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The 1.Question Podcast is designed to highlight executive leaders in college athletics and features interviews with athletic administrators from around the country. 1.Question is hosted by @TaiMBrown, Matt Roberts, and Jacob Gill. Subscribe here: 1quest.co/itun
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The 1.Question Podcast is designed to highlight executive leaders in college athletics and features interviews with athletic administrators from around the country. 1.Question is hosted by @TaiMBrown, Matt Roberts, and Jacob Gill.

Sep 7, 2017

In Part II of Monmouth Athletic Director Marilyn McNeil's 1.Q, the Hawks' boss dives into if athletic directors can be too involved off their own campuses with added leadership roles. McNeil reflects on a number of high-profile opportunities she took on (NCAA, NACWAA, FCS) with the ancillary benefit of raising the profile of the university. However, she knew when it was time to pull back & spend more time back on campus. In closing, McNeil compares and contrasts FCS leadership with those from the 'Power 5.'

Sep 6, 2017

Monmouth Athletic Director Marilyn McNeil talks head coach communication and if her style changes with coaches who are having significant competitive success versus others who may not be winning as regularly. McNeil also expounds on the organic and supportive nature of all her head coaches with each other, including day-to-day examples of how Hawks coaches interact and how such a culture can be built.

Aug 29, 2017

Sean Frazier, Athletic Director at Northern Illinois University, sits down with 1.Q contributing host Tai Brown at the 2017 NACDA Convention. Frazier discusses his early beginnings as a football coach and how/why he made the transition to administration. Frazier also touches on his time working for Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez.

Aug 24, 2017

Scott Corley, Director of Athletics at Belmont University, reflects on his first year at Belmont and how his corporate lending background and overall involvement with the institution helped land him the job.

Aug 23, 2017

Contributing 1.Q host Tai Brown visited with Dan Satter, Deputy Director of Athletics at Boston University, during the 2017 NACDA Convention. Satter discusses the transition of working for a multimedia rights holder as an Assistant GM, to working with them as an employee of an athletics department. He also compares working at a hockey powerhouse that doesn't have football with his previous role at an FBS institution.

Aug 18, 2017

We hear more from the San Jose Mercury News' Jon Wilner in this episode, specifically regarding his personal shift from the College Hotline to the Pac-12 Hotline, and his thoughts on changes in the media marketplace. Wilner notes the depth of coverage he intends to push for the entire league, what mediums he'll leverage, possible storylines,and why/how the Hotline may be the first effort of its kind.

Aug 17, 2017

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News was scheduled to discuss his new effort, the Pac-12 Hotline, with D1.ticker. Then, news broke that Cal AD Michael Williams would not seek a new contract in Berkeley. So, the conversation shifted to the leadership dynamics surrounding the Golden Bears. Wilner noted the institution's history of taking its time on administrative hires, discussed the continued financial challenges for athletics, and speculated on how the search process may wait until new Chancellor Carol Christ decides how to approach the Bears' fiscal hurdles.

Aug 16, 2017


Contributing host Tai Brown visits with Michael Alford, Central Michigan's new AD. Alford discusses the similarities of different areas in revenue generation including sponsorship and development. He also touches on how his time working for "sports heavyweights" led to his current role.

Aug 15, 2017

Contributing host Tai Brown visits with Samford University AD Martin Newton about improving on the success of his predecessor, shuffling offices to identify team players, and using his marketing background to tell the Bulldogs' story. Says Newton, "Things that get measured get done!" 

Aug 9, 2017

Contributing host Tai Brown visits with Arizona State Athletic Director Ray Anderson on his unique professional experiences prior to leading the Sun Devils. The pair also discuss the value of Anderson's NFL background for current football student-athletes in Tempe, hires Anderson made from outside college athletics, why adding sports to his overall portfolio is a priority, and more. 

Aug 8, 2017

How many sitting ADs can you name who have served as an Interim AD three different times before sitting in the chair permanently? Jacksonville State University's athletic director Greg Seitz fits the bill and joins 1.Q to discuss how his interim experiences helped him realize he could head an entire department. Seitz also notes the numerous senior staffers who have helped lead the Gamecocks for the past 20+ years, and how they cumulatively provide a deep knowledge base of "internal memory" to help navigate the current state of the industry.

Aug 4, 2017

In this 1.Q, University of Pittsburgh Athletic Director Heather Lyke covers the importance of young administrators being intentional about who they work for, what can be learned in the process, and how the decision can impact career trajectory. Lyke reflects back to her time at Michigan when current Denver Athletic Director Peg Bradley-Doppes was a senior leader for the Wolverines and a champion of Lyke's push to get into college athletics. 

