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Longtime Davidson AD Murphy will slide into the campus role of Senior Adviser to the President for Finance & Operations starting on July 1 of this year. Murphy: "The timing is right. This is a terrific opportunity to continue helping Davidson after seeing the college reach so many new heights. I am proud of all we have done and eager to continue moving Davidson forward in new ways." Prez Quillen: "Jim's counsel will be invaluable as Davidson aims to meet the challenges of a constantly reshaping economy so that we can fulfill our purpose now and into the future." Per the release, "A search for a new athletics director will be conducted." (link)
Michigan State Board of Trustees VP & Secretary Beekman gets the assignment to also serve as Interim AD for the Spartans. Beekman previously served as Executive Director of the MSU Alumni Association, "I am honored to receive this appointment and look forward to this new challenge. This is obviously a new day at MSU and I am pleased to be part of the changes." Interim Prez Engler says a national search will commence soon to find a new permanent leader for the Spartans & no internal candidate will be considered. (link)
Eastern Washington is off & running with its process to identify, vet & eventually hire a new leader for the athletic department in Cheney. EWU Provost Gordon is co-chairing the charge & expects a "tremendous number of highly qualified candidates," adds, "What Eastern has to offer is just amazing. It's going to be an exciting search." BoT member Murphy is the other co-chair, points to qualities like entrepreneurialism, visionary leadership, budget management, fostering a goal of excellence. More from Murphy on senior leaders from other schools, "you just need to look at the depth of what they’ve done." Still no word on if Interim AD Hickey will be in the full-time mix. Finalists group of three to four candidates expected to be narrowed by April 9. (link)
A trio of Indy Star reporters publish on Notre Dame AD Swarbrick's previous role as legal counsel for USA Gymnastics. Swarbrick indicates he was most significantly engaged with USAG from 1984 to 1996, however, "there are significant periods of time within the scope of your inquiry about which I have no knowledge." Also, "Your investigation to date offers evidence USA Gymnastics may have been able to do a better job of implementing the system it created, and I am hopeful that the new leadership of USA Gymnastics will use the information you and others have provided to improve the system. [...] I am not aware of 'complaint files at USA Gymnastics,' but ... I do not doubt that Baker & Daniels would have been consulted on matters related to at least some of the complaints themselves...As you are aware, I am not able to comment on what 'advice' the firm might have offered to its client." One particular claim by former Prez Jacki is Swarbrick "discouraged" the organization from distributing a booklet on child abuse to membership. More. (link); Notre Dame AVP for University Communications Brown: "We have nothing to add beyond Mr. Swarbrick's comments to the Indianapolis Star, which are accurate as reported." (link)
"I don’t even put Texas A&M in our sphere because I’m considering Urban [Meyer]’s situation with three years left on his contract. Talking with [Susan Basso, vice president of human resources] and [Joanna McGoldrick, associate vice president of total rewards], that’s not even someone that we’re comparing with because it’s so ridiculous. It’s the same way with Alabama and their total salary. Take it off the sheet because it doesn’t matter. Because it’s just no value to it. It’s a reactionary type of management." That's Ohio State AD Smith to the Board of Trustees’ Talent and Compensation Committee during a meeting last Thursday. Of note, OSU FB HC Meyer made $6.431M last year, per USA Today. (link)
Rutgers scores its largest gift in department history with a $15M win that will go toward the construction of the Gary and Barbara Rodkin Center for Academic Success. Scarlet Knights AD Hobbs: "It's fitting that the largest gift in Athletics history is focused on the academic success of our student-athletes. Gary and Barbara wanted to marry their two passions, academics and athletics. [...] Hopefully, their giving will inspire others, as we continue to write a great chapter in Rutgers Athletics history." The Center will bring all academic support services & space under one roof & it will also house training facilities for Men's & Women's Soccer, as well as both LAX programs. (link)
USC AD Swann notes the Trojans are continuing to raise money for the L.A. Coliseum revamp beyond the $270M needed for the project as, "There's more we want to do down the road." Premium seating for the new venue layout are "near 100 percent sold out." DRL Group's Barnam on a highlight of the project, a rooftop lounge that will have 360-degree views of the famous Hollywood sign & of the Pacific Ocean, "The terrace will have a canopy for shading and food service, like a lounge. There’s no fixed seating. It’s intended for a younger crowd, more social in nature with a downtown L.A. vibe … to attract young people who may not otherwise come." More from the latest SBJ. (link)
The Herald Online's McCormick takes a look at the Big South's competitive balance against financial opportunities on the hardwood for league members. McCormick notes the Big South's relationship with ESPN & promise to push top squads to the Preseason Tip-off event each season. Only three of fourteen other mid-major leagues reviewed in the piece have a MBB exempt event stipulation in its management guidelines (America East, Big West & MAAC). UNC Asheville MBB HC McDevitt: "Programs in the Big South, we have to play guarantee games and a tournament like that, it’s a lot of money. It kind of checks a lot of boxes for us." Hosting of the post-season tourney is another item reviewed as monetizing the event, selecting a neutral venue & creating a premier student-athlete experience are all reviewed. Solid read that I wish more journalists were incentivized to write for other mid-major conferences. (link)
