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College athletics lost a wonderful leader yesterday as recently-retired Vanderbilt AD Williams, the first African-American AD in the SEC, passed away. VU Chancellor Zeppos: "David Williams stood tall on this campus, in this city and in college athletics nationally as an incomparable leader, role model and dear friend to me and so many others. We are devastated by this loss. His impact on our community is immeasurable and will be felt for generations to come. We offer our deepest condolences to Gail, his children and the entire Williams family on this immense loss." (link); Current Penn State FB HC & former Vandy leader Franklin: "Today my family and I were in the process of boarding a plane to celebrate David, his career and his retirement when we received the heartbreaking news. I will forever be indebted to David for taking a chance on a young coach and walking a path with me that made Vanderbilt history. But beyond that, I will be forever grateful to the man that was willing to step away from the office and attend Grandparents Day with my children; the man that dropped off Christmas gifts, laughed, cried, supported and believed in me and my family. His unwavering support, steadfast leadership, and friendship will be some of the things I'll miss most about a man I'm proud to call friend and mentor." (link)
Utah Valley AD Otoupal is off to new endeavors after five years of leading the Wolverines, "The student-athletes at UVU are amazing people. I am proud of what we accomplished during my tenure here. It’s time for me to pursue some things I have wanted to do for a long time, and, as such, I am resigning as director of athletics." Senior Assoc. AD for External Operations Sumsion will lead the department in the interim.  (link)
Ohio State AD Smith steps away from the College Football Playoff Committee, replaced by Iowa boss Barta. Smith points to needing to have "100% focus" on helping new FB HC Day have a successful first season leading the Buckeyes. CFP Executive Director Hancock on Barta, "He is a highly respected leader in college football and I look forward to him becoming a member of the committee. I know Gary to be a person of excellent judgment and he’ll fit right in." The Athletic's Dochterman notes Barta's support for nine-game league schedules & how that position may impact how he advocates for Big Ten, Big 12 & Pac-12 squads. (link, link)
High-profile Georgia-to-Ohio State QB transfer Fields will be eligible for the 2019 season & won't sit out a campaign in Columbus. Notable attorney Mars represented Fields in his case with the NCAA, "The NCAA made the right decision, but I recognize that not everyone is going to see it that way. As Nick Saban might say, people should trust the process. That’s especially true for people who don’t know all the facts, which in this case includes just about everyone on the planet." (link); The Athletic's Mandel points to pending situations involving Ohio State-to-Miami (FL) QB Martell & USC-to-Texas WR McCoy, adds, "You should expect this new form of free agency to become even more dizzying and eventful next year than it is already is this year. Because a whole lot of backup quarterbacks out there are going to be calling Thomas Mars." (link)
A group of Maryland lawmakers are pushing a bill that would allow student-athletes in the state to unionize and "collectively bargain over issues related to health and safety, as well as compensation." Baltimore Delegate Lierman is leading the charge, notes the tragic loss of former Maryland FB student-athlete McNair, "It’s time to ensure there’s somebody standing up for these kids and making sure they’re safe and healthy, making sure they’re getting a good education, not being assaulted, not being retaliated against when they ask for safe playing conditions. I think it’s time for legislatures around the country to step in and do something because the universities and the NCAA is certainly not doing it themselves." (link)
The San Jose Mercury News' Wilner gets a bunch of interesting thoughts & insights from The Raine Group partner & co-founder Ravitch on the future of sports media rights & specifically the Pac-12, with whom Ravitch's firm has been engaged to assist with its puzzle. Overall landscape: "Amazon is 100 percent focused on sports. Apple is looking at sports rights deals. Look at ESPN+. The OTT wars are just starting. […] By 2021-22 Over-The-Top will be the dominant form of distribution." Expects to have a strategic partner lined up for the Pac-12 by the end of May that could create a company that one day goes public. More: "It could become a really big company internationally. We’re creating an entity that thinks about long-term value creation … for the universities. […] What the Pac-12 has is a massive amount of tonnage, and SVoD (Subscription Video on Demand) is for cult audiences. Think about Netflix. So it becomes about attracting cult audiences in sports. […] The future is all about smaller sports (packages) and the ability to slice and dice, so you’ve got, let’s say, Colorado games for $10 a month for fans living anywhere." (link)
