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+ No official word yet, but Detroit News reporter Solari indicates sources are still telling him Michigan State will name Deputy AD Ianni as the Interim boss in East Lansing. Interim Prez Engler on the state of athletics, "I don’t know because I haven’t talked to anybody over at the athletic department. I haven’t talked to anybody in the legal team here. I haven’t talked to anyone in the Title IX office. On all of these investigations, I have yet to have the first conversation with the people who are involved with them, handling them and responding to them. But I will be doing that in the coming days." (link)
+ More comments from MSU MBB HC Izzo: "One thing I’ve done my whole career is I’ve had great respect for the media. You have the right to ask, but unfortunately I have no additional comment. I’ve given my comments. I have no additional ones. I will cooperate with the investigation as I always have. […] I don’t know if I can’t [comment]. I can do whatever I want to do. I just don’t think it’s the right time right now. Again I apologize, but I’m just going to stick to that." (link)
+ On the sponsor front, Auto-Owners Insurance has asked that it's logo be removed from the media backdrop, Nike has expressed "deep concerns," Huntington Bank is closely monitoring the situation, MSU Federal Credit Union is "keeping a watchful eye," others haven't made a decision yet & United Dairy Industry of Michigan says it'll continue supporting the Spartans. (link)
+ The Athletic's Quinn with a long piece on how we got to this point. (link)
+ Here was the scene at Engler's initial presser as students raise their voices in protest. (link)
Reports indicate Yale will announce Colgate AD Chun as the new boss in New Haven today. Per one source, "She’s brimming with charisma and enthusiasm. She’s a rock star. I think she’ll be a perfect fit and Yale is going to love her." Chun has led her alma mater since January of 2013 & stacked up a laundry list of achievements & improvements in Hamilton. Presser scheduled for 1p. (link)
Iowa State AD Pollard provides more context to the new Big 12 student-athlete transfer proposal, "There’s a boatload of statistics that show student-athletes, when they transfer, have less of a chance to transfer and will do worse academically. So we want to make sure we protect the academic piece of this. Number two, I think it just gives a pause button to say, we’re not saying you can’t transfer, we’re not restricting where you can transfer, but you outta take this seriously and really think about the ramifications, academically. […] under the proposal… the whole team could transfer and be eligible the next year. We recognize the proposal that we have as a concept… no one is saying its perfect, but if we as an industry don’t come up with something, the other is going to happen and the other has no regard for what you just said and the whole team could transfer and be eligible at another institution immediately. I think that we have to be careful that we don’t overthink it." More. (link)
With a high-profile FB HC hire behind him, Nebraska AD Moos has now turned his attention to the Huskers' organization structure & thinks "it's too horizontal. It needs to be more vertical in regards to being able to manage communication." Moos thinks too many senior leaders report directly to him, believes it could be cut in half for more effectiveness. There's also now a focus group aiding Moos in a full-department personnel review, "not everybody is going to be the quarterback or the wide receivers. We're going to need guards and tackles. We can't get into the end zone without everybody doing their jobs." (link); One more note from Lincoln as Moos says he's satisfied with how FB HC Frost handled the situation of two student-athletes ending up in the hospital due to rhabdo. (link)
The Oklahoma State leadership team of Prez Hargis, AD Holder & FB HC Gundy has been together for 10 years now, the longest-serving trio in major college athletics, as Hargis notes, "You know, we've had our difficult times, but we've always resolved them, haven't let any of that hang on to affect our relationships. It's like second nature. You know each other so well, you can almost finish each other's sentences." Holder deflects success to Gundy & mega-booster Pickens, "Boone made the commitment and the financial wherewithal to show a fiscal manifestation, which resonated with recruits. Then we had stability at the top with Mike Gundy to build a program the right way." (link)
The last 20 years for Louisville athletics has been highlighted by one construction project after another, significantly upgrading both the Cards' facility portfolio, but also helping to enhance the campus at large. However, given the current financial crunch, Interim AD Tyra indicates the brakes need to be pumped a bit on further improvements. Tyra says such projects needs to be balanced with academic pursuits of the university in mind, adds, "We need to know how the tax reform is going to hit us in the excise tax and donation tax and then obviously the NCAA outcome, and how our fans feel about that." Three of the most significant projects on the docket are another expansion of Baseball's Patterson Stadium ($9.5M), an athletics office building ($7.5M) & new seats at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium ($5.4M). (link); There's an Athletic Association board meeting here in the Derby City today & it sounds like we may have movement on the private firm reportedly hired to trail former AD Jurich. (link)
Birmingham Mayor Woodfin is pushing the city council to commit $90M over 30 years for a new FB stadium that UAB would call home. Overall, the new venue could run $172M with a capacity of 45K for FB games. If the new digs keep moving forward, the Blazers would commit $4M per year for 10 years from corporate sponsor monies. Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex CEO Snider notes the importance of the facility hosting more than just kick-offs to make ends meet. (link)
