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UMBC, continued:
+ The Retrievers bowed out of the MBB Tourney last night in a close loss to Kansas State, but not before moving to trademark "Retrievers," "Retriever Nation" & "16 over 1" with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. AD Hall: "With all the attention, it made sense for us to take care of it right away." (link)
+ ESPN's Rovell reports the UMBC bookstore took on more orders in the 24 hours after its historic win than the rest of the year combined. (link)
+ The now-famous MBB Twitter account is up to 110K followers, before last night's tip pushed a message that included a link for student admissions. (link, link)
+ HC Odom after last night's defeat, "These kids made history. It’s unbelievable how they were able to capture the entire country and certainly our sport. The NCAA, NBA and then you go beyond. It’s just really, really special. […] Kids are being told, 'You can’t do this, you can’t do that.' Whether it’s in sports or outside sports. What our kids were able to accomplish should be a lesson to everyone. You just have to put your mind to it, work hard and hopefully good things will happen for you." (link)
ESPN WBB analyst & former UConn student-athlete Lobo chats coverage of the Women's game, when asked if she gets frustrated with ESPN's commitment to WBB versus that for the Men's side, "No, because I understand the reality of the sports-viewer landscape. I know how many people are watching men’s college basketball and how many people are watching women’s. Instead of getting frustrated or annoyed, you say OK, let’s continue to grow our side. And it’s kind of the same thing with the WNBA. The NBA had a 50-year head-start on the WNBA, so that league is still, in a lot of ways, in its infancy as it’s trying to get to where it wants to be." Lobo leans towards UConn's dominance being good for the sport since it draws so many eyeballs, committed to continuing to grow WBB's spotlight, more. (link)
The Oregonian's Manning & Schmidt go deep on "The Loyalty Game: How sneaker dollars transformed youth hoops" & review the story of Duke MBB student-athlete Bagley, whose summer squad, the Phoenix Phamily, were backed by Nike. In 2008, the Bagleys filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, then four years later listed an addressed in a Southern California neighborhood as home where rents are commonly in the $2,500 to $7,500 per month range. Nike & the Bagleys mum on questions submitted by the authors as the piece dovetails into Bagley's schooling & AAU moves, coaching jobs Bagley's father scored along the way & parts of the MBB-FBI developments. Lots here. (link)
Northern Arizona still pushing to add dollars for Lumberjacks athletics, this time in the form of a new $150 fee for all students. "The university is proposing to use the athletic fee to support facility improvements and student engagement programming on the Flagstaff campus, according to a press release." NAU brass will present their case to the state's Board of Regents later this month with a final decision expected the first week of April. (link)
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For the first time since 1977, there's no Boston College, North Dakota or Minnesota in the NCAA Men's Hockey Tourney. Golden Gophers Senior Assoc. AD McGinnis is the committee chair, "It builds to the strength of college hockey. Anybody can win this tournament. Four seeds have been beating one seeds. We’ve had two No. 15 seeds (Yale in 2013 and Providence in 2015) win national championships. There are no powerhouses in college hockey. There’s lot of parity so it will be interesting to see how this year’s tournament plays out." Bracketing wise, one adjustment was made to put all three Minnesota-based participants in Sioux Falls, while Michigan & Northeastern shifted to the Northeast Regional in Worcester, both changes that should positively impact attendance. (link); Here's the full bracket. (link)
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Alabama WBB defeated UCF in the WNIT yesterday, leading Crimson Tide AD Byrne to remark on Twitter, "Great win today over UCF for @AlabamaWBB!  We're not ready to make it more than it was and schedule a Disney Parade...but we'll definitely take it." Naturally, Knights AD White shot back, "Our policy has been to schedule Disney parades when we win New Year’s Day bowl games. We’ve won 2 in the last 5 years. The most recent in 2017 when we were the only undefeated team in America, & National Champions. If y’all wanna have a parade for WNIT wins - more power to ya!" (link); Another Twitter back & forth as South Carolina MBB HC Martin started with, "After being n studios yesterday at @TBSNetwork & watching all these incredible games,wonder if some people still feel as if players should boycott the opportunity 2b a part of these incredible moments. What a platform, what an experience. Hey @dandakich what do u think?this s gr8." The New York Times' Tracy: "Not taking a position, just noting that such a boycott might be effective precisely because everyone would know how much the athletes were giving up." (link)
