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ESPN MBB analyst Bilas fires back at comments by SEC Commish Sankey on potential additional compensation for student-athletes during an interview last Thursday on the new Mike Golich show. Bilas: "This 'logic' is absurd. The only difference between college sports and pro sports is the cartel restriction on player compensation. All other non-athlete students can be on scholarship AND make money. That blows up this lame assertion by itself." (link); More Bilas, this from an interview on Friday chat on ESPNU Radio, "If we're going to say that the degree is the center point of college athletics and that the players get enough then we also have to look at the spending in college sports and the salaries. Are we doing things that are in line with our stated mission and our rhetoric?" (link)
The Lawrence Journal-World's Lawhorn continues his work on Kansas' financial picture, focuses this piece on FB season ticket sales that are down by $6M since the high-flying 2009 season under former HC Mangino. Last year's FB ticket sales total checked in at $3.41M. Jayhawks AD Zenger believes the sizable investment in the Memorial Stadium project was inevitable, unconcerned with those who think the scope of work is too big, "This day has been coming for decades, and we have kicked the can down the road as a collective group over the years. We had a beautiful stadium. It is still a beautiful stadium and setting, but it is getting older and we have to address it. There is no scenario where you can choose to not address it. I don’t think that is a feasible option. […] Do you think Kansas ought to compete at the Division 1 level? The answer is always yes. If so, do you think we should compete in a Power 5 conference? The answer is yes. Then it is kind of a moot point." (link)
Five hours south, Oklahoma opened its new Switzer Center to fans & media as FB HC Riley remarks of his spacious office, "I walk in that office every morning and look at what we built and have to pinch myself. I tell recruits, and I mean it, that office is way, way, way too big for me. But it’s very fitting for this program." Former Sooners boss Stoops recalls the state of facilities being subpar when he arrived in Norman, but constant upgrades showed OU's commitment. (link - article, link - Riley's office)
Looks like New Mexico has reworked MBB HC Weir's contract by eliminating an annual $50K retention bonus & a one-time payment of $100K if he's still in charge of the Lobos in 2023. In exchange, UNM will send $450K to New Mexico State to satisfy Weir's buyout from last year's hire. Lobos AD Nunez: "Coach Weir has demonstrated a long-term vision for Lobo men’s basketball over the next several years, and I am happy to agree to this change. He would still pay any outstanding balance for that year directly to NMSU and be accountable for any associated costs." Of note, if Weir exits Albuquerque before the conclusion of the deal, he'll be personally responsible for the balance with the Aggies. (link)
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Minneapolis is preparing to host next year's MBB Final Four & an economic impact study from Rockport Analytics finds the event will bring $142M worth of benefit to the city. The tax portion of the cash projects to $23M. 94K visitors expected for an average of 3.4 days each with daily spending of $386. Comparatively, the Super Bowl study, also done by Rockport, showed an expectation of $338M in economic impact. Final Four CEO Mortenson: "We didn’t want the biggest number, we wanted the most credible number." (link)
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Knoxville media continue to write on the impact of leadership changes at Tennessee. Up next is not only a permanent Chancellor appointment, but UT System Prez DiPietro has said he plans to retire in the near future, though an exact date has not been set. State Rep. Staples: "As they strive to be a top 25 national institute of learning, over the past year you would have to wonder if the issues (they’re dealing with) will dissuade some of the best minds and talents of joining what I consider a great university." Current Governor Haslam says despite conjecture, he won't be the next Prez. Knoxville Mayor Ashe supported the move to replace Chancellor Davenport, "Imagine the new president coming in and before all else having to handle a chancellor who was not meeting expectations. That’s not a good situation." More. (link)
SI's Staples goes in on the curriculum West Virginia designed for a cohort of its stand-out FB student-athletes to prepare for a 2018 season in the spotlight as competitive expectations for the Mountaineers will be high. Focus points: How a suit should fit with lessons from a local tailor & appropriate travel attire, a thorough review of all the questions NFL scouts will ask in the vetting process from personal inquiries to on-field scheme reviews & financial realities of taxation on pro player salaries led by former Mountaineer Marlatt who "suggests players chosen high in the draft hire an agent, a financial advisor, an attorney and an accountant entirely separate from one another." (link)
