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USA Today's Berkowitz via Twitter, "NCAA and conferences ask judge for at least a 7-month delay to the start of trial in lawsuits challenging limits on compensation for college athletes. NCAA wants trial in lawsuits challenging limits on compensation for college athletes (Alston/Jenkins) to begin no earlier than June 2019, rather than on Dec. 3. In seeking delay to start of trial in lawsuits challenging limits on college athlete compensation, NCAA cites scheduling issues for its lead outside lawyer and the prospect of rules changes rising from Rice-led Commission on College Basketball." (link)
Defense attorneys in the MBB-FBI developments are pushing for prosecutors to turn over evidence that includes interviews with current student-athletes & their families that could show they were not complicit in the allegations. Specifically, "Evidence that the coaches believed that the Universities implicitly (or explicitly) accepted NCAA rule violations as a cost of doing business would undercut the allegation that the purpose of the alleged conspiracy was to deceive and harm the Universities." Former AAU coach Augustine's testimony is at the center of this as he recently had charges dropped. A bit more. (link)
Former Louisville MBB AC Williams no longer has a one-year show-cause after his case was reversed by the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee. Williams, who is currently coaching high school hoops in Florida, "I am relieved that this matter is now behind me and that I can concentrate on coaching and doing what I love. I have great respect for the men and women who helped me develop and learn at Louisville and appreciate that the outside professionals constituting the Appeals Committee properly scrutinized the NCAA’s effort to unfairly tarnish my reputation." Williams previously turned over bank & phone records to the NCAA in connection to the escort situation surrounding the Cardinals, but couldn't provide records for a phone that belonged to his mother. More from Williams' attorney, "Unfortunately, when the Enforcement Division ignores precedent, evidence and its own obligations to assure the integrity of the system, the goals established by the NCAA for intercollegiate athletics are undermined. Mr. Williams should not have been put through this ordeal. We are grateful to the Appeals Committee." (link)
Of note in a piece by the Wilson Times' Lewis as ECU has rehired MBB HC Dooley, "It’s not out of the realm of possibility for the six-month stint to end in September, only to have Hart appointed as the permanent AD as football coach Scottie Montgomery (who also ain’t from around here) encounters a make-or-break 2018 season. Baseball needs no intervention. Cliff Godwin, who is from around these parts, has that program on very stable footing as it chases an elusive berth to the College World Series." The future of the Pirates AD job will be interesting to monitor. (link)
Kansas State AD Taylor says there weren't many major challenges in his first year as the Wildcats boss, but points to the process of getting to know the donor base & KSU student-athletes. Notes how much he loves going to sport practices, which is something he hasn't gotten to do a ton of yet. Taylor says MBB HC Weber wants more years on his deal, not more money, doesn't see any truth to the "the Big 12 is falling apart" narrative, confident he can help there to be a smooth transition in the FB HC chair once longtime skipper Snyder decides to call it a career. (link); More from Manhattan as Kansas State students will no longer pay a privilege fee starting in 2019-20, one year earlier than planned. $200K was the planned revenue line, but Taylor remarks, "The phasing out of the student privilege fee is a key decision and step as we continue to build a strong partnership with our Student Governing Association and all of our students. The fees originally scheduled to be allocated to Athletics next year will allow SGA to fund other student organizations." (link)
Facility Notes: Notre Dame is ready to add a 111,400 square-foot indoor space to be used by FB & others programs that will include a large videoboard. FB HC Kelly: "Everything to re-create a gameday atmosphere. [...] The first thing that has to go up is the indoor facility, so we can train properly, but the nutrition and academic areas are very important too." (link); Momentum continues for UAB as a new Track & Field venue is approved for the Blazers. (link); Florida chooses Dimensional Innovations to help tie together its Facilities Master Plan with "consistency in wayfinding, signage & specialty graphics." (link)
A new apparel deal for Washington is down to Nike & Adidas. Huskies AD Cohen: "What we’re looking for in any partnership is an edge. How do we differentiate ourselves? That edge can come in a variety of different forms. And obviously a financial commitment from a partner is critical right now for us. We have a budget that we need to balance long-term and we need it healthy so we can support all 22 of our teams and do that at the highest level." Looks like Bevilacqua Helfant Ventures has been aiding UW & one industry source believes the deal could command $8M to $10M annually. Cohen says she felt more comfortable with the assistance of the third party given the magnitude of the agreement. Per the pair's contract, BHV could earn a couple million. (link)
