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Outgoing NCAA President Emmert sat down with NPR to discuss his tenure, and Sports Illustrated’s Dellenger asserts that NPR host Shapiro asked several “pointed” questions, “none of which really produced enlightening answers.” One example: Shapiro pushes back on several of Emmert’s claims, including that gender equity is paramount and that he’s been an NIL advocate “for years,” by asserting: “You say you've been an advocate for moving forward on NIL, but you fought hard against giving student athletes financial benefits. And the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling against you in 2021. The association continues to fight legal battles. You've called for Congress to intervene. That's led nowhere. When you look at this history and this set of facts, it looks like from the Supreme Court on down, these are battles that the NCAA has fought and lost. … On issue after issue, you describe progress that the NCAA has made. And I can't help but look at the history and wonder whether the organization was dragged into making that progress rather than leading the way.” Emmert: "Sports produces plenty of passion and it often gets aimed at my direction." Full interview. (link, link)
Ohio State AD Smith will not be a candidate to replace Big Ten Commissioner Warren, telling the Columbus Dispatch’s Jardy: “I’m not interested in that commissioner’s job. You can throw that in (your article) too. People keep asking me that and I’m like, ‘Why?’” (link); Speaking of Commissioner Warren, Iowa AD Barta says his departure will not delay the conference’s plans to change its FB alignment in 2024 with the addition of USC and UCLA. Barta: “I think we’re far enough along in the concept. And, really, we can’t wait much longer. It’s really important to lay out ’24 and beyond. We’ve talked about different versions of it. We’ve also talked about a range from ’24 to some other number out aways so we can all plan. Maybe it’s a four- or five-, six-year window that we lock in, so that we can put together our non-conference schedules. … It might get finalized this month.” (link)
Bowl Season Executive Director Carparelli contends the first round of College Football Playoff games – once the CFP expands – should be played at traditional bowl sites, where cities have the necessary infrastructure already in place. “Most college towns will struggle to have the hotel inventory necessary for hosting a game of this magnitude, especially when the participants are determined so close to game day. Bowl organizations are adept at the ‘quick turnaround’ that will be necessary for all playoff games.” In addition, Carparelli points out bowl games are generally held in warm-weather venues and therefore remove weather from the equation of determining a national champion. Beyond that, home games “only serve one fan base” and Carparelli says if a “football team ends up being the visiting team due to debatable seeding, I am certain they will not think it is fair.” (link)
Mississippi State finished FY22 with a $4.8M surplus, bringing in $110.65M in revenue and incurring $105.84M in expenses. MSU spent nearly $22.5M in coaches’ salaries during the fiscal year, compared to about $19.4M in FY20. The Bulldogs also increased their spending on marketing, fundraising and promotions to $5.46M, a nearly $3M uptick over last year. The Bulldogs FB program earned $15.3M in media rights en route to a total profit of $10.8M. (link)
Meanwhile in Oxford, Ole Miss’ FY22 results included a $5.2M operating deficit due to an $29M increase in expenses, led by upticks in coaches compensation (+$6.6M), other operating expenses (+$3.97M), direct overhead & administrative expenses (+$5.2M), support & administrative staff compensation (+$2.8M) and guarantees to visiting institutions (+$2.48M). On the revenue side of the ledger: “Ole Miss brought in $19,574,652 in ticket revenue in 2022, compared to only $6,826,405 in the 2021 reporting period. The Rebels reported $33,100,799 in contributions in 2022, up from $13,911,421 in 2021.” (link)
+ CollegeAD reports Penn State AD Kraft has made changes to his senior leadership team as Deputy ADs Holleran & Sidwell, as well as Senior Assoc. AD Heck, are no longer part of the department. (link)
+ Additional industry transactions at the likes of Ohio State, Iowa, Mississippi State, Central Arkansas & Columbia, as well as at Taymar Sales U. at LSU & Kentucky, can be found on The Wire at Collegiate Sports Connect. (link)
