D1.ticker - Eliminate the barrage of articles & time-consuming
searches.  Efficient D1 athletics news in a daily email.
D1.ticker Powered by Learfield
#10: Florida AD Stricklin adds to his executive leadership team in a strong way with the hire of former Auburn AD Jacobs as the new Executive Assoc. AD in Gainesville. The quintessential 'Auburn Man' has roots in the Sunshine State having gone to high school in Jacksonville. Jacobs: "Some people are fortunate to say they are coming home once in their careers, now I am lucky enough to say it twice." Stricklin: "His character, vision, experience and ability to connect with people will be tremendous assets to our department. Additionally, having served in a leadership role in the SEC, Jay understands the great privilege and responsibility we have as a member of this wonderful conference." (link); Another notable high-level move is Austin Peay VP for Advancement, Communications & Strategic Initiatives van der Merwe, who also previously served as the Govs AD, heading to Arizona as COO. Wildcats AD Heeke & van der Merwe worked together at Central Michigan & the new COO will help with the day-to-day running of the department. Also of note in Tucson is the ascension of former Senior Assoc. AD for Major Gifts Barnes to Executive Assoc. AD with additional oversight of Academic & Life Skills, in addition to Development. (link)
#9: Jackson State is set to announce Prairie View A&M AD Robinson as its next AD, according to the Clarion Ledger. Robinson, a Jackson native, has served as Prairie View A&M's AD since 2013. He worked as JSU's assistance compliance director in 2007 and also spent a year as the SWAC's assistant commissioner for compliance. JSU spokesperson Greenleaf has indicated that Prez Bynum has no comment at this time. (link)
#8: Harlan's announced hire came on the same day Utah said goodbye to 31-year boss Hill, who rode a Utes-branded bus away from the Huntsman Center (hopefully straight to the beach). Simple words from Hill, "Thank you. Love you guys." Good photo series here. (link)
#7: espnW's Junod goes deep in recounting time he spent with Auburn Softball during the 2017 season, before then-HC Myers & the rest of the AU staff departed after the '17 campaign. Lots of interesting stuff here, tough to narrow down into a simple clip, but here's an example, "Some of the players had obtained evidence that they indeed had seen something they thought they'd seen, and now some were crying. They were passing phones back and forth and clapping their hands over their mouths in shock or bursting into angry and heartbroken tears when they saw what was on the screen. But what was on the screen? What could be on the screen? I had not a clue; I ascribed what I was witnessing to the incendiary power of gossip in close quarters. Then I settled down to watch Auburn play Florida in softball. […] I didn't understand when Coach gathered his players together and marched them back to the bus as one. I didn't understand when, even as her teammates climbed onto the bus, the player I'd identified either as an enigma or an outcast remained far apart from them, furiously using her phone. I didn't understand even when, on the plane back home, Coach went up and down the aisle, forbidding his players from using their phones and going on social media. I didn't understand until three days later, when Corey Myers resigned because, as he explained in a statement, 'it became clear to me that my relationship with my family needs to be my top priority right now.'" Lots, lots more. (link)
#6: Recently dismissed Eastern Washington Volleyball HC King tells some of his side of the story, goes hardline right out of the gates, "Lynn was only there a week before this happened. I wrote Lynn an email … that I would like to have a conversation. She never once heard my side of the story. She never asked. A lot of people in my industry are scratching their heads and they said it sounds like the new AD wanted to do her own thing and get her own people in there. That’s just an easy out." Additional details around an alleged $300 cash payment to a student-athlete for her camp work includes thin walls in the EWU department allowing King to hear some of AD Hickey's conversations about the matter, a confrontation with the student-athlete in question before a strength workout, Title IX coordinator Lamoureaux noting the student-athlete's story never changed & disagreement of who knew what & when. Lots more. (link)
#5: Note: I don't think Kansas's 247Sports outlet really has any idea who's in the mix to become the next AD for the Jayhawks, but that certainly hasn't stopped considerable speculation. The newest 'hot board' reviews the possibilities of Arkansas State AD Mohajir, former Arkansas boss Long, Oklahoma Senior Assoc. AD for External Mossman, Northern Illinois AD Frazier, Ole Miss boss Bjork, UCF's White, Colorado State AD Parker, Florida Executive Assoc. AD for Internal Veatch, Cincinnati AD Bohn, Memphis boss Bowen & KU Interim AD Lester. Each gets a "one-line summary," "one-line concern," "why he fits," & "contract details." (link)
