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The Mechanics Of College Sports Scheduling At ESPN With Nick Dawson

Imagine overseeing college football, college basketball, NCAA championships, and many other college sports for all of ESPN. This includes deciding which games to broadcast (should the chips fall your way), and guessing where consumers will consume the content you do put out. This is a very real position, and the person fulfilling those daunting responsibilities is Nick Dawson, Vice President for Programming & Acquisitions at ESPN

From The Chair Hosted By Mike Hamilton: Kentucky’s Mitch Barnhart

In this edition of From the Chair, Mitch Barnhart, University of Kentucky Athletics Director, dishes up insight on working at a basketball powerhouse with a hall of fame coach, serving on the NCAA Basketball Selection Committee, and offers some reading selections for leadership development.

Penn State’s Sandy Barbour: The Importance Of “Why”

Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour covers solid ground on why a leader has to effectively communicate their purpose, or "why," to achieve buy-in and navigate difficult times. Barbour also touches on giving change enough time to set its course, the challenge of collaboration vs. competition in college athletics, advice for women progressing through the industry and more.

Athletic Director In Residence: Bob Moosbrugger – Bowling Green

From the first 90 days, to communication, to mind-reading executive assistants, Bowling Green's Bob Moosbrugger joined ADU as the current Athletic Director in Residence. Answering questions on a broad range of topics, Moosbrugger offers career advice and speaks on one of his challenges in his first year at BGSU.

The Dynamic Leadership Podcast: South Carolina’s Frank Martin On Being Authentic

Frank Martin, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at South Carolina, speaks on the challenges leading to the best MBB year in school history and the effects it had on him and the staff after the season. Coach Martin also addresses leading with honesty and consistency, and learning to communicate with the current generation of players. Hosted by University of Maine Men's Basketball Head Coach, Bob Walsh.

What’s It Like As A First-Time Athletic Director?

Former Southern Utah AD & current Purdue Deputy AD Jason Butikofer, along with Western Illinois AD Matt Tanney, converse with Tulane Deputy AD/COO Monica Lebron on the challenges of being an AD for the first time. 

Cord-Cutting And The Future Of College Sports Broadcasting

Historically, the value in this transaction, and thus the power, rested with the content producer, but that power may be shifting to the distributor. Companies such as Comcast and AT&T which own both the content and the distribution are uniquely positioned to dictate what content they carry, and at what price.

LEAD1 in the Spotlight: A Conversation with Tom McMillen

LEAD1 Executive Director, Tom McMillen, speaks on the purpose of the organization, relationships with politicians in Washington DC, and his background as a student-athlete. The conversation is moderated by Learfield Executive Vice President/Chief Culture & Communications Officer Roger Gardner.

From The Chair Hosted by Mike Hamilton: UAB’s Mark Ingram

In the first edition of From the Chair, Mark Ingram, Director of Athletics at UAB, talks about his journey from earning a scholarship as a walk-on football player, to being hired as the AD to help bring football back to a school that eliminated it not even a year before. Lots here in this in-depth & intimate conversation.

Greg McGarity On Organizational Leadership

Greg McGarity, Director of Athletics at the University of Georgia, discusses the traits he picked up from those he has worked for (e.g., Jeremy Foley and investing in people). McGarity also details leadership classes he has for mid-level managers on his staff and although voluntary, participants always want more. The interview was captured at the Collegiate Sports Summit hosted by Evanta.

The Dynamic Leadership Podcast: Cal’s Jack Clark on Getting Culture Right

Long time Cal Rugby head coach, Jack Clark, talks about his unique view of leadership and how he defines a glossary of terms so his teams will understand the core values of the program. From mental toughness to his definition of the alpha male, Coach Clark talks about the aspects of his philosophy that has led to his overwhelming success. Hosted by University of Maine Men's Basketball Head Coach, Bob Walsh.

Why ADs & FARs Are Both Outsiders & Must Work In Unison

For athletics, the athletic director is the equivalent of the college dean. But when the “front porch” of the campus misfires, it can inflict much more serious and lasting damage on a university than a scandal in the English Department or Medical School. That means that a president also must have an active outside-athletics eye on athletics. Enter the Faculty Athletic Representative.

