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Florida inks a new 10-year primary apparel partnership with Fanatics in a deal brokered by UF partner IMG College Licensing. New deal kicks off in 2020 as Fanatics will produce fan apparel and Nike will continue to make official team gear for the Gators with other licensees to be managed by IMGCL. Per SBJ's Smith, "It comes with a signing bonus and an annual guarantee, which the school did not disclose, but is believed to be in the same ballpark as Oregon’s $1.5 million signing bonus and $2.15 million annual royalty guarantee." Gators AD Stricklin: "The reach of Fanatics has grown to the point where they not only benefit from our brand, but we can benefit from their brand. The opportunity they give us to understand our customer base, through their analytics, is also really valuable in terms of knowing who and where our fans are." IMGCL EVP & Managing Director Moss: "The unique structure of the deal gives Florida a deeper commitment that a brand like Florida deserves, while keeping the University in control of brand management and marketing decisions that impact its fan base." (link)
New ECU AD Gilbert with his first 'From the Helm' letter to Pirate fans, points to focus on squaring away a sixth home FB game next season due to the Virginia Tech fall out, restructuring ticket prices, bringing back popular events & starting new traditions, as well as putting in place a new Pirate Club renewal program. Gilbert: "I have learned this is a resilient place, and that is in no small part because of you. Pirate Nation is strong, loyal and committed to excellence. Your love for and commitment to ECU is why we will continue to thrive as we move forward." (link)
North Carolina finished FY18 $2.1M in the black on $104.57M in revenues against $102.43M in expenses. It's the first time the Tar Heels have exceeded the nine-digit threshold. "Royalties, licensing, advertisement, and sponsorships" jumped to $12.3M from just $3M in FY17, ticket sales moved to $26.3M from $23.8M, which was helped, in part, by seven FB home games. $16.6M in scholarships, $19M in coaches salaries & benefits. FB surplus was $22.4M, MBB netted $15.4M. (link)
Northern Colorado will undergo a review process as part of the university's push to trim $10M from its budget to correct an existing deficit. Focusing on expenses, as opposed to a conference or division move, looks to be the route forward for athletics. Bears AD Dunn: "The university budget process is not complete so I don’t want to speculate on the outcome." The article includes a bunch of financial data for UNC as a review of where the cuts could come from. University Prez Feinstein: "We won’t know how much savings the divisions need to identify until I finalize the university-wide, cost-saving options." (link)
You're not a part of senior staff, but have the opportunity to present a big new idea to the group. Per CEO coach Nawaz for Harvard Business Review, here are some key tips: 1) "For yours to stand out and be useful to the CEO, it must solve a problem. Begin the presentation with the problem you’ve identified and spend time upfront creating context, surfacing the pain points, and building a sense of urgency around addressing the challenge."; 2) Be sure to thoroughly discuss the ROI of your proposal; 3) Leave enough time for questions & interaction; and, 4) Quadruple-check your numbers, "Once you present an incorrect number, your executives will tend to write off the rest of your data." (link)
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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Auburn Senior Assoc. AD for Student-Athlete Experience/SWA Holland reflects on her path in college athletics. Holland reviews the importance of writing thank you notes & volunteering as key to getting in front of other influential leaders early in her career. Holland on Temple Executive Senior Assoc. AD/SWA & former Georgia Tech leader McElroy, "I owe Mary McElroy a lot for believing in me and giving me my first opportunity in athletics administration. However, we still have room to grow in our industry to be more representative of the different populations that we serve. I am thankful for the many opportunities I have been given and I have a responsibility to be an advocate for other minorities and women who desire to work in our field." More. (link)
