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The wildfires in California continue to have a major impact on games & campuses. Sacramento State FB's last home kick of the year was cancelled due to an air quality index of 218, well above the threshold of 200, due to the Camp Fire near Chico. "Options to possibly reschedule the game (against Northern Arizona) will be discussed at a later time." (link); Down in Malibu, Pepperdine's campus looks to have been saved by an "all-out effort" by firefighters from the air & ground as the Woolsey Fire was close enough to see flames from a campus entry point. The Waves postponed hoops, volleyball & water polo match-ups. (linklink, linklink, link)
An announcement for the new AD at Vanderbilt seems ready to tip. Local reporter Kuharsky points to Army West Point boss Corrigan as one of two finalists. Kuharsky is "less certain" of the other finalist, but believes it could be Colorado AD George or "an outside-the-box business person." Timeline: "There are indications Vanderbilt could introduce the new AD by the time the Commodores play UT on Nov. 24 and that the new person could start in January." (linklink)
"Fake news, boys." That's Texas AD Del Conte after reports hit the wire that he had been ejected from the Longhorns' FB tilt with Texas Tech. Turns out, Del Conte was standing near some fans who were razzing the UT sideline & simply started walking away, though it look like he was being escorted off the field. (link, link)
Yahoo's Forde goes in on 10 takeaway from yesterday's FBS action, notes how virtually nothing changed for the College Football Playoff committee. Points to Pittsburgh as "America’s running game juggernaut" by piling up another 492 yards rushing, this time against Virginia Tech, in a 52-22 win. SMU HC Dykes supports his AAC brethren, UCF, in its quest to gain more national support, "Michigan is better up front, and I thought Central Florida had a little bit better skill. I think that’s probably not going to be popular with people in the Big Ten, but that’s my assessment. […] It’s interesting the way stuff is now, and the way it’s designed, where half the teams that play Division I college football really don’t have a chance to win a championship. There’s not another sport anywhere in the world where half of the people that participate have no chance of even being involved. To me, something is wrong, just from that perspective. Otherwise, they need to split it up and do something different." More. (link)
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Youngstown State beat Northern Iowa, South Dakota defeated Western Illinois & Indiana State upended Illinois State, likely ending the FCS Playoffs hopes for the Panthers, Leathernecks & Redbirds. In the end, the powerful Missouri Valley may only end up with two squads in the post-season. Missouri State AD Moats, who is on the FCS selection committee, "What happened today in the league was a disaster." (link)
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Notre Dame AD Swarbrick on his interview with university president, Father Jenkins, back in 2008, "I never wanted to be an athletic director. I told my wife immediately after we had dinner together, Father John and I, and I said 'I still don't know if I want to be an Athletic Director but I want to work for him.'" Father Jenkins: "I went into that dinner thinking I don't know if this is a serious candidate, you know, he doesn't have any experience." The rest, of course, is history. More from Father Jenkins, "I was impressed with Jack's intelligence. I was impressed with his values. I was impressed with, you know, he got Notre Dame. He understood what it is and what's special about it and we talked about various things. And I remember my thinking evolving during that dinner thinking, 'This is a great guy. He could be a great leader of athletics at Notre Dame.' And the very fact that he was not the normal path candidate made him even more interesting in a way. That he could think outside the box." (link)
Kansas AD Long shoots down speculation he's talking to former Maryland boss Durkin about his opening in Lawrence. Long, ever the engager on Twitter, "KU fans, you don’t know me very well if you believe the latested speculation, I attempt to run a very confidential search and I am doing so now.  The search is ongoing.  Rock Chalk!!" One fan posted "If you talk to Durkin you should be immediately fired," to which Long responded: "And if you believe rumors you should be immediately _____________ Rock Chalk!! [laughing/crying emoji] just joking with you !!!" (link)
Another weekend of college FB, another set of bonuses earned by HCs around the nation. Of note: $10K for Nevada boss Norvell for bowl eligibility, Cal HC Wilcox up to $200K after defeating USC, Clemson's Swinney with another $50K, this time for the Tigers' ACC divisional title, UAB's Clark up to $30K, Cincinnati's Fickell with another $20K for hitting the nine-win mark, Georgia Tech's Johnson up to $125K, Boise State's Harsin gets an automatic year added after defeating Fresno on Friday night, Eastern Michigan is bowl eligible for the second time in three years & Eagles' boss Creighton earns a $25K bonus. More, including Memphis, Missouri, Texas A&M, UConn, Arizona State, Marshall & Middle Tennessee. (link)
