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As you know, word out of Greenville has ECU AD Compher accepting a $1M buyout after five years of leading the Pirates. Today's Board of Trustees meeting is expected to make the news official. Interim MBB HC Perry says he was looking forward to having conversations soon on where Compher was going with the permanent HC search. It'll be interesting to monitor how both processes play out. (link, link)
AAC Commish Aresco with thoughts on a number of topics, including the push to schedule half of all non-conference FB games against 'Power 5' opponents within the next 10 years. On the league's next TV deal, Aresco points to expected interest by the major digital companies as there's a review going at every school on what infrastructure is needed to produce all games in the future. Sounds like the possibility exists to move the conference office to Dallas & Aresco continues to lead the 'Power 6' narrative, "26 P5 wins over last 3 years & 3 Peach Bowl appearances in 5 years, 17 draft picks to the Big 12’s 16 not a fluke, 3 WBB & 1 MBB title not a fluke." A bit more. (link)
Pac-12 boss Scott addressed the media in Vegas yesterday afternoon & indicates the league's MBB task force will "recommend the NCAA look at significant reform around is recruiting rules and calendar and taking our coaches more away from recruiting through the AAU system and private promoters, shoe company-sponsored events, and trying to get more back to an education or scholastic-based environment for recruiting." There's also an expectation the task force will push to liberalize athlete-agent relationships & the need for more resources to be allocated to the NCAA enforcement. Scott says his office had no hand in the decisions at Arizona around MBB HC Miller, will continue to talk to ESPN & Fox about late kickoff times, thought there's not a ton he thinks can be done, does believe more streaming partners will be added to the media mix. (link)
UTEP AD Senter is knee deep in a MBB HC search as the El Paso Times takes a look at his early tenure with the Miners. One local TV personality, "I had more interaction with the new guy in one day than I did with Stull in his whole time here." Senter says engaging with people is something he loves to do, "Some people, meeting and greeting drains their battery. It recharges mine." Senter calls an AD's job very complex, but sticks to his Triple-A philosophy: attitude, action & accountability. Calls the MBB decision a "huge hire," pushing to build a more robust social/digital team for the department to more effectively tell its story. More, including glowing comments from Colorado AD George & Cincinnati AD Bohn on Senter's approach to his work. (link)
Louisville: The Courier-Journal's Sullivan reports Korn Ferry's offer to handle the AD search in the Derby City was $50K more than the next highest bid. Yet, even during a time of financial belt-tightening for the Cards, Korn Ferry got the assignment at a base fee of $150K. Korn Ferry outlined a four-week process to find a new leader for U of L, leveraging its 'KF4D' assessment tool. Most locally still expect the process to end where it starts, with Interim AD Tyra. (link); The ascendence of former Louisville Senior Assoc. AD for Development Jurich questioned along nepotism lines & the lack of documented rationale for his title & pay increases over the last 10 years. While there are certainly questions about "why," the fundraising results on Jurich's watch were regularly impressive as number of new & improve facilities were completed. Current Assoc. AD for Development Dudas in an email to Interim AD Tyra, "I am tired of hearing we will not be able to move forward without Mark and he raised $60 plus million for the expansion. He has 300 of the most wealthily (sic) people in our program/Louisville assigned to him. He only got 25 gifts committed to the stadium expansion. It was a total of around $13 million which is great. However, $5 million came from Pepsi which was the pouring rights for the entire University, he didn’t secure the gift." Dudas backtracks & says he shouldn't have expressed his position to Tyra in such a manner, notes the success the development team had with Jurich at the helm. (link); More nepotism-related talk for the Cards as FB HC Petrino has three family members on his staff. (link)
South Carolina will increase the price of its FB season tickets $7 per game or $50 overall as Gamecocks AD Tanner notes, "We've come a long way in the last eight years. Prior to this decade, we were finding our way in the SEC. Since 2010, we have achieved broad-based success in our athletics program. We have established a solid foundation and are now ready to take it to the next level, but we need to continue to maximize our resources to help us achieve our goals." USC's budget ranks 10th in the SEC & Tanner continues, "The cost to compete and win at the highest levels has undoubtedly increased. The increases in football season ticket prices came after careful deliberation and discussion regarding the impact on our fans. The successes that we have shared and the quality of the student-athlete experience here is in large part because of you - our fans. I believe the best is still yet to come." Includes a video message from Tanner. (link)
Temple Prez Englert released in print the remarks about the Owls proposed FB stadium that he intended to make at a recent town hall where the protesters were so loud that he was shouted down. The statement addresses why the desire for a multipurpose facility (which would include retail space and expanded city services), other initiatives the school is also engaged in, and areas it could do better for its neighbors. Also attempts to dispel rumors such as those about individuals losing their property. Englert: "I want to see a multipurpose facility that’s good for both Temple and our neighbors. ...There will be continuing dialogue. ...As a sign of our commitment, we are prepared to enter into a signed community benefits agreement documenting our obligations. ...We are tied together. I’m confident that together we will find ways to benefit all of us." (link)
Teamworks raises another $15.3M to continue its growth across college athletics & the sports industry as it gains traction at the department & organizational level given its best practice positioning. Nine investors were involved in this round, led by Massachusetts-based General Catalyst Partners. Teamworks Founder & CEO Maurides: "We’ll be investing heavily into our technology to make sure we’re taking every advantage to evolve our technology. We want to make sure we have the capacity to support that growth." Teamworks raised $6.3M back in 2016. (link)
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The experience of owning a permanent home in the city or town of a fan's favorite college FB squad is a growing trend explored by the Wall Street Journal's Gamerman. East Lansing-based real estate agent Bashore: "Just in the last five or six years, we’ve seen people buying places that, except for game times, are vacant. Spartan spirit is just savage. I’m working with a couple from Arizona—they want to come to as many games as they can. They are just waiting for a two-bedroom condominium to pop up in this particular building, and they’ll buy it, sight unseen." (link)
