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Ball State selects Southern Miss Deputy AD Mitchell as the Cardinals’ next AD. BSU Chief Strategy Officer Alexander, who chaired the search committee: “Throughout the hiring process, Jeff displayed a genuine sense of passion and creativity that will be an asset to our athletics department—and to our University. Jeff’s emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and community engagement aligns with our University’s values and will serve him well in this role.” (link)
Oklahoma and Texas’ conversations with the Big 12 to leave the conference early and join the SEC in 2024 have stalled, and the early exit is unlikely to happen, according to ESPN’s Thamel, who reports: “Texas and Oklahoma will join the SEC in 2025, as parties couldn’t come to terms amid a complex negotiation between two schools (OU/Texas), two networks (ESPN/FOX) and the Big 12.” (link); However, Sports Illustrated’s Dellenger adds this from a Big 12 source: “Everybody, conceptually, is pretty close to a deal. The hangup is Fox wants some inventory. If they get that figured out, they’re on the one-yard line. Generally speaking, everybody wants it to happen.” (link)
Mountain West Commissioner Nevarez’s top priority is conference membership and realignment, followed by overall brand elevation, The Athletic’s Vannini reports. Nevarez: “You have to keep relationships warm, keep your ear to the ground to assess what’s rumor and what might have legs. I don’t know if you can prevent being totally caught off-guard, but even a day or 48 hours heads up, you’re better off. Concurrently, plan for losing school A, B or C. Have contingencies ready, schools that could potentially join. That’s all you can do at this point. What I like about the Mountain West, despite being an original disrupter, they’ve had stability.” The elephant in the room, of course, is San Diego State, which has long been rumored to be a target for Pac-12 expansion, and Aztecs AD Wicker tells Vannini: “If an opportunity comes to anyone to elevate, no one is going to say no. We’ll continue to be the best San Diego State we can be and see where that leads up. We’ll work with Gloria and the Mountain West to make sure we’re being the best partner to everyone we can be.” (link)
+ Despite a vote of no confidence from the university’s Faculty Senate, Jackson State President Hudson gets an endorsement from the Tigers’ athletics division: “His leadership has been paramount to our return to standing as one of the country's premier NCAA FCS sports programs.” (link)
+ Wake Forest/LEARFIELD brings in Tulane Sports Properties GM Shepherd to serve as its next GM of Wake Forest Sports Properties. (link)
+ Alabama inks Women’s Soccer HC Hart to an extension through 2027 that will pay him a base salary of $235K. (link)
Recently dismissed Cal Women’s Swimming HC McKeever plans to file a lawsuit against the university: “I deny and unequivocally refute all conclusions that I abused or bullied any athlete and deny any suggestion I discriminated against any athlete on the basis of race, disability or sexual orientation.” McKeever’s attorney adds: “If you are a good coach who holds your athletes accountable, you are next.” (link)
The ACC has released a statement indicating there was “no evidence found to support the claim” made by Duke WBB HC Lawson that the first half of the Blue Devils’ game against Florida State was played with a men’s ball. “Per NCAA playing rules, there is no appeal or protest process. … The conference office considers this matter to be closed and will have no further comment.” (link)
The DI Men’s Ice Hockey Committee voted this week to remove Stonehill’s contests from the RPI formula “because of its reclassifying status and its low number of qualifying games,” per USCHO. The Skyhawks have played one DI opponent and have four DI contests left on the schedule – facing off against LIU and Lindenwood twice each. (link)
Extra Points’ Brown visits Chicago State to talk about their plans to launch a FB program, noting that while the Cougars would obviously love to be competitive in the sport, the “biggest reasons for exploring football are about growing enrollment, capturing more media and branding attention in Chicagoland, and finding a stable, long-term conference home for all Chicago State sports. Outside of tennis (which competes in the Horizon), all of Chicago State's teams currently operate as independents.” Cougars AD Carroll tells Brown she doesn’t believe that model is sustainable long-term. Carroll also points out the Cougars have some built-in advantages: there’s no rush to build a stadium (SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview as well as several large high schools that could be converted to FCS-caliber facilities are options), CSU is located near Midway airport, and the institution used to be much larger, meaning student-athlete housing shouldn’t be a problem. (link)
The Clemson Board of Trustees granted Phase I approval on a plan for a new performance and wellness center for Clemson’s student-athletes, as well as upgrades to the existing volleyball facilities and renovation to the Jervey Athletic Center. The renovations would also provide an upgrade for the track and field and cross country program for their day-to-day operations. The new 50K-sq-ft facility would serve as home to the Tigers’ sports medicine, strength and conditioning, nutrition and applied science departments. (link)
MTSU launched the Sapphire Circle, the “exclusive major giving society” of the Blue Raider Athletic Association that includes gifts of $25K or more and includes access to VIP experiences such as naming rights opportunities. The Sapphire Circle features 72 Charter Members and the immediate priority of the society is to support the $100M Build Blue Campaign. (link)
San José State extends its partnership with The Aspire Group through January 2029. In the six years the two have been partnered, Aspire has “driven $1.8M in new ticket revenue and $500K in donations to SJSU Athletics.” (link)
Ohio State received a $48M internal loan from the university to cover its $63.6M budget deficit during FY21. The 30-year loan includes a 2.5% interest rate, with annual repayments totaling approximately $1.9M. (link)
At $138M, Rutgers outspent several Big Ten schools in FY22, including Indiana, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Purdue and Maryland; however, NorthJersey.com’s Rimbach and Koloff report the Scarlet Knights’ $53M shortfall was the largest among the conference’s public schools. Rimbach and Koloff also note Rutgers was one of four public universities in the conference that funneled student fees to its athletic program, and the $12.8M in fees was the most of those four. Overall athletic spending in FY22 was up $24M from FY20, with coaching salaries increasing over that time by nearly $9M. Team travel was up nearly $3M and meals for student-athletes increased nearly 64% to $2M – only Ohio State spent more for athletes’ meals at home. (link)
Down in Tallahassee, Florida State ended up $10.364M in the black for FY22 with $161.1M in revenues, the most the Seminoles had banked since 2017-18. Highlights: “Ticket sales increased 294% as home venues reopened to total capacity after being limited during the pandemic. Revenue went from $4.7 million in 2021 to $18.7 million in 2022. [...] Football generated 48% of the department’s revenue, or $77.8 million, with $15.1 million coming from ticket sales which is five times larger than the previous year ($3.5 million) when safety protocols and social distancing forced the university to limit stadium capacity to 20%. Donor contributions were reported at $41.7 million, a 13% increase from 2020 when the department reported $36.7 million in contributions.” FSU also received $13.6M in direct institutional support. (link)
Cincinnati enjoyed a bump in athletic department revenues after its 2021 College Football Playoff appearance, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Watkins, with a 34% increase in operating revenue to $83.3M for FY22 setting “what appears to be an all-time high.” Football ticket sales set a record while UC reported a record year of fundraising and the Bearcats received an additional $4M from CFP money distributed through the AAC and sold $2M worth of tickets to the Cotton Bowl. (link)
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