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D1.dossiers... Prairie View is now available, for those interested in leading the Panthers. Dossiers for eight other Athletic Director openings are also ready for you. $249 for an entire year of subscription. Hawaii is up next. (link)
Louisville has agreed to a 20-year, $41M naming rights partnership with L&N Federal Credit Union and will rechristen Cardinal Stadium as L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium. Cardinals AD Heird: “From the beginning of this process, we have been very strategic with how we chose our naming rights gift. We wanted an entity that was aligned with our mission statement and invested in the community and the University. We've found that and more with the L&N Federal Credit Union and their leadership team." (link)
Mississippi State has received a $16.5M gift from Michael and Valerie Hall, of which $1.5M will support the renovations to Davis Wade Stadium and two fellowship positions for student-athletes. Bulldogs AD Selmon: “This transformative commitment will be felt across our department for years to come. It will not only enhance the overall experience of both our student-athletes and devoted fanbase, but it will have an instrumental impact in continuing to prepare our student-athletes for life after college athletics.” (link)
Former CIA Director/U.S. Secretary of Defense/NCAA Constitution Committee Chair Gates tells Meet the Press host Todd he’s hesitant to support federal intervention in college sports because “you usually end up with a solution you don’t like, but the problem the athletic conferences are facing now, they’re all multi-state conferences and every state is passing a different law with different rules and so there’s no consistency for any of the conferences. So, I think there is a need for a federal law that standardizes this so it’s a level playing field.” (link)
The Athletic’s Dochterman answers a mailbag question regarding whether Iowa would benefit from new athletic department leadership by pointing out the longevity of Hawkeyes AD Barta and FB HC Ferentz are rare while also acknowledging there have been issues, including “Title IX and gender discrimination losses in the courtroom, which have cost the department about $10M in fees and settlements. … Iowa has employed only three athletic directors since 1970… but there are some areas where Iowa could freshen up. Barta, 59, has a contract through June 2024. If he retires or a change takes place, new deputy athletic director Beth Goetz is a solid candidate with a strong resume. Northern Iowa athletic director David Harris would get a strong look, too.” (link); The D1.dossier for the AD opening at Prairie View A&M is now ready to roll for those of you interested in leading the Panthers. (link)
The Pac-12 presidents and chancellors are scheduled to meet at Arizona State today for a quarterly meeting. The Mercury News’ Wilner adds: “Momentous topics are on the agenda, including what a source called an ‘important update’ on the media rights negotiations that will help define the future of the conference.” (link)
The ACC has asked its members to schedule most, if not all, of their future FB nonconference road games at either Power 5 teams or Army West Point, The News & Observer’s DeCock reports. ACC Commissioner Phillips: “Those end up being individual campus decisions, but we have pushed hard about making sure when we have opportunities to play really good programs and teams in the nonconference, we need to do that. We just do. When you look at some of our better teams over the last three or four years, in particular a school like Clemson, that’s what they’ve done. … It doesn’t mean all 12 of your games have to be at that level, but when you have the opportunity to play home games or home-and-homes, they need to be against the very best competition you can. … We’re working together to create better matchups and matchups that people around the country, their fans and others, would like to see. And certainly television would like to see.” (link)
Oklahoma State’s athletic budget will eclipse the $100M mark for the first time in program history when it takes effect in July. Cowboys AD Weiberg: “We believe that we are good stewards of our resources and we are spending those resources in the best way that we can to be competitive. That in the end is what we’re here to do — provide a great experience for our student-athletes and compete because part of a good experience for our student-athletes is (the ability) to compete. But we also want to provide them all the support in the process, whether that’s academics or strength and conditioning or nutrition and all of those things that go into being successful on the field and in the classroom.” Weiberg also notes OSU’s debt service payments of $2.425M are “probably the lowest in the Big 12” but will increase in the next budget due to stadium renovations. “We are bonding that, so the debt service will go up but still will be low in comparison to other (schools). … We are one of, I think, the few athletic departments that are fully funded on our own. We don’t want to be a burden on the institution. … If we’re operating over here on our own resources, then we don’t have to look to them for help.” (link)
