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It doesn’t look like there will be a full AD search at East Tennessee State as Interim boss Sander will get elevated to the role on a permanent basis, per the Johnson City Press. Timeline for an announcement: “Sometime soon.” It’ll be Sander’s second stint as ETSU’s AD, the first stretching from 2013-2017. (link)
Notable best-selling author & Michigan insider Bacon: “As I reported on @michiganinsider with @SamWebb77 this morning on WTKA: Former UM Pres. Schlissel never conducted a review of AD Warde Manuel in his six years on the job. Manuel and Harbaugh have not spoken directly since May. Guessing new UM pres. @SantaJOno changes both.” (link)
For the first time in six years Missouri reported a budget surplus in FY22. The Tigers notched records in revenue ($141M) and expenses ($125M). The financial report shows an $11M increase in revenue from direct institutional support, an $8M SEC bowl revenue distribution which nearly doubled the previous year’s mark and a $7M increase in royalties, licensing, advertisements and sponsorships. Biggest cost increases came in personnel categories, with coaches accounting for $22M+ and support staff for nearly $24M. Full report. (link)
+ Ball State Interim AD Bothof has brought in multi-stop senior administrator Cautilli to serve as Interim Deputy AD for Marketing & Strategic Initiatives, per CollegeAD. (link)
+ Changes at Maryland, Cincinnati, West Virginia, SMU, UTSA, Penn State, Arkansas, North Texas, Virginia, NC State, Alabama State, Penn State and more, check out the full list on The Wire at Collegiate Sports Connect. (link)
Coaches Wire, continued…
+ Saint Louis AD May brings back former Billikens student-athlete Beaty as the next Volleyball HC. Beaty most recently served as an AC at Denver. (link)
+ Arkansas State names Illinois Women’s Tennis Assoc. HC Dalmagro as its new HC. (link)
+ Idaho State MBB HC Looney signs a five-year extension that could keep him in Pocatello through the summer of 2027. (link)
+ Siena WBB HC Jabir is back with the team following a three-week absence while the school investigated reports of inappropriate comments. Jabir: “I made an inappropriate comment in a joke to three of our kids. I immediately was aware that it was offensive. I immediately apologized with great sincerity. They accepted my apology immediately, and this whole thing was over months ago. I’ve made some statements about the whole incident. I regret my joke. It was insensitive. And, you know, three weeks later, I’m back, and hopefully a wiser person for it.” Saints AD D’Argenio said the Title IX/Equal Opportunity Office conducted the investigation and has recommended “four or five things we’re going to do, which I’m not going to get into.” (link)
+ Arkansas signs new Offensive Coordinator Enos to a three-year deal, which starts at $1.1M, with built-in $75K/year raises. The contract also includes a pair of automatic one-year extensions with a maximum length of five years on the deal and a no-compete clause prohibiting him from taking another job in the SEC, unless it is the HC role. The Razorbacks are paying Enos’ $135K buyout to Maryland. (link)
USA Today’s Peter catches up with current and former BYU student-athletes from the LGBTQ community, including gymnast Margraf, who identifies as bisexual and says she has witnessed other student-athletes using homophobic and racial slurs. Former BYU men’s volleyball student-athlete Siragusa, who has since transferred to UC San Diego, tells Peter that “BYU is a place where any sort of marginalization just gets exacerbated. … So much of what occurs (at BYU) is just like covert homophobia or racism.’’ Meanwhile, Peter points out the school’s honor code prohibits LGBTQ romantic behavior and in a video touting its inclusivity, Margraf says she was told she couldn’t use the word “gay.” Margraf objected and was eventually allowed to use the word, but the video was never posted on the school’s Instagram account as planned. In a statement, BYU acknowledged the video wasn’t used but maintains it was not due to the word’s use. Asked to reconcile the dichotomy of a campus where LGBTQ romantic behavior is forbidden but Margraf was asked to record a video about the inclusive environment, Cougars AD Holmoe tells USA Today: “All students at BYU have a shared primary identity as sons and daughters of God. We welcome our LGBTQ student-athletes and are grateful for all those who choose BYU for its mission, as well as its academic and athletic opportunities.” (link)
New on Connect: D1.ticker/Connect’s Eargle sits down with Washington CRO Bennett and Senior Director of Ticket Sales and Business Development Tester to discuss the Huskies’ marketing strategies, the top ten finish in football, competing from a marketing perspective in a crowded media market, ticket sales strategy, using football to get more reach for others sports and more. (link)
Further, Washington has a new collective ready to support Huskies student-athletes in the 1861 NIL Foundation, which is backed by a number of high-profile former UW stand-outs. Executive Director Clark: “We’re going to stay consistent to who and what we are at the University of Washington — which is spreading knowledge and teaching. I think people’s patience and ability to write checks that they can’t deduct will run out. I think we’ve got a five-year period where it’s going to be real bumpy, and then it’s going to calm down. In the law, we know that things change. It grinds slowly, but it also changes. This has been the wild west for the last year and a half to two years, and eventually it’s going to calm down. If we have something that’s consistent and not flashy … we’re not here giving you a car. We’re not doing anything like that. But if it’s consistent, that’s what survives, because that’s what survives everything.“ (link)
San Diego State MBB plays at Air Force tonight, just three days after playing 125 miles away at Colorado State. You might think the team would stay in the area, but the group flew home. The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Zeigler reports: “According to physiologists, the body needs several weeks to fully acclimate to the lower oxygen levels at high altitude. The next best thing is arriving within 24 hours of competition. The third and fourth days often are the hardest for athletes from sea level.” Aztecs HC Dutcher: “I’ve just been in the conference too long. and seen too many second games at altitude to know it’s nothing to do with attitude — they want to play hard — and it’s not that they’re grabbing their knees and they can’t catch their breath. They’re a half-step slow, and a half-step slow in any sporting event is going to cost you a game.” SDSU’s record in the second game of back-to-backs at altitude is 2-13. (link)
Vox Media has laid off 7% of its staff, citing the “challenging economic environment impacting our business and industry.” Awful Announcing’s Bucholtz adds context: “There has not yet been a full description of exactly what these cuts entail on the sports side. But there do appear to be a lot of impacts for those covering hockey and soccer (both men’s and women’s, for both sports) in particular, with some employees let go and support for many sites fully cut. […] It’s difficult to get an accurate picture of what exactly is changing with SB Nation at the moment, and where exactly Vox’s sports coverage will go from here. But it is clear that a lot of prominent SB Nation employees have been let go, and a lot of prominent sites are, at the very least, losing their Vox/SB Nation affiliation.” (link)
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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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