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In beating North Dakota State for the FCS Championship yesterday, South Dakota State brought home the first Division I national championship in school history. Jackrabbits HC Stiegelmeier: “I get my emotions and my fulfillment through our players. So, honestly, I feel really happy for our program. Maybe it's because they've been doing this so long that you kind of temper the feeling a little bit, but I'm really proud of our program and really happy for our players. And I'm happy for the guys that went before these guys because they're part of this championship.” (link)
Would Texas & Oklahoma have chosen to stay in the Big 12 had the College Football Playoff already expanded? Big 12 Commissioner Yormark: “It’s a great question. I will say that this is why I was personally bullish on CFP expansion because of the possibilities like this. It gives everyone a chance and some hope and vision for what can be accomplished. Whether it would have affected realignment, I don’t know. We can all make those determinations now, but it is what it is. We’re excited TCU is here.” (link)
Both TCU HC Dykes & Georgia boss Smart commented on occupational challenges facing football coaches during yesterday’s presser. Dykes: “It's complicated. There's work that needs to be done. I think the good thing about the NCAA now is we're trying to do things. There is more of a ‘let's try to do something’ as opposed to ‘let's ignore this problem.’ And I think some of the issues that we're having in college football now were because for years and years we stuck our head in the sand and didn't address issues that involved our student-athletes.” Smart: “I mean, you're already looking at junior days, six, seven days from right now. And we're trying to play a national championship. So it doesn't stop for the coaches at the highest level. I'm not sure any of us have the exact right answer, but I do think being smart and legislating time for coaches to be with their team and with their families is important.” (link)
While the real impact will likely be felt in next year’s enrollment cycle, TCU reports it has seen a 31% increase in early decision applicants identifying TCU as their top choice. Chancellor Boschini recalls seeing a similar spike after the Horned Frogs defeated Wisconsin in the 2011 Rose Bowl and believes the trip to the College Football Playoff title tilt could have an even bigger impact. “I would say that [Rose Bowl] was a turning point for the school. This is an even bigger turning point. It puts TCU on a national stage in a way that we couldn’t pay for if we wanted to.” Boschini also points out TCU is seeing an increase in philanthropic giving, as the school just announced a new $40M renovation of the Bob Lilly Performance Center. “That money has been coming in now for people, which is wonderful, and we’re going to be able to do that project.” (link)
TurnkeyZRG’s Perna provides his perspective on the NCAA’s hire of new President Baker to JohnWallStreet: “If you look at currently proposed legislation in D.C., costs are certainly going to go up, maybe even compensating players. Somebody with P&L experience has to unify the stakeholders to find new businesses to cover those rising costs. [...] The NCAA is ready [to change] at all levels. There is no question.” (link)
Yesterday in Los Angeles, SEC Commissioner Sankey said he has some thoughts on expanding March Madness, but isn’t quite ready to divulge them yet. Citing Ole Miss baseball being the last team to make the postseason last year, only to go on and win it all, Sankey also points to the number of teams that have made it to the Elite 8/Final Four that started the journey in Dayton, “We are excluding highly competitive teams because of the structure.” (link)
Sports Illustrated’s Dellenger on Friday: “NCAA FB Oversight is expected next week to pass a proposal to allow ‘any institutional staff member’ (support staffers/analysts) to coach during practice weeks, sources tell @SINow. They’d still be prohibited from coaching in a game. It makes legal what’s happened for years.” In follow up tweets, he explains that tomorrow the football oversight committee will meet in San Antonio to review this proposal and “is expected to approve it,” then the Division I Council meets Wednesday. Dellenger: “We’ll get further details after both meetings.” (link)
Despite the failure of ballot measure E, which if passed, would have funded improvements to Fresno State’s Valley Children's Stadium, Bulldogs AD Tumey is determined to continue taking steps toward stadium improvements. Tumey: “I know we had a setback prior with Measure E. But that's not going to stop us. We still have very much of a planned approach that we're looking at for our stadium renovations.” Plans will be announced “in the very near future.” More from Tumey: “I don't think about Fresno State as a Mountain West institution, which means I'm in a certain (group of five) category. I think about Fresno State as an entity and a brand that is commensurate to a Stanford, a Cal, a Washington State, an Oregon State, a Baylor, so any of those institutions that used to be considered Power 5 are really now our colleagues.” (link)
Check out Georgia’s hype video ahead of tonight’s national championship. Narrated by late former Bulldogs HC Dooley. (link); TCU has a hype video of its own, of course. (link)
Former Virginia Tech Women’s Soccer student-athlete Hening will get at least $100K as part of a settlement in the 2021 lawsuit she filed against Hokies HC Adair on first amendment grounds. Hening says Adair benched her because of her political opinions after she would not take a knee during the national anthem. (link)
The Michigan-focused Valiant Management collective yesterday launched the One More Year Fund “designed to retain key Michigan football players” who might otherwise declare for the NFL Draft. The collective specifically identified RB Corum, OL Zinter and Keegan among those whose return it is supporting. (link)
Sportico’s McCann makes five predictions about how sports law will be impacted in 2023, starting with the potential classification of student-athletes as employees. “Expect new bills in Congress and at the state level to recognize college athletes as employees. They’ll attract headlines but will face long odds. The true wild card would be if the NCAA, under new president Charlie Baker, voluntarily declares that college athletes at major programs are employees. Don’t bank on it. While Baker is more open to change than his predecessors, he’s also a realist and is unlikely to clash so quickly with those who put him in power.” Regarding NIL, McCann expects more of the same, with the line between NIL and pay-for-play remaining all but gone. “Members of Congress will continue to propose NIL bills, but to date, no NIL bill has made it out of committee. In short, NIL in 2023 will probably look a lot like NIL in 2022.” (link)
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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 Dykes 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, Dykes: “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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