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He's the only person to ever lead two different 'Big 5' athletic departments in Philadelphia, but come the end of June he's officially stepping away. Outgoing La Salle boss Bradshaw on his return to the Explorers three years ago, "It was going to be heavy lifting. The president described it to me that way. It wasn’t a retirement job." Interestingly, Bradshaw, who also served as AD at DePaul & Temple, says Owls MBB HC Chaney was the most low-maintenance HC he ever had to deal with, "When I say that, people don’t believe me. He was. But when he was in front of a microphone, he was a terrorist. I told my wife, 'I can miss the game, but I can’t miss the press conference.' La Salle indicates it will launch a national search in short order for Bradshaw's replacement. (link, link)
$219M. That is Texas' reported FY18 operating revenue versus expenses of $206.5M. The latter number is $31M+ more than any other department has spent in the 13 years USA Today has been keeping track. Transfer to the university: $10.8M. Overall FB revenue: $144.5M. Check this out, "Texas’ football revenue alone was more than the total athletics operating revenue reported for fiscal 2017 by all but 12 NCAA Division I public schools." A bit more. (link)
Hancock Whitney Stadium is the new name of South Alabama's coming on-campus FB stadium set to open in 2020. It's a 10-year deal, during which "Hancock Whitney will provide the University of South Alabama with an array of financial and investment services." Jags AD Erdmann: "Hancock Whitney Stadium will propel South Alabama football and all Jaguar athletics programs to a new level of excellence, success and prestige. We have been deliberate and meticulous in planning every aspect of this stadium project, and our students, alumni and fans will be proud to call it home." No specific financial details mentioned in the release. (link)
2018 gross alcohol sales for Purdue FB home games eclipsed the $1M mark at $1.063M. Three night games - Northwestern, Missouri & Ohio State - averaged $187K, while the four day games - Eastern Michigan, Boston College, Iowa & Wisconsin - averaged $125K. 2017's haul was $567K, but with only six home kicks. Comparatively, the Boilermakers did $263K for the entire 2017-18 MBB season. "Net sales" data doesn't appear anywhere in the piece. (link)
TV Landscape: The New York Post reports the Department of Justice may allow Disney to spin out its 22 RSNs into a new company or into a unit with separate control, which could avoid Disney having to fire sell the assets. Key: "A spinout, however, would not guarantee a higher price. It could even jeopardize the RSN business model in that the new majority owner would lack Fox’s clout to ensure cable companies carry the networks on their basic tiers." (link); New Fox won't buy the RSNs, nor will it acquire the Big 12 FB championship game in '19, '21 or '23. CNBC reports New Fox is solely focused on being a "growth company." (link); Sports TV scheduling expert Sarzyniak writes on the Big 12 FB title kicks, thinks Fox will air college basketball in the windows the Big 12 previously played in. (link); Nielsen says up to 16M households now operate their TVs with over-the-air antennas to receive programming. More on this growing trend. (link)
The West Coast Conference's Las Vegas-based MBB & WBB post-season tournaments get a new title sponsor in Los Angeles-based University Credit Union. Van Wagner helped to broker the "long-term" deal. University Credit Union is already engaged at the campus level with league members Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount & Santa Clara. VWSE West Region Vice President for Collegiate Services Massari: "This is a perfect fit and aligns two partners who share service to others as a core-value. We are excited to introduce University Credit Union to the over 1 million loyal alumni, institutional staff and constituents who make up the WCC." (link)
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Cal AD Knowlton hires Rice Senior Assoc. AD/Chief Development Officer Mann to the same role in Berkeley. Knowlton: "Brian has led fundraising at two high academic institutions (Rice & Dartmouth), and he has significant major-gift experience both in athletics and at the central campus level, which will be critical as we move into our upcoming comprehensive campaign." The Golden Bears also announced Interim Chief Development Officer Voetsch has been named Assoc. AD for Development. (link)
ACC Senior Assoc. Commish for WBB Finch will retire at the end of the current academic year. League Commish Swofford: "Nora Lynn has successfully served the Atlantic Coast Conference and our member schools with integrity, enthusiasm and energy. Her contributions to college athletics, and specifically women’s basketball, are national in scope. Her career accomplishments are extraordinary and I congratulate her on a truly outstanding career." Finch has been with the ACC since 2008 after 30 years at N.C. State in senior leadership. Cool fact: Finch was the chair of the first ever NCAA WBB Tourney selection committee in 1981, served in the role until 1988. (link)
Former USA Gymnastics senior leader & Florida HC Faehn paid $15K for her four days of work as part of Michigan's program before Wolverines AD Manuel decided to reverse course. Faehn's deal called for monthly pay of $15K through the end of May that could be terminated at any time as long as one month's notice was given. (link)
