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As the sands of the college sports landscape continue to shift, UNLV AD Harper says the Rebels are making sure they’re putting themselves in the best position possible. “Take care of everything we can to make UNLV attractive. At the end of the day we’ve got to make the decision that’s best for the university, our student-athletes, our fan base and the city of Las Vegas. We’re just doing everything we can to position ourselves for what might happen. … If you’re in the conversation of P5, there’s a different mindset and perceptually that you’re going to be better. But you’ve still got to recruit at a high level.” In the event a Power 5 conference does express interest, Harper notes UNLV’s facilities are a plus but adds: “We’re always going to look to try and improve them. Regardless of what conference we’re in, we’re still going to have the mindset that our facilities are at the top of whatever conference we’re in.” (link)
Sportico’s Libit and McCann do the math based on Equity in Athletics Disclosure Data from pre-pandemic 2019 and determine that if California Assemblyman Holden’s College Athletic Protection Act were in place, UCLA would be required to pay MBB student-athletes $389K each, FB student-athletes $185K, women gymnasts $5,500 and VB student-athletes $871 (if each program met the NCAA’s maximum scholarship limit per sport). No other sport, including WBB, would trigger payouts that year. Libit and McCann note that if a school chooses this revenue-sharing approach, they could also decide to allocate money in equal shares across all sports due to Title IX but point out a “cheaper” alternative in the bill: “They can instead agree to split whatever surplus revenue their athletic department earns in a given year with each of their athletes earning below their fair market value. Thus, if no new athletic department revenue is reported—as is often the case—a school would not owe any athletes payments that academic year. Then again, with USC and UCLA due to earn tens of millions of dollars more in 2024, when they join the Big Ten Conference, this option would potentially facilitate a massive windfall for Trojans and Bruins sports participants—at least for one, 12-month period.” Lots more. (link)
The Mercury News’ Wilner unpacks the financial reports of UCLA and Cal and observes that “on the surface, the Bears appear to be in far better shape than their sister school and would have little need for a subsidy from UCLA imposed by the regents. One layer down, clarity emerges, and UC politics are more easily understood.” Cal reported a $13.2M operating surplus on $118.2M in revenue and $105M in expenses, while UCLA finished FY22 with $28M operating loss on revenues of $103.1M and expenses of $131.1M. “Cal’s operating expenses don’t include $8.8M in debt service for the stadium renovation and training center. When added to the tally, that payment brings the total reported surplus down to $3.7M.” Even that figure, however, is misleading, as Wilner notes Cal received $31M in institutional support. “Add a modest amount of student fees funneled to athletics, subtract $1.6M in transfers back to campus, and the net result is $29.8M in institutional support that the Bears book as athletic revenue.” Take that away and the reported surplus becomes a $16.6M deficit. Furthermore, UCLA did not receive the $9M in cash it was set to get from Under Armour through its apparel contract. The Bruins also incurred about $1M in expenses for the 2021 Holiday Bowl but received no revenue after COVID forced them to cancel the game at the last minute. “Had those issues played out differently — if UCLA were cashing paychecks from Under Armour and didn’t have COVID gnawing at ticket sales — then the operational loss likely would be in the $18M range.” (link)
Pac-12 Commissioner Kliavkoff fired two unnamed senior executives for failing to disclose overpayments totaling $50M made by an unnamed media distribution partner to the Pac-12 Networks. The action was taken, with approval by the Pac-12 Board of Directors, following an audit that took place in 2017 and an independent investigation conducted by Palo Alto-based Cooley LLP. The two executives were made aware of the overpayment after the audit and failed to share the ongoing financial risk associated with the audit’s findings. Pac-12 Board Chair/Washington President Cauce: “The Commissioner and the Pac-12 have taken timely and appropriate action consistent with best governance practices and based upon the investigation conducted by independent outside legal counsel. The Pac-12 Board appreciates the Commissioner’s prompt action on this matter.” (link)
