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More from the NCAA Convention with NCAA VP of Enforcement Duncan & Connect/MB Sports' Banker. Duncan explains that when it comes to its constraints, the NCAA has a “limited toolkit in a private, voluntary, unincorporated association, which is what the NCAA does. We don’t have subpoena power, we don’t have truth serum, we don’t have badges, we don’t have threats of incarceration, we don’t have any of those tools – nor should we in an association like this. But the main tool that we’ve got is cooperation, and by cooperation I mean not only cooperation by the subject institution who is the potential target of an investigation, but also cooperation by institutions who have been harmed by another institution’s misbehavior, and we need cooperation from both. It’s always been important, and in an NIL world, I would say it’s even more important, and the infractions process committee recognized that as well and built into the new reforms both carrots to encourage cooperation and sticks to discourage refusal to cooperate, and I’m looking forward to using those to protect compliant programs, which is our mission.” Check out the full Q&A on Connect. (link)
Mountain West Commissioner Nevarez sat down with D1.ticker/Connect’s Fischer at the NCAA Convention to discuss the beginning of her tenure with the MWC, her plans for handling football, the future of the league, realignment, and a host of other topics. Asked about possibly transitioning the Russell Rule to the MWC, Nevarez explained that “DEI is not one-size-fits-all, and I think the Russell Rule really fit the culture and the needs of the WCC.” Nevarez says she interviewed with a diverse group of presidents in the Mountain West and adds she would need some time to “dig in” to her new role before making a decision about advocating for the Russell Rule. Asked whether realignment is again on the horizon, Nevarez tells Fischer: “I think we probably have maybe another round – perhaps not – and then hopefully some stability. I do certainly hope we see a settling of that.” Full Q&A on Connect. (link)
Latest from Kansas State AD Taylor on all the stories & speculation around NIL: “Yeah, obviously there are some that are out of control. And it's being used for inducements, which is a recruiting violation, which is illegal. We know that. Obviously, with our institution and here at K-State, that's not happening. And that's a good thing. But we've worked on guardrails. We actually had NCAA legislation ready to keep guardrails around it when it was first coming out. We got pushed back for a lot of reasons. One being the NCAA came to our ADs and said, ‘no, let's not put those through right now’, which is probably a mistake. And I think we know that now. And so now we are working together with the NCAA presidents that oversee the NCAA, athletic directors, conference commissioners, anybody that can help us. We're trying to get guardrails, but we're trying to help it from a legislative perspective in Washington, and it's a big lift. But as more and more stories come out about the misuse of NIL, about athletes being taken advantage of, I think there's going to be more interest.” (link)
+ CollegeAD has UMass Assoc. AD for Finance & Administration Quinn heading the UC Davis for the role of Senior Assoc. AD for Finance. He is no longer listed on the Minutemen’s staff directory. (link)
+ CollegeAD also says Akron Assoc. AD for Student-Athlete Services Ellis has exited the Zips department to return to Central State (DII). She is not listed on either school’s staff directory. (link)
+ More talent moves at the likes of Georgia, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Central Michigan, Texas Tech & Georgia Tech can be found on The Wire at Collegiate Sports Connect. (link)
+ Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey boss Stone is facing claims of a toxic program culture, which includes the exit of student-athletes & a former AC on the basis of racial & other forms of discrimination. The Crimson have until the 8th of next month to reply to a lawsuit filed by former AC Daniels on the same grounds. Lots more, including plenty of former student-athletes speaking out positively about Stone’s impact across her 26 years leading the team. (link)
+ McNeese State has placed Track & Field HC Gilroy on administrative leave. No further information yet. (link)
Game Plan CEO McCaffrey and Teladoc Health Manager of Broker Sales/former professional athlete Scott sit down with D1.ticker/Connect's Garcia Cichosz to talk about their partnership to provide mental health and wellness resources to student-athletes. The duo dive into the challenges currently stressing student-athletes, including the transfer portal, NIL and sports wagering, how their streamlined relationship can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and how this current generation of student-athletes can create change regarding transparency and mental health. McCaffrey: "Several years ago we started to hear from our college athletic partners about the education associated with mental wellness and interestingly enough, it was some of our professional league partners that drove us down to the spot where they wanted to be very deliberate and intentional in how they delivered the education around behavioral health ... when we started to see the need [for mental health resources] increase that drove us down the path of [needing] to find a partner to be able to expand beyond traditional Game Plan capabilities." Full conversation only on Connect. (link)
