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Buffalo Prez Tripathi announces the search committee tasked with hiring the next Bulls AD. The team will be co-chaired by university Chief of Staff Del Genio & UB council member/Prez of three minor league baseball organizations Dandes. Football HC Leipold, Volleyball HC Brown Lipsitz, Softball student-athlete Jacobs, multiple senior campus leaders, as well as key community stakeholders are also a part of the group. Parker Executive Search will assist. (link)
Pac-12 Commish Scott on his league having full ownership of it's content play, "Looking back I think our strategic thinking was spot on, but we could not have anticipated the pace of change. It has disrupted and is moving faster than we would have anticipated. I had an instinct that we should think of ourselves not as a television entity but as a content entity. We got some raised eyebrows when we said we were starting a network and we’re going to control it, but from San Francisco not Los Angeles, which along with New York is considered the hotbed for entertainment. I felt that technology companies were going to be as important to the industry in terms of distribution and engagement as traditional entertainment companies. Certainly what has happened over the last few years is proving that." Lots more from Scott, including the need for more leadership diversity around the sports world, notes of expanding competition to Mexico, the core qualities needed to be a Commissioner ("You need to be intellectually agile and can adapt quickly. You have to adapt to a lot of crisis that you don’t have a playbook for"), plus his plans to still be atop the league when the important 2024 media changes come up for negotiation. (link)
Colorado State MBB student-athletes boycotted practice yesterday as they look for answers from department leaders on the status of suspended HC Eustachy. "(Players) have to find out through you guys (in the media), and they are sick of it." (link); The Denver Post's Stephens reports the end is near with Eustachy. Per Stephens' source, "We can’t give a guy a zero-tolerance policy in 2014, have the conduct continue in 2018 and then just give him another warning." Rams AD Parker: "Our collections of data to inform the assessment is nearly complete, pending our conversation with Coach Eustachy. Coach Eustachy and his representatives are unable to meet with us until early next week. The University intends to resolve this as soon as possible." (link)
New Mexico: FB HC Davie has been suspended without pay after an outside investigation found "alleged interference with and improper involvement" into allegations of sexual assault by a student-athlete in the program. Hogan Marren, Babbo & Rose out of Chicago conducted the probe & UNM's own Office of Equal Opportunity also released findings of its recent work on Davie, which found a number of troubling developments, though none were "severe or pervasive enough to violate University policy." Interim Prez Abdallah points to all athletic department personnel to go through cultural sensitivity training. Lobos AD Nunez: "When I was hired here, I was brought into the understanding that there was an investigation going on with our department. At the time, I assured the administration that whatever findings and recommendations came about from that, that I would uphold them and make sure that our department moves forward in the right direction. […] I want to bring in some outside counsel. Not legal counsel, more so a consultant that focuses on those areas, that can make sure we do everything (we can) to address our student-athletes and our coaches in the means necessary." (link, link)
Ugly allegations continue to be pushed by a former close friend of Georgia Tech MBB HC Pastner. This time it's an alleged sexual assault. After last night's game at Louisville, Pastner vehemently denied all the claims & called them a "complete lie." Via Pastner's attorney, "There was no sexual assault. It is a lie. Josh never acted improperly with Ms. Pendley. Never. [...] Josh will continue to prosecute his legal claims against Mr. Bell and Ms. Pendley, and we will continue to cooperate with law enforcement in their investigations of the couple." (linklink, link)
Interim Louisville AD Tyra met with the media before last night's MBB tip & of note, says he plans to reduce his $1.2M pay by $350K to match cost-cutting measures of the overall department & make sure the student-athlete experience is not impacted, nor is compensation for HCs. However, here's how WDRB's Crawford framed it, "Tyra said he took the averages of the three highest-paid athletic directors in the ACC to come up with the figure -- $854,000 per year, and took just a bit less." Tyra's staff restructuring is still a bit up in the air as he consults with ACC & NCAA peers on how best to move forward though he will add two new Assoc. AD positions, one for student-athlete health/wellness & one for administration. Still no word on how finance, development & marketing departments will be led. Men's Soccer HC Lolla gets an extension, as do Women's Soccer boss Ferguson-Dayes & Volleyball HC Busboom Kelly. More. (link)
