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$15.105M, $4.52M & $761K: Severance pay, respectively, for former Baylor FB HC Briles, former Prez Starr & former AD McCaw paid out back in 2016. From the university, "This year’s release and online posting of Baylor University’s IRS Form 990, which provides to the public financial information about Baylor as a tax-exempt organization, reflects the legal settlements regarding personnel changes made during 2016 and a commitment to open communication as the University moves forward. Baylor stands by the unprecedented corrective actions the Board of Regents made in May of 2016, which included leadership changes within the University administration and athletic department and the acceptance of 105 recommendations to improve our processes, communication, training and response related to incidents of sexual violence within our campus community. As we move forward, Baylor remains steadfast in our unwavering commitment to care for our students and respond appropriately to incidents of sexual violence by adhering to our policies and national best practices while working continuously to ensure a safe and healthy campus." (link)
Former Arizona Track & Field AC Carter found guilty on two counts of assault in the case involving former Wildcats student-athlete Gibson. Sentencing is scheduled for May 14th & Carter faces 15 to 23 years. Tucson News Now's Adger from the courtroom late yesterday afternoon, "During the verdict Craig Carter has his head down. Once the guilty verdict was read. Baillie Gibson became very emotional. As he was getting handcuffed, Carter pointed at Gibson and said something." (link)
Interestingly, the contract for new Louisville AD Tyra looks to include a clause that will give the university's new Prez a window to dismiss Tyra without having to pay his remaining compensation balance. The exact window of time has yet to be decided, but Tyra says he offered up the clause as a sign he's willing to do "anything I can to help" & make sure the Presidential transition is "comfortable." (link)
Attorneys for Atlanta-based clothier & former NBA referee Michael, who is tied to the MBB-FBI developments, asked for his case to be dismissed on the grounds of his bribery & fraud charges being "applied too broadly and stretch the vague language of the law." More, including a note that Michael's role in the situation didn't directly impact an Auburn act or decision, "rather, the object of the scheme was to influence student-athletes in their choice of financial advisors and clothing providers in connection with their future professional career." (link)
Yahoo's Thamel & Forde point to Cal State Northridge's hire of former N.C. State MBB HC Gottfried, while questions surround his handling of the Wolfpack program circle, as an example that little has changed during the current HC carousel despite the front burner nature of the MBB-FBI developments. An unnamed industry insider on CSUN's decision, "This is presidential malfeasance. The school’s public relations release said there were 'no red flags.' In terms of red flags, it’s like the May Day Parade in Moscow in 1946. There’s red flags everywhere you look." Matadors leadership didn't provide the authors with much feedback, other than standing by their hire. Thamel & Forde also note UConn's rehire of AC Moore, who was previously involved in a NCAA situation in Storrs, Pitt's selection of Duke AHC Capel despite his previous NCAA run-in & USC HC Enfield tabbing prep coach Mobley, who has two highly-ranked sons, as a new AC. To close, "I can feel the momentum of this [federal investigation] ebbing away because the next shoe hasn’t dropped. I think that’s a shame. I know these federal processes have their place, but with no additional indictments or plea deals announced, I think people are making some decisions like [they did before]." That's an unidentified "athletic director at a prominent school." More. (link)
Views: The Sporting News' DeCourcy attempts to read into NCAA Prez Emmert's recent comments on potential landscape changes, wonders if the reforms will go far enough. Of note, "Remember, changing the one-and-done rule would deal only with about 1/3 of the athletes who supposedly were paid by outsiders while they competed in college. How would that represent meaningful change?" (link); Sports Illustrated's Staples points to this quote from Emmert, that if achieved could bring important adjustment to the industry, "There's going to be need for us to modify what we’re responsible for and to move some things that are kind of under the table now up on top of the table and say, 'Yeah, we know those things exist, so how do we manage them more effectively and make it work better for all parties?'" (link); USA Today's Wolken takes aim at the NCAA's one-and-done stance, also gets comments from notable economist & antitrust attorney Schwarz, "There’s this weird spot where I actually agree with Mark Emmert that choice is good. I just think the choice he sees as a real choice is sort of a false choice, which is that if you want to go to college you have to give up your economic rights. We see where we could be in this sort of emerging new world as the right choice for somebody who’s academically inclined, but maybe they only want to go to college for one year now and when they’re done with their basketball career they can be guaranteed that they can return. Or maybe they don’t know." More. (link)