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Memphis boss Bowen reviews his personnel leadership beliefs. Of note, "I am the most unimportant person by myself, so the idea is to hire as much talent around me as possible. [...] It's about your work, not about your job. [...] If you’re resistant to change in our business, you’re going to get left behind. [...] People tend to get caught up in what they do as opposed to who they are and how they be. [...] If I have a culture of pretenders, the byproduct is losing. If I have a culture of champions, the byproduct is winning." More. (link)
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New Mexico State's $4.1M repayment plan to the university gets some timely revisions as the Aggies will only push $284K across the table in FY19, not the previously scheduled $903K. NMSU AD Moccia says the extra funds will allow his department to try to "keep up with the Jones." FB & MBB AC enhancements, as well as a second full-time fundraiser are how Moccia has earmarked to use the ~$600K. Former MBB HC Weir still owes the university between $375K to $500K & once paid, those funds will go directly to paying off some of the debt balance. (link)
Clemson IPTAY CEO Babb on changes to the federal tax code, "Obviously, we feel in this environment we’re very fortunate because we have (a) very strong athletic program, and right now we’re enjoying a time of great demand for the product. And obviously we hope that’s going to continue for a long time." South Carolina Senior Assoc. AD for Development Eigenbrot notes a call back in February that included around 200 peers from around the nation, "We’re definitely concerned about it; however, at this point, our annual fund numbers seem to be about where they were last year." (link)
Arizona Prez Robbins on MBB HC Miller agreeing to forego $1M of his longevity bonus if he's found to have broken NCAA rules or committed a crime, "We’ll only know the end of this when all these investigations are over. This is a firm commitment on both our part and coach’s part that we’re supporting him. [...] He put his money where his mouth was." Wildcats AD Heeke: "Sean was supportive of putting a hard marker on the table, saying 'I’m willing to stand behind this.' This was moving forward together as partners and representing our university and our basketball program. […] I don’t view us as under a cloud of anything. This is a tremendous basketball program and a fabulous athletic program and a world-class university. It will continue to be that going forward." Andeavor Logistics stock closed at $44.91 yesterday. (link)
Fresno State officials say they're prepared to substantially invest in MBB marketing funds to back the hire of San Diego State AC Hutson. Senior Assoc. AD for External Relations Ladwig points to videoing every step of introducing Hutson, "you'll see a television campaign, a social media campaign, you'll see a billboard campaign that will come out of this. We told him we would be tied to his hip every moment of every day when he's not coaching or recruiting, that there are things that we're going to want him to do. He didn't flinch. He understands what we need to do and he understands it's his job every day to promote and enhance Fresno State basketball." (link)
East Tennessee State FB HC Sanders was reinstated yesterday after a one-week stint on administrative leave. He received a letter of reprimand and will be docked one week's pay, roughly $4,300. ETSU AD Carter: "This university holds itself to an extraordinarily high standard. It is a privilege to work for, to play for and to be educated at East Tennessee State University. That standard of excellence was upheld this week. Randy Sanders was the best choice for our football coach in December. He’s the best coach today and I took great pleasure in talking to our football team to let them know he will be our coach into the future." Sanders: "Last week, I responded to a situation with poor judgment towards the end of practice. I immediately apologized to the player directly involved and to my team, and contacted my athletic director to explain everything that happened. Since that time, I have cooperated freely and fully with the university and its review of the situation. I accept the decision by the university and recognize that through my role I have an obligation to lead by example. ... I look forward to returning to the sideline." (link)
More Personnel: UT Arlington MBB HC Ogden gets a five-year deal, no additional details released yet. Mavs AD Baker: "We want to go to the NCAA. We talked about that with all our candidates that we want to play in March. It's about March. ... We're not hiding from that." (link); Georgia Tech FB HC Johnson extended through the 2022 season. (link); Siena MBB HC Patsos denies allegations that he verbally abused a team student manager, "I never taunted, harassed or abused this young man. We did know that he had OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). He was adamant that he wanted to be treated the same as anyone else." (link); Looks like Merrimack will hire Providence AHC Borek for its Men's Hockey HC opening. (link); Former Wake Forest MBB HC Gaudio will leave his ESPN analyst gig to join Cards new HC Mack in Louisville as an AC. (link)