More Facilities: UMBC's new 5K-seat arena has been covered previously in this space as it's ready to open this Saturday. Retrievers AD Hall believes it'll be the best facility the America East. Photo gallery at the very top of the article. (link); Texas Tech AD Hocutt notes the Red Raiders have engaged Gensler to help get some visions on to paper for the south end zone of Jones AT&T Stadium. Says the process is at the "kick off stage." More. (link); Check out construction progress on Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium as the new five-level structure housing a new FB locker room, recruiting space, press box & game day support areas is going up. (link); Georgia State is exploring the addition of an 8K-seat hoops venue near revamped Turner Field. (link)
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Idaho State & Adidas extend their partnership through 2024-25. Bengals AD Tingey: "We love the quality of the product and we are able to enhance our student-athlete experience because of our partnership." Three Stripes NCAA Sports Marketing lead Murphy: "We believe sport has the power to change lives and we will continue to work closely with the Bengals to help execute their mission to promote the well-being of student-athletes and support their success in social, cultural, athletic, personal and academic endeavors." (link)
Iowa AD Barta responds to criticism of a contract extension for MBB HC McCaffery, "I don’t think I’ve ever announced extending a coach’s contract in the middle of the season. The reason I don’t like to do that: It distracts from playing the games, playing the season...Many times, when we announce coaches’ contracts, it’s for recruiting. In this case, we didn’t need an advantage in recruiting. Recruiting’s been going fine. So I made the decision to wait until the end of the season, knowing full well … it could get out during the season. I hoped that it would be after the season — not because I’m worried about how we’re playing. But I just did not want to have this conversation in the middle of the season. But it is what it is. And there was no conspiracy. I could’ve announced it. I chose not to. There’s really nothing in it to hide. It’s fair for people to criticize." (link)
Colorado State brass are investigating MBB HC Eustachy as Rams AD Parker says in a statement, "We have started a climate assessment, which involves conversations with the students and staff members associated with the men’s basketball program. As always, we will not make any public comments until our process is complete and have no additional information to share at this time." As you know, it's not the first time CSU has reviewed Eustachy's conduct. (link)
Arizona State MBB HC Hurley set to receive more cash as part of a contract extension that could keep him in Tempe through June of 2022. A $700K pay increase would go into effect on July 1 & take his base to $2.1M. There's also a $700K signing bonus, plus $100K base increases in '19 & '20 with a $200K bump in '21. Incentives include $100K for a Sweet 16 & $500K for a Final Four. If Hurley were to take another job, his buyout is $3M in year one, 2.5M in year two, $2M in year three & $500K in year four. A bit more. (link)
What exactly is "The Process" that is so routinely mentioned in connection to Alabama FB HC Saban? "Don’t look at the scoreboard, don’t look at any external factors, just all your focus and all your concentration, all your effort, all your toughness, all your discipline to execute went into that particular play. Regardless of what happened on that play, success or failure, you would move on to the next play and have the same focus to do that on the next play, and you’d then do that for 60 minutes in a game and then you’d be able to live with the results regardless of what those results were. […] I think that I’ve convinced myself through the years that the process oriented approach is much, much better, and it is much better for competitors because it keeps them focused on the right things. Not the results, but what it takes to get the results." (link)
More Personnel Notes: South Carolina WBB HC Staley's response to remarks made by Missouri AD Sterk: "The accusations are serious... and false. Did I lose a little sleep last night? Yes, obviously, but there's another game to be played." (link); Georgia AD McGarity says the impending raises for the FB staff will come shortly after Signing Day. (link); South Carolina AD Tanner discusses the process of recent contract negotiations for FB HC Muschamp, including conversations the two had, in which Muschamp's "focus was always, always... about his assistants." (link); Delaware State goes with former standout student-athlete Milstead, who served as the HC of La Plata High School the past four seasons, as the Hornet's next FB HC.(link); Washington MBB HC Hopkins took out a full-page ad in the Seattle Times to thank the fans for their support this season, most recently for the 10K that filled Alaska Airlines Arena this past Sunday for the Huskies' win over Washington State. (link)
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On the same day Fox popped for the NFL's Thursday Night package at an overall price of $3B+ for five years, YouTube inked the new MLS side LAFC to a $4M per year deal for 18 locally broadcast games. Note: This is an exclusive relationship, not just a digital rights deal. $35 per month for fans. (link); Another moderately interesting read on the future of sports on digital outlets, though the number Fox is paying should open your eyes that we're a long way from a full digital takeover. Of most importance in the piece are charts noting the status of major sports right packages both on the linear & digital sides. (link); Businesses can now schedule their posts on Instagram. It's about time. (link)
