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NCAA VP of Academic and Membership Affairs Schnase sits down with Connect/MB Sports’ Banker to discuss challenges facing the membership, including the transfer portal, waiver changes, NIL and more. Schnase says as of right now, “transfers are at a place of stabilization. So, we’re trying to find that even keel where we understand what the rules are, understand what the implications are, to see how that impacts, ultimately, graduation.” Schnase also says the NCAA has heard “loud and clear” from students that mental health support is a priority. “We need to make sure we’re paying attention to that, and if there’s a waiver avenue for mental health reasons, we need to pay attention to that.” On the topic of NIL, Schnase says one misperception is that members are asking interpretative questions when, in reality, their questions focus more on the landscape overall. “People don’t understand exactly what is happening with NIL across the country. Some people may say they have a good idea. We may see pockets of good information, but from a national, comprehensive standpoint I don’t think we really understand what’s going on.” Full Q&A on Connect. (link)
UCLA AD Jarmond joins the Sports Business Radio podcast to talk about the move to the Big Ten, the Bruins’ apparel deal with Jordan Brand, the athletic department’s approach to NIL and lots more. Jarmond credits Jordan Brand with being innovative and willing to take risks. “You know, you look at the companies during the social unrest of that summer of 2020. Jordan Brand stepped up in a big way. And MJ was behind that. But a lot of people at Nike were behind that also. And that's what you want, because that's who we are at the core, we serve our students in our community.” In discussing the logistics of Big Ten scheduling, Jarmond notes that unlike the Pac-12, the Big Ten doesn’t have travel partners, but that may change “as a response to the addition of USC and UCLA – multi-team, the events where you might have an event or one place, but instead of just two teams playing it might be four, it might be six, those kinds of things.” Full podcast. (link)
Texas AD Del Conte reveals the Longhorn Network will be folded into the SEC Network. “We have a year or two left with the Longhorn Network. Then, all that inventory stays with us." (link)
Alabama MBB HC Oats has released a statement clarifying the “unfortunate” remarks he made concerning Crimson Tide student-athlete Miller being in the “wrong spot at the wrong time” when he reportedly brought former teammate Miles the gun that was allegedly used in a shooting death. Oats: “This entire time I’ve tried to be thoughtful in my words relative to this tragic incident, and my statements came across poorly. We were informed by law enforcement of other student-athletes being in the vicinity, and law enforcement has repeatedly told us that no other student-athletes were suspects — they were witnesses only. Our understanding is that they have all been fully truthful and cooperative. In no way did I intend to downplay the seriousness of this situation or the tragedy of that night. My prayers continue to go out to Jamea Harris’s family.” (link)
Utah State Interim AD Bovee in a letter to fans: “We recently announced a new contract with our multimedia partners, LEARFIELD. Without getting too bogged down with details, I can say this contract will bring over $10 million of new funding into the department over the next several years. This, along with other revenue enhancing initiatives, will continue to keep us competitive with other Mountain West institutions.” (link)
+ Brown has named Duke Integrative Medicine’s Walsmith as Senior Assoc. AD for Wellness and Performance. The Bears have also tapped Tufts (DIII) Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer Whelan for the role of Assoc. AD for Sports Medicine. (link)
+ Alabama A&M names Edward Waters (DII) Interim AD Wilson-Brigmon as Assoc. AD for Business/SWA, per CollegeAD. The Bulldogs’ staff directory reflects the hire. (link)
+ Additional administrative talent moves at App State, James Madison, Eastern Kentucky, Louisville, Toledo, Cal, UTSA, Texas State, LEARFIELD, Brown & Washington. These & more on The Wire at Collegiate Sports Connect. (link)
+ Akron has received an anonymous gift that will allow the Zips to begin providing Alston awards. The university will begin distributing the awards in the fall to the MBB and WBB teams. (link)