What's the future of kickoffs in college football? With another change coming for the 2018 season, many around the game, like William & Mary HC Laycock, believe it's only a matter of time before kickoffs no longer exist. Virginia Tech HC Fuente: "I want to see the statistics before I would say if (eliminating the kickoff is) a good or bad idea. It’s a high-impact, high-speed play. We have tinkered with this rule several times, which I’m good with." Virginia's Mendenhall: "What I like is the intent to make the game as safe as possible...knowing that it’s a physical and violent game....We’ll see if this rule change creates the level we're hopeful for." (link)
Interesting NYT read on the realities of making a W.N.B.A. roster in a league with just 12 teams, meaning only the most elite 144 players earn a spot. Even recent draftees aren't guaranteed spots. Los Angeles Sparks GM Toler: "I wish a lot more women in college would watch the W.N.B.A., and the coaches have to promote the W.N.B.A. A lot of them get here and they’re like a deer in the headlights." Sparks HC Agler: "These rookies are not only battling against people that have been in the league for a period of time, they’re also battling against people that were in their shoes three years ago that keep trying to get back in the league and keep getting invited to camp. There are a lot of great college players that will be on the outside looking in when the rosters are formed." (link)
It's been more than 18 months since officials at South Alabama determined building an on-campus football stadium was "feasible," with a pricetag anywhere from $85M-$115M. Jags AD Erdmann wouldn't get into specifics of how much of the funding has been secured, but noted "we are out actively pursuing contributions and financial commitments... it's an important topic to us and we're trying to figure out a way to get it done." The city of Mobile and Mobile County governments have agreed to contribute up to $5M each over a 10-year period. The proposed on-campus venue would seat 25K with expansion ability up to 40K and Dollar General Bowl Prez Silverstein has expressed interest in playing the game there in the future. Erdmann: "When we secure the money, whether it's through up-front cash or very dependable long-term pledges; when we hit the level that allows us to push a green button, whenever that may be, we would be looking at approximately an 18-to-24-month build." (link)
The national growth of Lacrosse is reviewed by the NYT's Drape as the Ivy League Men's final will be held today in New York City, a power location of the sport even is it expands to the west & south. Non-profits such as CityLax are helping get sticks into hands of youngsters who may not otherwise have the means. "It is among the fastest growing sports in the United States, according to a recent Sport & Fitness Industry Association report, with participation increasing nearly 10 percent in 2017 and by 25 percent since 2012. Meanwhile, football participation has dropped nearly 16 percent and baseball has had just 2 percent growth over the past five years, according to the report." (link)
Instagram has added a payments feature to its app for a "limited set of partners." A company spokesperson "confirmed that native payments for booking appointments like at restaurants or salons is now live." The dinner reservation app Resy is one of the first "equipped." TechCrunch's Constine's two cents: "It lets you register a debit or credit card as part of a profile, set up a security pin, then start buying things without ever leaving Instagram. Not having to leave for a separate website and enter payment information any time you want to purchase something could make Instagram a much bigger player in commerce." (link)
Also Noticed: Florida State Baseball HC Martin became the winningest HC in the history of college baseball last night. An astounding 1,976 victories. (link); Nebraska AD Moos says the idea of making the Huskers FB game against Iowa permanently on Black Friday is "not quite there, but close." (link); During Q1, CBS says a third of all of its All Access subs are paying for the pricier ad-free tier, with 830K All Access subscribers paying the $9.99/month option over the $5.99/month one. (link)
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Assistant Athletic Director for Communications (Vanderbilt University / Nashville, TN): Will oversee the communications and media operations for the Vanderbilt Athletics Department, including the planning and execution of communication efforts for Vanderbilt’s 16 sports. More details HERE.