+ Fanatics has named former Google exec and Snap VP/Global Head of Content & Partnerships Bell as CEO of Fanatics Live, the company’s new division that will focus on live content-based commerce. Action Network’s Rovell: “Fanatics is on its way to becoming a media company. Expect them to become new age QVC, Home Shopping with hot market sports items and collectibles.” (link)
+ CBS’ Rothstein updates his reporting on Alabama MBB HC Oats’ extension, which is expected to be through the 2028-29 campaign, noting it will be worth an average of $5M annually plus incentives, making him one of the highest-paid HCs in the sport. (link)
+ Rutgers has officially extended MBB HC Pikiell’s contract by one year through the 2030-31 season. NJ Advance Media’s Fonseca: “The new deal essentially rolls the current contract over a year, resetting the clock on what is now an eight-year, $30.8M deal.” There are two notable changes, however, as Fonseca points out the current $15M buyout, which was scheduled to drop to $13M on April 1, will now stretch through the 2023-24 season. The annual decrease of $2M remains but will not take effect until April 1, 2024, when the buyout drops to $13M. Also, an extra retention bonus of $300K was added at the end of the 2023-24 season, making it five over the next seven years. Pikiell is now due a $300K retention bonus on July 1 of 2023, 2024, 2025, 2027 and 2029. (link)
Tennessee Baseball HC Vitello says the gradual improvements to Lindsey Nelson are “probably a five-year deal,” adding: “Where, rather than start a massive project and maybe we have to play at another stadium for a year, or we lose practice days, or we dump [$40M] all at once — and I’m just throwing out random numbers and dates. I believe that, after this spring, we’ll start construction more than likely on the left-field line or kind of even with the third-base line, and then kind of piecemeal it in a positive way where we work our way around the park.” The Vols unveiled concepts for upwards of $56M in renovations back in June, and Vitello notes that while the finishing touches are “probably years away from now,” UT “is active in fundraising and working with engineers. They’re ambitious about getting this thing going, and probably no one is more frustrated than the administration that there’s people that want to come to the games, but we don’t have enough seats. That’s money being lost, so it’ll be money well spent when construction gets going.” (link)
Duke WBB HC Lawson says the teams played with a men’s basketball in the first half of the Blue Devils game at Florida State on Sunday. The men’s ball runs about an inch larger in circumference than a women’s basketball and is roughly two ounces lighter. Lawson: “This would never happen in a men's game. This would never happen. It's embarrassing for our sport.. … To have a game that, at the end of the season, could be the difference between a seed, between a title, my players don't deserve that and neither do their players. It's a complete failure. And you can figure out who the people I'm talking about that failed the sport and our players and both teams. … Let me be clear: Florida State beat us. They beat us playing with a men's ball in the first half and a women's ball in the second half. But I can't say if we'd have played with a women's ball in the first half and the second half that we would have won. But they can't say that, either.” (link)
Drexel has extended its partnership with Nike via BSN for footwear, apparel & uniform needs. No info on the terms of the deal. LEONA assisted. (link)
+ Old Dominion has added four games to its future home FB slates, including Texas A&M-Commerce (2023), North Carolina Central (2025), Norfolk State (2026) and William & Mary (2029). (link)
+ Louisiana and Buffalo have agreed to a home-and-home FB series in 2023 (Lafayette) and 2030 (Buffalo). (link)
+ Mercer and North Alabama will match up in the ninth annual FCS Kickoff at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery to open the 2023 season. (link)
+ The NFL announces plans for the first-ever virtual Super Bowl concert, which will feature hip-hop artist Saweetie in the Roblox metaverse. The Saweetie Super Bowl Concert was developed in partnership with metaverse game developer Gamefam and is sponsored by Intuit. (link)
Yesterday's Evening Standard...
