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Florida Atlantic makes the hire of Missouri Deputy AD for External Relations official with a presser upcoming this week. White gets a five-year deal in Boca, "The moment this opportunity arose I knew immediately I wanted to join the team at Florida Atlantic University. From the vision and ambition of the president and the board of trustees to the huge potential of all the school’s athletic programs, these are exciting times to be at FAU." Prez Kelly: "I challenged our coaches and our entire athletics department to create top 25 programs capable of competing at the highest level. Everyone involved has risen to the challenge and, in bringing Brian White to FAU, we will continue on our exciting journey under his skilled leadership." (link)
Not sure I can recall the last time a prominent journalist issued such a strong mea culpa as Tucson.com's Hansen pens on "I blew it, and here's why" in connection to his initial position on Arizona MBB HC Miller. Thesis: "Here’s what I did wrong last Friday night: I did not preface my opinion that 'Miller cannot be allowed to coach the Wildcats again' with a necessary qualifier. I did not precede my opinion with 'if this is true.' That’s something I should’ve learned in journalism class in 1972. Four words. I will remember and regret that omission until I do quit, and thereafter. A few sentences later I weakly wrote that, “unless this is a monumental misunderstanding. Too late. I blew it." Hansen says he should have asked himself this key question: Do I know enough about what happened to say — to shout — what should happen next? Kudos to Hansen for backtracking, let's hope more in his field do in the future when a take goes wrong. (link)
Focus for Southern Miss AD Gilbert as he enters his second year leading the Golden Eagles, "We need to grow our revenue. We’ve got some substantial needs facility-wise that are big-ticket items where I will spend a good amount of time getting in front of our constituents talking to them about what’s important." Specific goals: 1) Increase FB attendance; 2) Replace the sound system at M.M. Roberts Stadium; 3) Continued incremental growth of the Eagle Club. FB HC Hopson commends Gilbert for his performance in Year 1, while some donors voice the desire for additional communication from the AD's chair to the fan base. (link)
We're one week from Selection Sunday & Yahoo's Eisenberg takes stock of the new quadrant system, which he calls a clear upgrade, but believes it still falls short since the "flawed" RPI is still involved. The other quadrant issue Eisenberg notes is "too wide a swathe of teams, equating wins that really aren’t that similar." Solution: "More tiers would certainly help alleviate this issue. If tier 1 included home wins against the top 15, neutral wins against the top 25 and road wins against the top 35 for example, that might be a more accurate tool." Eisenberg also pushes for a new composite metric that would take into account RPI, KPI, KenPom, Saragin & BPI. (link)
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Trying to track (!) down more details, but it looks like Hofstra MBB's flight to play UNC Wilmington was cancelled, leading the Pride to take Amtrak through 14 states & Washington D.C. to get close to its final destination for today's 8:30p tip-off. Included in a tweet from the program's Twitter account, "One sun rise. One sunset. ONE GOAL - a @CAABasketball Championship. Go Pride!" (link)
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Watch: Latest 'From the Director's Chair' with Fairfield boss Schlickmann includes plenty of sport & accomplishment updates, but also reviews digital efforts, which Schlickmann wants to be as impressive as someone physically stepping on campus to see how well the grounds are branded & the scope of current construction projects. "We have some terrific things in place for a mid-major program and we need to showcase that." Pretty solid production quality from the Stags using multiple camera angles & weaving in additional video content from around the department. More. (link)
Kansas State surpassed its fundraising goal of $10M by raising $13M for new Baseball and Soccer facilities. The overall pricetag is $15M with the department will cover the remaining $2M. Groundbreaking for the Tointon Family Stadium renovation is set for May 11, while the soccer project is slated for October 12. Exterior portions for both projects should be completed by July 2019, with interiors wrapped up by the end of that year. Tointon will get a new facade and roof and a new clubhouse along the third-base grandstand, and a brand new soccer stadium will be built on the site of the existing temporary facility. BG Consultants is the firm of choice. (link)
