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Outgoing Sun Belt Commish Benson reiterates that he has had zero conversation with his peers on possible expansion to the College Football Playoff. However, "We’ve always been looking for greater access and anyone who asks if we prefer an eight-team playoff, I said if it creates greater access for the Sun Belt Conference, of course I would have to support that. But we also know that that decision isn’t going to be made by the five non-guaranteed conferences. That decision is going to be in the hands of the Power 5 conferences and rightfully so." A bit more, "The system has benefited and the system has accommodated the Sun Belt and the other conferences. Obviously UCF has brought greater attention to whether they deserve a chance at one of those four [seminal] spots." (link)
Dave Hart is the "gift that keeps on giving" at ECU, per Bonesville's Friedlander. Navigating the Pirates through most of 2018, aiding in the hire of new AD Gilbert & securing the cash to minimize the department's debt are all key Hart contributions during his second stint in Greenville. Friedlander on the Hart-Gilbert combo, "In many cases, it might be uncomfortable for the new man in charge to have an older, more accomplished 'consultant' around looking over his shoulder. Not here. […] The two men are friends who like each other personally and respect each other professionally. Their partnership and the trust they have in one another promises to create a formidable leadership team." (link)
Winthrop AD Halpin has been named to the NCAA Division I Council, effective immediately. His term runs through July, at which point he will be eligible for a four-year appointment. Halpin: "It's truly an honor to be selected to represent the Big South Conference. I look forward to serving with members that I have long respected, and together we will advance the mission of the NCAA while keeping the student-athlete experience front and center." (link)
Georgetown AD Reed & Executive Director of the Hoyas' Cooper Athletics Leadership Program Ozery cover some good ground on prioritizing student-athlete development for AthleticDirectorU. Reed: "We don't talk about bigger, faster, stronger to win a game. We talk about life through sport....gaining the competitive edge in life through sport. […] At our place, it's about shared governance. It isn't about me running the athletics department. It's about partnering with our coaches, partnering with our staff, and partnering with our SAAC to make decisions as it relates to our athletics program." Ozery: "Transition periods are very significant for Student-Athlete Development. So focusing on these point in their experience is very important. […] We really have to understand that coaches are doing a whole lot more than just coaching Xs & Os." (link)
The CFP has commissioned notable 3D pop artist Fazzino to create some limited edition pieces for the events fifth anniversary. Executive Director Hancock: "His iconic pop art will dazzle fans of college football and our great event." (link); As an example, here's Fazzino's piece from the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. (link)
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247 Sports' unofficial 2018 college football attendance report: Michigan topped the list with 110,736 average for seven home games. The rest: Penn State (105,485/7), Ohio State (101,947/7), Alabama (101,561/7), LSU (100,819/7), Texas A&M (99,844/7), Texas (97,712/6), Tennessee (93,022/7), Georgia (92,746/7), and Nebraska (89,034/7). Interestingly, Tennessee's 90.7% capacity was the lowest among the top-10, while Michigan's 102.9% was the highest. (link)
Michigan State gets the green light to expand its Skandalaris Football Center to the tune of $6.7M to add more office space, "refresh existing amenities" & upgrade technology around the building. A bit more, " graphics, finishes and digital displays, transforming the Hall of History into 'a beacon at night' with new monitors on the east and south walls." (link)
Really interesting WSJ piece with Purdue Prez Daniels on the state of the university, his leadership style & higher ed as a product. This is a really good one, "I’ll speak to an audience of businesspeople and say: Here’s the racket that you should have gone into. You’re selling something, a college diploma, that’s deemed a necessity. And you have total pricing power. When you raise your prices, you not only don’t lose customers, you may actually attract new ones." Innovation has been a staple of Daniels' five-year run in West Lafayette as he hasn't raised tuition, was the first to invite Amazon to do a brick & mortar on campus, introduced an Income Share Agreement as a student loan option, purchased & revamped an on-line education brand, plus more. On the latter, "...there are 35 to 40 million Americans by most counts who started college and didn’t finish." (link)
Navalent co-founder Carucci for HBR: "When A Leader Is Causing Conflict, Start By Asking Why." Carucci's three ways for making sure you're addressing the right problem with a challenging leader the right way: 1) Manage your assumptions and judgments; 2) Look past symptoms to contradictions; and 3) Have a broad repertoire of solutions. Conclusion: "Mislabeling behavior or a person as beyond help is one way we fail leaders. If you don’t look for contradictions, get to the root cause, and have a range of solutions, you could unwittingly limit someone’s growth or, even worse, derail their career." (link)
San Jose State AD Tuite raps with 1.Question's Brown on making collaborative decisions. Notable takeaways: "It's important as an administrator that your staff feels comfortable disagreeing with you. […] We hear leaders often say they don't want a lot of 'yes' people working with them. But when someone does disagree with them, the leader doesn't handle it well. […] I always ask my staff, 'If you were the athletics director, what would you do?' […] I doubt that there is a successful Division I athletics director that doesn't have a strong senior leadership team." 15-minute convo. (link)
The Herald's McCormick points to Winthrop MBB's matchup with Hiwassee (NCCAA) yesterday as a "symptom of a much bigger problem in college hoops." That problem? Per Eagles AD Halpin, " get in this back and forth of how do I make a competitive schedule, and how do I not schedule myself (HC Kelsey) out of a job if I’m not careful." McCormick points to P5s playing P5s in non-conference, buy games & expanding P5 league slates as an overall picture at why some low-majors have to schedule non-DIs. East Tennessee State HC Forbes continues to advocate for a consortium of notable low-majors to play each other annually. Big South Commish Kallander: "I tell the coaches, if you think you’re contending for a conference championship, you should build up your schedule. If you’re gonna win the league and go before the selection committee, they’re gonna say, 'who did you play, who did you beat?'" More. (link)
Nevada will discontinue its rifle program after this season & add Men's Cross Country, which will participate in the Mountain West beginning in the fall of 2019. AD Knuth: "These are not easy decisions, and we’ve gone to great lengths to examine, identify and chart the best course of action for Nevada athletics. Our department is forever thankful for the service and dedication of Fred Harvey, our rifle coach of 23 years and a longtime University employee, as well as the many distinguished student-athletes who competed for our rifle program over the years." The scholarships for all current rifle student-athletes will be honored. (link)
Also Noticed: Jackson State and Bethune-Cookman will face off in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Atlanta next FB season. (link); Kent State used 16 micro campaigns in a crowdfunding effort to surpass a $100K goal and raise $150K from 1,100 different gifts. Baseball led all sports with a $40K haul. (link); USC Men's Volleyball student-athlete Lewis is using his platform to be an advocate for his sport and his LGBT community. (link); Implications in the college space? "A Green Bay Packers fan will not be able to wear his team garb on the Chicago Bears' sidelines Sunday while participating in the NFL team's pregame fan program after an Illinois federal judge kicked his bid to block a rule prohibiting non-Bears gear at the event." (link); FIU FB student-athlete Phillips arrested on domestic violence charges and will not make the trip to the Bahamas Bowl. The alleged incident took place in June. (link)
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Director of Development (Razorback Foundation, Inc. (Univ of Arkansas) / Fayetteville, AR): Responsible for identification, cultivation, and stewardship of donors in the advancement of annual fund & major giving development efforts. More details HERE.