Head Fencing Coach (University of North Carolina / Chapel Hill, NC): The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Athletics is seeking applications for the position of Head Fencing Coach. Responsible for the men's and women's fencing programs. More details HERE.


Asst AD - Football Communications (Clemson University / Clemson, SC): Asst AD- Football Communications-Primary external contact for Clemson Football. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Fan Engagement (Baylor University / Waco, TX): The Associate Director of Fan Engagement assists with creating fan engagement and a great game day experience! Be a champion! Be a Baylor Bear! More details HERE.

Assistant/Associate Director of Fan Engagement (Baylor University / Waco, TX): The Assistant Director of Fan Engagement assists in creating fan engagement and a great game day experience! Be a champion! Be a Baylor Bear! More details HERE.

Associate Director of Development Events-Intercollegiate Athletics (Purdue Research Foundation / West Lafayette, IN): In cooperation with the Intercollegiate Athletics development team (John Purdue Club), assist in achieving the Athletics Director’s and the John Purdue Club’s development goals. More details HERE.

Digital Marketing, Program Coordinator (University of Notre Dame / Notre Dame, IN): This position will manage digital advertising and email marketing campaigns within Athletics Marketing at University of Notre Dame. EEO/AA. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Athletic Director (Colby College / Waterville, ME): Colby College, a member of the NESCAC is seeking a dynamic, Senior Associate AD to work closely with the Harold Alfond Director of Athletics. Visit the Witt/Kieffer link for a detailed job description. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Development (Louisiana Tech University / Ruston, LA): The Division of University Advancement at Louisiana Tech is seeking an individual to oversee the athletics fundraising office (LTAC). Emphasis will be placed on major gifts of $10,000 or more. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Development (Rice University / Houston, TX): The Assistant Athletic Director will plan, organize and manage the development of major gift support for at the $100K+ level and will work with key volunteers in assigned regions/groups. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics Communications (University of Iowa / Iowa City, IA): The University of Iowa Department of Athletics seeks applications for an Assistant Director of Athletics Communications. More details HERE.

Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director/Assistant Vice President for Development (Purdue Research Foundation / West Lafayette, IN): Work in direct partnership with VP/Dir of Intercollegiate Athletics, Deputy Athletics Dir and the VP for Dev to provide leadership & guidance to advance private fundraising & marketing efforts. More details HERE.

Director of Marketing and Fan Engagement (Bowling Green State University / Bowling Green, OH): Responsible for marketing initiatives and coordinating game day atmosphere and fan engagement at all athletic events. Manage relationships with constituents across campus and throughout community. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics (University of Alaska Fairbanks / Fairbanks, AK): The Director of Athletics (AD) is responsible for the daily management and long-term planning for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. More details HERE.

Associate AD Development (University of Missouri - Kansas City / Kansas City, MO): Oversight of athletic development office - including fundraising for private gifts and corporate sponsorships, and enhancement of donor relations, and alumni relations. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director - External and Media Relations (California Baptist University / Riverside, CA): Direct and supervise all athletic department corporate sponsorships and external revenue development; negotiate contracts; sell naming rights for athletic facilities; establish a licensing program. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Development for Athletics (University of North Carolina Wilmington / Wilmington, NC): The Associate Director of Development for Athletics is a member of a team of development and advancement professionals within a dynamic and growing athletics program. More details HERE.

Director of Sales, Corporate Partnerships - External Relations (Stanford University / Stanford, CA): This position will be responsible for creating a high volume of new business and implementing high-level corporate marketing partnerships for the university athletic program. More details HERE.

Assistant Ticket Manager-Business & Premium Seating (Purdue University Intercollegiate Athletics / West Lafayette, IN): Manage daily accounting functions for the Athletics Ticket Office. Create, prepare & maintain spreadsheets to report & analyze financial data. Coordinate new premium seat contract execution. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics (California State University, Fresno / Fresno, CA): The Director of Athletics is responsible for providing leadership and administrative oversight for an Intercollegiate Athletics Program with a rich history of tradition and community support. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics for Marketing & Fan Development (University of Richmond / Richmond, VA): The AD of Athletics for Marketing and Fan Development is responsible for the generation of revenue through ticket sales, attendance and creating a positive and exciting game day atmosphere. More details HERE.

Part-time Ticket Sales Representative, Intercollegiate Athletics (Ball State University / Muncie, IN): Market and sell full seasons, partial seasons, group tickets, and mini ticket plans, through outbound sales activities for all ticketed sports. More details HERE.

Director of Men's & Women's Basketball Operations (Mid-American Conference / Cleveland, OH): This position is responsible for the implementation of key operational activities related to men's and women's basketball in the Mid-American Conference. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director, Creative Services (University of Miami / Coral Gables, FL): Assistant AD, Creative Services manages the creative direction and visual brand standards for University of Miami Athletics, works with the graphic design, video content and digital strategy depts. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Director of Athletics (Washington State University / Pullman, WA): Senior Assoc AD provides oversight and mgt of external operations within WSU Athletics; serves as a member of the AD’s senior mgt team. Apps accepted through 5/8/2018; wsujobs.com EO/AA. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities & Event Management (University of North Carolina Wilmington / Wilmington, NC): The Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities & Events Management oversees the UNCW Athletics Facilities and Event operations for a Division I program with 19 varsity sports. More details HERE.

