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Utah Tech’s transition to the newly merged WAC/ASUN football-only FCS conference is a done deal, according to Trailblazers AD Beazer, who says: “We’re playing a six game conference schedule in 2023. It will be a full eight game schedule in 2024.” Beazer also notes the Trailblazers have seen a “rapid ascension” over the past few years and adds: “There’s really no plan to stop. I think the growth of the community, the growth of the university not only mandates, but almost guarantees the growth of the athletic department.” (link)
Denver AD Berlo joins D1.ticker/Connect’s Eargle to talk about DU’s brand update, the potential impact of changes from the NCAA Transformation Committee, the Pioneers’ relationship with New Balance, his first six months on the job and what’s in store for 2023. Check out the full Q&A now live on Connect. (link)
Florida State Representative LaMarca (R-93) has filed HB 99 which would allow more institutional involvement from universities and colleges in NIL matters. Specifically, according to the Orlando Sentinel’s Murschel, the bill would enable colleges, universities and its employees to steer NIL opportunities toward athletes. LaMarca: “If you think about what an athlete’s earlier life is like, no matter what their background is, they rely heavily on their coaches, the staff and the administration. For them not to be able to have any conversations about what opportunities are out there was limiting our athletes. Now that we know where the NCAA is, and where the other schools are, we want to ensure that we’re all at least on a level playing field.” LaMarca also notes he would like to expand the bill further at some point to allow universities to connect student-athletes with professionals who can offer investment and tax advice. (link)
USF officially opens the $22M, 88K-sq-ft Porter Family Indoor Performance Facility, which will serve all Bulls student-athletes. The center includes a 100-yard turf field, locker rooms, a video work area and an outdoor plaza. FB HC Golesh: “What’s reinvigorating is the commitment of everyone to go and be elite. The resources that are being put forth are giving us the ability to actually go and be elite. The only thing we’ve talked about with our football program, our coaches, our staff is what’s next.” (link, link)
Wake Forest FB HC Clawson following today’s FBS coaches meeting indicated there’s consensus that any rules that aren’t enforceable – analysts coaching, tampering, etc – shouldn’t be a rule, as the only people being punished are those who are following the rules, according to ESPN’s Hale. AFCA Executive Director Berry added: “There’s a lot of coaches right now just saying ‘Let’s blow the whole thing up.’ … It looks like a free for all right now because, quite frankly, it is.” Berry also says there’s energy behind moving up the early signing day, though Hale notes that “several coaches I’ve talked to don’t think it helps. Dave Doeren suggests no signing day – 365 days, 85 scholarships, sign ‘em whenever.” Also from Berry: “We came really, really close to not playing some postseason games this year” because teams were so thin at positions due to opt outs and portal. Says there’s energy to let all players eligible for bowl without impacting redshirts. (link) ESPN’s Rittenberg reports Berry “says after football coaches' meeting that there's interest in moving the high school signing date up, before the transfer portal opens. Might be the first Wednesday in December or right after Thanksgiving.” Berry: “It’s so chaotic right now.” (link)
D1.ticker/Connect’s Eargle catches up with Memphis Deputy AD Crane and Director of Marketing/GameDay Presentation Moore to discuss leveraging success on the field in marketing endeavors, the proposed upgrades to Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium, the Memphis Rising campaign and strategic initiatives that are currently paying dividends for the Tigers. Check out the full conversation on Connect. (link)
+ Hofstra names New View Psychology Group psychotherapist Bertuccio as the department’s first Assoc. AD for Mental Health Services. (link)
+ Holy Cross promotes Men’s Golf HC Napoli to Director of Golf. (link)
+ Lehigh Field Hockey HC Dallmeyer steps away to pursue a career outside of coaching (link)