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Our condolences to the Western Michigan athletic family as Senior Assoc. AD for Medical Services Corbin passed away earlier this week after suffering a stroke on March 6. AD Beauregard: "Today is a day of true sadness for all of us as we begin to say goodbye to Dennis. There was never a person more true to the spirit of being a Bronco than Dennis. Dennis gave 36 years shaping the lives of generations of Broncos for life. His dedication to WMU and our Broncos is embedded in our University culture forever. His Bronco spirit will be with us always as we continue to Fight Onward for the Brown & Gold. At this same time, we were very fortunate to witness the love Dennis has for his children Natalie and Nick and to witness the once in a lifetime love he had for his wife Gayle. Our Bronco hearts break for all of Dennis' family." Corbin was in his 36th year in the department and planned on retiring at the end of the academic campaign. (link)
Iowa AD and NCAA Transfer Working Group member Barta with updates from the latter role: "... Well, whenever you have a rule and more than half the people get an exception, it’s probably time to reevaluate the rule. The group is trying to find that nexus. If you transfer, at what point are you academically strong enough that it won’t affect your timeline for graduation. I think where it might end up is if you have a certain GPA and a certain amount of credit hours earned and you transfer, you won’t have to sit. Below that you’ll have to sit. It’ll be academically driven and motivated. The goal is, if you transfer, the likelihood of you graduating at the same time you would’ve graduated if you didn’t transfer, that’s the nexus that’s being looked at. When we’ve had students transfer away and when we’ve had students transfer in, and I’m not naming names but you know who I’m talking about, it gets very contentious. It can become very difficult for the student. And yet, the student has to have some level of responsibility. ... There will be uniformity going forward. That’s the logical and fair way to go about it. It has to move fast in fairness to getting something fixed." Points to a June vote.  (link)
Turns out Miami (FL) filed the first lawsuit in the ongoing spat between the Canes and Arkansas State. On February 12, ASU issued the ultimatum to UM, to pay the game contract's $650K or reschedule the FB game that was canceled last season. The next day, Miami sued ASU for "declaratory relief," filing the suit in Miami-Dade County, three days before ASU filed its "breach of contract" suit in Craighead County. Miami's suit says the game contract "does not require that Game 2 be rescheduled within any set time frame and does not state that time is 'of the essence'," and "while ASU may be disappointed that Game 2 could not be rescheduled to an earlier date, planning games such as these usually is done years in advance, particularly for a football program like [Miami's]." (link)
More Miami (FL) as the father of high-profile prospective MBB student-athlete Carey thinks it could take a year or two for the Hurricanes to shake the initial reports of being connected to the MBB-FBI developments. This, despite the fact that Canes AD James & MBB HC Larrañaga have vehemently denied having anything to do with the improprieties. Larrañaga's attorney: "I hesitate to say the case against Coach L and Miami blew up because there never was a case. There was never any involvement from UM, Coach Larrañaga, or his assistants. Now, they are dismissing the case against Mr. Augustine, who allegedly said UM was involved, because he intended to keep the money for himself, which further shows UM was not involved. We are imploring the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York to end this nonsense as far as it concerns the University of Miami. We’re all for investigating corruption in college basketball, but leave UM alone because they had nothing to do with it." (link)
The Hattiesburg American explores FB coaching salaries at Southern Miss, where the AC pool has dropped from $2.05M in 2012 to $1.15M in 2015 to $820K in 2016, where it has remained since and sits at the fourth lowest FBS total. A bottoming out of C-USA TV revenue, as well as increased cost of attendance line items have been major contributors. Three ACs have bolted since the season ended and AD Gilbert acknowledges that salary plays a role. Gilbert also points out the funding differences with, say, the AAC and notes the pressures to generate dollars externally: "I can't wave a wand and fix everything. One of the biggest roles I have as athletic director is to prioritize. You've got to ask yourself, 'What can you do right now?' You have to constantly invest in football, but we've got to generate more revenue to help fund it. That's my job — to go out and try to create additional revenue to invest in (football)." (link)
More Personnel: Colorado State AD Parker clarifies that he has yet to meet with any candidates for his open MBB HC spot, including CSU alum & San Antonio Spurs AC Hammon. (link); More on the resignation of CWS administrator Prettyman, who will leave the NCAA office to "pursue other opportunities." His last day is today and longtime director of championships and alliances Buhr will fill the role in the interim. (link); Canisius AD Maher has a WBB HC search on his hands. (link); Texas A&M AD Woodward on the possibility of parting ways with MBB HC Kennedy: "I'm not even going to entertain that question." (link); Part of a statement from former San Diego MBB HC Smith, "I felt it was important to take steps to insure that USD and the team be able to move forward without any distractions. […] My love for USD, my alma mater, and my love for the program remains strong. My family and I look forward to the future and the opportunities that may arise." (link); Buffalo MBB HC Oats gets a five-year extension that could keep him with the Bulls through 2023. No word on buyout terms. (link); South Alabama AD Erdmann will jump into a MBB search. (link); Reports have SC6 host Smith leaving the program in the near future. (link); As you likely know, Pitt AD Lyke will hire a new MBB HC as former boss Stallings will get a $9.4M buyout. (link); Loyola (Maryland) AD Woodruff will also conduct a MBB HC search. (link)
Dallas Mavericks Owner Cuban goes in on the benefits of accepting cryptocurrencies for transactions like buying tickets. Cuban: "There's two elements of cryptocurrency, one is the software behind it [...] integrating it into an app allows us to sell to our fans more securely. [...] Plus, we want people to be able to transact how they want, when they want, where they want." A bit more. (link)
