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Mississippi State makes it official, naming Oklahoma Deputy AD for External Engagement and Advancement Selmon as the Bulldogs’ next AD. President Keenum during today’s press conference remarked: “In seeking a new Director of Athletics, we talked with some of the nation's very best athletics department administrators. After an extensive review of those outstanding candidates, I am convinced that in Zac Selmon we found an outstanding leader with a servant's heart – a leader who has extensive experience at two Power Five universities and who understands and shares our relentless commitment to achieving and maintaining excellence in our Bulldog athletics programs – all of them." (link)
Kentucky AD Barnhart sits down with Kentucky Sports Radio’s Jones to address several topics from The Athletic’s Tucker’s article yesterday, including the assertion that MBB HC Calipari has secured $30M in pledges from former players for a new practice facility but has been blocked from building one by Barnhart. The UK AD points out the Wildcats have undertaken over $500M in capital construction during his tenure, not even including the nearly $200M in renovations to Rupp Arena. “That’s not in my DNA to turn away help for capital construction. Having said that, coaches all the time offer their help in the fundraising packages, and Cal has offered to help, and he’s done that on multiple occasions to help us raise money, and we work in conjunction with the K Fund. Those are also hopes. When you say you’ve got $30M, you think you can do $30M, those are not pledges in hand.” Barnhart also notes the total cost of a new facility is “probably… $75-80M, so you’re not even halfway home. Even if we had pledges in hand, it’s not going to allow you just to begin [construction].” Full interview. (link)
WDRB’s Crawford points out that, according to the Louisville Athletics Association’s meeting notes, season ticket sales are up by 2,500, bringing in $1.1M in new ticket revenue. Almost 25% of those are past ticket holders returning. Crawford adds: “Also a quick look shows men's basketball revenue down $2M from this point a year ago. That $2M includes decreases in ticket sales, suites and seat donations. Men's basketball also running a bit higher expenses than budgeted -- athletics is devoting more money to recruiting and recruiting travel. Louisville athletic director Josh Heird notes that men's basketball is spending significantly less than it did on recruiting from 2012-15. Heird says department will take a hard look at suite pricing. Doesn't blame drop completely on losing results on court, because a lot of those decisions were made before the season.” (link)
UCF AD Mohajir is the latest to throw his support behind NIL, writing in a letter to Knight Nation: “The ChargeOn Fund will continue as the official fundraising arm of UCF Athletics with tax deductible, charitable donations aiding student-athlete scholarships, sport operating budgets and facility upgrades. In addition to your support of the ChargeOn Fund, we must embrace NIL and ask for your support of The Kingdom NIL and Mission Control to continue our rise to the top of college athletics.” (link)
Iowa will lower the price of football season tickets for the first time since 2011, as 2023 options “will range from $335 to $425. Last season was slightly more expensive, with the season ticket cost being between $345-$450 for the season, based on location,” per the Des Moines Register’s Smith III. Hawkeyes AD Barta: “While it seems like the cost of everything else is increasing, we wanted to not only hold our prices steady but reduce them slightly to recognize the support of the greatest fans in America.” (link)
+ CollegeAD reports Texas Tech Deputy AD Hernandez has exited the Red Raiders department with plans to launch a consulting business. (link)
+ Georgetown names Mountain West Asst. Commissioner for Compliance Turner as Assoc. AD for Compliance. (link)
+ CollegeAD also has Georgia Southern AD Benko hiring Louisville Asst. Director of Development for Major Gifts Hill as his new Assoc. AD for Major Gifts in Statesboro. (link)
+ More administrative talent moves impacting Kent State, Northern Kentucky, Siena, McNeese State, NACDA, Florida State, Boise State, Hofstra, Altius Sports (Notre Dame), On Location, Florida, North Texas, Charlotte, UAB & more can be found on The Wire at Collegiate Sports Connect. (link)
+ Montana State taps Minnesota WVB AHC Houk as the next HC in Bozeman. (link)
+ ESPN’s Thamel reports new Clemson OC Riley is expected to receive a three-year, $1.75M per year contract, plus a signing bonus. (link)
+ Alabama DC Golding is exiting Tuscaloosa for the same role at Ole Miss for a three-year deal worth north of $2M. (link)
Boise State has landed its ninth $1M+ commitment, this one of the anonymous type, with direction of the funds going to the Arguinchona Basketball Complex. BSU AD Dickey: “Thank you, Bronco Nation. Your spirit and belief has laid the groundwork and inspired others to join our team in support of all 350 Boise State student-athletes. Our sincere thanks to all of our supporters. Your commitment is breathing life into the What's Next initiative as we pursue long-term success and sustainability.” (link)
