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What The Future Of OTA Television Means For College Athletics

This year is not yet two months old but we can already see hints about the future of sports programming and delivery platforms. Some of these clues involve the continuation of ongoing story lines, while others are emerging.

Consistency as an Asset: South Dakota State’s Stiegelmeier & Middle Tennessee State’s Stockstill

Longtime head football coaches, John Stiegelmeier of South Dakota State and Rick Stockstill of Middle Tennessee State, discuss how consistency has become a key asset in their respective programs. Both coaches touch on avoiding complacency, staying relevant, and balancing new ideas.

Outsourcing Revenue Streams: Columbia’s Pilling & The Aspire Group’s Mullen

Peter Pilling, Director of Athletics at Columbia and Bernie Mullen, Chairman and Founder of The Aspire Group, visit AthleticDirectorU to talk about third party partnerships and rights in college athletics. The two discuss the current trend of outsourcing revenue streams.

Mapping Your Career: Duke’s Kevin White

Duke Athletics Director, Kevin White, chats with AthleticDirectorU about career development and his track record of producing ADs. White points to leadership and political acumen as two of the most important skills necessary to run an athletic department.

Commissioner’s Corner: Gloria Nevarez – West Coast Conference

Conference leadership is really about building compromise amongst different institutions and constituents. While I’m fortunate in that there is consistency of culture in the WCC, it still requires me to lead from the top and ensure that the important issues are being addressed.

Responsible Leadership: Coastal Carolina’s Joe Moglia

Joe Moglia, Chairman of Athletics and former Head Football Coach at Coastal Carolina, visits AthleticDirectorU to discuss the guiding principles he uses for his personal life, as well as in his professional leadership roles.

Principled Leadership: Fairfield’s Schlickmann & Vermont’s Schulman

Directors of Athletics Jeff Schulman of Vermont and Paul Schlickmann of Fairfield visit with AthleticDirectorU to discuss principled leadership while in the chair.

Athletic Director In Residence: Curt Apsey – Boise State

Central to Boise State’s culture of transparency, in addition to the establishment of expectations, is the regular exchange of ideas and input. This open dialogue does indeed extend to staff meetings in each area, in which every effort is made to ensure that members of the department are heard.

Sustaining Excellence Amidst Change: Buffalo Athletics

Buffalo AD Mark Alnutt, along with Head Football Coach Lance Leipold and Head Men's Basketball Coach Nate Oats, discuss how the UB department has maintained consistent success in the face of leadership changes.

Leading With Emotional Intelligence: Azusa Pacific’s Santa Cruz

Emotional Intelligence is the topic of this AthleticDirectorU conversation with Victor Santa Cruz, Head Football Coach at Azusa Pacific. Santa Cruz talks about his early challenges as a leader which led him to the process of becoming self-aware.

Why The SEC On CBS Deal Is Worth (at least) $300M Annually

At least $300 million per year. That is the ask the SEC should pose to CBS in its negotiations to extend the current Tier I rights deal for football games.

Innovation In College Athletics: Rhode Island’s Bjorn & UMBC’s Hall

ADs Tim Hall of UMBC and Thorr Bjorn of Rhode Island visit AthleticDirectorU to discuss collaboration and innovation in college athletics. Moderated by Tricia Turley Brandenburg of Towson, this conversation covers a variety of topics related to embracing technology in the industry.

The Dynamic Leadership Podcast: Louisville’s Dan McDonnell

Louisville Head Baseball Coach Dan McDonnell spends time with IMG Academy Technical Director Bob Walsh and details his leadership philosophy of, "To love and to serve."

“Stories” Of Clemson’s Championship Digital Culture

For college football’s 2018 early signing day period, we were able to integrate Instagram-like “stories” into our website. With “stories” having become part of social media’s lingua franca, we knew our target audience of 13-18 year-old teenagers would understand and appreciate the functionality.

Exceptional Leaders Must First Become Exceptional Servants

People, people, people. When it comes down to it, people are all we have. We don’t lead budgets. We don’t lead facilities. We don’t lead widgets. We lead people. Our role is to inspire and motivate people to act in a way, every day, which contributes positively to the mission of the organization.

Conference Leadership Strategy: Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott

Larry Scott, Pac-12 Commissioner, visits with AthleticDirectorU to discuss a number of items related to conference leadership. Scott touches on the importance of building consensus, "not necessarily unanimity," and addressing criticisms that come with being a visible leader.

Venue Security in College Athletics

Trip Durham talks to Dan Donovan of T&M Protection Resources about the state of security in college athletics. Donovan talks about balancing the fan experience with securing a safe environment at athletic venues. The conversation covers methods to deter attacks, issues with drones, and much more.

Rethinking Revenue Generation: Northern Illinois’ Sean Frazier

In my time at NIU, we have strengthened and sustained revenue generation mainly because we have persisted with and prioritized it. Central to our enduring commitment to revenue generation has been a commitment to the student-athlete experience.

Leadership Compass: Your Staff, Your Students, And Yourself

As the 2018 academic year began, I was very interested in supporting and rounding out our efforts in leadership training. I wanted my staff and especially those student-athletes identified as emerging leaders by their coaches to focus on their personal leadership skills and values.

Prioritizing Student-Athlete Development: Georgetown’s Reed & Ozery

Georgetown Director of Athletic, Lee Reed and Dr. Maya Ozery, Executive Director of the Cooper Athletics Leadership Program visit AthleticDirectorU to discuss making Student-Athlete Development a priority within the athletics department.

The Importance Of Clear Expectations For NCAA Coaches And Their Immediate Supervisors

Athletic departments should understand what coaches are expecting before they join the organization, and assess whether those expectations can be met in order to enhance organizational commitment and, in turn, intention to remain with the organization.

Real Opportunities, Not Just Degrees: UC Davis’ Kevin Blue

Even as student-athlete graduation rates climb higher than ever, it is becoming more commonly acknowledged in college athletics that graduation is no longer an assurance of career success for student-athletes. Athletics departments must do more to ensure real opportunities beyond just a degree.

Mentoring ‘A’ Players: UTRGV’s King & South Dakota State’s Sell

Athletics Directors Chris King of Texas Rio Grand Valley and Justin Sell of South Dakota State visit with AthleticDirectorU to discuss mentoring top staff members.

Athletic Director In Residence: Dr. Brian Wickstrom – Incarnate Word

Incarnate Word Athletics Director Brian Wickstrom has directed the Cardinals department since August of 2017 following leadership tenures at Louisiana Monroe and UC Riverside. Wickstrom served as ADU’s latest Athletic Director in Residence.