Director of Development, Major Gifts (University of California, Berkeley / Berkeley, CA): This position is responsible for helping to meet the fundraising objectives of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts. More details HERE.

Academic Coordinator (San Diego State University / San Diego, CA): Assist at-risk student-athletes in achieving academic objectives, model/teach successful study skills/strategies, direct SA to university resources, set up/leading review sessions & provide tutoring. More details HERE.

Men and Women's Swimming Head Coach (College of the Holy Cross / Worcester, MA): Lead NCAA Division I men's & women's swimming program by recruiting and developing qualified student-athletes. 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 & brand management. More details HERE.

Ticketing Director (University of Notre Dame / Notre Dame, IN): The Ticketing Director serves as one of a team of ticket managers that each has primary responsibility for a reserved seating sport. Application deadline 5/2/2018. EEO/AA. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Sports Administration (Big Ten Conference / Rosemont, IL): Liaison for sports, assist with management of championships, support to Sports Management Committee, manage awards program, coordinate product orders, assist with SCORE, other duties as assigned. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Video and Creative Services (American Athletic Conference / Providence, RI): Assists in all aspects of the digital and video department promoting The American's 22 sports. Serve as an integral part of the The American Digital Network staff. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Communications (American Athletic Conference / Providence, RI): Assists in all aspects of the communications/external relations area in promoting the Conference’s 22 sports while serving as the primary contact for assigned sports. More details HERE.

Deputy Athletics Director or Executive Associate Athletic Director for Finance & Strategic Initiatives (University of Texas at San Antonio / San Antonio, TX): Provides senior leadership, financial oversight of facilities operations, and oversees/ directs the operation of the Athletics budget for the UTSA Athletics Department. More details HERE.

Director of Digital Media Services (Mid-American Conference / Cleveland, OH): Create video content that drives views, conversations, and fan engagement to the Mid-American Conference website and social media platforms. Oversee all MAC created video content. More details HERE.

Director, Partnership Development for Auburn Sports Properties (Auburn Sports Properties / Auburn, AL): The Director of Partnership Development will be responsible for developing, selling and managing all aspects of fully integrated corporate sponsorship packages for Auburn University. More details HERE.

Associate Director, Ticketing (University of Notre Dame / Notre Dame, IN): The Associate Director, Ticketing serves as one of a team of ticket managers that each has primary responsibility for a reserved seating sport. Application deadline 5/2/2018. EEO/AA. More details HERE.

Director of Digital Media (Austin Peay State University / Clarksville, TN): Marketing, digital media and creative services for all 16 NCAA Division I programs as well as selected special initiatives with the goal of increasing awareness, attendance, and revenue. More details HERE.

Asst. Dir., Athletic Communications (Clemson University / Clemson, SC): Determines and develops media relations and social media strategies for WBB and other sports. Provides content development for digital platforms, and leads and instructs student assistants. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics Communications (Austin Peay State University / Clarksville, TN): Football Contact - Performs the role of an internal beat reporter, focusing on telling compelling stories in written, video, social media, graphics or other innovative formats.  More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics for Marketing and Fan Engagement (North Dakota State University / Fargo, ND): Develops, coordinates & executes advertising campaigns as well as promotions and in-game entertainment. Designs events that engage student-athletes & coaches with the community. Supervises interns. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director of Ticket Operations (Temple University / Philadelphia, PA): Incumbent will be responsible for leading, planning, and directing the execution of all aspects of ticket operations, distribution, and delivery. More details HERE.

Ticket Operations Director (UC San Diego / La Jolla, CA): The Ticket Operations Director manages ticket operations, development of the ticketing platform, including seat mapping and digital ticketing programs for Athletic Department events. More details HERE.

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (California State University Northridge / Northridge, CA): CSUN is searching for an AD to lead their D1 program. For all inquiries, please contact Glenn Sugiyama of DHR International c/o Tom Snyder, Senior Associate at tsnyder@dhrinternational.com. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Athletic Communications (University of South Florida / Tampa, FL): Serve as primary contact for USF men's basketball, track and field, and cross country and secondary duties with football, conducting communications, media relations and social media engagement. More details HERE.

Associate Director, Development (Stanford University / Stanford, CA): Stanford Athletics is seeking job applications for a major gift fundraiser. This position will be focused on identifying, cultivating, and soliciting gifts of $250,000 or more. More details HERE.

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.
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