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WBB post-season storylines:
+ Here's your full NCAA Tourney bracket. (link)
+ Watch: Nevada Senior Assoc. AD/SWA & Committee Chair Bennett chats on some decisions by her group, including the differentiating factors between the last four in & first four out. Bennett says the committee spent seven hours solely on the last eight selections. Bennett points to Oklahoma's second-ranked SOS as the trump card even though the Sooners only won 16 games. First 16-win team in the tourney since 2005. More. (link)
+ Rutgers HC Stringer: "I believe in my heart that our team was worthy of an NCAA bid. It pains both the players and the staff to not have our name called this evening. We have decided that our season should end at this point and focus on the future and putting ourselves into position to control our destiny come next season." More comments from Bennett. (link)
+ Here's the 64-team WNIT field. (link)
More MBB post-season notes
+ Pac-12 boss Scott takes aim at the selection process with USC's exclusion, "I understand the complexities and the challenges the committee has and respect following their criteria. But I can only be left with the conclusion that some of the criteria should be re-evaluated if a team that was No. 2 in our conference, playing as well as they've played, looking as good as they looked [was omitted]." Scott does not think the MBB-FBI developments impacted the Trojans' bubble being popped. (link)
+ North Texas AD Baker: "I've never been a conspiracy theorist but at this why use RPI metrics at all? It seems they are only relevant when it helps P5 programs. And it's hard not to see a pattern of the better non P-5 programs being matched up in the 1st round so fewer advance. […] The committee is made up of great people who devote extraordinary time to the process. I don't fault the committee members. But I believe the process is flawed. The magic of the tourn is the access to programs outside of higher resourced conferences. Reality is bigger budget programs have more $$$ than ever. Getting them to play home & home is impossible. 2 for 1s are even difficult. It's even hard for better teams like MTSU to get them in neutral MTE events. So when you overcome all of that & have a 33 RPI, you should be in." (link)
+ High-profile official Valentine doesn't get a Tourney assignment, says it's due to the incident earlier in the season with North Carolina student-athlete Berry, "This is not right, it's just not fair. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I'm being punished unjustly." (link)
+ Per SBJ's Smith, Mtn Dew is no longer running its ad featuring analyst & former Duke student-athlete Hill. (link)
You may have noticed the NCAA's new brand PSA campaign that launched around Selection Sunday. The overall push is dubbed 'Label Me' & centers on the diversity of student-athletes & the value of coming together on a team "to work together and build the skills for future success." NCAA Manager of Strategic Communications Dunham: "These spots bring to life what makes the NCAA special in a human and compelling way." SS&K backed the work, which also included the assistance of Chelsea Pictures. Spots included in the article for viewing. (link)
The MEAC & Hampton settle their dispute on the Pirates exiting for the Big South. HU will be able to play its first FB season in its new league in 2019 & will pay an undisclosed fine to leave its longtime home. There's also no longer a ban for other MEACs to schedule Hampton. HU AD Marshall: "We will work with the MEAC schools to try to have some non-conference games. We’re looking forward to playing that schedule." The settlement was reached without mediation. (link)
Latest SBJ: South Dakota State AD & DI Transfer Working Group chair Sell gets the spotlight & answers if the Jackrabbits have designs to make the jump to FBS, "We just went from Division II to Division I 10 years ago, so we’re still relatively new at this so, no, I don’t think so. We’ve tried to prepare for the future. We recently built a 20,000-seat football stadium that can go to 40,000. But jumping up another level is something we’ll probably leave to the next generation. We’re happy where we’re at." (link); Pretty much a must-read on the current touchy relationship between ESPN & the NFL that could dictate how the Worldwide Leader decides to spend its rights cash in the future. If ESPN doesn't renew its Monday Night Football deal in the early 2020s, it certainly could mean more money for... (link); Looks like Indeed is a new NCAA sponsor. (link); Headliners Smith & Madkour lay out what they see as needed improvements for the NCAA: 1) Relax agent/advisor rules for student-athletes; 2) Move to an Olympic model for the name, image & likeness of student-athletes; and, 3) Work with the NBA to remove one-and-done restrictions. (link); Terrific data on WBB attendance around the nation this year. Fourteen programs above 5K per game. On the revenue front, five programs above $5M, led by Stanford's $21.44M. (link, link); With the selection of Disney insider Pitaro to lead ESPN, what happens with key executive leaders Magnus & Connolly? Media writer Ourand: "Insiders say that Pitaro’s top priority is to convince Connolly and Magnus to stay, as both carry sterling reputations internally and externally." (link)