Here's a good watch for your weekend, a five-minute look at areas of focus for hoops referees this season. It's produced by the NCAA in what looks to be a series titled, "Weekly Whistles." Keys: 1) Reduce physicality to restrict freedom of movement; 2) Traveling; 3) The elimination of the hook & hold play; 4) Screen & roll plays; and, 5) Consistent enforcement of bench decorum, the coaching box & unsporting conduct rules. There's a bunch of tape that shows "plays of intent" to further illustrate the NCAA's points & further clarification of flagrant fouls. (link)
In this HBR piece, management trainer Lipman points out that under-management is just as much of a problem as micromanagement. Defines the former as "weak performance management, a tendency to avoid conflicts with employees, and generally lackluster accountability." If you think you fall into this category, Lipman suggests: 1) Don't be a conflict-avoider; 2) View goal-setting as mission-critical; and, 3) Ask yourself "Is this work the absolute best you can do? ... Are you doing all you can to set appropriate goals, hold people accountable to them, and deliver the results you need to?" (link)
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The South Alabama Board of Trustees gives the green light for the second phase of the school's proposed on-campus FB stadium. So far, bids total $24.5M of the $74M total price tag. Phase II includes concrete for the stadium's lower seating bowl, press tower and athletic administration building shells and underground utility work. Work should begin at the start of 2019 with the goal of opening the stadium ahead of the 2020 season. Funding will come primarily through bonds, with debt service paid from athletic department funds, donations and other "auxiliary enterprises" but Prez Waldrop reiterates that student tuition will not be raised on account of this project. Scroll down to see the video presentation of the plans that was shown at the FB game over the weekend. (link)
The Chronicle of Higher Ed's Zimbalist writes on the situation at Maryland, "How Financial Pressures Can Lead to Athletic Scandals." Thesis: "So, how is Maryland supposed to be able to compete? Obviously, the program needs more money, but it is already at least $15 million in the red each year. One answer appears to be to squeeze as much as possible out of the existing resources. Or more than is possible; hence, the brutality and fear at football practices, and the genuflecting Board of Regents at the altar of the football coach. […] While Maryland’s case might be the most egregious this year, the financial pressures it faces are commonplace in big-time college sports. In the Football Bowl Subdivision, the most commercialized NCAA grouping, with 130 institutions, only about 20 programs annually show an operating surplus — a surplus that usually disappears when full capital costs and other indirect costs are counted." More. (link)
The Wall Street Journal's Korn & Bachman, "When Scandals Hit Campus, College Boards Rarely Get Hurt: With few exceptions, governing bodies tend to survive fallout while presidents and coaches are ousted." At Maryland: "James Brady’s recent resignation as chairman of the University System of Maryland’s board of regents was a rare example of a prominent university board leader taking the fall for a campus scandal." At Michigan State, in connection to the Nassar saga, "No trustees have resigned since the story broke in 2016. The two whose terms end in January didn’t run for re-election; through a university spokeswoman, both declined to say why. The chairman, one of those two, declined to comment further." Association of Governing Boards Prez Legon, "It is important symbolically for the board to demonstrate continuity of leadership." (link)
Also Noticed: Northwestern FB HC Fitzgerald gathered his team on the field after yesterday's win to announce that the Wildcats are Big Ten West champs. Pretty neat moment when he said "Wisconsin lost, Purdue lost, WE WON!" (link); UC Davis, currently 8-2 (6-1), will submit to host all possible FCS playoff games at Aggie Stadium. (link); Washington MBB's team bus blew a tire and caught fire after the Huskies game at Auburn on Friday night. Though everyone on board evacuated, thankfully there were no injuries. (link); Auburn FB captain Davis was not pleased with Georgia's fake field goal attempt with 3:20 in the game when the Dawgs were already up 17, quotes his HC Malzahn as saying it was a "bullcrap call." Georgia HC Smart defends the move, saying a FG only gives you a 20-point lead, which three scores by the Tigers would eradicate. (link); The latest blip for OTT as the beIN broadcast of the Southern Miss vs. UAB game switched to a radio broadcast in-game. (link)

