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#10: William & Mary updates its brand & logo. "Re-energize" is a good word used in the release. The interlocked W&M isn't going anywhere, just gets a fresh new look. A "more aggressive" Griffin has been added to the full new primary mark. Tribe AD Huge: "While we remain the Tribe, the new logo provides us with a more powerful connection to the university and will allow us to more seamlessly elevate the entire institution's visibility on a national scale." (link)
#9: Arizona State Swim HC & former Olympic headliner Bowman apologies for sexually related text messages he previously sent to a former Olympic athlete. Bowman: "I regret the exercise of poor judgment in being involved one evening seven years ago with inappropriate communications. I promptly apologized to the person to whom the communications were sent and my apology was accepted." Sun Devils AD Anderson has reviewed the situation, and "communicated to Mr Bowman (via letter) that the text message exchange was inappropriate and unprofessional and that no such incidents will be tolerated at ASU." (link)
#8: Former Towson AD & multi-stop senior leader Waddell had his time at Alaska Fairbanks Tuesday to make a pitch. Waddell: "I don’t care if it’s (NCAA) Division I, II or III. It’s one of 50 jobs in the nation where you can be the athletics director at a flagship university, where you can make an impact on the lives of not just the student-athletes, the staff and the coaches but also the people in the community that depend on this. For a quality of life, there’s not a lot of options here so let’s make this great, let’s make this fun." Waddell also spoke on the importance of catering to your audience & engaging "voters." Decision coming in "about a week." (link)
#7: Alabama FB HC Saban, AD Byrne and Prez Bell were among the campus leaders on hand at Monday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for Bama's new $15M, 25K-sq-ft Alabama Athletics Dining Facility, which includes upper and lower level outdoor patios, more than 50 flat-screen TVs, 10 cook-to-order stations, five performance chefs, four registered dietitians and 20+ assistants. Construction took more than a year, and the project was conceptualized after the NCAA in 2014 passed a rule allowing schools to provide unlimited meals to student-athletes. Saban: "We all want to reinvest in the student-athletes that we have here. For them to get the first-class quality nutrition and have a facility that obviously will serve them well, and also attract great recruits here in the future, is something that’s very important to the continued success of all programs at the university. Not just the football program." (link); Beginning August 9, ESPN will begin airing "Training Days: Rolling with the Tide," a four-part, all-access weekly look into the Alabama FB preseason. The program, which will re-air extensively across ESPN networks, will take viewers inside practices, meetings and one-on-one with FB coaches and staff. ESPN VP of Production Fitting: "Alabama football is one of the premier programs in all of sports. ... This series will provide a unique perspective of the Crimson Tide as they build upon a foundation for what they hope is another championship campaign." JM Associates and Sport & Story, in association with ESPN, will produce the series. (link)
#6: Ole Miss unveils its new "Great White Shark" FB unis which are head to toe white. (link)
#5: Check out photos from the LEAD1 Institute that went down in Fort Worth this past week. (link)
#4: Have you seen the exclusive Air Jordan 11s for Oklahoma Football? (link)
#3: New Oakland AD Waterfield from his introductory presser, "Together, we will provide a transformative student-athlete experience; we will compete for championships; we will graduate our students; and we will strengthen the connection with the university and with the community." Prez Pescovitz says Waterfield's experience at major universities (Nebraska, Miami (FL), Wisconsin) "have positioned him well for continued success here." (link - release, link - presser video); The Detroit News' Bianchi says one challenge Waterfield will face with the Grizzlies is equaling former AD & new Northeastern boss Konya's marketing & branding chops. Looks like three finalists visited campus in the DHR-assisted search. First official day: August 9. (link)
#2: Georgia Tech unveils a new FB locker room with futuristic, angular lockers manufactured by Hollman. Every locker has a 15" screen for a nameplate or to play highlights, an "ultraviolet filtration system," drink station, glass-walled hot tub, lots of Adidas branding. Yellow Jackets HC Johnson: "I think it has the ‘wow’ factor, which you look for in recruiting. It’s going to be very usable for our team. We got a lot of their input when we were designing it, making plans, and I think the contractors and everybody involved did a great job with it. It’s certainly a showplace." (link - article, link - video, link - pictures)
#1: Arkansas AD Yurachek has announced several staffing changes as part of an extensive restructuring that includes three new deputy ADs. Cromer Peoples will serve as deputy AD for external engagement and administration, overseeing external units such as broadcasts services, communications and ticket sales; Fagg has been named deputy AD for student-athlete experience, overseeing areas including academic services, compliance and student-athlete development; and Deputy AD for Internal Engagement, Finance and Capital Projects Hamilton will continue serving as the department's CFO. In addition, longtime administrators Pohl and Trainor have been elevated to Sr. Assoc. ADs. In addition to her current roles in event management and sports admin for gymnastics and softball, Pohl will oversee a new unit focused on improving guest experiences. Yurachek: "Within our new structure, we will continue to serve our student-athletes, coaches and Razorback fans, both effectively and efficiently, while focusing on our mission of building Razorbacks and champions for life." (link); Here's a look at compensation increases for Razorbacks administrators & coaches. Figures listed include maximum bonus opportunities. Of note, AD Yurachek = $860K. Lots more. (link)
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