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More on ECU AD Compher as he & North Texas boss Baker sat for an interview from last summer's NACDA Convention to discuss the development & cultivation of donors. Key quotes from Compher: "Grassroots fundraising in terms of the annual fund is of the utmost importance because most of the time, you will find your major donors involved with it at some point. [...] In terms of facilities, I think you’ll see schools work on one thing at a time as opposed to trying to do multiple projects simultaneously." As for Baker, "If you’re going to ask people to invest, you have to realize that they’re going to have an opinion. At the end of the day, you have to make the decision that you feel is best for the organization. […] In the near future, people who can run a successful annual fund will be worth their weight in gold. I think the job is one of the most complex in the department." More in this video that includes annotations for a more efficient watch. (link)
The Idaho Statesman's Cripe lays it out: "University of Idaho botched a sexual assault complaint. It took 5 years to admit it." Two then-student-athletes, one of whom revealed the missteps in a blog post, reported to the school in 2013 various levels of assault by a FB student-athlete. The university's statement: "U of I commends the blog writer in this case for having the courage to come forward and talk about how she has been affected by the incident she describes and for her persistence in insisting the university address the mistakes we made in how we handled the incident. We are glad the young woman ultimately found the U of I’s Women’s Center and the dean of students office where she received help and support while the matter was addressed. That said, the university acknowledges the matter was initially mishandled. The blog author says she did not feel supported by the athletics department and was given incorrect information about her options under U of I policy regarding sexual assault or harassment. For that we must, and do, express our apology and our regret for making worse an already difficult and personally challenging time for her." AD Spear and Football HC Petrino named in the complaints. (link); From NMFishbowl: "New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has expanded his multifaceted review of the University of New Mexico’s athletic department to include at least one allegation of sexual assault by a former Lobo football player." (link)
A feasibility study conducted by Collegiate Consulting indicates hockey at Illinois could be a rousing success, but Illini AD Whitman is tempering expectations until finances on the projected $50M project can be worked out. With a two-to-three-year time frame for launch, and other facility projects contingent upon a decision, Whitman: "There’s some urgency to what we’re doing, but we also don’t want to sacrifice quality for speed." One thing in the project's favor, according to Whitman, is the ability to help VB, wrestling and gymnastics receive a new home as well: "That has been one of the biggest hooks for me into this whole project is the idea we can improve the situation for these other sports programs that need it. ...If we can use hockey as a lever to try and put those sports into a better situation, then we’d be foolish not to explore that." (link, link); Landof10.com's Dochterman makes his pitch for Iowa to be open to the possibility of adding hockey, especially given the new 7K-seat area in neighboring Coralville. AD Barta continues to cite finances as the major sticking point. (link)
Update from the Miller v. Minnesota Duluth trial: Men's Hockey HC Sandelin testified yesterday that he was "shocked" and "surprised" by the mid-season announcement to let former Women's Hockey HC Miller go. Sandelin was one of five witnesses to take the stand yesterday, including another day with AD Berlo, and initial questioning from former Texas Women's AD/Sports Management Resources Prez Lopiano, who pointed to Sandelin's job security after four consecutive losing seasons, compared to Miller's termination after four straight seasons without a postseason appearance. The jury will likely "get the case next Wednesday, and must reach a unanimous decision." (link)
Also Noticed: The Big East is investigating the St. John's MBB team after a postgame incident in the handshake line following yesterday's quarterfinal matchup against Xavier. The question seems to be if SJU players approached their Xavier peers outside the Musketeer's locker room. (link); UMKC MBB HC Odom opens up on his son's struggle with OCD and the Odom's efforts to help combat the disorder. Excellent read. (link); From the max-security Law360: "An Illinois federal judge pushed back the final approval hearing for a settlement in the multidistrict litigation over concussions against the NCAA for a fifth time Thursday after the class administrator said it had inadvertently failed to notify almost 75,000 players." (link); ESPN will televise 20 FB Spring Games across the country in a five-week span, including live coverage of Alabama, Clemson and Georgia. (link); Musical groups Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons will perform at this year's March Madness Music Festival in San Antonio. (link); IMG College Licensing and College Football 150th Anniversary announce a deal. Exec. Dir. for the latter, Weiberg: "This is yet another step in the planning for a celebration that will highlight all that is good about college football. IMG College Licensing is the leader in this area and we know they will do a wonderful job in assisting us with licensing on behalf of the Anniversary." (link)
Executive Coach and founding partner of Next Step Partner Zucker pens for the Harvard Business Review: "Why the Best Internal Candidate Might Be from an Unlikely Part of the Company." Key benefits that companies can get from looking outside the box for candidates: 1) Accelerated development of key leaders (aka 'baptism by fire'); 2) Greater diversity of perspectives; 3) Improved retention of top talent; 4) Better internal networks; 5) Ability to leverage institutional knowledge and culture fit; 6) Increased organizational capacity. "Proven winners are great additions to any team. But finding a leader with a track record in another area or skill set who can develop new talents adds depth and dimension to a team, and makes everyone a winner." (link)
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(NEW!) Associate Director/Communications (Boston College / Chestnut Hill, MA): Administer all media relations for baseball and serve as secondary contact with football and other sports. Will also oversee social media & content generation for assigned sports. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Public Relations (University of Washington / Seattle, WA): This position will oversee the Athletic Communications team, strategic and critical messaging, and special projects. For complete details, see www.washington.edu/jobs and apply to job #153755. More details HERE.