XFL Commish & former NCAA/West Virginia leader Luck on how wrinkles of his new league could totally change the game for college FB around the nation, "We theoretically could sign a kid out of high school, a kid who has played a year of college ball or two. I want to get all of my coaches hired and have an in-depth discussion with them about what our approach, what our posture ought to be. But we will sign folks who are not eligible for the NFL. I don’t think it’ll be a cornerstone of our league, but if we believe a young man is physically mature enough, mentally mature enough, emotionally mature enough to play professional football, then I won’t have any hesitations in signing that individual." (link)
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Wildcat Authority's Scheer reports major Arizona boosters showed up at yesterday's MBB shoot around on Thursday in a show of support for embattled HC Miller. Sheer indicates a "large meeting" was to be held yesterday with a number of key power players, adds, "If Dave Heeke and President Robbins want to make a move to fire Sean Miller as some are speculating, but is not imminent, sources indicate that they will likely either do so without booster support or have a major task in convincing boosters it is the right move." (link)
Howard MBB HC Nickelberry has been placed on administrative leave as the university further investigates the details that led to last week's postgame drama with Norfolk State. In one video from the altercation, Nickelberry is being restrained from going after a Spartans student-athlete. Nickelberry will not be with his team as they take on Florida A&M in Tallahassee today. (link)
Clemson: Co-OCs Elliott & Scott are now part of the $1M AC club. Does this mean the Tigers are the first program to allocate $2M or more to both coordinator positions? Overall AC salary pool is now $7.1M, the highest in the country. (link); CU Strength & Conditioning boss Batson also got a $100K raise, slotting him as the fourth highest paid S&C staffer in the nation. (link); The NCAA has granted the Tigers 45 additional days to prepare its case in connection to FB student-athletes who tested positive for the performance enhancing drug ostarine before the CFP. AD Radakovich: "It’s just very slow because it’s kind of out of our hands. We’ve sent some things off to be tested and the results haven’t come back yet." (link)
Tennessee AD Fulmer with some thoughts on the performance of first-year FB HC Pruitt, "I thought I was very pleased with how quickly he adapted to being a head coach and the staff he brought in with him and how he led the program. […] We continue to try and turn this big battleship in the way we want it to go. It’s not gonna happen all at once. We have to flip our roster in a couple, three years. This is really his first year." (link)
The addition of a third paid AC in Baseball may have taken a setback as D1Baseball reports Big Ten HCs voted 13-1 against the addition with Rutgers as the lone supporter. D1Baseball's Fitt: "It sounds like a lot of ADs are concerned that if baseball and softball get another full-time coach, lots of other programs will demand it as well. But baseball’s player-to-full-time coach ratio is 12:1, lagging far behind other sports. That needs to change. […] For too long, college baseball has been held back by schools not fully committed to it - that's why this compromise proposal attempts to convert volunteer position to full time, instead of just adding a new full-timer & keeping volunteer. But B1G CAN afford it. So disappointing." D1Baseball's Rogers: "Looking at how the conferences stack up in the voting for the third assistant coach, I still think there's a very decent chance it passes. However, still blows my mind the Big Ten is willing to be the lone dissenter if it indeed does pass. Would be a very bad look for the league." (linklink)
Tickets: Michigan has set 2019 prices for students. $175 for FB ($105 Pell Grant eligible), $175 for MBB ($105 Pell), $150 Ice Hockey ($90). FB is unchanged on a per game basis. (link); Delaware is giving all donors who contributed $10K for upgrades to Delaware Stadium their first choice in a new seating plan. 150 people in the tier. Overall season ticket prices range from $99 to $637 per seat. (link); UNLV won't raise FB prices a bit for its first season in the new Las Vegas Stadium in 2020. "The Faithful Fan Price" starts at $99 for the 2019, and therefore 2020, seasons. (link)