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Penn AD Calhoun, who hired MBB HC Moser during her time in charge at Loyola-Chicago, chats on the Ramblers' run, "We had to do a lot on the promise of what the future could bring. The president had to be sold on why the move was going to make sense … A lot of people had to make a leap of faith that Loyola could be a really competitive program, and I think we did all the right things to put our best foot forward and really show what that future could look like." On the decision to hire a new MBB boss not long after her arrival in Rogers Park, "I didn’t feel like my first move could be signaling all the wrong things by extending a coach and perpetuating a situation I didn’t believe in. Yet I knew deep down that if I was to lead the Loyola program in the way that I really felt it needed to be led, that I had to be willing to make those personal sacrifices and have my first actions really speak to my management philosophy." Calhoun also says she believes more big things are on the horizon for the Quakers "because I’ve been building it in all the same ways." (link)
The Pac-12 Hotline's Wilner suggests the Pac-12 needs to keep outgoing Utah AD Hill fully engaged given his track record of leadership & success. Thesis: "(Hill's) knowledge would be invaluable over the next half-decade as the Pac-12 prepares for the pivot point in 2023-24. That’s when the conference will renegotiate its Tier One contracts and navigate potential realignment within the Power Five. Hill has seen it all, from every angle, three times over. The conference should view him not as an outgoing AD but as a future resource, available for counsel on matters involving not only football and basketball but media rights and campus relations." (link)
Outgoing North Florida Prez Delaney touches on Osprey athletics under the steady hand of AD Moon, "Lee Moon has kind of, you know, put jet fuel on it. It’s a much different program than when he arrived and really stabilized an awful lot of things and brought in more money." Delaney still thinks the athletics portfolio is a hidden gem, despite not being in a traditional college town, also notes not launching a FB program has allowed for further investment in hoops. (link)
Maine adds a female AC to the MBB program, as HC Barron hires his former AC on the women's side, Curry. Barron: "She is extremely talented at developing players, especially within the context of defensive and offensive systems. Eddie [Edniesha Curry] teaches skills that can be utilized with frequency in a game. Eddie is also great at scouting opponents as well as 'self-scouts' – breaking down video to find areas of improvement. She knows Maine, knows many of our players and knows me and my style of play." Per the school, Curry is the only full-time female AC serving an NCAA Division I MBB program. (link)
With two years left on his contract, UT Arlington owes recently-fired MBB HC Cross $762,500 in base pay, but, per the contract, has the right to reassign him "to other duties and responsibilities within the athletic department" at the discretion of Mavs AD Baker. Should Cross refuse the reassignment, the school can terminate him "for cause," making him ineligible to receive the $762K. Technically, Cross is still employed by the school and the two sides are in ongoing negotiations, with both refusing comment until the matter is settled. (link)
More Personnel: The Athletic's Davis says Temple MBB HC Dunphy will step down after next season & be replaced by Owls AC McKie. (link); USC Upstate has a new MBB HC in former Tulane HC Dickerson. (link); Oklahoma State AD Holder on the new contract for MBB HC Boynton, "It was just a simple conversation. We both had the same objective. He's refreshing. He's humble. He's unselfish. He's in coaching for the right reasons, so I think he would've been perfectly happy with just what he had. […] All things considered, it's fair for both parties. What I like is the long-term commitment 'cause, I think, given time, he'll prove that, fingers crossed, he's a rising star." (link); Here are contract terms for new Minnesota Men's Hockey HC Motzko. $592K average annual base over five years, starting at $525K & ending at $654K. Two-way street on buyout terms that's $2M in Year 1 before reducing incrementally to $650K in Year 5. (link)
