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The latest on Gonzaga's potential move comes from Mountain West Commish Thompson: "For next season, it doesn’t look promising. I’d put it like this: Today is today, none of us can predict tomorrow. We’re going to continue to grow our league. We’ll keep improving ourselves and see what happens." GU AD Roth's stance, "We collectively have not made a final commitment. We have not told the WCC we’ve made a final decision." Further, Thompson says the WCC's move of going to fewer league games & reportedly increasing its per unit NCAA Tourney payout bonuses were changes his league wouldn't be willing to make to accommodate the Zags, "what I'm hearing they're doing, we're not going to do that." There's also the issue of the Mountain West's deal with CBS Sports Network as the San Diego Union-Tribune's Ziegler says GU HC Few has concerns about not being on ESPN as much. (link)
The Daily Press' Teel profiles Atlantic 10 Commish McGlade & her coming appointment to the MBB Committee as Missouri Valley peer Elgin believes "she is the best-qualified person to be on that committee. [...] Bernie will go in there and get very comfortable. She’s very articulate and very direct." McGlade, who also chaired on the WBB group back in 1999 & 2000, delivers some perspective on how she sees the landscape, "A lot of people, including myself, don’t like the term 'mid-major' and feel really strongly about, especially in the sport of men’s basketball, that the parity has really leveled out so much across the country. I’ve never been in the committee room, and I won’t know that until I experience it for the first time next year, but I’m very well convinced that the committee is looking at the best teams in the country. They’re not necessarily looking at the power conference versus the non-power conference. I think we learn lessons all the time. America has seen what’s going on with the Ramblers right now." McGlade will become only the fifth administrator to serve on both the WBB & MBB committees, says she understands "it's very much a pressure situation. [...] It has ramifications for coaches’ and student-athletes’ careers and has huge ramifications for the institution many years after." (link)
Michigan AD Manuel provides insights to The Undefeated's Rhoden, believes more advancing African-American administrators are in the pipeline, which should lead to more opportunities in 'Power 5' AD chairs, "I think we’ll see a difference in the next 10 years." Additionally, Manuel with thoughts on those who compare student-athletes to slaves, "It is an inappropriate analogy around who these student-athletes are and what they should — and most of them are — get out of intercollegiate athletics. There is a value there. There is a return on their participation through education. [...] Many of the things they need and a lot of what they want are taken care of, not just at Michigan but across the board. We need to be cautious about how we talk through what these young men and women go through on their college campuses, which I think is far, far better than slavery." More. (link)
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Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff & retired Army general Dempsey, alongside notable author Brafman, studied the changing dynamics of leadership structures & of all things, looked at the Burning Man festival in Nevada as a prime example. Thesis: "...the nature of power is changing, making it harder than ever for leaders to win the trust and confidence of the people they lead, and that in response leaders need to be more inclusive, relinquish more control and focus more on narratives during a time when the digital world has eroded many people's understanding of the truth." Brafman: "We think inclusion is about creating a sense of belonging, and it's a leader's job is to translate an organizational mission -- whether a military campaign or a marketing campaign. People have to have a sense that their participation matters, and matters to the overall success of the organization." More. (link)
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Of note from Loyola-Chicago MBB HC Moser after the Ramblers' run ended in the Final Four last night, "This is something that's been developing over the past couple of years developing the culture of things, it's the little things that separate us. We don't have to be the most talented team, but I think we're together. But just watching this team grow. The unselfishness of this team, the buy-in. Ben talked about the attention to detail. It's a lot. And I've never seen -- the guys are really receptive to a competitive advantage. And they bought in. They bought in. […] But, I tell ya, there's a ton of love in this locker room and it's very hard to -- it's very hard to end it but there's no end. Like I told these guys, I said we're going to be connected for life. I tell them in the recruiting process, you're not making a four-year commitment at Loyola to play for us, you're making a lifetime relationship. And that's what we have. That's what these guys have. It's a lifetime relationship. And it's not a four-year commitment. And I'm proud of that. I'm proud of that that they used the word "family" all the time. You hear that word all the time with this group. I love that. Means a lot to me." Whole post-game presser transcript here. (link)
