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#10: Texas Tech AD Hocutt recalls when he was on the College Football Playoff committee & showed up ready to play a round of golf at Pebble Beach in shorts. Former Secretary of State Rice: "Kirby, you can't wear shorts." Hocutt ended up buying a $300 pair of Adidas pants that he says only got worn one time because of the Red Raiders alignment with Under Armour. Hocutt also mentioned a department goal this year of getting more student-athletes directly into the workforce upon graduation. FB set to wear red jerseys this weekend against Houston, despite a theme of 'Celebrate Cotton,' as a uniform dispute with Houston couldn't quite be worked out. (link)
#9: Forbes with its latest look at the most valuable college FB programs. Top 5: Texas A&M(three-year revenue average - 2014, 2015 & 2016 - of $148M), Texas ($133M), Michigan ($127M), Alabama ($127M) & Ohio State ($120M). A&M's run of facility contributions will eventually come off the books, bringing the Aggies back to the field. Interestingly, 10 SEC members in the Top 25, but no KentuckyTexas Tech in at #25. Annual soapbox: Someone please let me know when one of these programs gets sold on the open market. (link)
#8: The center-hung scoreboard in George Washington's Charles E. Smith Center fell to the floor from a lowered position during maintenance. Luckily, no one was hurt. No word yet on damage to the court. Link includes pictures. (link)
#7: ESPN VP of Programming & Acquisitions Dawson sent an email to Washington AD Cohen calling a tweet by play-by-play lead Jones that questioned UW's scheduling, "childish behavior that is unacceptable." Further, Dawson ensured Cohen that Jones would not call any upcoming Huskies games & added, "Frustrating and disappointing to us on many levels. Especially given positive interactions our ABC crew had with the staff and program this past week (a great example of how the partnership can/should work on both sides)." (link)
#6: Here's the segment from ESPN College GameDay Saturday on how the journey of notable journalist Maisel, whose son took his own life earlier this year, has intersected with the Hilinski family at Washington State. Valuable watch. Eight minutes. (link); ESPN VP of College Sports Fitting: "I’ve been involved with @CollegeGameDay a long time. The piece that @Ivan_Maisel just told on the show is as courageous and powerful a story as ever told. Continuous prayers go out to the Maisel and Hilinski families. The National Suicide Prevention Line is 1-800-273-8255." (link)
#5: Florida State wore an awesome helmet decal Saturday to celebrate the life of high-profile actor Reynolds. (link)
#4: The Tennessean's Sparks throws a bunch of names out on who might be in the mix to become Vanderbilt's next AD. Sitting: Xavier's Christopher, Northern Illinois' Frazier, Colorado's George, Tulsa's Gragg, Villanova's Jackson, Rice's Karlgaard, Temple's Kraft, Nevada's Knuth, Middle Tennessee's Massaro, Louisiana Tech's McClelland, Oregon's Mullens & Colorado State's Parker. Deputy ADs: VU's Storey Lee, Kentucky's Peevy, Arkansas' Cromer Peoples. Former: Boston College's Bates, UT Chattanooga's Blackburn. Out of the box: Atlanta Braves CEO Schiller. (link)
#3: USA Today's Wolken posits that North Carolina's lopsided loss to East Carolina over the weekend was "the moment [UNC HC] Fedora probably can't come back from." Accordingly, the Tar Heels are at the top of Wolken's infamous 'Misery Index' after Week 2 of the FB season. Four more in misery: Arizona, Georgia Tech, Kansas State & Florida State. Trending toward misery: Florida, USC, Temple, Purdue & South Carolina. (link)
#2: Nine former Louisiana Softball student-athletes have filed a Title IX lawsuit against the university on claims that include harassment by UL staff, a failure to investigate physical violence against teammates & no routine functional strength evaluations. Five of the nine also allege inappropriate physical contact by university leaders, including AD Maggard & Prez Savoie. Maggard: "This is a ridiculous accusation. I treat every student-athlete I encounter with the utmost respect. I take this accusation very seriously and will vigorously defend myself and the university against these egregious lies." Lots more. (link)
#1: Vanderbilt: Longtime Dores AD Williams will step away once a new boss has been hired, but will still be plenty involved on campus as he'll return to teaching in the Law School & establish a new Sports, Law & Society Program. Williams, in part, "A huge thanks and love goes out to the hundreds of student athletes I have had the pleasure to be associated with as the head of this department. As I have always stated to you 'You are the Best of the Best.' It has been my true pleasure to be a small part of your lives." VU Chancellor Zeppos effusive in his praise for Williams. (link); More from Zeppos, who indicates to SEC Network's Finebaum he'll get the input of Williams, Commodore coaches, supporters, etc. to hire a new boss, "I think it's an extremely attractive position." Williams to Finebaum: "I'm gonna be around dude, don't worry." (link); SEC Commish Sankey: "David has been a significant contributor to the success of the Southeastern Conference over the last decade and a half. He is true to the ideals of college athletics, an ardent advocate for student-athletes and an effective representative for Vanderbilt University." (link); The Tennessean's Sparks: "The next athletics director will inherit high-caliber coaches and high-achieving student-athletes in the classroom. But he or she also will face the challenge of growing a shrinking fan base, marketing a football program in a growing city and upgrading Vanderbilt’s aging football stadium." More. (link)
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