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+ Freshly minted NCAA President Baker tells The Athletic’s Auerbach he has two main goals during his first 100 days: meet virtually with every conference in every division and conduct a SWOT analysis to inform his strategy. “I have gotten very comfortable with this whole notion that 90% of college athletic programs are investments made by schools to support their infrastructure and their student body and all the rest, and it isn’t really a money-making activity. … One of the things I would like to figure out how to do in this job is to recognize and understand what’s going on with the revenue-positive folks, but at the same time not do something that’s going to put the rest of DI, DII and DIII in a position where they can’t continue to provide what I think most people believe is a tremendously valuable element of that collegiate experience.” (link)
+ On NIL, Baker says the most consistent theme he’s heard from stakeholders is the lack of transparency around the topic. “There needs to be some sort of protective skin put around this stuff either congressionally, which obviously comes with all 50 states — ‘here are the rules and the standards associated with that’ — or something that’s done by us. One way or another, we’ve got to address it.” (link)
+ Regarding whether student-athletes should be paid, Baker says the discussion is part of the larger discourse about how college sports is changing. “I've actually had a lot of student-athletes tell me they would rather be student-athletes than be employees for a whole bunch of reasons. I think that will be, in fact, a big part of the dialogue going forward. But from my point of view, the goal here should be to figure out how to deal with this issue in a way that actually addresses some of the concerns people have about the very successful and financially successful programs, recognizing that there are literally hundreds of thousands of student-athletes who don't play in those programs and for whom the idea of being an employee is really not an attractive one. And I think people need to keep that in mind.” Pressed on when the NCAA should give up on the prospect of Congressional action, Baker replied: “You want a date? I mean, that's a hard question to answer. … I think your question about when is enough is a good one. But I can't answer that today.” (link)
+ Baker tells ESPN it’s important to “make sure we control, to the extent that we can, our own destiny on this stuff, to recognize and understand that means that we need to make some decisions and move a little more quickly than maybe we have in the past." In doing so, Baker hopes the NCAA can avoid the "all or nothing" options for revamping the rules governing all three divisions. “It's [5,000] to 10,000 athletes at the Power 5 schools, and then it's all the rest of college sports. I don't think we can treat them both the same. My hope is we can figure out some way to bridge those two universes in a way that makes them both better instead of ending up in a situation where the whole thing comes tumbling down." (link)
Mountain West Commissioner Nevarez on her vision for branding the league: “My end goal is we have the late time zone issue being in the West, so we really need to break into that East Coast media market because that's where all the selection committees and talking heads are. The ranking services. But also just to really be that hero brand to our schools.” Nevarez also identifies realignment among the most pressing challenges for any Group of 5 commissioner, noting that “my every day is checking in on conference realignment and expansion and keeping an eye on those television deals we're all waiting to happen. … Concerned is not the right word, but we're ready for it. We have a small subcommittee, three presidents and three ADs, that have met. We've scrubbed the entire landscape of schools. We have scenario A if one school leaves, B if two schools, Armageddon if big conferences get destabilized. So we're ready. We have no shortage of schools that are ready to join us.” Full interview. (link)
The Southland Conference unveils its newly rebranded visual identity which “reflects its ongoing surge in national significance, athletic excellence, and member unity.” The new logo also comes with a new tagline of “Earned Every Day.” Commissioner Grant: “Our conference encompasses the proving grounds for the finest athletic talent our country has to offer, and we’re proud to give the best a place to compete on the field, commit in the classroom, and contribute to the community. This new brand reflects our member schools’ enduring commitment to helping our student-athletes navigate the pathway to significance in academics, athletics, and life. Their ultimate success in life is our north star.” (link)
Extra Points’ Brown shares what he’s hearing about mid-major conference realignment, starting with the OVC, which he reports is casting an eye southward, specifically toward West Georgia (DII). West Georgia, Brown notes, would help to “bolster the OVC/Big South partnership, giving them a membership buffer in case one of the geographic outlier institutions (like Bryant) decides on other league affiliations in the future. UWG’s enrollment (over 10,000 undergraduates and growing) and institutional profile also broadly fits many of the other schools currently in the OVC.” Additionally, Brown reports there appear to be no immediate plans for Missouri State to move to an FBS league. “If there is a secret reclassification in the works, that would also be news to a few other school leaders I asked over the last few days. … Could Missouri State end up in a different league at some point in the near future? Sure, that’s entirely possible. But based on this agenda meeting and recent conversations, I do not believe that is imminent right now.” (link)