Additional statements from Georgia following the car accident that claimed the lives of UGA FB student-athlete Willock and Recruiting Analyst LeCroy: “The car driven in the accident was one of several vehicles leased by our athletic department for use during recruiting activities only. Policies and expectations that were well understood by athletics staff dictated that such rental vehicles were to be turned in at the immediate conclusion of recruiting duties. Personal use was strictly prohibited. Therefore, the continued use of the leased car by our staff members after their recruiting duties ended earlier that evening was unauthorized. We are continuing to cooperate fully with investigators. Above all, our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of those we lost and those who were injured in this tragic accident.” (link)
Michigan reported a $17.1M surplus for FY22 after topping the $200M mark in revenue for the first time in department history. The Wolverines finished with $210.6M in operating revenue over $193.5M in expenses. The surplus was the largest for UM since 2012. Ticket sales drove the bus, with $55.2M sold, including $47.5M for football and media rights deals brought in $46.9M. Donations rounded out the top-three, jumping $13M YOY to $43.5M. The three biggest expenses: staff/administration ($37.9M), coaches ($36.5M) student aid ($28.3M). (link)
North Carolina finished FY22 with a $2.3M surplus, with $122.6M in revenue vs. $120.3M in expenses. Revenue increased YOY for the 11th time in the past 12 years, while the Tar Heels finished in the black for the first time in four fiscal cycles. Media rights led the pack, generating $31.5M, followed by ticket sales ($30.2M), and donations ($19.8M). UNC paid $25.4M in coaching costs, $21.4M in administration/staff costs and $13.7M in student aid. (link)
Iowa wrapped up FY22 with a $338K surplus after a $151.4M haul edged out the Hawkeyes $151.1M in expenses. Media rights ($48.5M), donations ($29.5M) and ticket sales ($26.4M) were the three largest contributors. On the other end of the ledger, the most significant increases were in coaching salaries ($5M jump), guarantees (up $5M), team travel (up $4M) and game expenses (up $3M). The Des Moines Register’s Smith III points out that the Hawkeyes debt now stands at $244.5M and that the department paid $3M against its $50M loan from campus from 2021, only $1.8M of which was applied to the principal amount. (link)
+ Iowa Women’s Wrestling student-athlete Mir is the UFC’s first ever NIL ambassador. (link)
+ Thursday’s UConn at Tennessee WBB game averaged 656K viewers on ESPN, making it the second-most viewed women’s hoops game on any network this season and the most-viewed regular season women’s game on ESPN cable networks since 2019. (link)
+ Valparaiso adds Southwest Minnesota State (DII) to its 2023 home FB slate.(link)
Yesterday's Evening Standard...
TurnkeyZRG will assist the Big Ten with its commissioner search to replace outgoing boss/new Chicago Bears President & CEO Warren. Illinois Chancellor/Council of Presidents and Chancellors Chair Jones: “The Big Ten Conference is rich in academic and athletic traditions and positioned for continued success in the future. We are confident TurnkeyZRG will present candidates with strategic vision and integrity to best lead the conference, and serve its 14 (soon to be 16) world-class member institutions, with over 28 conference-sponsored sports and 10,000 student-athletes.” (link)
Morehead State AD/Volleyball HC Gordon will step away from his role on the sidelines to focus on the AD post. Gordon compiled a record of 360-266 while coaching the Eagles. (link)
The San Jose Mercury News’ Wilner games out potential scenarios for Washington and Oregon if Pac-12 Commissioner Kliavkoff fails to present schools with a media rights deal that produces $35M-38M annually, pointing out that the Big Ten appears to be done with expansion (for the moment) and is without a commissioner to lead the process anyway while joining the Big 12 would only garner $1M-2M more “than a basement valuation for the Pac-12 — not even enough to offset the increased travel costs. In other words, the remaining Pac-12 schools appear to be without a desirable option at this point. The path to the jackpot (in the Big Ten) is blocked while the only road available (into the Big 12) doesn’t lead to a windfall. That said, keep four words in mind: The situation is fluid.” (link); Also, the remainder of the Pac-12 basketball season will feature on-site broadcast crews for games on Fox and FS1. (link)
College of Charleston’s historic start to the MBB season is having a ripple effect across the entire institution, and CoC President Hsu tells The Post & Courier’s Miller: “We’ve had three record years of fundraising and we are projecting this year to be even better. The whole community has embraced the basketball team. And because of our success in basketball more people are learning about our academic excellence as well.” CoC also expects to break last year’s record of 22,500 admission applications, and Hsu notes: “We will be able to recruit better students because of the success of the basketball team. It is a positive feedback loop that will continue to feed on each other.” Cougars AD Roberts agrees and points out Gonzaga had to start somewhere. “It takes time, you just can’t flip a switch and do it overnight. It takes a community. It takes tremendous consistent support from the coach, the administration, the board of trustees and donors. This is something that has to be built over time. There are a lot of programs that catch lightning in a bottle, but the key is can they sustain that success.” More from Miller. (link)
Duquesne will ramp up security at future basketball games after a fake DoorDash delivery guy wandered onto the court while the Dukes were playing Loyola Chicago. Dukes officials: "This was a prank, planned in advance, done for internet exposure. We determined that the individual was wearing a mic while someone filmed him as he walked on to the court during active play. While the incident may have seemed funny at the time, and no harm was done, we are mindful that incidents like this can put players and officials at risk. The university has reviewed its safety protocols and tightened its security measures to ensure conditions for our players and fans are safe and meet the standards for the highest level of competition in college basketball." (link)