Assoc. Director of Stewardship (University of Tennessee Foundation / Knoxville, TN): Reporting to the Dir. of Development, the role will work with the TN Fund staff, manage, develop, & implement a comprehensive donor relations program. Use keyword 1800000099 to learn more & apply. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Development (The Razorback Foundation, Inc. (University of Arkansas) / Fayetteville, AR): This position will serve in the advancement of all fundraising activities, including annual fund, major giving, & planned gifts, as well as oversight of our Collegiate & Young Alumni Programs. More details HERE.

Associate Philanthropy Officer – Tyee Club (University of Washington / Seattle, WA): Washington Athletics seeks an Associate Philanthropy Officer-Tyee Club. This position will have dual functions in Philanthropy and Discovery. For complete details and to apply, see UW Hires #151487. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director of Facilities & Operations (Florida International University / Miami, FL): Oversees athletic facility management & upkeep to FIU Athletic facilities. Provides overall direction & supervision in the management & operation of Athletic facilities except FIU Football Stadium. More details HERE.

Managing Director for Athletics Fundraising (Dartmouth College / Hanover, NH): Dartmouth College seeks a Managing Director for Athletics Fundraising. For full job description and to apply: http://www.Click2Apply.net/9gn586qj2p5fh2ft. PI101423969. More details HERE.

