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Mount St. Mary's AD Robinson will retire this August, concluding her 15-year tenure leading the Mountaineers. President Trainor: "The entire Mount community is grateful to Lynne Phelan Robinson for her 15 years as director of Mount Athletics and 42 years of tremendous service to the university. Her commitment to the success of student-athletes both on the playing fields and in the classroom has touched countless lives. Following an impressive coaching career, she entered sports administration to help lead the university's move to Division I in the Northeast Conference and is retiring after a successful transition to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference." (link)
The WCC makes it official, naming Big East Executive Associate Commissioner for MBB Jackson as its next commissioner, effective April 24. Gonzaga President/WCC Presidents Council Chair McCulloh: “Stu Jackson possesses the vision and values that will continue to elevate the West Coast Conference and we are thrilled to welcome him as the WCC’s new Commissioner. His wealth of leadership experience and drive stood out with the search committee among a deep pool of candidates. Stu is the perfect Commissioner to lead the WCC during an important time in the national collegiate landscape.” (link)
Legalese in the Hawkeye State…
+ A group of former Iowa FB student-athletes, who had filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the university, have agreed to a $4.175M settlement with the university. The Iowa Department of Management’s State Appeal Board approved the settlement by a 2-1 vote, and the agreement calls for UI to pay $2.175M with the state picking up the remaining $2M. State Auditor Sand, one of the three appeal board members, indicated he would oppose using taxpayer funds for the settlement unless Hawkeyes AD Barta was ousted, saying: “Under Gary Barta’s leadership at the University of Iowa Athletics Department, we’ve had the Peter Gray scandal plus three instances of discrimination totaling nearly $7M in damages. After the largest settlement (a $6.6M payout from discrimination lawsuit involving former Field Hockey HC Greisbaum and retaliation against her partner, Meyer), Barta asserted no wrong was done. Now we have a new matter for $4M more, and for the first time they want part paid from the taxpayers’ general fund, even though they now collect tens of millions annually through the Big Ten TV deal. Enough is enough." (link, link)
+ Hawkeyes FB HC Ferentz expresses his disappointment over the settlement, which he says was reached without coaches’ knowledge. Ferentz believes the case would’ve been dismissed with prejudice before a trial, adding: “Unfortunately, this settlement was reached between the plaintiffs’ attorneys and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office before the judge had an opportunity to rule on the motion [to dismiss]. We have been told the reason for this settlement is financial. As part of the settlement, the coaches named were dismissed from the lawsuit and there is no admission of any wrongdoing. For more than two years, our program has been unfairly and negatively impacted by these allegations. Members of the staff had their character and reputation tarnished by former members of our team who said things, then recanted many statements when questioned under oath.” (link)
ESPN’s Thamel cites a Pac-12 source as saying a streaming-only media deal is a non-starter, while noting a “streaming platform sublicensing to traditional television is a potential path, as Apple and Amazon have been linked to the league as streaming suitors.” Meanwhile, Thamel notes realignment questions linger, as “there has been at least minimal contact between the Big 12 and the Four Corner schools -- Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and Colorado. That contact has emerged to varying degrees and via various methods, depending on the school. … Even with a deal, questions linger. If the Pac-12 can figure out a short-term tourniquet contract, will both Oregon and Washington agree to a traditional grant of rights that comes with it? There's a temporary air around the league, with a short deal seemingly building a bridge for schools to retest their market value in three or four years.” Furthermore, Big East Commissioner Tranghese adds his perspective: “There's something I've learned about membership -- don't trust anyone. Everyone is going to do what they think is in their best interest. … That's the world college athletics has been living in for a long time." More from Thamel. (link)
Stanford AD Muir explains the thinking behind his refusal to endorse a collective, telling the San Francisco Chronicle’s Ingemi: “We know they’re out there, and we’re gonna let the market dictate as they form and see where that goes from there. But we’re not endorsing any collective. If we’re behind (one of them) we’ve got to make sure to endorse equity across the board. We’ve just stayed out of that fray, and so that’s why you don’t see Stanford formally endorsing a collective.” Muir goes on to call it “disconcerting” to learn of so many collectives dedicated only to FB or MBB. “I know other schools that touted that they’re doing collective across all sports, but I’m just not hearing of the deal flow like you’re hearing in those two sports.” (link)
