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LEAD1 hosted a teleconference in late February to address the potential impact of the new tax legislation. Some key takeaways include this one from EY Americas Director of Exempt Organization Tax Services Donaldson, "Rather than making a payment to a university for the right to make another payment for tickets, you could still organize premium seating sections where lets say you form a club in a particular section of the stadium. Part of the benefit of joining that club, paying a membership donation to be a part of that club, you receive various benefits: it may be food and beverage and it very well may be season tickets." McDermott Will & Emery Partner Mayshar dug in on excise tax dynamics, points out a quirk where some people believe that public institutions w/o tax exemption letters (no 501(c)(3) letters) from the IRS, may be exempt from 21% excise tax. But, Mayshar cautions schools to not come to quick conclusion, could include schools that have sought 501c3 letters. Lots more, including a review of unrelated business income tax. Very valuable listen. (link)
New Charlotte AD Hill publicly introduced to 49ers faithful, "The priority is the basketball search. We have to dive into this. It’s a great job and I’ve had numerous people contact me already. But a listening tour (around campus) is also a big part of it. It’s not just shaking hands, but paying attention to people’s concerns, what they feel about this place as an institution." On the MBB hiring front, Hill says he's looking for a leader with "with integrity and high character, someone who commands respect from student-athletes and from around the country. He needs to be a great recruiter who can teach. He may be an up-and-comer or he may come in the form of a head coach. But I’m not dialed into one characteristic." While he'd like to have a hire made by the Final Four, Hill doesn't box himself in to any specific timeline. (link); Here's video of Hill's full presser. (link)
Creighton AD & MBB Selection Committee chair Rasmussen thinks his group can better communicate its criteria & objectives, notes the added value of seeing games live as opposed to solely on tape. Rasmussen reviews how he uses the team sheets, which includes reviews multiple times per week & indicates all games matter no matter which quadrant they fall into. Interesting analogy: "The RPI is like a 5 iron in my golf bag. I've got it in my bag. When I use it, I hope it works well, but it's not my putter and it's not my driver. As we look at and as we become more familiar with maybe some metrics that are more accurate, we've got to have that blend with the committee, even though the RPI is still the official tool. It's a balance and it has made it a little more difficult for the committee, I think." Lots more. (link); We'll see how it goes, but many in the media are taking CBS, Turner & the NCAA to task for changes to this Sunday's Selection Show. Looks like we'll get 64 teams that are in right off the bat, then not know the last four until after the first break, then move onto the brackets. Turner EVP of Production/Chief Content Officer Barry: "The Selection Show has been in our sights for a couple of years, like how do we evolve this? And so this is the next generation of the Selection Show for us." (link, link)
ACC Commish Swofford tackles a number of issues as his MBB Tourney tips, says the NBA's involvement in the development of high-level young talents could be a good thing, "The colleges, for our programs, need to continue to be educationally based. And maybe in a sense we need a reset on that, and that would help us." Points directly to the summer recruiting cycle as needing to be addressed, plus, "There are probably some aspects of our rules we need to quit worrying about because they're impractical and they don't matter." Overall on the MBB-FBI developments, "If we don't collectively make something good come out of this, shame on all of us. You can't miss this kind of opportunity to make something better." (link)
Oregon AD Mullens radio interviews with The Oregonian's Canzano, points to FB season ticket sales as "the lifeblood of every athletic department." More: "Football generates 70 percent of that $110 million (in revenue)... Ticket revenue and donations make up roughly 50 percent of all our (department) revenue. It's absolutely significant." Mullens also notes some difficult financial cuts the Ducks have had to make over the last couple of years, even though he thinks the perception of his department is, "People look at our infrastructure and facilities and think that we have it made." Full interview linked in article. (link)
Key from Law360: "A New York federal judge on Tuesday sought to give prosecutors more control over documents in a criminal case related to the federal government’s probe into college basketball as he looks to stem the flow of information to outside sources following media reports that revealed a..." Sorry, still haven't splurged on a subscription, surely we'll hear more on this development today. (link)
