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Notre Dame AD Swarbrick says he is comfortable with how the four-team College Football Playoff system is working now, but he's open to at least exploring expansion. "You’ve got to be open as a business to looking at your business. It doesn’t mean that there’s a need to change or that there’s momentum to change, but every business should examine itself and the core elements of what it does. We have an obligation to do that." USA Today's Schroeder sums up the current direction of the CFP by observing: "There's an openness for self-examination -- and that in itself is a change." (link)
The San Jose Mercury News' Wilner raps with Football Bowl Association Executive Director Waters on moves the Pac-12 could make to up its profile. Waters sees a day in the near future where Los Angeles, with multiple new/renovated stadiums coming online, could host more than one bowl game. Waters also points to another key west coast market for the Pac-12, "I think that Las Vegas is essential to the future of Pac-12 football not just a bowl game but conference championship early season showcase you know Washington against Auburn in Las Vegas it seems to me like that is a a very pivotal component to the future of that conference in season and postseason. [...]  And without being privy to any of the discussions I think that's what people are trying to work out is they're trying to make it a game we will have national implications and at the same time not to get into the new year six cycle." More, including thoughts on the complications of moving to an 8-team CFP format. (link)
Among those who remain firmly planted in the anti-CFP expansion camp is Alabama HC Saban, who yesterday reasserted that expanding the playoff field would further undermine the sense of "self-gratification" for players who compete in bowl games that don't have a national title on the line. "I think the playoff...continues to expand to minimize the importance of those games, maybe to the point where those games won't even exist. I'm not sure that is the best thing, overall, for college football." Consequently, Saban posited that such a devaluation of non-championship bowl games would lead to more players sitting them out, which would in turn lead to decreased attendance. At which point, he continued, those bowls would "sort of disintegrate." He added: "Which I'm not sure is good for college football. I'm not really for going eight teams in a playoff. It's a hypothetical question, that I have enough issues and problems to solve without thinking about something that may or may not happen." (link)
Clemson will officially be without three student-athletes for this weekend's Cotton Bowl CFP semifinal vs. Notre Dame after B samples of drug tests showed trace amounts of a banned substance. One of the three players, starting DT Lawrence, told reporters yesterday that he has no idea how the substance could have been in his system. "We get tested regularly and we know not to do anything stupid or selfish like that. That's why this is such a shock." AD Radakovich: "We’re just working through a lot of different variables right now. It’s difficult because we check all of our supplements, make sure that they are legal and things. There’s really no way of telling exactly how... It would be easy if it was something that we did and we knew it was there. 'OK now we understand it and we can stop.' But up until this point that hasn’t been the case. There’s some folks on campus who are doing exactly that, going through and checking our supplements, going to the manufacturer and looking at all of that." (link, link); Tigers HC Swinney yesterday also called for a "common sense committee" when it comes to evaluating drug tests, saying: "I don’t think that’s part of the process, I don’t think that committee exists. I think that’s more of a set process and it is what it is. We’re all at the mercy of that process.” All three players face a potential one-year ban and a loss of one year of eligibility pursuant to NCAA rules. (link);
Speaking of which, the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports met earlier in the month & clarified language on penalties for student-athletes who test positive. "After reviewing data and various scenarios earlier this year, the committee determined that clarifying the rule to ensure student-athletes lose just one season of eligibility regardless of when they test positive would improve consistency and better align the rule with its original intent." The group also created two new sub-committees, one for health & safety around an expanded FB schedule & another that "will analyze medical personnel trends in athletics departments." (link)