+ The Oklahoma Board of Regents will address several athletics facilities projects during tomorrow’s meeting, including $175M for the Football Operations Facilities; $75M for the Student-Athlete Success Center; $9.5M in locker room renovations at the Lloyd Noble Center, $45M in improvements to L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park; and $47.9M in softball updates and improvements. (link)
+ The Richmond City Council approved $3.5M in repairs for The Diamond, the home baseball field of VCU and MiLB’s Richmond Flying Squirrels, despite the venue having a shelf-life of just two more years before it’s demolished. The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Holter notes the push for funding comes after an inspection failed to meet MLB’s standards. “In order to be in compliance with league standards by next season, the city would need to build a second enclosed batting and hitting tunnel, renovate both locker rooms and make structural repairs to the roof, which was ‘found to have concrete spalling and cracking.’” (link)
+ Columbia has unveiled the Lisa Landau Carnoy Lounge in the Marcellus Hartley Dodge Fitness Center. (link)
SBJ’s Smith profiles South Carolina WBB HC Staley, who insists her seven-year, $22.4M contract is about more than just money. “It represents equal pay and because of that, I think it was fair, but it also was groundbreaking. It was more to help other people in my position, not just coaches, but women, Black women, all across the country, that get paid less than their counterparts. I didn’t feel like it was self-serving; I just thought it was the right thing to do.” Smith notes that during her time in Columbia, Staley has “not only brought attention to fair-pay issues with her new contract, she shed light on smaller, albeit important, equity issues like budgeting, meals, workout gear, apparel and anything else that can be counted or made equitable.” Full profile. (link)
Former multi-stop NBA HC/current TNT NBA analyst Van Gundy is expected to replace NBA Hall of Famer Miller on CBS/Turner’s March Madness MBB coverage, per the New York Post’s Marchand, who reports Miller “made the decision to give up the tournament, which allows him a little more of a break in his NBA commitments.” (link); Former Villanova MBB HC Wright will join the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on CBS this Sunday alongside host Gumbel and analysts Davis and Kellogg. (link)
More Hardwood Movement…
+ Xavier and WBB HC Moore mutually agree to part ways after four seasons. (link)
+ NJIT parts ways with MBB HC Kennedy, per Stadium’s Goodman. (link)
+ Northwestern AD Gragg says the Wildcats plan to extend MBB HC Collins’ contract after the season. (link)
Maryland finished FY22 with a $6.8M budget shortfall after spending $5.7M to buy out the contracts of former MBB HC Turgeon and two former FB ACs. In fact, Terps Assoc. AD for Strategic Communications Yellin tells the Baltimore Sun’s Barker that the FY22 deficit “is solely due to the men’s basketball coaching transition.” (link)
It’s been 20 years since the NCAA introduced its corporate champion and partner program, which included media and marketing rights for March Madness and other college championships together for the first time, and SBJ’s Smith observes that the program “rolls into [this year’s] March Madness with a robust program of three longtime champions — AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola — and 13 partners. Coke’s deal has lasted 20-plus years — the first iteration of it was valued at $500M over 11 years — and it is still going strong.” CBS SVP for Sakes and Marketing Simko: “Having relationships that in some cases go out two decades or more, that’s really given us the opportunity to grow and innovate around them. You’re able to build a trust as you go down this journey together and develop friendships. Having that level of trust, where we’re talking about how to help one another’s business as opposed to transactions, is really where you’re trying to get to.” Warner Bros. Discovery EVP for Ad Sales Diament adds: “When you have partners that have been around a long time, that doesn’t mean you can’t innovate or that things don’t evolve. You’re still in a position to try new things even though you might have had that partner for a long time. The media landscape changes. Social media changes.” (link)
Deals, Deals, Deals…
+ The ACC is partnering with Elevate Sports Ventures, which will provide the league with business intelligence and analytics, revenue optimization, ticket and experiential ticket package strategy, sales and distribution, and fan experience solutions. Elevate will use the data from a full-potential study of the WBB and MBB championships to inform its strategy. ACC Commissioner Phillips: “Elevate, powered by its analytics, brings a wealth of experience in business intelligence and technology that will only further enhance our future ticketing strategies.” (link, link)
+ The MAAC reaches an agreement to hold its hoops championships at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall through 2026. (link)
+ North Florida taps BDB Collegiate Solutions to assist in growing its corporate partnership program. (link)
+ FIU and SureAthlete announce a partnership whereby SureAthlete will provide the Panthers baseball coaching staff with “real-time communication coaching tools, development solutions and analytics to elevate team communication, accelerate athlete development and improve talent evaluation analysis.” (link)
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