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CBSSports.com's Dodd looks at the academic issues at North Carolina through the lens of regional accreditation body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission. SACSCOC Prez Wheelan, "It was devastating, it really was. Everybody keeps saying this is an athletic issue. This is much more than an athletic issue. ...Employers want to know, 'What good is this degree if parts of it are in question?' It creates havoc, no doubt about it." UNC received one year of probation last June, with the SACSCOC board waiting to decide how a second year should be handled. While there's been no enrollment drop-off in Chapel Hill, the lack of accreditation could lead to prospective students choosing to go elsewhere. - link
More Carolina as outgoing CAA Commish Yeager, who also worked at the NCAA in the 1970s & did a long stint on the association's infractions committee, comments on the situation with the Tar Heels. Says his main question would be if the university is standing behind what happened in the classes in question or not, also notes that the current infractions group knows the whole world is watching. "I think we have to wait and see what the nuances of the whole process are. Simply because women's basketball is the only one named, I'm not so sure everyone else is out of the weeds." - link
Awful Announcing's Fang reviews comments from Clemson AD Radakovich on a potential ACC Network & what's going on in the marketplace, "It’s clear they’re (Big Ten and SEC) bringing in more revenue than we are and we have to be able to help mitigate that at some point and time, and the network is a way to do that." Adds that he's anxious to hear updates on the topic at league meetings, believes both the ACC & ESPN should be pretty motivated to get a deal done, continues to believe "the really smart people" at ESPN will figure out how to monetize consumers moving to OTT options. - link
As UConn AD Benedict continues to get acclimated in Storrs, the Hartford Courant's Doyle writes on Benedict's pedigree & the steps that led to this point. Long Beach State AD Cegles gave Benedict his first job at Arizona State, says of his path, "When you work at VCU and you work at Long Beach State, you learn things that you don't necessarily learn at Minnesota or Auburn." Tigers AD Jacobs on his stint with Benedict as his COO, "He's very balanced. He's not overly emotional. He's not reactive. I just think that comes with wisdom and knowledge and experience." Benedict says dealing with HCs is no different than anyone else, "Trust, respect and accountability. If you do those things, typically you're going to be able to have good relationships with people, whether they're head coaches of very high-profile programs or not." More. - link
Sports Illustrated's Deitsch with a detailed account of how ESPN handled the situation surrounding former Ole Miss FB student-athlete Tunsil during last Thursday's coverage of the NFL Draft. NFL news editor Carr first caught wind of the developments at 7p CST & jumped into action getting the wheels moving with different parts of the Worldwide Leader. Article goes in chronological order of how the issues impacted Tunsil's draft position with on-air personalities Kolber & Schefter handling the touchy conversations. Also provides perspective & comparison on how the NFL Network covered the same story. - link
More on former Ole Miss FB student-athlete Tunsil as his attorney Farese says of the text messages leaked on Instagram on the night of the NFL Draft, "My information is that issue, in and of itself, has already been discussed previously with the NCAA and there was nothing to it. Once the truth comes out about that text, and I hate to make a pun, but the text is taken out of context. And once it is found out what this is all about, it will be much to do about nothing." - link
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This is great news for those in college athletics who have to check bags when flying, per the LA Times, "Worldwide rate of lost luggage on airlines hits record low." Delta recently invested $50m in radio-wave scanners to better keep track of luggage on its route from point A to point B. 6.53 bags lost per 1,000 passengers is the lowest mark in history & the figure is even better in the U.S. at 3.24. - link
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Illinois AD Whitman continues to be in the spotlight, this time it's a Q&A with the Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette, when asked about how many hours he's putting in daily right now, "I quit counting hours when I ceased to be a lawyer. I’m working more hours, but it’s a lifestyle. It’s been good." On two MBB student-athletes who face domestic violence charges, "...if the allegations prove true, there is no place in our athletic program for domestic violence. It is an intolerable offense." More. - link
Northern Colorado AD Dunn hires Boise State MBB AHC Linder as the new HC in Greeley. Linder spent the last six seasons with the Broncos after also building his profile at San Francisco, Weber State, Colorado, Emporia State (DII) & Midland Junior College. Dunn, "We are so proud and excited to hire a coach of Jeff's caliber. Nationally, he is highly respected as a leader of young men, a tremendous recruiter with strong ties to Colorado, the region and internationally." - link
The budget situation in the state of Illinois led to Eastern Illinois AD Michael bringing in consultant Helen Grant back at the beginning of the spring semester to look at ways the Panthers could effectively cut expenses from its ledger. FB HC Dameron points to four full-time coaching positions going unfilled & his remaining staff still having to deal with furloughs & pay reductions. EIU still hasn't hired a Women's Soccer HC. Michael, "We’re still grinding out the financial details of everything that’s taking place without a state budget, that’s complicating things." - link
