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Michigan State Football HC Mel Tucker denies any wrongdoing in a statement released through his attorney. Tucker contends that he and Brenda Tracy entered into an “intimate, adult relationship" and that her claims that he harassed her are "completely false.” Tucker adds: “While I am saddened by Ms. Tracy's disclosure of the sensitive nature of this call, let me be perfectly clear – it was an entirely mutual, private event between two adults living at the opposite ends of the country. She initiated the discussion that night, sent me a provocative picture of the two of us together, suggested what she may look like without clothes, and never once during the 36 minutes did she object in any manner, much less hang up the phone. … I have been ripped from the Team that I love, without any meaningful opportunity to tell my side of the story other than this press release. I ask everyone to consider carefully the undisputed facts outlined and reserve judgment until the full truth comes out.” Also from Tucker: “I can only conclude that there is an ulterior motive designed to terminate my contract based on some other factor such as a desire to avoid any Nasser (sic) taint, or my race or gender.” (link, link); Full statement. (link)
Brenda Tracy responds to Michigan State Football HC Mel Tucker’s statement: “This is just more of the same DARVO (deny, attack and reverse victim and offender), deflection, victim blaming and lies that I’ve been dealing with now for months. Coach Tucker has been delaying and trying to stop the investigative process since the beginning. He can’t afford to go to a hearing that determines credibility of the participating parties. I believe this statement is his way of getting out of participating in the hearing. October 5th and 6th I will be present for the hearing and make myself available for cross examination by his attorney Jennifer Belveal. I invite him to do the same.” (link)
Sportico’s Michael McCann and Daniel Libit write that Washington State and Oregon State’s fear that a Pac-12 board meeting would cause them harm was speculative and add: “Moreover, any resulting harm, such as a lost TV contract, a lost key employee or even the dissolution of the conference, might also be quantifiable. A TRO requires irreparable harm, which means a kind of harm that money can’t remedy. It’s also not clear how the 12-member conference could operate with only Washington State and Oregon State eligible to vote; conference bylaws refer to a quorum requiring at least a majority (seven schools). The departing members also have a credible stake in the possibility of the conference dissolving, where assets would be distributed and potential liabilities, including those involving employees and insurance policies, requiring an orderly winding down of operations” (link)
The DI Board of Directors at its meeting last month approved a recommendation to modify the composition of the Infractions Process Committee. “The committee shall be composed of nine voting members. A minimum of one member from each of the three subdivisions, a minimum of one Board of Directors member who would provide regular reports to the board about the work of the standing committee, at least one president/chancellor who does not serve on the Board of Directors, at least one faculty athletics representative, one athletics director or commissioner and at least one student-athlete. Preference will further be given to prospective members who have experience with the infractions process. Additionally, as the committee conducts its work, it is anticipated it will occasionally call upon other experts to assist (e.g., member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions, member of the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee), potentially for one or more meetings as projects and various reviews of processes may require.” The board also approved a process for appeals of NCAA interpretations related to NIL. The process will use the existing procedures for appeals of interpretations of staff decisions and add a requirement that after appellate opportunities have been exhausted, interpretations must be ratified by the board or its Administrative Committee prior to being considered final. Full rundown. (link)
The North Carolina Board of Trustees held a closed meeting to discuss legal options concerning the eligibility of football student-athlete Tez Walker. ESPN’s Andrea Adelson reports Football HC Mack Brown and Tar Heels AD Bubba Cunningham attended the meeting. UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said that the board heard from both in-house and outside legal counsel but that no decisions have been made and discussions will continue. "This was an important meeting where we received some legal updates that will help inform us as we do everything possible to support our student-athletes.” (link)