More from Teel as he chats with Missouri Valley Commish Elgin on Loyola's accomplishments & what it means for the industry, "I get the fact that, in most cases, teams in power leagues have better athletes than teams outside. That’s a given. … But there are teams … that clearly have high-level talent and are capable of competing. Everyone will have an argument and complaint. I honestly believe in the integrity of the process, but the frustration right now is in the trends you see. Ten, 15 years ago it seemed like there was a greater recognition of achievement." Both Elgin & Ramblers HC Moser note considerable frustration around building a strong schedule. While Michigan HC Beilein believes the Loyola story is great for the game & will continue, Teel wonders if data is trending in the opposite direction for mid-majors. (link)
NYT's Tracy: Why Catholic Colleges Excel at Basketball, which he starts by tracking the success of institutions like Holy Cross, Marquette, San Francisco, Loyola-Chicago, Georgetown & St. John's through the 60s, 70s & 80s. 'The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything' author Martin points to the Catholic faith's commitment to serving immigrants & the working class alongside basketball's inexpensive nature & its relatively small competition space footprint as reasons the two entities ended up aligned. Saint Joseph's MBB HC Martelli: "In basketball, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, rich or poor, city or suburbs. And in the Catholic faith, you shouldn’t be measured by those things — your W-2 or what you drive. You should be measured by your character." More. (link)
Tarleton State (DII) has completed its DI FCS Benchmarking Study alongside Collegiate Consulting with the WAC & Southland serving as the main comparative cohorts. A five-year pro forma would increase the Texans budget from $7.4M to $12.3M & gaining access to the Southland would require $1M less due to travel proximities & other synergies. Six & a half new administrative positions, along with eight new coaching spots would be needed & a suggested per-hour student fee increase from $22 to $32 would aid revenue growth. Conclusion, in part, "Tarleton State is well positioned to successfully move to Division I due to its strong academic background, size, enrollment growth and history of athletic success. A best-case scenario would be an invitation to join a conference prior to June 1, 2018." Tons more. (link)
Forbes' Dosh profiles Minnesota's new Athletes Village in a series of pictures with feedback from some key players in the project. Advent Associate Design Director Maddox: "The main entry lobby is home to a projection display larger than anything Advent has done previously. I'd say that this piece was the differentiator. It showcases everything from video clips of the Twin Cities, live sporting events, and even current university information." The entry lobby has appropriately been dubbed a "maroon-and-gold themed Times Square." Another note from Maddox, "We tried to bring the outside city into the interior through these materials and images." (link)
HC Notes: Xavier AD Christopher stays home, hires MBB AC Steele into the top spot. (link); Detailed read on the financial constraints at UNC Asheville as former MBB HC McDevitt recently exited for Middle Tennessee. (link); Michigan MBB HC Beilein earned another $25K for his Final Four win last night & each Wolverines AC also stacked another $9K. (link); Former Louisville MBB HC Pitino has a horse that's likely to run in the Kentucky Oaks, held the day before the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. However, Pitino still says he won't return to the Bluegrass State, "I will not (go to Churchill Downs), unless (chairman) David Grissom and the pizza guy, Papa John (Schnatter), retire from the (university's) board of trustees. Then, I'll be there." Pitino's partner in the horse 'Coach Rocks' says, "He can throw that right out the door right now. He'll be there with me." (link)