North Carolina AD Cunningham is going to have a new boss quicker than outgoing Chancellor Folt planned as the university's board decided Folt will exit by the end of the month, not at the end of the semester. BoG chair Smith: "She resigned, we accepted it. We just felt it was better to compress the timeline and then work more toward a healing process." (link); Interim Michigan State Prez Engler, during an interview with The Detroit News late last week, "You’ve got people, they are hanging on and this has been … there are a lot of people who are touched by this, survivors who haven’t been in the spotlight. In some ways, they have been able to deal with this better than the ones who’ve been in the spotlight who are still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition." MSU has since said Engler's comments were "ill advised." (link)
More Leadership Notes: Colorado State AD Parker on FB HC Bobo, "As I’ve said so many times already, I believe in what Mike Bobo is doing as it relates to our football program. He’s a man of high character, high ethics, you know he’ll never compromise his integrity. Did he have a tough season? Absolutely. Am I going to support him? Without a doubt." (link); East Tennessee State AD Carter hires South Florida AC Jenkins as his new Volleyball HC. (link); USC Upstate AD Feig does the same with Navarro College (NJCAA) HC Shirley. (link); Stetson FB HC Hughes extended through 2021. (link); Washington Women's Soccer HC Gallimore says she'll retire at the end of the 2019 campaign. (link); NBC & notable play-by-play voice Costas have officially broken up. (link)
Conference USA has completed its review of the Rice-UTEP MBB ending that included some questionable calls & timekeeping. While errors were made, the result - a last-second UTEP win - will stand. Commish MacLeod: "We determined the clock did not start on time. All video replay processes will be reviewed to ensure the best possible information is available to our officials on site." Rice AD Karlgaard says his camp is disappointed with the outcome, but "it's time for us to move on. We've got a really exciting basketball team that's very young and rapidly maturing. So we're very excited about that." (link)
The Washington Post's Bump writes on Clemson FB's visit to the White House amid a government shutdown as the Tigers were served fast food by President Trump. Pump does the math, says Trump paid nearly $3K for the food. "...we can also determine how many calories were waiting in that room: About 310,000 — excluding sauces and dressing. The spread also made up somewhere around 16,000 grams of fat. In other words, each player could eat about 2,600 calories of food assuming our counts and estimates above are correct. Football players apparently need about 50 calories for every 2.2 pounds each day when undertaking their heaviest workout periods, meaning the spread covered about half the team’s necessary caloric intake for the day of the championship, if not a few weeks after. (link); Here's the table layout & pricing review from WaPo on Clemson's visit. (link)
Siena secures a multi-year extension with The Aspire Sport Marketing Group. "For the 2017-18 season, Siena experienced group sales increases of 80 and 85 percent for tickets sold and revenue, respectively." (link); Athlete Network inks another notable brand, this time in UCLA. Key: "The partnership launches a branded and customized engagement platform to organize, promote, and track the programs and services offered to both current and former athletes." (link)
Nike's big unveiling yesterday was indeed a new smart sneaker - 'Nike Adapt' - that will retail for $350, self-tighten, track performance in real time & offer a bevy of feedback to the user. Key, from Bloomberg's Novy-Williams, "Nike is in the midst of a digital transformation. A large part of that is trying to get more of its customers to become members of the NikePlus loyalty program. The company has found members spend three times more than nonmembers when they shop at Nike.com." (link); Schutt Sports launches a new custom-fit helmet, the F7 UR1. Key: "The custom-fit F7 UR1 is based on Schutt’s F7 LTD helmet, which ranks as the top-rated helmet in Virginia Tech’s helmet safety ratings." Retail: $1K per unit. (link)
Sports Gambling: The Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel reverses its opinion on the Wire Act that in 2011 it said only applied to sports gambling. Now, "The new opinion now makes the Wire Act applicable to any form of gambling that crosses state lines, including online gambling and online lottery." TBD on the impact of the change. (link); New York Governor Cuomo pushing forward on legalizing sports gambling around the state, "We invested in upstate casinos. Let’s authorize sports betting in the upstate casinos. It’s here, it’s a reality, and it will help generate activity in those casinos." (link); Turner boss Levy says those who have gambled on a particular game are 80 to 90 percent more likely to tune in. Pretty interesting to consider in light of Turner owning rights to the NCAA Tournament. (link)
Also Noticed: The Courier-Journal's Sullivan updates on his review of Louisville MBB attendance trends, "...received public records response showing large disparity between announced attendance and tickets scanned: 246,308 over last 46 regular season games (5,354 average) Lot of no-shows." (link); Texas Tech launches a streaming app via Roku & Apple TV thanks to SIDEARM's work. (link); Boston U. gets a $250K gift that will help to renovate its MBB locker room & team space. (link); Miami (FL) adds Bethune Cookman to its 2019 FB schedule. Week 2. (link); Weber State will play incoming FCS program Dixie State in 2020, 2021 & 2022. Middle year in St. George, others in Ogden. (link)
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(NEW!) 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.

(NEW!) 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.

(NEW!) 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.

(NEW!) 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.

(NEW!) 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.

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.
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