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Winthrop has a new strategic plan dubbed, "Drive to '25." DRIVE, the acronym: Diversity, Results, Integrity, Vision, Excellence. Eagles AD Halpin: "We are intentional about building a positive culture that will build leaders and champions that will help our student-athletes and staff live a life that they are proud of and that influences change for other people that they encounter." Halpin provides more context via a video within the release & commits to putting together a vlog series describing the plan, how it was developed & how success will be measured. (link - article, link - full plan)
Add Arizona State to the $100M+ cohort as the Sun Devils went over the century money mark for the first time in department history in its FY17 final tallies. $101.5M in total revenue against $98.8M in operating expenses. The new revenue number is a jump from $74.7M back in 2014. Interestingly, ticket sales were down 15%, but donations increased from $10.5M to $12.5M. Media rights equaled $21.3M & licensing/royalties upped to $16.6M. Debt service payment: $9.4M. Coaches & staff salaries: $35.7M. More. (link)
Utah State will receive an additional $1.94 per student in fees, far less than the initial $8 increase proposed to help cover technology upgrades & operational uses as costs continue to increase for the Aggies. In total, a new $72K will be pushed to athletics with the entire sum allocated to general expenses. Student government leaders debated the move with an eye toward maintaining affordability for students & actually voted down the $1.94 addition before coming back to approve the same amount. (link)
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George Mason Professor Kashdan explains "The Mental Benefits of Vacationing Somewhere New" for the Harvard Business Review. "As a psychologist, I believe that travel should routinely be used to achieve the opposite: to get out of your comfort zone, expose yourself to uncertainty, and eschew rest for exploration and learning. The result is personal growth — greater emotional agility, empathy, and creativity." Benefits include: 1. Enhanced Emotional Agility (the ability to not react immediately to emotions); 2. Developing a greater tolerance and trust of strangers; and, 3. Creativity (more diverse ideas in future business decisions). "What workplaces need now are agile people who are comfortable being uncomfortable, understand others’ perspectives, and are able to innovate rather than regurgitate what is already known. You might be out of the office, but that doesn’t mean you should stop working on yourself." (link)
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Nebraska FB HC Frost on the potential student-athlete transfer rule changes: "I think it's a terrible idea. If you let kids transfer with no penalty, the can of worms you're going to be opening isn't worth it. I promise you the way recruiting is right now, if you have no penalty (for transferring), there are going to be schools sending representatives to other schools' campuses to recruit them off their team. Realistically, if South Dakota State has an All-American tight end, which they did, and after his sophomore year he's tearing it up, why wouldn't I try to get him to Nebraska? And if we have a starting left tackle, and we have somebody from Alabama on our campus trying to recruit him to play there the next year ... It's going to get ugly. It's going to get dirty. .. Really, in order to coach a kid well, sometimes you have to tell them things that they don't want to hear. It would take away from your ability to coach if you're having to recruit the kid even while he's still on campus, just to keep him from other teams." (link)
More from Florida AD Stricklin on new Gators FB HC Mullen, "I don’t know that our people count has gone down, but I don’t know that it’s gone up since he’s been here. Yeah, Dan is really resourceful. That’s one of the things that, he doesn’t do anything just because somebody else does it. He’s always been a guy that says, ‘This is what we need to get this done and accomplish it.’ You like working with people like that that treat their budget like it’s their own money and they want to spend it when they think it helps and they don’t want to spend it just to spend it." A bit more. (link)
The NY Post's Braziller writes on the curious case of Auburn MBB HC Pearl as his squad is positioned at the top of the SEC while the black cloud of the MBB-FBI developments continues to loom overhead. Braziller calls Pearl the "Coach of the Year," yet believes he's also on the hot seat. Thesis: "Whatever happens after the season, Pearl should be commended for his work with this team. Go look at the other programs who had assistant coaches arrested — Arizona, USC and Oklahoma State — in this scandal. They certainly aren’t coming close to overachieving like Auburn. Pearl could wind up losing his job, and he may deserve to. But right now, he’s been the best coach in the country." (link)
