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Syracuse MBB HC Boeheim rarely holds back and didn’t this time when he was asked about the state of the college game: “This is an awful place we're in in college basketball. Pittsburgh bought a team. OK, fine. My [big donor] talks about it, but he doesn't give anyone any money. Nothing. Not one guy. Our guys make like $20,000. Wake Forest bought a team. Miami (FL) bought a team. ... It's like, 'Really, this is where we are?' That's really where we are, and it's only going to get worse.” Will he be back on the sidelines next season? The 78-year-old Boeheim: “I have no other plans. Listen, this has been the question of the day for 15 years. This isn't a new question. It's just the calendar going, 'Well, he's 78.' It's just the calendar. If it wasn't the calendar, if I was 65, no one would be saying anything. And I'm not going to retire just because it's the calendar. Anything can happen. Anything, literally. We'll just see what happens. I don't say anything because I don't know.” (link); Wake Forest MBB HC Forbes takes exception to Boeheim’s accusations, “He's wrong. He's one thousand percent wrong. I don't have one player on my team that got NIL to come here. That's a fact. I've NEVER had a player come here for NIL.” (link)
The Orlando Sentinel’s Bianchi wonders if UCF’s move to the Big 12 will bring the juxtaposition of heightened excitement - and donor support - by fans, but less top-end competitive results as the Knights family are used to. UCF AD Mohajir has a different view: “We’re not tiptoeing into the Big 12. We’re going in to win it — this year, next year, every single year. ... From a fan standpoint, being optimistic is always a good thing.” Also of interest, Bianchi writes that Knights FB HC Malzahn has publicly stated he’s handed off some responsibilities within his program - like play-calling duties - to spend more time raising money. (link)
Washington AD Cohen stands by MBB student-athlete Bajema, on whom the Pac-12 imposed a one-game suspension for what it perceived as a “dirty play” in the UCLA game on Thursday night, when Bajema made contact with Bruins’ MBB student-athlete Bona. Cohen: “We were surprised and are extremely disappointed with the decision to suspend Cole Bajema for our game Saturday at USC. Cole has demonstrated character and sportsmanship during his three years competing in the Pac-12. We stand in support of Cole and look forward to him returning to the court next week.” (link)
Arizona State sports historian Jackson pens a guest column for Sportico in which she contends the NCAA should “go bigger” if it wants Congress to take action. “Become a leader in the redesign of Olympic sport and American sport in the United States. … Embrace what you never have been, but could be: A federated sport-by-sport organization working alongside the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and each sport’s national governing body to better serve athletes and bring coherence and consistency to each sport.” Jackson acknowledges there are risks associated with such a pivot, including the potential for the NCAA to cease existing in its current form,” but argues that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as sport-specific NGBs could oversee their respective sports at the collegiate level. Meanwhile, “pursuing an antitrust exemption to obtain a national standard for NIL and ensure athletes are not classified as employees reveals that the ‘transformation’ you seek is no transformation at all.” More. (link)
Kansas State football recently moved into the new $32.5M Shamrock Practice Facility and held the official ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday. Big 12 Commissioner Yormark was in attendance for the event, which was open to the public. The new building allows for players to walk there from the locker room, has an improved artificial turf and a separate outdoor practice field. Plenty of photos in the first link and the second link is a video tour of the new digs. (link, link)
Yesterday’s crowd of 14K+ at Madison Square Garden for Rutgers-Michigan State MBB was decidedly Scarlet Knights bent in another sign of the program’s growth under HC Pikiell. RU President Holloway: “A sports program, if you’re doing it right, can be an amazing thing for the community. This puts our name out there.” Scarlet Knights AD Hobbs on the recent contract extension for Pikiell: “We want Steve to know Rutgers is the place we want him to be.” (link)
