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Former Buffalo/Auburn AD/current Ole Miss Senior Deputy AD for External Relations & Business Development Greene will earn $400K annually in Oxford, per CollegeAD, which also reports Greene is an at-will employee and can be let go at any time without cause. The Rebels will also pay Greene a relocation stipend. (link)
Portland State announces former Deputy AD Billings will return to the role. Billings recently served as AD at Eastern New Mexico (DII). (link)
The Athletic’s Fortuna seeks to add some context to the situation at Michigan, with one industry insider telling him: “It’s fascinating. If I told you a head coach was under NCAA investigation and had one of his coordinators on leave, and a few years ago was on the hot seat, you’d think he’d be jumping to sign an extension, especially with the Michigan Man persona as a backdrop. Yet here we are with a president looking for a [PR] win at the expense of his AD.” Fortuna adds: “Michigan, as an institution, should be above this, even if everyone knows that Harbaugh marches to the beat of his own drum. … But this noise only takes away from the fact that Michigan should be really, really good next season. Yes, the Wolverines will regret that TCU performance for a while. But they have cleaned up in the transfer portal — netting a top-10 transfer class, per 247Sports — and they have turned into an unintentional champion of NIL.” (link)
D1.ticker/Connect’s Garcia Cichosz is joined by Teamworks VP of Business Development Barefoot at the NCAA Convention to discuss the company’s recent acquisitions of Smartabase, Retain, NextPlay and Grafted, whether the companies’ founders will remain involved, how Teamworks will integrate the new technologies, the logistical challenges of onboarding the companies, what Teamworks has lined up for the future, and more. Check out the full conversation only on Connect. (link)
Fresh off his first national championship, South Dakota State FB HC Stiegelmeier announces his retirement after 26 seasons at the helm. He will be succeeded by Jackrabbits DC Rogers, who will be introduced at a press conference today. (link)
Inforum’s McFeely reports North Dakota State’s recently signed agreement to travel to Nashville and take on Tennessee State in FB in 2025 provides three immediate and tangible benefits: a “getaway for fans, recruiting fodder for coaches and — perhaps most important — revenue for the athletic department.” Including last fall’s matchup with Arizona, the trip to Nashville provides three straight seasons that include a “destination” game for fans, with the others being a 2023 matchup with Eastern Washington at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis and a 2024 tilt at Colorado in Boulder. For the trip to Minneapolis, NDSU will be paid a guarantee of $350K by U.S. Bank Stadium and could make as much as $600K based on ticket sales. Meanwhile, Colorado will pay the Bison $700K for the trip to Folsom Field, and Arizona paid the department $425K for coming to Tucson. (link)
Colorado has discontinued a program through which CU received a $30 referral bonus every time someone signed up on PointsBet with CU’s promo code and placed a bet. (link)
Extra Points’ Brown examines the burden legalized betting – and specifically the way harmful social media behavior impacts student-athletes because of it – is placing on athletic departments, noting: “Ask most ADs right now, from DI to DIII, and they'll probably tell you there are two departments that are hardest to staff at the moment...athletic trainers, and communications professionals. Being an SID is hard, sometimes thankless work, and often doesn't pay particularly well. If you work at a place like Hofstra, and you're running the social accounts, you probably don't experience a ton of social interaction during most games. A sudden spike in negative responses could be especially difficult to manage (not to mention psychologically draining) for a smaller department that doesn't have the experience or infrastructure to deal with it.” More. (link)
Jacksonville State extends its contract with Peak Sports MGMT to oversee its multimedia rights and corporate partnerships. (link)
Oral Roberts’ $15M, 50K-sq-ft Mike Carter Athletic Center is nearing completion and will be dedicated during an April 19 ceremony. (link)
