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#10: NCAA Prez Emmert earned over $2.4M in calendar year 2016, a raise of nearly $500K over the previous year. While Emmert's base salary increased by 42%, his retirement and other deferred compensation for 2016 decreased by $200K as compared to what was reported in 2015 and in the previous four years. Meanwhile, the remainder of his overall compensation was comprised of taxable benefits that are neither salary nor base pay totaling $290,185, about $70K more than the largest previous amount he had recorded. Aside from Emmert, the NCAA has disclosed that 10 other executives earned over $415K in 2016, including VP Championships and Alliances Lewis, who brought in $1.7M. Emmert is under contract until 2020. (link)
#9: According to investigations by the NCAA and Connecticut, former UConn MBB Ollie was let go due to violations including multiple student-athletes working with an outside trainer on campus, an impermissible phone call between a recruit and former student-athlete and NBA star Allen, and Ollie shooting baskets with a recruit during an official visit. According to documents obtained by the Hartford Courant, these allegations form the basis upon which UConn parted ways with Ollie without paying the remaining $10M on his contract. Among those documents is a letter from AD Benedict which reads, in part: "At the time of your hire, the importance of absolute compliance in running our men’s basketball program was stressed to you by President [Susan] Herbst and then-athletic director Warde Manuel. That makes the violations I…describe all the more troubling." Itemized list of alleged violations inside. (link)
#8: Important addition to this morning's email as Central Connecticut State has narrowed its AD search to three: Former Towson AD Waddell, Nevada Senior Assoc. AD for Intercollegiate Services/Special Assistant to the President Barrio & current CCSU Assoc. AD for External Services Villanti. All three will have open forums in New Britain next week. (link)
#7: Bizarre story out of UNC Wilmington indicates Baseball Pitching Coach Williams may have been released from his duties earlier in the month due to his role promoting a dildo as a motivational tool. Guest speaker Cain, who calls himself "the foremost authority on Mental Performance," had also worked with other Seahawks teams, introduced the idea & object back in 2017. Looks like there may have been earlier efforts to jettison Williams, which were met with considerable pushback from the program's student-athletes & even included the possibility of not wearing UNCW jerseys in a game against NC State back in April. No additional comments from anyone at the university beyond wishing Williams well in his future endeavors. (link)
#6: The Fresno Bee's Warszawski says the there's no coincidence that the now high-profile legal standoff between Fresno State & former AD Bartko is occurring as the Bulldogs are conducting interviews for its open AD chair. Warszawski's view, "I'm thinking the university had better respond, because the context and subtext of Bartko's claim is pretty damning. If unchallenged, it will be accepted as truth in the court of public opinion. Bartko was a popular figure in the community, remains so in some circles, and the last thing Fresno State needs at present is another reason for fans and boosters to go 'Hmm, hold up a minute' before buying football tickets or donating to the scholarship fund." Bartko's full 13-page claim form, as well as his settlement agreement with the university, are within the piece. New info including Bartko walking into Prez Castro's office for what he believed to be a regular one-on-one meeting, only to be given five minutes to decide whether to resign or be fired. There's also a claim of Bartko's courtesy car being reclaimed at 6:30am from his house. More. (link)
#5: Purdue Fort Wayne unveiled its new logo, and as was previously reported, the Mastodon mascot has remained, now adorned with blue trim on a field of black and gold Purdue colors. Chancellor Elsenbaumer Monday cited three key areas of importance IPFW took into consideration throughout the rebranding process following community input: keeping the Mastodon mascot and nickname; keeping Fort Wayne in the school's name; and preserving some blue. " When we did our focus group, it was very clear from all the logos and different designs, this is the one that clearly came to the top over and over and over again in all of those sessions. We want to make sure we continue the legacy over and over as a demonstration of our value of and our commitment to Fort Wayne and Northeastern Indiana." (link)
#4: The Maryland search is reportedly down to Terps Executive Assoc. AD Evans, Temple AD Kraft & former Tennessee/Kansas State AD Currie. WaPo's Daugherty says Kraft is "believed to be the frontrunner going into the interviews," and also indicates, "Multiple people with knowledge of the athletic director hiring process believe the McNair situation has lowered confidence in Evans’s ability to lead the athletic department." Evans looks to have the support of UMD Prez Loh, while former Hofstra AD Hathaway was expected to be involved, but there's questions around his relationship with Loh connected to 2010 when he was offered the post in College Park, only to turn it down. Turnkey Search's fee: $120K. (link)
#3: "I am saddened by the news of the recent dismissal of coach Matt Williams, he was a world class coach and an even better person. In May 2017 I used a poorly thought-out strategy with the UNCW Men’s Baseball pitching staff and I apologize to those who I may have offended." That's from mental performance coach Cain, who's at the center of the bizarre UNC Wilmington Baseball story. New comment from the university, "Despite ongoing misinformation and inaccurate media reports, we are legally unable to comment on a personnel action." (link)
#2: In what likely surprised many around the industry, former UC Davis & current Claremont McKenna-Harvey-Mudd Scripps (DIII) AD Tumey gets the nod at Fresno State. No additional comment from the Bulldogs camp other than Prez Castro's tweet welcoming Tumey to the fold. Full presser set for Monday. (link)
#1: Just three days into the groundbreaking trial, Ploetz v. NCAA got settled last Friday. NCAA Chief Legal Officer Remy: "The settlement gives all parties the opportunity to resolve the case outside of a lengthy trial. The NCAA does not admit liability as part of the settlement. We will continue to defend the Association vigorously in all jurisdictions where similar unwarranted individual cases are pursued. It is our hope that other plaintiffs’ lawyers recognize that this is one settlement in one case." Sports Illustrated legal expert McCann: "Ploetz v. NCAA was the first ever CTE and football case to go to trial. A settlement means we remain without a court decision on the merits of the legal arguments--and legal defenses--in football concussion litigation." (linklink)
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