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Creech to Denver: USA Today's Wolken had the news first of Maine AD Creech heading to Denver to lead the Pioneers. Creech: "When I first learned of the opportunity here at Denver, I immediately called Gene DeFilippo at Turnkey Search and said, ‘I want that job. Let’s make it happen.' When I started to research Denver, it was all about academic excellence, a winning tradition, championship-level resources and great people everywhere. [...] My role early is going to be learning how we got to where we are and make sure I don’t mess that up in any way. Then it’s about creating the next challenge. At a place like the University of Denver, we can be whatever we envision ourselves to be. We’ve just got to establish what’s next and go get it." DU Chancellor Chopp: "He is a perfect fit to our very strong culture of people and values." Creech's deal at Maine included a $100K buyout & so far there's no word on who will pick up the tab. (link, link); Here's video of the full presser. (link); Back in Orono a number of Black Bears HCs speak highly of their interaction with Creech. Maine Prez Hunter & Creech will meet on Wednesday to set a timeline for his departure & for Hunter to appoint an interim boss. (link)
A shocker from the Baseball world as reports out of Starkville say Mississippi State HC Cannizaro will be officially relieved of his duties today by Bulldogs AD Cohen. No official explanation given, though there are rumors circulating the move is connected to an inappropriate relationship. Cohen hired the former LSU AC in late 2016, less than two weeks after Cohen left the same position to assume the top athletic department spot for MSU. (link, link)
Over in Oxford, Ole Miss AD Bjork Q&As on the Rebels' NCAA appeal, "We believe we have relevant points that demonstrate we have a strong case and our appeal document reflects this compelling position." Further, "Athletics is not the most important aspect of the university, but we are the most visible. Therefore, it is our obligation to do things the right way and add value to the entire university. We are committed to moving forward and building our program so everyone in the Ole Miss family can be proud." Overall, Bjork continues to harp on the university's "strong action" once violations were found, as well as the "excessive" penalties handed down from Indy that will impact a number of student-athletes who had nothing to do with the developments.(link)
USC boss Swann says it's necessary for Trojans FB to play a difficult non-conference slate in order to attract the attention of influential parties on the East Coast. Swann also believes SC must focus on winning the Pac-12 as a route to College Football Playoff opportunities & won't entertain much talk around FB's candidacy for the fourth CFP spot last season as, "Last year, we weren’t a national championship-caliber football team. That’s the reality." Swann sidesteps a question a bit on the potential impact of the new tax bill, indicates he was happy to give FB HC Helton an extension, "I felt he earned it and deserved it." A bit more. (link)
New Auburn AD Greene pens to the Tigers fanbase, "When I met with the search committee, I talked about three overarching principles under which we will operate. Education. Championships. Student-Athlete Development. First and foremost, Auburn University is an institution of higher learning, and we expect our young people to graduate. […] Athletics staff will be armed and equipped as we become industry leaders. We will take some calculated risks, to better serve the fan base, and promote our brand nationally. We will foster a culture of diversity and inclusion. There are many people in this world. We don't all look, talk or think alike. We will embrace our differences and challenge one another to think outside the box, to be different and strive to enhance Auburn University. […] As mentioned before, our quest for championships will be unwavering. We will be incredibly committed to making sure we bring home championship hardware. Remember that championships don't just happen, they are a result of hard work, preparation and commitment to one another. That said, we are going to roll up our sleeves and get to work. We are going to be excellent teammates and we are going to do our part in advancing Auburn University." (link)
Central Michigan AD Alford does the same, points to an expectation that the new Chippewa Champions Center will set a standard in the MAC. Alford also points to a new diversity graduate assistantship initiative that has its first recipient in former Chips WBB student-athlete Cotton, "The purpose of this program was to increase diversity in job candidates in athletics administration by exposing them to multiple areas in our department." (link)
