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St. Thomas announces a $75M naming gift from longtime benefactors Lee and Penny Anderson to construct a $175M multiuse, on-campus arena in St. Paul that will be home to the Tommies’ men’s and women’s hockey and basketball programs. Designs are still being finalized for what will be known as Lee and Penny Anderson Arena. St. Thomas aims to break ground on the new facility in 2024, with a target opening of fall 2025, and has partnered with Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Crawford Architects on the project. President Vischer: “This is about more than just hockey and basketball games – this is a gift that will be transformative for our entire St. Paul campus, enhance the experience of our students, and raise visibility for the university as a whole. It also creates a new community and economic asset for the Twin Cities, the state of Minnesota, and the region.” (link)
Furman has received a $10M pledge from alumnus and former Board of Trustees member Curry to support $40M in renovations to Timmons Arena. President Davis: “This very generous pledge by Ravenel Curry will help us take basketball to the next level. It will greatly enrich experiences for our students and our fans in the Greenville area. When renovations are complete, Timmons Arena will be a college basketball showplace.” (link)
As the NCAA looks to increase its revenue, Big East Commissioner Ackerman is among those who believe some of the income derived from football should be used to defray the expenses of running the organization. Ackerman notes that money from March Madness is used to pay “tens of millions of dollars in national football expenses” in areas like legal defenses, enforcement services and minority leadership development. “I and many others believe it would be fairer to pay these and other expenses out of [College Football Playoff] revenue, particularly as those revenues continue to escalate with playoff expansion.” CFP Executive Director Hancock, however, tells the Wall Street Journal’s Bachman that “all revenue generated goes to the participating conferences (and independent schools), allowing them to spend it on all their athletic programs, not just football. You would need to ask the conferences whether they believe CFP’s role should ever change.” SEC Commissioner Sankey offers a different view, contending that the NCAA hasn’t maximized the assets it has, pointing to an NCAA-commissioned report which found the organization undervalued its WBB tournament by tens of millions of dollars. More from Bachman. (link)
The Chicago Bears officially introduced outgoing Big Ten Commissioner Warren as the team’s CEO, who says there have been discussions “about formally starting in April, but I can tell you that in my mind I've started and over the next couple of months I will be spending a lot of time with Ted (Phillips) from a transition standpoint.” Warren also says he believes he’s leaving the Big Ten in a demonstrably better situation than the one he found it in, per The Athletic’s Fortuna, adding that it was the right time to go and that it’s a great job that someone else should now take on. Regarding what he learned during his time at the Big Ten that will translate to the Midway, Warren remarks: “You better be tough. … You'd better be ready to operate with dirt in your mouth.” (link)
Sports Illustrated’s Johnson reports a hearing for Johnson v. NCAA has been postponed until February 15. “Case is one of many working its way through the courts regarding athlete compensation with plaintiffs aiming to be treated like any other student worker and compensated hourly. The idea is that the hours would be derived by the NCAA's existing timesheet infrastructure, and the wage in mind would be at or around the federal minimum like other student worker jobs on campus like a library worker or ticket taker at the game.” (link)
Between conference championship and bowl preparation, the early signing period, the transfer portal and – not to mention – the holidays, December has become an endurance trial for football coaches, and AFCA Executive Director Berry tells the Orlando Sentinel’s Murschel: “It’s just an unbelievably frustrating time right now. … There’s certainly an awful lot of moving parts right now and that’s our fault. I’m not talking coaches. I’m talking about the NCAA and the oversight [committee]. We ignored, quite honestly, so much.” Berry also notes that the lack of available players became such a concern for bowl games that some coaches considered using protocols enacted during the COVID season that would allow them to pull out of the games if they didn’t have enough scholarship players available. “It’s just a lesson in this new world that we’re in. We need to have our whole roster available because we can’t predict who’s coming in and out.” More. (link, link)
+ NFCA Executive Director Bruggeman agrees to a five-year extension through 2027. (link)
+ Kent State officially names Evansville Senior Assoc. AD for Development and External Operations Peace as Assoc. AD for Marketing and Fan Engagement. (link)
+ Robert Morris has promoted Asst. AD for Administration/Student-Athlete Development Schrecengost to Assoc. AD for Business Operations/SWA. (link)
+ Former NBC host Tappen will return as a sideline reporter for the network’s primetime Big Ten football broadcasts, per SBJ. (link)
+ MOGL has a new COO in Boltive Co-Founder/Advisory Consultant Reinmiller. (link)
+ Michigan names USA Women’s National Team Offensive Coordinator Virtue as Volleyball HC. (link)
+ Arizona Volleyball HC Rubio is calling it a career after 31 seasons leading the Wildcats. (link)
+ Niagara names prep coach and longtime instructor Frank as Men’s Golf HC. (link)
+ Appalachian State removes the interim tag from Field Hockey HC Dinsmore’s title. (link)
The Pac-12 launches a new partnership with Tempus Ex and Curastory to utilize Tempus Ex Machina’s proprietary technology and allow student-athletes the opportunity to “flex their muscles as sports broadcasters,” according to Business of College Sports’ Dosh. (link)
Front Office Sports’ Christovich observes that the majority of NIL deals student-athletes have signed with apparel companies have been with their schools’ brands with a few notable exceptions, such as Stanford women’s golfer Zhang, who inked a deal with Adidas while playing at a Nike school. Other student-athletes have signed deals with startups such as Moolah Kicks despite the fact they aren’t allowed to wear the shoes during games. Meanwhile, Postgame Founder/CEO Jula tells Christovich there’s an argument to be made that several activewear brands shouldn’t be considered competitors to school’s sponsors because they aren’t in the business of signing team contracts. Despite missing out on the exposure of student-athletes wearing her brand during games, Moolah Kicks Founder White says: “I think it says something pretty strong that when players have a choice, the choice is Moolah Kicks.” (link)
Former Alabama MBB student-athlete Miles provided the gun but was not the shooter in the fatal altercation which claimed the life of a 23-year-old Birmingham mother, according to court documents. The charging sheet states: “Darius Miles admitted to providing Michael Davis with the handgun immediately prior to the shooting” and adds that Miles “intentionally caused the death of Jamea Harris by aiding and abetting by providing a firearm to Michael Davis who shot Jamea Harris” while Harris was in the passenger seat of a Jeep. Attorneys for Miles contend: “While Darius has been accused of being involved with this tragedy, he maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court.” (link)
Connecticut in partnership with SIDEARM is launching its UConn+ streaming platform today. In addition to original content for fans such as features, live events, profiles, coaches' shows, highlights and other on-demand content, UConn+ will serve as the exclusive outlet for live streaming all Huskies baseball and softball games this spring. While UConn will develop much of the programming internally, LEARFIELD Studios has placed a production team on campus in Storrs that is supported by a central production team. (link)
Texas joins the growing list of institutions and universities to ban TikTok from its campus Wi-Fi amid concerns about privacy and national security risks. Governor Abbott previously banned TikTok on all government-issued devices. Students will still be able to access the app on their personal devices using cellular data. (link)
+ The Northwestern-Iowa MBB matchup has been postponed, as Stadium’s Goodman reports the Wildcats have only six available players due to COVID. (link)
+ Liberty and ECU announce a home-and-home FB series for 2024 (Lynchburg) and 2029 (Greenville). (link)
+ Taymar Sales U. inks Queen City Soccer Club as its first professional sports client. (link)
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