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With 3-on-3 hoops becoming an Olympic sport at the 2020 Tokyo Games,'s Norlander inks on the new MBB 3X3U National Championship event to take place at the Final Four in April. All 32 conferences will have a squad repped by student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility with final selections not announced until March 29, allowing for those who lost as late as the Elite Eight to possibly participate. Dos Equis is the title sponsor, Twitter will handle preliminary round broadcasting & winners will take home $13,750 per player. (link); Pretty neat interactive piece from ESPN: The United States of Recruiting. Breaks down where top FB recruits have come from over the past 10 years. (link)
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Even more from Louisville as its Board looks to have violated open meeting laws by allowing trustees to participate via video conference & not alerting the public of the practice. Implications for athletics: "The ruling is significant because it opens the door for Pitino and Jurich to sue to have disciplinary action against them reversed if it was discussed or acted on in a closed session. Pitino has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the university. Jurich has not." U of L VP for Strategy & General Counsel Strohm has argued no law-breaking occurred with the meetings. (link)
Naming rights for Northern Illinois' Convocation Center are now on the market & Huskies AD Frazier comments, "We want a partner which matches our visions and goals. We need a partner with a history of service – someone who serves the university, the community and, frankly, the Chicagoland area. We want to make sure we have a partner who understands and believes in what we’re doing, and isn’t just writing a check." Frazier also points to the uniqueness of an RFP process for a naming rights opportunity. NIU Senior Assoc. AD for Internal Operations Cheney points to the financial benefit of securing a partner, "Anything we in athletics can do to be more self-sustaining and self-sufficient will reduce the amount of institutional support we need." (link)
Loyola (Chicago) will break ground in April on the Alfie Norville Practice Facility, a new spot for the Ramblers' basketball and volleyball teams. The $18.5M project will be mostly funded by a donation from Al Norville, with the remaining $1M-$2M picked up by university capital. AD Watson: "This facility will bring us closer to practice space parity with our fellow Missouri Valley Conference institutions, increasing our competitiveness, improving our recruitment and enhancing our athletics program." Project should be wrapped up by July 2019. (link)
Western Kentucky's Hilltopper Athletic Foundation has a $5.5M funding gap in the annual fund pot, despite a 25% uptick in that revenue in the past five years. The 35% increase in scholarships costs for student-athletes during the same time period is to blame, as the HAF fell $6M short in fulfilling those costs in 2016. Last month, Prez Caboni said everything is "on the table" as far as athletics funding and the school's $40M overall deficit. HAF Exec. Board Member and donor Browning thinks winning will dig the Hilltoppers out of this situation: "What everyone has to keep in mind is, there’s a much better probability that you’ll be able to make up that gap if you have success in athletics. I think that we’re in as good a position as I’ve seen us in 20 years or more ... holistically, when you can have broad success, that broad success brings more value than just an isolated sport." The gap could be made up with increased student fees. (link)
Former Auburn Baseball HC Golloway and the Tigers settled for $100K in his wrongful termination lawsuit. Galloway previously had $1.25M left on his contract. AU spokesperson to "It was a business decision so as to avoid additional costly litigation." Galloway: "I do wish the new leadership there the best. There's a new president, there's a new athletics director, and there needed to be. I'm glad that change has been made; that was necessary. A lot of things I think were necessary for the university to move forward. I also think for the coaching staff, myself, the players that have been affected, transferring and leaving... I think it affected a lot of people, and we had to stand on principle for a long time." (link)
More Personnel Notes: Colorado State Interim MBB HC Barnes, who took over for on-leave HC Eustachy, previously did the same for Eustachy at Iowa State. The Coloradoan details how Barnes himself was suspended at ISU just a day after taking over, and cites sources that questions Barnes' approach the leadership. (link); Syracuse MBB HC Boeheim is always good for a quote, this one on former Louisville MBB HC Pitino: "He’s a great friend of mine, and I feel bad about the whole situation, but it’s what happened. Interesting the other three coaches are still coaching. I don’t know if that means anything or not." (link); New Mississippi State FB HC Moorhead Q&As with The All-American's Kersey. The man is ready for more cowbell: "I’m thinking about having one on my hip there next to my headset. I might be ringing one myself. I haven’t really decided on that one yet. If we need a big third-down stop, I might need one handy. I might start ringing that son of a gun myself." (link); Hartford AD Gillespie goes with North Texas AHC Nguyen as the next Volleyball HC for the Hawks. (link)
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The All-American's Auerbach looks at social media interaction between college FB coaches and prospective student-athletes.  Western Kentucky HC Sanford explains that Snapchat is off-limits, a place where recruits can still act like the teenagers that they are "without the intense scrutiny that comes with being a college football prospect," while Twitter is "quite public." Instagram falls somewhere in between. Sanford: "Twitter direct messaging is still to me the most consistent mode of communication. I feel like that's been a really good way of engaging the communication side of things and also kind of, as it relates to 16- to 19-year-olds, it really is their official press releases … whereas Snapchat and Instagram are a little bit more of their personality pieces. So, you're just monitoring what's going on in the recruiting world, anything that's happening officially. You’re seeing what they’re liking, what they're retweeting." Facebook is "the mother's spot now." Utah Creative Director Ford makes sure all recruits are followed on all social media platforms and she and her team decipher trends and favoritism accordingly. (link)