Notable development in the case between College of Charleston AD Roberts & former Cougars Baseball HC Heath, as reported by WCSC, "The federal court documents also indicate the College of Charleston has hired its own computer forensic examiner." Heath's camp claims Roberts & others wiped their devices clean of any evidence before it could be sourced for legal purposes. (link)
North Dakota State FB is headed to the White House after an invitation from President Trump. Bison AD Larsen: "And this is not just about the 2018 team. This is about the long history of Bison football. This is rare air. Not a lot of teams get a chance to do this on the biggest stage there is." HC Entz: "This is one of those opportunities you make fit into your calendar somehow, some way." NDSU will be the first FCS champ to step foot in the White House since Youngstown State back in 1995. (link)
Eastern Michigan would like to add Women's LAX, not restart Softball, as the former will be cheaper to get off the ground & result in more tuition-paying student-athletes contributing to the bottom line of the university. Mediation between EMU & the parties pressing for the reinstatement of Softball have reached an impasse. Eagles AD Wetherbee noted in emails that Softball would equal five to eight student-athletes paying some of their way, while LAX would mean 21 to 24 such student-athletes. (link)
Finances: $122.933M over $116.277M for Indiana in FY18. $6.655M in net profit, most since the data has been reported to the NCAA. Hoosiers AD Glass: "Earlier ADs’ eyes would’ve popped out about the revenue and their eyes would’ve popped out as well about the expenses." (link); Fresno State's Bulldog Athletic Fund dipped from $17.8M to $13.9M over the last three years & the university says the fundraising arm needs to double its output of $4M this past year to keep up with the accelerating cost of doing business. Bulldogs AD Tumey: "I’m not going to sugarcoat it – it’s a challenge. [...] We’re making some strides incrementally, but it takes time to see the fruit that you’re going to bear for this department. But we do have a supportive administration, we have a supportive community and therefore we feel there’s hope in what we’re doing." (link); North Texas' annual report shows a 50% increase in unrestricted giving, as well as an addition of over 200 new donors. (link)
Facilities: Earth is moving for Florida's new $65M Baseball stadium. (link); Boise State's new on-campus Baseball digs won't be ready for the Broncos inaugural 2020 season, so plans are being made to play elsewhere. (link); Minnesota Volleyball to get a $4M upgrade to Maturi Pavilion. Enhancements set for locker room, weight room, training room, players lounge, coaches offices, club room, seating areas & more. (link)
Also Noticed: Like Miami (OH)James Madison's multimedia rights are also currently on the market. Dukes AD Bourne hosted five potential suitors last month. Learfield IMG College is the incumbent; Updated MBB comparative rankings. (link); An update from the NCAA: "To correct our previous comments, an NCAA membership ad hoc committee examining sports wagering will work with appropriate standing membership committees, specifically playing rules, to direct review of all NCAA policies that might be impacted by the new gambling environment in regular season and postseason play, including reviews of last-second shots. This action is in keeping with our commitment to maintaining the integrity of the games." (link); Purdue FB HC Brohm picks up a $45K bonus for his recruiting class ranking in the top-25. (link); Detroit AD Vowels names Twin Lakes Golf Academy Dir. of Player Development Hamilton as the new Women's Golf HC for the Titans. (link); VMI extends MBB HC Earl through 2021-22. No financial details revealed. (link); Final viewership data from the Super Bowl, "Out-of-home deliveries added 12 million viewers to CBS's Super Bowl LIII reach, bringing the total audience to 112.7 million. Such is the state of measurement that Super Bowl LIII somehow was both the least-watched in 11 years and the third most-watched SB of all time. Go figure." (link); You know all about Fortnite, but it's probably time to start understanding EA's Apex Legends. It's likely your student-athletes already do. (link)
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(NEW!) Associate Director of Development, Annual Giving & Alumni Relations (University of California, Berkeley / Berkeley, CA): Helps meet the fundraising objectives of Athletics through identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual gift-level prospective donors and moderate-sized fundraising programs. More details HERE.