+Montana State Assoc. AD for Annual Giving and Fan Development Bethany Green has stepped down to take a position outside college athletics, per CollegeAD. (link) Her LinkedIn profile indicates she is now Development Manager at the non-profit Gallatin Valley Land Trust (link)
+Buffalo Assoc. AD for Event/Facility Operations Sue Kurowski has moved across campus as the Director of Student Unions. (link)
+ The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reports former Duke star Jay Williams will continue to be a key cog in ESPN’s Men’s Basketball coverage. Marchand: “Williams was unsure whether he wanted to stay at ESPN, and there were some questions about how badly ESPN wanted to keep him.” (link)
YTexas CEO Ed Curtis sits down with Southwest Sports Partners Founder/CEO Tom Burnett, who is also the founder of Lone Star NIL to discuss the importance of keeping student-athletes in Texas and the overall importance of NIL. Burnett analogies the Lone Star NIL initiative to an “in-state scholarship program that is very common in every state. When my kids went to school inOklahoma, they were presented a list of scholarships and 95% of them were for Oklahoma residents. Texas has the same thing. I lived in Louisiana for a while, there's a plethora of in-state scholarship programs. So, it's not unique to try to keep your homegrown athletic and academic talent in-state. This has a little bit more sizzle in the fact that we all love athletics, we all follow athletics, and, you know, we can't wait for football season to start and we're just kind of enamored with that world of sports.” Burnett goes on to reference the robust business community in Texas and says he “would argue, and somewhat anecdotally here, that that group is sitting on the sidelines when it comes to NIL. And to us, and our group…Texas has to lead in this area. We’ve got to provide the best NIL opportunity for students,” particularly at smaller schools. “We want this to be a win-win for everyone, but ultimately we want the Texas workforce to know that we’d like to formalize our program to help that group in the future.” (link)
Boise State law professor Sam Ehrlich and Arkansas State sports management professor Neal Ternes in a guest post for Extra Points examine whether universities can block student-athletes from signing NIL deals with AI companies, noting LSU gymnast Oliva Dunne and Tigers women’s basketball players Angel Reese and Aneesah Morrow are among several throughout the country who have endorsed CaktusAI. Ehrlich and Ternes note that Louisiana’s state law allows universities to prohibit NIL deals that conflict with “institutional values as defined by the postsecondary education institution.” While that clause can be overbroad, they point out that “protecting academic integrity at state educational institutions is historically recognized as an important and narrowly defined state interest. … In short, LSU (and probably most schools) currently have the authority to restrict their athletes’ deals with CaktusAI and might be able to craft narrower policies restricting these types of programs should their current restrictions ever be overturned due to their overbreadth.” More from Ehrlich and Ternes on whether Dunne, et al. are already violating the student code of conduct (possibly, though it’s not a “slam dunk”) and what legal issues these NIL deals could pose beyond athletics. (link)
The NCAA is in a trademark dispute with the National Collegiate Pickleball Association on the grounds that the NCPA constitutes infringement, dilution and unfair competition. Loeb & Loeb’s Chicago Managing Partner Douglas Masters, who represents the NCAA, says the NCAA wants NCPA Founder Noah Suemnick to come up with a different name for the organization. Suemnick maintains the USPTO has registered other marks that are more similar to NCAA and, arguably, more likely to cause more confusion. Northeastern law professor Alexandra Roberts tells Sportico’s Michael McCann that the “most important question for infringement is whether the junior user’s use of its mark” – here the NCPA for its tournament and other services specified in the USPTO application – “creates a likelihood of confusion among consumers that it’s associated or affiliated with NCAA or that the tournament is put on or sponsored by the NCAA.” Roberts believes it’s possible but stresses that both marks “seem fairly descriptive” and are probably “different enough for consumers to distinguish them easily.” (link)
Illinois State and Western Illinois will continue their longstanding football series in 2024 despite the Leathernecks leaving for the OVC after this season. FBSchedules.com’s Kevin Kelley reports the game will be played “presumably at ISU’s Hancock Stadium in Normal.” (link)
Yesterday's Evening Standard...
