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Alabama MBB is back in the headlines as stand-out student-athlete Miller was “patted down” as part of the Crimson Tide’s starting lineups yesterday against Arkansas. Bama HC Oats commented after the game: “I don't watch our introductions, I'm not involved with them, I'm drawing up plays during that time. Regardless, it's not appropriate. It's been addressed and I can assure you it definitely will not happen again for the remainder of this year.” (link)
Warchant posts nearly nine minutes of video from the Florida State board meeting late last week that drew so much attention. The video is a bit buggy, but there are some slides that show comparative payouts across the Power 5 and commentary from Seminoles AD Alford that he’s discussing the situation with FSU President McCullough “every day.” More. (link)
Sports Attorney Winter offers his opinions on the NCAA penalties handed down to Miami (FL) for the recruitment of then-Fresno State WBB student-athletes, the Cavinders: “Although Ruiz wasn’t disassociated in this case, the COI sent a message to other boosters and collectives that it will strongly consider disassociation penalties in future NIL-related cases. It remains to be seen if this will have a chilling effect on interactions between collectives and recruits, but, in combination with the new NIL rules charging standard, I’m sure it will lead to schools having conversations with collectives about the importance of adhering to the NCAA’s NIL policy.” Forbes Dosh asks what if a collective was at the centerpoint of the impermissible contact. Winter: “I think the entire collective would be disassociated as an entity since the NCAA has clearly stated collectives are considered boosters. The owners or operators of the collective would probably also be disassociated. If not, they could easily create a new entity to get around the disassociation of the collective.” (link)
+The Denver Broncos have hired LSU Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer Lowery as the team’s VP of Player Health & Performance. Lowery and Broncos HC Payton previously worked together during Payton’s time with the New Orleans Saints. (link)
+ The Ohio State Board of Trustees announces the search process for the school’s next president. Buckeyes AD Smith will serve on the University Advisory Subcommittee, one of two subcommittees that will be involved. (link)
Collegiate Sports Connect has an interesting data set on desired compensation for Development officers around the industry broken out by years of experience & competitive division. For example, a fundraiser with seven to nine years in the business has average expected compensation of $93K with a standard deviation of $27K. Lots more interesting data here. (link)
D1.ticker/Connect’s Eargle talks with Memphis Executive Assoc. AD/SWA Ashman and Assoc. AD for Annual Fund and Women’s Sports Revenue Initiatives Wiatr about the Tigers’ 901Women Initiative, which aims to generate philanthropic support for female student-athlete programs, identifying the biggest fundraising needs, the process for identifying ongoing support and leveraging alumni and corporate sponsors. Check out the full conversation on Connect. (link)
+ James Madison Men’s Tennis HC Secord inks an extension that could keep him in Harrisonburg through 2027. (link)
+ Wisconsin AD McIntosh says he won’t be making a MBB change despite a 16-11 (8-9) campaign thus far for Badgers HC Gard. (link)
+ Weird scene in Iowa City yesterday as Iowa MBB McCaffery spent much of a timeout standing feet away from an official staring him down (who blinked first?). The Hawkeyes ended up defeating Michigan State in OT after being down by 13 with under two minutes to play. (link)
+ Buckle up for the next month of bonus updates from USA Today’s Berkowitz. For MBB HC’s this weekend: San Diego State’s Dutcher $50K for at least a share of the Mountain West regular season; Alabama’s Oats $50K for at least a share of the SEC regular season crown; Houston’s Sampson $25K for AAC regular season title; College of Charleston’s Kelsey $25K for at least a share of the CAA regular season; Arizona State’s Hurley $25K for reaching 20 wins; Kansas State’s Tang $10K for finishing Big 12 play with a winning record. San Jose State leader Miles gets an automatic one-year extension for the Spartans’ 17th win of the year, taking his deal through March 31, 2028. It is scheduled to be worth $850K with $637,500 guaranteed. On the WBB side: UConn HC Auriemma secures at least a share of the Big East regular season title and will get $25K, accordingly; Utah HC Roberts pockets $20K for clinching at least part of the Pac-12 regular season. (link)
Lamar’s Provost Umphrey Stadium will get a new video scoreboard and sound system this offseason. The new video board, which will be completed by SNA Displays, will be twice as large as the current one and speakers on either side of the display will include a new Point-Source Audio system. The project was funded by private donations and will be ready to go by the first home kick. (link)