Director of Athletic Development (University of Arkansas at Little Rock / Little Rock, AR): Serves as Little Rock Athletic's major gift officer, along with managing the Trojan Athletic Association (TAA). This position will also be responsible for the success of all athletic special events. More details HERE.

Director of Creative Services (University of North Carolina / Chapel Hill, NC): Position serves as team leader of Creative Services, & will establish a multimedia strategy for the Athletic Department, focused on digital content creation & social media presence. More details HERE


Data Analyst (The Rams Club - University of North Carolina / Chapel Hill, NC): Are you looking for an opportunity to drive targeted marketing strategies and accomplish business objectives using data in a fun and collaborative work environment? More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director, Marketing and Fan Development (University of Nevada, Las Vegas / Las Vegas, NV): The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Assistant Athletic Director, Marketing and Fan Development, UNLV Intercollegiate Athletics [R0108140]. More details HERE.

Sports Business Lecturer (Arizona State College of Law, Sports Law & Business / Phoenix, AZ): 4-6 courses per year, including marketing; analytics; business strategy and executive decisions; sports economics; and sports finance. The Lecturer will also advise master’s degree and J.D. students. More details HERE.

Senior Director, Ticket Sales & Development (12th Man Foundation / College Station, TX): The Senior Director will serve as the manager of the Ticket Sales & Development staff. This position will be expected to lead, contribute to, and support special projects and initiatives as directed. More details HERE.


