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CFP Wrap-up: 14.6 overnight TV rating, lowest since LSU-Alabama did a 13.8 back in 2012. Out-of-Home viewership for the title matchup was 20% higher than any of the NFL Wild Card games or NFL Monday Night kicks this season. (link, link); Average resale ticket price: $439. Down 81% from last year's Bama-Georgia championship. (link); Here are the digital billboards Clemson put up in Greenville, Pendleton, Anderson, Seneca, Charleston, Columbia, Charlotte & Atlanta. (link); Tigers HC Swinney gets $250K for the win, to which NBPA Executive Director Roberts says, "And the players get..." (link); Looks like Tailgate Guys sold out of its 10 tents in the first year of its partnership with the CFP. (link)
The Bond Buyer's Williamson & Sigo write on the downsizing of college FB stadiums around the nation. Ohio U. economics professor Vedder: "My guess is that the risk factors associated with stadium bonds is going to be moving in the negative direction. There will be a general rise in bond yield along with a perception of increased risk." There's currently $3B worth of bonds in the market for facility projects as specific situations at Arkansas & Tennessee are reviewed. More Vedder, "It goes beyond football stadiums. College enrollments are down, and debt is up. They’ve gone on these building sprees. Intercollegiate athletics, which until now have been able to do any damn thing they want, I think that’s beginning to be scrutinized. If I were a university president I would be very cautious about building a new stadium." (link)
Washington state Representative Stokesbary has submitted a bill for the upcoming legislative cycle that would allow student-athletes to be paid for marketing appearances. Stokesbary doesn't expect the measure to pass, but wants to start a greater conversation on the topic. Gonzaga AD Roth: "Until I get a chance to get more clarification, it’s just premature in the process to comment." (link)
Long read from Inside Higher Ed's Seltzer on the impact of the new federal tax laws on college campuses, though some experts still say it's too early to see how everything will shake out. Husch Blackwell partner Miceli: "In the last year, there’s been a lot of creative thinking going on within the development department, the athletic department and the lawyers trying to deal with these new requirements. But it’s just been a year now of trying to get their brains wrapped around them." Withers tax expert Roy: "At the higher end, the law is the same for everybody. The client that is $50 million or $100 million in net worth, they’re not really worried about this sort of adjusted gross income limit on deductions." More. (link)
Could the Oakland Raiders relocate to Tucson & Arizona Stadium for a stop over next season before the permanent move to Las Vegas? Local attorney & Arizona Bowl creator Farhang got the approval from Arizona AD Heeke & Prez Robbins before reaching out to Raiders Prez Badain. Farhang: "I’d really like to bring our Tucson leaders to Oakland, meet with the Raiders brass and show them why this is the perfect Raiders move. It would be totally unexpected and out of the box. It would be visionary in a lot of ways, like their late owner (Al Davis) was in so many ways." (link)
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USC FB OC & former Texas Tech HC Kingsbury exits to become HC of the Arizona Cardinals, owes the Trojans $150K for breaking his contract. The L.A. Times' Plaschke takes aim at USC AD Swann, "An experienced athletic director would never have hired someone with Kingsbury’s celebrated cachet without some contractual assurances he would stay. […] A savvy college administrator would have understood that without those contractual assurances, Kingsbury would be vulnerable to the several head coaching openings that pop up in the NFL every January. He would have known that everyone would be looking for Sean McVay clones like Kingsbury, and he would have waited until Black Monday cleared up before trying to hire him. [...] They should be better than that. They must be better than that." (link, link)
Idaho State FB student-athlete Miller submitted a complaint to the university back in November on the grounds of "inappropriate communication from a coach, a lack of playing time, an alleged assault by a coach during an away game, and the student-athlete being incorrectly informed about his eligibility status." Bengals AC Staggs identified as the coach in question & was removed from his position. However, the complaint also points to HC Phenicie for "hammer punching" Miller on the shoulder pads multiple times that led to bruising. The university says it will formally wrap up its investigation within 90 days. (link)
"Unlike the situation with the Ole Miss transfers, the process of obtaining a waiver for Justin isn’t going to drag on for months. This is a high priority for Coach [Ryan] Day, and it’s my top priority at the moment. I’m confident the process will move quickly and that the NCAA will be able to make a decision on OSU’s waiver request much sooner than most people might think." That's notable attorney Mars on the eligibility of Georgia-to-Ohio State FB transfer student-athlete Fields. (link)