With legalized sports gambling potentially on the horizon, LEAD1 Executive Director McMillen says 80% of his constituents are against the measure. Notable: "What we don’t want to have is your head in the stand where [PASPA] is overturned and then you’re totally unprepared. That’s what we try to do, talking about compliance, talk about integrity issues, what can you do, what could you do if your state goes forward. It’s a significant issue. Better to be informed than not informed." What if there was a revenue component for college athletics? "It still didn't change their mind about it." McMillen points to mitigating risk around the issue as "the story of tomorrow." (link)
Latest SBJ: There's a new 40 Under 40 cohort & it includes Illinois AD Whitman, UCF boss White, Duke Deputy AD for Administration, Legal Affairs & Chief of Staff King, Experience CEO Gaspard, ESPN SVP of Social Content Spoon & 35 others of note. (link); USF Senior Assoc. AD of External Relations Goodrich points to Experience's new mobile ticketing platform as aiding a 21% increase in student FB attendance during the '17 season. Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Louisville & North Texas were others who piloted the technology & the Panthers saw an 86% increase as the number of clicks to obtain tix was reduced from eight or nine to three. (link); Brailsford & Dunlavey leaders Mykins & Slater pen on Houston's strategic approach to facility building & improvement with context on: 1) The Art of Venue Financing; 2) Seating & pricing optimization; 3) Increased revenue; 4) The impact of new digs beyond dollars & cents; and, 5) An enhanced hoops venue for the Cougars. (link)
FY17 results in the state of Iowa include $130.7M in revenues versus $128.9M in expenses for the Hawkeyes, resulting in the first surplus ($1.8M) since FY14. Iowa State's haul was $82.66M against $82.57M. In Cedar Falls, Northern Iowa did $19.5M in revenues & $18.4M in expenses. (link); All monies considered, LSU's Tiger Athletic Fund generated ~$23M toward Tigers athletics in 2016. $10.596M for operating expenses, $2.4M in FB contributions, $293K for MBB, $60K for WBB & $1.4M for all others combined. More. (link)
Listen: Former Indiana/Marquette MBB HC & current ESPN analyst Crean chatted on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take, finds the latest leaks around the MBB-FBI developments to be interesting as everything has been "airtight," though there have certainly been rumors about certain HCs & programs for years. Calls the timing of everything "really dramatic." Notable: "Until they get to a point where if you are a player and you get caught or your family gets caught taking something above and beyond and you don’t lose your eligibility in Division I, I’m not sure its going to really make a difference because there is always going to be somebody out there that is willing to change the rules to benefit them, willing to sugarcoat it, willing to give you something. … The bottom line is you cant spend all the time that they’ve spent on this and not have something." (link)
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USA Today's Wolken turns his attention to the dominant Winter Olympics medal winners from Norway, even though the country's overall population is only about the size of metropolitan Detroit. Interestingly, Director of Elite Sports Ovrebo says there's no score yet in youth competitions within the country until the age of 12. Ovrebo: "A huge amount of Norwegian kids are doing sports, so we have very broad recruiting base, and our top sports programs and our kids are very closely connected in our system. They can compete, but we don’t make like No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 before they’re in their 13th year. We think it’s better to be a child in this way because then they can concentrate on having fun and be with their friends and develop. We think the biggest motivation for the kids to do sports that they do it with their friends and they have fun while they’re doing it and we want to keep that feeling throughout their whole career." More. (link)
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UTSA AD Campos is the latest leader named to the DI Council for 2018-19 to begin a four-year term. (link); Campos is also featured in this one-minute video from Conference USA on the growth of female leadership in the top ranks of college athletics. Campos notes that a few years ago only 8% of all DI ADs were women, a figure that's still less than 10%, but moving upward. Campos: "To serve as a role model...I really embrace that." (link)
A report surfaced last week of two redshirt FB student-athletes at Baylor being under investigation for sexually assaulting two members of the school's Equestrian team. The Star-Telegram's Engel: "Baylor, here is your chance to show that you’re all grown up. Here is your chance to handle this, and be transparent. Please write a new chapter rather than stick to the old one." BU's statement: "Baylor University takes any allegation of sexual assault seriously. The University is unwavering in our commitment to follow our well-documented Title IX policy and procedures in regards to reporting and responding to incidents of sexual assault. Additionally, the University is required to protect the confidentiality of all parties involved to ensure a fair and equitable process. The responsibility of responding to alleged incidents of sexual violence does not rest solely in the hands of any specific individual or unit. It is a University response dictated by our Title IX policy. Baylor University remains committed to providing for the safety and security of our campus community." (link)