As UConn searches for a new MBB HC, here's an interesting note from the New Haven Register's Borges, "(Former HC) Ollie is fighting the decision and is slated to present his case to athletic director David Benedict sometime over the next week. If Benedict upholds the decision, Ollie can appeal to school president Susan Herbst, and finally to an independent arbitrator. That process could take weeks, thought it’s certainly possible Ollie and the school could negotiate a settlement before then. Ollie is currently suspended with pay by the university, but it is believed that UConn could still hire a new coach before Ollie’s situation is resolved." (link)
Clemson AD Radakovich retaining MBB HC Brownell after last season, his sixth straight of not making the NCAA Tournament is quickly being pointed to as the right example of leadership patience as the Tigers surged into the Sweet 16 after a lopsided win over Auburn. The Athletic's Vecenie: "The administration genuinely wanted to give him every chance to succeed instead of leaving him as a lame duck. It got the team time with sports psychologists and added a player development coach. As opposed to taking a hands-off approach, the administration wanted to have more eyes on the players and more chances to create positive results." Radakovich: "You have to be embedded in the program to see the progress, to understand that we had to put some things together from a resource perspective to allow him to compete. And he’s done it, and he’s done a fantastic job. I’m so happy for him." (link)
Notable HC bonuses from yesterday's Tournament action: $15K for Oregon WBB's Graves as his squad heads for the Sweet 16, another $40K for West Virginia MBB's Huggins, $25K for South Carolina WBB boss Staley, $225K for Florida State's Hamilton, $172K for Kansas State's Weber, $100K for Texas A&M's Kennedy, $25K for WBB peer Blair, automatic one-year contract extension & $10K bonus for N.C. State WBB's Moore, additional data points thanks to USA Today's Berkowitz. (link)
More Personnel: Auburn MBB HC Pearl expects to return to The Plains to continue leading his program, "Like I've said all season long, I feel very good about the position that we're in, the process that we've gone through and my anticipation is that I'll be Auburn's basketball coach." (link); New Mexico State AD Moccia pushing to increase MBB HC Jans' annual base comp to $400K-$500K as he says three schools have called to talk to Jans. (link); Minnesota Men's Hockey HC Lucia ever so slightly missed the NCAA Tourney, says he & Gophers AD Coyle are on the same page with a plan to move forward, though Lucia's mum on what that plan exactly entails. (link); Buyout amounts for Buffalo MBB Oats: Currently $1M, $500K after next season, $400K after the 2020 campaign, then $350K & $300K in '21 & '22, respectively. (link); Will Marshall's success under analytics maven D'Antoni lead to a wider embrace of advanced stats? Thundering Herd AC Cline: "I think a lot of coaches want to overcoach. The hardest thing for me when I joined Dan was to learn how to give up control." (link); NFL CMO Hudson says she'll exit next month. (link)
Axios' McCabe & Fischer with a nice little review of why the trail for AT&T's attempted acquisition of Time Warner, which starts today, is so important in the media landscape. "The outcome of the case will not only determine AT&T's future, but also the future of tech, media and telecom deals in general. […] A win for the government lawyers rewards them for bucking years of precedent that has given the green-light to many vertical mergers. A loss would keep the legal status quo. […] An AT&T victory would mean media companies would have a much better shot of consolidating, both vertically and horizontally." More. (link)
From CynopsisSports: "As history was made over the weekend amid unprecedented upsets in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, Turner Sports and CBS Sports reports that the event has drawn an average minute audience of 8.2 million viewers across all of their platforms, up 4% over last year’s numbers, which hit 7.9 million viewers. Through Friday, digital platform NCAA March Madness Live scored new highs, recording 9.4 million live hours of consumption (up 7%), as well as marking the most live streams for an individual game and the most concurrent streams for an overall game window." (link); Here's a pretty good little rundown comparing the new TV deals for Conference USA & the Sun Belt. (link)
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Just how much does your MBB team's appearance in the NCAA Tourney boost donations? Though a bit dated, West Virginia professor Humphreys and USF professor Mondello analyzed 20 years of data from Division I schools and found that "public universities making the cut saw an increase in donations of about $1.2 million in 2015 dollars the following year. Private institutions did even better, getting a $1.4 million bump." Mercer's upset of Duke in 2014 bumped up fundraising 210% for the Bears the following year. (link)
