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Buffalo Prez Tripathi goes with Memphis Deputy AD Alnutt as the new AD for the Bulls. Tripathi: "Throughout this national search, he demonstrated a keen understanding of the significant role a competitive athletics program plays in the overall success of a public institution of higher education and a clear commitment to ensuring the finest student-athlete experience through the core values of academic and competitive achievement. Mark is driven, innovative and thoughtful, and I have every confidence he will help the UB athletics program realize its full potential, competing with the very best in the nation." Alnutt pointed to the "positive trajectory" of the department, "prideful alumni" & the greater Buffalo marketplace as reasons he was interested in the opening. (link); Here's video of the full presser. (link)
The BIG EAST rolls out its recommendations for change to better the hoops landscape, pushes the NCAA & NBA to consider a "none or two" model where student-athletes who make it to college have to stick for at least two year before they can be drafted. Centralized control of the summer recruiting circuit, all shoe & apparel monies paid to HCs should run through the school coffers, stricter enforcement & a unit specifically dedicated to elite prospective student-athletes. There's also this key piece, "Collaboration with USA Basketball, the sport’s national governing body, to improve the organizational structure and standards for pre-collegiate, non-scholastic basketball." More. (link - release, link - full report)
Louisville: Interim AD Tyra covers his MBB HC search now that it's official Interim HC Padgett won't be the longterm solution for the Cards. "Surreal" continues to be the word that comes to mind as Tyra discusses the high-profile search process while also saying the permanent AD should get to make the decision & a near-universal belief here in the Derby City that Tyra will be named to the post. Either way, given the needed timing on the MBB hire, there has to be clarity on the AD chair very soon. Overall, Tyra does not expect the current turmoil around MBB to significantly impact the caliber of leader the university can attract & pay as he says quite directly, "We have a $100-plus million annual budget in athletics." (link); Sports Illustrated's McCann & Wertheim review U of L's contract with Adidas, notes language that would give Three Stripes the right to reduce its payment by 50% due to NCAA probation, the vagueness of "activation investments" that are worth $3M, more. (link); Louisville Board of Trustees chair Grissom said in a radio interview from back in January that he believes the 'Power 5' will eventually "peel off" from the NCAA & that further legal action by former AD Jurich "could happen." (link); Former Cards MBB HC Pitino continues to profess his innocence, this time in a WaPo piece. (link)
Mountain West boss Thompson says Nevada advancing to the MBB Tourney Sweet 16 is a credit to the league's coaches for strategic scheduling & pegs the Wolf Pack as "almost the poster child for what you should do in terms of scheduling." Thompson believes 12 true road wins are also a key part of the at-large story for HC Musselman's squad, "It's very difficult to get home games. So, you have to be willing to go in the multi-team events and play on the road and give yourself an opportunity to get some marquee wins." (link)
Illinois State AD Lyons chats with 1.Question's Brown on maintaining a strong and stable financial portfolio throughout a tumultuous budgetary period within the state. Lyons points to relationships with faculty and staff on campus and how combining success in athletics and academics has helped to strengthen the financial model used by the Redbirds. Efficient & valuable 10-minute listen. (link)
UMBC VP of Institutional Advancement Simmons: "Last week the word I used was acceleration. Now it is acceleration cubed." Local sports marketing leader Berger believes the Retrievers are likely to get a naming rights sponsor for its still new $85M Event Center, "They've got to get on the phone now. This is an immediate world we live in and they have an immediate opportunity. The win gave them a new story to tell; it's laid out for them. You only hope for things like this to happen." More Simmons, as he talked to a peer at Florida Gulf Coast at length earlier in the week, "I think because of [President] Freeman Hrabowski and our reputation, we can use this opportunity to tell our story. I was also reminded that the NCAA is a national and also international phenomenon. We need to make sure we tell our story and pull all the levers." (link)