#4: Luck Exits: "I’ll tell you what I told Mark Emmert. I called him last week and said, 'Mark, this is a great opportunity.' I really wanted to take advantage of it. There’s no reflection on any discontent I may have with college athletics. I’m a huge college fan, in the sense of what college athletics does for almost 500,000 student-athletes. The enterprise of college athletics is healthy, quite honestly. There’s challenges, to be sure, whether that’s courts or the Rice Commission. Certainly lots of work to do, but by and large, it’s a healthy enterprise, and this move is all about the XFL and in no way reflects any negative feelings I may have about the NCAA. Mark Emmert and the staff there, people I worked with, are really doing great work." On his time in Indy, "We’re not without fault at the NCAA, but it’s a very healthy enterprise. I oversaw regulatory, and I can walk away satisfied with the different approach we’ve begun to take. Amidst all the conflicting constituencies that exist in college athletics on the regulatory side, we’ve got to focus on the student-athlete." More as The Athletic's Vannini gets a Q&A with Luck. (link); Luck to Yahoo's Forde, "Things move slowly at the NCAA. It is a big institutional tanker that is hard to turn around. But at the end of the day, college athletics is healthy and it will change in ways it needs to. That’s happening — out of all the competing interests, the first and foremost interest is now the student-athlete. American parents, cutting across all demographic lines, still think getting a scholarship is one of the great things in the world for their sons and daughters." (link)
#3: Texas AD Del Conte has announced two new high-level hires in former Nebraska AD Eichorst and TCU Assoc. AD for Marketing and Licensing Martin. Martin will oversee external matters, such as marketing, media relations and UT's relationship with the Longhorn Network and IMG while Eichorst will handle internal matters, including oversight of the business office, HR and policy and procedure. In Martin, with whom Del Conte worked at TCU, the Texas AD says he has someone "who knows what I want," especially as it pertains to enhancing the gameday experience. "I know what we did at TCU. Can we do that on a grander scale at Texas?" The hires are part of an overall restructuring that includes transitioning longtime administrator Plonsky to a new role as Del Conte's "chief of staff," with duties that will include oversight of all student services, such as academic support and nutrition. The restructuring will also result in roughly 44 full-time positions within the department being laid off and not replaced, reducing the number of full-time staffers from 429 to 385. For comparison, UT and Oklahoma have roughly the same number of student-athletes, but OU has 268 full-time staff members. (linklink)
#2: Texas AD Del Conte has confirmed the layoffs of at least 13 staffers described by a source as "rank and file" employees within the department. UT has not indicated a proximate cause for the layoffs, but Del Conte has alluded to the athletic departments' size, comparing it to a "battleship," adding: “These are good people. It’s hard for me to look at a piece of paper and say, ‘That’s just a name.’ I understand the expectations placed on coaches. But we’re talking about staff. They’re good people. They have families. These types of decisions are always difficult. But my job is to create the most efficient department I can for the betterment of our student-athletes and coaches." UT reportedly has 448 full-time staff members with an aggregate base salary total of roughly $47.3M. (link)
#1: Auburn: AD Greene has decided to part ways with six senior staffers, including Chief Communications Officer Swift, Senior Assoc ADs Hill and Mines, SWA Jenkins and Chief Revenue Officer McBride. Of those let go, Swift was the longest-tenured, having joined AU in 1994. (link); Meanwhile, MBB HC Pearl has agreed to an extension with the school through the 2022-23 season. In announcing the extension, Greene cited Pearl's "holistic approach" to developing student-athletes and "adhering to the mission of Auburn University as an institution of higher learning." Auburn has led the SEC over the past five years with 18 graduates and three years of perfect APR scores. (link); To Yahoo columnist Eisenberg, Pearl's extension is indicative that the FBI's recent probe into MBB has not stimulated any change within the sport. Eisenberg takes particular exception with Pearl's unwillingness to speak with the law firm Auburn tapped to conduct an internal investigation last fall, citing that "ESPN reported that university officials advised him his job would be in jeopardy if he continued not to cooperate. Only seven months later, Pearl has a contract extension and Auburn appears poised to stand by him barring new information emerging." (link)
@D1ticker |

Copyright © 2018 D1.ticker, All rights reserved.