More on the January DUI situation involving South Dakota State FB HC Stiegelmeier as Jackrabbits AD Sell indicates he'll set a punishment & then Stiegelmeier will add his own sanctions. Sounds like the additional hit may be financial in nature as Stiegelmeier comments, "I’m going to do something to myself, I haven’t decided what yet. I don’t think that needs to be made public, because we don’t publicize when we punish our players. But it will be a substantial punishment. […] It’ll be self-imposed and drastic enough to impact myself and my family." Further, local radio voice McFeely wonders why the university didn't disclose the situation for over a month.  (link)
Penn State MBB HC Chambers has a year left on his contract and Lions247 asks what will become of the seventh-year leader. Chambers: "I have not talked to Sandy about that specifically, but I feel confident that I’ll be the coach here next year." AD Barbour said she will not speak on the matter until the season is complete. The Nittany Lions bowed out of the Big Ten Tourney in the semifinals and sit at 21-13 on the year. More Chambers: "I have a great relationship with Sandy Barbour and Lynn [Holleran] and Phil [Esten]. The communication there has been terrific. And as long as we keep having that great relationship, the future’s bright for Penn State basketball." (link)
Colorado State AD Parker will use a search firm to hire a new MBB HC and hopes to do so in the next 30 days. Parker: "What I'm encouraged by is the outreach that we've seen and the number of people who have expressed interest in this job is, not overwhelming, but it illustrates to me we have a very good opportunity. ... If our fan base had some familiarity with the person, I think that helps initially gain some traction within the community. I don't think it's a necessary requirement, but it's one that if we can marry it with all the other things we want in this coaching role, I think it's a plus." On the possibility of bringing former CSU WBB star and current San Antonio Spurs AC Hammon into the mix, Parker comments, "I've thought a lot about that. The most frequently recommended candidate probably. I'm not closing the door on any thought at this time." Of note, Parker prefers a former collegiate player and someone with a parent or family member who coached. (link)
More Personnel: Add Missouri State AD Moats to the list of leaders who will hire a new MBB HC. (link); Reports had former Ohio State MBB HC Matta in Oxford recently to visit with Ole Miss brass. The big question, of course, is how's his health? (link); Southern Utah AD Corum hires UTSA AHC Hoyer as new Women's Volleyball HC in Cedar City. (link); New Arizona State FB HC Edwards sticks to his pre-dawn workout routine, also sticks to plenty "Herm-isms." (link); More MBB HC bonus cash earned yesterday: $125K for Auburn's Pearl. $50K for Florida State's Hamilton, $86K for Kansas State's Weber & $50K for Tennessee's Barnes. (link)
Sports TV scheduling expert Sarzyniak takes a closer look at the Sun Belt's new TV deal with ESPN. Some key takeaways: 1) In the full teleconference, Commish Benson indicated the cash in the agreement was "on par" with other 'Group of 5' arrangements, which could mean up to $833K per school, like the MAC's. 2) Questions still surround how Louisiana's deal with Cox Sports will be handled. 3) Schools will have to upgrade their equipment to product content, some more than others. Sarzyniak: "I don't know that I would use everything about this extension as a barometer for any future contract negotiations with ESPN, but I would expect ESPN+ to be discussed at every one of them. […] What will be worth watching is whether conferences who currently have established relationships with ESPN & who have organized some content outside of those agreements under digital umbrellas, like the American, Mountain West and WCC, would be willing to move that content to ESPN+ for an additional fee." (link)
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ESPN3 MBB analyst Adams continues pushing for change to aid the cause of mid-major programs & this time goes in on why the NCAA should serve as a conduit to building fair non-conference schedules. Adams questions the make-up of the MBB Selection Committee & asks why, like the College Football Playoff group, there are no former HCs as part of the committee. Adams also points to a recent radio interview by Creighton AD & committee chair Rasmussen in which he stated each member of the committee has their own system to rank teams at the end of the day. On the scheduling front, "The NCAA should be a service organization that provides schedules for all of it's members. Today the NCAA does nothing in the area of scheduling. Conferences provide in-conference schedules. The NCAA does nothing to assist teams during the out of conference portion of the scheduling process. Every major sports organization has a scheduling role except the NCAA. Think about that." (link)