Speaking of pay for ACC ADs, PolitiFact looks at comments by North Carolina Board of Trustees Chair Cochrane that Tar Heels boss Cunningham was underpaid before recently getting a bump from ~$700K to ~$900K+ & concludes Cochrane's opinion is "mostly true" after running the research. PolitiFact runs through Cunningham's tenure & accomplishments, median pay in other 'Power 5' leagues & how his HC hires have worked out. LEAD1's McMillen: "UNC’s compensation is on the high end of the ACC but not the high end of college sports. I think that [what Cochrane said] is an accurate statement." Spencer Fane's Denny: "I think he’s distinguished himself to a point that he should be considered among the top quarter of athletic directors. So then, within the Power Five, that suggests that a salary even more than he received would be easily supportable." (link)
There's debate going on in Mississippi on where citizens can carry firearms & state university leaders are clear in wanting to keep guns off campuses & out of athletic venues. Mississippi State AD Cohen: "The great thing about being involved in the Southeastern Conference is all our facilities are electrically charged, it's emotional. It's an incredible environment. It's amped up. Our concern is if you introduce certain elements into that emotion, in some ways it could stop us from making this as safe an environment as it needs to be. That's what we wake up in the morning thinking about. That's what we go to sleep at night thinking about. Protecting our student-athletes. Protecting, quite frankly, the visiting team. Protecting our own fans. Protecting the officials involved. That's all of our responsibilities and we don't take that lightly." SEC Commish Sankey on the potential passage," officials will decline assignments, personal safety concerns will be used against Mississippi's recruiting process and fan attendance will be negatively impacted." (link, link)
Big Money: San Jose State secures the largest gift in its FB program history with a $5M commitment from alumni Larry & Deirdre Solari. The funds will go toward a new FB operations center. (link); $5M is also the number at Illinois as former Illini student-athlete Levenick pops for the new FB performance digs. (link); UCLA hoops programs will be on the receiving end of $6.5M to create the Michael Price Family UCLA Basketball Excellence Program with both MBB & WBB having discretion on how to use the funds. (link); ECU is pushing forward with an "All Hands on Deck" campaign with goals of increasing Pirate Club membership to 20,000 & generating $12M in scholarship support. ECU says it has the 11th largest budget among FB-playing AAC members. (link)
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With TV rights deals sitting at the center of the college athletics money machine, here's an interesting look back at 2011 when NBC won the bid to televise four Olympic Games, including the current Winter version from South Korea. Awful Announcing's Bucholtz says Fox's involvement back in '11 was a tipping point on the network's extended commitment into sports content. Additionally, NBC's initial $4.4B win, followed by a $7.65B extension in 2014 for the Games all the way out to 2032 is a noted bellwether for rights fee inflation. More. (link); Looks like College Football Playoff Executive Director Hancock is helping to execute another Olympic Games. (link)
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Samford AD Newton gets an extension that could keep him in Birmingham through June of 2022. Newton: "I knew it would be great to come back to my alma mater in 2011, but I had no idea how special it would be to see the incredible growth that has taken place under the leadership of Dr. Westmoreland. [...] We have a long way to go, but I am excited to see what the future holds for Samford University and our Athletics Department." Newton's tenure thus far includes 28 Southern Conference overall and divisional titles in 11 different sports, three FCS Playoff births and last year's MBB 20-win season was it's first in more than 12 years. (link)
Despite the recent negative news surrounding Michigan State, the Spartans haven't lost any sponsorship deals thus far. Nike continues to "closely monitor" the situation, after former MSU gymnastics student-athlete and Nassar abuse survivor Hannum implored the apparel company to do otherwise. After Nike's response, Hannum had this to say: "I guess I would just urge them (MSU's partners and sponsors) to really consider what the university is doing and what it really is that they’re protecting. It’s an easy cop-out to say that you’re going to stick with your sponsorship because you don’t want to affect the student-athletes, because we weren’t being protected in the first place." (link)
Here's an excerpt from for UCLA MBB student-athlete O'Bannon's new book, 'Court Justice: The Inside Story of My Battle Against the NCAA,' "So, no, my lawsuit hasn’t stopped EA from publishing college sports video games. EA is simply afraid of the NCAA, which could decide not to allow the licensing of team and university intellectual property. If the NCAA told EA it could pay college athletes without retribution by the NCAA, we would see these college games. It’s really that simple. To be honest, the one disappointment I have from the lawsuit is that EA hasn’t had the courage to say, “To hell with the NCAA!” EA has basically let the NCAA tell them what to do, and now consumers are being denied games that they clearly want. EA should reach out and negotiate a group license with players. We’re more than willing, EA. It wouldn’t cost you a lot, either—I can assure you. Most players would love to be in the video games. All they want is a small amount of money to show they count. It’s really about respect. […] So, yes, EA should make a game with real college players, both current and past. If the NCAA won’t license the schools, so be it. EA could use locations instead of those teams’ names and other properties." Lots more. (link)