More buyout news as WSPA reports former USC Upstate AD Friere will receive $320K over two years as part of his exit from the Spartans department. Former Interim MBB HC Perry will also get $75K. One of three complaints to Chancellor Kelly against Friere was via Perry's four-page letter that included, "I fear that you are unaware of the destruction he [Friere] is doing with our departments, our community, to our loyal donors and to our university." (link)
Former Arkansas AD Long was known for his buttoned up look, but current Hogs boss Yuracheck is not a "tie guy." Yurachek: "Personally, I'm not a big fan of ties. When I have a meeting that requires a tie or a presentation that requires a tie, I'll wear a tie. And I trust my staff will do the same. I think we're all professional and know when a tie is or isn't required. That doesn't mean a style of leadership is incorrect, it's just not my style." Continues to reach as many places in the state as he can: "It's about having kind of a reunification of the State of Arkansas and really making people across this state truly believe that they are important to the success of this program whether they ever get to Fayetteville or not." Also, didn't accept a bonus for the Women's Track & Field team winning the SEC Indoor Title, noting: "I felt the University of Arkansas is paying me very well to be director of athletics and part of my job is to set the table and make sure our teams have the opportunities for success. I don't want any bonuses in my contract for what I feel is me just doing my job." (link)
The Wall Street Journal reviewed the MBB travel itineraries for eight of the top-25 teams and found that student-athletes spend an average of 42 days away from campus over the course of a season. NCAA Prez Emmert: "It's a huge problem. We worry about it with these games, the tournament. How can you make it all fit and still not be utterly disruptive of that experience? It's hard." The average number of games a MBB team plays annually has risen, as well. Since the 1997-98 season, five leagues have seen a 17%+ jump: Mid-American (20.5% increase), Mid-Eastern (19.4%), West Coast (18.4%), Big South (18.1%), Southern (17.5%). As for the Power 5 conferences: Big 12 (15.1%), Pac-12 (9.2%), SEC (9.0%), Big Ten (6.1%), ACC (4.7%). The Big 12 led all leagues with an average of 34.9 games this season. (link)
The NAACP chapter at Virginia Tech and the school's Black Organizations Council expressed their "disgust and disappointment" regarding the recently surfaced video of some Hokies Women's Lacrosse student-athletes singing along to a song that contains derogatory language. In a join statement, the groups said: "This type of offensive language contributes to an unwelcoming and harmful campus climate for black students. We, as a body that dedicates our effort to the fight for equality of all people, disavow not only the actions of said team but the inactions of faculty, staff and most notably, the administration of this university." The groups suggest punishment for the players in the form of game suspensions. (link)
The possibility of SCOTUS handing down a decision in the PASPA case this coming Monday, just hours before the MBB National Championship tips off is completely possible. Sports Handle's Smiley believes the magnitude of the sports gambling outcome means the court will announce its move on a "non-argument session" with Monday being the next such date. Smiley: "April 2 will mark 119 days since the court heard oral argument in the case, putting the date squarely in the typical range of time between argument and decision day." April 30th is the next non-argument session after this coming Monday. (link)
Also Noticed: The Los Angeles city attorney's office has reviewed the altercation between former Cal State Northridge AD Martin & former CSUN MBB HC Theus that went down earlier in the month & has decided not to press any charges. (link); Fordham signs a five-year deal with Vivature for "reinvestment in student-athlete care" worth $1M to the school. (link); Arizona State FB HC Edwards knows everyone outside of Tempe has raised eyebrows to the Sun Devils new approach: "These people think like I left the Earth; I watch football every day. ... I love the game of football too much, and I owe the game of football too much for me to take a job that I thought I was ill-equipped to handle. I'm well-equipped to handle this by all stretches of the imagination. I wake up going, 'I'm in my element.' Every time I come in here, I realize how much I missed it. [College players are] clay. They're hopeful. They have energy, they have aspirations." (link); Former Michigan AD Hackett earned $16.7M in salary, bonus and stock awards, pensions and perks in 2017 in his role as CEO of Ford. (link); Oklahoma State uses a robot to "zap germs from its wrestling mat." Had not seen this before. Pretty cool. (link); Washington State and Colorado State have a FB home-and-home on the calendar, starting in Pullman in 2022 and returning to Fort Collins in 2023. (link); As usual, IMG College Licensing and the NCAA have partnered to protect trademarks at both basketball Final Fours this weekend. (link)
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