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#10: The Athletic's Auerbach examines how the First Responder Bowl became just the third postseason FB game to ever be canceled (the other two occurred in 1941 and 2013 due to the attack on Pearl Harbor and inclement winter weather, respectively). Boston CollegeAD Jarmond explains that the decision was ultimately up to ESPN's Ringler, who serves as the bowl's executive director and made the call in consultation with Jarmond and Boise State AD Apsey. With one round of thunderstorms to be followed by a second, Jarmond notes that to continue would've meant at least four hours of sitting in the locker room. "To me, it was a no-brainer even considering how disappointed we were. We weren’t going to put our kids in harm’s way.” Apsey echoes Jarmond's sentiment, explaining that discussions of what the game's cancelation meant financially never entered into the equation. Jarmond conferred with Assoc. AD for Communications Baum, Assoc. AD for Ticket Operations O'Neil, Senior Assoc. AD/CFO Blossom & ACC Senior Assoc. Commish/CFO Tario on the decision to do refunds, plus an equal amount of free tix to an Eagles home game. Jarmond: "I simply needed to do what felt right to me. That’s all I did. No conditions on the tickets, I felt that wouldn’t be authentic. This wasn’t the time for 'read the fine print'...just simply the time to do what felt right." (linklinklink)
#9: The senior leadership team at ECU continues to quickly take shape as former TennesseeVC for Communications/Senior Assoc. AD for Communications Robinson heads to Greenville as Executive Assoc. AD for External Operations. Marketing & promotions, social media, ticket sales & ops, media relations & video services, as well as the IMG College relationship will all fall under Robinson's purview. (link)
#8: No evidence was found by the Michigan Attorney General's Office that former Michigan State AD/FB HC/Trustee Perles interfered with or covered up part of the Nassar saga. Perles previously "adamantly denied" the claims made by a woman who said she was abused by Nassar in 1992. (link); The AG's Office also released the 11 names of Michigan State employees who knew about Nassar's behavior. The list includes former Women's Gymnastics HC Klages & a number of MSU trainers/doctors. (link)
#7: Interesting maybe more so for the actual documents than the comments, here's a good look at performance reviews for Ohio State MBB's staff from last season. Given the Buckeyes' 25-9 performance in the '17-18 season, HC Holtmann received an "exceeds expectations" grade from OSU AD Smith. Holtmann broke down his own time as 50% day-to-day organization & leadership of the program, 30% recruiting & 20% management & leadership of his staff. There's "summary & highlights" notes for the ACs, as well as "Goals & Performance Measures." (link)
#6: The Washington Post's Hobson looks into the salaries of bowl game directors, including the Outback Bowl's McVay, about whom Hobson writes: "Even among this coterie of well-paid executives, McVay’s compensation -- $1,045,000 in 2017, according to the bowl’s most recent tax filing -- ranks as extreme, according to a review of bowl financial records and interviews with industry experts." To support his argument, Hobson points out that while McVay was the highest paid bowl executive in 2017, the Outback Bowl generated the tenth-most revenue, bringing in $11.9M. For comparison, the chief executive of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, which brought in $96.7M, earned just $412K. Moreover, Hobson contends that McVay's compensation stands out further still because the Outback Bowl, "historically, is among the stingiest when it comes to giving to charity," ranking eighth among the 10 wealthiest bowl games in philanthropic giving since 2000, donating $500K, all in the last two years. (link)
#5: Stadium MBB reporter/analyst Goodman continues his 'Conference Chain of Command' series with the Ivy League. Final rankings, based on feedback from coaches around the league: Penn, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Brown Dartmouth. One of the more interesting comments comes for Cornell, "Big campus and college town feel that’s unique within the league. It’s almost like a Big Ten-type of feel as a school." Pro & con feedback for each program included. (link)
#4: Here's a good rundown of FB grad transfers thus far. (link)
#3: TCU Assoc. AD for Communications Cohen collided with a side judge during an interception return & took a hard spill during Wednesday night's Cheez-It Bowl. (link)
#2: A unique situation for two of ESPN's top female reporters, as Holly Rowe and Maria Taylor share an apartment together in NYC, with Rowe's 23-year-old son. Neither woman is in town often and even more rare are the times they are in town at the same time. The two connected on a personal level soon after Taylor called off her engagement and Rowe and her son asked Taylor if a change of scenery in moving to NYC was something in which she would be interested. Taylor: "I felt really trapped. And she helped give me my freedom back." Neat read. (link)
#1: Updated look at NET, RPI, KPI, BPI, SOR, KenPom & Sagarin ratings. One stop shop to compare most of the key MBB data points. We also added Quadrant I wins. (link)
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