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(NEW!) Director of Business Operations (University of Oklahoma / Norman, OK): The successful applicant will combine proven financial and leadership skills with a determination to provide our student-athletes with resources necessary to compete for championships, to excel in the classroom and to prepare for successful lives after graduation. More details HERE.

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Athletic Facilities, Events & Ice Rink Operations Manager (College of the Holy Cross / Worcester, MA) : Athletic Facilities, Events & Ice Rink Operations Manager - College of the Holy Cross. To apply, visit More details HERE.

Compliance Specialist (Georgia Southern University / Statesboro, GA): NCAA Compliance Coordinator Athletic Compliance Services. Minimum Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree. Job Closing Date: 11/26/2018. More details HERE.

Deputy Athletics Director External Relations (University of Missouri - Kansas City / Kansas City, MO): Primary functions revolve around fundraising and donor management. Member of AD's executive leadership team. Oversight of development, ticketing, strategic communications, and marketing. Job #28442. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations (University of South Florida / Tampa, FL): Reporting directly to the Vice President of Athletics, this senior management position is responsible for the direction and oversight of Marketing, Communications, Video/Broadcasting, Ticket Operations and Merchandising, in order to advance the image and notoriety of USF Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Football Sports Performance Coach (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA): STANFORD UNIVERSITY, an NCAA Division I FBS member of the PAC-12 Conference is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Football Sports Performance Coach. More details HERE.

Athletics Development Officer / Assistant Athletic Director (Utah State University / Logan, UT): Utah State University seeks a Athletics Development Officer/Assistant Athletic Director. More details HERE.

Business Services Specialist (University of New Mexico / Albuquerque, NM): The University of New Mexico Lobo Club seeks a Business Services Specialist to manage our financial responsibilities, and provide services to the University, UNM Foundation, and over 3,000 donors. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director- Annual Giving (Texas State University / San Marcos, TX): Responsible for overseeing, evaluating and directing the development operation of the Department of Athletics. More details HERE.

Athletics Accounting Specialist (University of Kentucky / Lexington, KY): University of Kentucky Athletics Business Office seeks a dynamic individual to provide support to assigned sports and units in the areas of team travel and payment processing. More details HERE.

Associate Athletics Director of Compliance (University of Missouri / Columbia, MO): This senior management position will be responsible for day-to-day oversight of the Athletics Compliance office with additional responsibilities for growth based on experience of successful candidate. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director - Facilities & Events (Middle Tennessee State University / Murfreesboro, TN): The Associate Athletic Director will work under the general supervision of the Director of Athletics to oversee and manage all athletic facilities and event operations. More details HERE.

Assistant Director/Communications (Athletics) (Mississippi State University / Starkville, MS): Mississippi State University Athletics is seeking an Assistant Director/Communications to join its communications and external team, primarily for women's basketball, but also to oversee women's golf. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Marketing (Charlotte 49ers / Charlotte, NC): Charlotte 49ers is seeking an Assistant Director of Marketing to oversee all marketing efforts for women's basketball, and men's soccer to include advertising, fan experience, and in-game promotions. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Compliance (Vanderbilt University / Nashville, TN): Support the Vanderbilt Athletics Department in monitoring daily implementation and operations of assigned NCAA bylaws. Two-plus years recent experience working with NCAA compliance issues required. More details HERE.

Associate/Senior Associate Athletics Director - External Operations (University of Southern Mississippi / Hattiesburg, MS): Opportunity to lead a creative and energetic external team to advance the positive reputation and prestige of Southern Miss Athletics. Contact Jeff Mitchell, Deputy AD, at More details HERE.