USA Today's Berkowitz continues to keep us updated on FB HC bonuses as Washington State's Leach taps another $150K thanks to a Top 10 AP poll finish & being named the FBS COY by the AFCA. Iowa's Ferentz with $125K for finishing at #25, Hawkeyes ACs & strength staff also get raises averaging 10%. Florida's Mullen with $100K for a final raking of #7. (link)
More Leadership Notes: South Carolina State FB HC Pough will return to lead the Bulldogs for his 18th season, though contract negotiations continue. (link); Lehigh AD Sterrett turns to Wake Forest AC Gilmore as the new FB HC for the Mountain Hawks. (link); Hawaii FB HC Rolovich extended through 2022, will get automatic one-year additions if he qualifies for a bowl game in 2019 or 2020. Expected raise on his $400K base, though no exact indication on how much. (link); Colorado MBB HC Boyle gets automatic one-year extension, now signed in Boulder through the 2023-24 campaign. (link); The San Jose Mercury's Wilner: "#USC close on president (more likely weeks than months). Northeastern's Aoun, Northwestern's Schapiro (both ex-USC deans) on short list." (link)
The Wall Street Journal releases its annual College Football Value Rankings with IUPUI professor Brewer continuing to run the numbers. Top 10: Texas ($1.105B), Ohio State ($1.048B), Alabama ($1.009B), Michigan ($924M), Notre Dame ($913M), Georgia ($891M), Oklahoma ($885M), Auburn ($871M), LSU ($852M), Tennessee ($727M). Valuations for 105 other programs listed with Louisiana Monroe at $6.7M wrapping up the other end of the spectrum. (link)
North Carolina's Dean Dome renovations are not part of the school's current $4.25B campaign and, per AD Cunningham, not going to happen until the campaign is closed, which is expected to happen by the end of 2022. The Campaign for Carolina has raised $2.3B so far. In 2015 the Tar Heels released renderings of what potential Dean Dome renovations could look like, but it will be a while before any movement happens. (link)
Florida Atlantic AD White says a home-and-home with a 'Power 5' school is "definitely something we'd be very open to." Miami (FL) is the only such team to ever visit FAU Stadium and drew the largest crowd in its history (30,321). White: "You figure out years down the road what’s open, you meet with your coach and figure out where do we feel like we can have a decent matchup and then also, what are they willing to pay." He adds that though he is watching what brother Danny is doing up the road at UCF, the process is "also within the perspective of where we are and what every other school like us is doing and what makes sense for our program. ... You’d love to have one where your fans can travel, but it’s also good to be in places that have a little bit of history. I think that’s cool for our student-athletes so there’s so many factors involved." The Owls play at Ohio State next season for $1.4M, up from the $1.2M they received playing at Wisconsin and Oklahoma, respectively, the past two seasons. (link)
Facilities: The Summit League's new headquarters will share an address with a new health clinic at the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls. Combined, the spaces make an 8,000 square-foot facility. (link); Northern Arizona cut the ribbon on a new, state-of-the-art Gatorade Fuel Bar and Nutrition Station yesterday. Located in the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome, it features a 10-ft. bar and a full lineup of sports drinks, protein powders, bars and chews. A renewed partnership between Nackard Pepsi and NAU made the project possible. Colab Architecture on the design. (link); UCF added a fresh coat of paint to its indoor practice facility, which the Knights' FB Twitter handle points out is the first such facility in the state. (link); Check out the photos of Arkansas FB's new lockers from Longhorn Lockers. (link); The roof and walls are going up on the new Volleyball Complex at Southern Miss. (link)
Also Noticed: Updated look at NET, RPI, KPI, BPI, SOR, KenPom & Sagarin ratings, as well as Quadrant I wins. One stop shop to compare most of the key MBB data points. (link); Ohio State's website features a "The People" page, focusing on student-athletes and "devoted to telling those stories with an ideal of cutting through all of today's digital noise and diving deeper into the personalities and the character behind these remarkable Buckeyes you support each and every day." (link); (MR) (link, link); Updated numbers out of Blacksburg: Virginia Tech FB will pay Rhode Island $500K and Furman $425K for next season's home games. Home-game revenue averages top $2M in Lane Stadium. (link); INFLCR adds the Reese's Senior Bowl to its portfolio. (link); Akron will pay Witt/Kieffer $146,500 to assist with its presidential search, $6,500 of which is considered an administrative fee. Elsewhere in the state, Kent State will pay Russell Reynolds Associates $170K plus $9K in administrative fees to find its new prez. (link)
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(NEW!) Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Engagement (University of Arkansas / Fayetteville, AR): The Sr Associate AD for External Engagement will oversee each external unit within the department of Athletics, and serve as a member of the Athletic department Senior Staff and Leadership team. More details HERE.

