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Creighton AD & DI MBB Committee chair Rasmussen will have a bright spotlight today, which the Omaha World-Herald's Shatel calls a "crowning achievement" for Rasmussen's career. Shatel: "Our man Ras is the chairman of the committee. This bracket has his fingerprints and passion all over it. Later tonight and on into the week, the committee will be praised. And ripped. Its motives will be questioned. Sanity, too. And Rasmussen will be the face in front of the firing squad, answering the tough questions and doing so with his usual grace and common sense. And he’ll have a smile all over his face." Shatel also notes the tedious position Nebraska finds itself in today & reminds that Rasmussen's vote only counts as one, plus says it's time for Rasmussen to deliver against his push for using the quadrant system & rewarding teams for road wins. Shatel also sources quotes from Rasmussen when the Jays were left out of the 2009 field despite 26 wins, a 14-4 mark in the MVC, but a SOS of 110. Rasmussen, then, "The committee says that RPI isn’t a big factor, but they say that our record against top-50 teams is. But how do they determine who the top 50 are? It’s got to be by RPI. It’s just frustrating. The system isn’t fair. The access to the tournament is very limited." (link)
The Big East MBB Tourney concluded in thrilling fashion last night & Commish Ackerman commented on the lack of FB in her league, "Long term, for a conference like ours, without football revenue, the question will be whether that will matter over time. Right now, it hasn’t mattered. We’re in good shape. But over time, I think that’s the question." Ackerman also pointed to the TV deal with Fox that "seems to be making a difference in terms of selling the conference." That agreement stretches out to 2026. Villanova MBB HC Wright admits, "I don’t think I could’ve ever envisioned it was this big." A bit more.(link)
How should mid- to low-major leagues handle post-season hoops events that sometimes see the regular season champion bounced & kept out of the NCAA Tourney? America East Commish Huchthausen: "I think the tensions are trying to create a really good experience that brings fans and has that sort of cache around being this big-time event, while also trying to protect your top seeds. The reality for the mid-major conferences is that we’re likely going to get one team into the NCAA Tournament, and obviously the seeding of that team is really important." Southland Deputy Commish Williams: "Sometimes teams can do well with a week off, and sometimes teams get hot and play well back-to-back. You would think that it’d give them a huge advantage, but in some cases it doesn’t." Horizon League boss LeCrone notes the various iterations his league has used & says there's simply no right solution. Let the Madness continue. More. (link)
Tennessee AD Fulmer's four pillars for his department's success: Communication, trust, warmth & intensity. Fulmer also says he's not putting a timeline on his leadership role with the Vols, instead, "I want to do it long enough that I’m here to be sure that I’m supporting the people that I’ve brought here and do the job that I’ve been asked to do." Additionally, Fulmer does not expect to shake up UT's senior leadership team, but is trying to instill a new vibe, "If you can’t be a part of the solution, that means you’re really part of the problem. That’s what we’re in a stage of right now. Do I expect a bunch of changes? No. Do I expect people to get in tune with what we’re trying to accomplish? Absolutely. So, to your question, it kind of remains to be seen (whether he'll make changes in the support staff). I don’t have a distrust of anybody here, but everybody is learning to trust each other." (link)
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Big 12 Commish Bowlsby says a RFP for the 2021 & beyond MBB Tourneys will be distributed soon & he expects considerable interest from cities. The Dallas Morning News' Carlton also expects something, the event to stay in Kansas City, "No other venue provides as good an atmosphere/community support." (link); The Big Sky is moving from Reno to Boise next year for its MBB event. Commish Williams notes the ability for half her institutions to be able to drive, expects a big jump in attendance. (link)
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As you likely know, UConn AD Benedict announced the Huskies are parting ways with MBB HC Ollie for "just cause," based on improper workouts by some student-athletes. Benedict: "It is unfortunate that this decision became necessary. As with all of our programs, we hold men’s basketball to the highest standards. We will begin a national search immediately to identify our next head coach." Ollie's response, "I am confident that I have strived to model behaviors which are consistent with this objective. This process has just begun, and I intend to work vigorously to defend my honor and my integrity, and to defend my good name to the fullest extent provided under the law, the university grievance procedures and the NCAA compliance process." Parker gets the assignment to aid Benedict. (link, link); USA Today's Berkowitz notes $12.3M hangs in the balance. (link)
USA Today's Wolken takes those trying to dismiss HCs 'for (questionable) cause' to task. Of note: "In conversations Saturday with several people who are involved in the coach hiring industry, there already is talk about potential changes to how contracts will be drawn up thanks to UConn and Pitt trying to get cute. Though most of the focus will be on the various contract clauses that can be cited in a “with cause” firing, agents might end up fighting back by shifting the focus to procedural issues. In other words, if the reasons a coach can be fired with cause aren’t specific enough to protect someone such as Kevin Stallings, the natural reaction is to add language that outlines the procedures a school must take and the timeline it must act on to initiate that process." In closing, Wolken believes the buyout market has been so heavily swayed to the HC's benefit in past years it'll be very difficult for ADs & Presidents to move the needle back. (link)