Miami (FL) AD Radakovich joined HOK Director of Sports + Recreation + Entertainment Bechtold in a discussion moderated by Business of College Sports’ Dosh. The group covers the evolution and transformation of college football training facilities. Key takeaways: 1) The Rise of One-Stop Buildings; 2) Deep dive into the Canes new football operations building; 3) Breakthroughs in Training and Recovery; 4) Combine Purpose and Personality - Radakovich says branding falls into two buckets: “One is the iconic moments in your program’s history that you want to highlight forever. And then it’s the student-athletes who are involved in the program. … It’s important to make sure they can see themselves in the building”; 5) If You’re Not Having Fun, You’re Not Doing It Right; 6) Design for What’s Next. Full video. (link)
LEARFIELD’s Bronco Sports Properties reached a multi-year agreement with Jacksons Food Stores that will create limited-edition trading cards featuring every Boise State team and create a chance for every BSU student-athlete to be depicted on a card. This follows the success last fall of the Broncos’ FB team trading card set. This coming week, Jacksons will release the first of three sets. Each 15-card pack will retail for $12.99. (link)
+ Longtime ESPN announcer Jones got to call a San Jose State WBB game with his daughter, Sophia, yesterday. Pretty neat. (link)
+ Surely this is a first…. Parrotts, yes parrotts, crashed the Bradley vs. Gardner-Webb softball game yesterday, which was being played at UCF as part of the 2023 Knights Classic tournament.. One landed on the shoulder of home plate ump Stears, who was remarkably unphased. UCF grounds crew eventually removed the birds and play continued. (link)
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Now live on Connect: D1.ticker/Connect’s Fischer talks with NCAA SVP for Championships Comstock about a number of topics from the national office, including postseason expansion, if and how NIL figures into championship planning, how much the NCAA can take advantage of international events that come to the U.S., concerns from NGBs and lots more. “As we continue to develop the Transformation Committee work, what we think is going to happen is we’ll develop a sports management committee for each of the sports. I think that will help us have increased student-athlete voice, but also voice from each of the national governing bodies. … What I’ve been talking about is let’s be sport-specific and sport-centric and think about not just the general advancement of the championships, but let’s be very specific in how can we enhance and help and support each of our 24 sports.” Watch the whole convo. (link)
“Think about this script. You’ve got the basketball doing what they’re doing. Final Four here. Big 12 transition. You could not have created a better road map of momentum and excitement around a program than what we have right now, and it starts with what Kelvin has done with basketball.” That’s Houston AD Pezman as the Cougars set a MBB attendance record with 7,730 fans last weekend and UH preps for a move to the Big 12. What has been the impact of the move on FB? “In basically four days, we sold 3,400 new season tickets. These are not renewals. These are people that are calling in and buying new product for football. We’re seeing that deposit pressure in such a cool, meaningful way.” (link)
Texas A&M AD Bjork provides more context on the 12th Man Foundation’s addition of the 12th Man+ Fund for NIL purposes: “Why did the 12th Man Foundation do it now? I think it’s just a combination of kind of where the market is, right? I mean, everybody’s looking for validity. Everybody’s got donors who are interested in supporting NIL. … People were looking for, like, an official outlet that they could trust. [...] I heard from several colleagues last week, asking questions. [...] Hey, look. There’s a lot of info on our website, the 12th Man website. It’s all out in the open. You know, there’s nothing to hide.” More from On3’s Wittry, including this statement from the NCAA: “Texas A&M notified the NCAA that an NIL-related announcement was upcoming. However, the NCAA did not review or approve any concept prior to the announcement.” (link)
The D1.dossier for the AD opening at Eastern Washington is available for those interested in preparing for the gig in Cheney. $249 for an entire year of subscription and access to all dossiers. Long Beach State is up next & will be ready no later than next Friday. (link)
+ Michigan Executive Assoc. AD for Development Fraumann is exiting Ann Arbor to become the new SVP for Advancement & External Relations at DePaul. Fraumann was also the MBB sport administrator for the Wolverines. Official start date: April 3rd. DHR assisted with the search. (link, link)