Presidents & Chancellors in the News…
+ Stephen F. Austin has promoted Interim President Westbrook to the permanent position. (link)
+ Wyoming trustees have approved a new contract for President Seidel that runs through June 30, 2026, and will pay him an average of nearly $400K per year. (link)
+ UT Martin Chancellor Carver will step aside to take over in the same capacity at the UT Institute of Agriculture, effective March 1. Provost Cavalier will succeed Carver on an interim basis. (link)
The Washington State Board of Regents unanimously approved a measure to move forward with the design phase of the new Champions Center, which will allow the Cougars to centralize staff and resources and provide space for community service, professional development, and educational experiences. Approximately $5.8M in cash contributions had been donated toward the project as of November 2022, with another $6.9M in pledges expected to come in over the next six years. Construction is expected to begin in 2024. (link)
Syracuse and Pittsburgh will celebrate the centennial anniversary of the first football game played at Yankee Stadium when the two sides meet in The Bronx later this year. Orange AD Wildhack: “The unique circumstance of a centennial anniversary, coupled with six strong opponents scheduled to visit the JMA Wireless Dome, will make this year's home schedule an impactful experience for our student-athletes and continue a longstanding partnership with the Yankees organization. I look forward to our fans giving us a tremendous home field advantage in Yankee Stadium, just as they have in all our previous trips." (link)
U.S. District Court Judge Frank has dismissed a lawsuit brought by nine former Minnesota FB student-athletes accused of sexual assault in 2016. The former players claimed they suffered severe emotional distress and financial damage as a result of being falsely cast as sex offenders, but Frank ruled that the players failed to provide evidence for any of their claims, including allegations of bias by university investigators or pressure by Gophers AD Coyle or former President Kaler. (link)
AAC Commissioner Aresco tells Sports Illustrated’s Dellenger on NIL: “I don’t know why we’re calling it NIL anymore. It’s pay to play. It’s pay to recruit. It’s pay to retain.” NCAA Managing Director of Enforcement Hicks adds that tampering, while not new, has increased since student-athletes can now transfer without sitting out a year. “Immediate eligibility is powerful. It changes your team, roster and changes your ability to win immediately. If a school can pull a scholarship if a student-athlete goes into the portal, then why the heck would they not want to know where they’re going to go [when they enter the portal]?” (link)
Bayou Traditions has been named the official collective of LSU athletics after entering into a partnership with LSU Sports Properties via Playfly Sports. Under the terms of the deal, Bayou Traditions also becomes the presenting sponsor of the athletic department’s digital content platform LSU GOLD. Tigers AD Woodward: “We are thrilled about this historic partnership, because it will both enable our student-athletes to enjoy success during their collegiate careers and also set them up for greater success when their careers are finished. It also provides the best fans in college sports the opportunity to get involved and help keep LSU at the forefront of NIL.” (link); Video announcement from Woodward. (link)
The TCU-focused Think NIL has paused operations and will be “evaluating and navigating the next steps of the organization.” The news comes after VP of Operations Cunningham last week announced he would now be overseeing the newly launched Bayou Traditions collective, which supports LSU student-athletes. On3’s Crabtree notes Think NIL “also had stiff competition in the TCU market from The Flying T Club, which has signed deals with more than 40 ambassadors, including representatives from the football, baseball, basketball and sand volleyball teams. Flying T has also raised more than $3M by the Fall of 2022 – before the Horned Frogs’ historic run to the national championship game. Many NIL experts believe more collective consolidation is on the way in many markets. That’s especially true as athletic departments officially tap their preferred collectives and boosters grow tiresome of donating to multiple groups.” (link)
More NIL Today…
+ Iowa partners with Opendorse to create the Iowa Hawkeyes NIL Marketplace. (link)
+ Southern Indiana partners with Icon Source to launch an NIL marketplace for Screaming Eagle student-athletes. (link)
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