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Air Force Public Relations Director Lt. Col. Herritage on the federal government shutdown that's impacting Falcons athletic activities, "We made that decision based on Air Force guidance as well as our assessment of minimal requirements necessary to support our mission to train future Air Force officers. Athletics are a huge part of how we develop future officers at USAFA. They instill character traits that will serve these airmen well throughout their entire careers. That said, due to the government shutdown we've had to cancel activities not directly related to national defense." FB & MBB coaches can still travel for recruiting & the presumption is that all canceled contests will be made up. A few Navy coaches won't work during the shutdown, but otherwise both Navy & Army West Point won't be terribly impacted as the pair's departments are outside entities. (link)
Greene to Auburn: What's the leadership style of the Tigers' new boss? A couple of key takeaways in an ADU interview with Greene, "As an AD, you have to understand that you can’t serve everyone. And if you’re not careful, in this role you will certainly try. Effective time management is essential. [...] Treat the people who are perceived to be at the bottom of the food chain better that you would treat the people who are perceived to be at the top. [...] I don’t want to be over someone’s shoulder. I just want it done in a certain time frame and at a high-level." (link); AL.com's Crepea on how Greene ended up being the choice on The Plains. Prez Leath says he kept hearing, "He's a superstar. He's truly an elite leader. If you don't hire him, Steve, you'll regret this.' That resonated with me. One sitting AD told me, 'This could be the best hire you make as president.' Those are the kinds of things we heard about Allen." Leath also pointed to Greene's second interview, which took place in Atlanta, home to Parker Executive Search, as the point when he started to separate from the field. Current UCF boss & former Buffalo AD White calls Greene a "superstar." (link)
New North Dakota AD Chaves still in the spotlight as he prepares to take over the big chair in Grand Forks. Chaves indicates he'll take some time to analyze the department before starting to make any hires with one big role about to be open as Deputy AD Irle heads to Knox College (DIII) as AD. "Character" is mentioned as the top trait Chaves is looking for in any new teammate. Provides perspective on the $5.8M shortfall at Eastern Washington & says accurately, "When you start talking finance with every athletic department, no one is 100 percent happy with what they have. Here, there'll never be enough, and you'll have to figure out what's next." Further, Chaves says he hasn't talked to outgoing UND boss Faison yet, had to pause & think about getting involved with the search process given the open records laws, but saw the reward as outweighing the risk, notes Montana's dominance in FB when he got to Cheney & EWU's growth on the FB field as a comparison to where UND stands in relation to FCS power & in-state rival North Dakota State. More. (link)
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Michigan State Trustee Lyons: "I have been very troubled since yesterday's board announcement. I do not agree with our statement of support for Pres. Simon. As I expressed repeatedly to fellow board members during our discussion Friday, I don't believe Pres. Simon can survive the public outcry that has been generated by this tragedy and even less so after hearing the testimony of these brave survivors of Larry Nassar's abuse. I believe our best recourse is for President Simon to resign immediately in order to let the healing process begin, first and foremost for the survivors and secondarily for our university." Board Chair Breslin: "Yesterday, a unanimous Board of Trustees stated that we continue to believe President Simon is the right leader for the university and that she has our support. Regrettably, Trustee Mitch Lyons announced his intention to call for President Simon’s resignation. Importantly, all of the other trustees continue to support President Simon. [...] We look forward to a prompt and thorough investigation by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office to help reassure the public that the university and its leadership have nothing to hide." (link)
Houston Prez Khator believes all i's were dotted & t's were crossed in the process that led to the hiring of two new FB ACs who were previously on staff at Baylor. Khator says the university "did our job" during the vetting process, further, "We wanted to make sure that we have every guarantee that our program will be absolutely the highest ethical standards." (link)
Former Arizona FB HC Rodriguez's administrative assistant has filed an additional $8.5M claim against Rodriguez and the UofA athletic department, saying the school is liable for his conduct. This suit is in addition to the $7.5M one that Wilhelmsen already filed, but this one includes more accusations and mentions several other staffers, including former Recruiting Coordinator/GM Dudek, Asst. AD for FB Ops Parrish, Senior Assoc. AD Ketcham and Staff Analyst Rutledge and their part in allowing the alleged behavior to continue. It's unclear if Wilhelmsen's statement that "all claims" will be settled for the requested $8.5M withdraws the first $7.5M figure. The Board of Regents has 60 days to respond before it can go to court. (link)
Seven current or former SMU Women's Rowing student-athletes have filed a lawsuit against the school alleging gender discrimination & negligence led to hip injuries. The 46-page submission claims training facilities, coaching & medical care were inferior to what was provided to male student-athletes. Surgeries to repair injuries & a future that could include hip replacements are also part of the complaint. (link)