Danny Morrison: Fundamentals of Leadership Translate Throughout Sports (Part II)

Danny Morrison spent nearly ten years as President of the Carolina Panthers. His time in the NFL and throughout college athletics gives us great insights to his life and how we should all approach leadership. Part II of Trip Durham’s visit with Danny explores fostering communication, clarity, and other essentials for leadership.

Cash Is King In Intercollegiate Apparel Agreements

From selling their own parking lots to outsourcing bookstore operations, public universities have been forced to get creative in order to generate much-needed funding to support continued operations. The inaugural Intercollegiate Apparel Agreement Report from the Center for Research Intercollegiate Athletics (CRIA) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides a detailed look into some trends regarding the revenue received from public Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institutions from apparel, licensing, and sponsorship agreements with Adidas, Nike, Russell Athletic, and Under Armour.

Experts’ Roundtable: Leading College Football Journalists

Today's media is much different from just five or 10 years ago. In fact, many sports writers are trying to decide on long-form vs. short-form, video, social media, or whatever else they may need to keep up with ever-evolving outlets. Combine this with the pressure of producing pertinent material and you have a compelling, creative environment ripe for consumer consumption.

Danny Morrison: Lessons Learned on Leadership (Part I)

Throughout his career, Danny Morrison served in a number of leadership roles including conference commissioner, director of athletics, and president of an NFL team. During his journey, he learned and applied many leadership lessons along the way. Trip Durham visit with Morrison to discuss that journey.

Colorado’s Rick George & Syracuse’s John Wildhack on Revenue Generation

From combining non-athletic assets for sponsorships to ideas from professional sports, Colorado’s Rick George and Syracuse’s John Wildhack discuss revenue generation from a number of different angles. The conversation is moderated by Graham Neff, Deputy AD at Clemson.

The Dynamic Leadership Podcast: Richard Pitino (Minnesota)

Richard Pitino, Men’s Basketball Head Coach at University of Minnesota, discusses team leadership, media, and bouncing back from an eight-win season to become the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Hosted by University of Maine Men's Basketball Head Coach, Bob Walsh.

One Chattanooga: Mark Wharton’s Journey To UTC

Mark Wharton pens on his plans for UT Chattanooga as he becomes the new AD for the Mocs. "We will become One Chattanooga. We must do it together, we have no choice."

Crisis Management: Hartford AD Gillespie & Charlotte AD Rose

New University of Hartford Athletic Director Mary Ellen Gillespie and longtime Charlotte Athletic Director Judy Rose discuss tenants of crisis management with Parker Executive Search's Daniel Parker. In the lengthy conversation, Gillespie highlights the need for full integration with the overall institution, while Rose recounts some situations that shaped how the 49ers document & communicate during tense situations.

Eschewing the Media Bundle and Related Challenges for the Athletics Department

Consumers who want sports pay for local city council news, opinion, and business news, whether they consume it or not. In some ways, the local newspaper is the last true media bundle. This begs the question of how much longer consumers, interested in sports, will be willing to pay for content they do not want?

Michael Kelly: From Humble Beginnings Sprung a National Celebration of College Football

The College Football Playoffs was expected to be an instant success in year one. That’s a great deal of pressure and planning and Michael Kelly, COO, and the staff did a fantastic job. Ever since that first kickoff, the playoff structure has continued its evolution. Trip Durham and Michael talk about the CFP chronology, process, and Larry Culpepper.

Rhode Island’s Bjorn & Northern Iowa’s Harris: Head Coach Contracts and Extensions

University of Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn and University of Northern Iowa Director of Athletics David Harris discuss the mechanics of head coach contracts and extensions. Moderated by Glenn Sugiyama of DHR International.

ADiR: Nevada’s Knuth on Hiring Coaches, the Future of Technology & his Reading Habits

There is almost nothing more important in the AD role than hiring coaches. During a search process, focus your time and energy on this activity. To the extent you can, it is important to defer or delegate other activities while you manage the search process and candidates.