Queens Charlotte AD Swarthout discusses several topics with The Charlotte Observer, including what it’s like to be a DI AD, about which she says: “College athletics is a lifestyle. It’s not a job, it is a lifestyle. So the ability to integrate yourself into the campus and the campus community, and everything that you do in the department, and your family, I think is really pivotal. Because, it’s a 24/7 job, to be honest with you. I get calls early in the morning, sometimes, in the middle of the night, sometimes late at night, every day of the week. … But you will never find a more powerful profession when you are surrounded by people who constantly want to get better every single day.” Swarthout also offers advice for girls and women seeking careers in sports. “The first thing is to open as many doors as you can, and walk through those doors. Find mentors that are going to help open those doors and lift you up. … You’re gonna have setbacks, but keep going forward. And if you have a goal, go get it. Go get it and find other people who are going to help support that goal ... that mission and that vision that you’ve set out for yourself.” (link)
Now live on Connect: D1.ticker/Connect’s Eargle is joined by Ivy League Deputy Executive Director Campbell-McGovern, Columbia FB HC Bagnoli and Penn FB student-athlete Malcome about the Ivy League’s recent all-star FB game in Tokyo. The trio talk about the process behind partnering with Japan’s National Football Association (NFA) for the game, how the Ivy team was selected, the experiences the student-athletes participated in, the level of talent in Japan and whether future contests are in the works. (link)
East Carolina AD Gilbert tells the Board of Trustees at the February meeting that the Pirates sold 15,835 tickets for the 2022 football season, while baseball season tickets have sold out for the second year in a row. (link)
Denver Senior Assoc. AD for External Operations and Service Field talks about what it’s like to work in a male-dominated industry, telling the DU Clarion that “males are very strong voices, but I think us as women can have just as strong voices with reasoning to back it up and I think that’s where we win the day sometimes. I also think men and women just out of nature think differently and at times you need both at the table to make a decision and so it’s important to have those different perspectives.” Field also says of the differences between working with men and women: “I would say men are less sensitive than women. I know it’s not a surprise, but I would say it’s all about your approach. These things don’t come right away, and you need to be in it for a while. I have had to learn what to let go and what to not let go.” More. (link)
Forbes’ Nietzel reports that 11 of the top 20 colleges in America, as ranked by Forbes, will be led by a woman or person of color by next fall, “marking a milestone in the demographics of the presidencies at the nation’s most highly esteemed institutions. The new leadership profile has emerged following a spate of presidential resignations, retirements and replacements at prestigious universities during the past 18 months. … One indication of the magnitude of this leadership change is that six of the eight Ivy League institutions, all of which made Forbes’s top 20, will be led by a woman.” While progress is being made, Nietzel says just 22% of the 130 Carnegie R1 institutions had a woman in the top position of president, chancellor or system head in 2022, “despite the fact that women have been earning the majority of Ph.D.s in the U.S. for about a decade. … The gap is much wider for women of color, where only 5% of the institutions had a woman of color in the top executive position, despite the fact that about one in five Ph.D. earners is a woman of color.” (link)
+ SBJ reports that Adidas Global Head of Marketing Free "has left her role." No word from either side on the move and it is unknown who will replace her. (link)
+ Check out the new ‘This Is SportsCenter’ spot which debuted during last night’s Duke vs. North Carolina MBB game. Longtime ESPN announcer Storm and USA Track & Field Olympic Gold Medalist/former Kentucky student-athlete McLaughlin are featured. (link)
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Clemson MBB sits at 18-5 (10-2) & in first place of the ACC going into today’s tip with Miami (FL), yet the Tigers’ NET is 65 as of this morning (note: Clemson is 45 in KPI, 57 in Sagarin). Tigers AD Neff: “I know a lot of the national hoops writers bring that up like, ‘Gosh, well, this doesn’t make sense’ or ‘You had this win, but you drop.’ I think we’re a test case of it, but we’re not the only one, so I think the national narrative of the NET, what’s the use and how does it work, I think it’s certainly gotten more awareness this year. [...] All the metrics that come in, (the NET) is one of those. Whether it needs revamping or not, so long as it’s just one of them and not the one, I think that’s kind of where it sits. That’s my lens on recognizing the evaluation of it, maybe not the equation of it.” (link)
