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Notable author & Michigan supporter Bacon swiftly walked back his comments concerning Wolverines AD Manuel’s relationship with FB HC Harbaugh, plus Manuel’s performance review process under former UM President Schlissel. “...to clarify, official business is handled through intermediaries. Jim's guy calls Warde's guy, and that's how they do it. They have engaged in occasional small talk along the way. [...] In fairness to Warde Manuel, worth pointing out UM won 13 Big Ten titles in 27 sports, which I think is a record. I've seen him do many things for which he gets no credit, including keeping athletes with mental health issues on scholarship for as long as they need. Very rare. [...] Just talked with a UM athletic department official, who told me most years Manuel would visit with Schlissel in his office, and discuss the year in review, and preview the next.” (link)
“Nobody should be bashful about saying facilities matter. Residence halls matter. And student unions matter. And classrooms and laboratories matter. They better matter. And so do athletic facilities matter. [...] I go back to, if we're going to do Division I, we need the resources that are commensurate with the expectations of us at Division I. We've got the coaches. We've got the institution. We need the facilities. [...] There's no way anyone could have anticipated this, but it's been quite a ride.” That’s St. Thomas AD Esten on the impact of the recently-announced $75M gift for the Tommies that will go toward the construction of a brand new multipurpose arena. (link)
The Toledo Blade’s Briggs says new Bowling Green AD van der Merwe “might be the most interesting man in college sports” due to his unique background of having spent his early years growing up in South Africa during apartheid, eventually playing football at Central Michigan & then working in the newspaper business for a couple of years. Van der Merwe recalls one of his journalistic highlights: “My story gets picked up by Reader’s Digest. I was so proud. Here’s my shining moment. Here’s this hero who saved all these kids, and his name is completely wrong throughout the entire article. So that was a big lesson. Get things right and value attention to detail.” (link)
Oklahoma State’s FY24 budget is slated to top $100M for the first time in department history. The current cycle shows a $99.6M budget for the Pokes, including revenue in the form of $41M in Big 12 distribution, $32.8M in donor contributions and $2.5M in ticket sales. OSU AD Weiberg: “We are one of, I think, the few athletic departments that are fully funded on our own. We don’t want to be a burden on the institution. … If we’re operating over here on our own resources, then we don’t have to look to them for help.” On the expenditure side, “sports operating” accounts for 44.8% of all costs, while scholarships and facilities/maintenance/utilities take 10.3% and 10.2% of the overall pot, respectively. Full breakdown included. (link)
Football tickets go on sale tomorrow for James Madison’s 2023 campaign and the Dukes have gone with a dynamic pricing model this time. Asst. AD for Communications Warner: “We took our priority and reserved areas and subdivided them into different areas based on location and different level of interest. We do that every four years to make sure that our donors and season ticket purchasers have access to the best possible locations for them.” JMU set a facility record with 7,708 tickets sold last year and Warner expects to top that in 2023. (link)
A social media post by the daughter of a recently deceased longtime BYU FB season ticket holder has stirred the pot in Provo. She was informed that based on the Cougars’ ticketing policies, her father’s tickets would not transfer to the family’s next generation. While the conversation on how to handle such situations continues among BYU’s administration, the school did release a statement to clarify its legacy policies: “The stadium donor program was created in 1962 … With a donation then, individuals were guaranteed season tickets, in the seats they secured, for two generations. This was a great deal for Cougar fans and also a great benefit to BYU Athletics as we looked to build and expand our fan base at a time when we really needed it. Now, in 2023, we find ourselves in a very different situation. We have a stadium at maximum capacity, we have some of the top programs in the nation playing us in [LaVell Edwards Stadium] we are heading into the Big 12 and we are in a completely different supply/demand situation than we were 50 years ago. BYU Athletics will continue to honor our contracts for stadium donor seats in LES. Outside of stadium donor tickets, other season ticket agreements do not have those same contracts associated with them, that allow for transferring tickets beyond deceased parties. This is a standard practice for many college and professional ticketing entities. Moving forward, we will be adjusting and transitioning our practices.” (link)
With several states ending the year with surpluses, Inside Higher Ed’s Knox explores whether higher ed institutions can expect a boost in funding. The short answer: it depends – largely on the state’s political dynamics and other post-pandemic needs. State Higher Education Executive Officers Association VP for Government Relations Harnisch: “A concern I have is that states will use this opportunity to make sharp reductions in their tax rates, and then as the economy slows down and federal funds disappear, they’ll have deep deficits that result in cuts to state programs, including higher education. There’s going to be a considerable amount of pressure on legislators to provide that broad tax relief.” The chancellors of Texas’ six public university systems are being proactive in advocating for a piece of the state’s $32.7B surplus, promising to freeze tuition if the state will inject around $1B of additional funding into higher ed over the next two years. More. (link)