NCAA EVP of Regulatory Affairs Wilcox sent a memo to member schools that appears to single out the newly formed collective through Texas A&M’s 12th Man Foundation, Sports Illustrated’s Dellenger reports, noting that Wilcox in the memo reminds “administrators that the association’s current rules prohibit a school from compensating athletes for NIL, including ‘entities acting on behalf of the institution.’ The memo also expressly states that schools are prohibited from providing assets to ‘entities engaged in NIL,’ such as priority points to stadium seating and access.” While the memo does not mention TAMU specifically, Dellenger reached out to Aggies AD Bjork, who reiterated that the university cleared the initiative through its compliance department. NCAA spokeswoman Durham: “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)
Washington AD Cohen, Miami (OH) AD Sayler and former Nevada FB HC/former AD Ault have been named to three-year terms on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. The CFP has also extended the term of NC State AD Corrigan, who will serve as chair for a second year through the 2023 season. (link)
ESPN Chair Pitaro announces a leadership reorganization through which President of Programming and Original Content Magnus will take on the role of President of Content, “seemingly solidifying his place as number two to” Pitaro, SBJ’s Ourand reports. Additionally, former ESPN SVP of College Networks Durant will return to the network after a stint as a Disney Parks executive. Durant will take over Magnus’ previous role overseeing programming and rights acquisitions, as well as Andscape and espnW. Meanwhile, Head of Content Operations & Creative Surround Thornton will expand her role to oversee ESPN’s Production Operations group. (link)
+ Penn has received a $5M gift from alumnus Greene and his late wife to establish the Greene Family Lacrosse Fund, which will provide ongoing financial support for the men's and women's lacrosse programs. (link)
+ West Virginia is the recipient of a $200K gift from late alumnus Harrison. (link)
Navy will add Women’s Triathlon as the academy’s 36th varsity sport this fall. AD Gladchuk: “As an NCAA nationally emerging sport for women, triathlon defines exactly who we are at the Naval Academy and the type of opportunity we should offer to our midshipmen. The broad-based requirements through highly competitive swimming, running and cycling highlight the demanding physical characteristics that correlate with personal confidence and leadership development. Our currently successful women's club team allows us a seamless transition to a varsity program.” Club HC Edwards will lead the upstart program. (link)
The average attendance at Big East MBB games this year has risen to 10,322 fans per game, up 6.87% over last season. Led nationally by Creighton (17,172, 6th) and Marquette (14,098, 16th), seven schools rank among the top-50 in overall attendance for 2022-23. Creighton has sold 98.96% of tickets to its 14 home games, while Marquette has filled 76.21% of Fiserv Forum’s 18,500-seat capacity. (link)
Fox Sports EVP for Strategy & Analytics Mulvihill tweets: “Total viewing of regular season Women's College Basketball was up +54% this season across all nationally-rated networks. Comparison includes all games on major broadcasters, ESPN networks and FOX Sports networks including BTN.” (link)
Like the D1.ticker Christmas party, the Big 12’s MBB and WBB championships will feature performances by hip-hop legend Fat Joe, DJ Diesel (sometimes known as Shaquille O’Neal) and Jordin Sparks, who will sing the national anthem. Additionally, the conference is expanding its partnership with A Bathing Ape (BAPE) by creating a limited-edition Big 12 x BAPE t-shirt that features each school's logo circling the BAPE insignia. (link)
+ Lehigh taps New Haven (DII) Field Hockey HC Lykens for the same role. (link)
+ Pepperdine WBB HC Dowling steps down after four seasons. (link)
+ Stadium’s Goodman: “Remember when (Georgia Tech MBB HC) Josh Pastner was extorted years ago? Ronald Bell has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit extortion.” (link)
+ The fields for the NCAA men’s and women’s skiing championships have been set. (link)
+ So, too, are the 322 participants for the men’s and women’s swim & dive championships set to be held at Tennessee in two weeks. (link)
+ But wait, there’s more. The men’s and women’s indoor track & field championships participants have also been announced. (link)
+ Northern Iowa partners with Opendorse to run its NIL marketplace. (link)
+ Stephen F. Austin unveils its new Sidearm Sports NextGen website. (link)
+ Delaware State is concluding its women’s bowling season in light of the bus crash that left two student-athletes still in the hospital. (link)
+ Eight student-athletes from today’s Kentucky-Florida WBB SEC Tournament matchup were ejected after an in-game scuffle broke out. (link)
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