Golden State Warriors HC & former Arizona MBB student-athlete Kerr continues offering his point of view on issues around college basketball, "One of the things the NCAA needs to look at is, if a kid signs with an agent and he doesn't get drafted, welcome him back. Why not? What's the harm? We talk about amateurism and all this stuff, but if you're truly trying to do what's right for the kid, and the kid declares for the draft and doesn't get drafted, you know what? Welcome him back. Do something good for the kids." Further, Kerr likes the idea of the NBA stepping in to give prospective student-athletes an alternative to going to school, thinks there's a number of ways the NCAA & NBA/G-League can collaborate. (link)
Around Higher Ed: Grand Canyon gets approval from the Higher Learning Commission to return to non-profit status. GCU Prez Mueller: "This is consistent with GCU’s history and puts us on a level playing field with other traditional universities with regard to tax status and, among other things, the ability to accept philanthropic contributions, pursue research grant opportunities, and participate in NCAA governance." (link); The Higher Learning Commission also forwarded Purdue's acquisition of for-profit Kaplan. From Inside Higher Ed: "...experts said more nonprofit entities, including some colleges, will seek to acquire for-profits. And the tax-status conversion of Kaplan University has stoked interest among for-profits, many of which are hemorrhaging students and money, to follow suit with their own bids to become nonprofits." (link); The Chronicle of Higher Education's 'Inside the Trends Report' includes major shifts in the higher ed landscape, including legislative pressures, the growing role of student influence & a spotlight on hazing. (link)
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More from Swofford as the ACC boss can see a rotation of his MBB Tourney between North Carolina, Washington D.C. & a New York City venue as planning for the event stretches past 2020. The Barclay's Center in Brooklyn is again the site of this year's party, but there's some talk of getting into Madison Square Garden with the possibility of shared arrangement with the Big East. As the News & Observer's DeCock notes, "The latter (MSG) is feasible – with the right amounts of imagination and filthy lucre to lubricate the process – but unlikely." (link)
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Pac-12 Commish Scott stays in the spotlight, this time it's the sport of Lacrosse as the main subject. Scott: "I’m delighted with the support that women’s lacrosse has received from our schools. It’s reflective and will help the exciting development of the popularity of the sport out west. This will be the first year it’s an official Pac-12 sport with a championship. It’s a big commitment on the Pac-12 Network. It’s a very exciting time to add a new Pac-12 sport and to have six strong programs that are going to debut for us." Scott says the growth of youth lacrosse is hard to ignore, believes there's significant interest among his membership to add Men's LAX, "It’s on people’s radars, but it comes with challenges." A bit more. (link)
UCLA hired an outside law firm to review its Compliance systems in light of the MBB-FBI developments. The outcome: "The review was prompted by the desire to do our due diligence. Campus and the athletic department collectively felt it was appropriate to ascertain whether our systems were of the highest standards. While we are unable to comment on the findings due to their privileged nature, we are confident that we have a robust compliance program and we will remain vigilant in our oversight." Bruins MBB HC Alford: "When it comes to that, I always sleep well. I know how we do things. I know how our staff operates, I know how I operate, so that's never an issue when I go to bed." (link)
Former TCU FB student-athlete Listenbee continues speaking out on his allegation of mistreatment at the hands of Horned Frogs coaches & training staff. The latest from Listenbee: "I got injured and I had a few things that they said to me, that I was faking, that teammates had worse injuries than mine. [The coaches attitude] was very aggressive. I'd be in the receiving meeting room watching film. Coach P would come in yelling and getting mad and cursing at us and just like, threatening us. He said if we lost to Texas because I wasn't playing, that I wouldn't be allowed back to TCU in the future and stuff like that." TCU responds, says it was shocked by Listenbee's course of action, "takes tremendous pride in our long-standing tradition of excellence in providing a positive experience for student-athletes, especially in the areas of prevention, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries." (link); The trial involving Minnesota-Duluth & former Women's Hockey HC Miller got underway with former & current UMD Chancellors on the stand. (link)