The Loveland Reporter-Herald looks at facility upgrades currently underway at Colorado State. A $2.5M enhancement to Jack Christiansen Track that was held up by weather, but should be finished by the spring. Golf received a "golf simulator" and may soon have an indoor golf facility. Now that the FB staff moved to the new stadium, freed up office space in McGraw has created a "better environment for coaching staffs and the communications, marketing and developing departments to work closer together." The old Joey Porter Locker Room will get repurposed, likely into a hospitality venue. The soccer team took over the former FB practice facilities and in the space between those and the softball field AD Parker plans to create a "common-use" area to benefit both programs. (link)
The legal team at North Carolina acknowledges that federal student-records privacy laws give the school "discretion to release the names of students found responsible for 'any crime of violence' or 'non-forcible sex offense,'" but Chancellor Folt's administrative team believes that disclosing these student's names is "not in the best interest of the university or its students." A handful of media companies, including the student-run newspaper, are trying to force the school's hand, arguing that because federal law doesn't prohibit the school from doing so that the school should comply with the Public Records Law. Conversely, the UNC lawyers argue that the Public Records Law is irrelevant because it "interferes with federal privacy objectives for students." Note of interest: "The media companies are appealing a 2017 ruling from Orange-Chatham Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour — the son of former UNC-CH athletic director Dick Baddour — that sided with the university." (link)
More Personnel Notes: BYU AD Holmoe hires tax & financial services veteran Schirmer as the new Assoc. AD for Finance in Provo. (link); Penn State & former FB DC Shoop have settled their lawsuit, though little details are known. PSU claimed Shoop owed $891K in connection to his exit for Tennessee back in 2015. (link); TCU Swim & Dive HC Busch has been placed on administrative leave. (link); Louisiana Monroe AD Floyd tabs ECU AC Friedland as his new Women's Volleyball HC. (link); ULM FB HC Viator also got a two-year contract extension that could keep him the Warhawks through the 2020 campaign. (link)
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Kentucky annually buys Super Bowl airtime around the state to promote Wildcats FB & here's its :60 spot from last night. (link); AdWeek with a solid tracker of last night's Super Bowl commercial lineup. (link); In connection to the NFL's top spot of New York Giants standouts Manning & Beckham copying Dirty Dancing, SEC Commish Sankey tweeted, "#ItJustMeansMore" as both are former league student-athletes. (link)
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St. John's AD Goff, along with NJIT counterpart Kaplan, discuss marketing strategies in crowded cities where competing for the entertainment dollar is a never-ending challenge. The pair, who have different tenures of leadership in the nation's largest media market, review carving out a niche, building productive relationships with the media, cutting through the clutter & more. Goff notes how he reached out to key members of the press right after his initial presser to make sure they knew his openness to the media. Kaplan points to effectively telling his brand story via outlets, like social media, that can provide visibility. Lots more. (link)
Grambling State AD Bryant just wrapped up his first year as the Tigers' boss and camped with KTBS for a Q&A. Gives himself a "C" grade thus far, "Because I haven't complete[d] a lot of things I want to complete." Working on improving APR rates now that the department is fully staffed. On the facilities front, proud of getting field turf and a new Jumbotron for FB: "It's so important to have facilities and yes, we haven't had the best but now is the opportunity to make things better and I think we're doing that." Will spend the next 365 days focused on fundraising. (link)
