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Utah State Interim AD Bovee is clear that he would like to become the Aggies’ permanent AD, telling KSL.com: "We want to be here. This is a destination for us; it's not a stepping stone. So I feel like I'm in a position right now as an interim to make decisions in alignment with the president and those on campus that are going to be long lasting things that are for the betterment of the department and the university.” Bovee also tells KSL he is “confident the truth will come out” as it relates to a lawsuit filed by former FB student-athlete Maddox, who claims he was retaliated against for distributing a recording of a team meeting that, per court documents, “highlighted the problematic manner in which USU handles conversations about sexual harassment and assault.” Bovee: “The Idea that we have a culture where sexual assault, violence, or any other disrespectful conduct is tolerated, is just a narrative. In my view it's false." More from Bovee. (link)
Oregon State AD Barnes joined D1.ticker/Connect’s Fischer from the NCAA Convention to discuss the changing industry landscape, ongoing updates to Reser Stadium, the Transformation Committee’s recommendations, developing a relationship with President Murthy and lots more. Barnes says the Pac-12 remains united, pointing out that whenever expansion occurs, there are always some universities that want to leave and others that want to stay. “But at some point the dust settles and you all lock arms. We’ve been in that mode for some time and feel good about the value of the numbers that are in place, the closeness in terms of transparency of the relationship of each of us in moving forward together. It doesn’t mean that every time you have a vote you’re all on the same page, but I like where we sit as a crew.” Regarding the potential expansion of postseason tournaments, Barnes points out the NIT provides additional postseason access for MBB and WBB teams. “So, is expansion really needed? Does one size fit all? I think those are some of the conversations being had.” Lots more in the full interview on Connect. (link)
Belmont AD Corley reacts to the Transformation Committee’s report: “A lot of those things in that report I feel like Belmont’s really good at. We really go out of our way to give them the academic support they need, if they need mental health counseling, those types of things that are a big part of this report. … Now there are certain things in there that clearly are going to change the dynamics for a lot of us, and there’s still going to be a lot of work that comes due,” such as the potential expansion of the MBB tournament. “The big push in a lot of this is decentralizing decision-making at a level, so it’s going to be incumbent upon conferences, it’s going to be incumbent upon schools to decide how they’re going to allocate their resources in this new era. But overall, there’s nothing in there” that will “make it tough for Belmont to adapt.” (link)
Alabama Executive Deputy AD/COO/former West Virginia AD Lyons cites disagreement with WVU President Gee about how the athletic department should interact with Country Roads Trust as another reason for his departure from Morgantown. “I tried to explain to him we’re as aggressive as we can be without crossing the line in order to protect ourselves in getting involved in Title IX issues. … We’re involved as much as we can be as a department without crossing the line of saying ‘dollar for dollar, for male and female student athletes and person to person, the number of male and female.’” Former Indiana Assoc. General Counsel Nussbaum explains universities could incur Title IX liability when they provide significant assistance to an NIL collective that does not equally support men’s and women’s sports. Lyons adds: “That’s why there’s a separation, an arm’s length, between what the department can do and what they can do. As long as they’re doing it, we don’t have Title IX issues.” (link)
Harbaugh Watch appears to be at an end, per Michigan President Ono, who tweets: “I just got off the phone with Coach Harbaugh and Jim shared with me the great news that he is going to remain as the Head Coach of the Michigan Wolverines. That is fantastic news that I have communicated to our Athletic Director Warde Manuel.” (link)
Alabama MBB HC Oats addressed the media for the first time since former Crimson Tide student-athlete Miles was charged with murder and explained he gathered the team for a meeting last night. “I thought it was important that we were all here and around to support one another through this situation. With this being a pending investigation, there’s nothing more I can add that hasn’t already been shared. … They didn’t really have too many questions. Really, it’s more of a grieving process. They understand the severity of the situation with Jamea. And they also understand the severity of the situation with Darius and there are both sides of dealing with it. Yeah, it’s not something you go through often as a coach but we have the services around the program to help us handle the situation.” Oats also explained he spoke with Miles’ mother on “multiple” occasions Sunday. “It’s a very hard situation on both accounts.” (link)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff FB HC Hampton will be paid $165,712 annually under the terms of his new contract, which runs through 2025. Additionally, Hampton is eligible for incentives ranging from $1K for a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.0 to $3K for being named SWAC Coach of the Year. Hampton can also earn a $5K bonus for a team GPA of 3.25, winning 10 games in the regular season, winning the SWAC Western Division championship or winning either an NCAA-sanctioned bowl, the Celebration Bowl or the NCAA playoff championship. If Hampton is terminated without cause, he will be paid an amount equal to 50% of the salary he would have earned between the date of termination and the earlier of six months following the date or the end of the contract. If he resigns before the contract ends, he will be required to pay a lump sum of 50% of the salary he would have earned under the same terms. (link)
Richmond MBB HC Mooney issues a challenge to CBS’ Rothstein to get the Atlantic 10 eight home-and-homes [presumably against Quad 1 teams] and says if he can, “then this league gives him $50K. But what he has to do is he has to tweet once a day the teams that he’s spoken to in scheduling and what their reason is for not playing a home-and-home against Richmond is. And he has to go on the record. He wouldn’t come close to getting eight games. I think that would be a little bit of an eye-opener to see that when our schedule comes out, we’ve really, really tried to play a great schedule all the time…but if you knew how little control over it…it’s an impossible task.” (link)
The Michigan-focused Champions Circle collective has so far raised $101K for the One More Year fund to support the return of several key Wolverine FB student-athletes, and On3’s Sayfie reports that total does not include individual donations of $5K or more. Star RB Corum says NIL “could’ve played a little bit of a role” in his decision to return but ultimately he had “unfinished business, and I personally couldn’t live with myself with knowing that — especially because I got hurt. If I could’ve played at Ohio State, in the Big Ten championship and then in the TCU game, I might’ve felt better like, OK. But I don’t feel good knowing that I wasn’t able to go to war.” (link)
The average NFL crowd grew by 3.25% to 69,442 per game in 2022, the second-largest average in the last 19 years, according to SBJ’s Fischer and Broughton, who report 24 teams posted increases with just six reporting declines. The Detroit Lions (23.1%), Jacksonville Jaguars (10.8%) and Washington Commanders (10.15%) experienced the biggest increases while the Chicago Bears (-1.7%) and Carolina Panthers (-0.8%) experienced the biggest decreases among teams who did not play an international game. League-wide, 96.7% of all seats were sold, up from 95.1% last year. (link)
BYU and East Carolina have rescheduled their 2024 matchup in Greenville for 2025. The game is the second in a home-and-home series that began in Provo this past season. (link)
This week in We Live in the Future: The increasing prevalence of AI chatbots, such as ChatGPT, is forcing college professors to rethink how they teach, according to the New York Times’ Huang, who spoke with over 30 professors, students and administrators about the nascent technology. After receiving what he describes as “easily the best paper” in his world religions class only to find out it was written by ChatGPT, Northern Michigan professor Aumann says he may forgo essays in subsequent semesters – or perhaps make them write the first drafts in class – and weave ChatGPT into lessons by asking students to evaluate the chatbot’s responses. Additionally, Florida Provost Glover explains that instead of targeting specific methods of cheating, “we try to institute general policies that certainly back up the faculty member’s authority to run a class. This isn’t going to be the last innovation we have to deal with.” (link)
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