+ Texas Tech has received a “significant gift” from the Scovell family as part of The Campaign for Fearless Champions. The gift will support the ongoing south end zone and Dustin R. Womble Football Center project. In recognition of the gift, the Red Raiders will christen the locker room inside the Womble Football Center and the gameday locker room in the south end zone as the Scovell Family Locker Room. (link)
+ Siena has installed NEVCO video boards inside the UHY Center, home of the Saints’ WBB and volleyball teams thanks to a gift from alumna Moser and her husband. (link)
Deals, Deals, Deals…
+ The Big East inks a multiyear deal with The Zone, a mental wellness app tailored for the specific demands of college athletes. SBJ’s Lemire reports the app will roll out to 100 student-athletes at Georgetown and Marquette this spring, after which a similar number of app licenses will become available to all other Big East schools. (link)
+ Hofstra inks a multiyear, multisport broadcast partnership with MSG Networks, which will televise several Hofstra sports, starting with the home finale weekends for the Pride MBB and WBB teams. The network will broadcast other sports throughout the upcoming fall, winter, and spring seasons. (link)
+ USC is partnering with fitness tracking company ZOZOFIT in a multiyear deal. (link)
+ Maryland Eastern Shore partners with Anthony Travel for travel management services. (link)
REVELxp will be partnered with 62 or 63 Power 5 institutions by the start of the football season, according to firm Chairman Sutton, who tells the Triad Business Journal that fans, especially millennials and Gen Zers, demand an enhanced in-game experience. “The only way to get a millennial or Gen Z kid to go to a game is this way. … One of the great insights into people under 40 I've learned is [that] they love community, fellowship and shareworthy experiences more than any generation since the 1960s. That’s what we do." As colleges continue looking for ways to boost attendance, Sutton goes on to submit that universities need increased support from students, young alumni and other adults. Evan Alabama, he points out, has experienced significant decreases among student attendees over the past few decades. “We're actually building (universities) a new generation of fans they didn’t know how to build themselves.” (link)
The aggregate followers for Colorado FB’s individual and team social media accounts has increased by 500% since hiring HC Sanders, according to INFLCR CEO Cavale, and USA Today’s Schrotenboer notes much of that growth is likely attributable to Sanders Jr., who oversees Coach Prime’s social media efforts. The content is reaching its desired audience, according to Sanders Jr., who says “99%” of the recruits who have visited Boulder so far have indicated to him they watch the videos every day. Cavale says of the content itself: “The level of access that Deion (Sr.) is providing is unprecedented. And it’s not just access. It’s him in the content showing vulnerability.” (link); More from Boulder as Colorado has so far sold 30,013 tickets for its spring FB game, per the Boulder Daily Camera’s Howell, who adds: “For perspective, CU counted a total of 30,450 fans who showed up (for free) to the last seven spring games combined. Last year: 1,950.” (link)
LSU WBB student-athlete Johnson is one of the players to ink a deal with a shoe company (Puma) different from the official apparel and footwear sponsor (Nike) of her school, and Puma Global Head of Basketball Staiger tells the Wall Street Journal’s Bachman: “If I had to take a guess, I think the NIL world will eventually move towards what the professional leagues have.” Staiger is referring to the league-wide Nike uniform contract under which players can strike their own shoe deals. Tigers Assoc. AD/Chief Brand Officer Worsham, asked whether LSU would ever consider such an arrangement, tells Bachman: “When it comes to NIL specifically, but really the transformation of college athletics in general, we are open-minded and prepared for everything and anything.” Worsham also notes he’s unaware of any concerns from Nike about Johnson’s deal. (link)
+ Lindenwood adds road FB matchups with Miami (OH) (2025), Eastern Michigan (2026) and Kansas (2028). (link)
+ Georgia Senate Bill 57, which would legalize sports gambling online and in-person at sporting events, has passed out of committee and is on the path to receive a vote by the full senate. A similar bill in the House was heard but not voted on yesterday. (link)
+ McKinsey Senior Partner Krivkovich tells CNBC’s Liu that for every woman stepping into a director-level leadership role, two are choosing to leave. The ongoing pattern “has the potential to unwind decades of progress toward gender equity and increased female leadership in the workplace.” (link)
Yesterday's Evening Standard...
