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South Dakota officially announces Dakota State (NAIA) Foundation & Alumni Association VP for Institutional Advancement Jon Schemmel as its next AD. Schemmel, who served as USD’s Senior Assoc. AD for Development from 2012-17: “My family and I are ecstatic to return to USD and the Vermillion community. This is truly a full-circle moment for us. To have the opportunity to come back to a place that has meant the world to me and my family is incredibly exciting and humbling. I look forward to reconnecting with the entire Coyote community.” (link)
Florida Gulf Coast has selected TurnkeyZRG to assist in its AD search, per CollegeAD. (link)
ESPN’s Pete Thamel examines Florida State’s next steps in regards to the ACC and notes: “While no board meeting has been called yet to formally discuss the bubbling issues, it would be counter to FSU's own yearlong rhetoric if one isn't called soon. And that would set the stage for a legal standoff between FSU and the ACC, which could be one of the highest-stakes legal battles in college athletics history. There has been no known legal challenge to a grant of rights. … The first step would be Florida State officially deciding on a declaratory action to legally challenge the ACC grant of rights. This would trigger the exploration of formally unwinding from the ACC without actually leaving the conference. It would do so to get a sense of what leaving could look like financially and legally. It is not as drastic as announcing an exit but would signify the university is attempting to find a path.” FSU attorneys have made multiple visits to the ACC’s HQ to review the grant of rights – as have attorneys for several other ACC schools – and Thamel writes: “Whether it's in days or weeks, FSU's board of trustees is expected to begin a formal vetting and discussion of what they've found in the exploration of the grant of rights.” Lots more. (link)
Penn State AD Pat Kraft covered several topics during a press conference yesterday, including the status of Beaver Stadium renovations. Kraft says the Nittany Lions are 30% into the design. “We feel really good about where we’re headed, but literally we are looking at everything in this building – from the east concourse to the main concourse to the bathrooms to the west side to the premium. I mean there is not a thing we’re not evaluating in this process.” Kraft also addresses the issue of tampering within the transfer portal and says it’s “everywhere now.” Kraft says the football staff recently received an email inquiring whether they were interested in eight student-athletes, including one who was already on their roster and was not in the portal. The agent, Kraft says, “was just shopping athletes around…and it’s just a really difficult spot to be in, and they’re putting the student-athletes in a very difficult spot, too. The tampering is real…and I’ve got to believe the NCAA is inundated with it.” Kraft emphasizes the importance of using Beaver Stadium more often and says he would “sign up right here for a hockey game in this building today. Like everything else, it just takes a lot of moving parts and working with the NHL, but I think there’s a great opportunity to do that. They know we’re open to it, but we’ve got to continue to use this building to generate revenue.” Full presser. (link)
DePaul AD DeWayne Peevy hasn’t lost hope in the Blue Demons’ men’s basketball team despite its 2-8 start, saying: “We’ve got to win more games and give more hope that next year – and the rest of this year – can be better. … I also know [hope is] not a strategy for the future.” Peevy goes on to tell the Chicago Sun-Times’ Steve Greenberg: “There’s got to be a true return on this investment, or we’re going to make decisions. I’m not afraid of the decisions. I just don’t think we’re at a point right now where we should even be thinking about pulling the plug. Give these kids, give this staff, give Tony Stubblefield a chance to see where he can get this team. And if, at the end of the year, we’re evaluating things and we don’t feel like we’re going in the right direction going forward, then that’s when we’ll make a change. … ‘The one thing I don’t want to see is fans rooting for us to lose just so they can get a change they want. That’s the only thing that bothers me. But they want a coaching change. That’s [the nature of] fans.’’ Regardless of how the rest of the campaign plays out, Peevy says he doesn’t see the Blue Demons “making a change in the middle of the season if we don’t have something irregular.’’ (link)