+ Penn Softball HC King announces her retirement after 19 seasons as a team-leader. AHC Gonzales will serve as interim HC this spring. (link)
+ Penn taps USC Men’s Tennis AC Bonfiglio for the Quakers’ Men’s Tennis HC post. (link)
+ Xavier AD Christopher promotes Men’s and Women’s Tennis HC Matthews to Director of Tennis. Matthews will remain the HC of the women’s team, while AC Rasco is the new Men’s Tennis HC. (link)
+ With Georgia FB HC Smart adding $250K for the Dawgs natty last night, he ends the season with $1.35M in on-field bonuses, meaning his total pay for the season is $11.6M, per USA Today’s Berkowitz, who adds that college football head coaches at FBS public schools earned more than $12.2M in bonuses for this season. “This does not include the future value of automatic contract extensions that nine coaches picked up this season. Those are set to be worth at least $24M in later years.” (link)
The unstoppable Sports TV Ratings breaks down the quarter-hour viewing figures from last night’s national championship as follows: 8P ET: 20.33M; 8:15: 21.85M; 8:30: 22.365M; 8:45: 22.18M; 9:00: 20.795M; 9:15: 16.226M; 9:30: 15.885M; 9:45: 16.24M; 10:00P: 14.95M; 10:15: 13.34M; 10:30: 11.8M; 10:45: 10.3M. SBJ’s Karp: “Havent seen a formal number yet, but based on this breakdown, Georgia's blowout of TCU would be at around 17.2M viewers and EASILY be the least-watched title game since the BCS era began in 1999. Prior low was 18.7M for Bama-Ohio State at end of the pandemic season.” (link)
Elevate Sports Ventures and Hive break down the brand exposure figures from last night’s College Football Playoff title game. On the ESPN game telecast, the following brands received the most in-game exposure: Nike: 45m 23s; AT&T: 10m 59s; Gatorade: 4m 56s; Mercedes-Benz: 4m 04s; SoFi: 4m 03s; Allstate: 2m 37s; Goodyear: 35 seconds; DraftKings: 21 seconds; RAM Trucks: 18 seconds; and Dr. Pepper: 17 seconds. The top three remain unchanged from last year’s championship, though Nike’s in-game exposure dropped from its 1:04:08 duration a year ago. Meanwhile, DraftKings was the only brand that was not an official CFP sponsor to reach the Top 10 by exposure duration, with its exposure earned through TVGI promotions for ESPN’s NBA Wednesday doubleheader. In total, 13 brands received at least 10 seconds of exposure, down from 15 last year. (link)
ESPN will bring College GameDay to three WBB games this season, including the January 26 matchup between Tennessee and Connecticut from Thompson-Boling Arena. The other two will be announced at a later date. In addition to featuring one of the sport’s historic rivalries, the matchup is also part of ESPN's annual "We Back Pat" initiative, honoring legendary former Lady Vols HC Summitt and supporting the Pat Summitt Foundation. ESPN VP of Production Lowry: “We are thrilled to continue integrating women’s college basketball into the 'College GameDay' brand with additional shows this season. … Having the first show of 2023 at Tennessee for this matchup while supporting 'We Back Pat', with one of Summitt’s former players, Kellie (Jolly) Harper, now leading the Lady Vol program, it couldn’t be more fitting.” (link)
Houston Christian unveils its updated athletics branding, which includes modifications to the Husky head and new wordmarks following the name change of the school last fall. (link)
Jacksonville State announces the addition of women’s bowling as the Gamecocks’ 18th varsity sport with competition set to begin in 2023-24. (link)
Florida State, in partnership with WMT Digital, has launched a Heisman campaign for QB Travis. The new website includes a highlight reel and enumerates Travis’ accomplishments to date, particularly when compared to some of FSU’s previous stars, including Heisman-winning QBs Ward and Weinke. (link)
+ Looks like Teamworks is preparing for what they're calling 'the biggest announcement in company history' on Wednesday this week. We'll have coverage as the news breaks. (link)
+ Charlotte has launched an updated mobile app via SIDEARM Sports. (link)
+ ESPN and the Pac-12 are in the process of moving the Arizona State-Colorado game to Week 0 to kick off next season, per FootballScoop and other sources. As of now, CU’s opener is scheduled to be at TCU. (link)
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