FY17 was a record performance for Syracuse on the revenue front, as a $91.4M haul edged the FY13 record of $87.6M. Expenses dropped from $74.1M to $71.8M and profit amounted to $19.6M. A school statement: "The EADA report is prepared in accordance with their instructions. These instructions require the recording of offsetting revenue for administrative and facility expenses. The required entry generates the $20 million surplus even though athletics is running a balanced budget in practice." Two key factors on the revenue bump: the FB game against Notre Dame at Met Life Stadium "compensated nicely" and the ESPN payment for the coming ACC Network. Deep analysis of individual sport costs, including the note that 'Cuse ranks first in the country in spending for both it's Men's and Women's Lacrosse teams at $3.1M and $2.6M, respectively, and second nationally in Men's Soccer ($1.9M) and Field Hockey ($1.7M). MBB ranks sixth, while FB is 50th nationally. Lots more. (link)
More Personnel: Clemson's Board of Trustees approves salary bumps for several FB staffers & we now have another $2M coordinator as Tigers DC Venables joins LSU DC Aranda. (link); D1Baseball's Rogers: "I’d look for a resolution on the situation at #SJSU involving head coach Jason Hawkins relatively soon. Spartans hired Brad Sanfilippo as the interim coach a couple of weeks ago." (link); Last month Missouri State removed a clause from the contract for MBB HC Lusk, making it easier for the two sides to part ways even if the Bears advance to the NCAA Tourney this season. The clause gave Lusk the option of extending his contract through 2022-23 if the Bears made the Big Dance. It also lowers the buyout cost on MSU's end from $1.8M to $371K. Lusk's contract runs through next season. (link); Thanks to new laws in the state, 20 coaches at Colorado are now under contracts, including 10 FB ACs. Co-OCs Chiaverini and Adams both with 3-year deals of $500K and $400K, respectively. DC Eliot, who was already under contract, will make $700K per in the next two years. Several other HCs ink deals, as well. (link); Tennessee's 10 FB ACs will make $5.63M this year, up considerably after UT's nine staffers combined for $4.64M last year. (link); Nicholls State AD Roan selects Grand Canyon AC Van Vark as the next Volleyball HC in Thibodaux. (link); Albany extends FB HC Gattuso's contract through 2022. (link); Montana State gives FB HC Choate an additional three years as his deal now runs through 2021. (link)
Deals: Another San Jose State win as the Spartans & Learfield's Campus+ have inked O'Connor Hospital to a multi-year deal as the 'Official Healthcare Partner.' (link); The Ivy League & JMI land Porsche as an official sponsor with assets stretching across the conference. (link); From Now On adds Texas A&M-Corpus Christi & the Summit League to its partner portfolio. (link, link)
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Twitter finally produces a positive net profit quarter even though no user growth was reported. Recode: "The company still has 330 million monthly users, up 4 percent from a year ago, but not up at all over Q3. Analysts had modest expectations and were looking for a jump of just one million." Interestingly, both Twitter & Facebook look to be tapped out from a user saturation standpoint in the States. (link); Check this out, Facebook may be testing "down voting" within its comments threads. Could be useful to minimize the work of trolls. (link)
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Yahoo's Thamel updates on the status of MBB-FBI developments as the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that one of the FBI agents involved in the case has been accused of misconduct via inappropriate use of funds. Thamel gets comments from a source close to the case, "This is a bad development for the prosecution. The general public and sports fans were promised a bill of goods by the prosecutors. It’s pretty clear early on in this case, they’re not the white knights they said they were. The newsbreak may mark a pivot point for the various defense teams in the case." Thamel: "And that brings us back to the young assistant U.S. Attorneys prosecuting this case. Can they prove there are real victims? Can they withstand the sloppy investigative tactics? Can they compel the little fish they’ve arrested and indicted to bring in bigger fish?" A bit more. (link, link)