Sports Illustrated’s Johnson unpacks some of the endemic reasons for dissolution of Bethune-Cookman’s relationship with former FB HC Reed before it could really get started, noting that “Reed’s level of stardom will always be higher than the football program’s, which is the risk you run when you hire a celebrity coach. It’s not a blanket rule to say a school shouldn't make a hire like this, but it is a risk when they do. Reed has his own foundation and a personal mouthpiece that far exceeds the school’s reach and definitely doesn’t fall inside its purview.” Consequently, Johnson submits that Reed’s public disparagement of the university can be seen as “punching down, which is far too easy to do when taking a 30,000-foot view of an underfunded HBCU. Understanding the true depths and reasons things are the way that they are—anywhere—involves more than just reading up on the issues; it requires listening and learning for a long time.” (link)
+ Jackson State’s faculty senate issued a vote of no confidence in President Hudson. (link)
+ Southeastern Louisiana University President Crain will retire once the institution names his successor. (link)
+ San José State AD Konya has been added to the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics committee on a term that will run through September of 2026. (link)
+ Southeastern Louisiana University also inks Baseball HC Riser to an extension through the 2025 campaign. (link)
+ Altius Sports Partners has hired Fiserv in-house attorney Hostetter as its new General Counsel. (link)
UNLV will not need to tap into a waterfall fund to backfill any missed revenue from FB moving to Allegiant Stadium for this season as the Rebels brought in $5M in net revenue. For context, the joint-use agreement calls for up to $3.5M to be pushed to UNLV should that $5M threshold not be met in any year for the first decade of the deal. Harper on the change in experience from Sam Boyd Stadium to Allegiant: “It’s been a phenomenal experience for the guys and it’s helped in recruiting. Just the experience of our fan base and using arguably one of the best facilities in college football in the country on a regular basis.” (link)
Boise State finished FY22 with a $475 surplus after closing FY21 with a $1M deficit. The Broncos FB team had over $18.4M in operating expenses and brought in more than $25.5M in revenue. The BSU MBB team also finished in the black with revenues outpacing expenses by $900K. (link)
North Texas finished FY22 with a $254K surplus on less than $44.5M in revenue. UNT ticket sales jumped to $1.3M from under $650K in FY21, with athletics receiving $1.45M in indirect institutional support. On the other side of the ledger, Mean Green travel and recruiting expenses increased over $900K and $450K to $2.9M and $576K respectively. Additionally, around $3M in conference revenue was forfeited for its first year moving to the AAC. Looking ahead, AD Mosley: “In this fiscal year and the next, we need to look at renovations to the Mean Green Village [UNT’s athletics campus] and our softball stadium. The athletic center expansion is critical to serve our student-athletes as well as any future expansion or growth.” (link)
A trio of New Mexico State representatives – Rep. Baca (R-8), Sen. Moores (R-21) and Sen. Maestas (D-8) – have proposed new legislation, the College Student Athlete Endorsements bill that would remove the current restrictions on institutions to “arrange third-party compensation for the use of a student athlete's name, image, likeness.” The bill would also allow professional representation for student-athletes to be affiliated with a university or its partner. (link, link - Full Text)
The Athletic’s Vannini examines why Western Kentucky QB Reed, who led the nation in passing last season, opted to remain with the Hilltoppers after putting his name in the Transfer Portal. Reed explains: “If these schools are interested, they’ll find a way for you to know that they’re interested. But they said they wouldn’t talk until I was in the transfer portal. So I just felt it’d be a disservice to myself if I didn’t enter and listen to what people had to say.” Reed says he was approached by several Power 5 schools from each conference, with some offering the starting job upfront. He adds of the NIL opportunities: “When the money that was available was put on the table, it was really hard. This is the kind of money a late draft pick is making.” More. (link)
Siena alumni Ambrose and Moberg have launched the Saints March On collective to support Siena student-athletes and Ambrose says: “I think, out of the gate, we’re targeting $100,000 to get into the pool. But I think we can…double [that goal], if not beyond, over the course of time.” Saints AD D’Argenio: “We wholeheartedly support them. We endorse Saints March On. It’s a great opportunity for people to continue to be involved in athletics. It’s another vehicle, and this vehicle supports our student-athletes.” (link)
+ Pacific partners with FanWord to provide student-athletes a unique storytelling platform “Tiger Tales.” (link)
+ The ACC will expand its annual ACC Football Kickoff to three full interview days, Sports Illustrated's Dellenger reports. (link)
+ The four Michigan State FB players charged with misdemeanor assault in the postgame tunnel incident with Michigan entered a pre-plea diversionary program as part of an effort to get the case dismissed and charges dropped. (link)
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