(NEW!) Coordinator - Athletics Social Media (Middle Tennessee State University / Murfreesboro, TN): Assist the Associate Athletic Director Athletic Communications with all aspects of the Middle Tennessee State University’s Athletic Communications program which supports 17 NCAA Division I sports. More details HERE.

(NEW!) Ticket Office Assistant (San Diego State University / San Diego, CA): Customer service & ticket sales in person/via telephone. Assist the outbound ticket sales team & with seat relocation, additional seat requests, event creation & phone messaging. Game night supervisor. More details HERE.

Assistant Director for Marketing and Promotions (University of North Texas / Denton, TX): Athletics dept. at the University of North Texas seeking an Asst Director- Marketing & Promotions. Resp: creation & coordination of marketing plans & promo, primary focus in Olympic sports. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance (North Carolina State University / Raleigh, NC): Responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of all policies and procedures relative to a comprehensive NCAA Division I compliance program. More details HERE.

Director of Operations - Softball (University of Georgia Athletic Association / Athens, GA): Responsible for an array of team duties, events, and travel arrangements for the softball program. Ensures compliance with NCAA, SEC and institutional rules and regulations pertaining to softball. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics Marketing (College of the Holy Cross / Worcester, MA): Responsible for the creation and execution of marketing strategies, promotional plans and advertising campaigns. AA/EOE. More details HERE.

Assistant Ticket Manager (Mississippi State University / Starkville, MS): Responsible for assisting the Assistant AD for Ticket Operations with planning, organizing and controlling the operations of the Ticket Office; also assist in the management of ticket office staff. More details HERE.

Falcon Club Coordinator (Bowling Green State University / Bowling Green, OH): Develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for Falcon Club prospects. More details HERE.

Assistant Director Compliance (University of Mississippi / Oxford, MS): The incumbent performs activities to assist staff members in understanding & adhering to rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of the University, the NCAA and SEC and to monitor for Compliance. More details HERE.

HEAD COACH - VOLLEYBALL (University of New Hampshire / Durham, NH): UNH Athletics is seeking a Women’s Volleyball Head Coach to manage a highly competitive Division I Volleyball program. Visit for more details. More details HERE.

Associate Commissioner, External Communications Strategy (Mountain West Conference / Colorado Springs, CO): Member of senior leadership team with focus on developing and implementing strategies to generate greater awareness and visibility for the Mountain West and its member institutions. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for External Operations (Oakland University / Rochester, MI): Provide leadership, direction and supervision for Athletic Communications, Creative and Emerging Media, Ticket Sales and Operations, Video Services, Marketing, Fan Experience, Licensing and Branding. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Development (Oakland University / Rochester, MI): Provide leadership and direction for the Athletics' Development Office. Identifying/cultivating major gift prospects.Cultivate/solicit for annual fund, endowment, capital and sport specific initiatives. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Student Athlete Experience (Oakland University / Rochester, MI): Support and foster student-athlete excellence, health, safety and well-being and oversee academic services, life skills, sports med., strength and conditioning, nutrition and sports psychology. More details HERE.

Assistant or Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations (Augustana University / Sioux Falls, SD): Augustana University invites applications for the opportunity of Assistant or Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Event Management (Oakland University / Rochester, MI): Provide leadership, direction, managerial support and budget oversight to Facilities Operations, Events Management, and the Equipment Room. More details HERE.

