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Extra Points’ Brown caught up with Baylor President/Board of Governors chair Livingstone after her State of College Sports thoughts for further clarity on how Congress could aid the industry: “I'll give you a specific example. We really believe that a national clearinghouse of NIL deals would be extremely helpful because it would help you understand what the market is for different types of activities. It would actually help you understand our student-athletes actually being asked to do anything to earn the NIL, which is a real concern. And that's not available now because there are states that require student-athletes to report their NIL deals to their institutions. There are states that prevent them. You cannot share the NIL deals with your institution. And so in that kind of landscape, we as an NCAA cannot require that students report NIL deals and we can't create a clearinghouse on a national level because it would be in violation of some set of state laws out there.” Brown: “Charlie Baker is a lot of things, but he isn't Mark Emmert. If the NCAA is willing to push for different concessions compared to last year, I think a path to a bill exists.” (link)
Washington State AD Chun joined Connect/MB Sports’ Banker at the NCAA Convention this week, digging into how the Cougars pushed pause on their strategic plan last year, knowing that coming out of the pandemic and future potential changes from the NCAA’s Transformation and Constitution Committees could impact plans moving forward. Chun acknowledges that “young people are changing” and that supporting the mental and physical well-being of student-athletes today looks different than even a few years ago, “What do we need to do for them as Division I student-athletes?” Lots more, including the importance of “settling football rosters for the season” and his thoughts on the late Texas Tech/WSU/Mississippi State FB HC Leach, whom he called an “insatiable, lifelong learner.” (link)
More from Louisville AD Heird as he expresses confidence in first-year MBB HC Payne despite the program’s 2-15 (0-6) ledger: “Until he does something that says, 'Hey, I don't think he should be our basketball coach,' I'm going to support him 110 percent. But I can promise you he hasn't done one thing that has shown me that he shouldn't be our basketball coach. Now, does that mean that any of us are satisfied with two wins? Absolutely not. Like I said, it is extremely frustrating.” Heird also indicates the Cardinals are “fully committed” to the first of three football games contracted with Indiana slated to start next season. As for the kicks in 2024 & 2025: “I don’t have any idea. There are conversations that get had by teams all of the time. . . . I know we like to schedule these things out for the next 10 or 15 years but they change all of the time. Right now, we are fully committed to playing in ’23 and then we’ll see what happens in the future, if we mutually think there’s essentially a better opportunity out there would be the reasoning.” (link, link)
AthleticDirectorU’s Brown sat down with Stanford Deputy AD/SWA Owen and UNCW Deputy AD/SWA Tucker at the 2022 Women Leaders Convention to discuss the intentionality of preparing for a leadership role through self-evaluation, peer review, purposeful breaks and strategic thinking. Owen and Tucker also explain how they support their respective staffs as they learn to think strategically, although Owen points out that strategic thinking is often more of a trait than it is a skill that can be taught. “There are some people that it comes naturally to and then others it doesn’t. Therefore, it’s important to figure out where to “plug people in. Just because strategic thinking may not come naturally to you, it doesn’t mean there’s not a spot for you on the team. Because you’re going to counterbalance someone who has that skill.” As the industry continues to change, Tucker describes the importance of staying up to date on what is going on in the world in order to support student-athletes. “These student-athletes are coming from all around the world, and that’s the one thing that we can do is make sure we have a firm knowledge of what’s happening in our universe.” Full interview. (link)
Arizona Professor Rhoades laments that while furloughs were imposed during the pandemic, the athletic department received additional funding from the school, “We furloughed faculty and staff so that we could bail out the athletic department.” Arizona State, which avoided staff cuts, received more federal COVID-19 relief dollars than any college in the country and more than double that of the Wildcats. Combined, the two schools provided their athletic departments $125.5M in FY21. ASU’s $57.9M was ten times more than the prior year’s institutional support, while UA’s $53.3M was five times more than FY20. Lots more. (link)