On3’s Crabtree asserts it is “simply outlandish” the recruitment saga of Florida QB commit got as far as it did given the dollar amount ($13.85M) being reported. An ACC AC tells Crabtree the deal was “the dumbest sh*t I’ve ever heard. I’m all for NIL and players getting rewarded. But come on, no player, let alone an unproven high school quarterback – even if he is a four-star and a top-10 guy at his position – is worth that much. He’s not won a single college football game.” Crabtree, in fact, notes that per On3’s reporting, the “NIL market for top-ranked quarterbacks is upwards of $750K annually. Yes, a select few On3 Consensus five-star quarterbacks can push for NIL deals into the $1 to $3 million annual range. But even those instances are extremely rare.” One Pac-12 collective operator calls the ordeal a wake-up call for the industry. “If you thought we were doing our homework before, this changes everything. We’re going to have to go above and beyond from a legal and due diligence process to ensure that we don’t ever get into a situation like this.” (link)
Incoming Netflix Co-CEO Peters says during the company’s earnings call that “there’s no big strategy shifts or big culture shifts” associated with the leadership transition, which suggests live sports are not in the streamer’s immediate future. (link)
Twitter has officially banned third-party clients after updating its rules to state that Twitter’s API or content cannot be used to “create or attempt to create a substitute or similar service or product to the Twitter Applications.” Iconfactory Principal Hockenberry is among the several third-party clients voicing their displeasure with the development: “There was no advance notice for its creators, customers just got a weird error, and no one is explaining what’s going on. We had no chance to thank customers who have been with us for over a decade. Instead, it’s just another scene in their ongoing sh*t show.” (link)
+ Saturday’s Northwestern-Wisconsin MBB game will not be played as the Wildcats continue to contend with COVID. (link)
+ Iona WBB broke an NCAA record by making 15 consecutive three-pointers during the Gaels’ matchup with Rider, topping NC State’s previous record of 13 set in 2020. Iona also set an NCAA record for three-point field goal percentage, knocking down 16-18 (88.9%). (link)
Yesterday's Evening Standard...
California Assemblyman Holden (D-41) introduced the College Athlete Protection Act, which would require the state’s colleges and universities to share a percentage of revenue with athletes participating in FB, MBB and WBB. Sports Illustrated’s Dellenger reports that payment amounts would be based on how much revenue the programs earn each year. The bill also, per Dellenger, “tethers a portion of an athlete’s pay to graduation; does not consider athletes employees of their universities; requires schools to provide medical care and scholarships for athletes after their eligibility; and, in a severe penalty, calls for the suspension of athletic directors for at least three years if they cut roster spots, reduce scholarship amounts or discontinue sports programs. … According to the bill, athletes are capped at $25K a year in payments, but any excess money—it could be hundreds of thousands—would be placed into a trust so players can earn the funds upon completion of their degree. From the time they are college eligible, they’d have six years to graduate or forfeit the funds.” Lots more. (link)
Pac-12 Commissioner Kliavkoff tells The Mercury News’ Wilner the decision to relocate the Pac-12 Networks’ studio from San Francisco to San Ramon “will result in millions of dollars in additional money that will be distributed to our members on an annual basis. Additionally, the new production facility will allow us to continue to produce live events and additional programming at a world-class level.” While the league has not disclosed the terms of its new lease, Wilner does some back-of-the-napkin math: “The Pac-12’s most recent financial disclosures, for the 2021 fiscal year, show an occupancy expense of approximately $7M for the San Francisco office. The cost of the San Ramon facility isn’t publicly known, but a random search for Bishop Ranch commercial property on the website PropertyShark.com shows office space available for $3.65 per square foot per month. The Pac-12 has leased 42,000 square feet. … That works out to $1.8M annually in rent, an approximate savings for the conference of $5.2M (excluding the one-time costs associated with the move). The duration of the lease is not known. But if, for example, the Pac-12 plans to sign a five-year media rights deal and the agreement with Bishop Ranch tracks with that timeframe, the difference…potentially could reach $25M over the contract cycle.” (link)