The Deseret News' Robinson argues BYU needs to strongly consider moving its hoops programs out of the West Coast Conference as "the WCC is already a weak league with small schools and small gyms and no prospect of better days." Given the Cougars' financial resources, Robinson believes it should "own the league," which hasn't exactly happened of late. Believes transitioning to the Mountain West would be an improvement. Interestingly, not once are the words "football," "TV" or "rights" mentioned by Robinson. (link)
Tailgate Guys add Stanford to its cohort of clients "to provide hassle-free tailgate packages...during home football games." Tailgate Guys CEO Duffey: "No stone was left unturned in this process. Everyone involved on both teams really did a deep dive while exploring the possibilities. Of course we’re pumped to expand to a new conference, a new state and a new coast, but we’re just as excited to work with the savvy team that represents the marquee brand at Stanford." (link, link)
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ESPN College GameDay is headed to Arlington for the NFL Draft next month as coverage of the event continues to multiply. Additionally, ESPN2 will air the GameDay crew chatting all day about selections from strictly a collegiate point of view. EVP for Programming & Scheduling Magnus: "ESPN has presented the NFL Draft for nearly 40 years and we take great pride in finding new and exciting ways to continue to elevate and differentiate our coverage. The draft is the perfect intersection of college football and the NFL, so giving fans the opportunity to experience Round 1 through the lens of College GameDay makes perfect sense." (link)
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More on the sport cuts at Eastern Michigan - which, as a correction from our clip yesterday does not include Women's Swim & Dive - as Eagles AD Wetherbee notes, "I thought I’d have an opportunity for a couple years to get our revenues stronger and see. I had an idea this could be a possibility, but I just didn’t think it would happen this quickly. And I don’t think the president did, either. In hindsight, maybe I would pass on this (job) to not have to go through this." An initial plan by the university had the announcement of the move waiting until late April, an idea Wetherbee shot down in order to be fair to the coaches, student-athletes & recruits impacted, "I couldn’t walk around here for a month lying about something I knew was coming." (link); On if FB was ever considered as part of the $2.4M budget reduction, Wetherbee, "They are not a black hole. They are helping us. They help our basketball program, they help our rowing program. They help all the others. Our university can benefit from this. I have been trying to preach on the fact that let's look at the real numbers. Let's not look off some NCAA form that was sent out. That's not real. What I stare at every day is real." (link)
Iowa State AD Pollard announces plans for the Cyclones to push $1M back to the Financial Aid Office for degree completion grants. Pollard: "There’s a lot of hardship. There’s hardship where a student… is in a tough spot and can’t pay for school." Student Government Prez West: "One million dollars for the students of Iowa State University. It is days like today that make our time in Student Government worth it." Sounds like more is coming today on the topic. (link)
Former Cincinnati Volleyball student-athlete Ifeanyi has filed a lawsuit against former Bearcats HC Alvey & Executive Senior Assoc. AD/SWA McKinley on the grounds of racial discrimination & sexual discrimination/harassment in connection to her dismissal from the program in June of 2017. Specifically, Ifeanyi says she was pressured to remove pictures from her Instagram feed that UC leadership deemed "too sexy," though others on the program were not instructed to do the same. Exiting the team meant having to sit a year for transfer rules, Ifeanyi equates to "lost earning capacity." More. (link)
Super interesting account of how the Chicago Bulls' social/digital media team coordinates efforts throughout a gameday, which can include a 16-hour haul from beginning to end. The piece begins by outline the role of nearly the entire team, one that's doubled in numbers in just the last two years. Continues by covering the tracks of Social Media Coordinator Brown throughout her day, jumping from one assignment to the next as the Bulls' brand is captured & shared across a myriad of digital platforms. "Can we make a GIF of that?" is a common question. Getting the creative community of the Windy City to chip in on neat ideas & execution is also a key part of the story. Pretty long read, but worth it. (link)