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Florida AD Stricklin points to the need for quality upgrades for the Swamp as the marketplace is no longer focused on getting as many people as possible into a venue. Specific potential projects could include better wifi, digital boards & sound, along with restroom & concession improvements. There's also the challenge of creating a consistent branding look within the facility. Stricklin: "Those aren’t, they sound easy, but there are some challenges to each and every one of those. We’re going to put together a multi-year plan that after we finish these next three projects that will be our priority." (link)
New Tennessee AD Fulmer: "I think I actually have an advantage on a lot of these athletic directors, because I’ve been in the trenches and actually have done it. Ray Tanner and I have actually talked about that. There’s three coaches now, I think, in the conference, that are now athletic directors. I hope we can be of some influence. But I don’t want to get too far away from what we have to do here." Context: Fulmer's comments came as part of a discussion on connecting with new FB HC Pruitt & other coaches in his portfolio, as well as being able to provide keen insights for important on-going NCAA discussions. (link)
Even newer Washington State boss Chun inks a letter to the Cougars fanbase, "I came to Pullman to be part of something special under the leadership of President Schulz. […] We must strengthen the bonds between athletics and academia and we must earn the goodwill and support of our campus community through our actions and our values.  Our student-athletes and coaches must be a source of pride for Cougars everywhere and I will do my part to make sure we compete and act with integrity and class. In the coming weeks and months, I will be traveling around the state—and nation—to meet with as many alumni, supporters and fans as I can, to not only introduce myself but, more importantly, to listen.  Listen to the stories of connection to Pullman and Washington State. Listen to thoughts of what our athletics department does well and where we can improve.  Listen to voices young and old about what comes next." (link)
Interesting look at MBB transfers in the ACC from the News & Observer's Giglio, who asks why there have been 121 transfers in the league since North Carolina last lost one. In the past eight recruiting classes, Heels' HC Williams has not had a player transfer out of the program, while Pitt has had 13. The league's 15 schools have signed 409 HS, JuCo or international scholarship players since 2010. The remaining schools breakdown: Notre Dame (4), Florida State (5), Syracuse (5), Georgia Tech (6), Miami (6), Louisville (7), Duke (7), NC State (9), Clemson (10), Virginia (10), Wake Forest (12), Virginia Tech (13) and Boston College (14). Coaching changes, of course, play a part. Of note, the only four players to transfer out of Chapel Hill in Williams' 15 seasons were all from California and all transferred back to schools in their home state. (link)
North Florida suspends student tailgating until the 2018-19 academic year in an effort to allow school officials to more thoroughly review UNF's drug and alcohol policies. AD Moon: "It was a university decision including athletics. There is some issues going on that had to be addressed that were very critical, and things that were going on that needed to be straightened out. All we did was say we weren’t going to support it and put money into it to make it work if they wouldn’t want to do it the way it is supposed to [be done]." Student attendance at MBB games has dipped this year, as "the majority of tailgaters remain outside of the game to continue tailgating." (link)
Also Noticed: Miami (FL) is within $1.2M of its $34M fundraising goal for the Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility. (link);'s Dodd: "CFP has "rejected ... recommendations" made by Knight Commission to contribute revenue to "protect player health" and increase coaching diversity. Strong language here from Knight folks." (link); The NCAA Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement denied Auburn's appeal for MBB student-athlete Wiley, who will have to sit the remainder of this season. (link); SoFi is now the official presenting sponsor of the Big Ten's MBB Tourney.(link); This year's Super Bowl suffered the lowest rating since 2009, with 103.4M linear TV viewers for the NBC broadcast, down 7.9M viewers (7%) from Fox's production last year. It was also the first time in five years that the SB failed to cross the 111M viewer mark. 43.1 household rating was the lowest since NBC averaged 42.0 in 2009. Streaming platforms saw 106M viewers. (link); The Maricopa Community Colleges (AZ) will end FB programs in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Glendale, citing funding issues. (link); Check out Texas Baseball's new decor. (link)
Harvard Business School Professor Luca & former Yelp COO Donaker believe "COOs should think like behavioral economists." What's that mean? "...rather than telling people about their mistakes and hoping for improvement, changing behavior is partly about changing the environment in which decisions are made. […] So, when you think about the choices you make at work, consider not only the decisions you’d like to improve but also the environment in which the decisions will be made. You may find simple ways to change the environment to improve your decisions and those of others around you. And if you are a COO, embrace your inner choice architect. Your company will be more productive and happier for it." More. (link)
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(NEW!) 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.

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.
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