Facility Updates: Temple held a town hall to discuss the possibility of a new on-campu FB stadium, but the meeting only lasted 10 minutes as protestors took over. (link); New Mexico's FB locker room overhaul will have to wait as the $675K project is put on pause due to Regent Clifford saying the operational deficit should be of primary concern. (link); There's still work to be done, but Mississippi State's Dude Noble Field opened back up last night. Pretty sharp. (link); Here's a quick video of what Conference USA's post-season hoops setup looks like in The Star in Frisco. Both Men's & Women's games will take place at the same time. Should be interesting. (link); Utah is pushing forward on a $3M fundraising plan to enhance its gymnastics training space. (link)
San Diego MBB HC Smith sees all charges dropped in connection to his arrest on allegations of domestic violence. San Francisco County District Attorney spokesman Bastian says the decision to drop charges was a result of evidence gathered from the investigation. Statement from USD: "There has been no change in Lamont Smith's status with the university. He remains on administrative leave and the university's investigation of this personnel matter is ongoing. Acting head coach Sam Scholl will coach our team for the remainder of the basketball season." (link)
More Personnel: Harvard AD Scalise hires Yale Asst. AD for Compliance/SWA Bray as the new Assoc. AD for Compliance in Cambridge. (link); Memphis Prez Rudd says the Tigers' MBB program will be evaluated after the season as other rumors swirl around the program & its future. (link); UIC AD Klassy will hire a new WBB HC. (link); Word on the street is Ole Miss is done with its MBB HC search, but Rebels AD Bjork says he's still "active and engaged" in the marketplace. (link); Cal State Northridge AD Martin now on the clock to select a new MBB leader. (link); More HC bonus data from USA Today's Berkowitz. (link); Incarnate Word AD Wickstrom also in queue for a new MBB HC. (link)
Looks like Instagram may be close to rolling out some new features, including a universal portrait mode, cinemagraph options for Stories, a way to organize DMs & the ability download your data. (link); I guess we have to mention Fortnite as the game is undoubtedly being played by lots of your student-athletes. It's now easily the most-watched game on Twitch with an average of 150,000 viewers at any given time. (link)
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With her successor in place, Charlotte AD Rose discusses her 28-year AD career with WFAE90.7's Terry. Rose recalls being nervous about taking the top spot in 1990 because she didn't have any female role models that were sitting ADs. She credits former Chancellor Woodward for connecting her with then-Pepsi-Cola Prez/CEO Halton and then-Rodgers Builders CEO Rodgers, both strong female leaders in the Charlotte area. Fast forward to present and Rose discusses the criticism she faced for parting ways with MBB HC Price but retaining FB HC Lambert: "We started a football program from scratch. I mean, we didn't own a football. We didn't have a facility. Our intent initially was to compete at the FCS level and not the FBS level. It's a totally different enterprise. When we had the opportunity to potentially move up faster, much faster, than we anticipated, we made a decision as a university, knowing that it was going to affect the outcome of our wins and losses to move up a division, to the highest level of football, before we were ready. So the first year we were competing in Conference USA was our third year of football. I don't look at one year. I'm looking at the total picture, the body of work." Says she will miss "the people" most. (link)
Sam Houston State WBB student-athlete Oramas posted a "racially insensitive video" on Snapchat. Bearkats AD Williams: "Our program fosters an inclusive environment encouraging respect of diverse backgrounds and ideas. We uphold these core values despite any insensitivity and poor judgment on social media by an individual." No further comment or disciplinary action. (link)
The FY17 operating expenses for UMKC were $15.9M against $14.8M in revenues and this year's system-wide budget woes will force the 'Roos to trim another $1.5M. AD Wilson: "When you have a crisis like this and chaos, it does make you shake it all up and figure out what's really important." The department is operating at a "basic level," where home basketball games don't have cheerleaders or a band, the MBB radio announcer doesn't travel and the SID position vacated mid-season has not been filled. The travel costs associated with WAC games is a big part of the picture - the average MBB road trip last year cost $32K. With a new chancellor coming on board in June, KCUR's Echlin thinks "there'll be tough questions to answer, and as long as UMKC is in the WAC, Wilson will be presenting a pricey reality." (link)