The Athletic’s Auerbach asks NCAA VP of Enforcement Duncan about the “NIL presumption” and how the enforcement team separates fact from fiction when it comes to reports or rumors. Auerbach specifically uses the example of a message board post that anyone could put up without substantiation. Duncan: “I wouldn’t say it’s limited to media stories or social media. We have information coming in from lots and lots of different sources. But we also know that sources have their own agendas. We’ve always got to ask why it is that somebody would put something on a message board. We know that there are folks out there who want to use the infractions process to advance their own agendas, and we work really hard to be discerning consumers of information and know that sources may have their own reasons for sharing information. We don’t want to fall prey to that. We don’t want to be a pawn in somebody else’s scheme. We work really hard to test information that comes in. We’re common-sense people. ... We’re not so cynical that we think everybody’s lying to us, but we’re also not so naive that we believe everything that every booster puts on a message board.” (link)
Further, headlining attorney Mars shares his incredulity at the NCAA’s new charging standard for NIL cases, writing: “The NCAA has lost its mind. Where else in the free world is there a presumption of guilt based on a tip or a news story?” ESPN’s Murphy responds: “The ‘NCAA’ in this instance is the schools. The national office doesn't make rules – the schools do. So this is the schools getting together and saying: We need a ‘guilty until proven innocent’ standard to police ourselves, and we trust the Indy office to do it with common sense.” (link)
Oregon and Washington are not the squeaky wheel in the Pac-12’s media rights negotiations, JohnCanzano.com reports, citing one source who says: “No deal has even been presented for us to sign a grant of rights.” Canzano adds the context that UO and UW do have some leverage when it comes to media rights, but they do not appear to be wielding it at this time. One “high-level” campus source at one of the two schools tells him: “Oregon and Washington are highly motivated to see a deal done. Our schools have not slowed that down.” Also from Canzano: The Pac-12 has a “rainy day” fund with a balance of $22.6M, according to the league’s last tax filing. (link)
+ The Atlantic Hockey Association and College Hockey America have named John Caroll (DIII) AD Morgan as their next commissioner, effective April 17. (link)
+ Michigan State names Oregon State Assoc. AD & Executive Director of Major Gifts/Senior Director of Development Kirkham as Executive Senior Assoc. AD of Development. (link)
+ Looks like Towson Assoc. AD for Financial Management Rae is headed for a role at Virginia. (link)
+ Accordingly, Towson AD Eigenbrot joins D1.ticker/Connect’s Eargle to explain the finer points of the Tigers’ Assoc. AD/CFO opening, including his vision for the role, key initiatives the position will oversee, sport oversight responsibilities, long-term growth opportunities, metrics for success and skill sets that best suit the role. (link)
+ On3’s Zenitz reports Bethune-Cookman will hire alum & former Florida State, USF, FAU, Oregon AC Woodie as its new Football HC. (link)
+ North Carolina and FB HC Brown have agreed to a one-year extension through January of 2028, per The Athletic’s Fortuna, who notes Brown will be 76 by the end of the deal. (link)
+ FBSchedules.com’s Daughters breaks down FB HCs’ cost-per-win ratios for 2022 and finds that Washington HC DeBoer provided the best value among Power 5 coaches at $289,819 per win. Northwestern HC Fitzgerald’s value was the lowest at $5.4M per victory. Among Group of 5 HCs, Ohio’s Albin provided the highest value at $54,570 per win, while former USF HC Scott’s $2.4M per victory was the lowest value. Daughters also breaks down CPW ratios by highest and lowest value in each conference. (link)
+ The Athletic’s Fortuna observes some trends from the latest FB coaching cycle, starting with FCS to FBS moves. After four different FBS programs turned to the FCS level to fill their HC vacancies four years ago, the ensuing three cycles yielded zero FCS-to-FBS transitions. This year, however, Colorado, Stanford and Texas State hired FCS HCs to take over their respective programs. One agent tells Fortuna: “I think we’ve come to the conclusion at this point that just hiring to win a press conference ultimately has you trying to win a press conference again in four years. There are a lot of components to being a head coach of a football program, and a lot of them have nothing to do with football, but you still need to do that football portion well to win. … At some of these smaller schools you have a really difficult task. You have to teach guys that don’t know how to get into a stance to get into a stance. You have to actually coach. At bigger schools, if the players aren’t doing it right, you can essentially put them on waivers.” More. (link)
Tennessee reported $154.6M in revenue, its largest total in school history, in FY22, and the university projects more growth in FY23. Despite the record revenue, however, the Vols finished the fiscal year with a $2.5M deficit, its largest in four years, based on $157.1M in expenses. Payroll for athletics employees increased by $10.5M, the largest bump for the department in at least a decade, and the Knoxville News-Sentinel’s Sparks notes UT paid student-athletes $2.6M in Alston awards. Vols FB finished the year with a $51.9M surplus after bringing revenue of $99.1M against $47.2M in expenses. UT’s strategic plan calls for the athletics budget to increase to $170M in FY23 and $180M in FY24. Also from FY22: The Tennessee Fund reported a record year with $80.8M in total fundraising and $68.6M in cash receipts in 2021-22. (link)