Alabama sent a fan experience survey last week for feedback at Bryant-Denny Stadium and will do the same next week for Coleman Coliseum. AD Byrne joined The Game With Ryan Fowler to further explain the survey and discuss potential improvements to both venues: "We need to understand what is important to our fan base, where their interests are." Byrne also covered what it is like working with Tide FB HC Saban: "He [Saban] has been incredible. The focus and the drive and all those things that we have all read and know about him certainly are true. I've come to really appreciate the way the guys on the team love playing for him." More. (link)
"The parties have resolved this matter to their mutual satisfaction." That statement, from Liberty officials, is all we're going to get on the settlement reached between the school and former Flames FB student-athletes Jackson, Carrington and James, each of whom were seeking $50M from the school and $50M from their accuser after being kicked off the team and expelled from LU following accusations of sexually assaulting a female at an off-campus party in August 2015. The trio alleged defamation and Title IX violations and the settlements came shortly after the plaintiffs' lawyer, Farmer, said he had new information that would "blow up this Liberty case." A key concern for the plaintiffs was whether the school acted more extreme than necessary, given the then-recent hirings of several former Baylor staff members who had been embattled in similar issues in Waco. Long read, lots of details. (link)
Idaho Prez Staben has tabbed Dean of Students Eckles with leading a task force to look more closely at student safety. Eckles: "It’s to look at a holistic approach to the students on campus, from mental health and wellness, their personal wellness and safety, as well as our approaches to interpersonal violence and what that looks like. We want to make sure we’re creating an environment where students can do their number one job, which is be students. If we’re going to change culture, if we’re going to create an environment, it’s incumbent upon all of us to engage in the efforts that we can collectively in order to create the environment together." The Student Safety and Wellness Task Force will have 15 members, 10 staff and five students. Eckles goal is to have the first meeting by the end of the school year and recommendations to Staben before 2019. (link)
Michigan Rep. LaSata and Rep. Kesto together spearheaded an investigation into Michigan State's oversight of convicted ex-school doctor Nassar and found "absolutely no doubt" that the school failed to adequately protect students and patients on its campus. LaSata: "Our inquiry confirmed this was an institutional failure with multiple lapses in policy, procedure and culture at Michigan State. That must change." Since 2014, at least 243 people told MSU of Nassar's abuse. More from the investigation's report: "We feel compelled to note MSU appears to defiantly and wrongfully maintain it did not mishandle this investigation." Several recommendations as a result of the report, as well. (link); Lots here on an Outside the Lines report of former Michigan State MBB student-assistant coach Walton, who was accused of sexual assault in 2010. MSU administrators now say they would "handle it differently" if such an allegation were made today, as Walton was allowed to continue working under MBB HC Izzo while facing a criminal charge for allegedly punching a female MSU student in January 2010 and accusations of sexually assaulting a different female student that April surfaced over that summer. (link)
As part of "I Will Week," Arizona's athletic department hosted a discussion Thursday night about law and rape culture. As part of the campaign, students were asked to sign the I Will Pledge, committing to help end the normalization of sexual violence in society. Former Assoc. Dir. of Arizona's C.A.T.S. Life Skills program Steptoe spoke on Thursday: "This is an issue that women can’t get rid of. It’s going to take men to step up and answer that call to end that culture. When are we going to say enough is enough and come to bat for women?" (link)
Also Noticed: Eastern Kentucky will eliminate the men's and women's tennis programs in an effort to cut 20% from the school's athletic budget. AD Lochmueller: "I deeply regret the actions taken today in cutting athletics by over $2 million and especially the discontinuation of our women’s and men’s tennis teams. Anytime a student-athlete suffers due to no cause of their own, it hurts — badly. I want to thank each of them for their contributions to Eastern Kentucky University both in the classroom and on the court." (link); (link); Straight from Indy: "San Francisco failed to monitor its golf program, allowing two former head coaches to engage in recruiting violations, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel. Additionally, the two former head coaches failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance." Public reprimand and censure for the school one year of probation starting yesterday, vacation of records, no recruiting in December and $5K fine. (link); For a $1.2M guarantee, Florida Atlantic adds a FB road game at Minnesota in 2020, rescheduling the FAU at Illinois game for 2023. (link) powered by Turnkey Search
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(NEW!) Assistant Director for Compliance (Xavier University / Cincinnati, OH): This position along with all coaches & staff is responsible for the integrity of Xavier’s intercollegiate athletics program and for protecting the reputation of the University through compliance..... More details HERE.