Connect/MB Sports’ Banker caught up with Big West Commissioner Butterly at the NCAA Convention to discuss the league's upcoming championship additions, his tenure so far, big changes to DI, student-athlete governance, NIL and more. Butterly believes that if the NIL recommendations submitted by the NIL subcommittee had been put in place, the industry might’ve sidestepped some of its current NIL problems. “Then the decision came out, those guardrails weren’t in place, and it was really a mode of, ‘Okay, come get me. I’m going to do this deal, and come get me because you don’t have any rules relative to that.” Butterly also says governmental imposition is becoming a more important proposition and notes the Big West may begin inviting government officials to games to give them a sense of what DI competition looks like in the conference as compared to Power 5 leagues. “We’re not high-resourced because we don’t have the FBS football so I think educating our government and our leaders on that side…is a lot different than what Division I athletics looks like in the Pac-12.” The Q&A can be seen in its entirety on Connect. (link)
Extra Points’ Brown sat down with Grand Canyon AD Boggs at the NCAA Convention to discuss how GCU is giving student-athletes a voice, equity concerns related to expanding the MBB and WBB tournaments, and whether other sports should consider expanding their postseason championship fields. On that last item, Boggs notes that even with expanded postseason fields, the realities of non-conference scheduling for some non-revenue programs would still exist due to geographic constraints: “Everyone wants to get their RPI up and not be stuck having to win the conference championship, but you have to be able to provide the resources and the support for them to be able to schedule in way that’s a championship-caliber program.” Full conversation now live on Connect. (link)
Eastern Illinois MBB student-athlete Hodges will be disciplined “internally” after he tried to hit a fan on Thursday night in the first half of the Panther’s loss at Lindenwood. ESPN’s Medcalf reports: “Hodges walked up to a fan sitting in the front row at Hyland Arena and swung at his face. The fan and another man sitting next to him immediately pointed to a ref who stopped the game. Hodges was hit with a technical foul, but he was allowed to remain in the game. It's unclear from video of the incident what led up to it or if Hodges actually made contact with the fan.” EIU AD Michael’s statement, in part: “As an athletic department, Eastern Illinois prides itself on good sportsmanship. We do not condone this type of behavior by our men's basketball team or any of our 500 student-athletes. The issue has been addressed with both the player involved for EIU as well as the Ohio Valley Conference with any disciplinary action to be handled internally.” (link)
+ CollegeAD has Oral Roberts AD Johnson adding a new CFO in former Tulsa Director of Accounting & Risk Management Ginther, who spent the last two years in the private sector. Ginther’s LinkedIn profile indicates in December he accepted the position of Senior Assoc. AD/CFO for the Golden Eagles. (link)
+ Additional talent moves at Oklahoma, UMass Lowell, The Citadel & UTEP can be found on The Wire on Collegiate Sports Connect. (link)
Alabama finished $18.5M in the black after a record year in revenue in Tuscaloosa of $214.4M, roughly $130.9M of which came from football. Revenue jumped $34M from FY21, fueled by nearly $37M in ticket revenue increase, a $17.5M uptick in donations and a $2.9M increase in media rights. Guarantee games (up $4.6M), recruiting (up $3.2M), game expenses (up $4.4M) and support staff compensation (up $2.9M) were some of the largest increases that led to a total spend of $195.88M for FY22. (link)