The Athletic's Potkey profiles a handful of women working as Football coaches, including former Buffalo Bills Special Teams Quality Control Coach Smith, who in 2016 was the first woman hired as a full-time coach in NFL history. Another female, Eleazer, coaches the H-backs at SUNY Maritime College (DIII), but of the 251 Division I schools that sponsor Football, none of them have women in on-field coaching positions. AFCA Exec. Dir. Berry: "As a coach, I was more apt to hire my former players and try to continue to help them in their lives and their development. I think it's a natural thing to do, and that can make the pathway a little harder for anyone who didn't play college football. ... I do think there are ways we can give more exposure (to women) to allow for them to have more opportunities in the interview process. It’s not just about numbers, but it’s also about having exposure moments for our minority groups to be able to show what they know in front of everyone else." Former Mississippi State student and 7-on-7 camp staffer Tomlinson says she discussed being hired onto the Bulldogs staff with then-MSU HC Mullen: "He says to me, 'I can't hire you.’ And I was like ‘What? I don't understand.' And he says I would be used against him (in recruiting) by other teams. He says (other coaches) would say to recruits, 'Do you really want to go to Mississippi State because you know they have a female coach?'" Lots more. (link)
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Facebook is testing its new 'Watch Party' as a way for users to consume video content together, which it says produces 6x engagement. From Recode: "The test is really small -- fewer than a dozen groups, according to a company spokesperson. To get to the Watch Party, members of a group will click to enter a separate area of the app where the video will be playing — kind of like a viewing room. As it stands now, all comments and interactions shared in that room during the watch party will disappear after the video is over and everyone leaves, though that could obviously change as the test and product expands." (link)
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Missed amid the news avalanche of the NCAA Convention, Texas' Division of Diversity & Community Engagement hosted the Black Student-Athlete Summit last week in Austin. Of note: Former TCU FB student-athlete & Rhodes Scholar Moore: "You have to have dreams that are too big." Looks like former Tennessee/Kansas State AD Currie was in attendance to share his insights & experiences. Mercer Professor Brackette: "The simplest thing you can do is listen." Lots more, including full videos of the three days of programming. (link)
New hoops arena or new multipurpose space? That seems to be the question for Idaho State AD Tingey & fellow ISU brass. Plans for a new basketball facility were originally announced back in May of 2015, but a more savvy investment might be a facility for practices, training room functions, academic support & meeting rooms. Cost: $10M versus double that for a hoops home. Tingey points to a coming capital campaign that will help to pay for a project, says Idaho's push for a new basketball arena does not put additional pressure on his department to get something done. Idaho Central Credit Union says its $10M commitment to UI's new building does not preclude it from also supporting ISU. A bit more. (link)
Loyola (Maryland) has officially opened its new Air Dome, which covers some of Lugano Field & now gives a number of Greyhound programs the ability to get indoors during cold or inclement weather. The project was privately funded. Men's LAX HC Toomey: "It has enhanced our already top-notch facilities and will continue to be a game-changer for recruiting, while helping to provide stability to our scheduling needs." (link)
With "beer at ballgames" becoming a staple of so many college athletics contests around the nation, here's an excellent read from The Atlantic's Thompson on the hyper-growth of craft beer in the States. Thompson: "Between 2008 and 2016, the number of brewery establishments expanded by a factor of six, and the number of brewery workers grew by 120 percent. Yes, a 200-year-old industry has sextupled its establishments and more than doubled its workforce in less than a decade. Even more incredibly, this has happened during a time when U.S. beer consumption declined." Lessons of craft beers triumph: 1) The "burgeoning of small firms stimulates both product variety and employment"; 2) "...sometimes consumers have their own reasons to turn against monopolies—particularly in taste-driven industries"; and, 3) "...even in an economy obsessed with efficiency, sometimes it is just as wise to design for inefficiency." Lots more. (link)
Also Noticed: Profile on ESPN MBB personality Fraschilla, who has settled into his role of "de facto voice of Big 12 basketball for ESPN." (link); Georgetown hosted Reality Day yesterday at MBB's game against St. John's, fans turned in their cell phones, wore nametags and other "non-connected" activities were available. (link); Here is an awesome chart that explains why CBS and Viacom want to merge. As two of the smaller players in the market, CBS has $23B in content, while Viacom has $14B. Disney ($168B) plans to buy Fox ($67B), Time Warner has $72B and Discovery $25B. (link)
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Senior Associate or Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs (University of California, Riverside / Riverside, CA): Liaison between the Athletics Director and all Athletics fundraising activities and revenue operations. Emphasis on enhancing UCR’s Division I relevancy, revenue generation and new market outreach. More details HERE.