sponsored by From Now On's Dodd via Twitter: "NCAA's chief medical officer sent an email today to 'raise awareness' re rhabdo, after episodes at Nebraska. He called the affliction 'preventable and potentially fatal.' He added all strength workouts 'should be documented in writing' and be reviewable by athletic dept staff. According to a source, the email was sent to school medical and training types as well as school administrators. First time I've seen this directly in the wake of a potentially catastrophic episode at a school. NCAA gets credit for this one." (link)
More on the lawsuit filed against former Arizona FB student-athlete Bradford as the victim's mother alerted the school to the alleged abuse in May 2016, noting that her daughter was too scared to come forward herself. Not until a second woman came forward and Bradford was dismissed from the team in September 2016 did the first woman speak up. The lawsuit, in part: "The UA had actual, repeated notice of Mr. Bradford’s dating violence and physical assaults of female university students that created a sexually hostile environment for women on its campus" and says that the school acted with "deliberate indifference" to that notice. More: "No one from the UA sought to stop the abuse or take other remedial measures to assist any of Mr. Bradford’s victims. Instead, for the fall 2016 football season, the university announced that Mr. Bradford would be a starting running back for the UA football team." Lots more details on the timeline and other victim's accusations. (link); Not one, but four women are now pointing a finger at the behavior of Missouri MBB student-athlete Phillips, who is still suspended from the team. Phillips says there are "two sides to every story. [...] People who know me know this isn't me." (link)
The pregame show for UNLV MBB's intros will now be enhanced with 3D Video Projection Mapping, thanks to a partnership with the school, Learfield, 4Wall Entertainment, Epson and oogoog productions. AD Reed-Francois on the high-tech laser show: "Being in the entertainment capital of the world, we are continually looking for ways to enhance the game day experience for our fans. This new presentation will highlight the history and tradition of the program, while also illustrating our exciting future." Anyone seen a video clip of this yet? (link)
Off to their best 22-game start since the 1965-66 season, an 18-4 (8-2) record on the year has helped Loyola (Chicago) MBB attract fans to Gentile Arena. Attendance is up 28% year-over-year and Senior Assoc. AD for External Services Sorboro credits the team: "I think we’ve put ourselves in a position to capitalize on their success, so we’re happy that people are coming to watch. It’s a good atmosphere, it’s an overall enjoyable fan experience and it’s a great team that’s extremely well coached that plays really hard and is fun to watch. So those things combined, I think, make for a good product." Student attendance between 2012-16 averaged 231, but is up to 442 this season with two games of 1,000+. Gentile Arena's capacity is just 4,486 & the Ramblers are averaging 2,057. Of note, former Director of Marketing Mercer left the department for a job with Major League Lacrosse last month, so Sorboro and others have had to adjust accordingly: "Marcus did a great job and deserves a lot of credit for the marketing success we’ve had. Fortunately … we sort of have year-long plans, so those remain in place." (link)
In a catastrophe of epic proportions, Red Panda's (Rong Niu) unicycle has been stolen. Someone lifted the $25K bike from the San Francisco International Airport and Niu's agent, Farallon Entertainment's Figley, is offering a $2,000, no questions asked reward. Niu has since been performing her legendary halftime acts on a backup unicycle, but, Figley says "She’s doing horribly. She’s dropping balls. She’s just not used to it. The one that was stolen was custom built for her." (link)
Also Noticed: San Diego State has announced UC Davis Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs & Campus Diversity De la Torre will be the new Prez for the Aztecs. (link); Turnkey's AD search assignment at Charlotte is worth $66K & another $10K in expenses. (link); Texas A&M's FY17 results were reported a couple of days ago, but a full breakdown chart can be found at the bottom of this piece. (link); Another ESPN announcement on college sports coverage this Spring. This time it's 170ish LAX match-ups across its family of linear & digital outlets. (link); Looks like the latest FB student-athlete transfer debate centers around Miami (FL) exiting QB Shirreffs. (link); Clemson adds App State to its 2024 FB schedule. (link); Forward Progress will provide leadership programming for the first-ever USA Swimming Athletes' Executive Committee & Athlete Leadership Task Force Summit. (link); Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies are adding a massive new scoreboard in the shape of mountains. (link); All 30 MLB clubs have committed to extending netting to at least the far end of each dugout for greater fan safety. (link); More sleep performance deals as the NFL inks Sleep Number as an official sponsor. (link
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Assistant/Associate Director, Varsity O Association (University of Oklahoma - Norman / Norman, OK): Varsity O Association Asst/Assoc Dir will be responsible for advancing the mission of OU Athletics thru its extensive network of letter winners by providing opportunities to engage with the dept. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Accounting - Athletics (Georgia Institute of Technology / Atlanta, GA): Responsible for receipt and timely recording of revenue related items, including ticketing & donor related income, while also assisting in daily operations by performing advanced financial functions. More details HERE.