The Athletic’s Taylor chronicles the recruiting saga of Florida QB commit Rashada, reporting that on November 10, Rashada and the Gator Collective agreed to a $13M NIL deal and adding: “Such a massive pledge is thought to dramatically exceed the Gator Collective’s fundraising level, so the deal presumes assistance from [donor] Hathcock or other Gator Guard donors.” After signing the contract, Rashada decommitted from Miami (FL) and pledged his services to Florida. However, on December 7, Taylor reports Gator Collective CEO Rojas sent a termination letter regarding the $13M contract, “according to a program source close to the situation. There are conflicting accounts about why the deal crumbled and who pledged to pay what. Multiple conversations ensue between donors and athletic department members, including [UF Director of Player Engagement and NIL] Castro-Walker and [Gators AD] Stricklin. Some within the administration are only now getting up to speed on what was promised — the program aiming to keep these third-party NIL dealings at arm’s length.” More. (link)
LSU will increase security at gymnastics meets after fans of Tigers gymnast Dunne interrupted a meet at Utah last week. LSU HC Clark: “We will have security detail with us now when we go on the road and we will be working to create a perimeter around where we get on the bus, where we load.” Additionally, Clark says the student-athletes will no longer go into the stands following a meet. “We've always allowed them to go up there post-meet with their families and interact with them. We want to make sure we still provide them with that time with their families, but there won't be any more going into the stands and there will be a limited amount of time that they can interact with the fans in the stands over the rail and that will be monitored closely." (link)
AL.com’s Goodman writes on Jacksonville State’s decision to rebrand to Jax State, which was formally announced earlier in the week. Goodman: “Understandably, Jacksonville State can be confusing for people because Jacksonville is neither a state, nor the first Jacksonville anyone ever thinks about. Cozy Jacksonville, Alabama, is in Calhoun County, and the school there, now officially known as Jax State, is the place where Rich Rod went to start a college football revolution and where musician Randy Owen of the band Alabama majored in English. [...] I can’t help but get more and more X-cited about Jax State’s big move to FBS. Something tells me this fun little school up the woods is going to end up shoxXx-ing the world.” (link)
Power 5 schools have sponsorship revenues with football assets at around $55M, equating to roughly $8.6M per year for the average team, according to new data from SponsorUnited. The SEC sits at the top in sponsorship revenue at $156M, good for around $11M per school, per SBJ’s Lefton, who notes the “top five schools in sponsorship revenue (in no particular order) are Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State and Texas.” Banks, restaurants, insurance, soft drinks and hotels/resorts are the most active sponsorship categories among P5 programs, while Allstate, Coca-Cola, Nike, Old Dominion, Nissan, StubHub, Ford, Jersey Mike’s, Pepsi and Toyota are the most active brands, respectively. (link)
Sportico’s Libit notes that USA Cheer’s recent acceptance by the USOPC as an affiliate sports organization “was tempered by the NCAA, which decided to table a vote to approve Stunt, a gymnastics-related cheerleading alternative, as an emerging women’s sport for all three of its collegiate divisions. An NCAA spokesperson told Sportico that the association’s Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) would review Stunt again in the spring, but declined to provide further details.” (Note: Just DI and DIII tabled the vote. DII will vote tomorrow.) (link)
+ UConn Men’s & Women’s Ice Hockey will open the new $70M Toscano Family Ice Forum this weekend as the Women’s side drops first against Merrimack tonight. (link)
+ Florida booster Peacock made a gift to support the installation of a 23 ft x 41 ft Daktronics LED videoboard as part of KSP Stadium’s $15M renovation. (link)
+ Fairfied in partnership with INFLCR has launched the Fairfield Stags Exchange to provide NIL opportunities for Stags student-athletes. (link)
+ The UT Arlington MBB team was forced to travel to last night’s game via Uber after the bus suffered a flat tire. (link)
+ The electronic strike zone will be used in all 30 MiLB Triple-A parks in 2023, according to ESPN’s Olney, who calls this “seemingly another significant step toward the implementation of the technology at the big league level in the near future." Bleacher Report’s Rapp explains that in half of the Triple-A games this season, the Automatic Balls and Strikes (ABS) system will be used to determine all strikes and balls, while in the other half, the ABS will be utilized as a challenge system, with teams getting three challenges per game and retaining each successful challenge. MLB Commissioner Manfred acknowledged in October that “I think in one form or another, there's a good chance we're going to be using it at the big league level at some point.” (link)
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