Missouri WBB returns to South Carolina tonight, but Gamecocks HC Staley says she doesn't expect anything to go down similar to last year's drama, "That’s actually in the back of my mind. I don’t even think about that anymore. I’m a person who’s mastered compartmentalizing." Without providing details, USC AD Tanner indicates he & his team completed a review of game day procedures as required by the SEC, calls the atmosphere inside Colonial Life Arena best in the nation. (link)
Excellent watch on the importance of emotional intelligence with Azusa Pacific (DII) FB HC Santa Cruz. Notable takeaways, "When I was a young leader, I had to learn that I couldn't use the same tools to fix every problem. […] As leaders, our behaviors should be in alignment with our intentions. If you aren't self-aware, your intentions may be misinterpreted. […] Unfortunately as human beings, we take everything personal, and that is were emotional intelligence provides the most benefit. […] It all comes down to the leader...self-awareness on the organizational and individual level wouldn't have worked if I, as the head coach, didn't say that it was critical for our success." (link)
Dallas Morning News reporter Hoyt writes on what he sees as major inadequacies in the National Letter of Intent as six FB HC changes have occurred after the new early singing day. Houston, for one, granted releases to all those who signed under former HC Applewhite, but wanted out after the hire of new HC Holgorsen. Further, NCAA Director of Governance Peal points to 96% of the 1,272 requests being granted last year. Big 12 Commish Bowlsby's view, "The NLI has worked well. Can it be made better? Sure, there are probably ways it can be made better. But it is supposed to be a mutually responsible document and a voluntary document." More. (link)
Nebraska will continue with Pepsi as its "official soft drink" as long as the Board of Regents approves a new deal between the parties which have worked together since 1997. Some key terms: "$1.765 million per year, an increase of about 9 percent from its previous contract, which generated about $1.625 million per year. [...] The terms of the agreement would allow Pepsi to use university trademarks to advertise and sell its beverages. The agreement also includes environmental sustainability requirements, such as recycling bottles and cans and using energy-efficient refrigerated vending machines." (link); Syracuse & INFLCR expand their partnership from just FB to now also include hoops & LAX programs. (link)
Interesting read on health challenges for FB offensive linemen as The New York Times' Belson goes deep on the effects of weight gain for NFL players once their playing days are over. Former linemen, compared with other FB players and the general population, have higher rates of hypertension, obesity and sleep apnea, all of which can lead to chronic fatigue, poor diet and death. From 1942 to 2011, lineman gained an average of .75-2 pounds per year, which is twice the average gain for all NFL players. Further, the average weight of offensive linemen went from 249 pounds in the 1970s to 315 pounds in the 2000s. Lots here, including the personal journeys of several who suffered accordingly from their weight battles. (link)
Also Noticed: Updated comprehensive MBB rankings. (link); Mississippi State AD Cohen goes with Auburn AHC Armstrong to lead the Women's Soccer program in Starkville. (link); Evansville will sell 42 acres of land to partially fund and house a new wellness and recreation center. Hughes Hall and sports fields used by UE currently sit on that land. This will, in turn, free up space near the Armory for the soccer programs and potentially a new track and field practice space. (link); Saturday night's MBB game between Duke and Virginia did a 2.6 overnight, which is tied for the highest-rated college basketball game on ESPN since 2014. (link); Did you know: Lead referee in yesterday's controversial Saints-Rams NFC Championship Game Vinovich is also a DI MBB ref? (link); ESPN SVP of Corporate Communications LaPlaca: "Debut UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ - 568,000 new subscribers. Best prelim TV rating since 2013 on ESPN. Hard to imagine a more successful launch." BTIG Analyst Greenfield's counter: "Breakeven for UFC on ESPN+ is 2.5 million subs -- only 2 mm more to go (winking emoji)." (link, link)
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Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance (East Carolina University / Greenville, NC): Responsible for the organization and administration of East Carolina University's NCAA and AAC compliance programs. Bachelor's degree required. PI107029668. More details HERE.