Advancement Director - Major Gifts - Intercollegiate Athletics (University of Missouri / Columbia, MO): Identify and close individual major gift prospects and execute premium seating sales for Football and Men’s Basketball. More details HERE.

Director, Corporate Partnerships (Seattle University / Seattle, WA): Seattle University is seeking a Director of Corporate Partnerships in Athletics. Responsible for Corporate Sales, Ticket Revenue, Marketing and Attendance, Administration/Budget. BA Degree required. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics Communications (James Madison University / Harrisonburg, VA): Serve as communications contact for women's basketball, field hockey and tennis with an emphasis on digital and social media. More details HERE.

Senior Post Production Manager (University of Minnesota / Minneapolis, MN): The Senior Post-Production Manager will primarily be responsible for providing creative direction and oversight of Gopher Athletics multimedia post-production endeavors, including video features and motion graphics on multiple platforms, as well as live event production, as part of Gopher Digital within the University of Minnesota Athletic Department. More details HERE.

Associate Director/Communications (Social Media & Web Development) (Boston College / Chestnut Hill, MA): The candidate will serve as a full-time member of the athletics communications staff with primary focus on social media. Administers communications activities for one or more Olympic sports. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Ticket Operations (University of Oregon Athletics / Eugene, OR): Assist with the day to day operations in the Athletic Ticket Office, specifically the Matthew Knight Arena Box Office. Strategize with Athletic Ticket Office directors on day to day office activities. Ensure successful staffing of events. More details HERE.

Head Coach - Womens Basketball (Cleveland State University / Cleveland, OH): Responsible for the organization and administration of all facets of the women's basketball program to ensure a quality program and successful Division 1 team. Application Deadline April 13, 2018. More details HERE.

Head Coach - Wrestling (Cleveland State University / Cleveland, OH): Responsible for the organization and administration of all facets of the wrestling program to ensure a quality program and successful Division 1 team. Application Deadline April 13, 2018. More details HERE.

Leadership Gift Officer, Athletics Development (Columbia University / New York, NY): Fundraising and alumni relations position. Assists with fundraising activities in support of Columbia Athletics, including front-line fundraising, working with coaches and other staff in Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Athletic Communications (University of South Florida / Tampa, FL): Administer all communications, media relations and social media for USF’s nationally ranked women’s basketball and men’s soccer programs as well as secondary duties with football. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Athletics Development (Boston University / Boston, MA): The Assistant Director, Athletics Development serves as a key member of the fundraising team and will develop, implement and manage an annual giving program for Boston University Athletics. More details HERE.

Athletic Major Gifts Officer (Virginia Polytechnic Institute / Blacksburg, VA): The Virginia Tech Athletic Fund seeks Major Gifts Officer, multiple openings, to report to the Associate Athletic Director of Major Gifts. Apply online at More details HERE.

Director of Annual Giving, Athletics (University of Pennsylvania / Philadelphia, PA): Manage, implement, and grow the Penn Athletics annual fund by engaging alumni and other external sources. BA/BS. 3-5 years experience. Apply online at: More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Annual Giving (San Jose State University / San Jose, CA): The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with San José State University in the search for an Associate Athletic Director for Annual Giving. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director for Broadcasting & Production (University of Maryland / College Park, MD): The Asst. AD for Broadcasting & Production will serve as the departmental lead for all video production and broadcasting with the primary purpose of enhancing the Maryland Athletics brand. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics (University of South Carolina Upstate / Spartanburg, SC): The AD will have strong interpersonal skills & an ability to deal effectively with all levels of students, faculty, administrators, staff, & the BOT & various community & professional organizations. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities and Operations (University of South Alabama / Mobile, AL): The University of South Alabama is looking for an Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities and Operations. More details HERE.

Director of Annual Giving, Duck Athletic Fund (University of Oregon Athletic Department / Eugene, OR): The Director of Annual Giving is responsible for building a broad base of sustainable, annual support for the University of Oregon Athletic Department from alumni, parents, faculty and students. More details HERE.

Director of Marketing and Promotions (University of Massachusetts Amherst / Amherst, MA): The University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Athletics is accepting applications for a Director of Marketing and Promotions. More details HERE.

Development Coordinator (University of Tennessee Foundation / Knoxville, TN): The Development Coordinator is a vital support role for the Director of Development & Tennessee Fund team. To learn more about this position, follow the job link and use keyword, 18000000E2. More details HERE.

Assistant Director for Communications (The Rams Club / Chapel Hill, NC): Supports the growth and development of The Rams Club through assisting with the production of effective and coordinated communications pieces. More details HERE.

Marketing & Promotions Assistant (Washington State University Athletics / Pullman, WA): Comprehensive strategic mktg and promotions plan for all home athletic events; manage a variety of public relation activities; advisor for WSU’s student fan group; student practicum program oversight. More details HERE.

Assoc. Athletic Dir./Dir. of Student Athlete High Performance (William & Mary / Williamsburg, VA): This position will be responsible for all areas that impact student-athlete performance including sports medicine, athletic training, sports psychology, nutrition, speed, strength, and conditioning. More details HERE.