Director of Clinical Counseling Services for Student-Athletes (Mississippi State University / Starkville, MS): Provision of general psychological services (evaluation, treatment and education) to student athletes. More details HERE.

Executive Director of Development/Assistant AD for Development (George Washington University / Washington D.C.): GW seeks a dynamic & strategic leader to join a high performing fund raising team as Exec. Director of Development. Will manage team and direct their development efforts to ensure fundraising success. More details HERE.

Director of Digital Media Services (Mid-American Conference / Cleveland, OH): Create video content that drives fan engagement and views of website and social media platforms. Serve as liaison for ESPN3 campus productions. Direct media relations activities for select sports. More details HERE.

Compliance Coordinator (Oral Roberts University / Tulsa, OK): The Compliance Coordinator will assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive program to ensure compliance with University, Summit League and NCAA rules and regulations. More details HERE.

Athletics Assistant Director for Business Operations (University of Nevada, Las Vegas / Las Vegas, NV): The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Athletics Assistant Director for Business Operations, Intercollegiate Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Director for Financial Reporting (University of Nevada, Las Vegas / Las Vegas, NV): The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Assistant Director for Financial Reporting, Intercollegiate Athletics [R0107169]. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Performance (CSUN / Northridge, CA): Responsibilities: Management and supervision of the Sports Performance staff, weight training facility, including development of policies and procedures for risk management, appropriate supervision. More details HERE.

Facilities & Operations Coordinator (Oregon State University / Corvallis, OR): Reporting to the Associate AD, Facilities & Event Management, the Facility & Operations Coordinator will assist the Associate AD with the coordination of assigned home athletic contests. More details HERE.

Athletics Marketing & Promotions Graduate Assistantship (Ball State University / Muncie, IN): Execute in-game promotions for football, mens/womens basketball, women’s volleyball, baseball & softball. May include the role of mascot coordinator, supervision of 6-10 sports mktg student staff. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Multimedia (Conference USA / Irving, TX): Serve as primary strategist for the C-USA social media initiatives, as well as lead development of the visual style and communication of C-USA online outlets. More details HERE.

Assistant/Associate Commissioner for New Media and Technology (Missouri Valley Conference / St. Louis, MO): Management of creative/digital content; contributions to Conference marketing and promotional initiatives; oversight of the league website/social media/graphic design and producing video content. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics, Communications (University of Richmond / Richmond, VA): The Assistant Director of Athletics/Communications oversees all public relations and media relations activities and budgets, including supervision of full-time, part-time, student, and game day staff. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Multimedia Services (San Jose State University / San Jose, CA): The Assistant Athletics DIR will be responsible for the development, implementation, maintenance of all marketing and promo strategies... Apply here: http://www.sjsu.edu/hr/careers/jobs, Job ID: 24378. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts (Michigan State University / East Lansing, MI): MSU Athletics is now seeking an Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts. The Associate Director is responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting gifts from donors and prospects. More details HERE.


Assistant Athletic Director, Athletics Communications (IRC13296) (Tulane University / New Orleans, LA): Supports Tulane athletics programs and external departments to promote and enhance, through media, public relations, web and social media, the image of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Marketing and Promotions (University of North Texas / Denton, TX): The Athletics Depart at the University of North Texas is hiring an Asst Director of Marketing and Promotions. Focus on Olympic sports with an added emphasis on Football and Basketball game day. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director - Marketing (Rice University / Houston, TX): The Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing will play an integral role in driving revenue and attendance for the Department of Athletics, as well as serving as guardian of the Rice Athletics brand. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Administration, Donor Relations and Events (University of Oregon / Eugene, OR): The Associate Director of Administration, Donor Relations and Events directly assists the athletic director in the management, operations, and administration of the Athletic Department. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director - Human Resources and Administration (San Jose State University / San Jose, CA): The Associate Athletic Director for HR and Administration serves as the principal staff officer to develop, implement, and manage the department's human resources and serving as a senior staff member. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Facilities, Operations & Events (Georgia Institute of Technology / Atlanta, GA): Supports the Associate AD of Facilities, Operations & Events with oversight in the areas of event operations and athletic facilities. Oversees assigned areas in event management and facilities. More details HERE.
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