Director, Communications (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA): Directly responsible for leading and executing all communications initiatives as the primary contact for football, in addition to a spring sport to be assigned. More details HERE.

Ticket Office Associate (University of Missouri Athletics Ticket Office / Columbia, MO): Assist with ticket responsibilities and provide a secondary level of checks and balances for ticket office accounting. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director- Digital Strategies (University of Texas at San Antonio / San Antonio, TX): Direct, execute and lead social media strategies across all platforms to advance the UTSA Athletics brand. More details HERE.

Associate Director, Database and CRM (University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ): Arizona athletics is looking for a dynamic leader that will assist in supporting sales, marketing and development by providing database support, metrics and tracking success. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications (Pepperdine University / Malibu, CA): The Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications assists in the promoting of Pepperdine’s Athletics Department with an emphasis on social media, digital/video, website and media relations. More details HERE.

Lecturer OR Professor of Practice (Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University / Tempe, AZ): The Lecturer/Professor of Practice will teach four to six courses per academic year (2-3 per semester), with a primary focus in any one of these areas: sports finance, economics, marketing, or analytics. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director Development (Florida International University / Miami, FL): Services as a front-line fundraiser for the FIU Intercollegiate Athletics program. Advances FIU Athletics program by developing and implementing strategies to secure major gift funding. More details HERE.