+ South Dakota has hired Central Michigan Assoc. AD for Capital Projects, Facilities and Events Beam as its new Assoc. AD for Facilities & Events, per CollegeAD. His LinkedIn bio indicates his new role with the Coyotes will be that of Asst. AD for Facilities & Events. (link)
+ More administrative moves at Cal, UNLV, UTSA, Arkansas, Tulsa, CLC, Cal Poly, the Big 12, Coastal Carolina, UAB & James Madison can be found on The Wire at Collegiate Sports Connect. (link)
+ The Athletic is discontinuing its beat coverage of Washington & Virginia Tech. Here’s betting headliners Caple & Bitter won’t be on the sidelines long. (link, link)
Grand Canyon teases a new “GCU” word mark is coming soon for the Lopes, which is described as, “sharp, agile, unique.” Check out the video. (link)
Quick nugget from the Miami Herald’s Jackson: “Despite a 5-7 season, (Miami (FL)) football increased season ticket prices by an average of 7 percent. The Canes’ football budget increased significantly last season with the hiring of Cristobal and a pricey staff, and attendance didn’t increase enough to offset those costs.” (link)
The Iowa Board of Regents has authorized Iowa State to plan up to $12M in renovations to the Scheman Building. The Cyclones plan to update the building’s event space, which includes the creation of club space similar to Johnny's at Hilton Coliseum. Have a look at some of the renderings. (link)
Nebraska will attempt to set a Volleyball attendance record in August with a ‘Volleyball Day in Nebraska’ doubleheader. The Huskers will host Nebraska-Omaha in Memorial Stadium, with Nebraska-Kearney (DII) and Wayne State (NE) (DII) serving as the opening match. Huskers HC Cook: "This is going to be a special day for the sport of volleyball in this state. At Nebraska we're always aiming to 'Dream Big' and raise the bar, and there can't be a much bigger way to do that than to play a match outdoors in a 90,000-seat football stadium. We're excited that we're going to be able to include three other local schools as well to make it a statewide celebration. A Nebraska volleyball ticket is one of the hardest tickets in town to get, so we're pumped that this match will give so many more fans an opportunity to come watch us play and be part of a historic day." (link)
Want to know how seriously the new pitch clock in college baseball is being implemented? Yesterday’s LSU-Kansas State tilt literally ended on a timer violation called on a Wildcats batter who took too long to get situated during a 1-2 count with two outs. LSU was up 7-3, KSU had a man on first. (link)
Advertisers that include the NCAA MBB Tournament in their campaigns receive as much as 87% greater reach than those that do not, according to an Effectv study, which notes commercials airing during coverage on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV are 55% more likely to be seen in “light TV-viewing households.” Comcast Advertising Executive Director of Insights Flood: “With March Madness, advertisers are reaching viewers who would not otherwise be seeing TV advertising. Incremental reach is on everyone’s mind in 2023, and this event provides an opportunity to reach audiences more than twice as efficiently as an average ad. This is an opportunity that can benefit advertisers of all sizes. … Given the fragmentation in TV viewing today, this is an incredibly powerful tool for advertisers.” (link)
Michigan law professor Mortenson parses the draconian language of Florida Governor DeSantis’ higher education bill, which prohibits universities from spending any money to fund pedagogy, programming, or activities that “espouse diversity, equity, and inclusion” and gives faculty hiring authority to governing boards or presidents, who may not delegate any aspect of hiring decisions to any group of faculty, among other measures. Extra Points’ Brown: “It may not happen this year, but eventually, Florida's political meddling in their universities is going to become an athletic recruiting talking point. Assistants at other schools are going to bring this stuff up when talking to non-white parents.” (link)
The USGA has launched the U.S. National Development Program, which will “identify, train, develop, fund and support the nation’s most promising junior players – regardless of cultural, geographical or financial background – to ensure that American golf is the global leader in the game.” USGA CEO Whan: “Today, nearly every other competitive golf country in the world offers a national development program to foster and develop its elite junior talent. The United States is at a huge competitive disadvantage in this regard, as we simply ask our athletes, parents and coaches to forge their own path, without any unified national guidance or financial support. … Today, that ends. Today, we start building a junior development program that will ensure a stronger American pipeline of diverse, high-potential talent.” (link)
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