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Important updates from USA Today's Berkowitz on the excise tax guidance from the Treasury Department & IRS. What's the deal? 1) "Private schools and public schools carrying one type of federal tax-exempt status clearly will have to pay."; 2) "Other public schools — including Texas, Texas A&M, Clemson, Oregon, Minnesota and Houston — can claim they will not have to pay because they assert that they are government units that have federal tax immunity without holding any other tax-exempt status." No clear indication if the position will hold.; and, 3) "Public schools that have another type of federal tax-exempt status are currently subject to the excise tax, but the new guidance also says these schools may voluntarily relinquish that status, although doing so might still leave them subject to the excise tax." Alabama, Michigan & UCLA are a selection of institutions who fall in the final group. Subject matter expert & Spencer Fane executive compensation attorney Denny calls the situation a "major competitive imbalance," notes the trickle down effect of what a million or two can mean to a department. More. (link)
The Athletic's Feldman gets a first-hand tour of the new Transfer Portal, says the biggest challenge is "sifting through" all the entries to understand who's who. Feldman's unidentified guide, "Lots of these guys are walk-ons who never played. You have FCS guys mixed in. You don’t know if he’s an All-American or he’s graduated and just put his name on here. There’s no filter. You don’t know even know if they’re academically eligible. It’s interesting." Feldman proceeds to identify some student-athletes in the portal who have notable competitive statistics, many more who are unknowns, indicates it's usually a recruiting staffers job to keep up with any non-obvious new entries. Key note for student-athletes, "It’s a case where, if you’re gonna put your name out there, understand the coaches don’t have to renew you." (link)
"It happened very quickly. But it really wasn’t until December when we figured we could do this. Then we got an official invitation and began putting an event together. It’s come together pretty quick. [...] ...this now brings instant credibility and instant awareness of who we are playing from our fans. They bought it." That's Dixie State (DII) AD Boothe on the Trailblazers move to DI & the WAC. Simultaneously, DSU announced a three-year FB series with nearby Southern Utah, plus a $1M gift for an upgraded Softball complex. WAC Commish Hurd: "Many of the facilities here are already Division I facilities, there is great community support, and there is great leadership and commitment at the top. I can’t emphasize enough how much of a role that plays. You have to have leadership and commitment, and that is what is here." (link)
Washington State Prez Schulz indicates the Cougars are getting closer on a naming rights deal for the field in Martin Stadium & the Cougar FB Complex, points to optimism for such news to be official during the spring semester. Darigold, the marketing and processing arm of the farmer-owned Northwest Dairy Association, is believed to be the brand at the center of the discussions. Schulz: "The good news is our football product is seen as really nationally relevant, exciting, and there is lots of interest seen in what we’re doing along the West Coast. So we’re in a really good point in time to be talking about some of these things with potential partners." (link)
The Presidential & AD leadership changes at Eastern Michigan back in 2017 resulted in The Power2Change Foundation's $6M cash pledge for the Eagles to be put on hold. Current EMU boss Wetherbee says he's "still having conversations with that group...I'm still hopeful we'll get all of that." As you may recall, the $6M was to go toward a new sports med & performance training center, with a first phase price of $20M. EMU has raised $5M thus far for the project. Wetherbee notes he's super focused on continuing to build more relationships, "I'm not blinded by the fact that Heather (Lyke) was very up front with me when I took the job that it’s a struggle to go and get those fundraising dollars and there’s only so many pots to go and get them from." (link)
Texas becomes the second state - after New York - to cancel all MBB recruiting events in the month of June. Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Executive Director Sherley: "Yes, with the restrictions they put on us we’re pretty much in the same boat as New York." Private schools in the state are still fair game & Sherley estimates 20% of DI signees come from the private ranks. (link); Notable recruiting voice Daniels: "Players in New York & Texas that aren't USAB or NBPA Top 100 level prospects will only get to play in front of coaches 10 days this spring & summer (3 in a regional camp setting). Last year they had an opportunity to be seen 21 days in the the spring & summer." (link)
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Reported College Football Playoff payouts to 'Group of 5' leagues that cumulatively equals $86M from the recently completed season: Mountain West = $20.4M, American = $18.8M, Sun Belt = $17.2M, Conference USA = $15.6M & MAC = $14M. $70M is divvied equally with the other $16M dispersed based on performance rankings from the six computer polls that previously crunched the BCS numbers. With the Sun Belt finishing third, outgoing Commish Benson, "I think it clearly demonstrates that Sun Belt football is trending upwards and has established itself as a very credible and viable conference in major college football." (link)
Clemson FB is headed to the White House on Monday. President Trump says he's excited to host the Tigers, "What a game, what a coach, what a team!" USA Today's Woken notes the quick turnaround, points out no hoops national champion has visited the White House since Trump become our nation's leader. (link)
Stadium's Goodman continues his "Chain of Command" series with the MAC as league coaches vote on the best HC jobs based on nine variables. Final rankings: Ohio, Toledo, Akron, Kent State, Ball State, Buffalo, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Miami (OH), Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Northern Illinois. Interestingly, Ohio finished at the top overall, as well as in budget/resources, buy games & "selling pros," but 10th in recruiting base. (link)
