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Louisiana-Monroe names former Utah State/Troy AD Hartwell as its next AD, with a press conference scheduled for Monday. ULM President Berry: “ULM was fortunate to attract an athletic leader of John’s caliber through our national search. … He brings a significant level of successful leadership and passion for the ULM Warhawk community.” (link)
The NCAA operated at a nearly $59M deficit for FY22 after generating revenue of $1.14B and expenses of $1.195B, per USA Today’s Berkowitz, who notes the association’s net assets stood at $458M. Berkowitz also points out the NCAA received a $17M loss-of-revenue insurance payout connected to the 2021 MBB tournament. Additionally, the NCAA recorded $90.5M in investment losses, while dividends, interest and realized gains totaled just over $18M, meaning the net investment losses totaled around $72M. Expenses included a $657M distribution to DI conferences and an “$84M charge taken as the NCAA on March 1, 2022, established a new business entity that is essentially an insurance company owned by the association itself,” according to Berkowitz. (link); Sportico’s Novy-Williams breaks down the financial picture via a bar chart that shows $940M of the NCAA’s FY22 revenue came from TV rights. The chart also illustrates the severity of the loss of revenue – which totaled just $165M from media rights – during the COVID year of FY20 when compared to recent years. (link)
The NCAA has released the findings of its Coach Well-Being Study, which found that 80% of the 6K HC, AC and AHC respondents across all three divisions reported spending more time talking about mental health with their players than they did before the pandemic. About one-third of coaches reported they "constantly" or "most every day" experienced mental exhaustion, feelings of being overwhelmed by all that they had to do, and sleep difficulties. Additionally, coaches who identified as Black, Indigenous or people of color; female; or members of the LGBTQ+ community reported higher rates of mental health concerns, similar to data found in the student-athlete surveys. Among DI respondents, 25% indicated they felt high levels of stress related to the perceived need to recruit four-year transfers into their programs. Full report. (link)
+ Notre Dame taps Delaware Deputy AD/SWA Vining-Smith to take over as Senior Assoc. AD tasked with leadership of the GLD (Grow, Lead, Do) Center. (link)
+ SMU announces a reorganization of its senior staff along with several promotions. Deputy AD Pottkotter has been named Executive Deputy AD/COO; Senior Assoc. AD for Executive Affairs Adee takes over as Deputy AD/CRO; longtime Mustang staffer Harris has been promoted to Deputy AD for Facility & Event Operations; Senior Assoc. AD for External Affairs Sutton has been elevated to Deputy AD/Chief Communications & Branding Officer; Director of Compliance McCabe takes on the role of Assoc. AD for Compliance; Director of Sports Medicine Mortin is the new Assoc. AD for Student-Athlete Health and Wellbeing; Director for the Center for the Academic Development of Student-Athletes Rawlins has been named Assoc. AD for Student-Athlete Success; and Asst. AD for Development Whittenburg has been promoted to Assoc. AD for Development. (link)
Oklahoma AD Castiglione delivered the opening remarks at an NIL Symposium organized by the SANIL-managed Crimson and Cream Collective and the Norman Chamber of Commerce, telling attendees: “This is super important to the future of intercollegiate athletics and our ability to compete at the highest level like we have been doing. And we want to go all in, with you, with our partners to make it happen. … We are going to do one thing well and that’s adapt to change.” Sooners MBB HC Moser also participated in the event and confirmed that NIL was one of the first topics brought up by recruits. “I can give you numbers of what’s going on and you’d be astonished. I love what Joe says — we have to adapt to change. You don’t have to like it. But we have to change with it.” Women’s Gymnastics HC Kindler added: “I have not recognized any difference from my athletes. When they are in the gym, they are dialed in. I honestly have not seen any difference whatsoever in their focus or production in the classroom.” (link)
Tulane AD Dannen reiterates his position on NIL, asserting that it’s less like the Wild West than people think “because everybody’s lying. The numbers you hear, don’t believe any of them. There are a lot of people representing numbers in order to try to get a better deal at some other school. We’ve had it happen to us with recruits saying, ‘I’ve been offered X by school Y, now what will you offer me?’ And when the coaches call school Y they say, ‘No we didn’t.’ So it’s not as wild but it has exerted an influence in the recruiting wars that’s riled people up.” (link)
Monmouth AD Stapleton addresses the Hawks’ 1-19 MBB season and insists there’s no buyer’s remorse after leaving the MAAC for the Colonial. “I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for the school, for our athletic programs, for our coaches and athletes. This is not a one-year plan. This is where is Monmouth University going to be over the next 20 years. Do we have growing pains? Absolutely. But we had those in the MAAC when we went from the NEC. And now we have some going from the MAAC to the CAA, and I think it’s just natural, normal growth in our programs.” Stapleton says of the impact of NIL that “trying to wrap our heads around the collective at our level is also something that is a work in progress for us, and I don’t know if anyone has the answers. It’s a real shift. The kids get a full scholarship, they get cost of attendance, and now there’s (NIL) benefits that kids are eligible for. What is the amount for a shooter? I don’t know. Is that what it’s come down to? I don’t know. It probably is to some point, but is that sustainable for every level of Division I? I don’t know if that is.” (link)