Assistant/Associate Director, Athletics Stewardship (Boston College / Chestnut Hill, MA): Manage stewardship of gifts of $1 million or more, creating unique experiences and meaningful communications for high potential prospects supporting endowment, capital projects and other priorities. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Athletics Events and Donor Relations (Boston College / Chestnut Hill, MA): Work with the Sr. Assoc Dir of Athletic Stewardship, Director of Athletics, Fundraisers, Coaches and University Advancement to manage events that support engagement, cultivation, and investment. More details HERE.

General Manager (Tailgate Guys / State College, PA): Opportunity to join the Tailgate Guys team as GM of a significant property in the Company’s portfolio. The GM will oversee all sales & operations with opportunities for growth in the NE Region. More details HERE.

Head Football Equipment Manager (University of Richmond / Richmond, VA): The Head Football Equipment Manager procures, maintains, and oversees athletic equipment for the Division I football program at the University of Richmond. More details HERE.

Director of Annual Giving (University of Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns / Lafayette, LA): Reports to the Executive Director for the Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Foundation (RCAF) while managing the annual fundraising campaign; be responsible for all social media and website coordination. More details HERE.

Athletic Trainer - Women's Soccer (University of Oklahoma - Norman / Norman, OK): The Women’s Soccer Athletic Trainer is responsible for injury prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of Oklahoma Women’s Soccer student-athletes. More details HERE.

Assistant Vice President of Ticketing (12th Man Foundation / College Station, TX): With the goal of providing an exceptional sales and customer service process, this position will manage and administer ticket operations, while working closely with the Texas A&M Athletics Department. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student Services (Iowa State University / Ames, IA): A member of the Director of Athletics’ Senior Management team. Dual reports to the Faculty Athletics Representative. Supervises the Offices of Student-Athlete Development and Athletics Compliance. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director- Facilities (Northwestern University / Evanston, IL): Northwestern Athletics and Recreation is accepting applications for an Associate Athletics Director for Facilities. The job description can be viewed at www.northwestern.edu/hr/careers/ Job ID: 33006. More details HERE.

Associate Athletics Director for Facility and Event Operations (Pennsylvania State University / University Park, PA): Penn State University Intercollegiate Athletics is seeking an Associate Athletics Director for Facility and Event Operations. Please view full job description at http://apptrkr.com/1167416. More details HERE.

Senior Account Executive for Georgetown Sports Properties (Georgetown Sports Properties / Washington, DC): The Sr. Account Executive will develop, sell, and manage all aspects of fully integrated corporate sponsorship packages for Georgetown Sports Properties. More details HERE.


Assoc Director of Development and Internal Operations (University of Georgia Athletic Association / Athens, GA): Will support annual giving functions of The Georgia Bulldog Club;maintain a portfolio of major gift donors & prospects;Provide oversight of all TGBC gift & data entry; cultivate & steward donors. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services (University of North Texas / Denton, TX): Overseeing Student Services Center; includes academic support, staff, student services, & student-athlete development. Providing leadership executed through policies & processes for student athletes. More details HERE.

Director, Ticket Operations (Stanford University / Stanford, CA): The Director, Ticket Operations manages ticketing for 100+ regular season events, major tournaments and postseason events across many of Stanford’s 36 Division I varsity sports. More details HERE.

Assistant Coach, Men's Soccer (University of North Carolina Wilmington / Wilmington, NC): Assists the Head Coach in providing leadership for a NCAA Division I men’s soccer program. Assists with all aspects of the men’s soccer program. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics Communications (James Madison University / Harrisonburg, VA): Serve as communications contact for softball, volleyball, swimming and diving and in support of football with an emphasis on digital content & engagement. More details HERE.

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (University of California, Berkeley / Berkeley, CA): The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for the position of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Witt/Kieffer has been retained by the University to lead the search. More details HERE.
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