The first 24 hours for new Memphis MBB HC Hardaway included a healthy dose of media interviews & engagements, notes that he's the first collegiate HC ever who had a signature Nike shoe as a player, "This is history for college, so Nike is really overly excited about that and they’re willing to do a lot of great things for the university." Hardaway also mentioned wanting to have former SMU/Kansas/NBA HC Brown involved in the Tigers program as much as possible. More. (link); The first 24 over in Oxford for new Ole Miss boss Davis brings respect for FB HCs/ACs who are headed to lead a new program, but stick around to assist through bowl/Playoff prep. Davis: "I have so much respect for Kirby Smart, for Jeremy Pruitt and they’re dealing with 100-something guys and 13 coaches. We’re pouring into recruiting, up late and trying to do all the things that you’re doing. It was an experience. I’ve done it all in my college career and to have two programs like that. It was fun, it was exciting. I wish this chapter could have gone on, but ... I’m looking forward to turning my attention to Ole Miss basketball." (link)
More Personnel: No link, but AAC CFO Ziady gets Senior Assoc. Commish added to his title; Cincinnati AD Bohn now officially in queue to hire a new WBB HC. (link); Missouri State AD Moats selects Tennessee State HC Ford to take over the Bears MBB program. (link); Arizona MBB HC Miller says he's not going to Pittsburgh. (link); Same with South Carolina WBB HC Staley & her alma mater, Virginia. (link); Colorado State AD Parker is reportedly done with his MBB HC interviews, but no announcement on the selection yet. (link); Looks like Incarnate Word AD Wickstrom is set to hire Carroll College (NAIA) HC Cunningham to lead his MBB side. (link); San Jose State Women's Soccer HC Hanson inks a five-year contract extension. (link)
The Spokesman-Review's Allen profiles former UTSA/current Eastern Washington Interim AD Hickey and her influence in raising the bar for women's sports. Hickey recounts obstacles she faced when coaching women's basketball and having to choose between being the WBB HC and SWA at Texas A&M, as she had served the Aggies on the sidelines and in administration for several years. She chose SWA, noting "It was like a death in the family. Your heart was broken, but you had to move on. It took me five years to get over it. … that was a piece of me that I had given up. ... I feel that God has a plan for all of us in our lives, but I feel I could still run a basketball practice." (link)
North Carolina Central AD McCree spoke yesterday at the Chapel Hill Sports Club monthly meeting, admitting that the first job she held in college was as an equipment manager and game day operator for gymnastics and basketball at George Washington, and that she was "just trying to keep my pocket change, but didn't really know I was learning the ins and outs of athletics administrations and game day operations." McCree, who has lead the Eagles since 2008 and has earned 2014 NCAA D1 FCS Administrator of the Year Award from Women Leaders in College Sports and most recently named the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year by NACDA, credits LeRoy T. Walker - the first African American president of the U.S. Olympic Committee - for convincing her to change her major from sociology to recreation and administration, and the rest is history. CHS Club Prez Chacos calls McCree a "total stud." More from Chacos: "I think donors, I think fans, I think people want to see women in leadership positions, and I think it’s going to be people like Dr. McCree leading the way for future growth and women in college athletics." (link)
Georgia has HappyOrNot terminals at Foley Field ready for fans to provide instant feedback on their gameday experiences during this weekend's baseball series against South Carolina. Executive Assoc. AD Brooks: "This is the first step at analyzing and improving our customer experience at our athletic venues. We are able to get instant feedback from multiple locations throughout the stadium. We want our fans to have a positive experience when they come out to support the Bulldogs. One of our goals for Georgia Athletics is to have the best customer service in all of sports. In order to get there, we must analyze everything we do." HappyOrNot allows clients to "pinpoint responses to specific locations as well as compare reviews of restrooms and concessions throughout a venue." The Dawgs are the first NCAA school to implement the system and hope to have the technology in all sporting venues in time for upcoming seasons. (link)