Yahoo is reporting that a negotiated resolution between Michigan and the NCAA broke down this week after the NCAA demanded that Wolverines FB HC Harbaugh admit he lied to investigators. According to Yahoo, Harbaugh has acknowledged that four Level II violations occurred and apologized but refuses to “sign any document or publicly state that he was ever untruthful with enforcement staff.” Harbaugh reportedly contends that he didn't recall certain events when speaking with investigators, but insists he never intentionally misled NCAA investigators. ESPN’s Thamel confirms Yahoo’s reporting and notes: “This means Michigan faces the belabored proceedings of an NCAA case, with the specter of Harbaugh's expected multigame suspension likely looming over the start of the 2024 season. There's little chance that NCAA enforcement can execute the case prior to the start of the 2023 season.” (link, link)
Per CBS’ Dodd: “Should an early exit by Texas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 be agreed upon, the negotiated financial penalties associated with those departures would be utilized to aid the conference's expansion. Those monies would help make whole the eight legacy Big 12 programs whose media rights payouts are being diluted to help fund the arrival of the league's four newest members.” Former Commissioner Bowlsby tells Dodd: "That money [for the four new schools] has to come from some place so the other members have to take a dilution as a result of it. That's the only place to go get the money, but in the end, whatever the conference gets out of OU and Texas in exit fees and makes on the grant of rights will likely go to reimburse the schools. It likely will balance itself out pretty well." (link)
The Athletic’s Olson breaks down the movement from this year’s FB transfer portal window: “More than 1,500 FBS scholarship players have entered the transfer portal during the 2022-23 cycle, which started on Aug. 1. When you take out the players who withdrew from the portal or opted to go pro, the current total is 1,496. The number of players who have picked their next school will soon surpass 1,000. As of Wednesday night, 64% of all FBS scholarship players in the portal have made commitments, including 72% of the Power 5 transfers. We’ve seen a grand total of 1,285 FBS scholarship players enter the transfer portal during the 45-day window. One detail about that group that stands out: Just over 25% of them were graduate transfers. That’s an awful lot of underclassmen and players who don’t have their degree looking to switch schools.” On this date last year, there were just over 1,200 FBS scholarship transfers. So far, Olson notes 812 scholarship players at Power 5 programs have entered and stayed in the transfer portal with 583 of those having committed or enrolled at their new schools. Of those, 39% landed at other P5s, 26% in the Group of 5 and 7% in FCS. Among G5 transfers, 20% went to P5 schools, 15% went to other G5s, 17% went to FCS and 3% landed in the junior college, DII or DIII ranks. More. (link)
Notre Dame MBB HC Brey announces he will step away from the program at the end of the season. Fighting Irish AD Swarbrick: “Mike and I have talked often in recent years about a future transition in the program’s leadership and during our most recent conversation we reached the mutual conclusion that the end of this season represented the right time. That Mike is the winningest coach in the 119-year history of Notre Dame men’s basketball speaks to his skill as a teacher of the game. His even greater legacy, however, lies in his achievements as an educator and mentor of the young men who played for him. In that sense, he represents this University as well as any coach I have worked with during my time at Notre Dame. And for that reason, I look forward to working with Mike to define his future role within Notre Dame Athletics.” (link)
Coaches Wire, continued…
+ Texas A&M-Commerce names McNeese AC Morales as Volleyball HC. (link)
+ Saint Joseph’s Women’s Tennis HC Crookenden will retire at the end of this season after 15 years with the Hawks. (link)
+ Houston inks Volleyball HC Rehr to an extension through the 2026 season. (link)
+ Auburn makes it official, naming Mississippi State Executive Senior Assoc. AD for External Affairs Hobart as Deputy AD for External Affairs. (link)
+ UTSA names SMU FB Head Athletic Trainer Moss as Assoc. AD for Sports Medicine. (link)