More on the buyout from as Ocala.com's Andreu dives into the topic from a FB standpoint with key current agents/attorneys & some high-level ADs on how buyout negotiations have changed over the years. Longtime Wisconsin-based attorney Greenberg: "The truth to the matter now it’s not what the package number is, it’s the buyout number that is really important. That’s where most of negotiations are going these days. You can pretty much determine the market rate for what a package is for a coach, based on the conference he plays in and the competition. It’s these backend deals, the exits, that have become the biggest negotiation points in college athletes." Headlining agent Armstrong: "I think with schools, as they look at a coach that maybe is not succeeding, there is the thought of, ‘What will it cost me to fire him?’ And that’s where those guarantees come in and there’s the other cost, what it costs the program (if a struggling coach is kept). Fan support and attendance and sponsorship sales, etc. A lot of times, they will look at coaches like this and just make a business decision (to fire them)." Florida AD Stricklin: "I’ve been asked the question, 'how do you prevent getting in this situation?' You prevent getting in this situation by hiring successful coaches you don’t have to start paying buyouts to. Making bad coaching decisions end up being very costly." Lots more. (link)
Former Florida State FB AC Warren is suing the school on the grounds of unpaid wages from last season's Independence Bowl week & overtime for the past three years. Warren's lawsuit says FSU acted "willful, intentional and systematic" in violating his employment agreement. Noles AD Wilcox says the university is aware of Warren's claims. (link)
Good synopsis from Football Scoop on what the legion of "analysts" in major college FB programs these days actually do. LSU HC Orgeron says the structure in Baton Rouge stems from his time in the NFL, "To me, on Sunday night in the NFL, we have a meeting and everything is done. It is done. I’m talking about breakdowns, fit drills (plans). All the manual work that needs to be done is given to the coordinators, and they go over it. Instead of that, we’re just starting on the next opponent. By the time we get there, it’s Wednesday night. It’s too late. The manpower that we have now to generate the information to give to the coordinators on Sunday is night and day. [...] I want the information given to these guys (by analysts). Again, you look at some of the teams that play us. They work on us all summer. I need the manpower while our guys are out recruiting. I need the manpower to be evaluating what we’re doing here, researching and also be ready to give me the information on other teams." (link)
More Personnel: Georgia has officially parted ways with MBB HC Fox. Bulldogs AD McGarity: "In the end, I felt like we have not reached our full potential as a basketball program." Fox is due a $1.1M buyout not subject to mitigation. (link); USA Today's Berkowitz continues his gig, outlines bonus info for HCs who won a conference tournament yesterday or hit other key marks in their contracts. (link); Appalachian State AD Gillin will hire a new Men's Tennis HC. (link)
Though Snapchat ads can be up to 10-seconds in length, Under Armour aims for five or six. Red Interactive Group Creative Director Sebastian, UA's digital partner, "If we can squeeze that main message to six seconds, we know it’s going to loop. If it didn’t resonate the first time, I’d rather them watch the ad one-and-a-half times in 10 seconds than risk them clicking away from it." UA & Red Interactive also use traditional commercial shoots as an opportunity to grab necessary Snapchat ad content. More on the pair's Snap strategy. (link)
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The Arizona Daily Star continues its review of the sexual harassment & domestic violence issues connected to the Arizona athletic department as the institution has hired an attorney with specialization in gender discrimination law to launch a "comprehensive review of the university’s processes and policies and also examine how the UA coordinates with supporting agencies such as law enforcement and health care." Former San Francisco-based Hirschfeld Kraemer lawyer Baker has been hired by UA & will get started this week. Much of the lengthy piece covers ground already reported, though it notes former Wildcats AD & current Alabama boss Byrne has not spoken to the paper due to pending litigation. Of note, it does look like bystander intervention training was in place, though I haven't seen a specific, balanced review of the Step Up! program. Long read. (link)
The Reflector's Summers reviews outgoing ECU AD Compher's five-year run in Greenville, notes a department deficit that some Pirate Club members say has doubled from $3.5M when Compher arrived in 2013. Summers points to a number of key spending initiatives to keep the department up to speed with peers around the nation, including full cost of attendance coverage & an ongoing $60M renovation to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium that entailed a reported $55M loan from BB&T at a 5% interest rate, meaning the new AD will inherit an annual $2.7M interest payment. (link)
A segment of the DePaul fanbase continues pressing their case with Blue Demons AD Lenti Ponsetto. This time it's an ad in the Chicago Sun Times calling for a change atop the department, noting the struggle of MBB under Lenti Ponsetto's direction, though it does spell "percentage" wrong. (link)
Former Louisville Senior Assoc. AD for Development Jurich posts a statement to his Twitter feed in response to the Courier-Journal article from late last week that questioned his promotions & pay over the past decade. Jurich says a gift tracking system had been in place since 2010 that recorded individual results from the Development team. Calls comments in the piece by Assoc. AD for Development Dudas, a peer for ten years, "defamatory and uncharacteristic [...] He trusted his new boss with a private opinion and it was used against him. I feel embarrassed for them both." More: "After ten dedicated years and $84.2M raised personally, I'm curious as to where I fell short. [...] It's time to move forward not backwards and get the focus back on the student-athletes and the fans that support them. The Jurichs are certainly trying." (link)
Sports marketing expert Favorito covers some of the "most unique, niche sponsorships in sports" like Werner Ladders', Fiskars' & Slipp-Nott's positioning with the NCAA Tourney. On Wener's exposure: "Of all those niche brands around the NCAA Tournament, the ladder probably gets the most exposure as the nets go down as teams advance to The Big Dance and then through the tournament and the millions of eyeballs watching. […] It gives a brand which may get lost in the purchasing shuffle a bit more stickiness with consumers, and by backing it up with ad spending, delivers a nice one two messaging punch. [...] to carve a unique niche with a mass audience and benefit from some nice spill-over exposure, Werner Ladder seems to have a leg up on its rivals. A nice niche carved with a very solid focus." (link)
Also Noticed: Quite the week in NYC as both the ACC & Big East MBB post-season events set attendance records. (link)
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