Conference USA supporters believe more respect is needed for its league after the sole MBB Tourney representative once again knocked off a higher seed. The Virginian-Pilot's Minium also points to success for Buffalo, UMBC & Nevada of examples of the thrill mid-majors bring to March. Minium also takes another swipe at Creighton AD Rasmussen in the process, says he's surprised mids are devalued under Rasmussen's watch given his own program profile before moving to the BIG EAST. (link); The Chicago Tribune's Greenstein, "Remember: If Loyola had gotten tripped up in MVC tourney, cmte would have left them out of tourney. What a joke." (link)
Little Rock will add Wrestling to the its sports portfolio in time for the 2019-2020 season. Trojans AD Conque: "This serves as an exciting milestone for our department, adding a program that will complement and enhance the profile of our existing 14 sports." Made possible thanks to a $1.4M donation from local businessman Hatcher, who is "well known within the wrestling community as the driving force behind establishing high school wrestling in Arkansas." Conference affiliation is an "open question at this point." (link)
"The most important issue in college sports is educating the student-athlete. Why are we stuck on this payment issue? Not to say that it’s not important, but education is more important." That's Arizona State University's Global Sport Institute CEO Shropshire speaking during a series of panel discussions on various topics that ASU hosted to celebrate the opening of its new eight-story, 32K square-foot, Washington, D.C. campus. Other panelists included Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality Southern Regional Director Williams: "Why do I focus on the Black athlete? Because Black athletes in these schools often are the most ill-equipped to handle the transition to college." In case you missed it, on March 8, the Congressional Black Caucus announced it will form an eight-person task force to examine black student-athletes' involvement in payment scandals to protect them from a "predatory situation." NFL SVP of Player Engagement McAfee said the league's teams range from 37-75% on graduation rates within their rosters and offers this: "The athletes come to campus, they have to major in these things that the university offers, but there is no national curriculum for athletes. So it’s possible, maybe, to create a national curriculum for athletes, because all the rules they play by are national rules. It’s always, in my mind, a policy decision by the institutions to create a circumstance that would be favorable to the athletes as they think forward beyond just their university’s core curriculum in terms of education." Lots more here. (link)
Inside Higher Ed's Jaschik: "Should a Donor Dictate Who is President?" UNLV Prez Jessup has announced his intention to move on and consequently, a $14M pledge from a foundation will not be coming UNLV's way, as the gift agreement was contingent on his holding the presidency until 2022. Lots of moral questions surround the timing of Jessup's signing of the agreement - nine days after he received an "unfavorable review from the system chancellor" - and the fact that, as Indiana Philanthropy School Dean Pasic notes: "[I have never] seen a case where the person preferred by the donor in this kind of situation signs the document accepting the gift on behalf of the institution." What if athletics donors included similar stipulations? (link)
Also Noticed: North Texas is paying $40K to host Mercer in a CBI tip tonight. (link); Arizona gets the green light from the State Liquor Board to sell wine and beer at the McKale Center starting next season. (link); The City of Norman will pay $60K in attorney fees to settle a lawsuit over its refusal to release the 2014 surveillance video of former Oklahoma FB student-athlete Mixon's altercation with a female. (link); "Alabama State University's long-term debt rating was downgraded from its previous B rating to a B-minus and it's one-year outlook was upgraded from "unstable" to "stable," according to the latest S&P Global Ratings debt report of ASU released March 5." (link)
Loyola's (Chicago) MBB lockerroom has a "Wall of Culture," described as a "collection of individually painted basketball words and phrases in capital letters that serve as daily subliminal reminders, like personal Post-It notes players take pride in memorizing." Ramblers HC Moser, who worked for four seasons on the staff of late St. Louis HC Majerus: "When I got the job and was writing down all these things I wanted to do philosophically, all these details from notes when I worked for Rick, I was like, 'Let’s just put it up there so they see it every day and buy in.' This was a blank wall when I got here." Some of the words/expressions: Shadow; Get Out of the Mud; Through You To The Rim; Never Be Three In A Row; Reach For the Lights; Never Quit On A Play; and Still Chasing. (link)
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