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SoCon Commissioner Schaus will retire at the end of the academic year. Schaus: “I came to this decision several months ago but felt this was the right time to announce. I have been very blessed during my career in athletics and have absolutely loved my years as SoCon commissioner. I believe we made many impactful improvements in a variety of areas over the years thanks to a great team of people who made it happen." (link)
Michigan President Ono tells the Michigan Daily his relationship with Wolverines AD Manuel is “fantastic,” adding: “As I said when I was announced as president, I think he is the best athletic director in North America. I’ve worked with many. And I knew him when I was president of the University of Cincinnati, and he was athletic director for University of Connecticut. We were actually rivals, and so I experienced firsthand how good he is because of that rivalry between the University of Connecticut and the University of Cincinnati. So I have the utmost respect for him, and I think he’s doing a fantastic job. The extent to which I can be helpful, to support him run a successful program, I’ll be involved.” (link); Michigan will incorporate LEARFIELD Allied to enable brands to partner with student-athletes and create co-branding NIL opportunities. Wolverines AD Manuel: “From being the first NCAA school to provide uniform jersey licensing programs for student-athletes to hosting the VICTORS Exchange, the nation's largest INFLCR local exchange platform, Michigan Athletics remains committed to innovative partnerships that are beneficial to our student-athletes." (link)
CBS’ Norlander games out the MBB matchups that could have been arranged as part of the new age February bracketbuster concept to pit non-Power 6 teams against one another in non-conference matchups, as proposed by WAC Commissioner Thornton and others. Michigan State Assoc. AD for Strategic Initiatives & Creative Planning Pauga, one of the creators of what Norlander dubs “Wild Card Week,” says: “The branding opportunities are also numerous to build a narrative around a given team. The best way to make the NCAA Tournament remains winning games against good teams, and somebody is doing that in nearly all these matchups." Pauga also says there would have been 85 total Quad 1 and Quad 2 games (24 Q1, 61 Q2) with 132 games involving 66 teams from 19 conferences, and Norlander notes: “That's a huge inventory, big enough to impact the bubble in significant ways. Teams doing this would merely have to give up two non-con games in November or December for the two in February — when many more follow college hoops and results draw more attention.” (link)
+ Rider President Dell’Omo has agreed to a one-year extension that runs until 2025 and says this will be his final extension before retiring at the end of his contract. (link)
+ Collegiate Sports Connect names former Aspire Group New Business Sales Manager for Army West Point Connell as Senior Director of Sales for Connect. Connell comes to Connect from Edpuzzle, where she served as School Partnership Associate. (link)
+ The Charlotte Sports Foundation has promoted Director Sales, Director of Operations/Assoc. Executive Director Pitts as COO. (link)
+ The Ohio State-endorsed Cohesion Foundation has hired First Merchants Bank Ohio Commercial Real Estate Team Leader Apple as its first full-time executive director. (link)
+ Nebraska FB HC Rhule has filed an arbitration lawsuit against his former employer, claiming the Carolina Panthers owe him $5M after dismissing him five games into the season. The Athletic reports the grievance would be heard by NFL Commissioner Goodell or Goodell’s designee. (link)
+ North Dakota State inks MBB HC Richman to an extension through the 2026-27 season. Inforum’s McFeely reports the deal was actually signed in June but not reported publicly. (link)
+ Lafayette extends Men’s Lacrosse HC Myers through the 2026 season. (link)
+ St. John’s AD Cragg remained neutral about the future of MBB HC Anderson, writing: “At the end of each season, we evaluate the performance of every coach, and the leadership of every program. … We clearly fell short of our goal last year and certainly have not given up on this year’s team. There is much more basketball to play this season.” (link)
+ Bethune-Cookman will hire a new FB HC within the next week, according to interim President Drake, who says: “Several adjustments were made to ensure our next coach is the best fit for our university. I recently met with student leaders to ensure that we addressed their concerns and answered each question as honestly as possible. We’ve also added a football player representative to our search committee to give the team an active voice in choosing our next head football coach.” Drake also says the university will spend approximately $10M over the next several months to address immediate campus infrastructure needs and has begun a complete assessment of over 100 facilities for fitness, renovation, and demolition, as well as the study of possible new facilities. (link)
Tulsa Assoc. AD for Revenue Generation and Fan Engagement Malay sits down with D1.ticker/Connect’s Eargle to discuss the Golden Hurricane’s fan engagement strategy, which include a new 3D projection system to make hoops games more interactive, a miniature football field for kids to use during games and the Guinness World Record for the largest pizza party ever on Planet Earth. Malay also discusses how the program is promoting new FB HC Wilson and what initiatives the program has in store moving forward. Check out the full Q&A on Connect. (link)
Dollars & Cents…
+ Utah finished FY22 with a record $115.7M in revenue against $111.88M in expenses, though the Salt Lake Tribune’s Newman reports $3.8M surplus includes $6.141M in student fees and another $5.33M in direct institutional support. Football accounted for $75.7M of the Utes’ revenue, with over $12M coming from ticket sales. Meanwhile, donations increased from $7.9M in FY21 to $28.5M. (link)
+ Appalachian State in 2022 raised more than $14M , including $5.79M via the Yosef Club. (link)
+ Houston FB HC Holgorsen reacts to reports of the NCAA fortifying its NIL enforcement: “I'll believe it when I see it. I don't see any enforcing out there." (link)
+ Clemson FB HC Swinney ended his signing day event by encouraging donors to contribute to Clemson-related collectives but added: “There’s not one kid that has come to Clemson for NIL. Not one… but we don’t want anyone to leave because of NIL." (link)
+ The Vanderbilt-focused Anchor Impact Fund has received a $500K matching gift from alumnus Ingram. (link)
+ NBC Sports has launched its first team-wide fan club featuring the Loyola Chicago MBB team through NBC Sports Athlete Direct, the company’s NIL platform. (link)
The Big East DEI Working Group met earlier this week to discuss a number of topics, including hiring and pipeline development strategies, educational programs, and promotional activities designed to underscore the conference’s commitment to welcoming environments and greater representation of underrepresented groups within the college sports industry. Commissioner Ackerman: “We want to thank our DE&I Working Group for the ideas, energy and candor they brought to our sessions this week and will continue to rely on their expertise and guidance as we shape the future direction of our work in this critically important area.” (link)
A former NC State men’s soccer student-athlete has become the second former Wolfpack player to file a lawsuit alleging the university created a hostile educational environment and enabled sexual abuse by former Director of Sports Medicine Murphy. Specifically, the suit argues NC State failed to take action after a former soccer coach reported in early 2016 concerns that Murphy was grooming students for sexual contact. (link)
Michigan State FB student-athlete Windmon is entering a pre-plea diversion program as he seeks to have his misdemeanor assault charge stemming from his role in the Michigan Stadium tunnel scuffle dismissed. (link)
Last year, the South outgrew other U.S. regions by 1.3M people via births outpacing deaths and domestic and international migration, according to population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The AP’s Schneider reports the “Northeast and Midwest lost residents, and the West grew by an anemic 153,000 people, primarily because a large number of residents left for a different U.S. region. The West would have lost population if not for immigrants and births outpacing deaths. Experts aren’t sure at this point if the dramatic pull of the South is a short-term change spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic or a long-term trend, or even what impact it will have on the reallocation of political power through redistricting after the 2030 census.” Those experts, Schneider continues, attribute the growth to lower housing costs, lower taxes and Baby Boomers retiring. (link)
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