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Multiple-time transfers are free to compete through the spring semester without further concern about NCAA waivers, though the year of competition will count toward their eligibility, after an agreement between the NCAA & a coalition of states. Notable additional detail: “A hearing was to be held on Dec. 27 regarding a decision on issuing a preliminary injunction, but the NCAA’s agreement will likely result in the dismissal of that hearing, although official changes to the docket will have to be signed off on by the judge, and may not be formalized until Monday.” (link)
The Washington State Supreme Court denied a request to review the lawsuit between the outgoing Pac-12 schools & Washington State/Oregon State, meaning the Cougars & Beavers are effectively the only members of the Pac-12 board. The Mercury News’ Jon Wilner: “What happens next is not immediately clear. The departing 10 could agree to a settlement after months of failed mediation. Perhaps one of the schools outside of Washington will pursue legal action in its own jurisdiction. During a court hearing in November, the defense raised the issue of dissolving the conference. Might that be a desperation move to regain leverage?” Also from Wilner: “Keep in mind that the lower court ruling requires WSU and OSU to act in reasonable manner with board matters ($$$). If they don't, this is headed back to court - and nobody wants that.” Wilner also notes that while it’s a big win for WSU & OSU, the liabilities of the league (ie House v. NCAA) are arguably more important to consider than the sizable revenues. (link, link); JohnCanzano.com’s namesake: “The conference will generate $420 million in media-rights and postseason revenue this fiscal year. There’s roughly $170 million in future assets available, too. The 10 departing schools may have been told by consultants that they’d get 1/12th shares and dissolve the conference on the way out the door, but that went up in smoke on Friday. Now, they’re facing smaller distributions from the Pac-12, no control in the next seven months, and no parting gifts. Remember, the defecting schools took reduced distributions from their new conferences — 30 cents on the dollar in some cases. I’ll bet they hoped to supplement from what they planned to squeeze out of the Pac-12 on the way out the door. [...] I’m told that Washington State president Kirk Schulz and Oregon State’s Jayathi Murthy will meet, prioritize the issues, and hatch the plan for governance.“ (link)
Florida Gulf Coast AD Ken Kavanagh last month announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2023-24 school year, but the school revealed yesterday that Kavanagh is “moving on from the university.” Former FGCU President Mike Martin created a task force in February to find ways the Eagles could stay competitive in the current collegiate athletics landscape and one finding was that the department faced long-term financial struggles. A recommendation was to blend the athletics department into the larger university to create a workforce that could help both sides, but Martin indicated Kavanagh was not “entirely comfortable with that change.” Current FGCU President Aysegul Timur issued a statement to the university Friday that daily operations & responsibilities in athletics will continue to be handled by Deputy AD/COO/SWA Lauren Leister and Deputy AD/CRO Graham Diemer. FGCU still plans to launch a national search for the AD position and will announce more information in 2024. (link)
Extra Points publisher Matt Brown examines Lindenwood’s decision to cut nine sports, and Lions AD Jason Coomer explains that the downsizing of the athletic department was part of a university-wide effort to resize and rebalance other parts of the university. Specifically, Coomer cited a desire to rebalance the athletic department to be more in line with their new institutional peers in the Ohio Valley Conference. Coomer: “Even after dropping nine NCAA sports, we’re still the largest athletic department in the OVC,” which “speaks to the level of how we were overbuilt before. … When you’re growing enrollment via athletics, your expenses aren’t just salaries, scholarships and staff. For student-athletes, you have overhead in both the athletic department and the rest of campus, be that for academic instruction, or the daily needs of students. For non-student-athletes, athletic department overhead isn’t part of the operating budget equation.” More from Brown. (link)
