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Sounds like you can eliminate Illinois AD Whitman from the list of potential candidates interested in becoming the next Big Ten Commissioner: “This is the only job I've ever aspired to have. [...] It's not something I've ever given a lot of thought to. There's a lot of important decisions that person will ultimately help determine. But being here and having a chance to be a part of this program is the most rewarding experience I've ever had in my life. [...] Finding a really sophisticated thinker and strong leader is incredibly important for us. I have all the confidence in the presidents that will do that and look forward to learning who our new leader will be.” (link)
ACC Commissioner Phillips joins The OG and says of the league’s revenue situation: “I would just say to you we don’t have one area that kind of cures our ills, so to speak. So, this thing has to be four or five areas of emphasis. … I understand where we are compared to others, so we continue to address it.” Phillips also addresses the email that surfaced last week which included the Power 5’s “must-haves” in a congressional NIL solution, saying he was disappointed that it was leaked. “That was a confidential, privileged document.” Phillips acknowledges the NCAA’s track record in litigation is “dismal” and emphasizes the need to be able to operate in a less litigious environment, adding: “We need help from Congress and our elected officials and that’s where we have to come together and provide something on both sides that meets in the middle, somewhere that’s good for college athletics, good for student-athletes, so I look forward to more of those conversations. I’ve spent more time in the political world than I thought in this role…but it’s necessary. College athletics is worth fighting for.” (link)
JohnCanzano.com hears from a source that yesterday’s Pac-12 CEO Group board meeting was productive. “‘Good progress’ on media deal and the 10 schools ‘remain committed to each other.’” (link)
The Big East will begin talks about renewing its rights deal with Fox in the coming months, according to Commissioner Ackerman. (link)
FBS attendance increased 5% to 41,840 fans per game last season, marking the second-highest uptick in history and biggest in 40 years, according to CBS’ Dodd. “Not since 1982, when attendance rose an average of 9,068 per game from 1981, has there been a larger increase. The 2021 season marked the lowest average attendance (39,848) since that same year (1981).” Dodd adds: “Why the 2022 gain is even more impressive: Since 1988, FBS membership has grown 26% from 104 to 131 schools. Those 27 newcomers are typically smaller stadiums that drag the average down.” Also: “Among the Group of Five, the embattled Conference USA had the largest gain up 11.9% to 19,346 per game. … The MAC had the largest decline of any FBS conference, down 18.3% to an FBS-low 14,261 per game.” More. (link)
Wake Forest AD Currie notes the Deacs recorded “our highest student attendance for a season since 2008-09 (12,643) and almost all of our second semester games featured over 1,000 Screamin' Demons in the stands. Additionally, we averaged nearly 10,000 fans in attendance across our 10 home conference games, which marked the sixth-highest total in the ACC.” (link)
Iowa has published its DEI action plan, which was finalized in January and published this week. The plan includes five core strategies of education; evaluation and assessment; infrastructure and sustainability; collaboration; and infusion of leadership. The plan also directs UI to create more conversation spaces about “actual cases to use as teachable moments for educating staff and students on inequities and cultural values”; establish DEI accountability in performance evaluations; use internal auditing processes to check for systemic inequalities in things like hiring and promotions; and enhance local and national relationships to foster an “improved presence in targeted diverse communities with our student athletes and coaches,” per The Gazette’s Miller. (link)
+ Teall Sports & Entertainment appoints former Big 12 Commissioner Bowlsby to its board of advisors. (link)
+ ESPN Chair Pitaro is “on the small list of executives” to potentially succeed Disney CEO Iger, according to Front Office Sports’ McCarthy. Crakes Media’s namesake tells McCarthy that given Iger’s public commitment to ESPN, Pitaro has to be on the shortlist of potential successors but adds: “That said, I can also see someone with a lot of direct entertainment production experience who has a some track record of managing businesses he doesn’t have direct experience with. Maybe [Pitaro] doesn’t get the gig this time — but maybe the next?” (link)