TCU AD Donati on the $100M East Side expansion of Amon G. Carter Stadium: "This facility [will be] a touchstone, an engagement point for the TCU community and the Fort Worth community. That’s a big thing going forward, how do we engage our donors? This is a way to invite them back to campus. It will be a multi-use facility that we can use for a lot of different things besides football. We’re running a business here so we have to find creative ways to provide additional resources." Project includes 1,100 club seats, 22 luxury suites, 48 loge boxes, and a Legends Club. Construction begins this summer and should be completed in time for first kick in 2019. Other topics discussed during Donati's Q&A Facebook Live session last night: The Horned Frogs won't be adding a Softball program... yet; says the financial benefit of moving the  Ohio State FB game from a home-and-home to a single game at AT&T Stadium was "too good to pass up;" has a "watchful eye" out on adding alcohol sales to TCU venues; and says FB season tix prices will not go up in 2018. (link)
UTSA students voted 4,734 to 1,439 against an athletic fee increase, so it will remain at $20/semester credit hour with a 12-hour cap. The proposed increase was an additional $1/credit hour each of the next two academic years. This past year, the athletics fee was 17% of the overall mandatory student fees, second only to the Automated Services Charge. Prez Eighmy: "I am very appreciative that so many Roadrunners came out for the referendum vote. It is vitally important to have participation in this democratic process and use the results to better understand our students’ viewpoints and areas of concern. We will carry this knowledge forward as we work toward supporting our athletic programs and their role in helping to build UTSA’s reputation beyond San Antonio and Texas." (link)
The videoboards at Western Kentucky's Houchens-Smith Stadium and E.A. Diddle Arena will undergo renovations this spring that will bump up the size of the viewing area by almost 400%. Tops AD Stewart: "We are very excited for these major upgrades to the fan experience at our two largest venues for next season. We welcome thousands of visitors to the campus of Western Kentucky University every home event, and continuing to enhance their experience is vital. There will never be a better time to enjoy a game from the stands and feel closer to the action on the field and court than in 2018 on The Hill." Additionally, Diddle will get a renovated sound system and the WKU Soccer Complex will get a new scoreboard. Daktronics gets the assignment. (link)
Around Higher Ed: Morgan State Prez Wilson gets a new 5-year deal that comes with a 3% salary increase to $445,737 plus deferred comp. Wilson says he will "reinvest" the raise into the school and agrees to relinquish his right to professional tenure at MSU when his deal is up. (link); Another round of candidates for the North Florida presidential post released: Cal State Northridge Provost/VP of Academic Affairs Li, Georgia College and State University Provost/SVP of Academic Affairs Brown, Purdue's Honor College Dean Phillips, Oregon VP for Student Services and Enrollment Management Thompson, Nevada Provost/EVP Carman and St. Thomas Provost/Chief Academic Officer Becerra. (link, link); Cleveland State spent $126,916 to find a new president, $114K of which goes to Wheless Partners. 171 candidates interviewed, but former Louisville CFO & COO/Wharton School Vice Dean & CFO Sands is the choice. (link)
Also Noticed: Cornell picks Exemplar Associates to manage its worldwide trademark licensing program. Third Ivy to do so, as Columbia and Penn are already on board. (link); Kentucky MBB games will stay in Rupp Arena through at least 2033 as a 15-year lease was signed yesterday that includes a $1.9M yearly payment from the Cats. (link); Kentucky FB's commercial during the Super Bowl cost $24K. Obviously it was a local spot. (link); The College Football 150th Anniversary has a new logo and an announced deal with The Marketing Arm. (link, link); Among the 16 minor violations that Memphis self-reported last year, was one by Prez Rudd, who  retweeted an article about a prospective FB recruit and identified him by name. Overall, 13 of the violations were FB-related. (link); Kentucky Baseball season tickets are sold out for the first time in program history. (link); Fox Sports' Mulvihill: "Super Bowl out of home TV audience checks in at roughly 6 times the live streaming audience." OOH viewing continues to be a big deal in the TV space, advances the Super Bowl total to 118.2M. (link)
ghSmart leaders Lytkina Botelho, Rosenkotter Powell & Wong summarize a 10-year study on how to get to the CEO chair fastest. 1) Go Small to Go Big ("The path to CEO rarely runs in a straight line; sometimes you have to move backward or sideways in order to get ahead."; 2) Make a Big Move ("More than one-third of sprinters catapulted to the top by making “the big leap,” often in the first decade of their careers."); and, 3) Inherit a Big Mess ("It could be an underperforming business unit, a failed product, or a bankruptcy — any major problem for the business that needs to be fixed fast. More than 30% of our sprinters led their teams through a big mess.") (link)
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(NEW!) Assistant Director of Athletics Communications (James Madison University / Harrisonburg, VA): Serve as communications contact for softball, volleyball, swimming and diving and in support of football with an emphasis on digital content & engagement. More details HERE.