Deputy Athletic Director (University of Delaware / Newark, DE): Act as the Chief Operating Officer and oversee the Intercollegiate and Recreation Services ongoing internal operations, maximize resumes & be responsible for the internal efficiency of the dep't. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Annual Giving (San Jose State University / San Jose, CA): The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with San José State University in the search for an Associate Athletic Director for Annual Giving. More details HERE.

Head Volleyball Coach and Associate in Physical Education (Columbia University / New York, NY): The Head Volleyball Coach is responsible for organizing and administering all aspects of the volleyball program. Quicklink: More details HERE.

Associate AD for Marketing and Strategic Communications (Samford University / Birmingham, AL): The Associate AD for Marketing & Strategic Communications will provide leadership and oversight for the areas of marketing, communications, and fan engagement. More details HERE.

Asst. Director of Marketing & Fan Experience (University of Oklahoma - Norman / Norman, OK): Asst. Director of Marketing & Fan Experience will advance the mission and values of OU Athletics by coordinating ticket sales efforts, directing advertising campaigns and executing game entertainment. More details HERE.

Senior Associate or Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs (University of California, Riverside / Riverside, CA): Liaison between the Athletics Director and all Athletics fundraising activities and revenue operations. Emphasis on enhancing UCR’s Division I relevancy, revenue generation and new market outreach. More details HERE.

Director of Clinical Counseling Services for Student-Athletes (Mississippi State University / Starkville, MS): Provision of general psychological services (evaluation, treatment and education) to student athletes. More details HERE.

Executive Director of Development/Assistant AD for Development (George Washington University / Washington D.C.): GW seeks a dynamic & strategic leader to join a high performing fund raising team as Exec. Director of Development. Will manage team and direct their development efforts to ensure fundraising success. More details HERE.

Director of Digital Media Services (Mid-American Conference / Cleveland, OH): Create video content that drives fan engagement and views of website and social media platforms. Serve as liaison for ESPN3 campus productions. Direct media relations activities for select sports. More details HERE.

Compliance Coordinator (Oral Roberts University / Tulsa, OK): The Compliance Coordinator will assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive program to ensure compliance with University, Summit League and NCAA rules and regulations. More details HERE.

Athletics Assistant Director for Business Operations (University of Nevada, Las Vegas / Las Vegas, NV): The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Athletics Assistant Director for Business Operations, Intercollegiate Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Director for Financial Reporting (University of Nevada, Las Vegas / Las Vegas, NV): The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Assistant Director for Financial Reporting, Intercollegiate Athletics [R0107169]. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Performance (CSUN / Northridge, CA): Responsibilities: Management and supervision of the Sports Performance staff, weight training facility, including development of policies and procedures for risk management, appropriate supervision. More details HERE.

Facilities & Operations Coordinator (Oregon State University / Corvallis, OR): Reporting to the Associate AD, Facilities & Event Management, the Facility & Operations Coordinator will assist the Associate AD with the coordination of assigned home athletic contests. More details HERE.

Athletics Marketing & Promotions Graduate Assistantship (Ball State University / Muncie, IN): Execute in-game promotions for football, mens/womens basketball, women’s volleyball, baseball & softball. May include the role of mascot coordinator, supervision of 6-10 sports mktg student staff. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Multimedia (Conference USA / Irving, TX): Serve as primary strategist for the C-USA social media initiatives, as well as lead development of the visual style and communication of C-USA online outlets. More details HERE.

Assistant/Associate Commissioner for New Media and Technology (Missouri Valley Conference / St. Louis, MO): Management of creative/digital content; contributions to Conference marketing and promotional initiatives; oversight of the league website/social media/graphic design and producing video content. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics, Communications (University of Richmond / Richmond, VA): The Assistant Director of Athletics/Communications oversees all public relations and media relations activities and budgets, including supervision of full-time, part-time, student, and game day staff. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Multimedia Services (San Jose State University / San Jose, CA): The Assistant Athletics DIR will be responsible for the development, implementation, maintenance of all marketing and promo strategies... Apply here:, Job ID: 24378. More details HERE.

Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts (Michigan State University / East Lansing, MI): MSU Athletics is now seeking an Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts. The Associate Director is responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting gifts from donors and prospects. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director, Athletics Communications (IRC13296) (Tulane University / New Orleans, LA): Supports Tulane athletics programs and external departments to promote and enhance, through media, public relations, web and social media, the image of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Marketing and Promotions (University of North Texas / Denton, TX): The Athletics Depart at the University of North Texas is hiring an Asst Director of Marketing and Promotions. Focus on Olympic sports with an added emphasis on Football and Basketball game day. More details HERE.
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