Coordinator, Ticket Operations (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): The Coordinator of Ticket Operations will oversee ticketing for Soccer, Gymnastics, and Track and Field. The candidate will play a critical role in day to day operations for the ticket office. More details HERE.

Mountain West Network PA/Host (Mountain West Conference / Colorado Springs, CO): Serve as host, producer and editor for in studio segments. Travel to various Conference championships and serve as reporter/photographer. Produce digital content for distribution on multiple platforms. More details HERE.

HokieVision - Associate Director, ACC Network (Virginia Tech Athletics / Blacksburg, VA): The Associate Director, ACC Network reports to the Senior Director, ACC Network Operations. They will serve as the Lead Producer and also assist in the day-to-day execution of ACC Network/ESPN. More details HERE.

Coordinator - Athletics Compliance (Middle Tennessee State University / Murfreesboro, TN): Assist the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance to develop, monitor and oversee all aspects of NCAA compliance for 17 NCAA Division I athletic programs. More details HERE.

Deputy Athletic Director (University of New Mexico / Albuquerque, NM): The University of New Mexico's Athletics Department seeks a Deputy Athletic Director. For full Job Description and to Apply: PI106344778. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director of Facilities and Operations (Florida International University / Miami, FL): Oversees athletic facility management and upkeep to the Ricardo Silva Stadium and the FIU Athletics practice fields. More details HERE.

Associate Director - Academic & Career Counseling (Kansas Athletics, Inc. / Lawrence, KS): Responsible for all aspects of the student-athletes structure including initial visits with prospective athletes, advising of degree and course options, and assisting with certifications. More details HERE.

Director of Finance - Athletics and Recreation (University of Denver / Denver, CO): Director of Finance is responsible for budget, finance, accounting, and reporting functions for the Division of Athletics and Recreation and all of its Division I Intercollegiate Athletic Programs. More details HERE.

Director of Development (Razorback Foundation, Inc. (Univ of Arkansas) / Fayetteville, AR): Responsible for identification, cultivation, and stewardship of donors in the advancement of annual fund & major giving development efforts. More details HERE.

Director, Communications (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA): Directly responsible for leading and executing all communications initiatives as the primary contact for football, in addition to a spring sport to be assigned. More details HERE.

Ticket Office Associate (University of Missouri Athletics Ticket Office / Columbia, MO): Assist with ticket responsibilities and provide a secondary level of checks and balances for ticket office accounting. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director- Digital Strategies (University of Texas at San Antonio / San Antonio, TX): Direct, execute and lead social media strategies across all platforms to advance the UTSA Athletics brand. More details HERE.

Associate Director, Database and CRM (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): Arizona athletics is looking for a dynamic leader that will assist in supporting sales, marketing and development by providing database support, metrics and tracking success. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications (Pepperdine University / Malibu, CA): The Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications assists in the promoting of Pepperdine’s Athletics Department with an emphasis on social media, digital/video, website and media relations. More details HERE.

Lecturer OR Professor of Practice (Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University / Tempe, AZ): The Lecturer/Professor of Practice will teach four to six courses per academic year (2-3 per semester), with a primary focus in any one of these areas: sports finance, economics, marketing, or analytics. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director Development (Florida International University / Miami, FL): Services as a front-line fundraiser for the FIU Intercollegiate Athletics program. Advances FIU Athletics program by developing and implementing strategies to secure major gift funding. More details HERE.

Head Athletic Trainer, Football (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA): As Head Athletic Trainer, Football you will be working cohesively and collaboratively with coaches, researchers and world-renowned physicians to ensure the health and safety of student-athletes. More details HERE.

Deputy Director of Athletics/Senior Associate AD, External (Pennsylvania State University / University Park, PA): Req Bachelor's deg & 12 yrs exp prefer at NCAA Division I level, demonstrated executive leadership/exp in strategic planning/communications, public relations, advancement, & business development. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communications (University of New Mexico / Albuquerque, NM): The University of New Mexico Athletics Department is accepting applications for the Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communications. Apply Here: More details HERE.

Head Coach - Women's Volleyball (Quinnipiac University / Hamden, CT): Quinnipiac University's Department of Athletics & Recreation seeks applications for Head Coach - Women's Volleyball. More info: More details HERE.
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