The Mercury News’ Jon Wilner examines what happens now that the Washington Supreme Court declined to review the preliminary injunction that established Washington State and Oregon State as the Pac-12’s only board members. Wilner would be “surprised” if WSU and OSU “acted in authoritarian fashion” and attempted to keep the league’s expected $420M in revenue for 2023-24 – mainly because Whitman County Judge Gary Libey warned against doing exactly that. “The notion that WSU and OSU would divide $420M by two never squared with their strategic intentions or the legal reality. The outbound 10 would seek a temporary restraining order immediately, and the very last thing WSU and OSU want is a return to court.” The Cougars and Beavers are, however, concerned that as the only two remaining members of the Pac-12 they would alone be liable if damages are awarded in the House case. “The Cougars and Beavers want a legally binding plan to handle the looming damages. That plan could include a requirement that all 12 schools forfeit a portion of their 2023-24 revenue.” Ultimately, Wilner believes a settlement is the most likely outcome. “Find a revenue figure that works for the outbound schools, sock away enough for WSU and OSU to cover the secondary liabilities and, above all, find a legal framework for dealing with the potential damages in the antitrust case against the NCAA.” (link)
A jury yesterday dismissed all retaliation claims made by former LSU Assoc. AD for Football Recruiting and Alumni Relations Sharon Lewis in her lawsuit against the university. LSU says in a statement: “The simple truth is that Ms. Lewis was never retaliated or discriminated against. She was let go along with 41 other football staff members and coaches after a new head coach was hired. As an institution, over the past three years we have built a robust and nationally recognized Title IX office with more than 12 experts who are committed to educating and protecting our entire LSU community while moving swiftly and holding any offenders fully accountable. This will continue to be a priority for us.” (link)
It remains unclear why a surge of bets were placed on UNLV in the Rebels’ football game against New Mexico last month. According to The Wall Street Journal’s Jared Diamond, “U.S. Integrity wrapped up its own investigation last week with no conclusive answers. And while no evidence has emerged suggesting that anything untoward happened on the field, there’s also no satisfying explanation for why one of the biggest sportsbooks in America (BetMGM) had a raft of new bettors all wagering on an obscure game in the middle of the college football season.” Diamond explains that a typical Mountain West game will generate $7-9M in bets at regulated sportsbooks. The UNLV-UNM game, according to a source, was 35% to 40% higher. Diamond goes on to point out that this situation underscores the “challenges of protecting the integrity of competition in this era of widespread sports betting. Not necessarily because anything nefarious happened in this instance—but because nobody can say for sure that it didn’t.” (link)
The U.S. betting handle has officially surpassed $100B for 2023, topping last year’s total of $93.7B. American Gaming Association VP of Research David Forman: “Part of that is due to expansion into new markets that we didn’t have last year. But part of it is also just a continuing maturation of existing markets that have only been online for a year or two at this point.” (link)
SBJ’s John Ourand talks about his decision to leave for Puck: “I”ve been a fan of Puck’s for the two years that they’ve been around. Matt Belloni writes a newsletter that – I don’t care about Hollywood movies and I read it every week. I really am excited to get there and work with those people, but leaving SBJ is is hard, and I have a billion conflicting emotions going through this whole thing. I love SBJ, I bleed SBJ and I will always be a fan.” As for the (Andrew) Marchand and Ourand podcast, it is part of an agreement between the New York Post and SBJ, and its future is “TBD,” per Marchand. (link)
The average cost for a family of four to attend an NFL game this season is $631, according to data from The Team Marketing Report’s Fan Cost Index, which analyzes tickets and concessions data throughout the league. Full breakdown. (link)
Housing is among the biggest factors driving up college costs, according to a Wall Street Journal study. Arizona State students, for example, pay about 80% more than what they would have to live in the newly refurbished Manzanita Hall dorm about 20 years ago, adjusted for inflation. In fact, the WSJ examined the price of residence halls going back roughly two decades at 12 public universities (including 10 in the Power 5) around the country and found the least expensive bed increased by a median of 70% in today’s dollars. For top-end housing, much of which includes new or renovated luxury dorms built and run by private developers, the median increase for the most expensive housing offering was 114%. But it’s not just the new dorms that have experienced significant price increases. Clemson, for instance, “charges 35% more than 2001-2002, inflation adjusted, to stay for two semesters in a windowless room in a dorm from the late 1960s.” Meanwhile, the “median top-tier public research university reported a 45% increase in housing costs between 2001-2002 and 2022-23, adjusting for inflation, the Journal found. Those figures come from data reported to the federal government by about two-thirds of the roughly 100 such schools.” Lots more on the state of college housing. (link)
Yesterday's Evening Standard...