Director, Athletic Facilities & Maintenance (University of Miami / Miami, FL): Miami Athletics seeks a Director, Facilities & Maintenance to oversee various aspects of the athletic department facilities to include, but not limited to, building & grounds maintenance, & security. More details HERE.

Coordinator of Athletics Event Management (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill / Chapel Hill, NC): The Department of Athletics at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting for a Coordinator of Athletics Event Management. More details HERE.

Assistant Director - Career & Student-Athlete Development (Texas Tech University / Lubbock, TX): Responsible for programming of the J.T. & Margaret Talkington Leadership Academy student-athlete development initiatives to support student-athletes’ career growth and experiencing continued success. More details HERE.

Assistant Director - Athletics Communications (Texas Tech University / Lubbock, TX): Assist in planning and development of business functions for the athletic organization. Ensuring a favorable public and stakeholder perception, while fulfilling the organization's strategic mission. More details HERE.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT (Kansas State University / Manhattan, KS): Manage large portfolio of major gift and annual fund prospects with expectation to make 200 personal annual visits. Frequent travel required within state of Kansas and bordering states. More details HERE.

Athletics Video Producer (University of Miami / Miami, FL): Miami is seeking a dynamic, energetic and creative visual storyteller to help produce video content for one of the most iconic brands in collegiate athletics, with a special emphasis on UM’s Football. More details HERE.

Account Executive (University of Miami / Miami, FL): University of Miami Athletics seeks an Account Executive for assisting in the solicitation of new season and group ticket sales for all athletic revenue-producing events. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Compliance (University of Maine / Orono, ME): Serve as a resource for student-athletes, coaches, and staff. Maintain compliance for the University's membership with the NCAA and respective team conferences. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Enforcement (Agent Certification) (NCAA / Indianapolis, IN): This position is responsible for the day-to-day management of the NCAA's agent certification program. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Enforcement (Agent Development/Certification) (NCAA / Indianapolis, IN): This position is responsible for developing specific expertise in the agent/player representation community related to men's basketball. More details HERE.

Manager - Marketing, College Sports Segment (Ticketmaster / Multiple Locations): The role’s core responsibility is to help clients turn Ticketmaster’s marketing-focused products, services and assets into solutions that drive incremental ticket sales and the client’s overall business. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Development for Athletics (La Salle University / Philadelphia, PA): The Assistant Director is responsible for building a pipeline of Athletic donors, as well as assisting with athletic annual fund appeals and operational fundraising. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Marketing (University of Virginia / Charlottesville, VA): UVA Athletics is seeking an Assistant Director of Marketing to provide support for the department's athletic programs as part of the Strategic Marketing and Fan Engagement unit. More details HERE.

Assistant Director/Chippewa Athletic Fund (Central Michigan University / Mount Pleasant, MI): Contribute to the fiscal year annual fundraising goals of the Chippewa Athletic Fund (CAF) and to build and maintain quality relationships with donors, alumni, head coaches and community members. More details HERE.

Facilities and Operations Specialist (San Diego State University / San Diego, CA): Serve as liaison for all functions pertaining to facilities, manage its daily functions & respond to/address specific departmental facility needs, Schedule practices/games. Game day management. 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 University’s Athletic Communications program which supports 17 NCAA Division I sports. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics (Murray State University / Murray, KY): Application Deadline: First review of applications will begin November 30, 2018, but the position will remain open until filled. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Student Athlete Services (Administrator I) (California State University, Fresno / Fresno, CA): Assistant A.D. for Student Athlete Services is responsible for management and oversight of academic and student services operations for all student-athletes. Apply at: More details HERE.

Associate Director, Regional Development (Phoenix, AZ) (University of Arizona / Phoenix, AZ): Arizona Athletics is seeking an energetic development officer. The principal objective of the position is to assist with major gift donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. More details HERE.

Senior Business Development Executive (SIDEARM Sports / Syracuse, NY): Develop successful business relationships with SIDEARM's 1,100 athletic department partners. Focus on forging new partnerships and maximizing opportunity with existing partners. More details HERE.

