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Early bird registration is now open for the 2nd Annual INFLCR NIL Summit, which will be hosted June 3-5, 2023, at the College Football Hall Of Fame in Atlanta. To be eligible for early-bird registration, an institution must have had at least one student-athlete delegate or administrator attend the inaugural NIL Summit last year. Early bird registration closes on Friday, February 17, 2023.
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Hawaii will provide an update on its upcoming AD search next week “describing the process that will be used and the timing of everything.” (link); The D1.dossier for Hawaii is now available along with Prairie View A&M (key note below), Colgate, George Mason and more. New Ball State AD Mitchell: “Possessing information lacks true value if it’s not pertinent, and D1.dossier offers a competitive advantage because it provides the right information to prospective candidates to help them prepare for an interview and the job itself when hired. I developed my unique outline to help get ready for my interviews at Ball State while using the D1.dossier feature. I found the information to be relevant and comprehensive. D1.dossiers is a must-have resource for college coaches and administrators.” (link)
SEC Commissioner Sankey joined SEC analysts McElroy and Cubelic on their radio show this morning to talk about Texas and Oklahoma’s early arrival. As it relates to scheduling as a whole and not just for football, Sankey notes two things: The addition of UT and OU restores rivalries, such as Texas-Texas A&M and Missouri-Oklahoma. Also: “Remember, we really haven’t expanded our geographic reach. Our longest trip will be from Columbia, South Carolina, to Austin, Texas, which is about 80 miles or so than our current longest trip. … You realize that’s actually shorter than what will be the shortest trip for the LA schools when they move to the Big Ten. So, we’ve tried to honor the fact that we have to schedule” Olympic sports. Full interview. (link)
JohnCanzano.com’s namesake and The Mercury News’ Wilner examine a lack of “congruency of vision” which besets some Pac-12 member institutions. Using Cal as an example, Canzano notes the Golden Bears spent roughly $650K on travel last year while many other schools spent over $1M. Wilner adds things like NIL, the transfer portal and other issues facing college athletics are “almost weeding out who really cares and who doesn’t care from a campus perspective.” The two also kick around some more expansion ideas, with Wilner suggesting, merely as a trip down “Hypothetical Lane,” Tulane and Rice as potential additions in the central time zone along with SMU before getting even more in the weeds: “You add San Diego State in every sport. You add SMU in football and you add Gonzaga in basketball.” Canzano: “I don’t think Gonzaga to the Big 12 or SEC makes sense at all. I think if they’re going to make a move, the Pac-12 is the place to go. The question then becomes are Washington and Oregon going to be okay with Gonzaga coming into the conference?” Full podcast. (link)
+ Prairie View A&M President Simmons will leave the position early, noting that she did not want to serve as president “in name only” after Texas A&M System Chancellor Sharp informed her that all departing university presidents in the system could not hire senior staff or deans unless they were serving on an interim basis. An interim president will be appointed to serve until incoming President LeGrande arrives from her current position at VCU. (link)
+ New Orleans President Nicklow is a finalist for the same position at Florida Tech (DII). (link)
+ North Dakota elevated Asst. AD of Marketing Letofsky to Assoc. AD of Marketing and Communications. (link)
The DI Committee on Academics will reinstate the Academic Performance Program in 2024-25, with possible penalties set to resume based on the data released in spring 2024. Horizon League Assoc. Commissioner of Governance, Compliance and Legal Strategies Kumke, who co-chaired a review of the program states the review “confirmed that the model is effective in promoting an atmosphere of academic excellence and success.” Central Michigan President/Committee Chair Davies adds: “Some teams encounter difficulties with achieving a 930 due to various challenges on campus, but we have resources and programs in place to offer academic support. It is important for us to help educate schools about these resources, and we strongly believe in the value of Accelerating Academic Success Program grants for limited-resource institutions to help teams achieve academic success.” Of note: “The committee also discussed a referral from the Board of Directors to examine progress-toward-degree requirements for transfer student-athletes. The committee agreed that student-athletes should have to meet all such requirements, including percentage-of-degree benchmarks, at their previous school to become immediately eligible for competition. This endorsement will move to the Division I Council for final consideration.” (link)
