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#10: The string of threatening tweets sent by former Michigan FB student-athlete Mbem-Bosse, apparently in the direction of Wolverines HC Harbaugh, has UM AD Manuel worried about Mbem-Bosse's mental health. Manuel: "Everybody who needs to be working on it, is. We’re working on it. Everybody in the university that needs to be around this to try to resolve this is. We’ll continue to do that." (link)
#9: Good read on Northwestern AD Phillips' better half, wife Laura, who will run in the Boston Marathon on Monday. Laura runs point on the pair's "five sports-playing kids" & qualified for Boston after posting a 3:55:42 in the 2016 Chicago Marathon. Laura: "I’m not just at home cooking and cleaning and whatever. You still have goals. You’re home with them, but you have things important to you and you’re achieving them. I know the boys are so proud of me, too. They all have their millions of sports activities and know what it’s like to participate in things. They think it’s kind of cool for me to be doing something, too." Interestingly, Jim & Laura commonly catch up during Laura's training runs while Jim bikes alongside. Jim: "My life is complicated. Her life is complicated. At that moment, it’s not complicated. It’s pure. It’s a husband and a wife, two best friends having a chance to be together. It’s not about the kids. It’s not about me. It’s not about Northwestern. This is about her. Something she’s wanted to accomplish. The journey to do this is really inspiring." (link)
#8:  Looks like UCLA MBB HC Alford is making a change on his staff with AC & recruiting coordinator Grace exiting & noting, "If you notice, out of all the Adidas schools and the [non]-Adidas schools, we're the only one that [wasn't] implicated and it's because I don't do that and we don't do that. … My 20 years of experience in the Air Force and all that, I have great integrity in what I do." (link)
#7: Here are your 14 selections for the fifth annual Learfield Minority Academy in conjunction with MOAA. (link)
#6: Oklahoma has a new "Sooner Born" font that's part of FB, MBB & WBB's move to Jordan Brand. Sooner Born will now be used on all unis, facilities & marketing materials. The interlocking OU logo has also been "streamlined." OU AD Castiglione: "Our trademarks are iconic. We respect tradition and have historically protected it while still finding ways to grow our brand. We were able to do some confidential reviews with coaches, student-athletes and other University stakeholders and we were overwhelmed with positive responses. Over the years, OU's marks and look have been updated from time to time. This is a rare opportunity to tweak and refresh in line with feedback we have received in that process." (link)
#5: Loyola Chicago Deputy AD Truax lands the open AD chair at Bucknell as Bison FAR & search committee co-chair Smolka notes, "Jermaine displayed a clear passion for mentorship, partnership, and providing transformative experiences for student-athletes. Those attributes, along with his confidence, integrity and dogged work ethic, will no doubt contribute to Jermaine’s success in his new role and, in turn, benefit Bucknell as a whole." Truax's view: "Bucknell and its student-athletes represent everything that is right about college athletics. There exists here a rare combination of both a great tradition of competing and winning in the arena of play, and, most important to me, first-rate academics." (link)
#4: Check out the massive banner UMBC installed in its Events Center celebrating MBB's NCAA Tourney win over Virginia. (link)
#3: Spencer Fane's Lattinville & Denny team with AthleticDirectorU to publish a look at 2017-18 salary data for 'Autonomy 5' ADs. Five key takeaways include the ACC leading the way with average total comp of $1.137M for its leaders (Pac-12 fifth at $755K), if Tennessee boss Fulmer ends up making $900K annually as has been reported, Texas A&M's Woodward & Washington's Cohen would have the lowest total comp vs. department revenues ratios, Notre Dame's Swarbrick with the largest same school, same AD five-year increase at $1.866M, average bonus across the board is $199K, plus a look at AD earnings as a ratio of FB & MBB HC salaries. Duke's White with the biggest base at $1.451M, Swarbrick leads by a large margin in total comp at $3.050M with 15 others at $1M or more, N.C. State's Yow leads the pack with $961K in bonus potential (six more at $500K+), lots more. (link)
#2: Portland Men's Tennis student-athlete Sundaram has been "removed" from the program after his "misogynistic and violent speech" during Sunday's Wally Awards. Sounds like the delivery got so bad that some student-athletes & coaches walked out of the event as Sundaram focused on sexual encounters between different ethnicities. In an email to campus, Prez Poorman, "These offensive statements do not reflect us, and they do not reflect our mission. This important tradition was the purpose of the evening, and I did not want what happened on stage to take away from the recognition of others in attendance. I apologize to all of you that this occurred." (link)
#1: Maryland AD Anderson steps away from the Terps after his six-month sabbatical concludes. From Anderson's letter to his staff, "As I look I back on my time at Maryland, what I will cherish most is the relationships built with our group of diverse and talented student-athletes. The pride I felt watching them grow from their first day on campus to their walk across the stage to accept their diplomas is immense. It is our purpose to serve them and though I am leaving my position as director of athletics, I will continue to follow my passion for developing and bettering the welfare of young men and women." UMD says a national search for a new leader will commence in the coming weeks with Executive AD Evans expected to be a candidate. (linklink - release/article, link - letter)
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