Director of Creative and Digital Media (Kennesaw State University / Kennesaw, GA): Responsible for leading and executing creative branding, digital, and social media strategy for Kennesaw State University Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance (UNC Charlotte / Charlotte, NC): This position is responsible for interpreting NCAA rules and regulations and ensuring the UNC Charlotte remains in compliance with those rules. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director of Media Relations (San Diego State University / San Diego, CA): Coordinate/prepare editorial for media guides/game programs; coordinate game press operations; prepare news releases; maintain statistical records; maintain website; and coordinate photographic needs. More details HERE.

Director of Sports Nutrition (Mississippi State University / Starkville, MS): The Director of Sports Nutrition oversees the provision of nutrition-related services to Division I student-athletes. 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. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Health & Performance (University of Louisville Athletic Association / Louisville, KY): The Assoc. AD for Student-Athlete Health & Performance is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the mental and physical well-being of the University of Louisville student-athletes. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director, Technical Operations (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA): Stanford University seeks applicants for the position of Assistant Athletics Director Technical Operations. This position will report to the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Facilities, Operations and Events. More details HERE.

Social Media Coordinator (University of New Mexico / Albuquerque ,NM): UNM Athletics Marketing department is seeking a Social Media Coordinator. This role will manage the UNM Athletics department's social media presence and engagement on various platforms. More details HERE.

Assistant Director-Athletics Community & Character Development (Texas Tech University / Lubbock, TX): Responsible for community engagement and life skills/character development; including team and individual community outreach and diversity, inclusion, and equity programming. More details HERE.

Athletic Promotions and In-Game Events Coordinator (University of Colorado Boulder / Boulder, CO): Develop and execute comprehensive marketing plans for volleyball, women's basketball, and lacrosse, as well as enhance the in-game experience and atmosphere at all CU athletics events. More details HERE.

Director of Student-Athlete Development (Mississippi State University / Starkville, MS): Responsible for the planning and execution of required Life Skills seminars, career development, special projects, as well as developing new programming for all student-athletes. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Relations (California State University, Fresno / Fresno, CA): Senior Assoc. A.D. for External Relations is responsible for assuring an effective approach to advancing the image & notoriety of Fresno State Athletics. Apply at: More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director, CFO (Boise State University / Boise, ID): Boise State Athletics seeks an Associate AD, CFO to administer, organize and supervise the financial and accounting systems for the budget and reporting functions of the Athletic Department. More details HERE.

Accountant - Athletics (Vanderbilt University / Nashville, TN): Responsible for all aspects of Student Athlete Scholarships plus Comdata student debit cards and other duties as assigned. Also serves as primary contact for assigned financial unit. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Facilities and Event Management (University of North Carolina Wilmington / Wilmington, NC): Coordinate the day-to-day functions of assigned sports programs, plan and organize activities, communicate program policy and procedures, establish and maintain positive working relationships. More details HERE.

Athletic Academic Advisor - Football (James Madison University / Harrisonburg, VA): Assist the Associate AD for Student-Athlete Services in the organization, coordination and implementation of academic support services for student-athletes. More details HERE.

Development Coordinator (San Diego State University / San Diego, CA): Clerical/administrative support & project coordination; donor prospect research/identification, coordinate/disseminate communications; prepare documents/ presentations & maintain database/files. More details HERE.

Development Assistant (University of Oregon / Eugene, OR): Support the execution of emerging annual giving campaigns and annual giving stewardship. This position will support fundraising efforts, including: direct mail, email, telefund, crowdfunding, etc. More details HERE.

Assistant/Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and Student Services (Fairfield University / Fairfield, CT): Responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administration and operation of a comprehensive compliance and rules education program for 20 varsity sports and 450 student athletes. More details HERE.

Assistant Coach 1 - Strength & Conditioning (Middle Tennessee State University / Murfreesboro, TN): Assist the Assistant Athletic Director for Strength & Conditioning and the Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach with general oversight of the Strength and Conditioning Program. More details HERE.
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