South Dakota has offered its AD opening to Dakota State (NAIA) VP for Institutional Advancement Jon Schemmel, per FootballScoop. Schemmel previously served as Senior Assoc. AD at USD and Miami (OH). (link)
Oregon State and Washington State are poised to join the WCC as affiliate members in men’s and women’s basketball as well as other sports. The deal is expected to be finalized this week. Yahoo’s Ross Dellenger: “Particulars of the deal are unclear but there is expected to be a financial incentive package for the WCC. … Discussions among OSU, WSU and the WCC were centered on basketball as well as several Olympic sports, but according to the original proposal, baseball was not part of the package.” CBS’ Matt Norlander and Dennis Dodd add: “Industry speculation over the past two months centered around the idea that OSU and WSU would follow football's lead and eventually link with the Mountain West in all sports. But logistical and ongoing legal concerns have combined to make a move in basketball and non-revenue sports difficult at this time, sources said. In becoming de facto WCC members from July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2026, Oregon State and Wazzu will also compete for regular-season and postseason WCC titles. That means they're eligible for automatic-qualifier status for NCAA championship events, most notably basketball's NCAA Tournament.” (link, link)
Michigan has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA concerning four alleged Level II recruiting violations, including meeting with two recruits during a COVID recruiting dead period, which led to a Level I allegation against Football HC Jim Harbaugh for allegedly misleading investigators. Details of the NOA have yet to be released, and The Detroit News’ Angelique Chengelis’ request for a comment from the NCAA has not been returned. (link)
Have a look at all the creative ways schools are announcing their new football signees today on social media in a new D1.ticker database. So much creative talent across the industry. (link)
Memphis city officials have begun allocating the $350M in state appropriations for renovations of athletic venues throughout the state, including Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium. The City Council yesterday approved the release of $120M specifically for Liberty Stadium. The $220M project will also be supported by a $50M pledge from FedEx Founder/Chairman Fred Smith and $50M raised through a Memphis fundraising campaign. (link); The council also voted to transfer ownership of Liberty Stadium to the university as part of a stipulation of Smith’s gift. As part of the agreement, the Tigers assured organizers of the Southern Heritage Classic and the AutoZone Liberty Bowl that the university wants those events to continue. A statement from the university reads: ““We are incredibly appreciative of the City Council for sharing our vision and voting to approve this resolution on Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium, which will position our University and football program for sustained success. We look forward to working collaboratively in the coming weeks with the City administration, the Southern Heritage Classic, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and the USFL to formalize agreements that will set us all up for success into the future.” (link)
People & Places…
+West Virginia hires Washington State Volleyball HC Jen Greeny for the same role in Morgantown. (link)
+George Mason names Florida State AC Aaron Brunner as its new Women’s Soccer HC. (link)
+Xavier recruits Lenoir-Rhyne (DII) Women’s Soccer HC Dean Ward for the same position. (link)
+Grand Canyon taps NC State Men’s Soccer HC George Kiefer for the same post. (link)
+Jacksonville selects Florida Tech (DII) Women’s Soccer HC Ryan Moon for the same position. (link)
+ The NCAA has promoted Softball Umpire Program Regional Adviser Cody Little to become the program’s Director of Training and Video Review. (link)
William & Mary has received a $1M gift from the family of late alumnus Hays T. Watkins to support the W&M Athletics Complex. The gift brings the total raised for the $55M All In campaign to more than $53M. Tribe AD Brian Mann: “We are truly grateful for the generosity from the Watkins family in helping our student-athletes reach their fullest potential. We are in the final stretch of the campaign and a gift of this magnitude in honor of Hays will bring our vision of a new home for athletics that much closer to reality.” (link)