Houston Senior Assoc. AD for Development/Chief Development Officer Gladchuk talks with D1.ticker/Connect’s Eargle about the Cougars’ preparations for the Big 12 from a development perspective via the Houston Rise Campaign, leveraging the excitement of joining the Power 5, and the perspective of Cougar fans that is driving Houston forward. Gladchuk explains the campaign has two main objectives, “foremost is the expansion of the membership base. Donor acquisition, expanding and diversifying our donor base is a critical component of the campaign. We want to move into the Big 12 in the top tier relative to the number of members and the number of unrestricted dollars that come through the door here. That’s our initial challenge, getting out and engaging with this community…being clever and intelligent with communication, tactical and targeted, how we communicate the different forms that we use, whether that’s digitally or, as development has traditionally been, face to face. Those types of opportunities are paramount right now.” Gladchuk also notes the FB operations center is among the capital projects the campaign seeks to support. “We’re one of the only Power 5 institutions in the country without a standalone, dedicated football-only facility, so that’s something we’re going to change through the campaign. We’re about halfway to our goal.” The full Q&A is now available on Connect. (link)
A 24-second shot clock could be on its way to MBB, according to TCU HC Dixon, who tells ESPN’s Gasaway: “I think it’s coming. I’ve been saying that for years.” Gasaway subsequently points out the argument against the shortened shot clock in college hoops – namely, that it works in the NBA because it is full of the best players in the world – is losing its steam. “In 2023, it's no longer just LeBron James or Giannis Antetokounmpo who thrive with the shorter clock. So do teenagers in Serbia, Canada, Senegal, Argentina, Australia and throughout the world -- except in the United States. Dixon, who led Team USA to a gold medal in the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in 2021, says the players adjusted to the international shot clock seamlessly. Dixon also notes the Horned Frogs practice with a 24-second shot clock in the summer and fall. “You just adjust in little ways. Rather than walk it up, you're bringing it up quicker, taking out the weave thing or whatever. … You have to get into your sets quicker, be on the attack constantly.” (link)
The Illinois students that make up the Orange Krush have issued an apology for the attempted Iowa road trip incident, which reads in part: “The students of the Orange Krush are among the most passionate fans in the country. But in planning the Orange Krush road trip, we misrepresented ourselves as another active charitable organization, which exercised poor judgment. This was our mistake and for that we are truly sorry. We also should have never placed blame on the Iowa ticket office and Director of Athletics Gary Barta or called them out for canceling the tickets. Protection of their home court is, and should be, their priority. … The Orange Krush road trip prank has become a tradition that students and Illini fans look forward to every year. It is our goal to continue the annual road trip in a manner that stays true to the spirit of fun competition Illinois fans expect.” (link)
“America’s bosses are starting to feel bossy again,” according to the Wall Street Journal’s Cutter and Francis, who observe that “CEOs are reasserting their authority now that workers are starting to worry about job security amid rising layoffs.” Jones Lang LaSalle CEO Ulbrich: “This whole concept of working from anywhere went too far. I’m all into flexibility and all supportive that work and life has to find a flexible kind of partnership…but that doesn’t translate into, ‘Mondays and Fridays, I always work from home.’ I think the recent trends, the layoffs, will help to bring a little bit of balance into that.” Cutter and Francis note, however, that some are still pushing back against their bosses. Alphabet Workers Union, for instance, took exception with Google CEO Pichai’s rationale for the company’s recent layoffs, arguing that “the ‘economy’ is not why 12,000 of our coworkers lost their jobs,” citing the company’s billions of dollars in profit during the last quarter and adding: “Google execs chose stock buybacks over their workers.” (link)
+ The NCAA has unveiled the 2024 WBB Final Four logo. Check it out.. (link)
+ The California Interscholastic Federation approved a plan yesterday to make flag football a girls’ high school sport for the upcoming 2023-24 year. (link)
+ South Carolina has suspended three freshmen FB student-athletes in Rhames II, Rose and Upshaw, though no reason was provided by Gamecocks HC Beamer beyond “Our student-athletes know what is expected of them. They know that both the University and the football program will hold them accountable for their actions and decisions.” Richland County, S.C. jail records show Rhames II was charged last Friday with carrying weapons on school property and obstructing justice. (link)
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