McNeese State Men’s Basketball HC Will Wade is back on the sidelines & throwing haymakers at the NCAA: “There is a strong legal argument that these kids should not lose eligibility, and it goes to court? The kids will not lose eligibility. You never know anything for 100%, but this thing, December 27, the NCAA is toast anyway. They are going to get beat again on the 27th. It’s a moot point. They’ll get beat again and they’ll get beat again after that. … Legally, a lot of what the NCAA does is flat illegal, I’ve learned that through all of my stuff, through all this stuff, it just doesn’t. There is a reason they are trying to get antitrust exemption from Congress. They just need to blow the whole thing up and come back with a new model. They need to collective bargain with the players, it’s the only way they make this thing work. Until they do that, they’re just going to get smacked in court.” Lots more (link)
UCLA Football HC Chip Kelly during his LA Bowl presser: “The fact that there’s not going to be a Pac-12 next year, the fact that Washington State is not going to be in a conference next year, the fact that Oregon State is not going to be in a conference next year, we failed. [...] The players are what the product is. The fact that they don't get paid is really the biggest travesty.” Kelly went on to say SEC Commissioner, outgoing Ohio State AD Gene Smith, former Boise State/Washington Football HC Chris Petersen, former Duke/Ole Miss HC David Cutcliffe & former Stanford HC David Shaw should be assigned to get in a room & figure out the industry’s issues: “You guys go hash it out, then when you come out, we get a puff of white smoke, we’ll fix this whole thing.” (link)
Michigan Men’s Basketball HC Juwan Howard is set to return to lead the Wolverines as no discipline will be handed down in the situation involving Howard & Head Strength & Conditioning HC Jon Sanderson. UM AD Warde Manuel, in part: “The return of our usual coaching structure comes after a review of an incident involving several individuals during a team practice last week. Based on a thorough internal review, nothing was found to warrant disciplinary action for anyone involved. As such, we will move forward with a focus on our team and our season.” (link)
Purdue men’s basketball student-athlete and reigning unanimous POTY Zach Edey took advantage of three days the Boilermakers spent in his hometown of Toronto to capitalize on his NIL. As a native Canadian, Edey is prohibited from profiting from his NIL in the U.S. without jeopardizing his F-1 visa status. Edey, who teamed up with Daps on an NIL deal, tells USA Today’s Scooby Axson he wasn’t particularly concerned about cashing in on his NIL, but “now that I am getting paid, thinking back on it, it was ridiculous that we weren't getting paid. At the time, the only thing I was focused on was my basketball, as it is now." Edey’s management Priority Sports, ensured Edey wasn’t running afoul of immigration laws before moving forward with the deal with Daps, a New York-based startup that describes itself as “Shopify for athletes.” The app allows fans to bid live during games on game-worn shoes and jerseys, or on high-value items such as a signed painting and also get video calls and social media shoutouts. (link)
+UTRGV Asst. AD Letty Hernandez has been promoted to Assoc. AD for Academic Services. (link)
+ In the past few days, there have been staff changes at App State, Baylor, the Big South Conference, Chattanooga, Denver, FIU, George Mason, Harvard, La Salle, Louisiana Lafayette, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Saint Peter’s, SMU (LEARFIELD), Tufts, Tulane and UCLA. These and more on The Wire on Connect. (link)
UMass Lowell has settled a lawsuit filed by former baseball student-athlete Cedric Rose, who alleged that he was dismissed from the team because he complained in his diary about former HC Ken Harring’s alleged racism. Monetary terms were not disclosed, but Rose’s attorney, Ed Burley, says: “They talked about operational changes in a few key areas. One of those areas is not having the authority in decision-making concentrated solely in the head coach.” A statement from UMass Lowell reads: “The matter that Cedric Rose raised to UMass Lowell’s attention has been satisfactorily resolved to the satisfaction of both Mr. Rose and UMass Lowell. UMass Lowell will continue to advance a campus climate in which equity, transparency, fairness, safety, and inclusion are valued so that all of its members — faculty, staff, and students — can fully engage and thrive.” (link)
Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jeanne Shaheen (R-N.H.) sent a letter this week to the NCAA pushing for flag football programs to be added to the collegiate lineup ahead of the 2028 Olympics. The letter to NCAA President Charlie Baker, in part “Recently, the Olympic Committee announced that flag football will be an official Olympic sport at the summer 2028 games. This welcomed news serves as a prime opportunity for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to encourage its participating colleges and universities to offer women’s flag football as an emerging sport. … With this growing sport, and its benefits to women, the Olympic Committee’s announcement is timely. The NCAA should use this opportunity to proactively educate and encourage its schools to formalize programs. This in turn would allow collegiate women scholarship opportunities and serve as a feeder to the Olympics where they can proudly represent their country and school.” (link)
Nearly 80% of Americans surveyed in a new U.S. News-Harris Poll study believe higher education institutions are more worried about their endowment than creating leaders of tomorrow. The respondents indicate the biggest problem is that if colleges and universities don’t become more accessible to all people and emphasize diversity, then the leaders of tomorrow will all be the same. Meanwhile, more than 60% of those surveyed believe colleges and universities are prioritizing donors, press and other external factors over students. In regards to the Israel-Hamas war, two-thirds of Americans say they believe campuses should uphold free speech even if some deem the language deplorable, and 57% think that the entire issue is overblown since Palestinians are being harmed in the conflict as well. 63% believe that higher ed institutions aren’t handling antisemitism on campus effectively, and 60% believe that colleges and university presidents should be dismissed from their jobs. (link)
Yesterday's Evening Standard...
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost responds to the NCAA’s “clarification” that U.S. District Court Judge John P. Bailey’s ruling on the association’s transfer policy “does not change the season of competition legislation.” Yost asserts: “The Court specifically addressed this sort of intimidation on page 29 of its order. We have a call to try to resolve it this morning…but just in case, we’ve got a lawyer on the road to the federal courthouse.” Kennyhertz Perry attorney Mit Winter: “As expected, the state AGs that sued the NCAA over its transfer rules are taking the NCAA’s interpretation, that it can count games played during the 14 day TRO period as a full year of eligibility if the TRO is later overturned, to the court. I’d expect clarity on this today.” (link)
Mountain West Commissioner Gloria Nevarez joins Sportico’s Eric Jackson to discuss several topics, including diversity in leadership roles, and says of DEI in general: “In college athletics we couldn't represent a more diverse population when you think of the student-athletes across all of our sports and championships. I mean you probably couldn't make it up if you tried to get such a diverse group of human beings and so I think it's really important, especially because college athletics is about educating the whole person through athletics, in higher education, in the academy, to also provide that mentorship that leadership that can identify with that broad population.” To continue increasing diversity among leadership positions, Nevarez believes it’s important to be intentional when filling job openings. “And that's hard. You know, even my network of contacts wouldn't probably provide very much diversity over several different positions…but really reaching outside your comfort zone asking people that know different groups and network in different areas to really be intentional about providing that opportunity to interview.” In regards to realignment, Nevarez explains: “We are ready for anything, any opportunity that makes the Mountain West better. I know Oregon State and Washington State still have a lot to figure out with the entity that is the Pac-12. So, no definitive answers either way, but we’re ready for that conversation when they are.” Full conversation. (link)
More from On3’s State of College Sports project. LEAD1 CEO Tom McMillen: "The No. 1 issue is that college sports can't determine its own destiny. Either you're going to eventually evolve to an employee model or you're going to have to have some hybrids. And those hybrids are going to have to be codified by Congress. They have to go to Congress to get things done – and we've never, ever been in a position like that. There's a lot on the table." Iowa Interim AD Beth Goetz similarly responds: “We're trying to be reactive – and reactive on a lot of fronts. And so how do we control our own destiny? And did we miss that opportunity? I think it's arguable that perhaps we've missed that opportunity, and that's why we're in this position because we didn't take ownership and make some change at an earlier point.” Texas A&M AD Ross Bjork also weighs in: “Let's just get to whatever the model is sooner rather than later. Because the uncertainty is basically driving everyone crazy right now from coaches to athletes to administrators.” Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione supports “establishing a new structure that allows for us to rightly share some revenue with student-athletes,” although he acknowledges “that path takes us to an unknown reality with unpredictable economic implications for our departments, dramatically impacting how we can support a broad-based athletics program." (link)