USA Today's Toppmeyer asks "What's lasting impact of football coaching search for Tennessee Vols, John Currie?" Toppmeyer suggests that if Chip Kelly had opted for Florida instead of UCLA, Dan Mullen may have panned out for the Vols instead. Or if John Gruden rumors hadn't run so rampant, or the fan base hadn't been so opposed to Ohio State DC Schiano, or a few candidates publicly turning down the position, or UT Chancellor Davenport had let Currie hire Washington State HC Leach, then Currie's coaching search wouldn't have become a "national punchline." Ohio University Professor Ridpath on Currie: "I don’t think he’s ruined his career by any stretch. I think he can get hired again." Former SEC Commish Schiller agrees: "He’ll find a good position, and my guess is he’ll succeed. I always say this: Leadership is a strange thing. Two things have to happen. The organization has to be ready for you. And you have to be ready for the organization. And not everybody fits every glove. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that fit down the road or that haven’t been in the past." (link)
Baylor Director of Sports Journalism Hill highlights the success of the BU's women's programs and the athletic department's development of strong female leaders. Bears AD Rhoades: "For our department to achieve our mission of preparing our student-athletes beyond their time with us, it is imperative that we have a well-rounded and diverse set of leaders to provide guidance for our student-athletes. An essential part of that is the presence of strong female coaches and administrators." Deputy AD Rogers: "I think it’s so important for students to be surrounded by people that understand them, look like them and have similar experiences. Baylor has made it a priority to have a department that is committed to women." More on each team's success. (link)
Interesting ticketing strategy from the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights, as they have asked their season ticket holders to take the 'Knights Vow' by not reselling their playoff tickets on the secondary market in exchange for only having to pay about 25% above the average regular-season ticket price. If fans choose not to take the vow, their playoff tickets prices will be "significantly higher." Team Prez Bubolz: "We're a destination city. During the regular season, it was a big part of our event experience. But the Stanley Cup playoffs, that's a different time. We want to do what we can to support the hockey side of our organization. At the end of the day, we'll make less money with this strategy, but it's all about what's the best thing for our home-ice advantage." More Bubolz: "We didn't get into the membership business so people can buy and then sell our tickets. We're trying to build a fan base here for the long term. So if we see something suspicious and profit motivated, we have a conversation with those individuals and reserve the right not to sell them tickets anymore." The Knights are also offering a 'Cheer Now, Pay Later' option for fans that allows for attendance at the first-round playoff games and payment after the series is finished. (link)
Nike acquired analytics platform Zodiac last month in an effort to build closer relationships with consumers. Q Division Managing Director Almagro: "I think this is a trend you’ll see a lot of brands with strong direct-to-consumer initiatives taking—building up in-house data science teams as well as strengthening the customer data platforms, not just because retailers tend to not share this with brands, but moreover the brands need the deep data insights for more accurate personalization of their products and services." As another example of where the company is headed, Nike has more than 300 open jobs listed under the keyword "data." (link)
Also Noticed: Check out reactions from the ESPN2 crew of Amin, Lawson & Lobo at the end of the thrilling Notre Dame-UConn WBB Final Four tilt on Friday night. (link); This, from The Athletic's Deitsch, "Per @paulsen_smw: @ndwbb-@UConnWBB drew a 1.5 overnight rating on ESPN2, down from Mississippi State breaking UConn's 111-game winning streak last year (1.9), but up big from Syracuse-Washington in 2016 (1.0)." (link); Major League Baseball Advanced Media is facing a suit filed by former executive Mann, who claims he was promised a 2% equity stake in the company, which would be worth a cool $80M given the firm's sale to Disney. (link)
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Assistant Director, Athletic Communications (University of South Florida / Tampa, FL): Administer all communications, media relations and social media for USF’s nationally ranked women’s basketball and men’s soccer programs as well as secondary duties with football. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Athletics Development (Boston University / Boston, MA): The Assistant Director, Athletics Development serves as a key member of the fundraising team and will develop, implement and manage an annual giving program for Boston University Athletics. More details HERE.