Apple has emerged as a “potential landing spot” for the Pac-12, according to the New York Post’s Marchand, who reports Commissioner Kliavkoff could present Apple as a possibility to his schools soon. “If the universities will be interested in a potential all-streaming deal and if the terms will end up being good enough to prevent schools departing to other conferences are yet to be determined. … If Apple were to make an agreement, then it would presumably produce more than just football for the Pac-12. It is possible the production from the Pac-12 Network could be used. Apple can be very persnickety in contract negotiations, which was one of the reasons a much-talked-about agreement with the NFL for Sunday Ticket never happened. For the Pac-12, reaching a deal may not be easy, but it is a possible alternative.” (link)
Washington State President Schulz tells the Mercury News’ Wilner he understands the league’s recent unity statement could be seen “as the same thing a head coach does when he says publicly that he loves his staff, then he fires them all. But we were getting battered constantly with all the rhetoric out of the Big 12 (region), with talk that schools were leaving … At the least, we had to let people know the 10 Pac-12 schools were committed to staying together. But the speed with which (the presidents) were willing to put that out — I was stunned by my colleagues. Somebody said, ‘We should do something,’ and within an hour, everyone was saying yes … Normally, everyone wants to be a wordsmith.” Schulz also tells Wilner: “Some schools have a little trepidation about what (the media deal) will look like. But I don’t feel at all like anyone is spiraling off into places of despair.” Still, Schulz acknowledges that “at the end of the day, we have to get a deal done. That’s the only thing that will quiet everybody down.” (link)
LEAD1 CEO McMillen tells On3’s Prisbell that if student-athletes are designated as employees, then how the courts interpret the subsequent application of Title IX is poised to be a “classic case down the road.” For instance, McMillen wonders what would happen if some male athletes believed the profits they generated were being disproportionately distributed to female athletes. “If (male athletes) are getting 5 or 10% of the revenue, whatever it is, the revenue could have been twice that. The men are getting $40K but (believe they) really should be getting $100K if it weren’t for Title IX. That’s the issue.” (link)
Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is set for a major renovation that Gators AD Stricklin describes as follows: “This is going to be, by far, the most ambitious facility project that, not only the University of Florida’s ever done from an athletic standpoint, but it might be the biggest in SEC history.” Stricklin estimates the upgrades will cost a “few hundred million dollars” and says the project is “not going to be a new coat of paint and a couple of new video boards. It’s going to be all of that, plus significant structural renovations.” Details themselves are still being finalized. (link)
According to police testimony, Alabama MBB student-athlete Miller brought the gun authorities say was used in the shooting that resulted in capital murder charges being brought against former teammate Miles and another individual. Law enforcement officials say Miles requested Miller bring the gun to his location. Asked why Miller wasn’t charged with a crime, Tuscaloosa PD Chief Whitley explains: “That’s not a question I can answer. There’s nothing we could charge him with.” Crimson Tide HC Oats says he was aware of Miller’s role in the event: “We knew about that. Can’t control everything everybody does outside of practice. Nobody knew that was going to happen. College kids are out, Brandon hasn’t been in any type of trouble nor is he in any type of trouble in this case. Wrong spot at the wrong time.” Investigators also say Tide student-athlete Bradley was at the scene of the shooting. (link)
Mississippi State AD Selmon talks about his vision for the department and working with several new Bulldogs HCs, telling 247Sports he’s sat down with all of the HCs and “for each of our first year guys, it was, ‘Hey, let’s build the foundation.’ There’s no shortcut for the foundation. But it makes it unique that we can partner and grow together. There’s a lot of things evolving, so we’re going to be able to have fresh eyes on everything and are able to rethink, whether it’s programmatically, whether it’s from a facilities standpoint, whatever that might be, I think it has a lot of added advantages coming in here together at similar times.” (link)
This year’s home MBB attendance for Oral Roberts totaled 85,030, good for a 40% increase over last season’s 15-game total of 60,714, and Tulsa World’s Haisten reports this season’s per-game average of 5,314 is the program’s best since 1998-99. Golden Eagles AD Johnson: “No doubt about it — there has been a positive impact on our revenue. If you saw the Saturday game, we were overflowing in our courtside seating. There’s a great demand for those seats. People want us to build more suites. People want those premium seating areas more than ever before. Now, I’m sitting here considering whether I should build four more suites. When we won those games (during the 2021 NCAA Tournament), I remember the Tulsa World saying, ‘Let’s hope ORU can take advantage of this momentum.’ After it was announced that we would renovate the Mabee Center and build the Mike Carter Center, the Tulsa World wrote about how we had capitalized on that momentum. I’ve used those messages many times when talking with our donors. We’re right on the precipice now of going as high as we want to go. That’s an exciting position to be in.” (link)
Harvard AD McDermott says the athletic department has been able to more effectively monitor student engagement through the CrimZone app, which rewards students for attending games. “With our women’s basketball program this year, we’ve doubled our sales to their events. We’ve sold out of men’s basketball games and men’s hockey games this season at a higher clip than we have in the recent past, and our football attendance was also up.” Regarding recent allegations against Women’s Hockey HC Stone, McDermott declined to comment specifically but noted the Crimson next year will administer a redesigned survey next year resembling Harvard’s Q Guide course evaluation tool. (link)
