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Patriot League Commissioner Heppel sat down with Extra Points’ Brown at the NCAA Convention: “I hope that by having a thoughtful conversation around what does the structure of our championships look like, is it providing the best experience possible for all of our student-athletes in all sports? We have to have that conversation, then it’s not a predetermined outcome. It will look different sport-by-sport, season-by-season. [...] We get better, we make progress by having the conversation. I believe that’s what the Transformation Committee is asking us to have. The Transformation Committee believes that ‘here’s the type of experience we should be thinking about, here’s the type of access we should be thinking about’ and then challenge each sport to have that conversation.” Lots more on Connect, including Heppel’s insights on the impact of removing minimum test score requirements, how to consider the busy schedules of student-athletes & how the student-athlete voice has changed over time. (link)
More from the Connect conversation with NCAA VP of Enforcement Duncan as he addresses the changing standard as it relates to NIL and NIL-adjacent behaviors: “What we’ve seen over the history of the NIL interim policy is facts that most of the membership and the public look at and they don’t automatically think, ‘Yeah, that’s probably a good deal.’ And we conduct an investigation and for whatever reason are unable to get documentary evidence or somebody on the record to say, ‘You’re right, that’s what we intended, that’s an inducement.’ So, the revised charging standard allows us to take a common sense view of a fact pattern of circumstantial evidence and then hand it over to the school and say, ‘If you don’t think it’s a violation, then the burden is on you, institution, you, coach, to show that it’s not, and that’s an appropriate place for that responsibility to lie.” More with Connect/MB Sports’ Banker on Connect. (link)
NACDA’s Mid-Winter Meetings are in full swing down in Marco Island as Chief Executive Officer Emeritus Vecchione was honored for his decades-long stewarding of the organization & its commitment to administrators far & wide. Also in pictures: SMU AD Hart, who addressed attendees during the opening reception, LEARFIELD EVP Hamilton, Anthony Travel SVP of Event Services Wurzberger, an N4A contingent, plus more. Check them all out. (link)
The start of the second half of last night’s Indiana-Ohio State MBB game at Assembly Hall was delayed after a piece of metal fell from the jumbotron near Buckeyes student-athlete Sensabaugh who was walking near half court. OSU HC Holtmann on his level of concern: “They said it weighed about 10-15 pounds. It fell approximately 7 feet away from Brice. It would’ve significantly injured Brice had it connected. Thank God it didn’t." Holtmann said he “asked if I had the authority to say let’s do the second half at another time. They said, we can certainly have that conversation.” A maintenance crew checked out the jumbotron and gave it the all clear to continue the game. (link - article, link - video)
Despite his January 16 statement announcing he would stay at Michigan, Wolverines FB HC Harbaugh met last week in Ann Arbor with Denver Broncos owner Penner. ESPN’s Schefter: “Although Harbaugh two weeks ago announced he was staying at Michigan, Penner did his due diligence and still traveled to Ann Arbor to meet with the coach in person, like he's done with seven other candidates during the Broncos' head-coaching search.” (link)
JohnCanzano.com’s namesake on the latest around the $50M Comcast overpayment to the Pac-12 Networks: “One industry insider told me this week: ‘I am leaning to this is what is holding up TV deal. Can’t really do anything with Pac-12 Networks until this is resolved.’ [...] I’m told Comcast would likely just subtract the $50 million from future payments to the Pac-12 Networks. Also, the Pac-12 keeps a ‘rainy day’ fund. The conference’s last tax filing shows the conference has a balance of $22.6 million in reserves. The members could decide to draw upon that to make up part of a potential shortfall.” (link)
Arizona will raise season ticket prices for football and basketball for 2023-24 by an average of 15%. With the increase, FB season tickets will range from $110-$3,700 (excluding value tickets and skyboxes), while MBB will range from $470-$2,450 and WBB from $100-$205 (hoops prices exclude “Scholarship Row”). Wildcats AD Heeke: “We have been able to keep ticket prices steady for most of these tickets without major increases for nearly a decade. This decision was not taken lightly as we evaluate current economic conditions and growing financial costs while remaining affordable by market standards.” (link)
Seton Hall sent a video to potential donors showing plans for a new basketball practice facility, which will consist of “a full court, two half-courts, a free-throw basket, a new locker room and lounge for the players, a game room, a strength and conditioning area, a sports medicine room, coaches’ offices and a film room.” It would be a multi-floor extension on the back and side of the current Richie Regan Recreation and Athletic Center. Seton Hall AD Felt has previously pegged the cost at $40M with a goal for summer 2023 groundbreaking, but the school is still in the process of gaining approval from South Orange’s planning board. The Pirates have contracted with Cannon Design, the architect of Maryland’s recent practice facility projects for football and basketball. (link)
We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of OneTeam partnering with Fanatics to launch a college jersey program and during that time OneTeam Partner has signed 8K+ student-athletes to group licensing agreements across 80 schools. Football players account for 4,500 of the group and represent 42 different schools. For fall sports, Women’s Soccer student-athletes are the second largest group at 1,000, while Women’s Volleyball student-athletes represent 700 of the participants. OneTeam Interim CEO Underwood: “It’s important to point out that this program is not just benefiting football and basketball players. This has really opened the doors for us to provide an inclusive program across a bunch of sports, men and women. And we’re just getting started.” OneTeam has already signed up 550 women’s basketball players and 540 men’s basketball participants from 94 schools this winter. (link)
+ Oklahoma WBB student-athlete Robertson is the new NCAA Division I record holder for career three-pointers made. Her first made three against Iowa State yesterday gave her 498 for her career, surpassing the record previously held by former Ohio State WBB student-athlete Mitchell. Robertson reached the record in 138 games, one fewer than Mitchell’s 139 and in fewer attempts (1,135 to Mitchell’s 1,286). The Sooners shooter now has 503 made threes to her name. (link)
+ The Denver vs. Colorado College Men’s Ice Hockey match Friday night drew 17,952 fans to Ball Arena, making it the highest-attended indoor college hockey game in the nation since Feb. 10, 2018. Overall, the game was the second-highest attended college hockey game this season, as only the Frozen Fenway matchup between Boston College and UMass at Fenway Park on Jan. 7 in Boston had more (22,500). (link)
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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)
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