More Leadership Notes: WaPo's Feinstein inks on the remarkable career double Maine MBB HC Barron has pulled off after previously leading the Black Bears' Women's program to success. (link); East Tennessee State FB HC Sanders gets an extension through the 2023 calendar year. Retention bonuses of $25K in July of 2019, 2021 & 2023. (link); Iona AD Glovaski hires Yale AC Piourde as the new Women's Soccer HC for the Gaels. (link); Disney boss Iger pulled in a cool $65.7M in total comp last year, up 80% year over year & thanks, in large part, to the Fox deal. (link)
FB Scheduling: Iowa has added Utah State & Western Michigan to its 2023 docket. (link, link); Michigan will host Western Michigan & Northern Illinois in 2021, looks like the Wake Forest kick scheduled for the same season has been postponed. Also for the Wolverines, Colorado State in 2022 & Bowling Green in 2023. The Rams will get $1.8M. (link, linklink); Idaho & Eastern Washington will play a non-conference tile in Moscow next season. The pair are not slated to meet in Big Sky play in 2019. (link)
North Carolina's Rams Club asked the state for $98M worth of bonds for renovations to the Smith Center, Kenan Stadium & other fresh digs. However, state treasurer Folwell countered to the group, "The board doesn’t need to be suffocated with people who are connected to the Rams Club. I can tell you that that heat will not be well received. The board just needs to do their own work, and come to their own conclusions. We understand what your needs are, and why you’re here." Sounds like Folwell's board may not vote until next month. Also of note on the Rams Club, "It has a cash balance of $35.6 million, and total net assets of $285 million. This is the first time it has sought tax-exempt public bond financing from the state." BB&T handles the bonds. (link)
Another lawsuit for Oregon aimed at the university, former FB HC Taggart & former Strength boss Oderinde. This time the damages ask is $5M & it's from current student-athlete Poutasi. University statement: "The well-being and safety of our students are our top priorities at the University of Oregon. We have been advised of the litigation filed today but have not been served a copy of the complaint, at which point we will respond appropriately in the court proceedings. In light of the pending litigation, we don’t have any additional comment at this time." (link)
NM Fishbowl's Libit says he has filed a third public records lawsuit against the University of New Mexico, this time against the Lobo Club, specifically. "The Foundation is also named as a co-defendant in my Lobo Club suit, as are UNM’s Board of Regents, Lobo Club interim Executive Director Jalen Dominguez, Foundation paralegal Jen Jelson and UNM interim Public Records Custodian Christine Landavazo, all in their official capacities. The caption of the case indicates how intractably interwoven the university’s fundraising operation is, which happens to be at the heart of the lawsuit." More. (link)
Disney RSNs: New Fox is out. (link); Sinclair is believed to have bid, as have a handful of private equity players. Second round of bidding due by the end of the month. (link); Remember CNBC's report back in November that Amazon was in the mix for all 22, which caused such a uproar? CNBC retracted the story yesterday. (link)
Also Noticed: Updated look at NET, RPI, KPI, BPI, SOR, KenPom & Sagarin ratings, as well as Quadrant I wins. One stop shop to compare most of the key MBB data points. (link); Loyola Marymount partners with Zipwhip to "improve their day-to-day fan communication around ticketing, in-game experiences and services. Zipwhip allows you to text landline phone numbers. People still use landlines? (link); CBS and Nielsen have signed a new deal. (link); Missouri won't travel to South Carolina for today's previously scheduled MBB tip as winter weather strikes again. (link); More here from Adweek on Super Bowl posts from brands, but this is the key: "Over the past year, posts on Instagram had 2x more interactions than Facebook and 11x more than Twitter. Of the 100 most engaging brand Super Bowl posts in 2018, Instagram posts with images garnered 4x more interactions than Facebook posts and 79x more than tweets." (link)
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Marketing Communications Specialist (Creative Assistant) (Pennsylvania State University / University Park, PA): Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics seeks dynamic creative professional for football program. Requires Bachelor's degree plus 2 years related experience, Apply: http://apptrkr.com/1352464 EOE/AA. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director - Advancement (University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) / Chicago, IL): This position is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive strategic plans for annual giving, donor engagement and stewardship to build and feed the major gift pipeline for Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Director Athletics Annual Giving (Oregon State University / Corvallis, OR): This position will devote work time to fundraising activities focused on OSU’s rated discovery prospects with Athletics interest, interest, and responsibilities to advance Athletics engagement. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Communications Director (Info Rep II) (Texas A&M Athletics / College Station, TX): Texas A&M Athletics Communications is seeking a social media- and messaging-savvy Assistant Director (classified as Information Representative II), whose primary responsibility will be volleyball. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Engagement (University of Arkansas / Fayetteville, AR): The Sr Associate AD for External Engagement will oversee each external unit within the department of Athletics, and serve as a member of the Athletic department Senior Staff and Leadership team. More details HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HEAD COACH - VOLLEYBALL (University of New Hampshire / Durham, NH): UNH Athletics is seeking a Women’s Volleyball Head Coach to manage a highly competitive Division I Volleyball program. Visit http://apptrkr.com/1363099 for more details. More details HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deputy Athletic Director (University of New Mexico / Albuquerque, NM): The University of New Mexico's Athletics Department seeks a Deputy Athletic Director. For full Job Description and to Apply: http://www.Click2Apply.net/fjxgcpcqs9stygkd. 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.
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