JohnCanzano.com’s chief begins his series on Pac-12 basketball by lamenting Fox Sports’ decision to broadcast last night’s UCLA-Arizona State MBB matchup from remote: “The Pac-12 isn’t happy that FOX’s broadcast team wasn’t on site Thursday night to see the No. 5 Bruins face second-place Arizona State. A source said the Pac-12 was ‘disappointed’ and the conference let FOX know this at the highest levels.” Sun Devils Senior Assoc. AD for Media Relations Tammaro comments, as FS1 still requested 18 credentials: “We all understood the need to be remote during Covid. I’ll be honest, we all got it. But I don’t see how that energy, that environment could be captured by someone in a studio far away. Human beings needed to be in the building. […] I don’t know how much money they save. But I think we’re getting too comfortable with it. We’re losing something when they’re not in the house, especially for a game like that.” More. (link)
+ Michigan fired co-OC Weiss following “a review of University policies.” The firing is expected to be for cause, as Weiss is under investigation for “a report of computer access crimes” at UM’s football facility. Weiss currently makes $850K in base salary and is expected to earn $400K in bonuses this season. (link)
+ Georgetown AD Reed will hire a new Volleyball HC. (link)
+ Southeastern extends FB HC Scelfo through the 2029 season. (link)
+ Stadium’s Goodman nominates outgoing Notre Dame MBB HC Brey as college hoops czar. “Let him work with (NCAA SVP for Basketball) Dan Gavitt and make the sport and the college game better. Brey is and has been all about what’s good for college basketball.” Goodman notes that Brey “probably wouldn’t do it.” (link)
+ The Carolina Panthers have been in violation of NFL rules regarding their HC search, per CBS’ Jones, who reports that “Nicole Tepper, wife of Panthers owner David Tepper and Chief Administrative Officer of Tepper Sports & Entertainment, had not fulfilled the required inclusive hiring training necessary for her to take part in the interviews as of Tuesday night.” NFL SVP/Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Beane: "The inclusive hiring training is a key element of our efforts to foster an equitable hiring process. Any suggestion that this mandatory requirement was not met by applicable clubs will be addressed and corrected immediately." The Panthers said in a statement only that “she was trained prior to participating in interviews,” though Jones reports that “multiple sources have refuted the Panthers’ statement.” (link)
Florida has released QB commit Rashada from his NLI after recent high-profile NIL tension, and On3’s Nakos reports Washington, Colorado, Arizona State and Cal “appear to be in the mix” as he chooses a new school. Of those, Nakos notes Washington operates on a trimester schedule and would therefore be an option if he still wishes to enroll early. (link)
LSU gymnast Dunne tells Today that she’s “very grateful to be making seven figures” and responds to critics who say the content she posts on social media is to blame for the overly zealous response she sometimes receives at meets, as was the case in Utah. “As a woman, you’re not responsible for how a man looks at you and objectifies you. That’s not a woman’s responsibility.” Tigers Gymnastics HC Clark adds: “If expression and self-expression is something that we value as a right in this country, then we have to be consistent when it doesn’t necessarily fit what our own agenda might be.” (link)
Florida State Rep. LaMarca has proposed a bill, HB99, to amend the state’s NIL law. The bill would prohibit student-athletes from entering an employment contract with their institution, authorize “certain entities and persons to cause compensation to be directed to a current intercollegiate athlete,” while removing the provision that NIL compensation be provided by certain third parties, expand education requirements, permit institutions to provide contract review, tax preparation, and financial advisor services for all intercollegiate athletes,” and more. (link)
As part of its $209M request for state funding for infrastructure and facilities, South Carolina State is asking for $45M to replace Smith Hammond Middleton Memorial Center – the home for Bulldogs’ hoops – with a new facility with a larger capacity. Director of University Relations Watson on the full request: “We are in need of these buildings because we have to compete with HBCUs from around the South and across the country. Those students expect the amenities that they see on other campuses, and we need these buildings to get us up to standard. A lot of our buildings are antiquated. They do not provide the amenities that students are accustomed to at other places.” (link, link)
Old Dominion goes with Populous to collaborate with Virginia Beach architectural firm Moseley on the $20M Bud Metheny Ballpark baseball stadium renovation. (link)
Richmond’s new 3,667-sq-ft indoor baseball facility features a pair of batting cages and pitching mounds and includes enough space to conduct infield drills, providing the Spiders with a space to practice year-round. HC Woodson: “In the last week, our players have used this place night-time, in the morning before class. It’s just amazing. Our guys are living in here.” (link)
+ D1.ticker/Fox Sports’ Fischer shares a list of the underclassmen who were granted eligibility for this year’s NFL Draft. (link)
+ Sam Houston added Kennesaw State to its 2023 schedule, hosting the Owls in Hunstville on November 4. (link)
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