Oak View Group gets a $100M infusion from Silver Lake with the intent to "support OVG’s growth strategy, including its arena development projects and other strategic initiatives." Silver Lake Managing Director Wittlinger: "Technology’s impact on the global media and entertainment sectors has created new opportunities for OVG. We firmly believe that OVG is positioned to become a world-class franchise in sports and live events." Oak View's Leiweke: "In less than three years, Oak View Group has made a significant positive impact on the sports and entertainment facilities landscape. […] This deal with Silver Lake provides us with capital to continue to grow our business as well as invaluable expertise and relationships." (link)
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First-tip tonight in Dayton will mark the start of the 118th NCAA Tourney game played in the University of Dayton Arena. Flyers AD Sullivan: "It’s embedded into our DNA. We really believe — and I know it sounds cliche — that we’re the epicenter of college basketball. We’re the No. 1 host site. It’s what UD Arena does. We think it’s one of the best places to watch college basketball in the country. It’s inextricably linked with our community. It’s deeply personal." UD Arena ranks first in the country in games hosted, followed by 83 at Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium. The annual First Four round of games pumps $4.5M into the local economy and Mayor Whaley appreciates the value of this: "It’s really important to us. Basketball is part of the culture in Dayton. We love basketball — high school basketball, college basketball, we love it. The First Four is indicative of that. It doesn’t matter who the teams are, the citizens of Dayton will go and watch basketball.... It's an interesting infomercial, too, because there's basketball being played." (link)
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Former Tennessee & Kansas State AD Currie heads back to college at Robert Morris as an Executive-in-Residence in the School of Business later this month. The weeklong residential format allows the Executive-in-Residence to meet with students in large and small groups and to learn more about RMU and its mission. RMU Prez Howard: "The Executive-in-Residence Program is a prime example of what we mean when we say that Robert Morris is big enough to matter, yet small enough to care. I’ve known John Currie since he was the athletic director at Kansas State University. Learning from someone with his achievements and experience will be invaluable to our students." (link)
Arizona State Executive Sr. Assoc. AD Boyd chats it up with 1.Question co-host @TaiMBrown on the NFL(ish) setup the Sun Devils have implemented for their FB program. In the first of a two part interview, Boyd touches on the concept, which allows new HC Edwards to be free to do the coaching, recruiting, etc., while a leadership structure is put in place to manage many of the other executive level responsibilities. (link)
California state law prohibits most forms of state-funded travel to places with legislation deemed discriminatory. One such state is Kansas, but the San Diego State MBB team is slated to play its first game of this year's NCAA Tourney in Wichita. Aztecs AD Wicker: "The NCAA is sending us to Wichita, which is in Kansas. We have no control over it. There are funds other than state monies we can utilize to pay for things. We’ll use private dollars or fundraising dollars to pay for everything, then get reimbursed. We’re not spending money out of regular operational budgets." California Attorney General Becerra has not clarified how athletic departments should proceed with this law, so schools "have been operating with the understanding that NCAA-mandated travel is OK as long as private funds are used to cover any expenses, but they should avoid scheduling nonconference games in any of the eight states." Refresher: Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee are the other states. (link)