+ Temple AD Johnson has been named to the LEAD1 Board of Directors, joining new members Texas A&M AD Bjork, Kansas State AD Taylor and Central Michigan AD Folan. (link)
Deals, Deals, Deals…
+ The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) has partnered with RealResponse to launch an expanded reporting service to receive reports of both doping and competition manipulation from the sport community. CCES CEO Melia: “The new hotline provides stakeholders with common, easy-to-use methods to share information anonymously, thanks to RealResponse. We’re grateful to everyone who is willing to stand up for clean, fair, and safe sport.” (link)
+ Arizona State and Altius Sports Partners have expanded their partnership to include a full-time, on-campus NIL General Manager “to ensure Sun Devil athletes have the education, tools and resources to capitalize on their opportunities and navigate the NIL space.” (link)
+ Fairfield inks a partnership with YOKE to empower student-athletes to maximize their NIL potential. (link)
+ Boise State is making progress on the construction of its new 6K-sq-ft video boards at Albertsons Stadium. Construction of all support structures will be finished in the next 7-10 days, and the rest of the installation is roughly a six-week process, per Broncos Senior Assoc. AD for Strategic Planning and Capital Projects Carney, who notes it will be mid- to late March before the new board is turned on, allowing calibration and testing to begin. (link)
+ Sodexo is investing $7M in the development of a new dining club at West Virginia’s Coliseum, providing a new dining option for student-athletes and donors. The design process for the Coliseum Apron Club, as it will be called, will begin this month with construction starting in March and lasting until October. (link)
+ Siena has installed NEVCO video boards and LED sideline tables at the UHY Center. (link)
+ LAFC has signed the largest naming rights agreement in MLS history for a soccer-specific stadium, per Sportico, which reports: “At roughly $10M per year, BMO Financial has signed a 10-year partnership worth ~$100M total. LAFC is the league’s most valuable club, at $900 million, per Sportico’s annual valuations. As MLS valuations soar, so too do commercial deals like naming rights, which are often a team’s most valuable sponsorship asset.” (link)
Any guesses on the average recruiting star rating of the 11 offensive players on this year’s NFLPA All-Pro Team? If you had 2.0, keep your hand up, and pay no attention to the man strapping you to a polygraph machine. According to The Athletic’s Feldman, none of the 11 players had a five-star rating while just one had a four-star rating. Meanwhile: “Of the 11 defensive players on the All-Pro team, seven had been five-star recruits and two more were four-stars prospects. The other two were three-star players, making the average 4.5.” Former NFL scout Jeremiah: “My theory: You can disguise a good player on offense and also uplift and over-evaluate a player with an unbelievable supporting cast. With defensive guys, it’s more, ‘Did you beat the guy in front of you?’ And when it comes to D-linemen, there’s only so many of those guys. It’s like with cornerbacks: There are physical requirements for those positions. You can play with a 4.6 wide receiver. You can’t play with a 4.6 cornerback.” More from Feldman. (link)
+ Netflix Co-Founder/CEO Hastings will shed his CEO title and become the company’s executive chairman. COO/Chief Product Officer Peters will succeed Hastings, joining Co-CEO Sarandos in the role. Hastings: “In the last two and a half years, I’ve increasingly delegated the management of Netflix to them. The board and I believe it’s right time to complete my succession. … I’ll be helping Greg and Ted, and, like any good chairman, be a bridge from the board to our co-CEOs. I’ll also be spending more time on philanthropy, and remain very focused on Netflix stock doing well.” Sarandos adds: “Since Reed started to delegate management to us, Greg and I have built a strong operating model based on our shared values and like-minded approach to growth.” (link)
+ Meanwhile, streaming accounted for 38.1% of all TV viewing in December, with cable coming in at 30.9% and broadcast at 24.7%, per Nielsen. YouTube, including YouTube TV, accounted for 8.7% of all streaming viewership, followed by Netflix (7.5%), Hulu (3.4%), Amazon Prime (2.7%) Disney Plus (1.9%), HBOMax (1.4%) and Peacock (1%). (link)
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