www.Click2Apply.net/fjxgcpcqs9stygkd. PI106344778. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director of Facilities and Operations (Florida International University / Miami, FL): Oversees athletic facility management and upkeep to the Ricardo Silva Stadium and the FIU Athletics practice fields. More details HERE.

Associate Director - Academic & Career Counseling (Kansas Athletics, Inc. / Lawrence, KS): Responsible for all aspects of the student-athletes structure including initial visits with prospective athletes, advising of degree and course options, and assisting with certifications. More details HERE.

Director of Finance - Athletics and Recreation (University of Denver / Denver, CO): Director of Finance is responsible for budget, finance, accounting, and reporting functions for the Division of Athletics and Recreation and all of its Division I Intercollegiate Athletic Programs. More details HERE.

Director of Development (Razorback Foundation, Inc. (Univ of Arkansas) / Fayetteville, AR): Responsible for identification, cultivation, and stewardship of donors in the advancement of annual fund & major giving development efforts. More details HERE.

Director, Communications (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA): Directly responsible for leading and executing all communications initiatives as the primary contact for football, in addition to a spring sport to be assigned. More details HERE.

Ticket Office Associate (University of Missouri Athletics Ticket Office / Columbia, MO): Assist with ticket responsibilities and provide a secondary level of checks and balances for ticket office accounting. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director- Digital Strategies (University of Texas at San Antonio / San Antonio, TX): Direct, execute and lead social media strategies across all platforms to advance the UTSA Athletics brand. More details HERE.

Associate Director, Database and CRM (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): Arizona athletics is looking for a dynamic leader that will assist in supporting sales, marketing and development by providing database support, metrics and tracking success. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications (Pepperdine University / Malibu, CA): The Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications assists in the promoting of Pepperdine’s Athletics Department with an emphasis on social media, digital/video, website and media relations. More details HERE.

Lecturer OR Professor of Practice (Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University / Tempe, AZ): The Lecturer/Professor of Practice will teach four to six courses per academic year (2-3 per semester), with a primary focus in any one of these areas: sports finance, economics, marketing, or analytics. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director Development (Florida International University / Miami, FL): Services as a front-line fundraiser for the FIU Intercollegiate Athletics program. Advances FIU Athletics program by developing and implementing strategies to secure major gift funding. More details HERE.

Head Athletic Trainer, Football (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA): As Head Athletic Trainer, Football you will be working cohesively and collaboratively with coaches, researchers and world-renowned physicians to ensure the health and safety of student-athletes. More details HERE.

Deputy Director of Athletics/Senior Associate AD, External (Pennsylvania State University / University Park, PA): Req Bachelor's deg & 12 yrs exp prefer at NCAA Division I level, demonstrated executive leadership/exp in strategic planning/communications, public relations, advancement, & business development. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communications (University of New Mexico / Albuquerque, NM): The University of New Mexico Athletics Department is accepting applications for the Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communications. Apply Here: http://www.Click2Apply.net/bg4xc5hxw5hfhw. More details HERE.

Head Coach - Women's Volleyball (Quinnipiac University / Hamden, CT): Quinnipiac University's Department of Athletics & Recreation seeks applications for Head Coach - Women's Volleyball. More info: http://career.qu.edu/cw/en-us/job/492738/head-coach-womens-volleyball. More details HERE.

Development Director (University of Miami / Miami, FL): Miami is seeking a dynamic and energetic fundraiser that will be responsible for increasing gifts through relationships with assigned prospects and athletic constituents. More details HERE.

Director of Athletic Video Productions (University of South Dakota / Vermillion, SD): Responsible for creating video content for external use and in-game presentation, producing live events and coordinating video projects in support of the athletic department’s strategic plan. More details HERE.

Assistant Coach, Football (Brown University / Providence, RI): This 11-month position (3 assistant coach positions) assists the Head Coach in all phases of the Football program, with specific focus on a position area to be determined by the Head Coach. More details HERE.:

Associate/Sr. Associate Director of Athletics for Development (State University of New York at Buffalo / Buffalo, NY): This position will support and enhance the mission of the State University of New York at Buffalo Athletics Department and is responsible for working to optimize philanthropic support for Athletics. More details HERE.
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