Brenda Tracy’s nonprofit Set the Expectation has released a statement highlighting the organization’s work and adding: “If nothing else, the recent news reminds us that the work to eradicate sexual violence must continue if we ever hope to see progress. We continue to hope and we continue to work. Please join us in standing alongside Brenda Tracy. When we support one survivor, we show other survivors they are safe, too.” (link)
A judge has granted a temporary restraining order to prevent the Pac-12 from holding a board meeting on Wednesday. During the hearing, attorney Eric MacMichael, representing Washington State and Oregon State, argued that Pac-12 bylaws force schools departing from the conference to immediately forfeit their right to vote or be part of the Board of Directors. He also noted the conference abided by these rules when Colorado, USC, and UCLA all said they’d leave. He also addressed the financial situation and asserted the departing schools want to dissolve the conference in order to distribute the Pac-12’s cash and assets equally, "so that they can receive their equity stake on their way out the door." And there’s this from Front Office Sports’ Amanda Christovich: “On Saturday night, OSU/WSU's lawyers received docs saying Pac-12 wanted to vote on Wednesday about how the Pac-12 is going to operate over the next 12 months. A proposal: Pac-12 would pay some of the money for the transition costs for departing members.” Pac-12 attorney Mark Lambert began his remarks by referring to the league as the Pac-10 before contending the league’s remaining employees don't want to see "warring factions" in the Pac-12. Christovich: “IMO, they should be rooting for OSU/WSU to win this...they're the only schools that want the conf to survive.” Lambert also remarked the conference would prefer the future of the conference be figured out in a "frank discussion" of the Board of Directors. The judge subsequently noted that would be 10 v. 2 and asked: “How does that turn out?” Commissioner George Kliavkoff was reportedly in Montana, where he owns a home. (link)
Georgia Tech AD J Batt Q&As with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chad Bishop and credits President Angel Cabrera with fully committing to athletics. “Part of the reason that I am here is that Dr. Cabrera stepped forward and said we’re going to make Georgia Tech athletics as good as the rest of the institute. … He helped us to the largest budget we’ve ever had at $128M. That’s a lot of the president supporting athletics and prioritizing it.” Batt also acknowledges that NIL is a priority and tells Bishop: “I think long-term the guardrails that we’ve all talked about in college athletics need to be put in place for the long-term sustainability of name, image and likeness. But it’s important we do it. … Our Tech Way fund has done an incredible job putting us into a competitive space from a name, image and likeness perspective in this great market.” On if more partnerships like the Yellow Jackets’ recent agreement with Hyundai are in the works, Batt says: “It’s a daily focus for us. We brought on board a chief revenue officer, one of the first things I did when I got here, to just wake up every morning and focus on revenue generation. We’ll explore any opportunities that are available. Whether that’s our corporate donorships, donor opportunities, facility enhancements, we’re going to wake up every day focused on driving revenue. It’s important to reestablishing where we want to be.” Full interview. (link)
Fox Sports is in negotiations with several conferences to hold a postseason men’s basketball tournament in Las Vegas, according to The Messenger’s Seth Davis, who reports the field would include the top 16 teams from the Big East, Big Ten and Big 12 who didn't make the NCAA Tournament. One source tells Davis this new tournament would “create more postseason opportunities in men’s basketball, and it would also open up more spots for mid-major schools to play in the NIT.” Davis adds: “Should the Fox tournament move forward, the possibility of NIL money for players will be critical, because it would otherwise be a challenge for schools to keep their rosters intact that long. … Basketball players who enter the transfer portal and/or the NBA draft tend to do so as soon as their seasons end. It would take a meaningful incentive to convince players to stick around for three more weeks.” (link)
The Athletic’s Dana O’Neil hears from multiple sources that expanding the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament “north of the current 68 but ideally less than 96 teams” could be the “best olive branch to prevent the real threat to the whole operation: namely that the football-playing schools opt out of the tourney altogether and form their own.” Former Michigan State AD Mark Hollis tells O’Neil: “It will 100% come down to how people handle it because there will be pressure. My concern is that the small problems evolve into something bigger, where people get so agitated they go off and do their own thing.’’ Former Princeton AD Gary Walters adds: “They made these decisions for financial reasons and for football. It should not impact the integrity of the NCAA Tournament at all. The NCAA Tournament is the last barometer of integrity in college athletics. I hope they don’t mess with it, but it’s going to take a lot of strength of character to maintain the balance of fairness.” (link)