Jul 31, 2017

TCU AD Chris Del Conte chats with 1.Q contributing host Tai Brown on fitting the mold of an executive, dressing for the job you want, but at the same time being true to yourself. Del Conte admits there was a point in his career he tried to operate according to a stereotype & as a byproduct negatively impacted his performance. Further, Del Conte notes a number of peers he's learned from - like Northwestern's Phillips to Alabama's Byrne & others - and how he translates their strengths to his style. Bottom line: Del Conte says ADs have so many responsibilities, feeling comfortable in their own skin is paramount.

Jul 27, 2017

In Part II of his 1.Q interview, Learfield Licensing Partners Vice President of Omnichannel Commerce Chad Phillips shares the trends he will be looking for during the upcoming NCAA football season, and reveals the key to online/digital merchandise and apparel sales. He also touches on the growing presence of Fanatics and Amazon, traditional retailers' efforts to keep pace, and macro trends to watch (see: athleisure).

Jul 26, 2017

Chad Phillips, Vice President of Omnichannel Commerce at Learfield Licensing Partners, talks with D1.ticker about Nike and the NBA's decision to create four uniform "editions" per team, and considers whether or not the trend will filter down to college hoops. Phillips also offers perspective on NBA jersey sales versus metrics for the collegiate space, how throwback jerseys are currently a big buy for male college students, and potential upcoming plans of Under Armour and Adidas.

Jul 25, 2017

Continuing the conversation with @SportsTVRatings creator Robert Seidman, today's topics include predictions of which pro sports properties ESPN will ante up for next rights cycle, the increased year-round presence of the NBA, the potential of ESPNU transitioning to the ACC Network linear play, and more. 

Jul 21, 2017

Enjoy a good long listen today with @SportsTVRatings creator Robert Seidman, who has a long history of tracking trends in the sports and greater TV marketplace. Seidman shares his thoughts on the specific metric college athletics administrators should be focused on as it relates to the ever-evolving story of ESPN, key TV advertising insights, and the current value of live sports.

Jul 20, 2017

New USC Upstate AD Julio Freire offers insight on how he builds relationships with his head coaches during the early days of a tenure, a process that includes being present at as many practices and games as possible. Freire also shares his thoughts on whether there's such a thing as over-communication between an AD/sport administrator and a head coach, and the importance of making sure head coaches are on the same page. 

Jul 19, 2017

Contributing 1.Q host Tai Brown connected with North Texas AD Wren Baker at NACDA 2017 and spoke with him about his philosophy on the future of fundraising. Baker is bullish on aspiring administrators who have experience managing an annual fund, and an understanding of how to utilize a database to target fundraising strategies to different donor segments. Said Baker, "In my mind, a time will come when your annual fund guy may be the highest-paid guy on your staff." 

Jul 12, 2017

Contributing 1.Q host Tai Brown starts his conversation with Northern Iowa AD David Harris with an interesting question: "How much did you stick to your original first 90-day plan once you actually began as a new AD?" Listen as Harris shares his thoughts on the need for flexibility, meeting as many key donors as possible, and doing a lot of listening. Harris also shares his "non-negotiables", which he suggests new ADs execute quickly when beginning a new tenure. Key advice includes focusing on faces: "The one thing you can't delay is the people part, the relationships." 

Jul 7, 2017

In today's episode, we head to Eastern Michigan, where AD Scott Wetherbee shares insights on how the search in Ypsilanti wrapped up - he was in church when he received the news. Wetherbee also touches on how he'll keep in touch with the Eagles senior team during his transition period, what his initial to-do list looks like, and what he learned from Mississippi State AD John Cohen on how to effectively navigate the early days of being an AD. He also shares his go-to list of peers around the nation whom he counts on for advice.

Jul 6, 2017

In this episode, Contributing 1.Question Host Tai Brown chats with Delaware AD Chrissi Rawak, who shares her thoughts on the value of experiential learning, and looking outside the industry for examples of how execute in a more effective manner. Rawak also talks about re-reading 'Playing to Win', co-authored by former Proctor & Gamble CEO AJ Lafley, as she enters her second year with the Blue Hens.  

Jul 5, 2017

Contributing 1.Question Host @TaiMBrown caught up with St. John's University Athletics Director Anton Goff at the 2017 NACDA Convention. The two discuss Goff's rise from working in Student-Athlete Development to sitting in the AD chair. Goff touches on his process of connecting with the development office to tell the Student-Athlete experience story to donors. That move along with others helped lead him to where he is now.

Jun 30, 2017

One more time with the Daily Press' David Teel, this segment on how he structures his own content schedule in & out of competition seasons, as well as how well articles on the business of college athletics get engaged with versus game-related efforts. Teel also provides perspective on layoffs around the industry that again recently included some major names.

Jun 29, 2017

David Teel of the Daily Press is back on 1.Question, this time to discuss improvements the ACC has implemented on the MBB officiating front. Of note, the league started issuing separate grades to referees for the final four minutes of each game, which is somewhat akin to the NBA's approach & analysis of the last two minutes of close contests. More from Teel tomorrow, including how he builds his own content schedule & some reaction to the current state of online & traditional medias.

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