More headlines from Carbondale as Southern Illinois Prez Dunn comments on the possibility of the university assuming some of the athletic department's facilities-related debt: "If you pulled out the facilities costs that are being charged to athletics, it probably would have them in the black, or close to it, on a yearly basis. Every campus does this differently. Some fold them into a plant fund, others, their costs are specifically charged out in their entirety to athletics. At other places, it's a hybrid. In my experience, being at all mid-majors, I do kind of like having the hybrid approach to sharing a facility." FY16 facilities costs for the Salukis were $6.76M. Salukis AD Bell: "The chancellor is really looking for potential opportunities to address our budget a lot differently, because it's really simple. If there was a way to manage the debt situation on the facilities, by the institution, there would be no deficit spending in athletics. But there are some state regulations and some other university regulations, that they will have to go through." Upping enrollment numbers is top of mind for all involved. (link)
Interesting read on some admissions policies at Coastal Carolina that impact prospective and/or incoming student-athletes. Longtime & highly-successful Baseball HC Gilmore: "Our school means well, our school wants to win, they want to be great academically, [though] things could work better. There could be a better relationship, so to speak, on those behalves. I think we’re working in that direction. I feel very confident that will happen. But it has gotten me with a guy I would have loved to have. It was a qualifier that didn’t get in. So I understand, I feel Cliff’s pain." Cliff, of course, is MBB HC Ellis, who saw a handful of notable recruits never make it to campus over the past year. Chants Prez DeCenzo: "The relationship between the university’s Department of Athletics and the Department of Admissions is an appropriate one. By design, based on the university’s NCAA compliance manual, we have a longtime policy prohibiting coaches and athletic administration from contacting admissions directly regarding the status of an applicant." More. (link)
Also Noticed: Texas State & Adidas extend their partnership through 2022. (link); New Mexico State will have an extra five years - out through 2026 - to repay the $4.1M is owes to main campus. (link); A sign of things to come? Hampton is not on Norfolk State's 2018 FB schedule. (link); Miami (FL) AD James is angling for another neutral site FB match-up in 2023 or 2024. (link); Arkansas & Western Kentucky will get together in one FB game & two MBB ones, with one of those in Bowling Green. (link); Viewership for the Big Ten MBB Tourney on BTN was up big. (link); The Duke-North Carolina MBB season finale on ESPN was the highest-rated game of the season across any network. (link); Here's the new UCF 'National Champions' license plate. (link)
St. John's MBB HC Mullin's team was on an 11-game losing streak this season and he asked his players "Where do you think I was on this date 30 years ago? ... Rehab." Powerful piece from the New York Times on Mullin's perseverance and 'Power of One Day at a Time' mentality. The known gym rat counseled his team: "I'm not telling you to hang in there because some magical thing is going to happen, but this doesn't have to be life and death. One practice at a time. One day at a time." SJU went on to knock of No. 4 Duke and No. 1 Villanova to snap its losing streak. (link)
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(NEW!) 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: PI101423969. More details HERE.

(NEW LINK!) 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.

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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 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 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.

Senior Manager, Digital Media and Analytics (Paciolan / Irvine, CA): This is a senior marketing position that specializes in digital advertising, search marketing and analytics, advising and evaluating client marketing performance and reviewing digital properties. More details HERE.

Director of Ticket Operations (College Football Playoff / Irving, TX): The Director of Ticket Operations manages ticketing for the National Championship and all auxiliary events that take place in conjunction with the game. More details HERE.

Digital Marketing and Sales Coordinator (College Football Playoff / Irving, TX): The Digital Marketing and Sales Coordinator provides coordination and project management services with focus on promoting the brand and maximizing revenue. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities, Operations & Events (College of the Holy Cross / Worcester, MA): This position will provide leadership for the facilities, operations & events staff on a day-to-day basis in addition to oversight of athletics facilities, game operations and outside events. More details HERE.
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