Director of Video Production (Purdue University / West Lafayette, IN): Shoot, produce, direct and edit video content for internal & external areas of Purdue Athletics. Technical liaison to Purdue Athletics for video production and future multi-media development. More details HERE.

Strategic Digital Marketing Coordinator (University of Alabama / Tuscaloosa, AL): Develop and implement strategic digital marketing plans that generate revenue, engage fans, drive attendance and build the Crimson Tide brand. More details HERE.

Development Coordinator (Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation / Colorado Springs, CO): The AFAAC seeks a Development Coordinator to assist with the Falcon Pride Club Annual Giving program in support of Air Force Athletics. More details HERE.

Director/Assistant Athletic Director of Athletics 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.

Associate Director, Athletic Advancement (Kent State University Athletics / Kent, OH): Provide leadership to the annual funds programs and major gifts programs for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Develop, implement, and execute annual fundraising strategies. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics (University of Alaska-Anchorage / Anchorage, AK): UAA seeks strong athletics administrator with great interpersonal skills who will embrace the Anchorage community, lead department and the student-athletes of the 13 intercollegiate athletic teams. More details HERE.

Associate Athletics Director - Strategic Communications and Management (UC San Diego / La Jolla, CA): Responsible for positively influencing the external dialogue about UC San Diego Athletics through expertise in communication methods, information flow, media relations and brand management. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics Facilities and Operations (College of the Holy Cross / Worcester, MA): This position is an integral part of the Athletic staff, assisting in the management of all aspects of facility and event operations. More details HERE.

Head Coach - Women's Basketball (University of Massachusetts Lowell / Lowell, MA): The Head Coach is responsible for leading all aspects of developing and managing a competitive Division I program within the parameters designated by the University, AEC and the NCAA. More details HERE.

Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach (Goalkeeper Coach) (#10762) (University of Akron / Akron, OH): The University of Akron, a NCAA Division I (FBS) University is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Women's Soccer Coach/Goalkeeper Coach. EEO/AA Employer/Veterans/Disabled. More details HERE.

Director of Major Gifts (University of Louisiana at Lafayette / Lafayette, LA): Director of Major Gifts works cooperatively with university Development Officers in a coordinated effort to achieve the University of Louisiana's fund raising goals. More details HERE.

Executive Producer, Football Creative Video (Stanford University / Stanford, CA): The Executive Producer will serve as the primary producer for Stanford Football, creating dynamic content that elevates the Stanford brand and tells the stories of its elite student-athletes. More details HERE.

Director - Athletics Social Media (Oregon State University / Corvallis, OR): Reporting to the Associate Athletic Director for Ideation, the Director of Social Media creates, directs, and provides education on all aspects of primary social media accounts. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance (University of Nevada, Las Vegas / Las Vegas, NV): The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance [R0108335]. More details HERE.

Director of Multimedia Integration (University of Oregon / Eugene, OR): The Director of Multimedia Integration will be responsible for creating, managing and maintaining dynamic content that strategically enhances the brand of the University of Oregon Athletic Department. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletic Communications (Campbell University / Buies Creek, NC): This person will serve as the primary graphic designer for the Campbell Department of Athletics and assist with implementing public relations services for assigned sports. More details HERE.

Executive Associate Athletics Director (University Athletic Association, Inc. / Gainesville, FL): The Executive Associate AD, External Relations will provide administrative oversight, vision and leadership for assigned departments and sports at the University Athletic Assoc at the Univ of Florida. More details HERE.

Director of Athletic Communications (James Madison University / Harrisonburg, VA): Position will coordinate communications, media relations and sports information strategies of JMU Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Development & Internal Operations (University of Georgia Athletic Association / Athens, GA): This position manages and coordinates the processing of all athletic priority seating related to major gifts, provides support in managing data, points and acknowledgements sent to TGBC donors. More details HERE.

General Manager of Ticket Sales (Air Force Academy Athletics Corporation / Colorado Springs, CO): The General Manager (GM) of Ticket Sales will drive ticket revenue in support of Air Force Athletics. More details HERE.

Director of Development - Athletics (Iowa State University Foundation / Ames, IA): Join the Athletics development team at Iowa State University Foundation to connect donors’ philanthropic interests with unit priorities and make an impact in moving the Cyclone program forward. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Ohio Bobcat Club (Ohio University / Athens, OH): This position will focus on assisting the Associate Director with the day-to-day operations of the annual campaign. More details HERE.

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.
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