Boise State estimates that the cancellation of the First Responder Bowl could end up costing the school $25-30K in ticket refunds. BSU sold about 2K tickets directly to fans for either $75 or $100. The school will still receive its total bowl revenue allotment from the Mountain West, but the revenue generated through ticket revenue will be lost. The First Responder Bowl announced late Wednesday that it would issue refunds or offer free tickets to next year's game in addition to two additional complimentary passes. (link)
ESPN has released the roster of coaches who will participate in the network's Coaches Film Room broadcast of the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl CFP semifinal games this weekend. This year's lineup will feature North Carolina HC Brown, Wake Forest HC Clawson, retiring Georgia Tech HC Johnson, Memphis HC Norvell, Boston College HC Addazio, Arizona State HC Edwards, Boise State HC Harsin and TCU HC Patterson. Brown, Clawson, Johnson, and Norvell will break down the Cotton Bowl while Edwards, Patterson, Addazio and Harsin will cover the Orange Bowl. (link)
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A study conducted by Wisconsin researchers has found that DI student-athletes report a level of mental wellbeing far beyond their fellow non-athlete classmates. Specifically, student-athletes posted a VR-12 mental health score of 55.46, compared to the 45.74 reported by club athletes; 45.46 reported by intramural athletes, 44.04 reported by those who exercise regularly and 41.39 reported by those who are physically inactive. According to the survey's scale, a 7.9-point difference is considered clinically significant. Study leader and UW professor Snedden says she would like to focus future research on the causal relationship between the disparities in scores, but submits that one contributing factor could be the resources that are available to student-athletes. "Division I athletic programs have psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health advisors available to them to support their athletes’ general mental health needs, and keep their head in the game." In addition, she posits that the student-athletes have "resources to support their academic success readily available -- tutors and advisors, study hours. They have healthy food available. They have athletic trainers and team physicians if they get an injury, a sore throat or a fever.” (link)
Miami (FL) AD James did not mince words after the Hurricanes' lopsided loss to Wisconsin in last night's Pinstripe Bowl, tweeting: "Our football team’s performance tonight -- and at other times this season -- is simply unacceptable to all of us who love The U. I am committed to getting UM Football back to national prominence and that process is underway. We will compete for ACC and national championships and I know that Coach Richt is alongside me in that commitment to excellence.” (link); In response to James' tweet, UM trustee Epstein wrote: "While we all know this has been a difficult season for UM football, we have no doubt that that you and Coach Mark Richt will have our program once again back to prominence. I stand alongside you both in your continued commitment! #backontopin19." (link)
Louisville has filled two HC vacancies from within, promoting Men's Soccer AC Hayden to HC while interim Women's Golf HC Young will take over on a permanent basis, effective July 1. Hayden and Young will earn salaries of $200K and $125K, respectively. Hayden: "This might be the last hire that [AD Tyra] ever has to make. Let’s be honest. This is where I want to be. I want to build this thing. I want to take this even further." (link); In addition, UL has reportedly named Arkansas State Asst. AD for Athletics Performance Ivey as its new Assoc. AD for Student-Athlete Health and Performance. (link)
We're headed into MBB conference schedules & The Ringer's Titus argues not a thing has changed around the landscape, even in the face of the MBB-FBI developments. Thesis: "After more than a year, though, it’s clear that the NCAA’s empire isn’t going to crumble and that the economics of the college basketball enterprise aren’t going to be altered enough to get rid of shady recruiting. At best, the NCAA will beef up its enforcement of the rules and weed out the few idiots who were dumb enough to get caught. At worst, Emmert will do nothing but cross his fingers that the NBA will save the day by getting rid of the one-and-done rule, or by making the G League a viable alternative to college basketball, all the while ignoring the fact college programs will still have a ton of money and a strong incentive to do whatever it takes to get the best players on campus." More. (link)