More Louisville as WDRB's Crawford reviews the decrease in FB ticket sales & attendance for the Cardinals during the 2017 campaign. Interim AD Tyra recently mentioned the national trend of trimming the size of athletic facilities at a time when Papa John's Cardinal Stadium is being expanded, mentioned Florida State FB & Clemson MBB projects. Crawford takes exception for athletes continuing to get a subsidy from the university, believes those days should come to a close, also adds, "...if athletics can pay for the expansion itself, is that not the important thing? It’s not hard to imagine the facility being close to full when Notre Dame visits, or Kentucky, and it only takes a couple of oversized crowds a year to jolt the revenue." (link); Former UofL BoT chairman Hughes via Twitter on FB's declines, "This was caused by the self destructing actions of those in power against the very entity they represent.  Negativity and uncertainty do not promote growth." (link)
Speaking of attendance, the Trae Young Show at Oklahoma is helping to boost MBB tix sales as the Sooners have averaged 9,801 for home tilts so far this year, up from last season's 9,297 mark. Senior Assoc. AD for External Operations Mossman: "And not only has Trae made it easier in being the extraordinary player he is, but he has certainly contributed to making us a better team. … I think if Trae were putting up big numbers and we were hovering around .500, I don’t think you’d see the kind of crowds we’ve had here, even as good as he is." (link)
+ espnW writer Barnes: "I know the Super Bowl is tonight but this is important. UCLA and OU gymnastics play a video paying tribute to survivors of Nassar's abuse within their teams' extended families. Excerpts of their victim statements are playing. They honored the survivors on hand after. Wow." (link)
+ Annotated version of Sports Illustrated media reporter Deitsch's conversation with ESPN Outside the Lines reporter Levigne on her reporting a Michigan State. Levigne: "We found a number of cases involving football and basketball players that had never reached the light of day, that had never been reported. And we found a lot of questions in those cases as to how they were handled by the university and if there was any discipline or even any discussion with the players over what had happened. We also came across what I would call our whistleblower, a former Michigan State sexual assault counselor, Lauren Alsweed, who provided even more documents about how the university handled a particular case and implications in there that it was not handled properly." (link)
Also Noticed: Despite a two-year budget crisis and 10% slash to state funding, the top-10 salaries at the Illinois rose. Among the list: FB HC Smith ($3M) and MBB HC Underwood ($2.75M). AD Whitman got a 2% raise on the year, now up to $624K salary. (link); Hathaway Dinwiddie and AECOM will jointly handle the $270M renovation to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (link); Southern Miss seeks dismissal of a civil rights lawsuit filed against the school by former FB student-athlete Hammond that accuses the school of sidelining him when it was discovered he only had one kidney, and further, that USM violated the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act when an athletic department staffer discussed this physical condition with a coach at MTSU. (link); 11-year-old softball prospect Carrasquillo announced her verbal commitment to Florida last week. Eleven! Carrasquillo is the youngest prospective student-athlete to verbally commit in any sport. Surely we've jumped the shark. (link)
"If You Multitask During Meetings, Your Team Will, Too." Doh! A quartet of contributors explain for the HBR two common signs that managers work habits unintentionally send to their teams and how to adjust, accordingly. 1. Working After Hours - "When I'm on, you need to be too" is the signal this sends. Instead, talk to your team about expectations, schedule the emails to go out in the morning instead of Sunday night at 10 p.m. when you're writing them, and minimize the number of recipients on a given email. 2. Multitasking in Meetings - "It's OK to not pay attention" is this signal. To fix this, make a note of when and why you multitask (get removed from a meeting if you're not essential), make meetings shorter, schedule meetings in clusters to leave open time slots for those other duties, and use video conferencing during web conference calls to reduce the temptation to multitask. (link)
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Director of Athletics (Bucknell University / Lewisburg, PA): Bucknell University is a NCAA Division I school with outstanding academic and athletics tradition. Witt/Kieffer has been retained by Bucknell to lead the recruitment for its next Director of Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant AD\Major Gifts or Director of Major Gifts (Temple University / Philadelphia, PA): The Assistant AD\Major Gifts or Director of Major Gifts will devise strategies and be responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts up to $25,000 on an annual basis. More details HERE.

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.
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