Sports Illustrated's Fischer: "'Gray Became the New Black': How College Basketball Jerseys Went Platinum." Nike Basketball's Product Dir. for Uniforms Smith: "[College basketball programs] were focused on recruiting and trying to bring interest. That's kind of where the black trend started. ... It's always just about finding what's next. What's going to be the future?" After the NBA dress code was instituted in 2005, black unis received pushback, "too polarizing" ... "not our team color." In 2012 Nike debuted the Hyper Elite Platinum jersey for nine high profile programs that didn't have silver in their logos, including Syracuse, Duke, Florida and Arizona. Since then, the gray trend has continued. Texas A&M Asst. AD for Men's Basketball Warden: "Gray allows you to have a home alternate. It doesn’t affect the visitors and it’s not flashy." Under Armour's Senior Design Director: "A uniform isn't just a uniform anymore. It's also a fashion statement." (link)
CBS Exec. Producer Bryant on why the network shows children crying in the stands after NCAA Tourney losses: "It’s part of the drama and the storytelling of the tournament. It’s part of the emotion. We try to capture the emotion and we try to strike that right balance. We show happy kids, we show sad kids, we show happy adults, we show players that are happy, we show players that are sad, crying on the benches or on the floor. We do our best, throughout all of these games, throughout the tournament, to strike that proper balance." (link)
Also Noticed: Though Oklahoma State is mum on the details, it looks like construction of a new baseball stadium in Stillwater is underway. HC Holliday: "It's a game-changer, man. It's got a chance to revitalize our position in the landscape of college baseball." (link); The Las Vegas Raiders Stadium, also the soon-to-be-home for UNLV, should be ready to go August 1, 2010. (link); Might the International Championship Cup be returning to Michigan Stadium this summer? No official word yet from the ICC, but a soccer industry source indicates it will happen. (link); The New York Times presents "A Day In The Life of Sister Jean, Media Darling." (link); Arizona State has a new pitchfork license plate option. (link); Prairie View A&M and SIDEARM Sports partner up for a new web design. (link); From CynopsisSports: "FOX Sports reports that it scored its most-watched season of college basketball during the 2017-18 season, with a year-over-year increase on the FOX broadcast network and FS1. Men’s basketball games on the channels averaged 262,000 viewers per game during the season, up 27% over the 2016-17 period, according to Nielsen. FOX Sports GO also saw year-over-year increases, with an average minute audience per game increase of 88% over 2016-17 and viewers consuming 77 million minutes of college basketball on FOX Sports GO and FOX Now this season." (link); It's official, Sports Illustrated is on the sales block. (link)
According to research conducted by professors from MIT, Minnesota & Yale on sales teams at 214 firms, the Peter Principle - promoting employees to the level of their incompetence - is alive & well. Findings: "1) Sales performance is highly correlated with promotion to management; 2) Sales performance is actually negatively correlated with performance as a sales manager: when a salesperson is promoted, each higher sales rank is correlated with a 7.5% decline in the performance of each of the manager’s subordinates following the promotion. We found similar results regardless of whether salespeople were promoted to their own team or to new teams; and, 3) In our data, among people who were actually promoted, better salespeople ended up being worse managers." Solutions: Motivate salespeople with money, not promotion & focus on management as a skill, not a promotion level. Good stuff here. (link)
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(NEW!) Director/Assistant Athletic Director of Athletics Development (University of Arkansas at Little Rock / Little Rock, AR): Serves as Little Rock Athletic's major gift officer, along with managing the Trojan Athletic Association (TAA). This position will also be responsible for the success of all athletic special events. More details HERE.