Oregon Assoc. AD Lananna, who doubles as Prez for U.S.A. Track & Field, has been placed on administrative leave by USATF after being contacted by federal authorities concerning corruption around the sport. Important to note the development does not impact Lananna's role with the university. USATF board chairman Miller: "USATF has no reason to believe TrackTown and/or Mr. Lananna have done anything wrong and understand that they have been told that they are not a target of the investigation. But to avoid any conflict or appearance of conflict of interest in relation to the investigation, the board voted to place Mr. Lananna on temporary administrative leave until the Department of Justice investigation pertaining to TrackTown and the 2021 World Championships is resolved." More. (link)
A post-game scuffle between Men's Hockey HCs from Michigan Tech & Arizona State on Saturday night leads to apologies. Huskies boss Shawhan: "Situations like that should never happen, especially with all the young faces in the arena who look up to our team and dream of being Huskies some day. We pride ourselves in having one of the best game-day environments in all of college hockey and incidents like that should not be memories for our great fans. My team prides itself on sportsmanship win or lose. I thought our players did a great job trying to deescalate the situation, and I’m proud of them for that. They know how important it is to be leaders in this community." No disciplinary action coming for Shawhan as Tech AD Sanregret says the incident is "behind us." (link)
Yahoo's Forde dives down the never-ending rabbit hole, takes a look at notable MBB programs who may be hiring a new HC for next season. Seven: Louisville, Pittsburgh, UConn, DePaul, Georgia, Minnesota, Washington State & Memphis. Qualifies each, along with others on "scandal watch" (USC, Arizona, Auburn & Kansas), with a blurb on "How good is the job?" More from across the sport. (link)
Extension Central: Through the 2021-22 season for Georgia Southern MBB HC Byington. (link); Through 2022-23 for East Tennessee State MBB HC Forbes in a deal that comes with a raise from $450K to $650K, a $200K annual retention bonus & an increased buyout to $500K. (link); Through 2024-25 for Wisconsin-Green Bay WBB HC Borseth. (link); Through the 2020 campaign for Valparaiso FB HC Cecchini. (link)
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Ten tips in the Big Ten's upcoming MBB Tourney in Madison Square Garden will be produced in 4K for the first time by the Big Ten Network as the league will also deploy Railcam to run baseline to baseline during games. The 4K broadcasts will be available on DIRECTV, Dish & Layer3 TV. (link); Important note from the legal world as a New York federal judge ruled last week that embedded tweets can represent copyright infringement. (link)
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Texas AD Del Conte aims to improve the FBl fan experience, starting with improved wireless access and "repurposing" in-game entertainment during the breaks. Del Conte: "Whenever we have a football game, it’s truly a chance for us to celebrate our university. And that means not only just the game, but all the pomp and circumstance that goes around that game. These stadiums are 60, 70, 80, 100,000-seat stadiums. Things have changed. With television, the kids, how they view their content. … So we have to look at different ways we purpose that in-game experience as well as that out-of-game experience. ... If you look at Disney, the experience of your children going to Disney starts when they receive that ticket. And they fly to Orlando. You get in the hotel and [you get] all that [Disney] experience until you get to the gate. Then you wait in line for three hours to get on the Matterhorn. Right? Three hours. And then you get on the ride for 40 seconds, and you’re going, 'Oh my God.' Then we do it again. But what happens when you get back to the hotel? Your kids [say], 'Dad, that was awesome! Can we do it again?' We’ve got to create that same experience all the way around our venues." (link)
Nebraska AD Moos is undoubtedly the most covered AD in the nation & here's another read on his early tenure in Lincoln. What's new in this piece? Two mottos Moos has lived by: 1) At any given time, you should be able to give up what you are to become what you can be; and, 2) Don’t be a gee-if-er. On the student-athlete pay-to-play debate, "Somewhere, people tend to forget the value of the education. With the exception of room and board monies and books and cost of attendance and all of that, the value of that education should never be lost." More. (link)