Tennessee Asst. AD for Communications Satkowiak was diagnosed in 2000 with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a liver disease for which there is no cure besides a transplant. Satkowiak says he held his emotions in check until he connected with MBB HC Barnes to tell him he had received the call that a liver was available. Satkowiak credits Barnes for the impact on his personal faith journey. "I don't know that Coach Barnes saved my life, but he saved my eternity." (link)
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)
Yahoo's Forde delves into how Clemson FB continues to keep its coordinators largely in tact & how staff consistency is a key factor to the Tigers' success. On the offensive side of the ball, co-OC Elliott is in his eighth year on staff, fellow co-OC Scott his 11th. DC Venables has been pulled back on the sidelines in Death Valley for seven seasons now. Scott: "The best advice I’ve been given is, 'Don’t mess with happy.' That’s the best word to describe what we’ve got going on at Clemson. Everybody’s happy." Venables: "I’m a simple guy and I’m in a great place. I’m not naïve. I’ve seen guys move up that ladder and it can be a difficult road. I love a challenge, but I have everything I need, want and desire at Clemson. It’s going to take a great situation to leave. I value culture, success, where I live, who I work with and who I work for." (link)
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Quick two-part interview with Vermont AD Schulman includes how excited he is for Catamount fans to experience the new arena coming in Burlington, "They've dealt with challenging facilities for so long." Schulman also points to the legacy of MBB success at UVM playing a major role in creating the momentum to get such a facility on track for construction. (link, link)
UNC Greensboro Senior Assoc. AD for Advancement & Chief Revenue Officer Fink chats with 1.Question's Brown on creative fundraising & creating a culture of philanthropy within the student-athlete ranks. Fink: "The AD being active in our brainstorm sessions is important because it helps ideas to actually get implemented. […] When people hear that all of our student-athletes are making a gift every year, it's really hard for them not to make some kind of a gift. […] We are developing our future generation of alumni leaders that can help be connectors to their teammates after they graduate." Solid 15-minute convo. (link)
Purdue is increasing FB season tickets a touch for the 2019 home slate that features seven kicks, including Vanderbilt, TCU & Nebraska. Some of the best seats in the house will jump from $280 to $294 per seat (without the necessary "legacy gift" of $200 or $175 per). "Other price increases: East and west sideline sections ($224 to $245, plus a legacy fee of $100 for west sideline and $85 for east sideline), touchdown ($224 to $238), lower end zone ($175 to $182) and value end zone ($119 to $126)." (link)
Southern Miss Baseball is moving on its locker room renovation, a space that hadn't received a full makeover since Pete Taylor Park opened back in 2001. It looks like a gut job with new lockers coming from Dains Custom Athletic Lockers & a new overhead Golden Eagle logo from Mitchell Signs in Meridian, MS. USM HC Berry points to completion by the time his squad returns to campus here in a couple of weeks. (link)
With so much gear sourced in China, here's an interesting video from The Wall Street Journal on strategies some manufacturers are using to get around Chinese tariffs. 1) Minimal processing (sending products to another country first for a very tiny change, before delivering goods to the States); 2) Code-fudging (basically intentionally mis-labeling what's in a box); 3) Transshipment (sending products to another country, removing 'Made in China' labels, changing country of origin documentation, then moving shipments along to the U.S. Malaysia & Vietnam mentioned.); and, 4) Relocate (like, the entire operation/sourcing partner). Six-minute watch. (link)
Also Noticed: Here's the NCAA's latest 'Weekly Whistle' segment, this one reviewing Offensive Straight-Arm Ward-Offs. (link); Oklahoma will produce a Spanish-language broadcast of its MBB showdown with rival Oklahoma State next week. (link); An actual customer service response via social media by Verizon to questions about the Disney/ESPN carriage dispute, "Disney is proposing that Verizon pay hundreds of millions of dollars more for its programming. In addition to the proposed rate increase its regional sports channel, the ACC Network, to our TV plans as a condition to being able to carry the networks we currently carry." (link); Appalachian State FB adds a game with The Citadel (2022) & Gardner Webb (2023). (link); Fortnite reportedly produced $3B in profits for Epic Games in 2018. Yes, profits, not revenue & yes, 'B.' (link)
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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.