Dollars & Cents…
+ Arkansas has received a $5M gift from the Marsha and Marty Martin Family and will name the Basketball Performance Center in their honor at a ceremony in March. (link)
+ North Dakota State’s athletic department will come out of President Cook’s budget cut proposal largely unscathed, Inforum’s Kolpack reports, noting the Bison will see roughly $200K trimmed from the school’s contribution to the department. Last year, $5.5M of the Bison’s $25.2M budget came via institutional support. Cook says of the athletic department: “To their credit, they’re incredibly entrepreneurial. Obviously their success is pretty much second to none when it comes to the space we compete in and because of that success we have great donors who care deeply. And there’s a lot of success in terms of people coming to the games so that certainly helps us in this case.” (link)
+ UCLA's athletic department posted a deficit of $28.045M during FY22, down from the record $62.5M the previous fiscal year, per the Los Angeles Times’ Bolch, who adds: “Nevertheless, it makes it a four-year shortfall of $130.845M as Bruins prepare for the Big Ten… Still weeding through the numbers, but a big boost came from ticket sales going from 0 the previous year because of COVID-19 to $17.494M in FY22. (link)
+ Ohio State brought in $251.6M in revenue during FY22, far surpassing the $106.8 the Buckeyes earned in FY21 and also eclipsing the $233.8M figure from FY20. OSU’s revenue includes $59.6M in ticket sales, of which $47M came from FB. Philanthropic support accounted for $62.9M while media rights accounted for $48.9M. Operating expenses for the Buckeyes totaled $225.7M compared to $170.5M the previous year and $2152M in FY 2020. (link)
+ Oregon State names Penn State AHC Dalby as Men’s Soccer HC. (link)
+ Fairleigh Dickinson taps Howard Cross Country/Track & Field AC Stephens to take over as HC. (link)
+ Eastern Michigan Volleyball HC Dorton has stepped down. (link)
+ Charlotte and FB HC Poggi will be the subject of a new HBO documentary titled “The Cost of Winning,” per FootballScoop’s Samuels. Details regarding when the series will air have yet to be released. (link)
+ Grambling FB HC Jackson’s revenue-sharing agreement with the university has yet to pay dividends, according to Sportico’s Libit, who notes Jackson’s deal with the Tigers calls for him to “earn 25% of any new monies he brings into the university through promotions, sponsorships or other initiatives.” Libit notes Jackson earns a base salary of $400K and “according to Grambling’s most recent NCAA revenue and expense report, Jackson received total compensation of $783,585 in 2022, inclusive of all bonuses and benefits. For that same year, the school reported earning $385,583 in football donations, an increase over the $273,987 the program reported for the pandemic-constrained year (2021) prior to Jackson taking the helm.” (link)
Western Michigan unveils the Broncos REIGN strategic plan, which outlines six strategic goals to guide WMU, including student-athlete holistic development; competitive success/championship culture; aggressive revenue generation; DEI; facilities; and community engagement. The Broncos teamed up with Collegiate Sports Associates to help develop benchmarks and gap analysis studies to compare Western Michigan to its peers in the MAC/NCHC and other aspirational Group of 5 institutions. (link)
It turns out the Uber Eats/DoorDash delivery person who interrupted last night’s Loyola Chicago-Duquesne MBB game was a kid “clearly doing a prank for Youtube/TikTok,” per Ramblers Asst. AD for Content Development and Broadcast Operations Hansen, who adds: “You can see that he is wearing a microphone, and tons of students were filming him with their phones. They didn't kick him out. He just casually walked back into the stands with his McDonalds in hand. I will personally tackle anyone else who does this. Just let the athletes play the game without worry that they are going to get hurt by a stray delivery person.” Preach. (link)
INFLCR has announced a partnership with Intuit TurboTax to provide financial education, tax tools, and other resources to INFLCR student-athletes. Through the partnership, both companies will work together to equip the nearly 90,000 student-athletes at INFLCR partner schools to maximize their brand potential & help them understand the tax and financial implications of these paid NIL opportunities. (link)
+ The WCC will celebrate the first week of February as Bill Russell Recognition Week. Student-athletes from all 20 MBB and WBB programs will wear a shirt representing Russell’s No. 6 during pregame activities for conference contests on February 2 and February 4. Additionally, a tribute video honoring Russell’s legacy will air prior to each game and the league will recognize Russell and Black History Month on its digital platforms and broadcasts. (link)
+ The Big East in partnership with Villanova will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 1. The day will feature a “female forward” broadcast as the Wildcats host Marquette. Prior to that, events include a Women’s Leadership Panel with NBC Sports CFO Dorfler, Playfly Sports Properties President Hedgpeth, WNBAPA Executive Director Jackson, and Philadelphia 76ers COO Price. (link)
+ The Iowa State NIL Store powered by Campus Ink has officially opened for business, offering custom and co-licensed merchandise sold for student-athletes. (link)
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