Andscape’s Mia Berry profiles Howard AD Kery Davis, during whose tenure the Bison have captured 31 conference or national championships. Many coaches agree that Davis has been the differentiator during that period, with Football HC Larry Scott saying: “When you have a person who hires you, brings you in, believing in you and aligning to give you most of the things that you need to really get [the program] off its feet and build it, it is tremendous.” Davis, who had no experience as an AD before accepting the position, explains he came into the role with a two-pronged approach: “The first one was to evaluate the coaches that we had, and some of them were dynamic, creative coaches who were doing well with the resources that they had but didn’t have enough resources to get over the top. [Secondly] what are the resources you need to get you to win championships, and then what things you need to get you to be a top 100 program.” Davis wanted to weed out coaches he believed viewed Howard as a stepping stone job: “I want coaches who understand and recognize how special this post is [and] who want to be here. I want a coach who is going to match my passion. I want to be here. … This is the only place I wanted to be an athletic director.” Lots more. (link)
Extra Points publisher Matt Brown offers an inside look at Wyoming’s Battle in the Barn, a wrestling meet the Cowboys hosted against Campbell at the Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse EcoSanctuary and broadcast on UFC Fight Pass. Cowboys HC Mark Branch tells Brown he regularly takes his team to the mountains for workouts and occasionally brings his horses with him. Last year, he took a few photos of his team and his horses after one of the workouts, and according to Branch, the Campbell coaching staff saw the photographs and said “Hey, that’s badass.” The conversation then shifted to finding a way to incorporate Western iconography and horses into a potential event, which led to the Battle in the Barn. Branch also tells Brown that learning to operate in unique environments is a critical skill for wrestlers, who may find themselves working in atypical facilities if they compete as professionals. Inside the barn, there was only enough room to accommodate student-athletes’ families, but participating in the event led to some unique sponsorship opportunities, as Branch explains: “We got sponsorships from a cowboy hat company called War Bonnet Hats, and they sent us 36 hats…18 for each team. These are typically $400 hats. Cinch Jeans, which is this major western outfitter, sent 36 vests (which typically retail for $80 each), and then gave the athletes gift certificates…Adidas wrestling gave everybody these bags with the logo for the event that we drew up…so our kids got to walk away with something they’re not used to.” Lots more from Brown. (link)
Colorado State Football HC Jay Norvell says QB Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi was offered $600K from another program to transfer and tells The Coloradoan that, in fact, “our top 12 players on our team have all had offers to go other places. It’s really frustrating for me as a guy that’s been in this business for over 30 years to really see the misinformation that kids are getting and really the poor decision-making that’s coming of it. … We’ve been pretty fortunate [that] we haven’t had many kids move but the NIL is real. We’re fighting to improve our situation with NIL, and if we don’t get improvement, we’re going to lose a lot of kids. It’s just the bottom line.” Norvell goes on to remark that “we don’t want to be a farm system for the SEC or the Big 12. That’s what’s happening right now. Those leagues are trying to cherry-pick our best players, and we’re trying our best to keep them in Fort Collins. … We should be able to build on our record we had this last year, but if we lose the good players that we’ve been developing it’s going to be hard. We’re going to go backwards instead of forwards. It’s a critical time for us. We’re doing all we can to fight off a lot of these wolves that are trying to poach our roster and take our young players.” (link)