Bethune-Cookman will look for a new FB HC as the school and recently tapped HC Reed could not come to terms on a contract. Reed’s statement: “... After weeks of negotiations I’ve been informed that the University won’t be ratifying my contract and won’t make good on the agreement we had in principle, which had provisions and resources best needed to support the student-athletes. I was committed to coaching and cultivating a relationship with the University, Players, Community and the Fans. It’s extremely disappointing this won’t be happening. …” (link); The school’s statement, in part: “After undergoing a detailed assessment and review of the state of our football program, we have determined that it is in the best interest of our university, athletics program, and football student-athletes to reopen the search and identify the next leader of Bethune-Cookman Wildcats Football. While we appreciate the initial interest in our football program displayed by Mr. Reed during the course of recent weeks, we are also mindful of the qualities and attributes that must be exhibited by our institutional personnel.” (link)
D1Baseball/SEC Extra’s Etheridge writes on how the Transfer Portal is reshaping the toughest baseball league in the nation, getting feedback from Georgia skipper Stricklin & Florida HC O’Sullivan. Stricklin: “I don’t know if any of us really love it because it has kind of turned into free agency. And I don’t think it should be that way. But what’s happening right now is we’re all shopping the transfer portal. I wish it wasn’t that way, but that’s just the reality of it. So, what you’re seeing is really good players, maybe even Division III players that maybe were late bloomers or were hurt in high school. Next thing you know, they’re making a jump into Division I, and that’s great in some instances, but also, it’s really tough to lose a player on the other side of that.” Sully: “Well, I’ll be honest with you, I undervalued the importance of the transfer portal in the beginning. I didn’t know the impact it was going to have. [...] We’ve kind of had a blueprint, where we’ve always recruited the high-end high school player and I don’t want to get away from that. I’ve always thought that the transfer portal would be something that you’d have to fill a specific need. I do think it’s helpful. I mean, certainly, from a draft standpoint, you lose a couple of players to the draft that you didn’t expect or whatever, you certainly can fill those needs.” (link)
More on the $50M overpayment situation in the Pac-12. At first, retired Fox Sports President Thompson tweets that he suspects Comcast or Charter, but then agrees with the suggestion that Dish could be the culprit: “Thinking about this you are probably right. Pac-12 sued Dish in October of 2022. Dish probably launched an internal audit and discovered overpayments. Pac -12 claims the ‘distributor’ informed them in Oct of 2022 of overpayments. Too much happening in Oct for it not to be Dish.” HardCountCFB suggested Dish and believes if the league soon drops its lawsuit against Dish for withholding programming fees, “I think we’ll have our answer.” (link)
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It doesn’t look like there will be a full AD search at East Tennessee State as Interim boss Sander will get elevated to the role on a permanent basis, per the Johnson City Press. Timeline for an announcement: “Sometime soon.” It’ll be Sander’s second stint as ETSU’s AD, the first stretching from 2013-2017. (link)
Notable best-selling author & Michigan insider Bacon: “As I reported on @michiganinsider with @SamWebb77 this morning on WTKA: Former UM Pres. Schlissel never conducted a review of AD Warde Manuel in his six years on the job. Manuel and Harbaugh have not spoken directly since May. Guessing new UM pres. @SantaJOno changes both.” (link)
For the first time in six years Missouri reported a budget surplus in FY22. The Tigers notched records in revenue ($141M) and expenses ($125M). The financial report shows an $11M increase in revenue from direct institutional support, an $8M SEC bowl revenue distribution which nearly doubled the previous year’s mark and a $7M increase in royalties, licensing, advertisements and sponsorships. Biggest cost increases came in personnel categories, with coaches accounting for $22M+ and support staff for nearly $24M. Full report. (link)
+ Ball State Interim AD Bothof has brought in multi-stop senior administrator Cautilli to serve as Interim Deputy AD for Marketing & Strategic Initiatives, per CollegeAD. (link)
+ Changes at Maryland, Cincinnati, West Virginia, SMU, UTSA, Penn State, Arkansas, North Texas, Virginia, NC State, Alabama State, Penn State and more, check out the full list on The Wire at Collegiate Sports Connect. (link)
Coaches Wire, continued…
+ Saint Louis AD May brings back former Billikens student-athlete Beaty as the next Volleyball HC. Beaty most recently served as an AC at Denver. (link)
+ Arkansas State names Illinois Women’s Tennis Assoc. HC Dalmagro as its new HC. (link)
+ Idaho State MBB HC Looney signs a five-year extension that could keep him in Pocatello through the summer of 2027. (link)
