SBD/SBJ's Michael Smith continues a conversation from the end of last week with perspective on what he'll be keeping an eye on over the next six months. "I'm really fascinated with the expense side of it. For years and years we've written about the revenue generation side and the way it has grown through media rights deals & other ways. But, there's so much money in the system." Smith also touches on the facilities arms race and how some ADs are expressing concern over how much money is being spent these days, plus a bit more.
SportsBusiness Daily/Journal's Michael Smith joins to analyze this week's huge news: Learfield acquiring Spectra & shifting back to the Paciolan brand. Smith runs through the synergies & where Learfield's existing partnership portfolio could help win more ticket business for Paciolan. Smith also touches on the competing paths for Learfield & IMG College over the last handful of years. More from Smith on Monday.
The San Jose Mercury News' Jon Wilner has been doing some heavy lifting on the financial situation at Cal over the past couple of days & provides more context in this 1.Q. Of note, Wilner details how the university's faculty views the challenges for athletics, how the state budget belt-tightening is impacting the overall institution & the athletic department, and a potential timeline of developments moving forward.
National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Executive Director Carol Bruggeman joins 1.Q & provides perspective on the state of college softball with the WCWS Final underway. Bruggeman notes how TV ratings continue to grow, along with the trending levels of participation. Bruggeman also details thoughts on parity around the DI landscape as all 16 Regional hosts advanced to Super Regional play this year, developments on the topic of coaching contracts & the pressure to win, plus more.
D1Baseball's Aaron Fitt continues analyzing this year's NCAA Baseball Tournament selections, starting with why some non-'Power 5' came up short & why the last four in were all 'P5' programs. Fitt considers what could be done with annual scheduling to better balance the importance of the RPI, plus he explores the Clemson-Virginia debate for the last national seed. Finally, will we ever see a Baseball NIT?
D1Baseball's Aaron Fitt dives in on the NCAA Baseball Tournament selection process, including what he believes the committee got right & what it missed. Out-of-conference strength of schedule is debated, as is the difficulty of northern-based teams playing solid mid-week & early-season games. Fitt also defends why D1Baseball picked Gonzaga over Texas A&M as one of the last teams in its mock bracket, as well as how committee chairs should think about addressing the media.
New Football Bowl Association chairman Kevin McDonald shares his perspective on whether or not Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey's NFL Draft outcomes might influence future football student-athletes. He discusses the FBA's views on the issue, and talks media narratives, the student-athlete experience, and the FBA's strategic plan.
Notable venture capitalist Peter Thiel's go-to interview question is, "Tell me something that's true, that almost nobody agrees with you on." In this 1.Q, Northern Colorado AD Darren Dunn says it's not one, two or three exact questions that he's interested in, but the overall body of responses from a candidate. Dunn also notes the list of 100+ questions Baylor AD Mack Rhoades created from which to pick & choose depending on the role being hired & further, on the importance of trusting your gut.
Northern Colorado AD Darren Dunn reflects on being mentored by former Missouri AD Mike Alden & how what he learned from Alden's approach helped prepare him for the next step. Dunn also runs through a number of other leaders he's worked with, including Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLead at Tulsa, San Diego AD Bill McGillis at New Mexico, and current Baylor AD Mack Rhoades at Houston. Dunn notes the approach to leadership he's taken from each and goes into detail on Rhoades' system of hiring for fit, "The Way of the Shepherd," and digging deeper to identify the best candidate.
More on the Home Team Sports/FOX College Sports Properties' acquisition of Impression Sports & Entertainment, which comes on the heels of the pair working together on the LA Coliseum-United naming rights deal. Kyle Sherman, President of HTS/FOX, provides perspective on why Impression fits his existing portfolio, how the two plan to provide premium value to the marketplace & the model of "connecting brands with fans." Impression President Foy: "We think there's a major opportunity for more naming rights deal in college sports." Points to both new deals & expiring contracts for some facility names.
Missouri State AD Kyle Moats continues with leadership insights, this time on how he aids his staffers once they have their own team to oversee within the department. Moats is also one of the only, if not the only, athletic administrators around the nation who has worked at both Louisville & Kentucky. For the second half of this pod, Kyle relates the lessons he learned during his tenures under Louisville AD Tom Jurich & former Kentucky boss CM Newton.
Missouri State AD Kyle Moats provides perspective on how he identifies, mentors & encourages young administrators who excel within his department. Moats also compares the experience for entry-level professionals in a mid-major department versus starting in a 'Power 5' conference. More from Moats to come tomorrow.
Belmont AD Scott Corley continues his 1.Q with a review on how he & former Bruins AD Mike Strickland coordinated three weeks of information sharing in the office before Strickland officially retired last summer. Corley also provides perspective on which of his duties have taken the longest to wrap his head around & the importance of the leadership consistency of longtime MBB HC Rick Byrd.
Providence AD Bob Driscoll continues on the value of his mentoring relationship with former NBA HC Rolland Todd, as well as another with former Big East Commissioner Tranghese. Notable: "If you surround yourself with all these great people & collectively you share the success...If you make it not about you, you can create something very, very special. That takes a different kind of view in separating your ego from having to be the guy that gets all the praise."
Providence AD Bob Driscoll has led the Friars for the past 15-plus years. Given the average tenure of an AD these days is around a third of that length, I asked Driscoll how he stays fresh on the leadership front. You'll enjoy his explanation of "a conversation of possibilities" via his life coach, Rolland Todd, as well as the importance of surrounding yourself with people from whom you can always learn something, "success leaves clues." This, understanding risk, honesty with HC hires that aren't working out & more.
Washington State AD Bill Moos continued in Part II of his 1.Q. Topics: The increase of premium seating areas in new construction & his message to all types of Cougar fans, the operation of regional fundraising offices, as well as a discussion around the success ratio of fundraisers who have spent time in a regional office & Moos' advice to those generating dollars in cities away from their home campus.
Belmont Director of Athletics Scott Corley shares how the time he spent in the banking industry is benefiting him today, almost one year into the job at Belmont. Corley also discusses his outreach plan for gaining more athletic support during the early stages of his tenure. More to come tomorrow, including the challenges of coming from a different industry into college athletics.
Washington State AD Bill Moos has successfully raised money in college athletics for nearly 30 years. In Part I of this 1.Q, Moos provides perspective on how driving donations has changed over the years. Sub-topics within the conversation include college athletics' facilities arms race, the impact of premium seating additions, and Moos' recollections of the first major gift he secured.
Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear digs in on how aspiring administrators should approach the challenge of adding sport oversight to their list of responsibilities. Spear also talks through which programs may be best for first-time facilitators, plus more.
In today's 1.Q, University of Idaho AD Rob Spear shares insights on how he manages the Vandals football program in Moscow.
Part II of Western Kentucky AD Todd Stewart's 1.Q focuses on how he interacts with current Head Coaches when there are opportunities on the table.
Western Kentucky Athletic Director Todd Stewart debuts on 1.Q with perspective on how to handle feedback with head coaches involved in a search, plus more.
Oregon State Deputy AD for External Operations Zack Lassiter continues in part two of his 1.Q by discussing the path to the AD chair and increasing diversity in leadership roles.
In today's 1.Q, Oregon State Deputy Athletic Director for External Operations Zack Lassiter details his recent visit to the NACMA Veterans Summit.
In today's 1.Q, the Wichita Eagle's Paul Suellentrop provides perspective on Wichita State's move to the AAC including the impact on WSU athletics and the community.