(NEW!) Operations Coordinator (Middle Tennessee State University / Murfreesboro, TN): The Coordinator Operations–Player Recruitment assists the Director of Football Operations & the Coordinator Player Relations with assigned administrative aspects of the University’s NCAA Division 1 program. More details HERE.

(NEW!) Assistant Director, Ticket Operations (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): Arizona is seeking an Assistant Director, Ticket Operations. This highly motivated individual will oversee assigned ticketed sports and assist in revenue generation for the athletic department. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Development Communications and Digital Media (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): This position is responsible for Wildcat Club strategic communications and brand management, including donor engagement strategies, content creation, website/social media management, and events. More details HERE.

Account Executive, Ticket Sales & Service (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA)Account Executive is responsible for selling season tickets, partial plans, group tickets, and premium seating by making outbound sales calls, arranging client meetings, and selling at various events. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics (Development Assistant Director) (Washington State University / Seattle, WA): Responsible for the advancement of annual, major, and planned giving, identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts (defined as $25,000 and above) primarily in the Puget Sound area. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Spokane Operations (Development Coordinator) (Washington State University / Spokane, WA): Will serve as the departmental liaison to assigned booster groups, establish strong corporate relationships, provide stewardship to current athletic donors, lead in discovery visits in assigned areas. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director - Compliance (University of Illinois at Chicago / Chicago, IL): This position maintains institutional compliance with NCAA, Horizon League and university regulations for student-athletes, coaches, staff members and representatives of UIC’s athletic interests. More details HERE.

Donor Experience and Cowboy VIP Director (Oklahoma State University / Stillwater, OK): Responsible for donor relations and engagement to increase membership and develop relationships by developing and implementing programs designed to grow membership portfolio. More details HERE.

Director of Marketing and Promotions (Boise State Athletics / Boise, ID): This position will oversee day-to-day marketing operations. Responsibilities include implementation of marketing and promotional plans with a focus on revenue, attendance, atmosphere and branding. More details HERE.

Director of Creative Content for Athletics (University of North Texas / Denton, TX): The University of North Texas seeking Director of Creative Content for Athletics. Resp: Creating print & digit promo, internal/external website & social media ads, publications within Athletics area. More details HERE.

Major Gifts Officer (Duke University / Durham, NC): Duke University is seeking two (2) qualified candidates for the Major Gifts Officer position for Athletics Development. More details HERE.

Director of Sports Technology (Naval Academy Athletic Association / Annapolis, MD): Responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of technology and information systems within NAAA. More details HERE.

Director of Stadium and Game Operations (College Football Playoff / Irving, TX): The Director of Stadium and Game Operations manages all operational aspects of the activities that take place at the College Football National Championship stadium venue. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Development, Prospect Analytics and Financial Operations - 19001067 (University of Pittsburgh / Pittsburgh, PA): The University of Pittsburgh is seeking an Assistant Director of Development, Prospect Analytics and Financial Operations within the University’s Athletics Development Team. More details HERE.

Assistant Annual Fund Coordinator for Ticketing & Internal Operations (Colorado State University / Fort Collins, CO): The Assistant Annual Fund Coordinator for Ticketing & Internal Operations is responsible for assisting the Annual Fund Director with the overall operation of the Department’s annual giving program. More details HERE.

Director of Ticket Systems (12th Man Foundation / College Station, TX): We are seeking a ticketing professional with technical skills to provide an efficient sales process, fiscal practice, and customer service. This position is responsible for various system functions. More details HERE.

Director of Athletic Development/Major Gifts Officer (Lamar University / Beaumont, TX): Lamar University is seeking an experience fundraiser responsible for securing private support for the athletic program through cultivation, solicitation & stewardship, with an emphasis on major gifts. More details HERE.

Executive Producer, Creative Video (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA): Stanford Athletics is searching for a dynamic and creative video producer who will consistently deliver content that elevates the Stanford brand and tells stories of its elite student-athletes. More details HERE.

ASSOCIATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR - COMPLIANCE (UAB / Birmingham, AL): The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is seeking an Associate Athletics Director for Compliance. The position is responsible for all aspects of NCAA athletics compliance for UAB Athletics. More details HERE.

Executive Director – Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change (ISSSSC) (San Jose State University / San Jose, CA): The Executive Director must work effectively with departments, faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders to articulate, support and implement the Institute’s strategic vision and goals. More Details HERE.

Athletics Annual Giving Officer (San Jose State University / San Jose, CA): The Officer develops a plan to identify and prioritize new prospects, make discovery calls and build a prospect pool based on new prospects and past donors at the leadership giving level. More Details HERE.

Director of Ticket Sales (UNC Greensboro Athletics / Greensboro, NC): Responsible for oversight of ticket sales and operations, development of comprehensive strategic plan for outbound sales and analysis of data to formulate plans and revenue projections. More details HERE.

Football Visual Media Specialist (Baylor University / Waco, TX)The Football Visual Media Specialist is responsible for coordinating outgoing messaging to shape, enhance and protect the Baylor Athletics brand and image, by monitoring public perception and through various communication channels. More details HERE.

