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Making the Message Count: Rebranding the Media Relations Department

No longer relying on outside media, athletic departments are generating their own messages for their own audiences. In addition to fans, this includes alumni, boosters, recruits, and sponsors. In this article, Dr. Stephen Dittmore looks at changes in department and personnel titles related to this current trend.

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FBS Athletic Directors’ Compensation Survey

Ten economic, competitive and demographic takeaways and a simple observation for 2016-17 compensation of FBS Athletic Directors. Hard work.  Every day.

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Fire Up Flames: Garrett Klassy Takes Over at UIC

Growing up on a dairy farm, one might imagine the daily thoughts about one’s future would start at about the same time as the 5:30 am buzz of the alarm, as I pulled myself up, rolled up my sleeves and got to work. Hard work.  Every day.

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Experts’ Roundtable: Basketball’s July Recruiting Period

In the college basketball coaching world, the July recruiting period is an essential function of the profession and industry. The intense evaluation time frame can take its toll, but is crucial for competitive success. In this Experts’ Roundtable, we’ve asked four assistant coaches for insight on the process.

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Inside Vaughn Williams’ Decision to Return to Boston College

It’s a new day for me at Boston College, a school I’ve held near and dear to my heart since I stepped foot on campus in the Spring of 1998 as an athletics administrator, overseeing event operations and facilities. On football game days, which was a big part of the job, I was one...

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Four Factors of Strong Relationships: Athletic Directors & Presidents

This initial look into president and AD dynamics points toward a foundation upon which to build future relationships: trust and communication, alignment, respect for expertise, and formal and informal relationships. Leadership is a skill best honed through practice.

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Experts’ Roundtable: Athletic Performance/Strength & Conditioning

Athletic Performance/Strength & Condition Directors from Florida State, James Madison, Louisville, and Michigan provide perspective on their role as one of the key points of interaction with all Student-Athletes on campus.

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Charlotte’s Judy Rose on the 45th Anniversary of Title IX

I am proud of how well Charlotte treats all of its athletes. There is a training table. They get cost of attendance. Travel is by plane, when necessary. The accommodations are so nice that my former players tell me their jaws drop when they see how nice the lockers are for all of the athletes here at Charlotte.

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Transparency In NCAA Infractions Cases: How Athletic Departments Can Engage “Active Stakeholders”

The results of the Miami case illustrate the potential upside of having online fan support using reputation repair strategies to influence social media followers at a time when the university may be limited in what it can say publicly. “Fans become a source through which a positive message can be issued to counter existing negative reports.”

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Making Sense of College Coaching Contracts

The coaching business is not for the faint of heart. There is no other industry in the world where almost 20% of top-level leadership gets terminated on a yearly basis. While both universities and coaches should be optimistic about the ability to build a winning program, universities must enter their contract negotiations with the expectation that the coach’s tenure will end with termination or forced resignation, or a voluntary departure by the coach for “greener pastures.”

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Tying the Score: Equal Pay in College Coaching

Understanding the elements and application of the Equal Pay Act can be a useful tool to assist universities and women’s coaches in achieving equitable compensation through more meaningful salary negotiations or as a means to redress inequitable compensation arrangements previously established.

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By the Numbers: 2016-2017 Autonomy 5 Women’s Basketball Coach Contracts

Ten Economic, Competitive and Comparative Takeaways for women's basketball assistant coaches at member institutions of the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference (the "Autonomy 5").