Alabama State joins Evolution Labs in launching a SA360 program to provide its student-athletes with an "engaging mobile app and web-based content on topics ranging from NCAA compliance to sexual violence prevention to assessing and improving academic skills." Coaches and staff will have access to a parallel program. AD Brown: "The university and the athletic department are committed to helping students realize success as scholars, athletes and citizens. The Evolution Labs platform uses technology familiar to Millennials and Generation Z to deliver content in a manner that's more compelling, where and when it's needed most, whether students and staff are on campus or on the road traveling to their next matchup." (link)
More post-season MBB comments, these in connection to the NIT. Toledo HC Kowalczyk: "The NIT is even more rigged. […] They are looking at it as a a revenue source and the only way they’re going to make money is to get the right four teams to New York that will draw well. They already have Hampton, Florida Gulf Coast, Wagner, Northern Kentucky [as automatic qualifiers]. God forbid if any of those teams make it to New York. They don’t want that." More. (link); LSU HC Wade on if his team got together to watch the NIT selection show, "No. It's the NIT. We sit at home watching film with our wives and texted each other. That's about it." (link)
More Personnel: UTEP AD Senter recruits Fresno State MBB HC Terry away from the Bulldogs east to lead the Miners. (link); Interim Louisville AD Tyra indicates he'll handle the MBB HC search without the aid of a search firm & while a search for a permanent AD is on-going. I'll eat my shirt if... (link); It's official: Round 2 for Arizona AC Romar as HC at Pepperdine. (link); Valpo AD LaBarbera talks about his coming WBB HC hire. (link); AD-less Cal State Northridge hires former NC State/Alabama MBB HC Gottfried as its new leader. (link); USA Today's Berkowitz continues his bonus blitz with WBB HC data given last night's Tourney reveal. (link); Headlining Sports Illustrated media journalist Deitsch the latest to join the ranks of The Athletic. (link); Layoffs of 60ish at BAMTech. (link)
Season ticket deliveries by drone could be getting closer as the federal government is pushing to open up the skies a bit. From the Wall Street Journal: "At least 10 FAA-approved pilot programs for various drone initiatives—some likely including package delivery—are slated to start by May. Separately, industry and government officials have indicated that Amazon, widely considered one the most aggressive and furthest advanced applicants, is pushing for safety approval of detailed drone designs, as well as precise operating rules." (link)
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Charlotte Chancellor DuBois recounts some key elements of the university's search for a new AD & his eventual hire of former Florida executive leader Hill. On why he chose Turnkey, "What impressed me about them is that they had done a lot of Power 5 AD searches. I was a little bit biased going in about Power 5 because they represent large, complex athletic departments, and the people that work in them know a lot about what a great Athletic Department would look like when it’s fully baked and more mature." Turnkey Search Managing Director DeFilippo created a list of 13 leaders & the 49ers contingent ended up meeting with nine candidates at a secret location the last week of February. DuBois indicates finalists Hill & Penn State Deputy AD Esten were graded by 45 individuals connected to the process, "so we had a lot of input." A bit more. (link)
Sports Illustrated's Staples: "UCF's Follow-Up Act Will Be Just as Important as Its Flawless Season."  Staples: "(Knights AD) White must juggle [strength of schedule] issues as he tries to capitalize on this moment. Josh Heupel has the more difficult job, though. Now that former coach Scott Frost ... has shown the nation UCF football’s potential, Heupel will be expected to keep the Knights playing at that level. ... Heupel’s situation is the inverse of the one Frost inherited two years ago. Then, the Knights were coming off an 0–12 season in George O’Leary’s final year. But they were also only two years removed from going 12–1 and capping the season by winning the Fiesta Bowl. Now, UCF is coming off 13–0, but only a little more than two years removed from 0–12. In other words, the good times can end quickly if the Knights don’t take advantage of this momentum. It’ll be up to Heupel, rising junior quarterback McKenzie Milton and the rest of UCF’s returning veterans to build on the progress started by Frost, linebacker Shaquem Griffin, cornerback Mike Hughes and the rest of the outgoing players who turned 0–12 to 13–0. Meanwhile, it will be up to White to tap into a growing city that has embraced a winner—even if deep-seated allegiances lie elsewhere." (link)