People & Places…
+ The Sun Belt announces Jefferson (Louisiana) Chamber of Commerce Director of Communications Adam Miller as its new Assoc. Commissioner for Communications & Branding. (link)
+Fairleigh Dickinson is promoting SID Jordan Sarnoff to Special Assistant to the AD, per CBS’ Jon Rothstein. (link)
+Mount St. Mary’s names DeSales (DIII) EVP Gerard “Jerry” Joyce as its 27th president. (link)
+Illinois State selects Brown Assoc. HC Raleigh DeRose as the Redbirds’ new Women’s Soccer HC. (link)
+ Merrimack Football HC Dan Curran has accepted the same post with Holy Cross. (link)
+Saint Peter’s hires Ramapo (DIII) HC Fernando Colon as its new Women’s Volleyball HC. (link)
+ Good news from ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, who announces his most recent PET scan was clean and he is cancer-free. Continued best wishes to Dickie V. (link)
+Kentucky Men’s & Women’s Basketball played a grand total of two games on the new court inside Rupp Arena & now it’s set to be replaced due to performance issues. Robbins Inc. Product Manager John Puening: “Robbins produced a custom structural design unique to the Rupp Arena floor. Although the floor performed as intended when tested at the factory, both Robbins and UK officials were not satisfied with the performance of the floor under game conditions. For this reason, Robbins is expediting a floor replacement and looks forward to delivering a new floor to Rupp Arena as soon as possible.” (link)
+ With a major overhaul underway for David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, the possibility exists Kansas won’t play its 2024 home football slate on campus in order for the overall project to be done in time for 2025 kicks. Instead, the Jayhawks could play contests next season at Arrowhead Stadium in nearby Kansas City. KU Chancellor Doug Girod notes there’s still a bunch of details to work out, expects a decision within a month: “We are in the process of going through the construction timeline with (the contractor) to see what is feasible for us to finish on time, meaning that in fall of ’25, we have to be in that stadium.” (link)
+Missouri has selected DLR Group to serve as its consultant on the coming Memorial Stadium upgrades. (link)
The Athletic’s Scott Dochterman takes a look at what happens to bowls affiliated with the Pac-12 after the league’s dissolution and notes the conference has two years remaining on contracts with six bowls. Alamo Bowl President Derrick Fox: “I wish I was clairvoyant and could give you a clear answer. But the reality is, we’re just focused on this year and the matchup that we have now. And then we’ll get back together and talk about all this for ‘24 and ‘25 early next year, because it’s something we certainly have to address as a group.” Bowl Season Executive Director Nick Carparelli adds: “With conference realignment in general, you’re seeing a lot of conferences get bigger. Logically, they’re going to need more bowl opportunities. And then some conferences will get smaller. Some might even go away. Obviously, those bowl opportunities need to be absorbed in the rest of the system. … You’re going to see the bowls who had a partnership with the Pac-12 look to fill those gaps on a temporary basis the next two years. But once we get to 2026, you’re going to see an entire reset and entire shuffling of the bowl conference relationships, which I think is going to provide some great opportunities for teams maybe to go to bowl destinations that they wouldn’t have had a chance to before.” (link)
The Duke’s Mayo Bowl has successfully differentiated itself among non-College Football Playoff bowl games, and The Athletic's Scott Dochterman notes: “From its promotional videos to the postgame mayo bath to providing revenue opportunities for athletes, the Duke’s Mayo Bowl offers endless possibilities for how bowls could remain relevant in a post-Playoff expansion era.” Charlotte Sports Foundation Communications and Marketing Director Miller Yoho tells Dochterman: “80% of fans understand they’re not going to the College Football Playoff, but they love this sport because it has flaws. So why not lean into the fun of it?” The bowl has also set up a first-of-its-kind NIL marketplace to connect student-athletes with businesses that would like to partner with them for bowl-related promotion, and Yoho notes: “The athlete experience is tied to NIL now, and it’s a big part of what they do. So why aren’t we opening the doors to this city that has Fortune 500 companies thriving? We have credible partners, so why don’t we set them up for success?” More from Dochterman. (link)
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