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D1.dossiers... As noted on the jobs buttons below, Towson has posted a Deputy AD for External Operations & there’s already a dossier ready to rock for the Tigers for those of you interested in the opening. $249 for an entire year of subscription. Colgate’s dossier is set to be complete soon, with Prairie View A&M & Hawaii up next. (link)
SEC Commissioner Sankey tells The Athletic’s Auerbach that he believes demands on football coaches in the month of December is unsustainable: “We’re crushing coaches in December. We’re going to add Playoff games (in December). We have to change early signing.” More: “We have to change December and college football to support the health of our participants and our leaders — and conduct the games. [...] I would suggest we have to pivot back. Maybe it (Signing Day) doesn’t have to be the first Wednesday in February like it is, but we have to get through the postseason. We have to get through coaching transitions. It ought to be done in the appropriate timeframe. It should not be disrupting seasons.” (link)
No timeline change yet for Texas & Oklahoma’s matriculation to the SEC, according to Big 12 Commissioner Yormark, who adds: “If there’s an opportunity for us to come together as a collective to figure something out where there’s an early exit, we’d be open to that discussion.” SEC boss Sankey chimes in: “There was openness, and then there was a statement that ‘Oh, no, there wasn’t openness,’ so I just look at the reality that there’s a relationship, a Grant of Rights between Oklahoma, Texas and the Big 12, and we’ve told our folks, ‘Could the date change?’ Sure. But that’s not in my control. And if it does, we’ll be prepared to adjust.” (link)
The San Jose Mercury News’ Wilner posits SMU still has a solid chance to be invited to the Pac-12: “The conference is seriously considering adding the Mustangs for a variety of reasons that include access to the Dallas market for media dollars and recruiting. With regard to defensive linemen in particular, the Pac-12 clearly needs help. It’s an essential position but in limited supply within the conference footprint. That’s not the case in Texas. The Hotline tallied the number of blue-chip defensive line prospects (four- or five-star ratings) in both Texas and California over the past three recruiting cycles, according to the 247 Sports database. The Lone Star State has produced 33 blue chippers, the Golden State just 12. (And that number, like California’s water supply, appears to be shrinking.) Granted, there is more competition for prospects in Texas than California. But access to the marketplace through a campus in the heart of the DFW metroplex cannot hurt. At least some university presidents are aware of the need to improve recruiting and — for that and other reasons — have become intrigued by the prospect of adding SMU.” Wilner also believes it’s more likely for Fresno State to end up in the Big 12 than the Pac-12: “(Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark has made no secret of his desire for a West Coast campus.) At the same time, the Hotline hasn’t sensed much momentum inside the Pac-12 for adding the Bulldogs. We see San Diego State as the priority among California schools.” (link)
NFL.com’s Pelissero and Rapoport report that Michigan FB HC Harbaugh will interview virtually with the NFL’s Denver Broncos this week. (link)
TCU FB HC Sykes when asked about his career, specifically his time at Cal: “And it was a challenging time. I truly believe -- I still believe this, if Sandy Barbour was the AD there, I would still be at Cal and we would have been very successful. But it's not the way it worked. And it wasn't the way -- it wasn't the plans. And so had to go to plan B, which was kind of start over, reinvent myself, and pray for another opportunity. And SMU gave me that opportunity and I'll be forever grateful for that.” On the transfer portal, Sykes: “I'm probably in the minority in terms of my belief that anything that's good for the players, I view, is a good thing. And so NIL makes things complicated. It benefits the players. I think it's a good thing. Transfer portal, complicated, hard for coaches. Good for players -- can be, assuming guys make good decisions. I'm for it.” (link)
With Colorado FB HC Sanders’ move from Jackson State, former HBCU peers discuss their career challenges with the Washington Post’s Clarke. Florida A&M’s Simmons: “A lot of us are having behind-doors conversations about what is realistically next for us. Do we attempt to relinquish our titles as head coaches [at HBCUs] to go up to Power Five and be position coaches with the hope that will propel us down the line? We try to keep moving, try to keep pressing forward, and we all are strong believers in what God has in mind for us: ‘When it’s time, it’s time.’ But the human element says: ‘What more do we have to do? How many more lists do we have to be on?’ [...] If you change the logo on our shirt and the color of our skin, I just feel like those opportunities would be flooding in.” (link)