Development Director (University of Miami / Miami, FL): Miami is seeking a dynamic and energetic fundraiser that will be responsible for increasing gifts through relationships with assigned prospects and athletic constituents. More details HERE.

Director of Athletic Video Productions (University of South Dakota / Vermillion, SD): Responsible for creating video content for external use and in-game presentation, producing live events and coordinating video projects in support of the athletic department’s strategic plan. More details HERE.

Assistant Coach, Football (Brown University / Providence, RI): This 11-month position (3 assistant coach positions) assists the Head Coach in all phases of the Football program, with specific focus on a position area to be determined by the Head Coach. More details HERE.:

Associate/Sr. Associate Director of Athletics for Development (State University of New York at Buffalo / Buffalo, NY): This position will support and enhance the mission of the State University of New York at Buffalo Athletics Department and is responsible for working to optimize philanthropic support for Athletics. More details HERE.

Director of Fan Engagement , Marketing & Promotions - LSU (OUTFRONT Media / Baton Rouge, LA): Planning, coordination and implementation of all in-venue production and entertainment to create memorable fan experiences across all LSU athletic events with focus on men’s basketball and gymnastics. More details HERE.

Director/Associate Director Creative Content (Virginia Tech Athletics / Blacksburg, VA): The Director/Associate Director, Creative Content HokieVision will assist External Operations in the creating and strategizing of video and digital content for Virginia Tech Athletics. More details HERE.

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach (University of Hartford / Hartford, CT): Responsible for developing effective strength and conditioning programs that will produce, enhance and elevate performance for all student-athletes, while following NCAA and Conference rules. More details HERE.

Senior Associate AD - Development (Kansas Athletics / Lawrence, KS): The Senior Associate AD - Development is responsible for the oversight and coordination of all revenue development including annual giving, major gifts, and capital campaign fundraising efforts. More details HERE.

Director of Digital Marketing (Louisiana State University / Baton Rouge, LA): LSU Athletics is looking for someone well versed in digital marketing strategies and branding initiatives. A Bachelor's degree and three years' experience in sports industry marketing is required. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Ticket Sales (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): Position will be tasked with generating revenue for Arizona Athletics via sales of season, partial and group packages through outbound calls‬. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Development - Premium Seating and Annual Giving (Purdue Research Foundation / West Lafayette, IN): Lead the premium sales and stewardship management needs, primary contact for premium seat holders, identify new and cultivate existing donors, and direct and coordinate game day operations. More details HERE.

Director of the Roadrunner Athletic Fund (Assistant Director of Development) (University of Texas at San Antonio / San Antonio, TX): This position is responsible for increasing overall participation in the Roadrunner Athletic Fund by developing and coordinating all fundraising strategic plans. More details HERE.

Ticket Office Assistant (San Diego State University / San Diego, CA): Provide customer service and ticket sales in person & telephone. Assist with seat relocation/additional seat requests. Assist outbound ticket sales team. Supervisor for football and baseball games. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Trainer (UGA Athletic Association / Athens, GA): Supervise and coordinate athletic training services for student-athletes participating in intercollegiate athletic programs for the University of Georgia Athletic Association. More details HERE.

Senior Director of Development, Athletics & Associate Athletics Director (Marquette University / Milwaukee, WI): This position is responsible for raising gifts to support the mission, vision and priorities of Marquette University. The position will cultivate, solicit and steward identified athletics donors. More details HERE.

(Assistant Athletic Director of Development - Major Gifts (San Diego State University / San Diego, CA): Oversee the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation & stewardship of major gift prospects. Primary liaison of the Aztec Club to promote SDSU Athletics. Secure annual and major gifts. More details HERE.

Videographer (University of Oregon / Eugene, OR): The Videographer will be responsible for producing high-quality video board content for all sports within the University of Oregon athletic department. More details HERE.

Director of Development (Cal Poly / San Luis Obispo, CA): Director of Development is responsible for providing advancement and fundraising services designed to increase private support for the priorities of Athletics and the University. More details HERE.

Sr. Director/Director of Development (University of Nevada, Las Vegas - UNLV / Las Vegas, NV): The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Sr. Director/Director of Development, UNLV Athletics, [R0112744]. Please visit: More details HERE.

Head Women’s Soccer Coach (UC San Diego / La Jolla, CA): Overall operation of the Women’s Soccer program in accordance with University, conference and NCAA regulations. The position is a 100% time, 12-month contract position with full benefits. More details HERE.
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