+ Our deepest condolences to Tarleton, who mourn the passing of FB AC Martinez Friday morning. (link)
+ UT Arlington has parted ways with MBB HC Young, per Stadium’s Goodman. (link)
+ McNeese AD Schroyer reinstated T&F HC Gilroy to full duties following an investigation involving another T&F employee. (link)
+ Central Michigan has reached a “tentative agreement” to pay former Gymnastics HC Reighard $350K to settle the latter’s age discrimination lawsuit against the school. The news comes after Reighard’s attorneys obtained emails indicating CMU President Davies – who said he was not involved in Reighard’s firing – had input on the decision, as reported previously. CMU in a statement: “While we are confident the facts support CMU’s actions in this case, settling this matter now allows CMU to avoid ongoing litigation and costs, and to focus on its academic mission and support for students.” (link)
Georgia is reorganizing the seating at Stegeman Coliseum and will extend the student section to be more towards the center of the court “where they can make an impact on the game,” according to Bulldogs AD Brooks. The re-seating will also bring additional premium seating to the horseshoe end of the arena, and UGA is considering the possibility of adding loge seats, but those may not be in place until the 2024-2025 season. The Athens Banner-Herald’s Weiszer: “While season ticket prices will remain the same, Georgia will increase the per-seat contribution for 20% of its seats with the remaining 80% staying the same or decreasing. Georgia has just over 4,900 season ticket holders this year.” (link)
Mount St. Mary’s has launched a $50M university-wide fundraising campaign, which includes a focus on athletics as one of its three focal points. From the school’s announcement: “The university has doubled the number of athletes in its NCAA Division I programs in just six years and netted 17 conference titles and nine NCAA tournament appearances in that same period. Athletic facilities need to be updated so this success can continue, especially in the more competitive environment of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).” Among other initiatives, the Mountaineers are looking to construct the Rooney Athletic Performance Center, which will house multi-use courts, student and Mount community workout and fitness spaces and campus recreation offices. (link)
Drake’s new $19.5M, 4K-seat multi-purpose stadium will be known as Mediacom Stadium while the playing surface will be named Albaugh Field in recognition of local businessman Albaugh’s contributions to the project. The stadium will be operated in partnership with Des Moines Public Schools, which will use the facility for football, soccer and other school activities. (link)
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+ Check out the renderings for Purdue’s $6.7M renovation to Mackey Arena, which includes an overhaul of 11K-sq. ft. for MBB and WBB locker room suites and the 2,400-sq. ft. John Wooden Club. Construction on the project, designed by DLR Group, is expected to begin in the coming weeks. (link)
+ Wake Forest is installing a new AstroTurf playing surface at Kentner Stadium (field hockey) and FieldTurf at Truist Field. (link)
The ACC distributed a memo to league ADs, MBB/WBB HCs and MBB committee members addressing “unacceptable conduct during and after games, and public comments that are not in line with the ACC’s Sportsmanship Principle.” The memo, addressed from Commissioner Philips, was sent approximately 36 hours after Syracuse MBB HC Boeheim made allegations about ACC programs “buying” teams with NIL deals. ACC penalties for violating the Sportsmanship Principle include fines to individuals or institutions up to $25K, public or private reprimands and suspensions. (link)
UCF ended FY22 with a $20.1M surplus on $89.2M in revenues and $69M in operating expenses. Ticket revenue increased 183% year-over-year to $5.78M, with donations up 86% to $14.3M. The Knights also reported a $7.78M distribution from the AAC and $24.6M in direct institutional support. On the other side of the ledger, UCF recruiting expenses were up 311% to $1M with $14.7M in coaching salaries including $6.6M in bonuses. (link)
Tulsa’s NIL marketplace on Opendorse debuted yesterday, coinciding with the announcement of Hurricane Impact Inc., Golden Hurricane Sports Properties Allied NIL and the Tulsa Academic Enhancement Award, and Golden Hurricanes AD Dickson notes: “We are committed to providing our student-athletes with the best resources possible to maximize their NIL opportunities. We have confidence that Opendorse, Hurricane Impact Collective and GHSP Allied NIL will assist our student-athletes in that regard.” (link)
St. John’s in partnership with Upstream will offer Red Storm fans who attend the MBB game against Providence at Madison Square Garden this Saturday an exclusive NFT that features Johnny Thunderbird in recognition of Johnnie’s Day. Only 526 digital collectibles will be available to claim. (link)
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