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#10: Check out the digital locker room integration in Texas FB lockers. More than 100 43-inch Samsung PH43F screens equipped with PingHD's EngagePHD software are programmed to display player's bios, background info and game highlights. (link)
#9: NCAA Prez Emmert has listed his waterfront home in Clinton, WA for $2.6M. Around an hour from Seattle, over 3.2K square feet, four bedrooms, vaulted ceilings, two fire pits & killer views from Whidbey Island. The piece says Emmert also sold a home in Sonoma, CA last year for a pending deal price of $3.2M. (link)
#8: College headliner Smith goes deeper into the Learfield-IMG College deal approval, writes on the DOJ's elimination of exclusive negotiating windows & non-compete clauses for employees. Also of note, "...sources familiar with both companies say the unified business will be under immediate stress to grow its top line and bottom line." How? 1) Elimination of redundant positions; 2) Increased national sponsorship sales; 3) Growth of Campus+; and, 4) Expansion of Social+. (link)
#7: Check out the photos of Arkansas FB's new lockers from Longhorn Lockers. (link)
#6: Updated look at NET, RPI, KPI, BPI, SOR, KenPom & Sagarin ratings, as well as Quadrant I wins. Updated every afternoon. (link)
#5: South Carolina has a new university logo, intended to better distinguish it from the University of Southern California. This one emphasizes the "of" in the logo. (link)
#4: Former Tennessee FB HC Jones, who Alabama HC Saban said "can't coach the players" in his role as the Tide's offensive analyst this year, was seen on the sidelines during the National Championship game "coaching up" UA RB Jacobs. (link)
#3: CFP Wrap-up: 14.6 overnight TV rating, lowest since LSU-Alabama did a 13.8 back in 2012. Out-of-Home viewership for the title matchup was 20% higher than any of the NFL Wild Card games or NFL Monday Night kicks this season. (linklink); Average resale ticket price: $439. Down 81% from last year's Bama-Georgia championship. (link); Here are the digital billboards Clemson put up in Greenville, Pendleton, Anderson, Seneca, Charleston, Columbia, Charlotte & Atlanta. (link); Tigers HC Swinney gets $250K for the win, to which NBPA Executive Director Roberts says, "And the players get..." (link); Looks like Tailgate Guys sold out of its 10 tents in the first year of its partnership with the CFP. (link)
#2: On the digital/social front, former Auburn staffer & current New York Yankees Senior Manager for Digital & Social Strategy Smith profiles four college FB programs she thinks are killing the game. Clemson is one of the four with the lead in of, "Content That Feels More Personal." The others: Ohio State ("Design That Brings The Fire"), South Carolina ("Next Level Production & Swagger") & Georgia ("Weekly Trailer Fueled By Emotion"). Lots of good content examples for each brand within the rundown. (link)
#1: The Wall Street Journal releases its annual College Football Value Rankings with IUPUI professor Brewer continuing to run the numbers. Top 10: Texas ($1.105B), Ohio State ($1.048B), Alabama ($1.009B), Michigan ($924M), Notre Dame ($913M), Georgia ($891M), Oklahoma ($885M), Auburn ($871M), LSU ($852M), Tennessee ($727M). Valuations for 105 other programs listed with Louisiana Monroe at $6.7M wrapping up the other end of the spectrum. (link)
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