Here's an interesting oral history of Gonzaga MBB's NCAA Tourney accomplishments as the Zags have been in the Big Dance for an impressive 20 straight years. Zags AD Roth thinks all the way back to 1999, "Between days at each site there’s a thing called the transition meeting, to prepare the schools who have a chance to go to the next round. So it’s me and (sports information director) Oliver Pierce and (assistant AD) Mike Hogan and the gal who worked for our travel company – not even for Gonzaga, but our travel agent. UConn comes into the room and it’s 10 guys in black suits – they had assistants for their assistants. And they’re talking about 500 hotel rooms and 5,000 tickets and how you need security on your hotel room floor and we’re deer in the headlights. (Former Santa Clara coach) Carroll Williams was on the committee that year and he grabs me after and said, 'Mike, if you guys win, you’re going to need a lot of help.'" Lots more. Fun read. (link)
Miller v. Minnesota-Duluth: Former Women's Hockey HC Miller was on the stand again, testifying that the shock of her termination was exacerbated by the fact that her squad was ranked No. 6 in the country at the time: "At first I went into shock because I thought I was going in to get a new contract, because we were doing so well. Then I felt flattened, crushed, sick to my stomach. I felt lied to, deceived and really badly betrayed. Really badly betrayed. ... I'm trying to be strong, trying to recover and move on, but I feel like it's ruined me. I loved what I did so much. It was my life. I feel ruined. My heart's broken. I have a broken spirit. It's a horrible way to live." In an effort to show jurors that the move by administrators was not unprecedented, university attorney Pramas cited former Florida State FB HC Bowden and former Denver Men's Hockey HC Gwozdecky who were fired despite successful programs, to which Miller responded: "My knowledge and experience is that male coaches tend to coach for as long as they want, and much later in life than I was when I was fired at the age of 51. I wasn't involved in those circumstances, so I don't know their records or the personal things that were going on behind closed doors." Miller's partner and former UMD Softball HC Banford will sit for more questioning today. (link)
Due to funding and facility issues, Siena will end its 40-year run of supporting a Field Hockey program. Saints AD D'Argenio made the announcement yesterday: "As you can imagine, there was a lot of women that were upset. It's not their fault, it's on us that we're not able to support it." The school will honor the financial aid promised to 16 current players and three NLI signees. With the move Siena drops to 21 overall sports programs, including 12 female ones. HC Zappone resigned after last season and was not replaced. More D'Argenio: "What I can say is we did this strategically and it wasn’t just done haphazardly — and we did it so not only can we save money, but so we can also reinvest." (link)
Also Noticed: Looks like a good read, but it's behind a Biz Journal paywall, "NMSU's Mario Moccia on producing tangible results in Las Cruces." (link); The Virginia-North Carolina ACC Tourney championship game led the pack with a 2.1 on Saturday night. The Big 12 matchup scored a 1.7 & the SEC title game did a 1.6. The 7p hour of ESPN's Selection Show coverage bested the native Turner option on TBS. (link); Check out this chart of MBB Selection Show ratings over the last 28 years. From a 8.2 in 1990 to this year's 1.6. Wow. (link); San Diego State's Women's Soccer Twitter feed, "So jealous watching NCAA women’s basketball selection show. National seeding means new matchups, better distribution of teams and a true national tournament. Soccer for girls and women has never been more popular. Our national tournament deserves to be national." (link); Can't forget about the MBB Manager Games national tourney. (link)
UTRGV Deputy AD/COO Volpe sources an ABC News interview with Apple boss Cook, who, when asked about his company's stock hitting an all-time high, responded, "Well, we don't really focus on the stock price. I couldn't tell you what our stock price is. The reason is not because I don't care about shareholders. I do care about shareholders. The reason is I know the reason the stock price goes up is that you're focusing on the things that drive it. [...] For us, our North Star is to make the best products that enrich people's lives." Volpe compares Cook's thinking to making sure wins & losses are appropriately positioned with your department's value structure. (link)
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