Late last week Iowa State WBB HC Fennelly met with the media in regards to the lawsuit filed against him by former student-athlete Moody on the grounds of racial discrimination & retaliation, "I'm not going to deny who I am. I'm a passionate, emotional person, because every day I am 100 percent committed, invested, in the people I work with and I work for. I will not apologize for that. But I am not — I am not — the person I've been accused of being." More, "I'll tell you this. I've had three different players from three different eras call me and say 'Coach, don't ever change. The world needs more people like you, not less.' I've done this for 41 years, and I can't change who I am." - link
Two high-profile Baseball HCs, Oregon State's Casey & Cal State Fullerton's Vanderhook both take exception to the current RPI rankings. Despite being in the Top 10 in some voted polls, Casey's squad sits at #49 in the RPI, "It's so out of whack. You could go find a team in a conference that would be in last place in our conference and their RPI would be higher than some people in our conference because of who you play." Casey points to a West Coast bias & Vanderhook adds, "...I guess we need to change how we schedule. We need to start scheduling Mississippi Valley State in the non-conference." - link, link
When Alabama State FB HC Jenkins grew frustrated with attendance of his student-athletes at study hall in the spring of 2015, he moved study hall outside & placed desks on the Hornets practice field, "My thing is I want individuals to understand that there is no football without education and it’s important." Jenkins & ASU have righted their APR ship as a full load of practice hours & post-season eligibility are both back in play leading into 2016-17. "We can win 30 championships, but if you’re not graduating these young men, are you doing them a disservice or are you doing them a service? Me, I want to graduate our guys and win championships." - link
Technology Today presented by Paciolan, Now Spectra, Ticketing & Fan Engagement
Here's a hilarious, but perfect example of why Snapchat is winning big, especially on college campuses & with younger demos: After a series of snaps where two Wisconsin students were trying to romantically link up, Snapchat created a geo-filter for the occasion titled, "Help Vikings Fans Find Mystery Girl." A number of other UW students got in on the act in what plays out is a pretty funny 4-plus minute story. - link
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Add Hulu to the list of OTT players as the company is reportedly close to rolling-out an offering that would include ESPN, ABC, Fox & FX for $40 per month. But, it's important to also note that this play is a bit different than the others as Hulu is two-thirds owned by Disney & 21st Century Fox, which means the very "people who make and sell TV" are moving in a direction that would seem to upset their cable partners. re/code's Kafka, "The fact is they’re now willing to fight with their customers for consumers’ subscription dollars, which tells you just how unsettled the TV business has become." - link
West Virginia starts rolling out its plans to celebrate the Mountaineers 125th FB season during the 2016 campaign. Executions will include classic videos, some of which have never been seen before, interactive graphics, fan polls, along with season ticket holders receiving a commemorative flag for the anniversary. A microsite has been built for the effort & fans will be encouraged to submit their memories of WVU FB along the way. - link
Developments on where Arizona State Men's Hockey will settle now includes NCHC Commish Fenton commenting on rumors that the Sun Devils will join his league in either 2017-18 or 2018-19, "Although we will continue to discuss expansion, the reports made earlier regarding an impending change of membership within our conference are inaccurate. We remain guided by a keen focus to strengthen the NCHC and helping to grow the game of college hockey." ASU would be the ninth member of the NCHC, fueling further belief that a 10th member would be sought. - link
With Florida Gulf Coast on the search for a new Prez, some university board members feel it's important to clarify who exactly has the right to make a decision on the possible addition of FB, the president or the board. Board member Roepstorff on if the new prez can make the move unilaterally, "That scares me to death." Current Prez Bradshaw believes part of being an effective CEO includes gaining endorsement from the Board on such a huge decision. A 2011 study indicates FGCU would need $90m for a new FB stadium & $5.9m annually to support the sport. - link
Inside Higher Ed's Wexler with a pretty interesting piece on why so much marketing in higher education looks & feels the exact same. Expands & updates on 160over90's book from three years ago titled, "Three and a Tree," which pointed to a review of the industry where "three students of varying ethnicities and gender, dressed head to toe in college-branded merchandise," along with a tree & "two dudes playing frisbee" were all too common on marketing materials across the nation. Marketing & branding leaders discuss how to position higher ed offerings & build trust. - link
Also noticed: Former ESPN college FB analyst Smith lands at Fox Sport & the Big Ten Network (link); We hear all the time about rising salaries for some cohorts of HCs & in comparison, here's a look at how Presidents & Chancellors in the state of Texas have seen their pay increase with the leaders of Texas' six university systems up 70% in total compensation in the past four years (link); Surreal picture as Yale students threw fake one million dollar bills at Prez Salovey during a town-hall last week when Salovey announced the university would not be changing the name of Calhoun College, which is named after a 19th-century alum & slave owner (link).
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How often before & during FB season do you hear the question, "When will our game kick?" Or, "What channel will we end up being on?" Matt Sarzyniak tracks the answers to those questions from the moment game dates, times & networks can be ascertained & has done so for the last 10+ college FB seasons. His blog (link) & Twitter feed (link) are solid follows as he's built a thorough understanding of the inventory picture on TV for college sports. Today's 1.Q covers the why & how of Matt's push, as well as how some potential TV deals could move match-ups around the channel lineup. Listen by clicking the link. - link (length - 10:57)
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