Disney and Charter have ended their standoff and agreed to a deal through which Charter will pay higher rates for Disney’s channels in return for being able to provide the Disney+ and ESPN+ streaming services to its pay-TV subscribers. The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Flint: “Specifically, the ad-supported version of Disney+ will be included in Spectrum’s TV Select video packages, which are among the cable operator’s most popular. The ad-supported ESPN+ will be available to Charter customers who subscribe to a tier that includes other sports channels such as regional sports networks. In addition, when Disney releases its much-anticipated direct-to-consumer version of its ESPN cable channel – which is separate from ESPN+ – Charter pay-TV customers will be able to get it as well.” (link)
Former Fox Sports President Bob Thompson says some of the deal points “are all wins for Charter, and due to MFN's, the entire cable industry. Think skinny bundles with ala carte streaming options packaged with broadband.” (link)
Some Colorado students are finding it difficult to secure football tickets, according to the Boulder Daily Camera’s Olivia Doak, who explains that due to increased ticket demand, students who purchased a student sports pass must also go through a claim process to acquire tickets. A student sports pass costs $185, an increase of $20 from last year, and allows students to claim a ticket to home football and basketball games for the season. However, not every student who has a sports pass is guaranteed a ticket, and students without a pass can’t claim a ticket. CU Director of Communications/Chief Spokesperson Steve Hurlbert says everyone who was queued for Saturday’s game against Nebraska received a ticket and notes that students were informed at the time they purchased their sports passes that having one this year does not guarantee a ticket. “We’ve also added more student seating in Section 110 to try and accommodate student demand, but demand for all tickets has been unprecedented. We’re also obviously limited in that our stadium is 100 years old and seats just over 50K.” (link)
+Virginia names men’s hoops alumnus/Hana Road Capital LLC Founder Wally Walker as Deputy AD/CRO. Cavaliers AD Carla Williams: “Wally’s business acumen, executive expertise in professional sports and his deep love for the University make this an amazing opportunity for the University of Virginia.” (link)
+ UVA also named Georgia Senior Assoc. AD for Development Kevin MIller as executive director of the Virginia Athletics Foundation. (link)
+UTRGV taps Lamar Assoc. AD for External Affairs & Revenue Generation Derek Schramm for its Senior Assoc. AD for Advancement and Administration post. (link)
+Western Illinois Asst. AD for Internal Operations Shelby Borchardt takes on the additional role of SWA. (link)
+Playfly Sports is set to name OneTeam Partners Chief Media Officer/Head of Integrated Marketing Lindsay Amstutz as President of Media & Partnerships, SBJ’s Ben Portnoy reports. Amstutz will oversee divisions that include Home Team Media, Playfly Digital, Playfly Access and Playfly Premier Partnerships. (link)
+Kentucky Men’s Basketball Director of Player Development TJ Beisner is leaving Lexington to lead North Carolina’s NIL efforts. Beisner has been named executive director of Tri-Cord Management, the university-endorsed collective for men’s basketball at UNC, The Athletic’s Kyle Tucker reports. (link)
ACC Senior Assoc. Commissioner for Women's Basketball Jackie Carson sits down with Connect's Steph Garcia Cichosz to evaluate the women’s hoops landscape. Carson, who recently transitioned to the ACC after a 12-year career as the WBB HC at Furman, provides a unique look into issues of recruiting, the transfer portal, realignment, student-athlete mental health and NIL. Carson also discusses her shift to a conference office and her priorities for ACC women's basketball. Carson, who previously served as Furman’s HC, on her decision to take on an administrative role: “Serving on a various amount of NCAA committees kind of gave me a glimpse into athletic administration. So, if you'd asked me about this about a year ago, I had no idea what this position entailed and just the more that everything started to change – my passion is really impacting women, impacting student-athletes, and I do that through basketball and coaching. So, this opportunity came, and it gave me an opportunity to think about, ‘Hey I could shift this to 15 universities and think like a coach and empower women…and I can do that on a bigger scale.” Full Q&A on Connect. (link)
Utah State announces the launch of the Blue A Collective. Aggies AD Diana Sabau: “The Blue A Collective will be the collective for Utah State University Athletics and the primary source of NIL opportunities for our student-athletes. The landscape of college athletics continues to evolve and the Blue A Collective gives our student-athletes another important resource to help them reach their full potential." (link)
+La Salle taps Temple Men’s Crew HC Brian Perkins to take over as Women’s Rowing HC. (link)
+Hofstra names Washington & Lee (DIII) Interim Women’s Golf HC Matthew Ragovin as Women’s Golf HC. (link)
+Coastal Carolina Volleyball HC Jozsef Forman has resigned effective immediately for family reasons. (link)
+Oklahoma OC Jeff Lebby has apologized after his father-in-law and former Baylor Football HC Art Briles appeared on the field with him after the Sooners’ matchup with SMU over the weekend. “[I] just want everyone to understand, my father-in-law, his presence on the field after the game is something that created a distraction and I apologize for that. That was not the intent at all. The intent was just to celebrate with my family. I do want to correct some reports that said that he had a sideline pass, he did not have a sideline pass given out. He was only on the field when other families were down there and were present. Joe Castiglione, Coach [Brent] Venables have both expressed concerns with me, talked to me about it to make sure that everyone understands that this is something that will not come up again." (link)
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