Princeton’s Men’s Lacrosse HC position will now be known as the William G. Tierney P01 P02 Head Coach of Men’s Lacrosse in honor of the former longtime HC who retired after last season. Tigers AD John Mack: “Few coaches have ever impacted their sport the way that Bill Tierney has in men’s lacrosse. His legendary innovation and player development, combined with his sheer will, built one of the best dynasties that college lacrosse has ever seen, with six NCAA championships at Princeton and another at Denver. Those who played for him know full well how much they learned from him, as players and ultimately as young men, and they will almost to a man tell you that they wouldn’t be the people they are today had it not been for Coach Tierney.” (link)
Montana has launched an online fundraising campaign to send its marching band to the FCS Championship in Frisco, Texas. The Grizzlies are looking to raise $200K – roughly $2K per band member – for the trip. Marching Band Director Kevin Griggs: “The Grizzly Marching Band is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform on the national stage. The NCAA does not allocate any resources for marching band travel. The University has committed key support to cover numerous costs, but we know there are thousands of supporters of the Grizzly Marching Band across the country who want to be part of the movement to get the band to Texas.” (link)
The Department of Education has released details on the FAFSA rollout, noting that the previously announced December 31 deadline represented a “soft launch period,” during which officials will monitor for technical issues, field concerns from families and make last-minute tweaks. The department will also periodically pause the process to allow students already working on FAFSAs to continue doing so; however, new forms cannot be started. The department clarified that “full processing” of forms will not begin until late January. (link)
The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel unpacks UCLA Football HC Chip Kelly’s plan for a 64-team league and observes while parts of it make complete sense, other areas are less practical. For instance, Mandel wonders what incentive the Big Ten and SEC have to join forces with the ACC and Big 12. Kelly suggested the possibility of West Coast teams playing schools from different regions each year as part of the NFL-like model which matches different divisions each year, but Mandel writes: “Fox is paying you guys $65M a year to play Ohio State and Penn State, not Syracuse and Boston College.” He adds: “As I’ve written every couple of months for the past five years, when conference consolidation comes, the magic cutline won’t be 64; it will be 32 or less. It will be the very top brands that drive the overwhelming majority of the television value banding together. Especially once the courts inevitably rule that schools must share their revenue with the athletes and/or pay them a salary.” Mandel also believes it’s possible the college football calendar could be moved up due to the transfer portal and the lack of TV windows when the College Football Playoff and NFL playoffs coincide. “The obvious solution is to turn what is currently Week 0 into Week 1, move the conference championship games up to Thanksgiving weekend, and play both the first-round and quarterfinal rounds on campuses in December, so the semis and title game can remain where they currently are.” (link)
Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav and Paramount Global CEO Bob Bakish met this week to discuss a possible merger, according to Axios’ Sara Fischer, who reports the two discussed ways the companies could complement one another. “For example, each company's main streaming service — Paramount+ and Max — could merge to better rival Netflix and Disney+.” Fischer also notes it’s “unclear whether WBD would buy Paramount Global or its parent company, National Amusements Inc. (NAI), but a source familiar with the situation says that both options are on the table.” Also notable: “Executives are confident that the deal would receive regulatory approval, despite D.C.'s active antitrust climate,” as Fischer points out WBD doesn't own a broadcast network, creating a more tractable path than one with a company like NBC owner Comcast. (link)
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