Bryant is the recipient of a $5M gift from alumnus Conaty and his wife, of which $1M will be earmarked for the installation of synthetic turf on the baseball field and $2M will be used to improve the athletic and recreational facilities for all students. (link)
The NHL agreed to pay a $200K license fee to NC State for use of Carter-Finley Stadium for last weekend’s Canes-Capitals matchup, as well as up to $100K to restore the playing field after the hockey game and the removal of the rink. The contract also called for the NHL to pay a $50,000 bonus if ticket sales accounted for 75% of the stadium capacity. The contract cited a capacity of 54,577, and reports say 57K attended the game. (link)
People & Places…
+ Boston College has named former Delaware AD/former BC Senior Advisor to the AD Ziady as Senior Assoc. AD for Business Operations. (link)
+ Lafayette announces MBB HC Jordan will be put on a paid leave of absence while the Leopards investigate a “complaint it has received about his work as head coach. While investigation is conducted, Associate Head Coach Mike McGarvey will serve as acting head coach.” (link)
+ Radford MBB HC Nichols was charged with DUI Sunday night. (link)
+ Four Virginia Tech HCs have received contract extensions. The Hokies have signed Women’s Soccer HC Adair through June 30, 2028; Men’s Soccer HC Brizendine through February 9, 2028; Swimming and Diving HC Lopez Miro through June 30, 2028; and Wrestling HC Robie through December 31, 2028. (link)
+ Eastern Kentucky extends FB HC Wells through the 2026 season. (link)
+ Boston U. Swim & Dive HC Smyth has announced his retirement after 18 years leading the program. (link)
+ Marquette MBB HC Smart says he would have never left VCU had former Rams AD Teague stayed in Richmond: “So, Norwood Teague, who, you know, I still communicate with and I really appreciate. He obviously went through, and did, some dumb stuff at Minnesota. He hired me at VCU, and I was the third assistant at Florida. [...] And we, as AD and coach, had a really, really, really special relationship, kind of like brothers, where we would go back and forth, and we fight sometimes, but we will always have each other's backs.And he just had a unique understanding, I think, because he had been a part of a college basketball coaching staff - what the plight of a coach is - and, you know, we talked all the time about, like, ‘I'm not going anywhere if you don't go anywhere.’” (link)
The NCAA Board of Governors Student-Athlete Engagement Committee and DI, DII and DIII SAACs pen an open letter to all student-athletes regarding mental health which reads, in part: “Mental health struggles can occur with a wide range of severity, depending on the impacted individual. While an individual's mental health status is personal, treatment and support are a community effort. As such, it's encouraging that there has been an increase in support from student-athletes, administrators and athletics staff in breaking the stigma surrounding mental health and dedicating effort to improve support systems. … As part of its continued work to provide recommendations for supporting and promoting student-athlete mental health, the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports commissioned a Mental Health Advisory Group and charged it with reviewing and updating the existing Mental Health Best Practices. Moving forward, the Association is committed to creating well-informed recommendations and education efforts to support student-athletes on every campus. We want to challenge campuses around the country to take action and be proactive in implementing the forthcoming recommendations. As change begins to take place, the student-athlete voice should remain involved in all conversations.” Full letter. (link)
The NCAA has released new dashboards showing DI and DII transfer data for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years. DI data show that 20,911 student-athletes entered the Transfer Portal in 2022, an increase over the previous year’s total of 17,781. Of that figure, 78% of the entrants in women's sports were on athletics aid at their departing school, while 65% of those in men's sports were on athletics aid upon portal entry. Additionally, 30% of the student-athletes who entered the Transfer Portal in 2022 were graduate students, 1% point lower than in 2021. While 13% of all DI student-athletes entered into the Transfer Portal in 2022, 7% successfully transferred to an NCAA program after portal entry. Broken down by sport, 1,649 MBB players entered into the Transfer Portal in 2022, down slightly from the 1,687 who entered in 2021. In WBB, 1,276 athletes entered the portal, which is an increase over the 1,130 entrants the previous year. Additionally, 2,918 FBS student-athletes entered the portal in 2022, compared with 2,531 in 2021. FCS student-athletes entering the portal increased by roughly 500 to 2,085. More data. (link)
Deals, Deals, Deals…
+ Arkansas State expands its relationship with LEARFIELD to add LEARFIELD Amplify. (link)
+ Toledo inks an extension with Nike and Game One to be its official apparel and footwear supplier through May 2028. (link)
+ Florida Gulf Coast’s NIL Store has officially launched, which will be powered by Campus Ink. (link)
+ WeCOACH is partnering with all five HBCU conferences to support and increase the number of women coaches of color in the profession. (link)
+ The field for the 2023 National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Rifle Championships is set. (link)
+ Three Austin Peay MBB student-athletes and one North Florida student-athlete have been suspended for their roles in the dustup that occurred after Saturday’s contest. (link)
+ North Carolina lawmakers are set to introduce a statewide mobile sports betting bill as early as this week, per WRAL’s Murphy and other media outlets. Governor Cooper last week told reporters: “We're working with trying to make sure we get good legislation that is fair to the taxpayers, but also recognizes something that is going on anyway. So we might as well get benefit for our schools and for our state out of it, so we'll see how it goes." (link)
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