Memphis MBB has one home game remaining, today against East Carolina, but will suffer a sixth straight year of declining attendance as an average of just 6,211 witnessed 18 home games for the Tigers, a dip of 3,400+ from last year. Per the school's FedExForum lease agreement with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Tigers get an $800K payment if average turnstile attendance is 10K+, a reduced payment for attendance between 6K-10K, but nothing if the figure dips below 6K. Last year UM received a $368,449 check for its 9,622 average. If the numbers fall below 6K in consecutive seasons, the Grizzlies have the option to terminate the lease, but Tigers AD Bowen would like to renegotiate the terms. (link)
Minnesota Duluth and former Women's Hockey HC Miller are finally head to trial this week, more than three years after Miller first filed her lawsuit alleging discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation and national origin. UMD pegged the parting of ways on a grim financial picture, and later said Miller's job performance was also a factor in the decision. Former Softball HC/WHcky DoBo Banford and former WBB HC Wiles filed alongside Miller, but U.S. District Judge Schiltz dismissed their portion of the case and parts of Millers, as only sex discrimination and retaliation claims still stand at this point. Miller seeks monetary damages for alleged past and future losses, including wages and benefits, reputation and emotional distress. Jury selection begins Tuesday morning. (link)
Southern Illinois will add Women's Soccer in 2019 and AD Bell expects the Salukis to play between 11-15 matches that year as an independent before joining the nine-team Missouri Valley Conference in 2020. Bell: "It'll take three years for us to get up and moving. The first they'll play as an independent, and then we'll play a Valley season in 2020, and the great thing about that is, that will give us eight matches built into the schedule, because there will be nine schools in the league. From a non-conference standpoint, you've got SEMO, Murray (State), but early on, in the first several years, we will probably play more D2s in non-conference than we will in conference." The newest squad in Carbondale will play its games in the 15K-seat Saluki Stadium and practice in the new track facility. The inaugural head coach has not been named, but Bell hopes to pick someone by the end of April, as the job closed the middle of last month. (link)
Boston Celtics guard & former Cal MBB student-athlete Brown spoke to students at Harvard on social issues & his perspectives are worth noting as some current student-athletes around the nation likely feel the same. Brown: "I get this question a lot: 'Jaylen, do you identify as an intellect or do you identify as an athlete?' And to be honest, I never give anyone a straight answer because, to be honest, I hate the dichotomy of it. I hate the fact that it has to be one or the other. I hate the fact that there’s no possibility for both. In my reality, there is. [...] 'Jaylen, you’re an NBA player. You’re fine. You’re a millionaire.' Yes this is true. [To the laughter of the audience.] But if I didn’t have the counter space of basketball, where would I be? Just because I escaped the barriers of society, why shouldn’t I think about the people who haven’t or didn’t or won’t? What if I didn’t have the counter space of basketball, where would I channel my energy? Would I do something positive with it? Would I resort to violence? These are real-life scenarios that kids in America wake up to every single day." More. (link)
Also Noticed: Arizona State MBB averaged 10,605 this season, topping the 1995-96 season record of 9,514. (link); From CBSSports' Norlander: "Big Ten official told me that today's semifinals at Madison Square Garden are the first time the league has had any conference tournament session sell to capacity since the 2014 tournament in Indianapolis." (link); Arkansas Baseball set a Baum Stadium attendance record of 13,472 yesterday. (link); Appalachian State has moved a record number of season tickets for baseball (link); The first eight minutes of the Miami-Virginia Tech MBB game yesterday were not shown due to technical difficulties on ESPN2. (link)
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