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (University of California, Berkeley / Berkeley, CA): The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for the position of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Witt/Kieffer has been retained by the University to lead the search. More details HERE.

Senior Manager, Digital Media and Analytics (Paciolan / Irvine, CA): This is a senior marketing position that specializes in digital advertising, search marketing and analytics, advising and evaluating client marketing performance and reviewing digital properties. More details HERE.

Director of Ticket Operations (College Football Playoff / Irving, TX): The Director of Ticket Operations manages ticketing for the National Championship and all auxiliary events that take place in conjunction with the game. More details HERE.

(NEW!) Digital Marketing and Sales Coordinator (College Football Playoff / Irving, TX): The Digital Marketing and Sales Coordinator provides coordination and project management services with focus on promoting the brand and maximizing revenue. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities, Operations & Events (College of the Holy Cross / Worcester, MA): This position will provide leadership for the facilities, operations & events staff on a day-to-day basis in addition to oversight of athletics facilities, game operations and outside events. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics (Bucknell University / Lewisburg, PA): Bucknell University is a NCAA Division I school with outstanding academic and athletics tradition. Witt/Kieffer has been retained by Bucknell to lead the recruitment for its next Director of Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant AD\Major Gifts or Director of Major Gifts (Temple University / Philadelphia, PA): The Assistant AD\Major Gifts or Director of Major Gifts will devise strategies and be responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts up to $25,000 on an annual basis. More details HERE.

Assistant/Associate Director, Varsity O Association (University of Oklahoma - Norman / Norman, OK): Varsity O Association Asst/Assoc Dir will be responsible for advancing the mission of OU Athletics thru its extensive network of letter winners by providing opportunities to engage with the dept. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Accounting - Athletics (Georgia Institute of Technology / Atlanta, GA): Responsible for receipt and timely recording of revenue related items, including ticketing & donor related income, while also assisting in daily operations by performing advanced financial functions. More details HERE.

Deputy Athletic Director (University of Delaware / Newark, DE): Act as the Chief Operating Officer and oversee the Intercollegiate and Recreation Services ongoing internal operations, maximize resumes & be responsible for the internal efficiency of the dep't. 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.

Head Volleyball Coach and Associate in Physical Education (Columbia University / New York, NY): The Head Volleyball Coach is responsible for organizing and administering all aspects of the volleyball program. Quicklink: More details HERE.

Associate AD for Marketing and Strategic Communications (Samford University / Birmingham, AL): The Associate AD for Marketing & Strategic Communications will provide leadership and oversight for the areas of marketing, communications, and fan engagement. More details HERE.

Asst. Director of Marketing & Fan Experience (University of Oklahoma - Norman / Norman, OK): Asst. Director of Marketing & Fan Experience will advance the mission and values of OU Athletics by coordinating ticket sales efforts, directing advertising campaigns and executing game entertainment. More details HERE.

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.
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