Alabama has announced Yea Alabama as its official NIL entity to serve as the gateway to connect fans, donors and businesses to Crimson Tide student-athletes for NIL deals. Yea Alabama will have three membership tiers: “The fans" are monthly subscribers who select a specific level of support in exchange for exclusive content. "The legends" are those who make tax-deductible contributions to the Walk of Champions nonprofit, and "the sponsors" are brands or businesses looking for endorsement opportunities with student-athletes. (link)
The Athletic’s Olson reports that more than 70% of the top 50 high school quarterbacks who signed with FBS programs in the recruiting classes of 2017-20 transferred during their time in college. The same study conducted in 2019 for the 2014-17 classes found that 57% of signal-callers transferred. Olson: “Based on these recent classes, if a top-50 QB signee doesn’t start one game in his first two years on campus, there’s an 87% chance he’ll end up leaving the program. But among the quarterbacks who did earn a start in their first two years, more than 60% still ended up transferring during their careers.” Of the QBs in the 2017-20 class who transferred, 47 did so at the end of their third year, and Olson notes: “More than one-third already had their degree and left as grad transfers. … Of the 70 QBs who didn’t start a game in their first three years, 97% transferred.” Ultimately, Olson explains that “what we can learn from the recruiting classes of 2017-2020 so far is, if you’re investing in a top-100 quarterback recruit right now, you need to understand the probability that he’ll finish his career at your school is 35%. There’s a 61% chance he’ll become your starting QB for at least one full season, which is encouraging. But even if that comes true, there’s still a 47% chance he’ll end up in the portal during his career. And out of all 31 top-100 recruits, only 23% developed into all-conference players for their first school.” More. (link)
Deals, Deals, Deals…
+ Fordham announces an expanded partnership with Turba Sports, which most recently assisted the Rams with “a strategic change in their multimedia rights partnership and most recently maneuvered the execution of the Rams' all-sport agreement with Nike.” Going forward, Turba will “consult on numerous other initiatives including revenue generation strategies, brand amplification and evaluation of the department's multimedia rights.” Turba is led by former Houston Senior Assoc. AD for External Operations McBride & former Varsity Partners VP of Business Development Flynn. (link)
+ The Horizon League has poured $550K+ into new mental health resources across the conference via “a grant program to allow each campus to identify and address the specific mental health concerns of its student-athletes.” Process details: “The approved applications have provided funding going directly toward counseling sessions for student-athletes; educational programming and training for coaches student-athletes and staff, such as mental health first aid and resiliency training; along with other initiatives, such as providing dedicated spaces for student-athletes to rest and recover. As part of the application process, institutions were required to not only address how the program or initiative will address mental health concerns on their campus but were also required to include student-athletes in the creation and planning process for the grant application.” More. (link)
+ Butler is partnering with Affinity Licensing for exclusive representation of the Bulldogs’ trademark licensing program. (link)
Georgetown Executive Director for DEI Gatson talks with NCAA correspondent Katz about the importance of intentionality when it comes to diversity and inclusion and explains that she’s aware even broaching the topic can raise a red flag for some. As such, she believes it’s important to be clear about what DEI means. “What I break it down to is… every single person regardless of how they identify wants to be seen, they want to be valued, they want to be heard, and they want to be respected. That’s exactly what DEI does. It creates spaces for people to be seen for who they are. It creates spaces for them to share their own ideas and for people to listen to those ideas. It doesn’t mean you have to agree with them, but you hear them and you respect them. And it creates an opportunity for all of us to bring our own unique identifiers, our ideas and perspectives to make our workplace, our team, our field, better. That’s why it’s important.” More. (link)
Enrollment for all of higher education remains 5.8% below 2019 levels, but a National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report shows undergraduate enrollment began to stabilize last fall, contracting by just 0.6% compared to the same period in 2021. Nationwide, higher ed institutions gained 97K freshman, an increase of 4.3% over the prior year. Freshman enrollment overall, however, is down 150K students compared to 2019. Head counts for Hispanic and Asian undergrads rose by 1.6% and 1.8%, respectively. White undergrads accounted for the steepest decline at 3.6%, followed by Black students at 1.9% and Native American students at 1.6%. Women continued their decline in undergraduate enrollment, down 1.5% compared to fall 2021, while men began to stabilize with 0.2% growth. (link)
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