West Virginia AD Lyons two days after his MBB team shot just two free throws against Kansas: "Every AD in the league has conversations with the Big 12 on a regular basis. Since the Kansas game, I have had several conversations with the Big 12 on a variety of business topics. As you know, there is a sportsmanship code of conduct, which we will follow, when it comes to criticizing officials publicly. That’s all I have to say at this time." (link); Yahoo's Eisenberg asks "Is it myth or reality that Kansas gets a favorable whistle at Allen Fieldhouse?" A detailed breakdown included, but here is the gist, "Yahoo Sports examined the free throw disparity in Jayhawks’ games throughout their league title streak. What that revealed is that Kansas draws fouls better than most teams everywhere it plays but the Jayhawks do have a modest advantage at home. Kansas has attempted 532 more free throws than its opponents in Big 12 games at Allen Fieldhouse since the start of the 2004-05 season, the equivalent of 4.55 extra foul shots per game during that span. College basketball statistics guru Ken Pomeroy told Yahoo Sports that home teams across the sport have shot an average of 2.35 more free throws per game than road teams in conference play since he began compiling the statistic in 2002." (link)
North Texas students voted 1,307 to 1,059 to approve the athletic fee increase from $10 to $16.25 per semester credit hour. The adjustment will give the Mean Green an extra $3.5M with which to work. AD Baker: "I appreciate our students. We have had a lot of discussion and engagement with them and talked about what the fee means for the athletic department and our campus community. When you look at the operating budgets for our programs, they are in the bottom half of Conference USA. We will now be able to move those into the top third. If we can do that, we can compete for conference championships in every sport. It's validation that our athletic department is on the rise. We will continue to build champions and prepare leaders in addition to competing for conference championships. There are a lot of places these types of referendums are not passing. It says a lot about our program and North Texas that our students voted yes." UNT's fee is still 30% below the average in Conference USA and 20% lower than peers Texas State and UTSA. (link)
Notable sports media analyst Favorito believes a lot was missed around the opening of college Baseball last weekend, "Shouldn’t a brand find a way to activate around that program on campuses around the country or just on  a college baseball opening weekend? […] College baseball is competitive, provides a good wrap-up to a marketing plan, and is extremely affordable for brands to activate against with athletes that would welcome the exposure." More from Favorito's savvy marketing mind. (link); ESPN/D1Baseball's Peterson inked on the state of college Baseball late last week, calls for a change to MLB Draft timing, reviews the "great scholarship debate" & points to an exciting future with a potential stronger working relationship with Major League Baseball. (link)
Also Noticed: Oakland will likely hire a search firm this week to aid its AD search. (link); North Carolina's Smith Center will get $6M in new video boards in time for first tip next season. (link); Top gymnasts are refusing to participate in the USOC's investigation into former doc Nassar. (link); Former Louisville MBB HC Pitino's trial has been postponed by both sides for September 2019, but mediation will be scheduled for May 2019. Court records: "The prospects for settlement at this time are unknown, but the parties are open to any attempts to resolve this matter." (link); New Mexico State adds a pair of FB series: at UMass in 2020 & 2022 with games in Las Cruces in 2021 and 2023. The Aggies will host Fresno State in 2019 and play at Bulldog Stadium in 2020. (link); SMU adds a 2024 FB game against Houston Baptist. (link); Cincinnati & Western Michigan FB will play at UC in 2020, WMU in 2022. (link); Troy has replaced a FB game next season with Presbyterian for a match-up with Florida A&M. (link); Kansas & Washington State FB look to be getting together on the gridiron in a home & home deal for 2027 & 2028. (link)
ESPN's Borzello looks "Inside Villanova's Epic Five-Year Run" as the Cats MBB team has enjoyed much success of late, including four straight Big East titles, a nation's best 88.4% winning rate and the 2016 national championship. Part of HC Wright's schtick (now) is recruiting prospects who will succeed in his system, not necessarily the top-rated high schoolers, as Nova has just one top-20 recruiting class since 2007. That class was the '09 one, which led to the worst stretch of Wright's time at VU since his first three seasons. Wright: "We had hit rock bottom after that season. What are we doing? We're not helping these kids. We're not true to our culture. This is on me. This is a decision I made. This is the culture I've created since the Final Four. These are the guys I brought in. I've got to change." Lots more on his expectations with comments from former staff and players. (link)
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