Director, Student-Athlete Development (Texas Athletics / Austin, TX): Provide administrative and budgetary oversight of the student-athlete development program for student-athletes at the University of Texas at Austin. More details HERE.

Director of Development - Athletics (Montana State University / Bozeman, MT): The Director of Development for Athletics will work closely with the MSU Alumni Foundation and Athletics Department to secure major gifts to support MSU Athletics. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Development-Major Gifts (Ole Miss Athletics Foundation / Oxford, MS): The Assoc. Director of Development is a member of the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation staff, and charged with the identification, solicitation and raising of philanthropic gifts for Ole Miss Athletics. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Athletic Communications (Baylor University / Waco, TX): Responsible for outgoing messaging to shape, enhance and protect the Baylor Athletics brand, by monitoring public perception and through verbal and digital communication with media and constituents. 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. They will serve as the Lead Producer and assist in the execution of ACC Network/ESPN initiatives for Virginia Tech. More details HERE.

Development Coordinator for Intercollegiate Athletics - Events & Operations (Miami University / Oxford, OH): Assist with the events and day-to-day operations of the ICA Development Office with the goal to generate/increase revenues, enhance the game day experience, and improve events and hospitality efforts. More details HERE.

Donor Retention Coordinator (NM State Athletics / Las Cruces, NM): Support the execution of emerging Aggie Athletic Club annual giving campaigns and annual giving stewardship. More details HERE.

Assistant Director for Customer Service and Retention (Baylor University / Waco, TX): This position supports the Department of Athletics and the Bear Foundation through efficiency in event planning and management, gift processing, financial reconciliation and donor relations. More details HERE.

Facilities Operations Maintenance Manager - University of Southern California (Aramark / Los Angeles, CA): We are looking for a Facilities Operations Maintenance Manager who will be responsible for planning, administering and directing all unit activities related to Facility maintenance for the campus. More details HERE.

Associate A.D., Business Operations (University of California, Santa Barbara / Santa Barbara, CA): Associate A.D. Business Operation reports to the Director of Athletics for all business and finance matters. Responsible for coordination and administrative aspects of the Athletics Business Office. More details HERE.

Director of Marketing and Promotions (University of Central Arkansas / Conway, AR): The position of Director of Marketing and Promotions is responsible for the creation and implementation of Central Arkansas Athletics' marketing, promotional and advertising plans. More details HERE.

Director of Development (University of Central Arkansas / Conway, AR): The position of Director of Development is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding current and prospective annual fund donors to achieve departmental fundraising goals. More details HERE.

Assistant Director - Eligibility and Monitoring (University of Washington Athletics / Seattle, WA): Searching for an outstanding Compliance team member who will oversee eligibility, monitoring, amateurism eligibility, and education. For complete details, visit www.washington.edu/jobs, job #163658. More details HERE.

Ticket Manager (University of Central Arkansas / Conway, AR): The Ticket Manager position is responsible for planning, organizing and managing all aspects of Central Arkansas Athletics' ticketing operation to achieve department ticketing goals and objectives. More details HERE.

Marketing Communications Specialist (Pennsylvania State University / University Park, PA): Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics seeks Marketing Communications Specialist. Requires Bachelor's degree +2 years of related experience. Application instructions: http://apptrkr.com/1368725 EOE/AA. More details HERE.

Marketing Communications Specialist (Creative Assistant) (Pennsylvania State University / University Park, PA): Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics seeks dynamic creative professional for football program. Requires Bachelor's degree plus 2 years related experience, Apply: http://apptrkr.com/1352464 EOE/AA. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director - Advancement (University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) / Chicago, IL): This position is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive strategic plans for annual giving, donor engagement and stewardship to build and feed the major gift pipeline for Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Director Athletics Annual Giving (Oregon State University / Corvallis, OR): This position will devote work time to fundraising activities focused on OSU’s rated discovery prospects with Athletics interest, interest, and responsibilities to advance Athletics engagement. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Communications Director (Info Rep II) (Texas A&M Athletics / College Station, TX): Texas A&M Athletics Communications is seeking a social media- and messaging-savvy Assistant Director (classified as Information Representative II), whose primary responsibility will be volleyball. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Engagement (University of Arkansas / Fayetteville, AR): The Sr Associate AD for External Engagement will oversee each external unit within the department of Athletics, and serve as a member of the Athletic department Senior Staff and Leadership team. More details HERE.

Coordinator - Athletics Social Media (Middle Tennessee State University / Murfreesboro, TN): Assist the Associate Athletic Director Athletic Communications with all aspects of the Middle Tennessee State University’s Athletic Communications program which supports 17 NCAA Division I sports. More details HERE.

Ticket Office Assistant (San Diego State University / San Diego, CA): Customer service & ticket sales in person/via telephone. Assist the outbound ticket sales team & with seat relocation, additional seat requests, event creation & phone messaging. Game night supervisor. More details HERE.

Assistant Director for Marketing and Promotions (University of North Texas / Denton, TX): Athletics dept. at the University of North Texas seeking an Asst Director- Marketing & Promotions. Resp: creation & coordination of marketing plans & promo, primary focus in Olympic sports. More details HERE.

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.

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.

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.
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