Head Athletic Trainer, Football (Stanford Athletics / Stanford, CA): As Head Athletic Trainer, Football you will be working cohesively and collaboratively with coaches, researchers and world-renowned physicians to ensure the health and safety of student-athletes. More details HERE.

Deputy Director of Athletics/Senior Associate AD, External (Pennsylvania State University / University Park, PA): Req Bachelor's deg & 12 yrs exp prefer at NCAA Division I level, demonstrated executive leadership/exp in strategic planning/communications, public relations, advancement, & business development. More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communications (University of New Mexico / Albuquerque, NM): The University of New Mexico Athletics Department is accepting applications for the Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communications. Apply Here: More details HERE.

Head Coach - Women's Volleyball (Quinnipiac University / Hamden, CT): Quinnipiac University's Department of Athletics & Recreation seeks applications for Head Coach - Women's Volleyball. More info: More details HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vice President | Client Relations (SIDEARM Sports / Syracuse, NY): Lead SIDEARM's externally-facing teams with key focus on providing exceptional service to our 1,100 collegiate athletic partners. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Development, Athletics (Northwestern University / Evanston, IL): NU Athletics Development is seeking a new frontline fundraiser focusing on leadership annual fund donors, major gifts and engaging former student-athletes. More details HERE.

HEAD COACH, FOOTBALL (Brown University / Providence, RI): Head Coach of Football program with coaching, recruiting and administrative duties. Incumbent also maintains positive relations with alumni and friends' groups. More details HERE.

Executive Director of Compliance (Duke University / Durham, NC): This position is responsible for education, monitoring, and enforcement of all ACC and NCAA rules, including but not limited to rules related to amateurism, recruiting, eligibility, and financial aid. More details HERE.

Director Of Development - Athletics (University of New Hampshire / Durham, NH): The Director of Athletics Development will join UNH at an inflection point at the University as it welcomes a new President and begins planning for its next campaign period. More details HERE.

Senior Associate Athletic Director (Army West Point Athletic Association / West Point, NY): Senior Associate Athletic Director overseeing Administration and Sports Performance. Direct oversight of Football, Athletic Training, & Strength and Conditioning. Reports directly to AD. More details HERE.

Director of Championships (Atlantic Coast Conference / Greensboro, NC): Oversees the regular season and championship event for designated sports; manages officiating programs and conference schedules; and serves as head coaches' liaison. More details HERE.

Head Football Coach (Eastern Illinois University / Charleston, IL): Eastern Illinois University is seeking candidates for the position of Head Football Coach (Div. 1 FCS). More details HERE.

Director of Video (Athletx Sports Group / Louisville, KY): We’re looking for someone who can lead the video efforts for a media team focused on the strategic direction of all Athletx Sports Group digital & social media properties (including, but not limited to, native websites, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, event apps and more). More details HERE.

Assistant/Associate AD Development (Long Beach State Athletics / Long Beach, CA): Looking for an experienced Asst/Assoc DOD who will support and enhance the mission of the Long Beach State Athletics by optimizing philanthropic support for our student-athletes Job ID 1013669. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Marketing (Northwestern University / Evanston, IL): Responsible for oversight of select sports.This position facilitates the creation & execution of strategic plans supporting brand awareness, ticket sales & other revenue-generating initiatives. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Giving (University of Pittsburgh / Pittsburgh, PA): The University of Pittsburgh is seeking an Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Giving. To view full Job Description and to Apply: PI105617945. More details HERE.

Director of Football Compliance (University of Georgia Athletic Association / Athens, GA): This position is responsible for developing, directing, implementing and maintaining a comprehensive compliance program in the sport of football and other assigned sports. More details HERE.

Director of Video Services (Charlotte Athletics / Charlotte, NC): Director of Video Services will oversee the Video Production Unit that is responsible for creating video content for external use and in-game presentation, producing live events and coordinating video. More details HERE.

Manager of Athletics Marketing (University of Missouri - Kansas City / Kansas City, MO): This position will oversee Athletics brand activation, social media, fan engagement including spirit squad, dance team, and the mascot. Create and execute department and sport marketing plans. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics Development Operations (University of North Carolina Wilmington / Wilmington, NC): The Assistant Director of Development Operations is a member of a team of development and advancement professionals within a dynamic and growing athletics program. More details HERE
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