(NEW!) Associate Director, Athletic Advancement (Kent State University Athletics / Kent, OH): Provide leadership to the annual funds programs and major gifts programs for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Develop, implement, and execute annual fundraising strategies. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics (University of Alaska-Anchorage / Anchorage, AK): UAA seeks strong athletics administrator with great interpersonal skills who will embrace the Anchorage community, lead department and the student-athletes of the 13 intercollegiate athletic teams. More details HERE.

Associate Athletics Director - Strategic Communications and Management (UC San Diego / La Jolla, CA): Responsible for positively influencing the external dialogue about UC San Diego Athletics through expertise in communication methods, information flow, media relations and brand management. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics Facilities and Operations (College of the Holy Cross / Worcester, MA): This position is an integral part of the Athletic staff, assisting in the management of all aspects of facility and event operations. More details HERE.

Head Coach - Women's Basketball (University of Massachusetts Lowell / Lowell, MA): The Head Coach is responsible for leading all aspects of developing and managing a competitive Division I program within the parameters designated by the University, AEC and the NCAA. More details HERE.

Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach (Goalkeeper Coach) (#10762) (University of Akron / Akron, OH): The University of Akron, a NCAA Division I (FBS) University is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Women's Soccer Coach/Goalkeeper Coach. EEO/AA Employer/Veterans/Disabled. More details HERE.

Director of Major Gifts (University of Louisiana at Lafayette / Lafayette, LA): Director of Major Gifts works cooperatively with university Development Officers in a coordinated effort to achieve the University of Louisiana's fund raising goals. More details HERE.

Executive Producer, Football Creative Video (Stanford University / Stanford, CA): The Executive Producer will serve as the primary producer for Stanford Football, creating dynamic content that elevates the Stanford brand and tells the stories of its elite student-athletes. More details HERE.

Director - Athletics Social Media (Oregon State University / Corvallis, OR): Reporting to the Associate Athletic Director for Ideation, the Director of Social Media creates, directs, and provides education on all aspects of primary social media accounts. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance (University of Nevada, Las Vegas / Las Vegas, NV): The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance [R0108335]. More details HERE.

Director of Multimedia Integration (University of Oregon / Eugene, OR): The Director of Multimedia Integration will be responsible for creating, managing and maintaining dynamic content that strategically enhances the brand of the University of Oregon Athletic Department. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletic Communications (Campbell University / Buies Creek, NC): This person will serve as the primary graphic designer for the Campbell Department of Athletics and assist with implementing public relations services for assigned sports. More details HERE.

Executive Associate Athletics Director (University Athletic Association, Inc. / Gainesville, FL): The Executive Associate AD, External Relations will provide administrative oversight, vision and leadership for assigned departments and sports at the University Athletic Assoc at the Univ of Florida. More details HERE.

Director of Athletic Communications (James Madison University / Harrisonburg, VA): Position will coordinate communications, media relations and sports information strategies of JMU Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Development & Internal Operations (University of Georgia Athletic Association / Athens, GA): This position manages and coordinates the processing of all athletic priority seating related to major gifts, provides support in managing data, points and acknowledgements sent to TGBC donors. More details HERE.

General Manager of Ticket Sales (Air Force Academy Athletics Corporation / Colorado Springs, CO): The General Manager (GM) of Ticket Sales will drive ticket revenue in support of Air Force Athletics. More details HERE.

Director of Development - Athletics (Iowa State University Foundation / Ames, IA): Join the Athletics development team at Iowa State University Foundation to connect donors’ philanthropic interests with unit priorities and make an impact in moving the Cyclone program forward. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Ohio Bobcat Club (Ohio University / Athens, OH): This position will focus on assisting the Associate Director with the day-to-day operations of the annual campaign. More details HERE.

Associate Director/Communications (Boston College / Chestnut Hill, MA): Administer all media relations for baseball and serve as secondary contact with football and other sports. Will also oversee social media & content generation for assigned sports. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Public Relations (University of Washington / Seattle, WA): This position will oversee the Athletic Communications team, strategic and critical messaging, and special projects. For complete details, see and apply to job #153755. More details HERE.

