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#10: Looks like Conference USA is moving to a unique new MBB scheduling model that will see programs play their final four league games against opponents in their same standings tier (i.e. 1-5, 6-10 & 11-15). Additionally, teams won't move below tier for conference tourney seeding, no matter the outcome of the last four match-ups. Marshall HC D'Antoni: "You fall into a pod. Then what happens is if you're in the top five, your RPI is not going to be lowered by playing somebody at No. 230 and a chance of getting beaten - especially at their place. You eliminate that. And, again, you have a chance at playing schools with higher RPIs. […] It creates a lot more excitement because the games you have at home are against top teams." Clearly the aim is to further bolster resumes for NCAA Tourneyinclusion & improved seeding come Selection Sunday. (link); The system is one devised by former ESPN analyst & vocal mid-major supporter Adams, "The revolution has begun! @ConferenceUSA has the vision and leadership to fight the status quo and think outside the box. All credit goes C-USA leaders, coaches, AD's, Commissioner. Schedule insures best games for fans/TV and excitement for fans and college basketball as a whole! […] New 'SMART' basketball schedule by EnthusiAdams, Inc. gives innovative/visionary conferences  better chance for better seed, greater fan experience, better TV match ups late season. I was told by VP level NCAA exec this format will surely catch committee's eye. #Domorewithless" (linklink)
#9: Check out the new Air Jordan 3 Michigan Wolverines PE kicks. (link)
#8: San Diego AD McGillis leads off a music video with his department lip syncing "It's Tricky." Whoa, Nellie. (link)
#7: One-and-done Duke MBB student-athlete Bagley walked at his HS graduation last night. Still trying to wrap my head around this one. (link)
#6: Illinois AD Whitman profiled by the Illini Inquirer, piece stars with how Whitman found out his wife, Hope, was expecting their first child moments after he interviewed for the Illini opening, "She was just nervous that with all that was going on that I would be stressed out by it. It was just such great news. Things started happening in a hurry." Another fun takeaway, "We told my parents during the same meal; we told them during the appetizers that we were going to have the baby, and we told them during desert that I was going to be the athletic director at Illinois. It was pretty crazy." Whitman digs in on his family life & the balance of being an AD, lauds Hope for embracing the role of AD's wife within the athletics circle, commonly heads home around 5:30 or 6 to spend a bit of time with daughter, Tate, before heading back to the office. Whitman is also honest on how he's improved from his first marriage, "You have to keep the right balance. And I try not to use the term 'balance' because it’s not really balance. It’s a question of prioritization and making sure that at the right moments in the day, your priorities are where they should be." Lots more, including how the pair reviews Josh's travel plans on a weekly basis & the public nature of the job for the entire family. Good read. (link)
#5: Check out this video from July 2017 of Penn State FB HC Franklin addressing recruits on campus, released Sunday by the father of a current PSU student-athlete. (link)
#4: Tampa Bay Times' Joey Knight is reporting USF AD Mark Harlan will be the next AD at Utah. More in D1.ticker tomorrow morning. (link)
#3: In another big chair move, Austin Peay's Ivey is headed to Stephen F. Austin to take over the Lumberjacks portfolio after three years with the Govs. Official start date is July 1. SFA FAR Collier, who chaired the internal committee, "Ivey comes to us with a plan to build on our students' success in the classroom, on the field, and as members of the community. He is an excellent fit for SFA." (link); APSU says it will execute a national search. No firm hired to assist yet. (link)
#2: USA Today's Wolken with nuggets for on-going AD searches around the nation, says Utah is interviewing eight or nine candidates this week with some 'Group of 5' ADs in the mix, as well as a handful of 'Power 5' "assistant ADs" (I'm sure he's using that title generally). Wolken also thinks it's "super early" at Kansas, that former Arkansas AD Long is far from a sure thing at either KU or Maryland & in connection to the candidacies of Long & former Tennessee boss Currie, "These days being fired as an AD often has less to do with competence than internal politics." (link - scroll down)
#1: Loyola Marymount Prez Snyder announces Oregon Senior Assoc. AD for Marketing & Public Relations Pintens as the new AD for the Lions. Snyder: "Craig Pintens will be a game changer for the LMU Lions. He is a leader, a champion, a builder, and a collaborator who will challenge our student-athletes to be fierce competitors with purpose and integrity. Together with our coaches, he will lionize our athletics programs and amplify LMU’s renown." (link); Pintens penned for AthleticDirectorU on his vision for LMU, "As I take over at Loyola Marymount, Cura Personalis will make up one pillar of our athletics program, the other will be the Jesuit ideal of Magis, which translates most simply into 'more'. At Oregon, everything we’ve done has focused on creating the best outcomes possible for our student-athletes. In undertaking any endeavor, whether we are successful in its execution or not, we always ask ourselves, “how might we do better next time?” The same cultural underpinnings will be a part of our work at LMU. We will seek to become more efficient and effective in every aspect of our work. There’s always a better way to do things." More. (link)
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