UNLV paid $2.174M to use Allegiant Stadium for six home football games this past season. Additional context from LVSportsBiz.com: “The UNLV football team used to play at Sam Boyd Stadium about seven miles from campus near the Las Vegas Wash. Sam Boyd Stadium is permanently closed. UNLV does receive compensation of up to $3.5 million annually for shuttering Sam Boyd Stadium.” A per game breakdown of the total is included in the piece. (link)
+ CollegeAD says Western Illinois AD Bubb has turned to Valparaiso Executive Assoc. AD Pruess as the new Deputy AD for the Leathernecks. Her Collegiate Sports Connect bio reflects the move. (link)
+ If you’re interested in North Texas’ Director of Athletic Events & Donor Operations opening, check out this convo with Mean Green Asst. AD for Development Arriola, who details the type of person UNT is looking for, key initiatives for the department, growth opportunities for the role & lots more. Full convo on Connect. (link)
+ The Baltimore Sun’s Mirabella talks with analysts about Under Armour’s decision to hire Marriott International President Linnartz as the new CEO, and most register surprise that the company selected someone outside of the retail sector but still applaud the choice. Headcount Corp. CEO Ryski: “Under Armour has been in a slump for more than five years, and re-playing old playbooks is not likely going to lead to a significant change in trajectory. … This move says a lot about the courageousness of [brand founder] Kevin Plank and his board and their desire to evolve.” More. (link)
+ Apple is reducing CEO Cook’s pay by 40% in 2023, a self-advised move to gain more value for investors. Context from Forbes: “Apple said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filingthat Cook’s compensation target for 2023 is $49 million, down from his $84 million target last year.” (link)
The Oklahoma-focused Crimson and Cream collective, which is managed by Student Athlete NIL (SANIL) & initially raised $1.6M, has now signed or offered all Sooners FB student-athletes. SANIL CEO Belzer: “Every single student-athlete – scholarship or non-scholarship walk-on — are getting this opportunity. Everybody. All the portal kids. All the mid-year freshmen that are enrolling early. I don’t know what other schools have done. But I think we’re the first – if not one of the first – school to have everybody on a FBS roster fully signed to what is a multi, multi-million-dollar payroll.“ What do the agreements look like? Per On3’s Crabtree: “The contracts are retainers and a marketing guarantee in which the student-athlete will promote businesses brought into the collective. The student-athletes will make a baseline minimum through the agreement.” (link)
Wisconsin football is rolling out a series of billboards throughout the state and in Chicago featuring new Badgers HC Fickell, plus UW student-athletes from the respective areas, to coincide with the start of the recruiting contact period. Surprisingly, use of 10 billboards Friday through Sunday will only cost a touch over $7K. Click through to check out marketing creative for the boards. (link)
Dirt is moving for Texas Southern’s new Strength & Conditioning Facility. More from the Tigers: “The 6,600-square foot multimillion dollar facility will be built on the former basketball court directly behind the current TSU Football Field House which is located near Alexander Durley Stadium. The facility will include new weights, offices for strength and conditioning staff, space for physical therapy, an area for students to receive counseling services and more.” (link)
+ In a legal filing to the lawsuit involving former Utah State student-athlete Maddox, who recorded & then released portions of team meetings that involved comments from Aggies FB HC Anderson & then-USU Police Chief Morris about sexual assault victims, Anderson says “he was never told that player Patrick Maddox was allegedly experiencing retaliation after recordings,” per The Salt Lake Tribune’s Tanner. Anderson is looking for “Maddox’s lawsuit to be dismissed and to be awarded the costs for having to defend himself (which is covered by the state), as well as other financial relief.” (link)
+ Here’s a breakdown of how Nebraska FB HC Rhule has so far allocated his $7M staff pool budget with OC Satterfield leading the pack at $1.4M annually. DC White sits at $1M per year. Seven of the 10 on-field ACs have listed comp figures with the final three eating up some of the $2.67M left to allocate. (link)
Yesterday's Evening Standard...
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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