Assoc. Director of Stewardship (University of Tennessee Foundation / Knoxville, TN): Reporting to the Dir. of Development, the role will work with the TN Fund staff, manage, develop, & implement a comprehensive donor relations program. Use keyword 1800000099 to learn more & apply. More details HERE.

Associate Philanthropy Officer – Tyee Club (University of Washington / Seattle, WA): Washington Athletics seeks an Associate Philanthropy Officer-Tyee Club. This position will have dual functions in Philanthropy and Discovery. For complete details and to apply, see UW Hires #151487. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director of Facilities & Operations (Florida International University / Miami, FL): Oversees athletic facility management & upkeep to FIU Athletic facilities. Provides overall direction & supervision in the management & operation of Athletic facilities except FIU Football Stadium. More details HERE.

Managing Director for Athletics Fundraising (Dartmouth College / Hanover, NH): Dartmouth College seeks a Managing Director for Athletics Fundraising. For full job description and to apply: PI101423969. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Athletic Development (University of Arkansas at Little Rock / Little Rock, AR): Serves as Little Rock Athletic's major gift officer, along with managing the Trojan Athletic Association (TAA). This position will also be responsible for the success of all athletic special events. More details HERE.

Director of Creative Services (University of North Carolina / Chapel Hill, NC): Position serves as team leader of Creative Services, & will establish a multimedia strategy for the Athletic Department, focused on digital content creation & social media presence. More details HERE

Data Analyst (The Rams Club - University of North Carolina / Chapel Hill, NC): Are you looking for an opportunity to drive targeted marketing strategies and accomplish business objectives using data in a fun and collaborative work environment? More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director, Marketing and Fan Development (University of Nevada, Las Vegas / Las Vegas, NV): The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Assistant Athletic Director, Marketing and Fan Development, UNLV Intercollegiate Athletics [R0108140]. More details HERE.

Sports Business Lecturer (Arizona State College of Law, Sports Law & Business / Phoenix, AZ): 4-6 courses per year, including marketing; analytics; business strategy and executive decisions; sports economics; and sports finance. The Lecturer will also advise master’s degree and J.D. students. More details HERE.

Senior Director, Ticket Sales & Development (12th Man Foundation / College Station, TX): The Senior Director will serve as the manager of the Ticket Sales & Development staff. This position will be expected to lead, contribute to, and support special projects and initiatives as directed. More details HERE.

Assistant/Associate Director, Athletics Stewardship (Boston College / Chestnut Hill, MA): Manage stewardship of gifts of $1 million or more, creating unique experiences and meaningful communications for high potential prospects supporting endowment, capital projects and other priorities. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Athletics Events and Donor Relations (Boston College / Chestnut Hill, MA): Work with the Sr. Assoc Dir of Athletic Stewardship, Director of Athletics, Fundraisers, Coaches and University Advancement to manage events that support engagement, cultivation, and investment. More details HERE.

General Manager (Tailgate Guys / State College, PA): Opportunity to join the Tailgate Guys team as GM of a significant property in the Company’s portfolio. The GM will oversee all sales & operations with opportunities for growth in the NE Region. More details HERE.

Head Football Equipment Manager (University of Richmond / Richmond, VA): The Head Football Equipment Manager procures, maintains, and oversees athletic equipment for the Division I football program at the University of Richmond. More details HERE.

Director of Annual Giving (University of Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns / Lafayette, LA): Reports to the Executive Director for the Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Foundation (RCAF) while managing the annual fundraising campaign; be responsible for all social media and website coordination. More details HERE.

Athletic Trainer - Women's Soccer (University of Oklahoma - Norman / Norman, OK): The Women’s Soccer Athletic Trainer is responsible for injury prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of Oklahoma Women’s Soccer student-athletes. More details HERE.

Assistant Vice President of Ticketing (12th Man Foundation / College Station, TX): With the goal of providing an exceptional sales and customer service process, this position will manage and administer ticket operations, while working closely with the Texas A&M Athletics Department. More details HERE.
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