Indiana has reportedly asked Louisville to cancel the three-game football series that starts between the two…next year. WRDB’s Bozich indicates the matchup set for Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy next season (September 19th) is likely to be played, adds: “...one source said that Louisville would be amenable to canceling the 2024 and 2025 games if Indiana fulfilled its contractual obligations, which the source said featured a buyout of $1 million per game not played. An Indiana athletic administrator said that IU was exploring all of its options and still open to playing the games. A source said that if the final two games were canceled, Louisville would pocket at least $2 million and then add an extra home game in 2025, a boost to the athletic department bottom line. A cancellation of the 2023 game would add another home game to the Cards' schedule.” (link)
Before yesterday’s tip against Nebraska, Minnesota Men’s Basketball home attendance average through eight games was 8,551, the lowest mark since 1970-71’s season of 8,395. More context from the Star Tribune’s Fuller: “This season's official scanned ticket numbers, obtained by the Star Tribune, are even lower. According to the university, the average number of tickets scanned for Gophers men's home games this season is 3,313.” Gophers Senior Assoc. AD for External Affairs Wierzbicki: “Is there probably some COVID fatigue? I think so. I think there was that buzz of people excited to get back together. But there also was some hesitation about things. Maybe got disconnected from the team and haven't re-engaged. [...] Things are different today than they were 10 years ago. You look at the transfer portal, right. You've got turnover in your team every year. Obviously, that's a lot for (HC) Ben (Johnson) and our staff to work through. Even more so to help our fan base get to know these guys.” (link)
Linear TV companies are in for another difficult year “as the ad market continues to slow and cord-cutting accelerates,” according to Axios’ Fischer, who notes Paramount, Warner Bros. Discovery and NBCUniversal are “all expected to sell or combine with other media entities in the next few years, in order to give their businesses the scale needed to possibly compete with tech firms like Amazon, Netflix and Google. … Most challenges plaguing TV giants today stem from the false assumption that streaming would be able to easily make up for linear TV losses. Paramount, Warner Bros. Discovery, Disney and Comcast don't expect their standalone streaming offerings to break even until 2024 or 2025 at least. In the interim, not only is cord-cutting accelerating faster than expected, but so are drops in linear TV viewing broadly, including broadcast.” Fischer also points out that roughly two-thirds of U.S. households pay for a cable, satellite or fiber TV subscription today, down from 79% in 2017 and 85% in 2007. Meanwhile, Fox, which has opted not to enter the streaming wars, has seen its stock price outperform its counterparts who are streaming. The Fox stock was down less than 25% in 2022, while Paramount, AMC Networks, Disney and Warner Brothers all lost roughly 50% or more. (link)
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CollegeAD reports the Ball State AD search has picked up speed with the institution & TurnkeyZRG set to review candidates next week. That group will then get culled down for an interview stage the week of January 16th. The Cardinals expect to have its new leader in place by early February. (link); The D1.dossier for Ball State has been ready for some weeks for those of you set to dig in further on the opening in Muncie. (link)
North Dakota State’s traveling party to Sunday’s FCS National Championship will total 264, with the NCAA picking up a per diem tab for 145. Inforum’s Kolpack reports NDSU is paying for the difference using ticket revenue generated from NCAA playoff games at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome, and Bison AD Larsen says it’s an opportunity for coaches to bring their families. “They sacrifice a bunch throughout the year. You see (defensive coordinator) David Braun's two little boys out there and they get to see what dad does when he goes away on weekends. That's what makes college athletics unique, where you can have your kids around and see what you do. Especially our coaches where there are times during the year where they may not see their kids for weeks on end because by the time they get home their kids are in bed. So to me these are great opportunities to bring all of that together." (link)
College Football Playoff Notes…
+ The Big 12 announces a variety of L.A.-based activations and partnerships to celebrate TCU’s trip west, including a Frogtown takeover with purple beer on tap, purple-themed tacos, an exclusive Horned Frogs-inspired sneaker giveaway in collaboration with celebrity sneaker artist Kickstradomis and an “outdoor digital branding takeover of L.A. Live in downtown.” (link)
+ TCU merch is “selling like hotcakes” per TCU campus bookstore Operations Manager Wright who notes player jerseys are the hottest items “more specifically quarterback Max Duggan’s No. 15.” Across Fort Worth, however, the Star-Telegram’s Engel writes the Horned Frogs’ run “has not generated the visible effect in this area as the Texas Rangers making the World Series in 2010 and 2011, or when either the Dallas Cowboys or the Dallas Mavericks go on a run.” (link)
+ Uga X will not be heading to L.A. to represent Georgia on the sidelines as it is too far for the nine-year-old “dawg” mascot to travel. (link)