+ Legendary Syracuse MBB HC Boeheim will retire & be replaced by Orange AHC Autry. More to come on Boeheim’s remarkable career in tomorrow morning’s D1.ticker. (link)
+ Louisiana-Monroe WBB HC Williams has stepped down, effective immediately. (link)
+ McNeese State has parted ways with MBB HC Aiken, per Stadium’s Goodman, who reports former LSU HC Wade is in the mix to replace him. (link)
+ Army West Point and MBB HC Allen mutually agree to part ways after seven seasons. (link)
+ East Tennessee State Men’s Tennis HC Stiegwardt will step down at the end of the season. (link)
+ UC Santa Barbara Volleyball HC Welch announces her retirement. She will be replaced by Gauchos AHC Jones. (link)
Alabama MBB student-athlete Miller speaks publicly for the first time about the fatal shooting that occurred in Tuscaloosa earlier this year: “I never lose sight of the fact that a family lost one of their loved ones that night. This whole situation is just really heartbreaking. Respectfully, that's all I'm going to be able to say on that." HC Oats adds: "He's taken this whole situation seriously from Day 1. It's a tough situation for all of us. It's just sad, to be honest with you. I never thought Brandon was flippant with any of it ever." (link)
Kansas announces “transformation” renovations to Allen Fieldhouse, including reimagined concourses on all three levels, expanded donor space, additional chairback seating, new video boards and a new audio system, among several other features. Jayhawks AD Goff: “There is no arena in sport that provides the tradition and character of the Fieldhouse, and this project will go to great lengths to maintain that, while dramatically enhancing the fan experience.” Check out several renderings via a video tour inside. (link)
Creighton and the College World Series are requesting $60M in funding from the state of Nebraska to finish a trio of projects, including the construction of a new complex of baseball and softball fields near Charles Schwab Field that would serve as practice fields for CWS teams, home fields for Bluejay baseball and softball teams, and community use. Creighton President Hendrickson remarked to the state’s Legislature’s Appropriations Committee that Creighton will match the $60M dollar-for-dollar if the Legislature fully funds the request. (link)
In other facility news…how many toilets are in your hoops venue? Ever-excitable Los Angeles Clippers owner Ballmer is pretty jacked about one of the Intuit Dome’s features. “Toilets! 1,160 toilets and urinals! Three times the NBA average! … We do not want people waiting around. We want them back to their d*mn seats.” (link)
The College Basketball Academy for women will debut this summer, and the revamped College Basketball Academy for men will also return for the first time since 2019. NCAA SVP of Basketball Gavitt: “The goal of these academies is to ensure that prospective student-athletes are informed of the value and overall experience collegiate basketball provides. Educating and engaging high school players, as well as their parents and guardians, about college basketball opportunities is a key goal. We believe the academies' life skills courses will benefit student-athletes as they continue their basketball and academic journeys, while the event also provides coaches with a structured evaluation opportunity." (link)
Dick’s Sporting Goods is the newest corporate partner for the NCAA, per SBJ’s Smith, who notes the deal brokered by CBS Sports and Warner Bros. Discovery, the “two companies that manage NCAA marketing. That gives the NCAA 14 partners and three corporate champions.” (link)
Adidas posted a Q4 operating loss of $763 million and will recommend a dividend of 70 euro cents per share at its May 11 annual general meeting, down from 3.30 euros per share in 2021 on the heels of its split with rapper West. Adidas is projecting a full-year operating loss of 700 million euros in 2023, marking its first annual loss for 31 years, and the company says underlying operating profit will be “around break-even level,” reflecting the loss of 1.2B euros in potential sales from unsold Yeezy stock. (link)
Four Grambling State student-athletes, including three football players and one MBB player, were arrested after allegedly forcing their way into a dorm room and threatening the occupants with a pistol. Per HBCU Sports, a police affidavit indicated that the men “had been looking for someone they suspected had stolen money from them. During the alleged interaction with two unidentified residents, it was reported the group had beaten and later threatened them with a semiautomatic weapon.” The university says it is “currently investigating the matter and we will provide no further comment at this moment.” (link)
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