Associate Commissioner, Strategic Digital Media (Atlantic Coast Conference / Greensboro, NC): The Associate Commissioner position will develop, implement, and manage the strategic vision for ACC digital and social media programming, content creation, and distribution. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director/HR Strategic Partner (Pennsylvania State University / University Park, PA): Penn State University Intercollegiate Athletics and Human Resources are seeking a Human Resources Strategic Partner to be part of the ICA leadership team. Apply at http://apptrkr.com/1374308. More details HERE.

Associate Director, Development (UCLA Intercollegiate Athletics / Los Angeles, CA): UCLA is seeking an experienced fundraiser to solicit major gifts for Athletics annual fund, capital projects and endowments as part of $300M Centennial Campaign for UCLA Athletics. Search Req #29490. More details HERE.

Director, Athletic Training (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA): We are currently seeking a Director, Athletic Training. Responsibilities include the coordination of all medical services provided to our student-athletes. More details HERE.

Athletics Technology Coordinator (Bucknell University / Lewisburg, PA): Bucknell University is seeking an Athletics Technology Coordinator. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance (East Carolina University / Greenville, NC): Responsible for the organization and administration of East Carolina University's NCAA and AAC compliance programs. Bachelor's degree required. PI107029668. More details HERE.

Director of Development - Athletics (Montana State University / Bozeman, MT): The Director of Development for Athletics will work closely with the MSU Alumni Foundation and Athletics Department to secure major gifts to support MSU Athletics. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Development-Major Gifts (Ole Miss Athletics Foundation / Oxford, MS): The Assoc. Director of Development is a member of the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation staff, and charged with the identification, solicitation and raising of philanthropic gifts for Ole Miss Athletics. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Athletic Communications (Baylor University / Waco, TX): Responsible for outgoing messaging to shape, enhance and protect the Baylor Athletics brand, by monitoring public perception and through verbal and digital communication with media and constituents. More details HERE.

HokieVision - Associate Director, ACC Network (Virginia Tech Athletics / Blacksburg, VA): The Associate Director, ACC Network reports to the Senior Director, ACC Network. They will serve as the Lead Producer and assist in the execution of ACC Network/ESPN initiatives for Virginia Tech. More details HERE.

Development Coordinator for Intercollegiate Athletics - Events & Operations (Miami University / Oxford, OH): Assist with the events and day-to-day operations of the ICA Development Office with the goal to generate/increase revenues, enhance the game day experience, and improve events and hospitality efforts. More details HERE.

Donor Retention Coordinator (NM State Athletics / Las Cruces, NM): Support the execution of emerging Aggie Athletic Club annual giving campaigns and annual giving stewardship. More details HERE.

Assistant Director for Customer Service and Retention (Baylor University / Waco, TX): This position supports the Department of Athletics and the Bear Foundation through efficiency in event planning and management, gift processing, financial reconciliation and donor relations. More details HERE.

(UPDATE!) Facilities Operations Maintenance Manager – University of Southern California and The Galen Center (Aramark / Los Angeles, CA): We are looking for a Facilities Operations Maintenance Manager who will be responsible for managing Maintenance Operations at the University of Southern California & the Galen Center. More details HERE.

Associate A.D., Business Operations (University of California, Santa Barbara / Santa Barbara, CA): Associate A.D. Business Operation reports to the Director of Athletics for all business and finance matters. Responsible for coordination and administrative aspects of the Athletics Business Office. More details HERE.

Director of Marketing and Promotions (University of Central Arkansas / Conway, AR): The position of Director of Marketing and Promotions is responsible for the creation and implementation of Central Arkansas Athletics' marketing, promotional and advertising plans. More details HERE.

Director of Development (University of Central Arkansas / Conway, AR): The position of Director of Development is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding current and prospective annual fund donors to achieve departmental fundraising goals. More details HERE.

Assistant Director - Eligibility and Monitoring (University of Washington Athletics / Seattle, WA): Searching for an outstanding Compliance team member who will oversee eligibility, monitoring, amateurism eligibility, and education. For complete details, visit www.washington.edu/jobs, job #163658. More details HERE.

Ticket Manager (University of Central Arkansas / Conway, AR): The Ticket Manager position is responsible for planning, organizing and managing all aspects of Central Arkansas Athletics' ticketing operation to achieve department ticketing goals and objectives. More details HERE.

Marketing Communications Specialist (Pennsylvania State University / University Park, PA): Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics seeks Marketing Communications Specialist. Requires Bachelor's degree +2 years of related experience. Application instructions: http://apptrkr.com/1368725 EOE/AA. More details HERE.
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