Athletic Major Gifts Officer (Virginia Polytechnic Institute / Blacksburg, VA): The Virginia Tech Athletic Fund seeks Major Gifts Officer, multiple openings, to report to the Associate Athletic Director of Major Gifts. Apply online at http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/85170. More details HERE.

Director of Annual Giving, Athletics (University of Pennsylvania / Philadelphia, PA): Manage, implement, and grow the Penn Athletics annual fund by engaging alumni and other external sources. BA/BS. 3-5 years experience. Apply online at: https://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/32665. 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.

Assistant Athletics Director for Broadcasting & Production (University of Maryland / College Park, MD): The Asst. AD for Broadcasting & Production will serve as the departmental lead for all video production and broadcasting with the primary purpose of enhancing the Maryland Athletics brand. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics (University of South Carolina Upstate / Spartanburg, SC): The AD will have strong interpersonal skills & an ability to deal effectively with all levels of students, faculty, administrators, staff, & the BOT & various community & professional organizations. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities and Operations (University of South Alabama / Mobile, AL): The University of South Alabama is looking for an Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities and Operations. More details HERE.

Director of Annual Giving, Duck Athletic Fund (University of Oregon Athletic Department / Eugene, OR): The Director of Annual Giving is responsible for building a broad base of sustainable, annual support for the University of Oregon Athletic Department from alumni, parents, faculty and students. More details HERE.

Director of Marketing and Promotions (University of Massachusetts Amherst / Amherst, MA): The University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Athletics is accepting applications for a Director of Marketing and Promotions. More details HERE.

Development Coordinator (University of Tennessee Foundation / Knoxville, TN): The Development Coordinator is a vital support role for the Director of Development & Tennessee Fund team. To learn more about this position, follow the job link and use keyword, 18000000E2. More details HERE.

Assistant Director for Communications (The Rams Club / Chapel Hill, NC): Supports the growth and development of The Rams Club through assisting with the production of effective and coordinated communications pieces. More details HERE.

Marketing & Promotions Assistant (Washington State University Athletics / Pullman, WA): Comprehensive strategic mktg and promotions plan for all home athletic events; manage a variety of public relation activities; advisor for WSU’s student fan group; student practicum program oversight. More details HERE.

Assoc. Athletic Dir./Dir. of Student Athlete High Performance (William & Mary / Williamsburg, VA): This position will be responsible for all areas that impact student-athlete performance including sports medicine, athletic training, sports psychology, nutrition, speed, strength, and conditioning. More details HERE.

Director of Video Production (Purdue University / West Lafayette, IN): Shoot, produce, direct and edit video content for internal & external areas of Purdue Athletics. Technical liaison to Purdue Athletics for video production and future multi-media development. More details HERE.

Strategic Digital Marketing Coordinator (University of Alabama / Tuscaloosa, AL): Develop and implement strategic digital marketing plans that generate revenue, engage fans, drive attendance and build the Crimson Tide brand. More details HERE.

Development Coordinator (Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation / Colorado Springs, CO): The AFAAC seeks a Development Coordinator to assist with the Falcon Pride Club Annual Giving program in support of Air Force Athletics. More details HERE.

Director/Assistant Athletic Director of Athletics Development (University of Arkansas at Little Rock / Little Rock, AR): Serves as Little Rock Athletic's major gift officer, along with managing the Trojan Athletic Association (TAA). This position will also be responsible for the success of all athletic special events. More details HERE.

Associate Director, Athletic Advancement (Kent State University Athletics / Kent, OH): Provide leadership to the annual funds programs and major gifts programs for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Develop, implement, and execute annual fundraising strategies. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics (University of Alaska-Anchorage / Anchorage, AK): UAA seeks strong athletics administrator with great interpersonal skills who will embrace the Anchorage community, lead department and the student-athletes of the 13 intercollegiate athletic teams. More details HERE.

Associate Athletics Director - Strategic Communications and Management (UC San Diego / La Jolla, CA): Responsible for positively influencing the external dialogue about UC San Diego Athletics through expertise in communication methods, information flow, media relations and brand management. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics Facilities and Operations (College of the Holy Cross / Worcester, MA): This position is an integral part of the Athletic staff, assisting in the management of all aspects of facility and event operations. More details HERE.

Head Coach - Women's Basketball (University of Massachusetts Lowell / Lowell, MA): The Head Coach is responsible for leading all aspects of developing and managing a competitive Division I program within the parameters designated by the University, AEC and the NCAA. More details HERE.

Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach (Goalkeeper Coach) (#10762) (University of Akron / Akron, OH): The University of Akron, a NCAA Division I (FBS) University is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Women's Soccer Coach/Goalkeeper Coach. EEO/AA Employer/Veterans/Disabled. More details HERE.

Director of Major Gifts (University of Louisiana at Lafayette / Lafayette, LA): Director of Major Gifts works cooperatively with university Development Officers in a coordinated effort to achieve the University of Louisiana's fund raising goals. More details HERE.

Executive Producer, Football Creative Video (Stanford University / Stanford, CA): The Executive Producer will serve as the primary producer for Stanford Football, creating dynamic content that elevates the Stanford brand and tells the stories of its elite student-athletes. More details HERE.