Michigan State has submitted its Title IX plan & continues to say it’s in compliance with the readdition of Swim & Dive having no impact on the situation. Specifically from the submission: “MSU is not aware of any court or administrative determination that a participation gap of only nine individuals – particularly at a university with over 800 student-athletes – violates Title IX.” Further, if the gap widens in the future, the Spartans would not add or subtract sports, but instead balance by not filling some roster spots left by attrition (transfers, grad student matriculation). More. (link)
North Dakota State FB HC Entz signed a five-year deal on January 1, 2019 that included a $300K base. He has since gotten three extensions, including one in recent weeks thanks to the Bison qualifying for the FCS Championship game. His new deal takes him through 2026 and ups the base to $315K. (link)
With just six active and healthy players, UConn WBB does not meet the Big East requirement of seven players available to suit up, leading the Huskies game against DePaul, which was scheduled for tomorrow, to be postponed. UConn AD Benedict: “Our women’s basketball program has unfortunately been affected by an unprecedented number of injuries this season. While it’s unfortunate that we need to postpone Sunday’s game, it’s the right call to protect the safety of our student-athletes. We will work with the Big East and DePaul on options to reschedule the game.” Huskies HC Auriemma was also expected to be absent, as he announced this week he’ll be taking some time off to recover from an illness. (link)
According to an Opendorse report, sponsorships of female athletes has grown 20% from September 2021 to 2022, compared to just a 2% uptick for male athletes. Women’s basketball leads the charge and with the 2022 edition of the NCAA WBB National Championship being the most-watched one in 20 years, the report estimates that “If the starting five were offered a NIL agreement, it would cost an average of $7,886, about 57% more than what collegiate softball, volleyball and track & field athlete would earn.” More from the Business of College Sports’ Lopez. (link)
Maryland Deputy AD Sorem and Kansas City Deputy AD/SWA Gurney join AthleticDirectorU’s Brown from the Women Leaders In College Sports Convention to discuss cultivating a leadership philosophy as a Deputy AD, channeling a growth mindset and implementing strategic thinking strategies. The duo explain how they enact feedback from their direct reports and how they effectively push back against their ADs in the appropriate scenarios. Regarding the latter, Gurney explains that having developed a trusting relationship with Roos AD Martin over the past several years, they have developed a rapport in which Martin knows she supports his vision. Therefore, “Behind closed doors we can have honest conversations with each other where he knows if I’m bringing something to him he knows it must mean it’s important, it must mean that maybe he should pay attention. But I also respect the fact that maybe I’m wrong and I’m not always right. I’m not an athletics director, but I want to do the best I can to support an athletics director. … I think as a Deputy AD it’s important that the staff knows you have that relationship so they can talk to you.” Sorem agrees that it all begins with building a relationship and adds that Terps AD Evans often seeks her input on the decision-making process. “And there are many times that we go back and forth. We think very much alike, but we’re also very different on things. … I think when you build that rapport with your athletic director, I think they appreciate it.” Full interview. (link)
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first Toilet Paper Toss game in school history, Central Michigan will rekindle the tradition when it hosts Western Michigan for a White-Out MBB matchup on Saturday, January 28. Fans are encouraged to wear white shirts and will have the opportunity to participate in the previously well-known CMU tradition of throwing toilet paper rolls on the playing floor. Chippewas AD Folan: “This game will have something for everyone. We will rekindle a school tradition that everyone can participate in, play our rival in Western Michigan, welcome back a Chippewas' legend in Dan Majerle, and host a White-Out.” (link)
Playmaker President/CRO Woodley in a guest post for SBJ identifies five ways sports gambling content will evolve in 2023 “as operators continue to use content as a way to with and retain users.” Specifically, Woodley predicts there will be a shift toward entertainment, an increase in educational content, increased accountability in the “touts” market, a consolidation of “pickers,” and a more unified community of bettors. Woodley: “There is no shortage of rowdy and engaging voices all over social media selling their personality and picks. But are those picks the right ones? Who is holding these voices accountable? Bettors are beginning to demand scores and records from the top pickers much like how a consumer would evaluate a restaurant or product from Amazon. … Accountability creates a subsequent trickle-down effect for the sports betting content industry. If more touts and pickers are being transparent in their record, natural selection will occur in bettors clearly identifying what content is good and trustworthy. With that, the cream will rise to the top, creating a market of strong, smart and trustworthy content providers and asking the lower-tier of pickers to either step up their game or get out all together.” (link)
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