+ Siena WBB HC Jabir is back with the team following a three-week absence while the school investigated reports of inappropriate comments. Jabir: “I made an inappropriate comment in a joke to three of our kids. I immediately was aware that it was offensive. I immediately apologized with great sincerity. They accepted my apology immediately, and this whole thing was over months ago. I’ve made some statements about the whole incident. I regret my joke. It was insensitive. And, you know, three weeks later, I’m back, and hopefully a wiser person for it.” Saints AD D’Argenio said the Title IX/Equal Opportunity Office conducted the investigation and has recommended “four or five things we’re going to do, which I’m not going to get into.” (link)
+ Arkansas signs new Offensive Coordinator Enos to a three-year deal, which starts at $1.1M, with built-in $75K/year raises. The contract also includes a pair of automatic one-year extensions with a maximum length of five years on the deal and a no-compete clause prohibiting him from taking another job in the SEC, unless it is the HC role. The Razorbacks are paying Enos’ $135K buyout to Maryland. (link)
USA Today’s Peter catches up with current and former BYU student-athletes from the LGBTQ community, including gymnast Margraf, who identifies as bisexual and says she has witnessed other student-athletes using homophobic and racial slurs. Former BYU men’s volleyball student-athlete Siragusa, who has since transferred to UC San Diego, tells Peter that “BYU is a place where any sort of marginalization just gets exacerbated. … So much of what occurs (at BYU) is just like covert homophobia or racism.’’ Meanwhile, Peter points out the school’s honor code prohibits LGBTQ romantic behavior and in a video touting its inclusivity, Margraf says she was told she couldn’t use the word “gay.” Margraf objected and was eventually allowed to use the word, but the video was never posted on the school’s Instagram account as planned. In a statement, BYU acknowledged the video wasn’t used but maintains it was not due to the word’s use. Asked to reconcile the dichotomy of a campus where LGBTQ romantic behavior is forbidden but Margraf was asked to record a video about the inclusive environment, Cougars AD Holmoe tells USA Today: “All students at BYU have a shared primary identity as sons and daughters of God. We welcome our LGBTQ student-athletes and are grateful for all those who choose BYU for its mission, as well as its academic and athletic opportunities.” (link)
New on Connect: D1.ticker/Connect’s Eargle sits down with Washington CRO Bennett and Senior Director of Ticket Sales and Business Development Tester to discuss the Huskies’ marketing strategies, the top ten finish in football, competing from a marketing perspective in a crowded media market, ticket sales strategy, using football to get more reach for others sports and more. (link)
Further, Washington has a new collective ready to support Huskies student-athletes in the 1861 NIL Foundation, which is backed by a number of high-profile former UW stand-outs. Executive Director Clark: “We’re going to stay consistent to who and what we are at the University of Washington — which is spreading knowledge and teaching. I think people’s patience and ability to write checks that they can’t deduct will run out. I think we’ve got a five-year period where it’s going to be real bumpy, and then it’s going to calm down. In the law, we know that things change. It grinds slowly, but it also changes. This has been the wild west for the last year and a half to two years, and eventually it’s going to calm down. If we have something that’s consistent and not flashy … we’re not here giving you a car. We’re not doing anything like that. But if it’s consistent, that’s what survives, because that’s what survives everything.“ (link)
San Diego State MBB plays at Air Force tonight, just three days after playing 125 miles away at Colorado State. You might think the team would stay in the area, but the group flew home. The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Zeigler reports: “According to physiologists, the body needs several weeks to fully acclimate to the lower oxygen levels at high altitude. The next best thing is arriving within 24 hours of competition. The third and fourth days often are the hardest for athletes from sea level.” Aztecs HC Dutcher: “I’ve just been in the conference too long. and seen too many second games at altitude to know it’s nothing to do with attitude — they want to play hard — and it’s not that they’re grabbing their knees and they can’t catch their breath. They’re a half-step slow, and a half-step slow in any sporting event is going to cost you a game.” SDSU’s record in the second game of back-to-backs at altitude is 2-13. (link)
Vox Media has laid off 7% of its staff, citing the “challenging economic environment impacting our business and industry.” Awful Announcing’s Bucholtz adds context: “There has not yet been a full description of exactly what these cuts entail on the sports side. But there do appear to be a lot of impacts for those covering hockey and soccer (both men’s and women’s, for both sports) in particular, with some employees let go and support for many sites fully cut. […] It’s difficult to get an accurate picture of what exactly is changing with SB Nation at the moment, and where exactly Vox’s sports coverage will go from here. But it is clear that a lot of prominent SB Nation employees have been let go, and a lot of prominent sites are, at the very least, losing their Vox/SB Nation affiliation.” (link)
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