Director - Athletics Social Media (Oregon State University / Corvallis, OR): Reporting to the Associate Athletic Director for Ideation, the Director of Social Media creates, directs, and provides education on all aspects of primary social media accounts. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance (University of Nevada, Las Vegas / Las Vegas, NV): The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance [R0108335]. More details HERE.

Director of Multimedia Integration (University of Oregon / Eugene, OR): The Director of Multimedia Integration will be responsible for creating, managing and maintaining dynamic content that strategically enhances the brand of the University of Oregon Athletic Department. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletic Communications (Campbell University / Buies Creek, NC): This person will serve as the primary graphic designer for the Campbell Department of Athletics and assist with implementing public relations services for assigned sports. More details HERE.

Executive Associate Athletics Director (University Athletic Association, Inc. / Gainesville, FL): The Executive Associate AD, External Relations will provide administrative oversight, vision and leadership for assigned departments and sports at the University Athletic Assoc at the Univ of Florida. More details HERE.

Director of Athletic Communications (James Madison University / Harrisonburg, VA): Position will coordinate communications, media relations and sports information strategies of JMU Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Development & Internal Operations (University of Georgia Athletic Association / Athens, GA): This position manages and coordinates the processing of all athletic priority seating related to major gifts, provides support in managing data, points and acknowledgements sent to TGBC donors. More details HERE.

General Manager of Ticket Sales (Air Force Academy Athletics Corporation / Colorado Springs, CO): The General Manager (GM) of Ticket Sales will drive ticket revenue in support of Air Force Athletics. More details HERE.

Director of Development - Athletics (Iowa State University Foundation / Ames, IA): Join the Athletics development team at Iowa State University Foundation to connect donors’ philanthropic interests with unit priorities and make an impact in moving the Cyclone program forward. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Ohio Bobcat Club (Ohio University / Athens, OH): This position will focus on assisting the Associate Director with the day-to-day operations of the annual campaign. More details HERE.

Associate Director/Communications (Boston College / Chestnut Hill, MA): Administer all media relations for baseball and serve as secondary contact with football and other sports. Will also oversee social media & content generation for assigned sports. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Public Relations (University of Washington / Seattle, WA): This position will oversee the Athletic Communications team, strategic and critical messaging, and special projects. For complete details, see www.washington.edu/jobs and apply to job #153755. More details HERE.

Assoc. Director of Stewardship (University of Tennessee Foundation / Knoxville, TN): Reporting to the Dir. of Development, the role will work with the TN Fund staff, manage, develop, & implement a comprehensive donor relations program. Use keyword 1800000099 to learn more & apply. More details HERE.

Associate Philanthropy Officer – Tyee Club (University of Washington / Seattle, WA): Washington Athletics seeks an Associate Philanthropy Officer-Tyee Club. This position will have dual functions in Philanthropy and Discovery. For complete details and to apply, see UW Hires #151487. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director of Facilities & Operations (Florida International University / Miami, FL): Oversees athletic facility management & upkeep to FIU Athletic facilities. Provides overall direction & supervision in the management & operation of Athletic facilities except FIU Football Stadium. More details HERE.

Managing Director for Athletics Fundraising (Dartmouth College / Hanover, NH): Dartmouth College seeks a Managing Director for Athletics Fundraising. For full job description and to apply: http://www.Click2Apply.net/9gn586qj2p5fh2ft. PI101423969. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Athletic Development (University of Arkansas at Little Rock / Little Rock, AR): Serves as Little Rock Athletic's major gift officer, along with managing the Trojan Athletic Association (TAA). This position will also be responsible for the success of all athletic special events. More details HERE.

Director of Creative Services (University of North Carolina / Chapel Hill, NC): Position serves as team leader of Creative Services, & will establish a multimedia strategy for the Athletic Department, focused on digital content creation & social media presence. More details HERE

Data Analyst (The Rams Club - University of North Carolina / Chapel Hill, NC): Are you looking for an opportunity to drive targeted marketing strategies and accomplish business objectives using data in a fun and collaborative work environment? More details HERE.
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